Vista Mount Hagen Show Tour

16 Days from £9576 per adult. Prices based on flight fares at the time of costing & may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote
16 Days
Group Tour
Culture and Archaeology

The Vista tour is a fully escorted program that provides a stunning view of Papua New Guinea. The journey begins with the stunning vista of Ambua Lodge, overlooking the Tari Valley, home of the huli. Then fly to the Sepik River and stay aboard the MV Sepik Spirit, the perfect way to discover a rarely visited corner of the globe. After the cruise, relax at Karawari Lodge, which is located in the Sepik Region. From there, fly to the Western Highlands for the highlight of the program, the spectacular Mount Hagen Show, providing an incredible vista of cultures from all over Papua New Guinea. In a land of nearly 800 languages, there is no better place to see so many gathered in one place.

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Itinerary

Price from £9576 per adult. £8,872 Per Person Based on sharing double / twin rooms. Single supplement £795. Please note the single supplement is for a Single room EXCEPT at the Highlander Hotel and on board the Sepik Spirit, which are on twin share basis.

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 - Port Moresby

Arrive in Port Moresby. Meet with group and transfer to the hotel.

Staying at Airways Hotel. Includes Dinner.

Day 4 - Ambua

Transfer to the airport and fly to Tari. Met on arrival and transfer to the lodge. Afternoon exploring the area surrounding Ambua. This is the home of the Huli Clans, one of the largest ethnic groups in the Southern Highlands and one of the most culturally intact, in all of PNG.

Staying at Ambua Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Ambua

Full day of guided wildlife and cultural excursions. There will be a guided excursion in the nearby rainforest including a visit to the Tari Gap for some birding. 13 species of bird of paradise inhabit this part of the forest and in the late afternoon many will be displaying. Perhaps also take a tour of the local Huli village to learn about their traditions and way of living, which is still governed by their belief in ancestral spirits and sorcery.

Staying at Ambua Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Ambua

Another full day of guided ecological and cultural activities from the lodge.

Staying at Ambua Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Sepik River

Transfer to the airstrip and take charter flight to Timbunke. Met on arrival and transfer to the MV Sepik Spirit. Discover the fascinating way of life of the people that still live the same way as they have for done for centuries along the river. The villages here are famous for their traditional art and sculpture work created by the local artisans.

Staying at Sepik Spirit. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Sepik River

A full day of excursions along the mighty river and its tributaries to visit and experience the village life and customs of the communities that live along the banks. There will be plenty of opportunities to buy local crafts and art such as masks, ancestral figures, hand drums, baskets, bilums and gourds. Each village produces its own style of art and craftwork.

Staying at Sepik Spirit. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Sepik River

Another full day of excursions along the mighty river and its tributaries to visit and experience the village life and customs of the communities that live along the banks.

Staying at Sepik Spirit. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Karawari

Transfer to Karawari lodge. This is an area of vast alluvial floodplains, laced with narrow waterways. The Karawari people are the most remote of the floodplains communities. Enjoy a full day excursion along the jungle fringed waterways visiting local villages.

Staying at Karawari Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Mount Hagen

Transfer by riverboat to the airstrip and catch charter flight to Mount Hagen. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel. In preparation for the Mount Hagen Cultural show there will be a pre-show program in the afternoon.

Staying at Highlander Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Mount Hagen show

Full day spent at the Mount Hagen Show – world famous for its Colour, culture and vibrancy. It is a truly spectacular event. The diversity of the coastal, lowland and highlands sing sing groups at the Hagen show reflects the incredible diversity of Papua New Guinea’s landscape.

Staying at Highlander Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 13 - Mount Hagen show

Another full day spent at the Mount Hagen Show.

Staying at Highlander Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 14 - Port Moresby

Transfer to the airport and fly to Port Moresby. Met on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon city tour of Port Moresby.

Staying at Airways Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 15 - Singapore

Transfer to the airport and take flight to Singapore. Connect with onward flight to London.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 16 - Arrive London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly to Singapore on Singapore Airlines and to Port Moresby on Air Niugini

Area Specialist

Claire Pote
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Extensions and other airline options are possible, please ask for more details.

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

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We write to express our thanks for organising another highly successful special itinerary tour [to Papua new Guinea], despite the last minute changes to our tour schedule. We were very impressed with [your representatives]. They ran a highly professional service in all aspects. The three lodges, all with their own very special character, were well run with friendly staff, clean and with good facilities. The food at all three was excellent -including the vegetarian provision. The transfer arrangements…were excellent…The excursion opportunities at all the lodges were good.. .The three contrasting locations of the lodges…enabled us to sample three very different village cultures, and their remoteness and juxtaposition to primary rainforest. . .made for excellent wildlife viewing especially for birds.. .In all our world travels so far, we have never been able to match the very special experience that combined the comfort of these individually unique lodges.. .with the opportunities to explore some of the world’s dwindling rainforest and meet its ancient and charming peoples and witness its unique birdlife. To step outside our lodge cabin [at Tari] and observe three species of birds of paradise was just magic!

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Ambua Lodge: -5.961781, 143.067131
Airways Hotel : -9.479999, 147.179992
MV Sepik Spirit: -4.275208, 143.334098
Highlander Hotel: -5.863337, 144.224385
Karawari Lodge: -4.596667, 143.522500