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.

 

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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!

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.