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There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive port moresby

Upon arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Airways Hotel

Day 2: port moresby / tari

Huli and waterfallHuli and waterfall

In the morning, you will be taken to your Airlines PNG flight to Tari. Once there, transfer to Ambua Lodge, located high on the slopes of the Tari Valley with magnificent views of the valley and surrounding peaks. The Tari Valley is home to the Huli, a colorful and proud people still largely living the same way that their ancestors did. Spend the afternoon exploring the surrounding high mountain forests in search of the exotic bird of paradise.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Ambua Lodge

Day 3: tari

A Huli Wigman shows off his wigA Huli Wigman shows off his wig

The Tari area is home to an incredible 13 species of birds of paradise as well as numerous orchid species. Here, you'll learn how the Huli live and how they interact with and use their environment. The Huli people, famous for their elaborate and colorful dress, are proud warriors who have great reverence for birds, imitating them in ceremonial dances and decorating their wigs, woven from human hair, with feathers, flowers, and cuscus fur. Everlasting daisies are specially cultivated for use in the men's wigs, and their faces are painted with yellow ochre. The women, in contrast, wear black for their weddings and coat themselves with blue-gray clay when in mourning. Clans have strong and intricate social systems and are one of the few places where traditional ways of life can still be seen in everyday living. Ceremonial rituals are strongly observed, and men and women can still be seen wearing traditional dress, tending their gardens and pigs, and building their bush material huts. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Ambua Lodge

Day 4: karawari

Karawari LodgeKarawari Lodge

Transfer from Ambua Lodge to the airstrip for your charter flight to the Sepik. Once there, you will be transferred by river boat and vehicle to Karawari Lodge. 

This is the perfect base for some old-fashioned jungle, river and village exploration. Here you'll be in the middle of Arambak country—where locals pole dug-out canoes, the drums throb, the wild birds call, and traditional village lifestyles continue largely unchanged. Enjoy the full-day tour traveling along the jungle-fringed waterways where boatmen, standing upright, paddle their slender dugout canoes. Watch for beautiful bird-life along the rivers and nearby lakes. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Karawari Lodge

Day 5: karawari / sepik river and villages

The MV Sepik SpiritThe MV Sepik Spirit

Transfer from Karawari to the comfort of the MV Sepik Spirit. Enjoy lunch on board and then begin your voyage of discovery to local villages. Inspired by the local architecture of the "haus tambaran" or spirit house, the Sepik Spirit has a truly unique design.

What you witness as you travel on the river will stay with you forever. The almost absolute silence is broken only by the shrill cry of a disturbed water bird. Sometimes the jungle-clad banks cast a deep gloom over the” river boat" churning its way down river. At other times the river flows broad and quiet, with little villages incised from the jungle. Sago, betel nut, limbum and other palms compete with breadfruit trees and wild yams for a safe foothold.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
MV Sepik Spirit

Days 6-7: sepik river region

Meet the friendly villagersMeet the friendly villagers

While touring the mighty Sepik you will visit villages where the people are prolific and famous carvers. Here, you can purchase many interesting items such as masks, elaborately carved hooks, ancestral figures, hand drums, baskets, bilums and gourds. The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the world—in terms of flow. Steeped in mystery, the peoples of the Sepik area have fascinated anthropologists like Margaret Mead since the area was first visited. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
Lodging
MV Sepik Spirit

Day 8: karawari / mt. hagen

Beautiful Rondon Ridge HotelBeautiful Rondon Ridge Hotel

In the morning, bid farewell to the Sepik Spirit and transfer to Karawari airstrip for your charter flight to Mt. Hagen. During the flight, you'll notice that mountains rise up to startling heights out of the flat lands of the Sepik Basin.

Mt. Hagen is located in the upper Wahgi Valley—a valley with some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. You will be met and transferred to your accommodations, Rondon Ridge, perched high on Mount Kuta, with unbelievable views of the Wahgi Valley. Once settled, enjoy an afternoon nature walk on the trails around the hotel. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Rondon Ridge

Day 9: tumbuna sing sing

Admire all the ceremonial dressAdmire all the ceremonial dress

Today, a full day is spent at the Tumbuna sing sing—witness traditional dances, interact with Stone Age cultures and hear stories about "taim bilong tumbuna" (time of the ancestors). The show is attended by over 180 tribesmen and women from more than 15 different tribes in the highlands and coastal areas of the mainland. Watch the groups prepare their bilas (traditional dress) before the dancing starts, and mingle with the performers as they prepare.

Picnic lunch will be provided at the show grounds.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Rondon Ridge

Day 10: mt hagen / port moresby

The "waiting lounge" at a PNG airstripThe "waiting lounge" at a PNG airstrip

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Port Moresby. Upon arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met and taken to your hotel. After lunch, enjoy a guided half-day tour of Port Moresby Nature Park.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Airways Hotel

Day 11: port moresby / onward

At the appropriate time transfer to the airport for your international flight onward. 

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$5,895
Charter Flights: $1,325 p/p Sun 13 May, 2018 Tari/Karawari Thu 17 May, 2018 Karawari/Mount Hagen Air Niugini Flights: estimated $900-1000 p/p Fri 11 May, 2018 - PX864 PORT MORESBY/TARI Sat 19 May, 2018 - PX181, MOUNT HAGEN/PORT MORESBY
Single Supplement:
$1,050
Singles not available on Sepik Spirit and at Rondon Ridge
May 10-20, 2018

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Superior hotels, lodges & houseboat
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
8-14
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

PNG festivals

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Deposit and payment schedule 
25% of the land cost per person ($800 non-refundable per person) or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date.  Final payment for land arrangements is due 120 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 via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

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

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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Melpa People
Melpa People
Sepik Spirit
Sepik Spirit
Children at play on the river
Children at play on the river
Huli and waterfall
Huli and waterfall
Karawari Ambua Lodge
Karawari Ambua Lodge
Aerial view of the rainforest
Aerial view of the rainforest
Admire all the ceremonial dress
Admire all the ceremonial dress
A full day of festivities is tiring!
A full day of festivities is tiring!
Meet the friendly villagers
Meet the friendly villagers
Observe the elaborate preparation for the Singsing
Observe the elaborate preparation for the Singsing
Enjoy the music and the dress
Enjoy the music and the dress

Tumbuna Festival

Combine an intimate Sing Sing with a tour of Tari, the Sepik region and Mt. Hagen

overview

Tumbuna, which in the local language Tok Pisin means "ancestors," is a spectacular celebration of the local traditions, with a colorful extravaganza of traditional dress, dancing and singing by local tribes. You will have the unique opportunity to witness the ways of the local people as well as meet tribal elders and hear their stories of the taim bilong timbuna, the time of the ancestors. On this special tour, you will also have the chance to explore other areas of Papua New Guinea, including Mount Hagen, the Tari Valley, and rarely-visited villages from the Sepik River. 

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overview

Tumbuna, which in the local language Tok Pisin means "ancestors," is a spectacular celebration of the local traditions, with a colorful extravaganza of traditional dress, dancing and singing by local tribes. You will have the unique opportunity to witness the ways of the local people as well as meet tribal elders and hear their stories of the taim bilong timbuna, the time of the ancestors. On this special tour, you will also have the chance to explore other areas of Papua New Guinea, including Mount Hagen, the Tari Valley, and rarely-visited villages from the Sepik River. 

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive port moresby

    Upon arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Airways Hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: port moresby / tari
    Huli and waterfallHuli and waterfall

    In the morning, you will be taken to your Airlines PNG flight to Tari. Once there, transfer to Ambua Lodge, located high on the slopes of the Tari Valley with magnificent views of the valley and surrounding peaks. The Tari Valley is home to the Huli, a colorful and proud people still largely living the same way that their ancestors did. Spend the afternoon exploring the surrounding high mountain forests in search of the exotic bird of paradise.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ambua Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: tari
    A Huli Wigman shows off his wigA Huli Wigman shows off his wig

    The Tari area is home to an incredible 13 species of birds of paradise as well as numerous orchid species. Here, you'll learn how the Huli live and how they interact with and use their environment. The Huli people, famous for their elaborate and colorful dress, are proud warriors who have great reverence for birds, imitating them in ceremonial dances and decorating their wigs, woven from human hair, with feathers, flowers, and cuscus fur. Everlasting daisies are specially cultivated for use in the men's wigs, and their faces are painted with yellow ochre. The women, in contrast, wear black for their weddings and coat themselves with blue-gray clay when in mourning. Clans have strong and intricate social systems and are one of the few places where traditional ways of life can still be seen in everyday living. Ceremonial rituals are strongly observed, and men and women can still be seen wearing traditional dress, tending their gardens and pigs, and building their bush material huts. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ambua Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: karawari
    Karawari LodgeKarawari Lodge

    Transfer from Ambua Lodge to the airstrip for your charter flight to the Sepik. Once there, you will be transferred by river boat and vehicle to Karawari Lodge. 

    This is the perfect base for some old-fashioned jungle, river and village exploration. Here you'll be in the middle of Arambak country—where locals pole dug-out canoes, the drums throb, the wild birds call, and traditional village lifestyles continue largely unchanged. Enjoy the full-day tour traveling along the jungle-fringed waterways where boatmen, standing upright, paddle their slender dugout canoes. Watch for beautiful bird-life along the rivers and nearby lakes. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Karawari Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: karawari / sepik river and villages
    The MV Sepik SpiritThe MV Sepik Spirit

    Transfer from Karawari to the comfort of the MV Sepik Spirit. Enjoy lunch on board and then begin your voyage of discovery to local villages. Inspired by the local architecture of the "haus tambaran" or spirit house, the Sepik Spirit has a truly unique design.

    What you witness as you travel on the river will stay with you forever. The almost absolute silence is broken only by the shrill cry of a disturbed water bird. Sometimes the jungle-clad banks cast a deep gloom over the” river boat" churning its way down river. At other times the river flows broad and quiet, with little villages incised from the jungle. Sago, betel nut, limbum and other palms compete with breadfruit trees and wild yams for a safe foothold.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    MV Sepik Spirit
    Show on a map
  • Days 6-7: sepik river region
    Meet the friendly villagersMeet the friendly villagers

    While touring the mighty Sepik you will visit villages where the people are prolific and famous carvers. Here, you can purchase many interesting items such as masks, elaborately carved hooks, ancestral figures, hand drums, baskets, bilums and gourds. The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the world—in terms of flow. Steeped in mystery, the peoples of the Sepik area have fascinated anthropologists like Margaret Mead since the area was first visited. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging
    MV Sepik Spirit
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: karawari / mt. hagen
    Beautiful Rondon Ridge HotelBeautiful Rondon Ridge Hotel

    In the morning, bid farewell to the Sepik Spirit and transfer to Karawari airstrip for your charter flight to Mt. Hagen. During the flight, you'll notice that mountains rise up to startling heights out of the flat lands of the Sepik Basin.

    Mt. Hagen is located in the upper Wahgi Valley—a valley with some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. You will be met and transferred to your accommodations, Rondon Ridge, perched high on Mount Kuta, with unbelievable views of the Wahgi Valley. Once settled, enjoy an afternoon nature walk on the trails around the hotel. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Rondon Ridge
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: tumbuna sing sing
    Admire all the ceremonial dressAdmire all the ceremonial dress

    Today, a full day is spent at the Tumbuna sing sing—witness traditional dances, interact with Stone Age cultures and hear stories about "taim bilong tumbuna" (time of the ancestors). The show is attended by over 180 tribesmen and women from more than 15 different tribes in the highlands and coastal areas of the mainland. Watch the groups prepare their bilas (traditional dress) before the dancing starts, and mingle with the performers as they prepare.

    Picnic lunch will be provided at the show grounds.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Rondon Ridge
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: mt hagen / port moresby
    The "waiting lounge" at a PNG airstripThe "waiting lounge" at a PNG airstrip

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Port Moresby. Upon arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met and taken to your hotel. After lunch, enjoy a guided half-day tour of Port Moresby Nature Park.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Airways Hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 11: port moresby / onward

    At the appropriate time transfer to the airport for your international flight onward. 

    Meals
    Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$5,895
Charter Flights: $1,325 p/p Sun 13 May, 2018 Tari/Karawari Thu 17 May, 2018 Karawari/Mount Hagen Air Niugini Flights: estimated $900-1000 p/p Fri 11 May, 2018 - PX864 PORT MORESBY/TARI Sat 19 May, 2018 - PX181, MOUNT HAGEN/PORT MORESBY
Single Supplement:
$1,050
Singles not available on Sepik Spirit and at Rondon Ridge
May 10-20, 2018

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Superior hotels, lodges & houseboat
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
8-14
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

PNG festivals

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Deposit and payment schedule 
25% of the land cost per person ($800 non-refundable per person) or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date.  Final payment for land arrangements is due 120 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 via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

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

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.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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