2017 DATES – NOW AVAILABLE (UNTIL SOLD OUT)
April 22-27 New York Only (SOLD OUT)
May 13-18 New York Only (SOLD OUT)
June 3-8 New York Only (SOLD OUT)
June 24-29 New York Only (SOLD OUT)
* July 14-23 New York & Canada (SOLD OUT)
August 5-10 New York Only (SOLD OUT)
+ Sept. 16-24 New York & Washington, D.C. (SOLD OUT)
October 14-19 New York Only (SOLD OUT)
October 21-26 New York Only (SOLD OUT)
* Our July 14-23 tour includes visiting Niagara Falls and the Watchtower Branch Office in Canada.
+ Our September 16-24 tour includes 3 additional days in Washington D.C. On September 21st, 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.
BETHEL TOUR ITINERARY
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 our Bethel Tour Vacation with you. Balance of the day will be free to do as you please.
Enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast at the hotel. You will then depart 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 sights as the Empire State Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, 5thAvenue, the Garment District, Chinatown,Wall Street, Ground Zero and much more. You will see how people who live in different cultures make this city one of the most unique in the world.
In the afternoon, there will be a Bible tour given by Brothers from Oasis Tours in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Before the tour begins, you can have an optional light lunch followed by a tour highlighting many biblical points. At 5:00 p.m., you will return to the hotel. Across the street from your hotel is a large indoor outlet mall with department stores, restaurants and a food court.
After breakfast, you’ll travel to Wallkill to visit the United States Branch Office of Jehovah’s Witnesses to see the Printing Factory and Bethel Home. On your guided tour you will see the bindery line with its 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. There are now over 25 million pieces of Bible literature printed annually in more than 360 languages. In the shipping department, you will see how literature requests for over 15,000 congregations in the United States and Canada are processed each month on conveyors that are 1.5 miles long. See how literature is printed differently for those who are in prisons and for those who can only read Braille.
After the tour, you will have time to enjoy your included box lunch, and then it is a one hour drive to the Watchtower Educational Center in Patterson where the 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. 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).
The Patterson auditorium seats 1,700 for the Gilead graduation, 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. You will see displays from the art department where artists create paintings for many publications. The audio-video services department, including jw.org, produces video programs for conventions and dramas including the translations of literature into American Sign Language. There are also legal and writing correspondence departments. The service department answers letters from congregations and individuals. 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 facilities. 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.
Today, you’ll travel to Warwick to visit the new World Headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Your tour will begin at the Bethel Office where the work for over 100 Branch Offices is coordinated. This is where the Governing Body is located that handles materials related to all the preaching activity worldwide. Under the direction of the writing committee, material is prepared here that is forwarded to the Branches around the world to be translated into different languages.
There will be three self-guided tours. One is “The Bible and the Divine Name” where you will see Bibles from the 15th century and learn the history of God’s name. This is in addition to one called “A People for Jehovah’s Name” and another one called “World Headquarters—Faith in Action” that explains the work of the Governing Body committees. There will also be a brief guided tour of the Offices/Services Building and the Warwick grounds. After the tours, you can enjoy your included box lunch and then you will travel into Manhattan where the balance of the day and evening will be at leisure. Your tour escort will have some ideas on what to see and do in Manhattan. You may want to take an optional boat tour to see the Statue of Liberty including all of the Society’s former buildings from the boat as you pass under the Brooklyn Bridge. At 5:00 p.m., you will return to the hotel, or you can remain in Manhattan to do as you please. Your tour escort will explain how easy it is to return to the hotel at your leisure.
Enjoy breakfast at leisure and then the entire day is free to enjoy New York City. You can go to the top of the Empire State Building, visit Time’s Square or Macy’s Department Store, plus there is a variety of restaurants and museums. You can take in an afternoon matinee or evening musical at a Broadway theater. Be sure to try some New York cheesecake and pizza. If you prefer a well-organized tour, we suggest taking one of our tours that includes all transportation to Warwick, Wallkill and Patterson where you will see how Bethelites of all ages enjoy working, eating and studying together. All tours include your hotel, 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 you arrive New York until the day you depart.
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 21st 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 Marriott Georgetown Hotel located in the center of Washington near all of the major attractions and shopping. Balance of the day is at leisure.
This morning, we will take everyone to visit the Holocaust Museum where you can spend as much time as you please. The museum is dedicated to the story of how many people were persecuted by the Nazis. In the resource center there are documents and interviews with Jehovah’s Witnesses who were victims of Nazi rule. (For more information on the Holocaust Museum see Awake, 3/8/05, P. 16 and 11/8/93, p. 16.) Balance of the day is free.
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, Museum of American History, the Smithsonian, Air and Space Museum and many other points of interest. All attractions are free of charge. Nearby is the historic town of old Alexandria on the Potomac River.
This morning, everyone will be transferred to the Washington Reagan Airport for the return flight home with many Bethel Tour Vacation memories.
NOTE: You can travel to New York on any of these dates from any departure city listed below or from any other major airport near your hometown. Please indicate the city and departure date you prefer on the reservation form. (TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT, YOU MUST BOOK EARLY AS THESE TOURS SELL OUT VERY QUICKLY EACH YEAR.)
All rates are per person based on two persons regardless of age sharing a room. Some rooms have two double bed that can accommodate up to four persons. SPECIAL SAVINGS: You may deduct $200 from the above prices for anyone under 18 years of age rooming with two persons.
ALL BETHEL TOUR HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
- Round-trip airfare from any departure city to Newark Airport
- All hotel accommodations
- Buffet breakfast daily at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel
- All transportation to Warwick, Patterson and Wallkill
- Box lunches provided on Monday and Tuesday
- Sightseeing tour of New York City
- Admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Services of an experienced tour escort in New York
WASHINGTON D.C. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE THE ABOVE PLUS THE FOLLOWING:
- Private motorcoach from New York to Washington, D.C.
- Hotel accommodations at the Washington Marriott Georgetown
- Sightseeing tour of Washington, D.C.
- Tour of the Holocaust Museum
- Services of an experienced tour escort in Washington, D.C.