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Reggae and Cuban Jazz Music Tour to Jamaica and Cuba

A Reggae Lovers tour to Jamaica
With Cuban Extension

We are off again in July 2018 so as to include Sumfest. You should register your interest now. The 2015 tour was full very quickly and had many on the waitlist.

Client comments

From: Steve
Sent: Friday, 28 August 2015 1:27 PM
To: Brent McCunn
Subject: RE: Jamaica and return

Thanks Brent, I had a ball!

Steve

From: Julie
Sent: Friday, 4 September 2015 11:21 AM
To: Brent McCunn
Subject: Jamaica/Cuba Trip

Hi Brent,

The trip was fabulous, we really enjoyed ourselves and the experience was a once in a lifetime

All the best,

Julie

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 2018- Depart home town

19 July - Montego Bay
Arrive Montego Bay. Met and transferred to hotel. Balance of day free time - have a swim, meet the rest of the group, and get some rest to recovery from the journey.

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
Today we start our road tour after midday, leaving Montego Bay for the South Coast. We venture in the hills and enjoy the beautiful nature. Stops will be made by the Peter Tosh Mausoleum (optional entrance), Border fishing village and Blackriver. Just pass Blackriver we will board a small fishing boat for the 10 minutes ride to the Pelican Bar, a most unique bar in the middle of the sea. We will continue to our hotel in Treasure Beach. Treasure Beach is the generic name given to four Jamaican coves and their associated settlements: Billy's Bay, Frenchman's Bay, Calabash Bay and Great Pedro Bay. Removed from the main tourist areas, Treasure Beach is a more quiet, relaxed Jamaica.

23 July – Treasure Beach for Nyahbinghi Groundation
Today we spend most of the day at Treasure Beach and then continue our road trip cross country in the afternoon. We drive inland from Treasure Beach to Porus. With July 23rd being the birthday of Haile Selassie (worshiped by Rastafarians as God) this is the perfect time for us to experience a true Nyahbinghi "groundation", an evening of drumming and chanting, held at the headquarters of the Nyahbinghi order near Scotch Pass.

24 July – Treasure Beach to Kingston
From Porus we continue on to the true birthplace of reggae music - Kingston. 

Wall Art
Street bar sound system

Wed 25 July – Tuesday 29 July – Kingston
6 nights in Kingston with many reggae activities.

30 July to 31 July – Port Antonio and Blue Lagoon
After nearly a week in Kingston, we head towards the north-east coast to enjoy some of Jamaica's natural beauty.  An unhurried drive is best here, taking time out along the way to enjoy the magnificent views and the old buildings of Port Maria, the market of Port Antonio and the famous Blue Lagoon. Our overnight stay will be at a peaceful eco resort just outside Port Antonio. .

01 Aug

Return to Kingston and a farewell party night.

02 Aug - goodbye Jamaica!
We begin the long journey home, or on to Cuba (see note), flying out of Norman Manley airport in Kingston.

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.

Price Includes

  • Australian specialist tour leader - about Jesse
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 nights hotel Montego area 3* incl. of breakfast
  • 2 night hotel Treasure Beach incl. of breakfast
  • 1 nights hotel Port Antonio incl. of breakfast
  • 8 nights hotel Kingston 3* incl. of breakfast
  • Bus with Driver and English speaking guide on driving days
  • Boat trip to Pelican Bar
  • Transfer from airport to hotel visa versa
  • Local music guide/fixer in Kingston

Not Included

  • International Airfares
  • Gratuities (tips)
  • Kingston excursions, clubs etc - see note below.

Flights

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.

Kingston Excursions

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.

  • Historic sights and studios. Orange St (Prince Buster, Rockers, Negusa Negast,
  • Techniques), Studio One, Channel One, Jammys.
  • Alpha Boys school visit
  • Tuff Gong studios.
  • Trenchtown, where Bob Marley grew up.
  • Denham Town/Tivoli Gardens, downtown ghetto garrison community (subject to safety at the time).
  • dubplate voicing at <x> studio.
  • Bob Marley museum at 56 Hope Road.
  • downtown markets
  • Dynamic Records factory visit
  • Hellshire Beach
  • attend Stone Love "Weddy Weddy" dance on the Wednesday night.
  • attend oldies dance in Rae Town on the Sunday night or Kingston Dub Club (or Bounty
  • Sundays or Scream Sundayz).

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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