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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive port moresby

Upon arrival in Port Moresby, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day if yours to do what you please. Dinner is provided at the hotel.

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Airways Hotel

Day 2: port moresby / tari

Discover unique environmentsDiscover unique environments

Fly by Air Niugini (PX 864) this morning to the 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. Your accomodations, 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

Days 3-4: tari

See different species of birds and other wildlifeSee different species of birds and other wildlife

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

The Huli culture is the most vibrant, intact and colourful you'll experience anywhere. In contrast to the Sepik people, whose art is manifested in ceremonial and decorative carvings, these Highland people's art is showcased in body decoration, face painting and human hair wigs decorated with feathers, flowers and moss. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
Lodging
Ambua Lodge

Day 5: tari / sepik region

Board the comfortable MV Sepik for a few days on the riverBoard 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. Once you've arrived at the airstrip in Karawari, you will be transferred to the air-conditioned comfort of the MV Sepik Spirit, your home for the next couple of nights. Inspired by the architecture of the "haus tambaran," or spirit house, the MV Sepik Spirit has a truly unique design.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
MV Sepik Spirit

Days 6-7: sepik region

Meet local peopleMeet local people

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 peoples of the Sepik area have fascinated anthropologists like Margaret Mead since the area was first visited.   

While touring the mighty Sepik, you will visit villages where the people are prolific and famous carvers. After lunch, begin your adventure with a tour to Kaminimbit I, Kaminimbit II and Kororua village. In the villages, you can purchase many interesting items such as masks, elaborately carved hooks, ancestral figures, hand drums, baskets, bilums and gourds.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
MV Sepik Spirit

Day 8: karawari / mt hagen

The beautiful Rondon Ridge hotelThe beautiful Rondon Ridge hotel

Fly by charter flight from Karawari to Mount Hagen. During the flight, watch mountains rise up to startling heights out of the flat lands of the Sepik Basin. 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 on the walking tracks around Rondon Ridge. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Rondon Ridge

Day 9: mt. hagen / goroka

Enjoy the many faces of Papua New GuineaEnjoy the many faces of Papua New Guinea

Via 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, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Bird of Paradise Hotel

Days 10-11: goroka show

See the Asaro mudmen at the Goroka showSee the Asaro mudmen at the Goroka show

Spend 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
Lodging
Bird of Paradise Hotel

Day 12: goroka / port moresby

Spend the afternoon exploring Port MoresbySpend the afternoon exploring Port Moresby

As your tour draws to a close, fly from Goroka to Port Moresby with Air Niugini (PX 161). On your arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

That afternoon, enjoy a half-day city tour. The sightseeing includes visits to the National Parliament (outside view only) and the National Museum. Also, explore the beautiful National Botanic Gardens situated in the spacious grounds of the University of Papua New Guinea, and visit the Hanuabada village (which means "big village"), one of the largest villages in Port Moresby until it's destruction by fire during World War II.

Ready to buy some souvenirs? Today is the day, with a stop at a shop that contains a huge selection of artifacts from around Papua New Guinea.

If you have time after shopping, drive through undulating bushland to the coastline.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Airways Hotel

Day 13: port moresby / onward

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

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$7,810
Charter Flights: $1730 Monday 10 September 2018 - Tari/Karawari Thursday 13 September 2018 - Karawari/Mount Hagen Friday 14 September 2018 - Mount Hagen/Goroka Air Niugini Flights: estimated $900-1000 Friday 07 September 2018 - PX864 PORT MORESBY/TARI Monday 17 September 2018 - PX161 GOROKA/PORT MORESBY
Single Supplement:
$1,200
Singles not available on Sepik Spirit and at Bird of Paradise
Sep 6-18, 2017
Sep 6-18, 2018

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:
13 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 lodges and hotels
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
9-18
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.

From the Bird's Word Blog

Travel to Papua New Guinea: Tribal Dances, Goroka Show, Friendly People

Papua New Guinea festivals, culture, tribal life, and exotic remoteness make it a destination that will last with you forever. Journeys traveler Gary McPhee visited Papua New …

Welcome to Papua New Guinea
Welcome to Papua New Guinea
Enjoy breathtaking scenery
Enjoy breathtaking scenery
Savor the unique flora
Savor the unique flora
Meet local people
Meet local people
Explore the waterways of the Sepik
Explore the waterways of the Sepik
Observe tradtional celebrations
Observe tradtional celebrations
See different species of birds and other wildlife
See different species of birds and other wildlife
Thank you for visiting
Thank you for visiting
Enjoy the many faces of Papua New Guinea
Enjoy the many faces of Papua New Guinea
Spend the afternoon exploring Port Moresby
Spend the afternoon exploring Port Moresby

Classic Goroka Show Tour

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

overview

The Goroka Show is one of the best and most exciting of Papua New Guinea's highland shows. Similar to the famous Mt. Hagen Show, you will witness lively, exotic performances by sing-sing groups from all over the country.

This program takes you on a journey through the highlands and Sepik cultures of Papua New Guinea. Starting with the Tari Valley, home of the flamboyant Huli people, you'll see 13 species of birds of paradise, human hair wigs, and spectacular views. Your journey then continues to the Sepik River and its tributaries. Travel next to the beautiful Waghi Valley, and staying at the lovely Rondon Ridge, tour Mt. Hagen and the surrounding areas. 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 uses local guides throughout the itinerary.

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overview

The Goroka Show is one of the best and most exciting of Papua New Guinea's highland shows. Similar to the famous Mt. Hagen Show, you will witness lively, exotic performances by sing-sing groups from all over the country.

This program takes you on a journey through the highlands and Sepik cultures of Papua New Guinea. Starting with the Tari Valley, home of the flamboyant Huli people, you'll see 13 species of birds of paradise, human hair wigs, and spectacular views. Your journey then continues to the Sepik River and its tributaries. Travel next to the beautiful Waghi Valley, and staying at the lovely Rondon Ridge, tour Mt. Hagen and the surrounding areas. 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 uses local guides throughout the itinerary.

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itinerary

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

    Upon arrival in Port Moresby, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day if yours to do what you please. Dinner is provided at the hotel.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Airways Hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: port moresby / tari
    Discover unique environmentsDiscover unique environments

    Fly by Air Niugini (PX 864) this morning to the 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. Your accomodations, 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
    Show on a map
  • Days 3-4: tari
    See different species of birds and other wildlifeSee different species of birds and other wildlife

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

    The Huli culture is the most vibrant, intact and colourful you'll experience anywhere. In contrast to the Sepik people, whose art is manifested in ceremonial and decorative carvings, these Highland people's art is showcased in body decoration, face painting and human hair wigs decorated with feathers, flowers and moss. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging
    Ambua Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: tari / sepik region
    Board the comfortable MV Sepik for a few days on the riverBoard 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. Once you've arrived at the airstrip in Karawari, you will be transferred to the air-conditioned comfort of the MV Sepik Spirit, your home for the next couple of nights. Inspired by the architecture of the "haus tambaran," or spirit house, the MV Sepik Spirit has a truly unique design.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    MV Sepik Spirit
    Show on a map
  • Days 6-7: sepik region
    Meet local peopleMeet local people

    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 peoples of the Sepik area have fascinated anthropologists like Margaret Mead since the area was first visited.   

    While touring the mighty Sepik, you will visit villages where the people are prolific and famous carvers. After lunch, begin your adventure with a tour to Kaminimbit I, Kaminimbit II and Kororua village. In the villages, you can purchase many interesting items such as masks, elaborately carved hooks, ancestral figures, hand drums, baskets, bilums and gourds.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    MV Sepik Spirit
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: karawari / mt hagen
    The beautiful Rondon Ridge hotelThe beautiful Rondon Ridge hotel

    Fly by charter flight from Karawari to Mount Hagen. During the flight, watch mountains rise up to startling heights out of the flat lands of the Sepik Basin. 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 on the walking tracks around Rondon Ridge. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Rondon Ridge
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: mt. hagen / goroka
    Enjoy the many faces of Papua New GuineaEnjoy the many faces of Papua New Guinea

    Via 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, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Bird of Paradise Hotel
    Show on a map
  • Days 10-11: goroka show
    See the Asaro mudmen at the Goroka showSee the Asaro mudmen at the Goroka show

    Spend 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
    Lodging
    Bird of Paradise Hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 12: goroka / port moresby
    Spend the afternoon exploring Port MoresbySpend the afternoon exploring Port Moresby

    As your tour draws to a close, fly from Goroka to Port Moresby with Air Niugini (PX 161). On your arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    That afternoon, enjoy a half-day city tour. The sightseeing includes visits to the National Parliament (outside view only) and the National Museum. Also, explore the beautiful National Botanic Gardens situated in the spacious grounds of the University of Papua New Guinea, and visit the Hanuabada village (which means "big village"), one of the largest villages in Port Moresby until it's destruction by fire during World War II.

    Ready to buy some souvenirs? Today is the day, with a stop at a shop that contains a huge selection of artifacts from around Papua New Guinea.

    If you have time after shopping, drive through undulating bushland to the coastline.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Airways Hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 13: port moresby / onward

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

    Meals
    Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$7,810
Charter Flights: $1730 Monday 10 September 2018 - Tari/Karawari Thursday 13 September 2018 - Karawari/Mount Hagen Friday 14 September 2018 - Mount Hagen/Goroka Air Niugini Flights: estimated $900-1000 Friday 07 September 2018 - PX864 PORT MORESBY/TARI Monday 17 September 2018 - PX161 GOROKA/PORT MORESBY
Single Supplement:
$1,200
Singles not available on Sepik Spirit and at Bird of Paradise
Sep 6-18, 2017
Sep 6-18, 2018

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:
13 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 lodges and hotels
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
9-18
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

Sydney Stopover

Duration: 4 days

Sydney is a great place to spend more than just a day, whether you are looking for an exciting place to explore or hoping to just sit back and relax. Discover Sydney's unique dining, shopping, and recreational options in one of the world's most attra... read more

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