TOURS DESIGNED FOR JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES
TOUR #1 – Bethel Tours
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New York Only
New York Only
New York & Canada
New York & Washington, D.C.
New York Only
New York Only
Our July 17-26 tour includes visiting Niagara Falls and the Watchtower Branch Office in Canada.
Our September 19-27 tour includes 3 additional days in Washington D.C. On September 24th, 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 by hotel shuttle service to the Courtyard by Marriott Newark Elizabeth Hotel. 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 itinerary with you. Balance of the day will be free to do as you please.
After enjoying a complimentary buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will depart on our private motorcoach, driving 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, 5th Avenue, 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 arranged by Brothers from Oasis Tours in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Before the Tour begins, there is time for an optional light lunch followed by a Tour highlighting many Biblical points. At 5:00 p.m., you will return to the hotel. One of New Jersey’s largest indoor outlet malls with department stores, restaurants and a food court is located down the street from your hotel.
After breakfast, 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 which is able to produce literature of over 50,000 printed pages per minute. In the shipping department, you will see how literature requests for over 13,000 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 before the one-hour drive to the Watchtower Educational Center in Patterson where over 1,100 Brothers and Sisters live and work. This is also where the Watchtower Bible School of Gilead and other schools are held. Since its beginning, the Gilead School has sent more than 9,500 missionaries to over 200 lands and islands. Each year thousands of Friends from around the world travel to New York and Wallkill to visit the Factory and printing facilities (See WT 12/1/05, p. 8 and 7/7/09, p15).
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 eight-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 and is the place to have your picture taken with Caleb and Sophia. The audio-video services department, including www.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 900 languages.
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 will return to the hotel. Balance of the evening will be free to do as you please.
Today you will travel to Warwick to visit the new World Headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Governing Body is located here, handling materials related to all the preaching activity worldwide. Under the direction of the writing committee, material is prepared here and 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. Another is called “A People for Jehovah’s Name” including many artifacts and a visual history of our organization. The third is called “World Headquarters—Faith in Action” which is an interactive museum explaining the work of the Governing Body committees. (Go to www.jw.org and click on “Jehovah’s Witnesses Home Page” and scroll down to “About Us – Offices and Tours” and then continue to “Download a Brochure” for three beautiful eight-page brochures on Warwick, Wallkill and Patterson.) At noon, you can enjoy your included box lunch and then 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 cruise to see the Statue of Liberty and view all the Society’s former buildings from the boat as you pass under the Brooklyn Bridge. At 5:00 p.m. you have the option of returning to the hotel or remaining in Manhattan to do as you please. Your Tour Escort will explain how easy it is to return to the hotel.
Today, enjoy breakfast at your leisure as the entire day is free to enjoy New York City. You can go to the top of the Empire State Building, visit Chinatown, Times Square or Macy’s Department Store. In addition, there is a wide 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.
Each of our Memory Maker Bethel Tours includes round-trip airfare with all transportation and reservations to visit Warwick, Patterson and Wallkill to see how Bethelites of all ages enjoy working, eating, and studying together. All New York Tours include your hotel, breakfast daily, two box 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.
Following breakfast this morning, depending on which Tour date you prefer, you will either return to your hometown or continue on the motorcoach on September 24 to Washington, D.C. In the afternoon, 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 the major attractions and shopping. Balance of the day is at leisure.
This morning everyone will visit the Holocaust Museum where you can spend as much time as you please. The museum is dedicated to the story of the multitude of people 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, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial 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 your return flight home with many Bethel Tour Vacation memories.
NOTE: You can travel to New York on any of the above 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 sharing a room. SPECIAL SAVINGS: you may deduct $200 from the above prices for anyone under 18 years of age rooming with two other persons.
ALL BETHEL TOUR HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
- Round-trip airfare from any departure city to Newark Airport
- All hotel accommodations
- Sightseeing Tour of New York City
- Admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Buffet breakfast daily at the Newark Courtyard Hotel
- All transportation to Warwick, Patterson, and Wallkill
- Box lunches provided on Monday and Tuesday
- Services of an experienced Tour Escort in New York
WASHINGTON, D.C. EXTENSION INCLUDES 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.