In short, no! All BCT tours are confirmed with Bethel before-hand by The BCT Office. BCT makes the reservation for you and the rest of the group.
In most cases, on most forms of transportation, to most destinations, checked luggage fees apply. Prices vary by carrier, transportation type and destination. Once you receive your itinerary, whether by air, train or otherwise, you can contact them directly to see if fees applies. Unfortunately we are unable to include these fees into our package […]
To make sure that you have the best experience possible on tour, please inform your tour guide immediately of any concerns or problems with your hotel room or any other aspect of your trip. The sooner your Tour Guide is made aware of the concern or problem, the sooner he or she can help make […]
The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards. The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft. […]
Can I Reserve/Save Seats On the Bus? In short no…. seats each day are on a first come first serve basis. Can I sit in the very front row behind the bus door? In short no… the most coveted sets on a bus are the two directly behind the door of the bus. However for […]
All air or rail travelers will arrive and depart Buffalo airport. Day 1 – Saturday Arrive Buffalo by air or by train – Shuttle to Niagara Falls Hotel. The shuttle is included and arranged for and paid for by BCT for Full Package customers only. If you are a Land Package you can purchase the […]
The first day of BCT trips is usually the arrival date. On almost all our trips there will be a meet and greet team, sometimes at the airport but most usually at the hotel where the group will be staying their first night. At the meet and greet welcome meeting you will be assisted with […]
No! Unless you signed up for BCT to help you find a roommate or you checked that you would like to share your room with others you would never be required to share room. If you noted during the reservation process you would be okay with sharing a room with others and how many you […]
You can enjoy a Broadway play on any of our trips that include New York but the only trip that includes a Broadway play in its price is the New York in Canada Bethel premium. This tour(s) includes a Sunday Matinee Broadway play. Most Sunday Matinee plays are no more than $60, therefore BCT includes the […]
Currently BCT offers two (2) Bethel premium trips. NY Canada Bethel Premium with DC Smithsonian (11 Day Tour) This trip starts in New York and ends in DC. The hotel for the New York portion of the trip we’ll be near the Newark international Airport. For the Canada portion of the trip the hotel is […]
When you check into your BCT provided hotel room and you notice a problem (something is broke or doesn’t work properly or the room is not clean) please notify your BCT provided Tour guide right away and he/she will do their best to rectify the problem. Please be patient with the hotel and tour guide […]
You can request joining rooms for the entire length of your trip. You should make that request using the rooming comments box during the reservation process or you can call an agent and they can add that request for you. Most usually our hotel vendors (in NY, DC, and Canada) are very good about honoring […]
This information and directions on how to get from EWR (Newark International Airport) into Manhattan (and Back) is for BCT travelers in the following situation(s): 1) You want to stay in Manhattan past when the bus returns to the BCT provided hotel. 2) You plan to arrive earlier or stay longer at the BCT provided […]
Where can an AirTrain Newark ticket be purchased? A: Customers may purchase a ticket from NJ TRANSIT or Amtrak train stations, ticket offices or ticketing machines and the AirTrain Newark fee will be included —one ticket does it all. Tickets can also be purchased separately at machines located at the Newark Liberty International Airport Station […]
Yes! You’ll need to bring a stroller that is collapsible, and it will need to be stored under the bus. Naturally you’ll need to bring supplies with you for your baby or child each day as well which are also no problem. Additional keywords: stroller, strollers, baby items, baby, babies, children, child, family travel
Certainly attending a congregation meeting on all of our tours would be fantastic, but it’s difficult to arrange and is not always possible – especially when the tour group is large (as is often the case). That being said, there are trips where attending a congregation meeting is included! Please check the ‘notes’ section of […]
Yes you can! However, you’ll need to request that a BCT Reservation Specialist does so for you. As you might imagine, it could potentially cause a lot of problems if all reservation holders could change a name on their reservation at any moment – especially if flight tickets purchases are involved [Read this FAQ for […]
Yes. A wheelchair (or collapsible electric scooter) that folds up can fit under the bus with no problem. Plus, all of the Society’s facilities have wheel chairs available for those that need them. Those who need to use a wheelchair are certainly welcome on our tours. However they need to have enough mobility to get […]
While on the cruise are my drinks included? In most cases, hot and cold tea, coffee and water are included with your meals. Juice, soda and alcoholic drinks have a surcharge; in some cases you can pay per day for unlimited drinks, but that should be verified on board your ship as to what your […]
Are any cruise excursions included? No. However, once you’ve paid for your tour/cruise package with us, you may pre-purchase excursions or you may do so while on the cruise, although your options will be very limited. Of course you may opt to do your own thing upon arrival to each port. Excursions are not necessary […]
How many witnesses will be on the cruise? It could be just you (and your travel companion, if applicable) or there may be others.
Are both the tour and cruise combos guided? Your land portion, while in New York, Canada and/or Washington D.C. is guided, just as with any of our tours. However the cruise portion is non-guided.
In general our trips which include New York will be anywhere from about 20 and possibly up to 100 persons, and sometimes even more. For all other tours, not including New York, or outside of the United States, the groups could be as few as 5 or so, and up to possibly about 20. It’s […]
Just as many tour operators provide attractive ID badge cards so does BCT. These badges can be cut and used inside a standard name badge holder to wear while on tour with Bethel Coach Tours! While it is not mandatory, such a badge card may help you to better interact with your fellow travelers as well as […]
You can view what a ‘BCT Online Personal Travel Account’ may include, what it looks like and how it functions by clicking here and using the username and password listed below. Please log in and examining a BCT ‘for display only travel account’. Your personal online BCT Travel account is your lifeline (so to speak) […]
Generally speaking and for various reasons, BCT does not post hotel information online. However, if you have a confirmed reservation with BCT, your hotel information will be posted on your travelers desktop about one month from departure. Generally speaking your BCT provided hotel will be near Newark International Airport. Unless your trip is a NY […]
Useful directions and information for those wanting to get back to their BCT provided hotel from Manhattan. In all cases below once you get to EWR all you need to do is proceed to P4 by Airtrain to catch your complimentary airport to hotel shuttle service back to you BCT provided hotel. Manhattan to EWR Instructions: The […]
Your personal online BCT Travel account is your lifeline (so to speak) between you, the BCT Traveler, and BCT and all our various office and agents and specialists. Here are just a few important travel documents posted on your personal travel account: your flight, hotel, itinerary, insurance, arrival & departure instructions, and passport information is […]
Well besides the obvious difference please be advised that the New York and Canada Bethel classic with Sunday in DC makes for a very long Sunday. Total drive time to and from DC is usually over six hours and sometimes eight hours according to traffic conditions. The New York and Canada Bethel classic with Sunday […]
No. Some of our smaller tours will be using the 15 passenger BCT van that is stationed in New York. On trips that include Canada we will not book more than 10 passengers in the 15 passenger van. On Smaller international trips you may also be use a van versus a bus as transportation. Some […]
How many will be on my trip with me? Scheduled Bus trips that include New York average 20 to 50 people The BCT van is used For J4U, Excursions, build your own trips and regular scheduled trips which have under 12 passengers. Europe and international trips trips are generally Smaller so as to give better […]
When more than 12 have signed onto a scheduled trip then it’s a bus trip and not a van trip. Most of our regular scheduled trips that include New York are 30 to 50 people. Due to the nature of the trip J4U trips. NY Excursions and build your own trips could have as few […]
All your transfers and shuttle services is provided by BCT for those who purchase the full package Cruise Combo’s. If your Cruise is after your BCT provided tour the details of that information will be provided by your BCT tour guide just before your cruise. If your Cruise is before your BCT provided tour the […]
Most times but not always. Hotel information will be posted on your personal online travel account and is generally there for viewing at lease one month from departure if not sooner.
You will get back from the Canada Branch sometime between 1:30 and 2:30 pm depending on the traffic and soon after your change into comfortable modest clothes you can enjoy Niagara Falls and it’s many sites and museums and restaurants until late evening. You BCT tour guide will give reasonable guidelines as when best to […]
Generally speaking it’s a late afternoon or early evening arrival back into NY from Niagara Falls. Depending on traffic, departure time from Niagara Falls, number of potty breaks, length of stop(s) to eat, timeliness of group, and ease/difficulty of entry into USA from Canada (border-crossing) anywhere from 8 to 10 hours.
How long is the bus ride to Niagara Falls Canada from Watchtower Farm Printery (Wallkill)? Generally speaking it’s a late arrival into Niagara Falls. Depending on traffic, departure time from WT Farm, number of potty breaks, length of stop(s) to eat, timeliness of group, and ease/difficulty of entry in Canada (border-crossing) anywhere from 7 to […]
That has been asked often and Here are the most recent comments from our Bible Lands Tours Tour designers and Tour Guides (Bro Tim Martin from Brooklyn Bethel and Bro Derek House of ‘Bethel Tours London’! Brother Concerned, I received a copy of your note dated August 27 from Bethel Coach Tours regarding your concerns […]
You can find a day by day itinerary on your trips web page. A detailed day by day with hours and etc. will be provided about one month from your trips departure date. About one month before departure all you documents should be posted. So many things are subject to change in todays tavel environment […]
Absolutely! You will need to make arrangements with them in advance and then inform your tour guide of such plans. It is imperative however, to keep your Tour Guide well informed. If you are planning to eat with a member of the Bethel family DO NOT confirm arrangements until your day by day itinerary has […]
Breakfast is included on all trips to New York, Europe and International tours (where applicable). Also when on the Costa Rica tour and on Cruises; both are all inclusive. No meals (except breakfast) are included on the NY bethel and the NY & Canada Bethel trips. On the NY Bethel and NY & Canada Bethel trips […]
Absolutely. Small 6 pack ice chest will fit under the seat and a few food items that won’t break open or spoil can be placed over head.
Should I tip the bus driver & tour guide? Yes! It gives a good witness to our bus drivers (who are usually NOT one of Jehovah’s Witnesses), when he or she receives a tip for their hard work. Your tour guide will also gladly accept tips. Should I leave a tip in my room? Yes. […]
We recommend travel insurance to everyone. Actually there is no refund of any payments except those covered by insurance. You can select to purchase insurance during the reservation process. Price of policy is based on age of traveler and price range of trip. Read on if you think your Credit Card Insurance is sufficient: So-Called […]
Yes. A wheelchair (or collapsible electric scooters) that fold up fit under the bus with no problem. Plus, all of the Society’s facilities have wheel chairs available for those that need them. Those who need to use a wheelchair or collapsable electric scooter are certainly welcome on our tours. However they need to have enough […]
Our busses do not have lifts, so the person would need to be able to walk on and off the bus. If he/she requires a wheel chair most of the time, they must have a traveling companion who has accepted the responsibility of assisting that person.
Yes. But we recommend you keep snacks with you if your health would be compromised since the timing of our meal breaks can vary slightly.
Yes, if they have a traveling companion who has accepted the responsibility of assisting that person.
There is no BATHroom or RESTroom on the bus only a tiny little toilet and since you can’t rest in it or bathe in it so we ask that it be used only in emergencies. Therefore, we make frequent bathroom stops.
Approximately every two hours. Between WT Farm Wallkill (after lunch) and Niagara Falls Canada (late evening) we stop once to eat and twice for a potty break.
All of our tour guides are Jehovah’s Witnesses, both Brothers and Sisters. Should your tour be guided by a Sister, please take the lead in cooperating with her direction and be respectful and obedient to what is needed on your part. The same would obviously be true if your tour guide is a Brother. Your […]
If my tour includes a free evening in NY, how can I use my time? Your tour guide will be happy to assist you in formulating a plan with you.
Yes you can, but since we don’t return to the hotel until later in the evening, you should bring a change of clothes with you each day if you want to change from meeting clothes to more comfortable attire. Your dress up clothes you can leave on the bus as your tour NYC in the […]
The Society suggests a dress code be set up for the trip because everywhere we stop we give a witness. We want the trip to be comfortable and memorable for everyone so we have set forth guidelines that are reasonable and still allow room for personal preference. Please let your desire to bring honor to […]
Yes they are! Spiritual things come first, and Christian conduct is expected from all. We start each morning with a prayer and daily text, and we keep the rest of the day on a spiritually up-building level. We advise everyone to stay in groups of three or more for safety sake, and parents and/or guardians are […]
Absolutely! It is imperative however, to keep your Tour Guide well informed. Your online itinerary lists the day you will be at each facility. If you are planning to eat with a member of the Bethel family, here’s a rule of thumb: If your BCT tour group is scheduled to tour the facility in the morning, plan […]
You have several options available to you and your BCT Tour Guide will be happy to explain what options are accesible based on the current situation in NYC at the time of your trip. The corresponding webpage on this website lists most of those options therein.
Yes minors can go without their parents. If you have children 18 years of age or under who are going on the trip without either parent you need to fill out a Child Guardianship Consent Form which you can get from the home office. This form will authorize a responsible adult as legal guardian over […]
Yes. All of our guests trip reservations (even those taken over the phone) are entirely online and are therefore entered online so that our customers can easily access their details at any time; from anywhere. However, if a BCT Agent enters your reservation for you (such as when you ask to have your reservation created […]
You will be responsible for all your hotel to airport transfers, which can be very costly.
At this time the airlines are recommending you check in three hours in before your flight for international flights and two hours before your flight for domestic flights. OR you may check-in online with most carriers 24 hours before departure.