Immerse yourself in the phenomenon that is Rastafari!
Although a staple of pop culture, Rastafari is much more than Red, Yellow, and Green hats and Marley Music.
Learn the real story and the true meaning behind this interesting group of people, all while experiencing a one of the most wonderful Vacation Destinations on Earth!
The Rastafarian Culture Tour begins with a bang! A Tour of the Rastafarian Village leads to nyabinghi drumming and drum making, the Rastafarian Museum, and teaches you the origins of “one love”.
For the next three days, you’ll have the rare opportunity to live with the Rastafarians! Help out in their wellness centre, learn the workings of their small factory, make drums with them, and farm to make traditional Rasta Food!
The Rastafarian Culture Tour moves to another Rastafarian Village on Friday, another amazing experience to live with some of the most interesting people on the planet!
Saturday is a mini vacation! Relax in Montego Bay as you traverse the breathtaking white sandy beaches and enjoy a shopping trip to the Montego Marketplace!
Sunday of the Rastafarian Culture Tour begins another week of living in the Rastafarian Culture as you experience their way of life, work with them, learn how to make the most of your surroundings, and love everyone around you like a true member of the Rasta people! The Rastafarian Museum is another highlight of your time with them, showing you to the unique and storied history of this popular people group!
The Rastafarian Culture Tour also shows you some of the most magical parts of Jamaica! Learn about the Legacy of Bob Marley (a staple of Rastafarian Culture) on a visit to the Bob Marley Museum and Tuff Gong Studios!
One of the rarest tours we offer, the Rastafarian Culture Tour is a unique opportunity to experience a culture of amazing people and take a TWO WEEK vacation to one of the most entertaining and beautiful places on earth!
As your Professional Tour Guides show you around, and the Rastafarian People teach you their ways, your eyes will be opened to a new way of life and the trip of a lifetime!
Day 1: Sunday - Arrival Day
Collection from Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, Jamaica. Transport to your accommodation/host family. Settle into your new surroundings.
DAY 2: Monday - Explore Jamaican Culture
Jamaican Culture Orientation – tour the town of Mandeville to visit landmarks, markets, enjoy the food & gain taxi experience.
DAY 3: Tuesday - Accompong Village
You will learn about the history of Jamaica & it’s people by visiting the Accompong Village, a maroon settlement in Jamaica with the people that fought for freedom of the land.
DAY 4: Wednesday - Jamaican Market Scene
It’s market time. Wednesdays are wholesale days in the market. This means you get a wider variety of fruits, vegetables & produce. Plus, things are cheaper. Come experience the Jamaican market scene – learn about the fruits, vegetables & produce, how to bargain, how to roast a breadfruit & more about ackee (the Jamaican national dish). As well as a little about the language, full immersion.
DAY 5: Thursday - Trench Town Culture Yard
Trench Town Culture Yard – experience the authentic roots of the legend Bob Marley. A little fun is mixed into the trip so you will get to visit the Bob Marley Museum & then taste the world famous Devon House Ice Cream.
DAY 6: Friday - Melrose Hill & Murray’s Fish & Jerk Hutt
Patties are a delightful treat loved by Jamaicans & visitors – get the chance to taste patties from the top three companies Juici, Mothers & Tastee. You will get to understand how patties are made & what makes them so special – taste & learn the art of making Jamaican patties. It doesn’t end there – roast yam, roast breadfruit, roast corn, roast potato – yummy! The tour will take you to Shelly’s at Melrose Hill to learn more about all these roasted delicious items. You will then travel to Porus to learn more about the Jamaican fruits. The nicely arranged fruits stalls will leave you wanting so much more. This will be topped off with a visit Murray’s Fish and Jerk Hutt.
DAY 7: Saturday - Ocho Rios Town Tour & Dunns River Falls
Explore the town of Ocho Rios & nearby Dunns River Falls – enjoy a relaxing day climbing the world famous waterfalls & exploring the white sandy beaches. You can also experience some shopping while immersing yourself in the Jamaican way of life.
DAY 8: Sunday - Authentic Cultural Immersion
Authentic Cultural Immersion – spend the day as a group attending either a local sporting event such as football or cricket, or check out one of the any local fairs and markets.
DAY 9: Monday - Rastafarian Village tour
The Rastafarian Village Tour will open your eyes to the life & culture of Rastafarian. It is an authentic space nestled in the rustic Montego River Gardens property.
DAY 10: Tuesday - Jamaican Sporting Culture
Sports is a big part of the Jamaican culture. You will get to learn more about the rich sporting tradition of Jamaica & why we have the world’s fastest men and women.
DAY 11: Wednesday - Little Ochi Seafood & Pelican Bar
You have not had great seafood until you visit Little Ochi Seafood – fish, lobster, crab, conch and so much more. Taste jerk, roasted, curried, steamed, fried fish & other seafood. We guarantee this will be an exceptional experience. The restaurant is located on the beach in a fishing village & you will get to interact with & learn more about the culture through the eyes of Jamaicans. You will experience how these sumptuous seafood dishes are prepared. You will also visit Pelican Bar – tucked away in the Caribbean Sea.
DAY 12: Thursday - Free Time
Free time to explore.
DAY 13: Friday - Appleton's Rum Tour + Lovers Leap
We saved the rum tour for last, so you could soak it all in. Home to the finest blends in the world, the Appletons Rum Tour offers a taste of good liquor. You will also visit the shrimp country in Middle Quarters & then head to Lovers Leap for your final Jamaican experience.
DAY 14: Saturday - Departure Day
Return transfers to Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Like all of our exciting Educational Tour options, this tour offers participants a carefully crafted balance of learning elements (lessons, lectures, seminars, field study, etc), planned activities and excursions (cultural activities, mini-tours, sightseeing, etc) and free time for you to explore in your own way or to simply relax. This is what makes Worldaway Learning Tours so unique!
Here’s what you can expect on this tour*:
*Breakdown provided for informational purposes only. Individual experiences may differ.
Our ‘Start Dates’ represent the day that you should arrive into the country. This is officially the first day of the tour and is the day that the local guide has set aside to meet and collect the tour participants. To allow this to be a smooth process, we ask that you do your best to arrive in the morning of the official start day. If you’re having troubles finding a suitable flight, or if you are worried about your flight arrival time, let us know so that we can assist.
No. Flights are not included in the listed tour price. We have participants joining our tours from all around the world, and as such we believe that individuals can find the best deals on their own. Need some help finding flights? We can guide you to some great resources, so just ask.
*We strongly recommend that you only purchase flights once your tour has been confirmed.
Yes. It is important that you are covered in the event of something terrible (or just terribly annoying) happening. Whether it’s a last-minute flight change, losing your luggage, or falling ill while abroad, if you have proper travel insurance cover, you can sit back and enjoy the experience worry-free.
We believe that World Nomads is the best insurance provider for adventure travelers. Policies through World Nomads cover trip cancellation, medical emergencies, emergency evacuation, as well as lost, stolen or damaged personal belongings. Their policies are extremely competitive so get your free no obligation quote here!
It is each traveler’s responsibility to ensure they have the correct tourist entry visa/s and any necessary vaccinations. Both of these items depend on your own background – i.e. What passport are you travelling on? What vaccinations you have had previously? We can certainly help guide you through the process and have lots of great advice to give, so again, just ask.
Yes! While we welcome groups, families, couples and friends, our Learning Tours are also designed with individual travelers in mind. You’ll be part of a larger group which is made up of other intrepid travelers from all over the world. This is a great way to meet like-minded people and we’re sure you will make a few long-lasting friendships.
On most tours the minimum number of participants is 2 and maximum is 12. Group sizes vary at different times of the year, but generally speaking we will do our best to ensure there is at least 4 participants on each tour where possible.
In most cases, yes! There are some instances where tour participants will travel by foot, like walking a short distance between your accommodation and a learning or activity center for example, but for everything else, the transport is all arranged for you!
As mentioned above, flights, visas, insurance and vaccinations are not included – so these costs are additional to the listed tour price. In addition, you should consider the following:
- Airport taxes and entry/departure fees (if not included in your flight ticket)
- Additional food, drinks and snacks
- Money for optional activities /excursions (where available)
- Personal spending money (think souvenirs!)
The amount of additional money you may need is impossible for us to judge, and really does depend on your own spending habits, but if you have any questions about this, or want some help working out your budget, just let us know.
In most cases, no. Breakfast is often included at your accommodation, but lunches and dinners will be subject to the tour itinerary. As such, some are included, some are not, but this does of course provide a wonderful opportunity to try out the local cuisine for yourself.
Yes. It has become fairly common for tour participants to request special dietary provisions, so in most cases this can easily be catered for. If you have concerns about this though, let us know and we can discuss it with complete confidentiality.
Yes, absolutely! Free time is an important part of every tour. There is nothing more frustrating than having to follow a strict and unforgiving itinerary. Where possible, you will have free time to explore, partake in some of the local attractions and activities, or simply relax – it’s up to you!
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Once you have completed the booking form you can secure your spot by paying a deposit of US$500. This is part of the total tour price and will be deducted from your final invoice. The balance needs to be paid 6 weeks prior to your tour start date. Don’t worry – we will send you a reminder when that time comes and an invoice which you can simply click and pay.
*If you wish to join a tour that is starting in less than 30 days, you will be prompted to pay the entire tour fee at the time of booking.
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The Rastafarian Culture Tour (14 Days)A truly unique cultural experience!
- Loft-Style Cottages w/Meals
- Twin or Multi-Share w/Bathroom (Single Rooms Available)
- Become fully immersed in the Rastafarian way of life
- Daily Cultural Activities + Drum Making
- Learn about the history of Rastafari & the history of the village
- 2 x Airport Transfers
- Visit the Bob Marley Museum & Tuff Gong Studios!
- Accommodation w/Meals, Guide, Transportation and Excursions
- Certificate of Completion
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