Papua New Guinea Itinerary

 

Day 1 

Arrive Cairns, Australia

Arrive in Cairns, where you meet your Travel Director and overnight at the Shangri La, The Marina. (D)


Day 2

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Fly to Port Moresby. Our introduction to the city includes a private tour of the National Museum and Art Gallery. Spend tonight at the Airways Hotel. (B,L,D)


Days 3-5 

Sepik River Cruise

Spend three nights exploring the tributaries of the Sepik River aboard the Sepik Spirit. Explore remote black-water lakes, calling on villages and learning about traditional artwork, including traditional masks, elaborately carved hooks, ancestral figures, hand drums and baskets. Visit the village of Mumeri, home to a remote tribe whose way of life has been untouched for centuries. In this general region famed anthropologist Margaret Mead conducted her pioneering work in the 1930s. Tour the Mindimbit villages, home to a remote tribe known for their spectacular carvings and elaborate coming-of-age rituals. Enjoy three nights aboard the Sepik Spirit. (B,L,D Daily)


Days 6 & 7 

Karawari

Discover one of the country’s most unspoiled areas. Meet the local people, learning how they live with the land and how it molds their lives. They still live as they have for generations ― rituals, sing-sings, storytelling, food gathering and preparation. Visit jungle waterways, home to huge lichen and vine-festooned trees, masses of brilliant flame flowers and orchids. See bountiful bird life along the rivers and nearby lakes.  Spend two nights at Karawari Lodge. (B,L,D Daily)


Days 8-10  

Tari Valley

Fly over rugged and impressive landscapes to Tari. Meet the famous Huli wigmen, known for their yellow-painted faces and elaborate wigs adorned with the colorful feathers of birds of paradise. Stroll along forest paths, past roaring waterfalls and over traditional bridges, watching for some of the area’s incredible 13 species of birds of paradise, as well as numerous orchid species. Enjoy three nights at the award-winning Ambua Lodge. (B,L,D Daily)


Days 11 & 12  

Mount Hagen

Mount Hagen, in the upper Waghi Valley, has some of the oldest evidence of agriculture cultivation in the world. Explore on guided nature walks and meet the local people. This area is home to the Melpa people, a people with strong culture, who in the face of modernity, still live largely traditional subsistence lifestyles. Our home for two nights is the Rondon Ridge Lodge. (B,L,D Daily)


Day 13 

Mount Hagen City / Port Moresby

Spend a full day at the spectacular Mount Hagen Show, famed for its color, culture and vibrancy. Fifty different groups in distinct tribal attire compete for significant prizes by performing tribal songs and dances, and sharing their traditions and legends. The diversity of the coastal, lowland and highlands sing-sing groups reflects the incredible diversity of Papua New Guinea. Spend two nights at Airways Hotel. (B,L,D Daily)


Day 14 

Port Moresby

Start our day at Port Moresby’s Nature Park, formerly the National Botanical Gardens before visiting the city’s noted Hanaubada stilt village. (B,L,D)


Day 15 

Cairns

Return to Cairns and enjoy a farewell dinner. Spend tonight at the Shangri La, The Marina. (B,L,D)


Day 16 

Cairns / Depart

Depart for home aboard independent flights.