Live Steel Drums & Street Food Experience!


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From $75.00

8 reviews   (4.88)

Price varies by group size

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Departs: Trinidad, Trinidad

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Overview

Experience LIVE music in Port of Spain by night! From 8.30pm we will tour you through the energetic capital of Trinidad to various “steel pan yards” where the local steel-bands practice. Trinidad is the birthplace of the versatile "steel-drum" and we hear Soca, Calypso and sometimes even some Classical music - the steel-bands are everywhere! Listen to the pulsating rhythms of "Phase 2 Pan Groove" and others in their authentic neighborhoods - and of course taste some delicious street food as well. Let's check out the busy night strips (optional), we will give excellent insider tips. After the tour you can choose to stay and "lime" (hang out) or we drop you back to your hotel by 10.30pm.

Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.


What's Included

Bottled water, soft drink or 1 alcoholic drink (beer or rum)

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Live Music by authentic steel drums invented in Trinidad

Local driver guide

One "Doubles" (local street food) or other, according to availability

Private tour or Small-group tour

Transport by private vehicle or air-conditioned minivan

What's Not Included

Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase), except 1 drink (beer or rum)

Gratuities


Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Children over the age of 7 years can participate in this family friendly tour of local "panyards"
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Queen's Park Savannah
Tonight you will experience the steel-bands practice in their neighbourhood “pan-yards”. Created over 75 years ago from discarded oil-drums, this versatile instrument is now known and used all over the world, well-suited to play any type of music. Your 2.5-3 hour night-time tour of Port of Spain starts with a pickup from your hotel. During the short drive to your first 20 minute stop, the friendly guide will tell you all about the history and evolution of the “pan”.

Listen to the sounds of the steel-band – it could comprise of 120 players or more during Carnival. During regular practice over the rest of the year there will be 20+ players. The sounds of local Calypso or Soca will fascinate you! Sometimes you are treated to some Classical music as well. It is fascinating and amazing that such a sophisticated instrument was made out of a simple oil-drum. Our guide will explain how this is done.

Let’s continue your pan-yard hopping experience. We make stops at a few other pan-yards in different areas of Port of Spain, where we listen to the Steel-bands practice - each one with another level of musical expression and arrangement. Every yard has its own atmosphere and typical flair. Just please remember, this is not a concert, it is a spontaneous practice!

Hang out with the locals, Trinidadian people (“Trinis”) are friendly and always up for a chat! If available we will stop at a “mascamp” where Carnival costumes are displayed and you will learn all about our fascinating Carnival.

We will also introduce you to our most popular nightlife areas, lined with bars, pubs, casinos, restaurants, if you feel like “liming” (hanging out), we will give you the latest insider tips. Epic, believe me!

Our return to the hotel is at between 10.30-11.30pm according to the season.

Availability:

During Carnival Season Jan/Feb/March - on a daily basis.8.30-11.30pm

Out of Carnival Season - every Tues/Wed/Thursday. 8.30-10.30pm

1 hours • Admission Ticket Free


Reviews

The music hits your soul!
jenlat88, 25-09-2019
WOW!! What an amazing experience! I started the tour with little knowledge of steel drums and left with a great appreciation for the drum and the musicians! Stefan was AWESOME! He explained the instrument’s history and the importance to the Trini culture. We saw 4 or 5 different groups who all had a phenomenal sound and great musicality and arrangements. It truly is a really beautiful sight to see and hear. Everyone is incredibly talented! Plus, Stefan introduced my friend and I to doubles and now we’re addicted! Thanks for limin with us and the fun night out!!!
Nice tour, peak into culture and music.
KristaTheNetherlands, 25-02-2020
Nice tour, pleasant guide. We were in town, just before carnival. The guide took us to visit 4 pan yards. Which was amazing, to see all that dedication and musical talent. And of course a peak into the local culture. We hired a guide, to make sure we would not end up in unsafe areas or other trouble. It worked very well. Our guide showed us around, made sure we were allowed to take pictures (film is not allowed) and got us drinks etc. I would definitely recommend this tour around the steelpan yards. A real peak into culture and local music.
Steel Pan
etandah, 04-02-2020
We had fun! The tour guide was flexible and knowledgeable. I felt safe and enjoyed myself. The tour took use to 4 different pan yards
Enjoyable and enriching
Nicole_R, 30-09-2022
The tour guide was interested in providing us with the best experience. He was flexible and knowledgeable.
Enjoyed the tour..
Jennifer_C, 14-03-2020
Had a nice time, got some history about the island and steel pan. The only beef I have is general concerning tours in Trini. They are discriminatory to solo travelers. I had to pay for two even though it was just 1. They need to make accommodations for solo travelers...this us the 21st Century! All they need to do is give a solo price! Anyway, had a nice time.




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