Oh Hello, Caribbean Tour

winter-bus-tour-mapThe Summer 20th Anniversary Bus Tour has successfully concluded, and has been one of the most exciting and wonderful tours thus far. But wait -there’s still more to be excited about! The 20th Anniversary WINTER TOUR will be in none other than the Caribbean, in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. That’s right, this is a brand new location and a whole new experience, and it’ll be jammed pack full of harinams, rathayatra festivals, snorkeling and pristine beaches and much more. Below is our tentative schedule, but see more details here.

December 17, Meet up in Alachua, Florida at the start of the tour.

December 18-20, Atlanta 24-Hour Kirtan festival. We’ll drive with our bus from Alachua to Atlanta at the beginning of the tour, where we’ll have lots of getting-to-know-each-other group activities and introductions. Two days of blissful kirtans in Atlanta will be a great start to the tour.

December 21, The Journey to Puerto Rico. We’ll drive with our bus from Atlanta to Orlando, and board various flights to Puerto Rico, trying to stay together as a group as much as possible. Shuttles will pick us up at the other end and transport us to our PR accommodations near the temple.

December 22-26, Harinamas and adventure activities in towns and villages around Puerto Rico. Exploring the rainforest at El Yunque National Park. Kayaking a bioluminescent bay. Christmas 12-Hour Kirtan at Puerto Rico temple. Tourist sight-seeing in the old town of San Juan. Swimming at waterfalls and Caribbean beaches.

December 27, Puerto Rico Ratha-yatra festival in San Juan.

December 28, The Journey to the Dominican Republic.

December 29-January 1, Harinamas and adventures in the Dominican Republic. Hiking up Pico Duarte in the Cordillera Central mountains. Visiting the the first settlements of the “new world” established by Christopher Columbus in 1493.  Japa walking pirate coves and white sand beaches. Snorkeling alongside tropical fish in a coral reef. Exploring jungle waterfalls and swimming holes.

January 2, Dominican Republic Ratha-yatra festival in Santo Domingo.

January 3, The Journey Home, flying from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  See flight booking info included at the end of the Application Form.



Mexico 2014: Save the Date


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!

Upcoming Bus Tours for 2014

4 Bus Tours this year:

Kishori Yatra tour for Girls ages 11-15, June 6-29

They’ll be traveling on the silver bus to Panihati in Atlanta, then on to New Vrindaban, Philadelphia, New York Ratha-yatra, Boston, camping in New Hampshire, Washington D.C., camping in South Carolina… fun, fun, fun in good association with devotee peers, and of course lots of kirtan, festivals, temples… Only three spots left. Sign up soon: http://kishoriyatra.com/

The Boys Summer Trip for ages 12 and up. July 1 – August 3

With only a couple of days between tours, the silver bus will drop off the Kishori Yatris and pick up the legendary Boys Summer Trip and take them on a whirlwind adventure across North America this summer. Washington DC Ratha-yatra, Montreal Ratha-yatra, camping with Bhaktimarga Swami on the Bruce Peninsula, Lake Superior, Toronto Ratha-yatra, Serpent River, Thunder Bay Festival of India, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary Ratha-yatra, camping, hiking and hot springs in Banff and Jasper National Parks in the Rocky Mountains, Edmonton Ratha-yatra, Yellowstone National Park (geysers, hot springs), Denver temple, whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River in Royal Gorge, Colorado; Dallas temple, New Talavan, and back to Alachua. His Holiness Bhaktimarga Swami will be traveling with the boys, along with Kishore Rico (of the Mayapuris), Dattatreya Knighten, Ananta Sacasa and Naveen Allin. See their website for details: http://www.summertrip.org/

Euro Bus Tour, the Sequel: Mediterranea

That’s right. There will be a sequel to last year’s epic first-ever Euro Bus Tour for youth ages 18 and up, this time focusing on the Mediterranean countries, possibly, perhaps, maybe including Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland… and could include Belgium (if we rent a bus from the same company as last year). Tour dates would be starting in the month of July, maybe extending into the first week of August. The organizers are currently busy working out the details so they can announce them to you in the next few weeks. The organizers are applying for grants to try to subsidize the tour as well. We’ll see what happens. Start saving now and do email us at bustour2014@krishna.com if you’re interested so we can keep you informed with dates and schedule as soon as we know.

Mexico 2014

The one and only. All we can say is you ain’t seen nothin’ until you’ve seen the festivals the bus tour youth put on at the university in Tampico, and in Monterrey, Veracruz, Palenque Mayan ruins, Merida, Cancun, Tulum, white sand and turquoise water Caribbean beaches, San Cristobal, Tuxtla, Shambala, Villahermosa, Tulancingo, Mexico City, Teotihuacan, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Colima… the jungles of Agua Azul… and having the association of Guru Prasad Swami and other senior devotees. Take a look at the photos from last year’s tour here. Dates will be approximately December 12, 2014 – January 4, 2015. Cost approx. $900. Email bustour2014@krishna.com to let us know you’re interested.

The Adventure of a Lifetime

Have you ever wanted to travel with devotees on a spiritual adventure tour all over Mexico? See ISKCON temples, preaching centers, devotee homes, a dozen Krishna Culture Festivals, Caribbean and Pacific beaches, Mayan pyramids and ruins, cascading waterfalls in the rainforest jungle, Harinamas and book distribution in towns and villages… spend your winter holidays in paradise with 30 other devotees, traveling in good company. Good prasadam. Good kirtans. Good association.

Take a look at our new updated schedule and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!