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adventure travel trip to Papua New Guinea
  • Sep 4-16, 2014
  • Sep 3-15, 2015
  • Duration 13 days
    Group Size 2-18
    Land Cost $7,560 Details
    Single Supplement $1,050 Details
    Lodging 3 stars
    Grade I-II
    Best Time

    Classic Goroka Show Tour

    Expert locally-escorted sing-sing plus Tari, Mt. Hagen, and the Sepik River

    Day 1      Port Moresby

    Upon arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met and transferred to the Gateway Hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. 

    Meals: Dinner
    Lodging: Gateway Hotel

    Welcome to Papua New Guinea
    Day 2      Port Moresby / Mt. Hagen

    In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Mt. Hagen. Upon arrival in Mt. Hagen, you will be transferred to Rondon Ridge, one of the premier accommodations in the western highlands, nestled on the edge of Wahgi Valley. Enjoy beautiful views of the valley, which contains some of the oldest evidence of agriculture. After settling in at Rondon Ridge, embark on a half-day birding and nature tour around the walking tracks of Rondon Ridge. 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Rondon Ridge

    Enjoy breathtaking scenery
    Day 3      Mt. Hagen / Sepik River

    Today you will be transferred to the airport for your charter flight to the Sepik region. On your flight, watch as the mountains give way to vast tracts of dense tropical lowland rain forest which covers the landscape as far as the eye can see.  From the Timbunke airstrip on arrival, you will be transferred to the air-conditioned comfort of the MV Sepik Spirit (transfer takes approx. 2 hours by jetboat). Inspired by the architecture of the "haus tambaran," or spirit house, the MV Sepik Spirit has a truly unique design. After lunch, take an afternoon tour to the villages of Kaminimbit I, Kaminimbit II, and Kororua located in the middle of the Sepik. 

    Note: All jetboat cruises will take approximately 2.5 hours one way, depending on traffic. If the river traffic is not bad, it will take less time.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: MV Sepik Spirit

    Board the comfortable MV Sepik for a few days on the river
    Day 4-5      Sepik River

    Spend two full days exploring the many waterways of the Sepik. The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the world in terms of flow. Steeped in mystery, the native peoples of the Sepik area have fascinated anthropologists like Margaret Mead since the area was first visited. Part of the mystery and attraction of the Sepik people are their amazing carvings, now famous all over the world.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging: MV Sepik Spirit

    Meet local people
    Day 6      Tari

    Fly by charter plane from Karawari to Tari airstrip over some of the most rugged and impressive landscapes in the world. Tari Valley is the home of the Huli, a colorful and proud people who still live largely the same way their ancestors did. Ambua Lodge is high on the slopes of the Tari Valley, with magnificent views of the valley below and surrounding forests. Spend the afternoon exploring the area surrounding Ambua – high mountain forests with roaring waterfalls beckon the intrepid traveler.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Ambua Lodge

    Discover unique environments
    Day 7-8      Tari

    Two full days of ecological and culturally-based touring is sure to satiate those yearning for discovery. The Tari area is home to an incredible 13 species of birds of paradise, as well as numerous orchid species. Learn how the Huli live and interact with their environment and spend a couple of days hiking around the area and meeting people in order to get to know the area and its inhabitants well.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging: Ambua Lodge

    See different species of birds and other wildlife
    Day 9      Tari / Goroka

    Take a charter aircraft from Tari to Goroka today. Goroka, home of the famous and intriguing Asaro Mudmen, will be your base for the Goroka Cultural Show.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Bird of Paradise Hotel

    Arrive for a couple of days at the Goroka Show
    Day 10-11      Goroka Show

    Spend these two days enjoying the cultural extravaganza that is the Goroka Show. The shows were first held in the 1950s as a means of gathering different tribes and clans together. At times, there might be more than 40,000 painted warriors dancing to the beat of the Kundu drums. Among the performers are the legendary mud men of Asaro. Tribal folklore says that centuries ago the warriors of Asaro were defeated in a tribal fight "payback" raid, and, to make themselves look fierce in the process, covered their bodies with grey mud. According to legend, the ruse worked. Their enemies fled at the sight of these ghostly apparitions. The mud men recreate the drama at the Goroka Show.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging: Bird of Paradise Hotel

    Observe tradtional celebrations
    Day 12      Goroka / Port Moresby

    As your tour draws to a close, fly from Goroka to Port Moresby. On your arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.  In the afternoon, enjoy a half-day tour of the city, including the National Parliament (exterior view only) and the National Museum.  Also visit the beautiful National Botanical Gardens, situated on the spacious grounds of the University of Papua New Guinea.  You will also have time to shop for artifacts from around the country.


    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Gateway Hotel

    Spend the afternoon exploring Port Moresby
    Day 13      Port Moresby / Onward

    You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your international flight onward.

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