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Trinidad Carnival Packages

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 3 - 60 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 150 people
Destination(s): Trinidad and Tobago  
Specialty Categories: Festival Tours  
Season: February - March
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 250 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4500 US Dollar (USD)

There is no experience on earth to compare with Trinidad Carnival, the mother of all Carnivals, the oldest and greatest of them all, often imitated, never equaled. It's termed by many as the world's most spectacular celebration. For the two days preceding Ash Wednesday, you will see the stunning beauty of tens of thousands of colorfully costumed revelers and you will hear the scintillating sound of steelband - hundreds upon hundreds of delicately tuned oil drums playing to the rhythm of Trinidad's Calypso. You will feel a spirit move you as it has never done before.

Trinidad Carnival is far more than two days of masquerading, however. It's a whole explosive season in itself. And the seeds of brilliance that blossom during that season have been germinating in the minds of designers, composers and panmen since well before Christmas. Trinidad's culture prepares to celebrate itself between January 1st and Ash Wednesday with songs pouring from recording studios, performed nightly in Calypso tents, costumes by the thousands being stitched, and the process of turning more than a hundred panmen and women into a single, giant steelband unit.

At Carnival time, something extraordinary occurs in Trinidad & Tobago. Barriers fall. Rank ceases to matter. The air permeates with the recognition of the human need to recreate, to play, to suspend the superficial world of commerce, gossip and politics for a time, and let deeper values predominate. It is a time for you, the individual, to experience an opportunity to learn about truth, joy and the art of living. The celebration started hundreds of years ago, and though today's happy festival bears little resemblance to the Carnivals of old, the festival's roots lie in a mixture of the rites of Bacchus, of French Catholic celebration, and the revelry of newly emancipated slaves.

Carnival Monday: Each year, at 2:00 a.m. Carnival Monday morning, the greatest show on earth is born. In the early hours, the first revelers hit the streets - jumping, dancing, shouting - abetted, it must be admitted, by the fine local rum, but fueled more by the exhilaration of the occasion. This early "mas," known as "j'ouvert," is for the true die-hard player. It's a ritual enacted to the accompaniment of mud, oil, pitchforks and pointed tails! All the steelbands roll the streets in glorious cacophony. In the afternoon some of the "pretty" masquerades come out displaying parts of their costumes as a tease for Carnival Tuesday. The masquerades and parties continue through the night.

Carnival Tuesday, the masked costume bands appear in their full beauty and dance to the music of conventional (brass) bands and steelbands. In the riot of colour, sound and movement that ensues can be found the heart of Carnival - the world's largest, most peaceful, most euphoric street-party. You are free to jump along with the costumed revellers. Carnival is an occasion for release, a time when every and anyone is permitted to come out of themselves. Carnival gives you a license to "play yourself", to forget what people might think, to revel in the noise and excitement of music, people, life! It is better therapy than therapy. Carnival Tuesday draws to a close with "Las Lap," a local term meaning the end of Carnival - literally your last chance to jump through the streets before King Carnival disappears for yet another year at midnight.

Note: Our tours, dates, itineraries, and length of stay are customized according to clients' wishes. You can choose to include accommodations (automatically include taxes and service charges), local guides, meals, events or parties, and transportation.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Note: The rates vary according to type of accommodation, length of stay, transfers or auto rentals, number of guided tours, number of events or parties, and number of meals requested.

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Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Apr 2008
Client Request Served: 83

M17986 is the most well-informed tour operator/wholesaler for Trinidad and Tobago, with 22 years of experience, offering a full range of packages available on both these beautiful islands, including custom for both individuals and groups. These offerings include Carnival, Birdwatching, Nature Adventures, Steeldrum...

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