20th Anniversary Bus Tour Schedule

We’ve got a very exciting schedule for the next 6 weeks of our summer bus tour. We’ll be going to diverse locations from Key Largo to Vancouver, from the summer heat down south to the snowy cold up north in the mountains, so be sure to prepare appropriately and follow our packing list.

JULY
8 WED Depart Alachua, Florida, 4 pm.
9 THU Houston, Texas, The Sanga Initiative retreat
10 FRI Houston, TSI
11 SAT Houston, TSI
12 SUN Houston, TSI
13 MON Houston, TSI
14 TUE Houston, TSI
15 WED St. Louis, Missouri
16 THU New Vrindavan, West Virginia
17 FRI Toronto, Ontario
18 SAT Toronto, Ontario, Ratha-yatra
19 SUN Toronto, Ontario, Festival of India
20 MON Serpent River, Ontario
21 TUE Thunder Bay, Ontario, Festival of India
22 WED Winnipeg, Manitoba
23 THU Regina, Saskatchewan
24 FRI Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Ratha-yatra
25 SAT Calgary, Alberta, Ratha-yatra
26 SUN Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
27 MON Spanish Fork, Utah
28 TUE Chinle, Arizona – Navajo Nation horseback riding
29 WED Grand Canyon, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada
30 THU San Diego, California
31 FRI Los Angeles and Laguna Beach, California
AUGUST
01 SAT Los Angeles, California
02 SUN Los Angeles, California, Ratha-yatra
03 MON Yosemite National Park, California
04 TUE San Francisco, California
05 WED Crater Lake and Portland, Oregon
06 THU Mount Rainier, Washington
07 FRI Vancouver, British Columbia
08 SAT Vancouver, BC
09 SUN Vancouver, BC, Ratha-yatra
10 MON Saranagati Village, BC
11 TUE Golden, BC – Whitewater Rafting
12 WED Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta
13 THU Jasper National Park, Alberta
14 FRI Jasper National Park, Alberta
15 SAT Edmonton, Alberta
16 SUN Crow Agency, Montana – Crow Fair and Pow-wow
17 MON Rocky Mountains National Park and Denver, Colorado
18 TUE Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
19 WED Dallas, Texas
20 THU New Talavan, Mississippi and New Orleans, Louisiana
21 FRI Key Largo, Florida – Snorkeling
22 SAT Key West, Florida
23 SUN Miami and Alachua, Florida
24 MON Ichetucknee Springs river float trip

Important details: Airport PICK-UPs + DROP-OFFs

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Below are important details regarding your flight information. Go through all of the options before and contact us if you have any further questions.

Flying in/ Flying out

Tuesday, July 7th is the ideal day for flying in. August 25th is the ideal day for flying out. We can arrange airport pickups and drop-offs for those days. On Monday, August 24th the bus tour will do a float trip together on the Ichetucknee river, followed by a bus tour after-party in the evening.

NOTE: Do not book airfare until your application has been approved.

The tour starts July 8, 4:00 pm, and ends August 23, 4:00 pm, at the ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple in Alachua, Florida. If you’re flying in to meet us, here are the preferred airports:

Gainesville, Florida (GNV).  50-minutes round-trip from Alachua. $25 per pick-up or drop-off.

Jacksonville, Florida (JAX). 3 hours round-trip from Alachua. $75 per pick-up or drop-off.

Orlando, Florida (MCO). 5 hours round-trip from Alachua. $135 per pick-up or drop-off.

(UK and European youth can save by flying into Orlando on the same day, arriving as a group, and we’ll arrange a group pickup / drop-off. As of March 14, round-trip tickets from London to Orlando were $730 / £495, about $400 less than flying into JAX or GNV.)

Coordinate your arrival and departure plans with us and we may be able to have you share an airport ride with other tour participants, which will reduce your shuttle costs.

JOINING US ALONG THE WAY SOMEWHERE?

Please contact us and let us know the dates you can come, and we’ll advise you on the best airports to fly in and out of, along with expected shuttle costs.

 

The Bus Tour Turns 20

We’re excited to announce the dates for this summer’s upcoming TWENTIETH anniversary bus tour! (That’s right, we’re about to turn 20).

The tour will begin on July 8 and start at the Sanga Initiative, which will be hosted in Houston TX. The tour will include Toronto Rathayatra, Calgary, Vancouver and Los Angeles Rathayatras among many more exciting adventures.

The tour is scheduled to return back to Alachua by August 23.

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2014 Mexico Bus Tour Schedule

Below is this year’s schedule for the 2014 Mexico Bus Tour

December
12 FRI Alachua
13 SAT New Orleans / Houston
14 SUN Monterrey
15 MON Xilitla
16 TUE Tampico
17 WED Papantla
18 THU Veracruz
19 FRI Villahermosa
20 SAT Agua Azul
21 SUN Merida
22 MON Cozumel
23 TUE Playa del Carmen
24 WED Tulum
25 THU Tulum
26 FRI Solferino
27 SAT Cancun
28 SUN Palenque
29 MON Orizaba
30 TUE Puebla or Tulancingo
31 WED Mexico City
January
01 THU Zitacuaro
02 FRI Harlingen
03 SAT Houston / New Orleans
04 SUN Alachua

Mexico 2014: Save the Date

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Thinking of coming on tour with us? Applications for this year’s Mexico Bus Tour will be coming out soon! Until then, keep updated on what’s happening by following us on Facebook. If that’s not enough to satisfy you, you can look at our photo album or watch our promotional video from last year’s tour on replay.

31 youth. 20 days. 14 festivals. Hope to see you with us this year!

Euro Bus Tour Summer 2014 In Review

The after tour blues are setting in, the 2014 Euro Bus Tour has flown by and now, now what…?!

All of our bags are half un-packed; sleeping bags still smelling of Croatian sea salt air, and most likely towels and swimsuits still sitting in a wet-bag somewhere in the room. Our memories are still vivid and fresh, the sweetness of early morning rising still lingering on our minds, but everyone is now in their respective countries and we are again all alone! Or are we…? Please take your photographs and keepsakes and place them on the wall, but always remember that there is someone always with you all the time – Krishna!!

 

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Applications for Summer 2015 Euro Bus Tour will open in December. Please keep updated by liking us on Facebook: Euro Bus Tour. Please email eurobustourorganizers@gmail.com for any inquires.

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ALSO here is an article on Dandavats.com about the adventure:

Transform, Enrich, Inspire Your Summer Euro Bus Tour Strikes Again!

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Ah, summer… that time of the year when most of us go to far-off places and enjoy mother nature, relax and take it easy, and fuel up for the rest of the year’s work/school commitments. Although this break is completely needed for a work-life balance, what about your Krishna consciousness fuel needs – where does KC fit?

More than 15 years ago second generation devotees and ISKCON Youth Minister Manorama das and wife Jaya Sri Radhe dasi decided to blend these two fruitful ingredients: summer fun and KC for a delightful smoothie called the “Krishna Youth Culture Festival” aka “Bus Tour” whose success with ISKCON youth is untold.

This past July 10 – August 11, 29 youth plus, one Vaisnava bus driver, toured Southern Europe making stops at temples, doing maha-harinams, sightseeing in cities, adventure activities, kirtans, and joining festivals in seven countries along the Mediterranean coast. Although the bus was smaller than anticipated and the weather not always as comfortable as expected, the hospitality, generosity and care that we received from the many temples was enough to keep everyone satisfied. There was excellent prasad in almost every Italian temple and Govinda’s visited, there was kirtan, kirtan and more kirtan during every second available on the bus, on the streets, during mealtimes, and the late night hours.

As a young couple, my husband and I felt unsure if we could handle the task of running the European version, the “Euro Bus Tour” on our very own; would the participants be inspired by us (as well as listen to us!)? Would we buckle under the various forces of pressure? Could we make them feel cared for and still keep our sanity? Would we be able to stay in our self-made budget?

Although the anxieties were real, the strength and assistance came to our core leader’s group: Kumari Kunti dasi, Visvambar Caitanya das, Sharanagati dasi, and Sandipani Muni das; who are all second-generation youth living in London, at their different times of need. All who joined us, including ourselves, found a newfound love or at least satisfaction with austerity, a further understanding of what surrender to Sri Krishna means, and a deeper taste for devotee association and sanga.

To give you a glimpse of what the Euro Bus Tour is like, here are some of the highlights of the 2014 summer tour:

  • Italy – Villa Vrindavan (Florence) Sravanam Kirtanam festival with a visit with H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami, Villagio Hare Krsna (Bergamo) with H. G. Pancajangari prabhu, and Prabhupadadesh (Venice) harinam and cultural programs
  • Vienna, Austria – Preaching center cultural program and harinam
  • Lugano, Switzerland – Lake and alpine adventure activities
  • Czech Republic – Padayatra across southern Czech with a visit from H.H. Lokanatha Swami
  • Hungary – Budapest harinam, visits and kirtan with H.H. Sivaram Swami and Krishna Valley visit
  • Croatia – Pula, Rijeka, and Rovinj beach activities, harinams and visits with H. H. Chandramauli Swami
  • Slovenia – Yatra summer camp with a cultural program and Zagreb harinam
  • Lord Balarama’s Appearance day and pizza party at Villa Vrindavana

To sign up for the 2015 tour or for more info:

eurobustourorganizers@gmail.com

www.youthbustour.com

FB: Euro Bus Tour

 

Euro Bus Tour – Mediterranean – 2014

What: ISKCON Youth Ministry European Bus Tour 2014

Eligibility: Aged 17 – 30, good-standing ISKCON youth or bhaktas

When: July 10th Arrivals – Aug 10th Departures

Where: Book return flights to Pisa OR Florence, Italy International Airports

Donation: 800 Euros for 32-day, 8 country, harinam sankirtan tour

Sign-up: Download registration and liability documents, read, sign and scan to: eurobustourorganizers@gmail.com

The European Bus Tour aka Euro Bus Tour is an ISKCON Youth Ministry initiative. Its goals are to facilitate the spiritual growth and experiences of ISKCON youth and budding devotees by giving them good association and fun. The tour goes to various countries (this year Mediterranean countries) and visits temples, does kirtan, harinam, goes to spiritual retreats, does adventure activities, service, and much more.

 

Support for the ISKCON Youth Ministry Euro Bus Tour Project

Hrdaya Caitanaya Das GBC Europe Member/Parent of Bus Tour Participants

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The future of our movement depends on our youth. It is very important that our youth together feel as a family, and interact with ISKCON activities and therefore are inclined to take up responsibility in that way. It is a natural progression: first the youth must become a group of friends, then through interacting with the temple they get a taste for devotional service. In this way the youth are naturally inclined to take up more service in ISKCON.

Due to many reasons as a society we have forgotten over the years to pay sufficient attention of taking care of our own youth. Unfortunately we sometimes look more to making new devotees then keeping our own devotees and our own family members, devotees.

My humble request is that ISKCON Europe temples kindly accommodate our ISKCON youth in their facilities and make the best possible arrangements with them; otherwise it becomes impossible to organize the bus tour on a regular basis.

Manorama Dasa ISKCON Youth Minister

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How many young people are coming to our temples these days, voluntarily, because they think our temples are cool, awesome, the place to be to practice spiritual life? Wouldn’t it be nice to have more young people interested in service at your temple?

Guess what, on a date approaching soon this summer, we hope to bring 30 ISKCON youth from around Europe to visit your temple, whom we’re trying to convince to become more serious about Krishna consciousness. This is a Euro GBC and ISKCON Youth Ministry combined effort to revive (or strengthen) an interest in Krishna consciousness among these young people who are our future hope, part of our ISKCON succession plan. We’ll need your help to inspire them.

 

 

For more updated announcements on the tour see FB https://www.facebook.com/EuroBusTour

Contact person: Kumari Kunti eurobustourorganizers@gmail.com