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Jamaica - Island Endemics

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 day(s)
Group Size: 9 people
Destination(s): Jamaica  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: February
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2500 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2500 US Dollar (USD)

Although Jamaica is perhaps best known for its luxurious beaches, outstanding coffee and great Reggae music, this island has much more to offer both the avid birder and more general naturalist alike. Ranking fifth in biodiversity among the world’s islands, this 6 day birding tour provides the perfect opportunity to encounter all 28 of the island’s endemic bird species plus numerous other Greater Antillean specialties. This we will do by thoroughly exploring the island’s great variety of habitats, from the evergreen forests of the Blue Mountains to the ultramarine waters of the coast. Just a few of the highlight birds include Jamaican Owl, Jamaican Mango, Jamaican Becard, Jamaican Tody, Crested Quail-Dove and both Red-billed and Black-billed Streamertails. The accommodations throughout are very comfortable, each with its own unique local flair including excellent gardens for birding and superb Jamaican cuisine!

THE TOUR AT A GLANCE…

DETAILS
Tour Dates 7th to 12th February (6 days)
Tour Price US$ 2,500 per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size 10 participants with 1 RBT leader & local birding leaders

THE ITINERARY
7th February - Hellshire Hills and transfer to the Blue Mountains
8th & 9th February - Birding the Blue Mountains
10th February - Birding through to the northeast
11th February - Ecclesdown Road and the Rio Grande
12th February - Final departure

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:
The fee for the Jamaica – Island Endemics tour is US$ 2,500 person sharing.

A single supplement of US$ 415 will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.

Should you wish to pay for this tour in Great British Pound (£), Euro (€), or South African Rand (ZAR), please refer to our website for the current exchange rate.

The tour price includes:
•All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 6;
•A soft drink/water at meals;
•Purified bottled water each day;
•All lodgings during the tour;
•All ground transportation;
•All national park and other reserve entrance fees; and
•All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services).

…and excludes:
•ANY flights;
•Visa fee (if applicable);
•Any drinks other than mentioned above;
•Special gratuities; and
•Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies (see website for all 4 currencies). The tour price is however fixed in South African Rands (ZAR), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) Approximate domestic flight (where applicable) and single supplement rates are also quoted in the fixed currency, with the other currency values subject to exchange rate movements.

b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.

c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.

d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated M17026 leader at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.

Tipping:
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your M17026 leader. If, therefore, you feel that he has given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip him.

Please note
•This tour does not require a high level of fitness, however, much of the forest birding will be on foot and may require walking for several hours at a time (always at a slow pace).

•Accommodations are very comfortable throughout the tour.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include ANY airfares. You are required to be in Kingston the day before the tour starts to avoid complications. Further meeting details will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude on day 6 at Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport. Please note: We strongly recommend that you book your return flights only AFTER 13:00 p.m. to ensure sufficient time for check-in and any other formalities. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the M17026 office.

FLIGHTS:
Kingston is the main port of entry for international flights in Jamaica and is well serviced by several international carriers. As our guests come from all over the planet, we do not include international flights in our tour prices. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. However, please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the M17026 office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour Price (Per Person) €1,980 * £1,580 * USD2,500 * ZAR27,930
Single Supplement €330 * £270 * USD415 * ZAR4,640

Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
Excludes flight costs.

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