The Euro Bus Tour dates are July 5 through August 19, 2019. The schedule is posted below.
The cost for the tour, not including airfare, is 1500€ for the whole tour, and 1200€ for the shorter, 5-week Southwestern Europe segment.
Here’s a brief outline:
Travel with 40 devotee youth through Europe on an epic six-week road trip to 10 countries, 5 Ratha-yatras, 2 kirtan festivals, 13 temples, Harinama Sankirtanas, sight-seeing, adventure activities, camping, beaches, hot springs, castles, the Alps, fjords, Viking ships… from Scandinavia to the Iberian peninsula. Build lifelong friendships with Hare Krishna devotee peers and make memories together. Limited space. Ages 17-29. If you’re interested, fill out the online application form here: https://forms.gle/d4RUTPdMtGWmBD4k6
Tentative Schedule (subject to changes)
3-4 WED, THU Tour Preparation Days
5 FRI – Copenhagen, Denmark (rehearsals)
6 SAT – Copenhagen, Denmark, Ratha-yatra
7 SUN – Malmö, Sweden, Ratha-yatra
8 MON – Gothenburg, Sweden, Harinama
9 TUE – Camping at Vaikuntha Lake, Sweden
10 WED – Oslo, Norway, Harinama
11 THU – Oslo, Norway, Ratha-yatra
12 FRI – Almviks Gård, Sweden
13 SAT – Stockholm, Sweden, Ratha-yatra
14 SUN – Aalborg, Denmark, Ratha-yatra
15 MON – Hamburg, Germany
16 TUE – Radhadesh, Belgium, Chateau de Petite-Somme
SOUTHWEST EUROPE TOUR SECTION:
15 MON – Airport arrivals for SW Europe Tour section
16 TUE – Chateau de Petite Somme, Belgium – Radhadesh
17 WED – Chateau de Petite Somme, Belgium – Radhadesh
18 THU – Valençay, France, Chateau d’Oublaise, New Mayapur
19 FRI – Travel day
20 SAT – Barcelona, Spain, sightseeing & Ratha-yatra
21 SUN – Maçanet de la Selva, Spain, R&R, beach
22 MON – Valencia, Spain
23 TUE – Malaga, Spain
24 WED – Malaga, Spain
25 THU – Cordoba, Spain
26 FRI – Brihuega, Spain, New Vraja Mandala Holy Name Kirtan festival and 40th Anniversary celebration.
27 SAT – Madrid, Spain, Harinama
28 SUN – Brihuega, Spain, NVM Holy Name Kirtan Festival & 40th Anniversary
29 MON – Travel day – Andorra
30 TUE – Travel day – camping in Le Luc, France
31 WED – Travel day, lunch in Nice, France, evening at Vicenza, Italy, Prabhupadadesh
1 THU – Venice, Italy
2 FRI – Florence, Italy, Villa Vrindavana, Service Day
3 SAT – Florence, Italy, Harinama & sightseeing
4 SUN – Florence, Italy, Villa Vrindavana – Sunday Feast
5 MON – Italy, Petriolo hot springs & Volterra ancient town (Etruscan ruins from pre-Roman times)
6 TUE – Bergamo, Italy, Villagio Hare Krishna – Harinama in Milano
7 WED – Travel day from Italy to Switzerland
8 THU – Eywald, Rüschegg, Switzerland. Japa retreat.
9 FRI – Eywald, Rüschegg, Switzerland. Japa retreat in the morning, Schynige Platte hike in the Swiss Alps in the afternoon.
10 SAT – Eywald, Rüschegg, Switzerland. Morning Japa retreat, afternoon hike up “First” mountain in the Swiss Alps. Optional adventure activities: riding mountain go-carts, or paragliding (down the mountain). See “Packing List” for all of the add-on adventure activities.
11 SUN – Zurich, Switzerland, Harinama & Sunday Feast
12 MON – Travel Day from Switzerland to France
13 TUE – Valençay, France, New Mayapur – Service Day
14 WED – Valençay, France, Balaram Jayanti Kirtan Festival
15 THU – Valençay, France, Balaram Jayanti Kirtan Festival
16 FRI – Valençay, France, sight-seeing visit to Chenonceaux castle
17 SAT – Paris, France, Harinama & sight-seeing
18 SUN – Paris, France, sight-seeing & Sunday Feast
19 MON – Travel day. Paris CDG airport by mid morning, Brussels BRU airport by mid afternoon, Radhadesh by evening.
Other upcoming ISKCON youth events, and youth-friendly events, around the world.
Euro Bus Tour 2019 – July 5-August 19, 2019. See above.
Slovenia Padayatra, July (dates to be determined)
Scandinavian Festival Tour, July 5-15
Bhakti Sangam Festival, Almviks Gård, Sweden, July 22-28
Polish Festival Tour, Festiwal Indii, approximately June 20 – August 25 (exact dates to be determined.) Pol’and’Rock, formerly Woodstock festival, will be held July 31 – August 3. The devotees will set up the Krishna Village of Peace and start with kirtan and prasad distribution two days earlier, July 29.
Holy Name Festival & 40th Anniversary of New Vraja Mandala, Spain, August 26-28. Big kirtan festival. The Euro Bus Tour will be there.
Pandava Sena Retreat, “Path to Purpose,” at New Mayapur, France July 26 – August 4
Youth Summer Camp at New Mayapur, France, for youth ages 14 and up, August 8-14. Lord Balarama’s Appearance Day festival will be celebrated in New Mayapur (large Krishna Balarama deities) with two days of kirtana August 14-15. This year is also the 40th anniversary of the installation of Sri Sri Radha Govinda-Madhava, NM’s large Radha-Krishna deities.
North America 2019
TSI (The Sanga Initiative) Camp Ignite, ages 10-16, June (dates and location TBD)
TSI (The Sanga Initiative) Summer Retreat for young adults, July (dates and location TBD)
Festival of India tour for young men, all over North America, May-September.
Dominican Republic tour, mid December 2019 through early January 2020. Instead of traveling to Mexico, our North American youth, along with other youth from around the world, will be flying to the Dominican Republic in December to help with two Ratha-yatra festivals, several Harinamas, and go on lots of adventures around this tropical Caribbean island.
South Africa 2019
Krishna Balaram Youth Retreat, late June (dates to be determined).
South America 2020
Radha Krishna Camp for Teens ages 12-16, Nova Gokula Dhama, Brazil, second week of January, 2020. Dates to be determined. Read the ISKCON News article about a previous year’s camp.
Possible youth event in January 2020. (TBD)
Contact us for more information on any of the above.
North America 2020
25th Anniversary Bus Tour, June, July, August 2020. Two and a half months epic bus tour following the Ratha-yatra Festival of India across the USA and Canada, visiting dozens of temples and all the best scenic stops, national parks, and adventure activities along the way. 50 youth, two buses, the best of the best of 25 years of bus tours packed into one iconic road trip.