A Reggae Lovers tour to Jamaica
We operated this tour last in July 2018 and prior to that in 2015. It may operate again in 2020. You should register your interest now.
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 2018, 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.
18 July - Depart home town
19 July - Montego Bay
20 July- Saturday 21 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 last two nights - Dancehall night on the Friday and Reggae night on the Saturday. All 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 Reggae night usually features a mix of legendary reggae veterans and more contemporary acts - all backed by live bands. Artists already confirmed to appear in 2018 include Sizzla, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Capleton, Spice, and Popcaan.
22 July – Montego Bay – Treasure Beach
23 July – Treasure Beach for Nyahbinghi Groundation
24 July – Treasure Beach to Kingston
Wed 25 July – Tuesday 29 July – Kingston
30 July to 31 July – Port Antonio and Blue Lagoon
Return to Kingston and a farewell party night.
02 Aug - goodbye Jamaica!
Price - Land only A$3711 per person twin share.
Single supplement A$1000
We will offer to introduce people who wish to share with others.
Who really knows (this far in advance) what flight deals will be for this time in 2018. 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.
At the time of posting this page those that want to add on Cuba will have to extend Kingston by 1 night. This means you can get the lowest current airfare. As time progresses this may change.
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