Mt. Hagen Show Tour Panorama

Papua New Guinea's most famous sing-sing with Ambua and Karawari Lodges
Overview

overview

The Panorama is a fully-escorted program that provides a stunning view into Papua New Guinea. Begin your adventure at the spectacular Mount Hagen Show, a sing-sing that provides an incredible view of cultures from all over Papua New Guinea. In a land of nearly 800 languages, there is no better opportunity to see so many gathered in one place.  Continue your adventure withvisits to the Karawari Lodge, where you will enjoy the many cultural and ecological highlights of this area. From the lodge, you will make your way to the Sepik River and board the MV Sepik Spirit. Here you'll discover a rarely-visited corner of the globe.  Following your river cruise, head to Ambua Lodge, which overlooks the beautiful Tari Valley and which is home of the Huli, a flamboyant and colorful people. Your visit here will give you unparalleled insight into this wonderful pre-technological world that is still very much alive.  Complete your Papua New Guinea with a visit to the capital, Port Moresby.

The Mt. Hagen Show Tour Panorama is fully escorted. An escort guide will be with you throughout the trip.

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: port moresby
    Settle in at your comfortable hotel on arrival

    Upon arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met and transferred to the Airways Hotel, where you will meet your escort and other group members. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Airways Hotel
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  • Day 2: port moresby / mt. hagen
    Fly to Mt. Hagen

    Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Mt. Hagen town in the upper Wahgi Valley, a valley with some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world.  You'll be met and transferred to the Mount Hagen Show grounds for a full day of enjoyment.  The festival brings together sing-sing groups from across Papua New Guinea, celebrating a dazzling and diverse array of cultures. After arriving at the Kagamuga airport, you will be met and transferred directly to the Mt. Hagen show. 

    Later in the afternoon you are driven up a picturesque road past highlands gardens and on to Rondon Ridge. Perched high above Mt Hagen, with mist filled views of the Wahgi Valley below, Rondon Ridge is your accommodation during the Hagen Show.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Rondon Ridge
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  • Day 3: mt. hagen show
    Immerse yourself in the sing-sing

    Spend the day enjoying the Mt. Hagen Show, world famous for its color, culture, and sheer vibrance.  It truly is a spectacular event.  The diversity of the coastal, lowland, and highland sing-sing groups at the Mt. Hagen Show reflect the incredible variety of Papua New Guinea's landscape and makes for an unforgettable experience.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Rondon Ridge
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  • Day 4: mount hagen/ lake murray

    Transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Lake Murray. Lake Murray is the largest lake in Papua New Guinea.  During the wet season it spreads to occupy an area of about 2000 square kilometers.  It has a population of about 5,000 people scattered in small villages, both on tiny islands and coastal areas of the lake. Of interest, the lake also has had sightings of its' own "Nessie", believed to be a relative of the Theropod dinosaur family. Island communities of stilted houses dot the water landscape of the lake.  Dugout canoes are the primary mode of transportation and fishing is a major source of food to the local population. After lunch at the lodge, enjoy an afternoon tour.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Lake Murray Lodge
  • Day 5: lake murray
    Experience history and modern life on the Sepik River

    Lake Murray is one of the best bird watching areas in the Province.  In addition to a host of migratory birds, several birds of paradise species, pelicans, hornbills, eagles, parrots and numerous other birds have been sighted. Lake Murray is also known for its Black Bass, Barramundi and Saratoga fish. Spend the day getting to know the sites of this area.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging
    Lake Murray Lodge
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  • Day 6: karawari

    Transfer from the lodge to the airport for a short charter flight to Karawari.  From the airstrip there, you will be transferred by river boat to Karawari Lodge. Sitting on a ridge above the Karawari River, the lodge boasts a spectacular view over hundreds of miles of tropical jungle. Inspired by local architecture and built with traditional materials, the lodge offers modern comforts in a unique setting.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Karawari Lodge
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  • Day 7: karawari / sepik spirit

    Down the brown swirling waters of the Karawari, past vine and orchid tangled trees, the 'river trucks' move towards the Sepik Spirit. The almost absolute silence is broken only by the shrill cry of a disturbed water bird. The river flows broad and quiet, with little villages incised from the jungle. Sago, betel nut, lumbum and other palms compete with breadfruit trees and wild yams for a safe foothold. 

    Enjoy your stay on the air-conditioned MV Sepik Spirit. Inspired by the architecture of the "Haus Tamaran," or spirit house, the MV Sepik Spirit has a truly unique design. After lunch, tour the villages of Kaminimbit I, Kaminimbit II, and Kororua located in the middle of the Sepik.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Sepik Spirit
  • Days 8-9: sepik region

    Spend these days exploring the area of the Sepik Region. Cruise to the remote Black Water Lakes and visit villages such as Mumeri and Mindimbit, where the people are prolific carvers. Here you can purchase many interesting items such as masks, elaborately carved hooks, ancestral figures, hand drums, baskets, and gourds. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging
    Sepik Spirit
  • Day 10: ambua
    Meet and learn about the Huli people

    Head back to the Karawari airstrip by boat for your charter flight to Ambua. Arrive at the Ambua airstrip, where you will be met and transferred to Ambua Lodge. The lodge sits high on the slopes of the Tari Valley, boasting fantastic views of the valley below and its surrounding peaks. This is the home of the Huli, a colorful and proud people living very traditional, tribal lives.

    In the afternoon, explore the area surrounding Ambua - high mountain forests and roaring waterfalls will delight and surprise you.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ambua Lodge
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  • Day 11: tari area touring
    Say goodbye to this exotic land

    Enjoy a full day of cultural and ecological touring. Observe the Huli people and the wide array of animal and plant species unique to this country. Travel by vehicle into the Tari Valley Visit Hulil compound and sacred places. Learn how the Huli live and how they make use of their environment.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ambua Lodge
  • Day 12: port moresby

    Transfer to Tari airport to fly to Port Moresby. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Airways Hotel. In the afternoon, explore with a short during of the economic center and capital Papua New Guinea.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Airways Hotel
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  • Day 13: onwards

    Transfer to Jackson's airport for your international flight onward.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    None
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$7,500
Additional Costs: $2300 internal charter flights Aug 22 Mt Hagen/Lake Murrary Aug 24 Lake Murray/Karawari Aug 28 Karawari/Tari $1200-$1400 Air Niugini flights Aug 19 Brisbane/Port Moresby Aug 20 Port Moresby/Mt Hagen Aug 30 Tari/Port Moresby Aug 31 Port Moresby/Brisbane
Single Supplement:
$1,275
Singles not available on the Sepik Spirit and at Rondon Ridge Hotel
Aug 14-26, 2015
Aug 19-31, 2016
Need to Know

Need to Know

While traveling in PNG, 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:
13 days
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Terms & Conditions: 

PNG festivals

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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