A Reggae Lovers tour to Jamaica
This tour operated in 2015. There is a plan to operate another tour in 2017, at the same time of year so as to include Sumfest. You should register your interest now. The 2015 was full very quickly and had many on the waitlist.
From 2015 tour:
Have you ever dreamed about attending Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica's biggest music festival? Or dancing at outdoor soundsystem dances under the stars, with the smell of jerk smoke in the air, and a cold Red Stripe in your hand? How about seeing the places of reggae legend - studios like Studio One, Jammys, and Tuff Gong, or Augustus Pablo's Rockers record shop, and Bob Marley's home at 56 Hope Rd. Perhaps you follow the current reggae and dancehall scene, and would love to see contemporary artists in action, recording and voicing dubplates. If so, this is the tour for you - a reggae lover's trip to Jamaica!
Join Babylon Burning’s Jesse I for two weeks in July 2015, exploring the island of Jamaica and all that it has to offer. Starting with four nights in Montego Bay at Reggae Sumfest, the trip will then take in the countryside, passing through the parish of St Ann and Bob Marley’s birthplace at Nine Mile, before continuing along the north coast and the towns of Ocho Rios and Port Antonio. From there we head to the coffee plantations of the Blue Mountains, on route to Kingston – Jamaica’s vibrant capital city, and the birthplace of reggae and dancehall music.
In conjunction with Radio Station 3PBS FM and Reggae Music host Jesse I, we have a tour programme rich in music and cultural history along with experiencing the world famouse SUMFEST Reggae festival Jamaica.
Tuesday 14 July - Depart home town
Wednesday 15 July - Montego Bay
Thursday 16 July- Saturday 18 July - Reggae Sumfest is Jamaica’s biggest and most well-known reggae and dancehall festival, happening every year since 1993. Although it officially takes place over an entire week, it’s really all about the final three nights - Dancehall night on the Thursday, and the two International nights on the Friday and Saturday. All three nights happen outdoors in the middle of Montego Bay, with performances starting soon after dark, and continuing until sunrise. Dancehall night usually features an amazing line-up of Jamaica’s hottest dancehall artists, while the International line-ups tend to be more varied - expect a mix of legendary reggae veterans, contemporary acts, and even a few token foreign artists - all backed by live bands.
Sunday 19 July – Montego Bay – Treasure Beach
Monday 20th July – Treasure Beach via Nine Miles to Ocho Rios
Tuesday 21 July – Ocho Rios - Port Antonio via the north coast
Wednesday 22 July – Port Antonio to Kingston via the Blue Mountains
Wed 22 July – Tuesday 28th July – Kingston
Tues 28 Aug - goodbye Jamaica!
Price - Land only A$2964 per person twin share.
Single supplement A$1000.00
We will offer to introduce people who wish to share to others with a similar aim.
Who really knows (this far in advance) what flight deals will be for this time in 2015. We will suggest a designated airline and those that arrive on this can avail themselves of the included transfers. You can book other airlines - some may wish to use frequent flyer points. The start point for those people would then be the first night hotel. You can get an idea of what flights will be by using our web flight enquiry/booking engine. Take the link that says 'Advanced Search' and then enter your Australian city to Montego and the return being Kingston to your home port.
This time is designed to be flexible and to be able to take advantage of what is happening at the time. It is proposed to enjoy as many of the following as possible.
Some tour participants may not want to attend all events, or indulge an activity every day. Some may wish to stay later at night and so on. Therefore, it is better to be flexible with transport arrangements for this portion. This also means it will be cheaper - rather than commit to a vehicle and driver for their minimum contract and time rates. Your tour escourt and local 'fixer', will organise assorted share transport (taxi, or local mini bus) at the time and participants will simply pay on the spot the cost divided amongst those participating.
Optional Cuban Extension
As one is so close this provides an ideal time to visit the other great musical icon of the Carribean.
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