Bethel Tours- Tour #1

2015 Tour Dates

June 13-18
+ July 10-19

* September 12-20
October 17-22

(All Prices From Various Cities Listed at The End of The Following Day by Day Itinerary)

For the past 40 years we have arranged tours to Bethel to visit the World Headquarters for thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses. All tours include a visit to Brooklyn Bethel, the Educational Center at Patterson Bethel, Watchtower Farm and the Printing Factory at Wallkill Bethel where you will see all of the new buildings and expansion that is now taking place. Each tour also includes a sightseeing tour of New York City plus we have now included the admission fee for a most interesting Biblical tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that’s given by Brothers from Oasis Tours in New York. We know traveling to New York is not easy, especially if you have never been there. For your comfort and safety, all tours are escorted by pioneers in New York who will help you to see the maximum of everything in the minimum amount of time so you can travel worry-free. When touring, we use our private chartered buses, as it is a two-hour drive to Wallkill and Patterson and there is no public transportation. The August 15, 2010 Watchtower article on Page 19 has an encouraging article entitled “An Open Invitation” to visit Bethel and its facilities.

+ Our July 10-19 tour includes visiting Niagara Falls and the Watchtower Branch Office in Canada.

* Our September 12-20 tour includes three additional days in Washington D.C. On the morning of September 17, our private motorcoach will travel through the states of Delaware and Maryland to the Nation’s Capital. Upon arrival in Washington, D.C., there will be a sightseeing tour and on the following day you will visit the Holocaust Museum.

All Bethel Tour Vacations include round-trip airfare from any airport near your home. Please indicate the city you prefer on the reservation form and we will inform you of the total cost from your home city to New York. All groups will fly into New York’s Newark Airport and stay the entire time at the Courtyard by Marriott Newark Elizabeth Hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be met by our experienced tour escort who will be with you until you depart New York. Each tour, while staying at the Courtyard Marriott, includes a breakfast, two lunches, sightseeing and a tour escort for the entire trip.

To make a reservation, please print out the reservation form from this website and include a deposit of $250.00 per person. Upon receipt of your deposit, a confirmation letter will be mailed to you with more information on New York and a payment schedule informing you when additional payments are due. After we receive your deposit, you may charge the balance on a major credit card which is due 95 days before departure. Feel free to pass this information on to anyone else who may be interested in joining one of our Bethel Tour Vacations.

Bethel Office

SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING DATES THAT ARE NOW AVAILABLE (UNTIL SOLD OUT) BY COMPLETING THE RESERVATION FORM AND MAILING IT TO Illinois International Travel.


2015 Tour Dates

June 13-18
+ July 10-19
* September 12-20
October 17-22

(Prices are listed at the end of itinerary)

   
   
 

New York City

 
                 
                         
TOURS TO BETHEL ITINERARY
 

SATURDAY
Illinois International Travel will arrange a round-trip flight from your hometown city to New York’s Newark Airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Courtyard by Marriott Newark Elizabeth Hotel that has an indoor swimming pool. Here you will be able to meet friends from many other parts of the country including your tour escort who will review the Bethel Tour Vacation with you.

SUNDAY
This morning a complimentary continental breakfast will be served at the hotel. You will then depart the hotel on our private motorcoach and drive through the Lincoln tunnel to Manhattan for a sightseeing tour of New York City. Your tour escort will point out such interesting sights as the Empire State Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue, Central Park, Chinatown, the Garment District, Wall Street, Ground Zero and much more. You will see how so many people who live in different cultures make this city one of the most unique in the world. Even the skyscrapers are amazing in their architecture.

This afternoon, there will be an interesting bible tour given by Brothers from New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art located by Central Park. Before the tour begins, you can have an optional light lunch in the cafeteria followed by an encouraging tour highlighting many biblical points. At 6:00 p.m., you will return to the Courtyard by Marriott Newark Elizabeth Hotel. Located across the street from your hotel is New Jersey’s largest indoor outlet mall that has department stores, restaurants and a large food court.

MONDAY
Depart on our motorcoach through upstate New York to visit the factory and Bethel Home at Watchtower Farm. Here you will have an opportunity to see all of the latest expansion work taking place at Wallkill to enlarge all the facilities. The bindery line has 33 machines that can produce 50,000 books and Bibles a day or 120 per minute. The paperback book line assembles 100,000 books a day. In the shipping department, you will see how literature requests for over 12,000 congregations are processed each month on conveyors that are 1.5 miles long. See how literature is printed differently for those who are in prisons or for those that can only read Braille.

You will then have time to enjoy your included box lunch in the picnic area. (If you know someone at Bethel, you may contact them ahead of time to see if you can be invited as their guest for lunch on this day at Wallkill or on Tuesday at Brooklyn Bethel.) Each year thousands of friends from around the world travel to New York, Patterson and Wallkill to visit the Factory and the printing facilities (See WT 12/1/05, p. 8 and 7/1/09, p. 15). After lunch, it is a one hour drive to visit the Watchtower Educational Center in Patterson where the Watchtower Bible School of Gilead and other schools are held. Since its beginning, Gilead School has sent more than 7,000 missionaries to over 200 lands and islands.

The Patterson auditorium seats 1,700 and is used for the Gilead graduation classes and for the Bethel Family Watchtower Study and other special programs. Branch committee members from around the world also gather here for an 8-week course designed to unify the work of the Branch Offices.

Throughout the complex, you will see displays describing the work done in the art department where artists create paintings for many publications. The audio/video services produce video programs for conventions, dramas, music programs and sound tracks for various Society materials. There are also legal and writing correspondence departments. The service department answers letters from congregation elders, pioneers and other individuals. Circuit Assemblies and Special Assembly days are also scheduled. The translation services department works with over 2,000 translators around the world to help produce Bible literature in over 500 languages. You’ll also see the large dining room, kitchen and laundry. Throughout the tour you will be amazed at this beautiful project including the courtyard and how it was completed mostly by volunteer workers. (See WT 11/15/99, p. 9) Following the tour, you’ll return to the hotel. Balance of the evening will be free to do as you please.

TUESDAY
This morning our private motorcoach will depart from the Courtyard by Marriott Newark Elizabeth Hotel and travel through the Holland Tunnel onto the island of Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge to visit the World Headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Your tour will begin at the Brooklyn Bethel Office where the work for over 100 Branch Offices is coordinated. This is where the Governing Body is located that handles all of the materials related to the preaching activity worldwide.

The Public Relations Department has a display of awards and even an EMMY for their outstanding public services by the way of our tapes and DVD’s. Under the direction of the writing committee, material is prepared here that will be published worldwide. Considerable research is done which means it must be checked and proofread for accuracy. It is then sent to Branches around the world so that it can be translated into different languages for all nationalities to understand. You’ll also see the Archive’s Room where you can view the original “PHOTO DRAMA OF CREATION.”

After this morning’s tour, you can enjoy your included box lunch at noon on the promenade next to Bethel that has a beautiful view overlooking Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. After lunch, your motorcoach will proceed to Manhattan where you will have some free time to do as you please. You will then return to the hotel or you can remain in Manhattan to visit Chinatown, eat in Little Italy or perhaps see a Broadway play in the evening. Your tour escort will explain how easy it is to return to the hotel by bus or train at your leisure.

WEDNESDAY
Enjoy your complimentary continental breakfast at leisure and then the entire day and evening will be free to do as you please to enjoy New York City. Don’t miss the indoor outlet mall across the street from your hotel. Here you will find name brand stores with merchandise at discounted prices. Your tour escort will also have several suggestions on places to visit and how easy it is to take transportation into and back from Manhattan where there is a variety of things to enjoy. You will have plenty of time to visit the Empire State Building, Time’s Square, Macy’s Department Store, Chinatown and other great shopping areas plus there is a variety of restaurants and several museums. You may also want to take in an afternoon matinee or evening musical or some other live performance at one of the Broadway theaters. Be sure to try some New York style cheesecake and pizza.

If you prefer a well-organized tour, we suggest taking one of our tours that includes all transportation to Brooklyn, Wallkill and Patterson. All tours include your hotel, continental breakfast daily, two lunches, sightseeing and admission tickets for a Biblical tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You will also have a tour escort from the time that you arrive New York until the day you depart to your hometown city. As mentioned in the Kingdom ministry, your visit to Bethel will be encouraging and educational. You will see how Bethel family members who are volunteers of all ages enjoy working, eating and studying together at the World Headquarters.

THURSDAY
This morning, breakfast is included. Depending on which tour date you prefer, you will either return to your hometown or continue on our motorcoach on September 11 to Washington, D.C. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a sightseeing tour to view the United States Capitol Building, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, Washington Monument, Smithsonian and the White House. Later, check in at the beautiful Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Hotel. The balance of the day and evening will be at leisure.

FRIDAY
This morning, our motorcoach will take everyone to visit the Holocaust Museum where we have included special tickets so you can spend as much time as you please. The museum is dedicated to presenting the story of how more than 30,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses were persecuted by the Nazis. It has many documents, photographs, videotaped eye witness accounts and interviews with over 70 of Jehovah’s Witnesses who were victims of Nazi rule. You will see many coats with the purple triangle badges that identified Jehovah’s Witnesses in the concentration camps. (For additional information on the Holocaust Museum see Awake, 3/8/05, p. 16 and 11/8/93, p. 16). Balance of the day is free to do as you please or to tour the famous Smithsonian Museum.

SATURDAY
Entire day free to visit the United States Capitol Building, White House, Bureau of Engraving and Printing of money, Washington Monument, Library of Congress, National Archives, Smithsonian, Air and Space Museum, and many other points of interest. All attractions are free of charge.

SUNDAY
This morning, everyone will take the hotel shuttle bus to Reagan Airport for their return flight home with many Bethel Tour Vacation memories.


2015 Tour Dates

June 13-18
+ July 10-19
* September 12-20
October 17-22


+ This date includes the New York and Canadian Branch Office plus Niagara Falls.


* The September 12-20 tour date includes three additional days in Washington D.C. On the morning of September 17, our private motorcoach will travel through the states of Delaware and Maryland to the Nation’s Capital. Upon arrival, there will be a sightseeing tour and on the following day you will visit the Holocaust Museum.

NOTE: You can travel to New York on any of the above dates from any of the following cities listed below including the cost. If your city is not listed, please let us know on the reservation form which city you would like to fly from and we will then inform you of the total cost from your hometown. You can view all pricing from various departure cities and tour information below.

BOOK EARLY AS THESE TOURS SELL OUT QUICKLY!

       
 

Newark Courtyard Marriott Hotel

                   
         

Metropolitan Museum of Art

 
                     
       

Wallkill

                     
   

Factory Floor

 

New Factory

 
                         
           

Patterson

                           
       

Patterson Courtyard

 
                           
               

Patterson Dining Room

                           
                     
   
                           
     

Washington D.C.

 
                           
                   

Hilton Hotel

 
                       
 

ALL BETHEL TOUR HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
• Round-trip airfare from any departure city to Newark
  Airport
• Hotel accommodations
• Continental breakfast included daily at the Newark
  Marriott
• Transportation to Brooklyn, Patterson and Wallkill
• Box lunches on Monday and Tuesday
• Sightseeing tour of New York City
• Services of an experienced tour escort in New York
• Admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Washington D.C. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
• Private motorcoach from New York to Washington, D.C.
• Hotel accommodations at the Hilton Alexandria
• Sightseeing tour of Washington, D.C.
• Tickets are included to the Holocaust Museum
• Services of an experienced tour escort in Washington,   D.C.

 

         

Holocaust Museum

                                     
                                                   
             

Besides the above cities, you can depart from any major airport by indicating this on the reservation form. We will then inform you of the total cost from your hometown.