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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested so we can keep you informed with dates and schedule as soon as we know.
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 email@example.com to let us know you’re interested.