Day 1, Friday – Montego Bay
Touch down on Jamaican soil in Montego Bay. Jamaica’s second city greets you with promises of pleasure. Much to see, feel, and experience, your DaVinci Jamaica Escapade
has officially begun. The lush land and idyllic breeze embrace. The mountainous beach town that is Montego Bay, is bordered by turquoise sea and softly reverberates reggae rhythms, displaying island art and fine cuisine; a true feast for the senses. Check in at your hotel and experience hospitality at its finest. There are no planned activities until the welcome meeting with your Tour Leader and other group members – the Hotel front desk will inform you of the meeting time and location.
Day 2, Saturday – Montego Bay (B&L)
DaVinci included activity – a day spent with the Rastafarians at the Rasta Village
– learn their history, lifestyle choices and their use of plants as remedies; eat their “ital” food. Commune with the Rastafarians, play Rasta drums and chant theirs songs. This encounter is fully guided by Rastafarians who will meet you at the Montego River Gardens
and travel across the Montego River
. This is an entertaining uncovering of a unique subculture that is unparalleled in its influence on Jamaica’s celebrity. From Montego Bay we’re off to Negril… DaVinci included activity: group transfer to Rick’s Cafe
on the western edge of the island to experience the amazing Negril Sunset and the thrill of cliff diving. Whether you’re brave enough to take the plunge, or just happy to watch the locals take dives from the tops of trees before the sun sets, this is one of Jamaica’s ‘must see, must do’ activities.
Day 3, Sunday – Negril (B):
Seven miles of white sand beach will call, and your response will be languorous moments of pure pleasure; all day just soak it up! Walk the beach, visit the cliffs, rock dive, scuba dive, wind surf, parasail or do nothing at all and relax in a hammock – our Negril home is the launching pad to the perfect Jamaican nights. We recommend that you check out a live Reggae show on the Beach. Do as much or as little as you like– Negril is yours.
Day 4, Monday – Negril/Treasure Beach (B):
Departing Negril we take on another DaVinci included activity designed to lift your spirits – Appleton Estate Rum Factory
. See sugar cane become magically transformed into Jamaica’s Premium Rums. Head into Jamaica’s picturesque countryside for a taste of the past and present. The Appleton Estate first distilled rum in 1749. Learn how this luscious liquor goes from sugarcane, to molasses, then sugar, and finally becomes Rum. Sample blends for age, taste and strength, then pick up a bottle (or two) to take home. CAUTION:
this tour ends with you being given access to the bar where you are allowed to serve yourself! Your rewarding sample will leave a promising tingle. From Appleton we head to Treasure Beach
with a stop in Middle Quarters (famous for peppered shrimp) to experience Jamaican street food for lunch, or you can opt instead to try our local fast food – patty (chicken, beef, vegetation, shrimp, etc). After lunch we make our way to Treasure Beach where we take up our lodgings for the next two (2) nights.
Day 5, Tuesday – Treasure Beach (B):
Wake up in Treasure Beach which is not on the average tourists’ radar, and we hope it stays that way! One of the quaintest spot on earth that will seamlessly claim you as a Local. Spend the days enjoying paradise any way you want. Opt to take DaVinci’s signature Dolphin Quest Black River Safari Experience
, which is a local boat ride to search for dolphins and crocodiles in their natural environment. Travel about 10 minutes offshore to await dolphins on their morning swim. From there, head to where the Caribbean Sea meets the Black River and cruise upstream to see the Jamaican crocodile and over 100 spices of birds native to the Black River Morass . See how the locals use the river for their livelihood – fishing and shrimping. Once you arrive upstream you’ll stop at the DaVinci spot where you’ll have a local lunch and make like Tarzan and Jane and have a swim in the rejuvenating waters of the Black River. Believe it or not today’s highlight is yet to come; leaving Black River our next destination is Pelican Bar. PELICAN BAR
: picture a mass of driftwood, nailed together to create a basic structure, covered by a palm thatch roof and supported by stilts, sitting on a sandbar in the middle of the ocean. This quaint island-in-the-sea lounge is like nothing you’ve ever seen –at Pelican Bar, have a drink, swim, sunbathe or just chill and soak up the lazy sun-drenched vibe.
Other options to enjoy from Treasure Beach are YS Falls, Lovers Leap which are also highly recommended.
Day 6, Wednesday – Treasure Beach/Kingston (B)
Having charted a course for Kingston, the anchor will drop in Jamaica’s capital city and heartbeat. Once in Kingston you’ll do a DaVinci included activity which is a visit to the Bob Marley Museum
– the Bob Marley Museum. The museum is located at Bob Marley’s former residence, and you will be walking in his famous footsteps as you hear of his unique and impactful story. You’ll also have the options to visit Marley’s Trench Town culture yard and Tuff Gong Studios. With a little more energy, explore Kingston’s famous nightlife, full of reggae music and good vibes.
Day 7, Thursday – Kingston (B)
What do you want to do? It’s your vacation, your call. Your options are relax, sunbath and navigate your way through the numerous cocktails your willing bartender at the Hotel will concoct for you; or take a tour of Port Royal
, 14th century stomping ground of some of the “New World’s” most infamous and often notorious pirates; follow your guide and view the evidence of Jamaica’s swash-buckling era, or take a boat trip to Lime Cay
, Kingston’s offshore paradise – a private haven, 15 minutes off Port Royal. This limestone key on Jamaica’s south-east coast offers white sand and excellent snorkeling. Or discover Kingston on a city tour. Or take a dancehall dance class. Or leave the city behind for the day and venture up into the famous coffee-producing Blue Mountains
. The lush hills and fresh air are a nice break from the coastal heat. Tour a coffee plantation and enjoy a cup of the area’s black gold.
Day 8, Friday – Kingston/Portland (B&L)
En route to Ocho Rios, you’ll stop at Charlestown for another DaVinci Included activity: Charlestown Maroon Experience
– a journey into history, learn the story of the Maroons – runaway slaves who fought against the British during the 17th to 19th centuries. Participate in indigenous dancing, singing and drumming with the community members. Learn how to blow the Abeng and you’ll be served traditional Maroon food for lunch after which you can relax or take a swim in the river that runs next to the settlement. From Charlestown we head to Ocho Rios.
Day 9, Saturday – Ocho Rios (B)
Your options are – visit Dunn’s River Falls
where climbing the waterfalls is a once in a lifetime experience – Dunn’s River Falls are like nature’s giant stairway leading down to the Caribbean Sea. Other things to do include visiting Bob Marley Mausoleum
, Dolphin Cove
to swim with the dolphins, or visiting Fern Gully
and find yourself in an Amazon-like rain forest, or go horseback riding
in the Caribbean Sea, River Tubing
or just go shopping – Ocho Rios offers good craft shopping, intricate but affordable pieces that will serve as sentimental reminders of your time in heaven.
Day 10, Sunday – Ocho Rios/Montego Bay (B)
Travel to Montego Bay where the tour ends. Departure from the Hotel in Ocho Rios is at 10:30am and there will be two stops in Montego Bay – one at the Airport and the other at the start Hotel.