Papua New Guinea On A Reasonable Budget

11 Days from £3725 per adult. Prices based on flight fares at the time of costing & may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote
11 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Birding
Culture and Archaeology
Budget

This itinerary takes in birds of paradise rainforests, colourful highlands culture and world-class coral reefs, showing you the chief elements which make Papua New Guinea such an amazing destination. However, the perennial problem for many potential visitors to Papua New Guinea has often been the prohibitive costs involved: we believe we now have the solution. Our reasonably priced tour encompasses many of PNG’s impressive cultural and natural history highlights and at the end provides well-earned relaxation time by the sea. Starting your holiday with possibly the best location in the world to watch birds of paradise, you then move to a comfortable hotel in Goroka to witness the unique displays of the Mudmen and a chance to interact with the communities. A final stay at the seaside town of Madang offers snorkelling and diving opportunities on the colourful coral reefs and a chance to chill out before flying home.

Itinerary

Price from £3725 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Fly overnight from London to Singapore.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Singapore

Arrive in Singapore and connect with onward flight to Port Moresby.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 3 - Mt Hagen

Arrival in Port Moresby. Assistance to connect with flight to Mount Hagen. Met on arrival in Mount Hagen and transfer to the lodge. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the wildlife around the garden of the lodge, where 99 avian species have been recorded. There are over 200 species of bird in the immediate area as well as several rare orchids.

Staying at Kumul Lodge. Includes Breakfast.

Day 4 - Mt Hagen

A morning guided walk around the grounds of the lodge looking for the many forest birds including flamboyant birds of paradise, rare orchids and unusual frogs and insects. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the wildlife in the grounds. There is a bird feeding area where many normally elusive and spectacular birds can be seen coming to feed in the open.

Staying at Kumul Lodge. Includes Breakfast.

Day 5 - Goroka

After breakfast transfer to Eastern Highlands Province, passing through the fertile pastures of the Whagi Valley and rugged Chimbu Province to Goroka (approx. 5-6 hours’ drive). On arrival at the lodge the rest of the day will be at leisure.

Staying at Pacific Gardens Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 6 - Goroka

Full day tour of the Asaro communities. The Asaro tribes have historically frightened rival tribes by covering their bodies in mud and the mud men have subsequently become guardian symbols of Asaro villages. The tour will include visits to the village, a performance from the mud men and a chance to taste the traditional food cooked in an earth oven (mumu).

Staying at Pacific Gardens Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 7 - Mount Gurupoka

n the morning, depart for a short moderate climb of Mount Gurupoka where a superb view of the Asaro Valley can be seen. There will also be visits to caves believed to harbour village ancestors and a performance of the traditional Ghost Dance will be made by local villagers. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Staying at Pacific Gardens Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 8 - Madang

Depart Goroka and transfer overland to Madang (approx. 7 hours). On the journey there will be a chance to visit the Kainantu culture centre to learn more about the traditions of the area and admire the beautiful scenery at the Yonki hydro dam. The drive will take most of the day.

Staying at Jais Aben Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 9 - Madang

A day at leisure in Madang. The Madang peninsula is world famous for its rich coral reefs, pristine clear waters and attractive town with a relaxed atmosphere. Optional activities to enjoy include snorkelling and diving, possibly on one of the many World War II wrecks in the area which can be very rewarding for marine wildlife. It is also possible to visit the Balek Wildlife Sanctuary to see the sulphur spring emerging from a cave.

Staying at Jais Aben Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 10 - Port Moresby

Transfer to the airport and take flight to Port Moresby. Met on arrival and transfer to a nearby hotel for breakfast and to relax by the pool. It is also possible to take a city tour of Port Moresby or have use of a day room at a hotel (extra cost). Transfer back to the airport for flight to Singapore. (B)

Arrive in Singapore and connect with flight to the UK.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 11 - Arrive UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London to Port Moresby via Singapore

Area Specialist

Claire Pote
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Perhaps extend your time by the coast for some extra relaxation at the end.

Do you want a more cultural trip? Why not spend a night in a local village (very basic facilities) while at Goroka.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

The [Papua New Guinea] trip was a success…! got great pictures.. .and we enjoyed it very much. Our arrangements worked much better than we expected…

Mr R M — London N1

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Kumul Lodge: -5.866667, 144.216667
Pacific Gardens Hotel: -6.064770, 145.393450
Jais Aben Resort: -5.155493, 145.802071