Vista Mount Hagen Show Tour

# Group Tour

Vista Mount Hagen Show Tour

16 Days from £9849 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 wonderfulvista 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 £9849 per adult. £9,849 Per Person Based on sharing double / twin rooms. Single supplement £920. 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 - Karawari

Transfer from hotel to Jackson's Airport, for your domestic flight to Mount Hagen, and onwards flight to Karawari. Meet with representatives at the airport for transfer to Karawari Lodge. Poised on a ridge overlooking the river and jungle-clad Sepik Basin, this lodge draws you into an entirely unique world. What is most fascinating here is how the people live at one with the land, and how it moulds their lives. They still live as they have for generations, with rituals, sing-sings, storytelling, food gathering and preparation all largely unchanged.

The Lodge has a well-planned cultural programme, with daily river boat visits to local villages in place. These allow guests to observe village life and customs, participate in typical daily activities and enjoy re-enactments of traditional ceremonies. You wills also visit remote jungle waterways, where there are huge lichen and vine-festooned trees, an abundance of brilliant flame flowers, and many beautiful orchids. With a myriad of birds providing the raucous jungle music, enjoy observing man and the environment as it has been for thousands of years.

In the afternoon, take a half day excursion along the jungle-fringed waterways of the Karawari River where standing boatmen paddle slender dug-out canoes adorned with sculpted silhouettes of crocodile masks. Experience village life, including carved totems, drums, woodcarvings and different artistic expressions. There is also plentiful bird-life to be seen along the rives and nearby lakes.

Staying at Karawari Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Sepik River

After breakfast, transfer form Krawari Lodge to the Sepik Spirit. This stationary floating lodge has nine spacious en-suite guestrooms and is uniquely designed in the style of the local 'haus tambaran' or spirit house. Enjoy lunch on board, before beginning your voyage of discovery to a local village in the afternoon.

Staying at Sepik Spirit. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Sepik River

Enjoy a full day touring the area from the Sepik Spirit, with picnic lunch provided. Visit local villages where the people are prolific an skilled carvers. From here you can purchase many fascinating items such as elaborately carved masks, hooks, ancestral figures, hand drums, baskets, bilums and gourds. Yous will also visit the remote Black Water Lakes.

Staying at Sepik Spirit. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Sepik River

Another day of exploration in the area, as detailed in day five. In the evening, the Sepik Spirit will cruise back to Karawari in preparation for early morning departure the following day.

Staying at Sepik Spirit. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Ambua

In the morning, transfer to Karawari Airstrip for charter flight to Ambua. This flight takes you over the Central Ranges, some of the most rugged and impressive landscapes in the world. The country between Ambua and the Sepik region is an amazing array of jagged limestone rising and falling at seemingly impossible angles. Upon landing transfer to Ambua Lodge. Located at 7,000 ft in the Southern Highlands, the lodge is an inspired mixture of local architecture, modest luxury and spectacular views. This area is home to the Huli clan, famed for their elaborate human hair wigs adorned with colourful flowers. Take an afternoon guided nature walk through the nearby alpine forest in search of the exotic bird of paradise.

Staying at Ambua Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Ambua

A day of ecological and culturally based touring sure to satiate those yearning for discovery. The Tari area is home to an incredible 13 species of birds of paradise, as well as numerous orchid species. Learn how the Huli live and how they interact with and use their environment.

Staying at Ambua Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Ambua

Enjoy another day of exploration in this area.

Staying at Ambua Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Mount Hagen

Transfer by riverboat to the Ambua airstrip and catch charter flight to Mount Hagen. During the flight, marvel at the scenery as mountains rise high out of the flat lands of the Sepik Basin. Upon arrival into Mount Hagen, you will be met and transferred to the Highlander 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

Trabsfer to Kagamuga airport for flight to Port Moresby. In the afternoon enjoy a city tour which includes visits to the National Parliament (outside view only), National Museum, PNG Arts shop and National Botanic Gardens in the spacious grounds of the University of Papua New Guinea. Time permitting, drive through undulating bushland towards the coastline.

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

Best visited:
January to January

Area Specialist

Claire Pote

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!

Route Map

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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