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Story of Bob Marley Tour aboard the “Zion Bus” – from Ocho Rios

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Key Highlights
  • Make a pilgrimage to the 'Graceland' of Reggae
  • A 'must' for hardcore Bob Marley fans
  • See the places that inspired Bob Marley′s greatest hits
  • Book in confidence – our local partners are highly rated by users of trip advisor and have been named the Caribbean’s leading nature adventure excursion operator for the last 4 years!
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Tuesday, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday


    5 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 9:00am
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Ocho Rios (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Ocho Rios

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview If you're a serious Bob Marley fan and the reggae beat throbs in your veins, then this pilgrimage to Marley's childhood home and last resting place is a 'must'.

    Ocho Rios, travel by authentic Jamaican country bus, with a reggae soundtrack on the powerful stereo, along winding mountain roads through lush forests.

    Enjoy rum punch and other refreshments as your guide tells you about the 'Reggae King's' early life and the surroundings that inspired him.

    See Bob Marley's simple home in tiny Nine Mile village, and Mount Zion rock where he meditated. Pay your respects at his tomb in the mausoleum.

    On your return trip stop for at the local Jerk Center for a yummy Jamaican lunch treat.


    At the start of your Reggae Legend Zion Bus Tour , you will be picked up from your hotel in Ocho Rios by an authentic Jamaican Country Bus , The 'Zion Bus Line'.

    Sit back and enjoy this totally unique experience. The bus features a state-of-the-art DVD stereo system, cooling fans and chrome airhorns, plus a dreadlocked driver!

    With 'rastaman vibrations' blasting from the stereo, you will set off through the hills of St. Ann , the parish where reggae legend and Rastafari Bob Marley grew up.

    As you follow winding roads through cascading tropical greenery and steep wild mountains, your 'ductor' (conductor/ guide) will tell you all about the life and times of the 'King of Reggae'.

    On the way you can enjoy drinks (delicious rum punch, fruit punch and water) and snacks (tasty Jamaican patties). And to ensure your comfort there will be a bathroom stop.

    You will reach the mountain hamlet of Nine Mile , in the middle of nowhere. This was where the reggae superstar, Bob Marley, was born in 1945, and the place where he was laid to rest after his untimely death from cancer in 1981.

    You will see the family house and the fireside , where young Bob Marley cooked 'cornmeal porridge' as described in the song, 'No Woman, No Cry.'

    You will see Mount Zion rock , where Marley used to meditate and rest his head on 'the pillow' immortalized in the song 'Talking Blues'.

    Finally, you will walk through the mausoleum , where Bob Marley’s body is encased in a large square tomb covered by a simple cloth.

    On the return trip through Higgin Town and St. Ann's Bay you will stop at the local Jerk Center for an authentic Jamaican lunch of Jerk Pork & Chicken, Rice & Peas, Festival and 'Belly Wash' Lemonade. .

    At the end of your unforgettable tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Ocho Rios.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transport in Jamaican 'country bus', with stereo and cooling fans
    • Guide/ bus conductor (English-speaking)
    • Light refreshments (including rum punch, fruit punch, water and Jamaican patties)
    • Lunch at local jerk center
    • Entrance to Bob Marley's birth and burial place
    • Photographs and souvenirs
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Not suitable for pregnant women

    This tour is for adults only (minimum age is 18 years)

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

  • reviews
    • Thrilled I was able to go to this destination.

      Tour was wonderful. Had been dreaming of this visit for years. I love Bob!...

      Stephen D. Mason, United States, 28/Jul/2013

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