Classic Goroka Show Tour

Sing-sing escorted by local experts, plus Tari, Mt. Hagen, and the Sepik River
Overview

overview

If you’re thinking about the Mt. Hagen Show tour, be sure to consider the Goroka Show, one of the best and most exciting of the highland shows. Similar to the famous Mt. Hagen Show, you will witness lively, exotic performances by sing-sing groups from all over Papua New Guinea.

This program takes you on a journey through the highlands and Sepik cultures of Papua New Guinea. Starting with the beautiful Waghi Valley, and staying at the lovely Rondon Ridge, you will tour Mt. Hagen and the surrounding areas. Your journey then continues to the Sepik River and its tributaries. Travel next to the Tari Valley -- home of the flamboyant Huli people. Here, 13 species of birds of paradise, human hair wigs, and spectacular views await the intrepid traveler seeking the ultimate journey. Next, you will experience the cultural extravaganza of the Goroka Show. During your time at the show, you will stay at the gorgeous Bird of Paradise Hotel, located in Goroka.

The Classic Goroka Show Tour is locally escorted, using local guides throughout the itinerary.

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itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: port moresby
    Welcome to Papua New Guinea

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

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Airways Hotel
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  • Day 2: port moresby / mt. hagen
    Enjoy breathtaking scenery

    In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for the Air Niugini flight (PX 180) 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
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  • Day 3: mt hagen / sepik region
    Board the comfortable MV Sepik for a few days on the river

    Today you will be transferred to the airport for your charter flight to the Sepik region. From the airstrip on arrival, you will be transferred to the air-conditioned comfort of the MV Sepik Spirit. Inspired by the architecture of the "haus tambaran," or spirit house, the MV Sepik Spirit has a truly unique design. After lunch, begin your adventure with a tour to local villages. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    MV Sepik Spirit
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  • Days 4-5: sepik region
    Meet local people

    Spend two full days exploring the many waterways of the Sepik, including the Black Water Lakes. 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. During these days you'll be able to purchase interesting items such as masks, ancestral figures, hand drums, baskets, bilums and gourds.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging
    MV Sepik Spirit
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  • Day 6: sepik region / karawari

    Make your way this morning to Karawari Lodge located on a ridge overlooking the Karawari River, in the Sepik region. It is the perfect base for some old-fashioned jungle, river and village exploration. You are in the middle of Arambak country-- locals pole dug-out canoes, the drums throb, the wild birds call, and, traditional village lifestyles continue largely unchanged. There are no roads, thick jungle, locals poling dugout canoes, and crocodiles just to name a few inticing aspects of this area. Enjoy the full day tour travelling along the jungle-fringed waterways where boatmen, standing upright, paddle their slender dugout canoes. See bountiful bird-life along the rivers and nearby lakes.  Excursions enhance your understanding of traditional village culture.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Karawari Lodge
  • Day 7: karawari / tari
    Discover unique environments

    Fly by charter this morning 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. After lunch enjoy a guided hike though the alpine forest where you might see the exotic bird of paradise.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ambua Lodge
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  • Days 8-9: tari
    See different species of birds and other wildlife

    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
  • Day 10: tari / goroka
    Enjoy the many faces of Papua New Guinea

    By charter flight, make your way from Mt Hagen to Goroka today. Goroka, home of the famous and intriguing Asaro Mudmen, will be your base for the Goroka Cultural Show. The rest of the afternoon you are free at leisure.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Bird of Paradise Hotel
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  • Days 11-12: goroka show
    Observe tradtional celebrations

    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
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  • Day 13: goroka / port moresby
    Spend the afternoon exploring Port Moresby

    As your tour draws to a close, fly from Goroka to Port Moresby with Air Niugini (PX 961). On your arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Airways Hotel
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  • Day 14: port moresby / onward

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

    Meals
    Breakfast
Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$7,495
Charter Flights: $1060-1650 (determined by group size) Sept 9: Mt Hagen/Karawari Sept 13: Karawari/Tari Air Niugini Flights: estimated $1500-1600 Sept 7: Brisbane/Port Moresby Sept 8: Port Moresby/Mt Hagen Sept 16: Tari/Port Moresby Sept 16: Port Moresby/Goroka Sept 19: Goroka/Port Moresby Sept 20: Port Moresby/Brisbane
Single Supplement:
$1,395
Singles not available on Sepik Spirit and at Bird of Paradise
Sold Out Sep 3-16, 2015
Sep 7-20, 2016
Need to Know

Need to Know

While traveling in Papua New Guinea, please keep in mind that although PNG is situated relatively close to other well developed South Pacific and Asian nations, such as Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti, Indonesia, and Singapore, PNG is somewhat isolated, and, as a result, most services and facilities, including transportation and tourism, are relatively underdeveloped by comparison. Unlike these countries, you are visiting a country with a tourist trade in its infancy, and thus you may have to deal with different situations along the way. PNG also has a culture that is completely different from others. Although these factors make for a unique experience, it may at times create circumstances that may become frustrating if the visitor does not remain patient and keep an open mind. If you come to Papua New Guinea with a spirit of adventure and a positive, flexible attitude, you will surely have only good memories to take home with you.

Special Note Regarding Charter Flights: Maximum baggage allowance is 10 kg / 22 lbs per person and a maximum of 5 kg / 11 lbs for carry-on baggage per person. Large, hard-sided suitcases are not permitted on charter aircraft.

Duration:
14 days
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Group Size:
9-18
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Terms & Conditions: 

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Included in costs: Meals as noted, each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation & check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in Journeys Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: $800 non-refundable deposit per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. (Note: this schedule supersedes that listed in the general Terms and Conditions.) Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Air fares: Journeys can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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