Jamaica Discovery Tour

Jamaica – Jamaica Discovery Tour – a 12 day Small Group Tour

Jamaica is a sun and sand destination for many, expectations ranging no further than beach barbecues and Reggae sound systems. However, there’s more to this Caribbean island than bland, all-inclusive resorts.

As well as headline sights in Kingston and Montegeo Bay and plenty of beautiful coastline this tour ventures deep into Jamaica’s interior, away from over-produced cultural evenings and faux authenticity. There’s time to explore historic towns and villages, visit fragrant produce markets and meet the people.

A beach is a beach but this tour shows that Jamaica is another country.

Jamaica is well known as the Caribbean island with beautiful beaches and fantastic resorts, but of more interest to us is the long-held connection to its African roots and a culture that spans continents.

Jamaica is a small island that certainly punches above its weight; with world renowned cuisine, music and sport stars it is hard to ignore this extraordinary Caribbean nation. From jerk chicken and rum shacks to Bob Marley and the national bobsleigh team, Jamaica’s much-loved culture brings a smile to your face. On our small group tour we experience island life as we take it easy on powdery sands; explore lush jungles and the misty Blue Mountains and visit old plantation houses for a taste of history

On our small group tour we experience island life as we take it easy on powdery sands; explore lush jungles and the misty Blue Mountains and visit old plantation houses for a taste of history.

This captivating culture added to the island’s natural wonders which include white-sand beaches, verdant mountain slopes and tumbling waterfalls means that you get all the ingredients for an unforgettable holiday destination.

Tour ratings.

  • Fitness
  • Off the beaten track 
  • Culture
  • History
  • Wildlife

Tour Pace


Tour style


Relaxed Pace

Relaxed tours are easy paced with plenty of leisure time built in. The tour will in all probability still be off the beaten track, with the occasional early start and there may still be occasional long drives. In general on a relaxed pace tour you can enjoy easy-going activities and experiences with opportunities to absorb the sights and immerse yourself in the local surroundings.

Moderate Pace

Moderate pace tours are ideal if you want a tour experience that combines activities and experiences with some time to relax. Typically you will be active and busy for part of the day but then also have time to rest and recharge your batteries. In general on a moderate paced tour there may be some long journeys involved but the tour is not an expedition or a road trip. On a moderate paced tour it will be necessary to have some early starts.

Busy Pace

A busy paced tour means that you can expect to be doing, seeing or experiencing something new almost every day, and moving on from place to place to pack in as much as possible. There may be early starts, long journeys and tiring days along the way, but you’ll return home feeling you’ve really experienced as much as you possibly could.

Pioneer Class Tours

On our Pioneer tours, you will be amongst an elite group of intrepid travellers and some of the first to explore a country that few have been privileged enough to discover. Of course, exploring such areas of the world will come with its challenges; it may mean several nights camping, long journeys by 4WD and the need to maintain a degree of flexibility for when carefully laid plans change. These are challenging tours in countries and areas that may have poor infrastructure, high levels of poverty and illiteracy. This can translate in to low standards in hotels, bad roads and poor driving standards among other issues. We try and smooth out as much of these issues as we can but you should be prepared to experience the bad with the good.

Traveller Class Tours

Our Traveller itineraries are at the core of our programme. These journeys are designed for travellers who still want to discover a land away from the tourist crowds but expect minimum standards. Accommodation will be primarily hotel based, although you could still find yourself camping, or the guest of a local family. Depending on the destination and itinerary, you’ll likely be travelling in a private vehicle, with occasional use of public transport. This is adventure travel with some of the rough edges smoothed out.


Arrive in Montego Bay and transfer to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive there may be time to explore the city. Overnight Toby’s Resort or similar, Montego Bay

A free day to relax after your journey. There is plenty to see and do in Montego Bay or you may wish to just relax on one of the beautiful beaches. Overnight Toby’s Resort or similar, Montego Bay (B)

This morning we begin by tasting the real Jamaica at a variety local food stalls during a journey through the mountains to Treasure Beach on the south coast. Try some peanut porridge, take a bite of fried fish and chew on a piece of sugar cane. There’s an opportunity to shop for fresh ingredients at the market and help prepare a Jamaican lunch with assistance from Chef Rasta. Later there’s time to walk around the town of Black River with its colonial wooden houses, small fishing harbour and busy main street. Overnight Sunset Resort or similar. (BL)

Today we explore the beauty of the south coast. At YS Falls, one of Jamaica’s finest natural attractions, there’s time to take a swim in the cool pools and, for the more intrepid, swing on a rope like Tarzan and make a splash. Of course, it’s fine to just relax and watch the hummingbirds. Afterwards we visit Bamboo Avenue, a road lined with giant bamboo that forms a natural tunnel. Later we take a safari in the protected wetlands and mangroves of Black River. Wildlife highlights include resident crocodiles and a variety of birds such as egret, pelican and maybe even fish eagle. Overnight Sunset Resort or similar. (B)

After breakfast we drive through magnificent mountains to Accompong, a chance to explore Cockpit Country in all its glory. This nature lover’s paradise is also rich in culture and history. Accompong is the sole remaining outpost of Maroons in western Jamaica. During a walking tour we learn about the legacy of these remarkable people and their significance in Jamaican history. Overnight Victoria Bed and Breakfast. (B)

This morning we drive along the south coast, stopping at colourful fruit stalls route, to the former capital, Spanish Town. Here we visit the main sights, including historic Emancipation Square and the Cathedral of St. James, the oldest in the British Caribbean. Afterwards we continue to Kingston via the harbour, visiting Trench Town Cultural Yard, the ‘government yard’ where Bob Marley lived and composed many of his best-known songs. We see Marley’s old bedroom, his first guitar and the shell of his rusty Volkswagen camper van. It’s impossible not to feel the city’s vibes at the Parade. We stroll through National Heroes Park and walk in Marley’s footsteps at the city museum. Later there’s a taste of the Pirates of the Caribbean as we walk through Port Royal and watch fishing boats bring in their catch. There’s time to visit Fort Charles and take in views over Kingston before checking-in to the hotel. Overnight Grand Port Royal or similar. (B)

Today we drive from Mandeville up a winding mountain road to the home of world-famous Blue Mountain coffee. Along the way we may stop to watch soldiers being drilled at the Newcastle army camp. Walking mountain trails in Holywell National Park, we climb through the forest to 1,400m from where there are panoramic views of St. Andrew and Portland. Descending through primary forest, we stop for a caffeine fix at a local coffee shop before returning to Kingston, and Port Royal. Overnight Grand Port Royal or similar. (B)

This morning we drive through the Parish of St. Thomas, one of the least developed but most appealing parts of the island. The road passes through Bull Bay, Yallahs, Morant Bay, and the sugarcane fields en route to the northeast side of the island. Here we enjoy a swim at Long Bay and wash off the dust, before lunch at the Boston Jerk Centre. Afterwards we board a boat to admire the coastline of Portland and its expensive homes, making landfall to explore an uninhabited island. Overnight Bay View or similar in Port Antonio. (B)

This morning we de-stress during a gentle raft ride on the Rio Grande. As the skipper steers the bamboo raft downstream, we soak up the natural beauty and admire views of the Blue Mountains. Afterwards we walk around Port Antonio, taking in the harbour and the craft market with its colourful vendors. In the Titchfield district we explore a historic part of town, walking up the hill through rustic wooden houses to the beautiful old Titchfield Hotel. Later we spend time in Frenchman’s Cove, a secluded white sand beach surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. There’s time to surf the waves, relax and enjoy… Overnight Bay View or similar in Port Antonio. (B)

The day starts with a visit to a kindergarten, part of the Jamaica School Project (only on weekdays and not during school holidays). We meet the children and let them proudly display their work. Afterwards we stop on the north coast at the family-owned Sun Valley Plantation where we snack on seasonal fruits, drink freshly squeezed juices and observe hummingbirds in the gardens. Later, winding roads take us to Fern Gully, a towering green tunnel of ferns and other plant life that’s quite a spectacle. Arriving at the small fishing village just outside of Runaway Bay, we take time to chat to local people, before checking-in to hotel accommodation in the hills. Overnight Villa Sonate or similar. (B)

There’s good opportunity to discover rural Jamaica today, exploring the colourful and busy produce market in Brown’s Town. Afterwards we drive through the hills, enjoying panoramic views of the north coast as we pass through small villages en route. We take a step back in time, visiting one of the area’s great houses, dating from the colonial period. Here the current owner guides us around the dungeons where slaves were imprisoned. Later we visit Dunn’s River and experience the famous waterfalls. Here it’s possible to climb up 180m through tiers of limestone shaded by rainforest – or just use the stairs located next to the falls… Overnight Villa Sonate or similar. (B)

At a suitable time you will transfer to Montego Bay for departure.

Dates & Price.

Tour Notes

This group tour operates subject to a minimum group size of 3 travellers.

Single Supplement from £465.

Return flights from London to Montego Bay start at £599.

The Jamaica Discovery tour is scheduled to fit in with the direct Virgin Atlantic flights from London Gatwick to Montego Bay. Contact us for a quotation.

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Tour inclusions.

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Transport throughout
  • All accommodation
  • Daily breakfast (B), plus lunch (L) and dinner (D) as shown in the itinerary
  • Services of English speaking guide for 9 days
  • Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary

Tour exclusions.

  • International flights
  • Any airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips (discretionary)

This was my first ever holiday to Jamaica. I felt we were treated like royalty and everyone was so friendly. There was so much to take in and the history of the island is fascinating. Thank you for taking such good care of us both.

Ms Beryl Shotton, UK