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Trip Extensions

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 / mt hagen

Upon arrival in Port Moresby from your international flight you will be met and transferred to your onward domestic Air Niugini flight from Port Moresby to Mount Hagen. Mount Hagen Town is in the upper Wahgi Valley -a valley with some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. Perched high on Mount Kuta is Rondon Ridge, with unbelievable views of the Wahgi Valley.

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Rondon Ridge

Day 2: mt hagen / lake murray

Huli and waterfallHuli and waterfall

In the morning after breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Lake Murray. On arrival enjoy a lunch at the lodge and then proceed on an afternoon walk around the island which include a visit to a local village -maybe by boat or a walk. There is also an option of a 2-3km hike (walk) to the station and local market if you need to stretch your legs. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Lake Murray Lodge

Days 3-4: lake murray

Meet the friendly localsMeet the friendly locals

Spend these two full days of cultural and ecological touring. Visit the Kuni and Pari tribes. Demonstrations will include traditional bilas display, traditional weaving, tribal warriors and a traditional sing-sing and chance to share stories with the villagers.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
Lodging
Lake Murray Lodge

Day 5: sepik and villages

Sepik SpiritSepik Spirit

Transfer to the airstrip for your charter flight to the Sepik. Once there, you will be transferred by river boat  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 these days 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. (Air Niugini 181) 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:
$5,750
Charter Flights: $2100 p/p Mon 10 May, 2019 Mount Hagen/Lake Murray Mon 13 May, 2019 Lake Murray/Karawari Thu 16 May, 2019 Karawari/Mount Hagen Air Niugini Flights: estimated $500-600 p/p Thu 09 May, 2019 - PX186 PORT MORESBY/MOUNT HAGEN Sat 18 May, 2019 - PX181, MOUNT HAGEN/PORT MORESBY
Single Supplement:
$1,200
Singles not available on Sepik Spirit and at Rondon Ridge
May 9-19, 2019

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 
An $800 non-refundable per person deposit is due upon booking. A second deposit of $1000 per person is due 180 days prior or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. 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 / mt hagen

    Upon arrival in Port Moresby from your international flight you will be met and transferred to your onward domestic Air Niugini flight from Port Moresby to Mount Hagen. Mount Hagen Town is in the upper Wahgi Valley -a valley with some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. Perched high on Mount Kuta is Rondon Ridge, with unbelievable views of the Wahgi Valley.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Rondon Ridge
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: mt hagen / lake murray
    Huli and waterfallHuli and waterfall

    In the morning after breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Lake Murray. On arrival enjoy a lunch at the lodge and then proceed on an afternoon walk around the island which include a visit to a local village -maybe by boat or a walk. There is also an option of a 2-3km hike (walk) to the station and local market if you need to stretch your legs. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Lake Murray Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Days 3-4: lake murray
    Meet the friendly localsMeet the friendly locals

    Spend these two full days of cultural and ecological touring. Visit the Kuni and Pari tribes. Demonstrations will include traditional bilas display, traditional weaving, tribal warriors and a traditional sing-sing and chance to share stories with the villagers.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging
    Lake Murray Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: sepik and villages
    Sepik SpiritSepik Spirit

    Transfer to the airstrip for your charter flight to the Sepik. Once there, you will be transferred by river boat  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 these days 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. (Air Niugini 181) 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:
$5,750
Charter Flights: $2100 p/p Mon 10 May, 2019 Mount Hagen/Lake Murray Mon 13 May, 2019 Lake Murray/Karawari Thu 16 May, 2019 Karawari/Mount Hagen Air Niugini Flights: estimated $500-600 p/p Thu 09 May, 2019 - PX186 PORT MORESBY/MOUNT HAGEN Sat 18 May, 2019 - PX181, MOUNT HAGEN/PORT MORESBY
Single Supplement:
$1,200
Singles not available on Sepik Spirit and at Rondon Ridge
May 9-19, 2019

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 
An $800 non-refundable per person deposit is due upon booking. A second deposit of $1000 per person is due 180 days prior or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. 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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