Papua New Guinea is a veritable
smorgasbord of colour, culture and excitement. Perhaps the most
famous cultural show in Papua New Guinea, The Mount Hagen Show
brings together singsing groups from all over the country in an
amazing conglomeration of color, beauty and culture. The Hagen show
is held in August every year.
The Panorama Show is a fully escorted 13 day/12 night program that provides a stunning view of Papua New Guinea. The journey begins with the spectacular Mt Hagen Cultural 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.
- 2 nights Airways Hotel, Port Moresby
- 2 nights Rondon Ridge, Mount Hagen
- 2 nights Lake Murray Lodge
- 1 nights Karawari Lodge, Sepik Region
- 3 nights MV Sepik Spirit, Sepik Region
- 2 nights Ambua Lodge, Southern Highlands & Daily Touring
- Charter flights & Airport transfers
- ** NOTE: INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE FROM US & DOMESTIC AIR NIUGINI FLIGHTS ADDITIONAL **
17 August 2018
Upon arrival in Port Moresby/Jackson's international airport, you will be met and transferred to Gateway Hotel. You will meet your escort and other group members. Overnight Gateway Hotel (D)
Transfer from Gateway Hotel to Jackson’s airport for your flight to Mount Hagen on PX180. 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.
Upon arrival at Kagamuga airport, you will be met and transferred directly to the Mount Hagen show. It is a truly spectacular event. The diversity of the costal, lowland and highlands sing-sing groups at the Hagen show reflects the incredible diversity of the Papua New Guinea's landscape - an unforgettable experience. Overnight Rondon Ridge (BLD)
Enjoy another full day at the Mt Hagen show. Overnight Rondon Ridge (BLD)
Transfer from Rondon Ridge for your charter flight from Mt Hagen to Lake Murray. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to Lake Murray Lodge, nestled among the trees on an island spit. Island communities of stilted houses dot the water landscape of the lake. Dugout canoes are the primary mode of transportation and fishing is a major source of food to the local population. Lake Murray is the largest lake in Papua New Guinea. During the wet season it spreads to occupy an area of about 2000 square kilometers. It has a population of about 5,000 people scattered in small villages, both on tiny islands and coastal areas of the lake. Overnight Lake Murray (BLD)
Lake Murray Lodge arranges excursions around the lake in 8-seat river boats to visit local villages, birding sites and fishing spots. Western province is home to over 50% of New Guineas total bird population. Lake Murray is one of the best bird watching areas in the Province. In addition to a host of migratory birds, several birds of paradise species, pelicans, hornbills, eagles, parrots and numerous other birds have been sighted. Click on the link for comprehensive listings of the birds. Lake Murray is also known for its Black Bass, Barramundi and Saratoga fish. Overnight Lake Murray (BLD)
Charter flight from Lake Murray lodge to Karawari lodge. One of the most remote and un-spoilt destinations in Papua New Guinea - the lodges private airstrip and the Karawari River being the only way in or out. Stilted villages line the edges of flooded waterways and dug out canoes are the primary mode of transport. There are no roads, no shops and no phones. Sepik's live completely off the land, weaving baskets for catching fish; gathering, preparing and cooking their staple food from the Sago Palm. Overnight Karawari Lodge (BLD)
You will be met and transferred to the floating lodge, the MV Sepik Spirit. In its new role as a "floating lodge" fixed in the middle Sepik, the Sepik Spirit offers greater booking flexibility, enhanced touring programs and even more comfort. Returning travelers will note the updated decor. As for the Sepik Spirit's renowned hospitality, some new flourishes have been added. Overnight Sepik Spirit (BLD)
Friday 24 and
Saturday 25 August 2018
Two full days are spent exploring the many waterways of the Sepik and its tributaries including visits to traditional Sepik Villages. The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the world - in terms of flow. Steeped in mystery, the people of the Sepik area have fascinated anthropologists like Margaret Mead since the area was first visited. Part of the mystery and attraction of the Sepik peoples is their amazing carvings, now famous the world over. Overnights: Sepik Spirit (BLD)
Transfer from MV Sepik Spirit to airstrip for charter flight Timbunke to Ambua. Arrive Ambua airstrip, meet and transfer to Ambua Lodge. Ambua Lodge is high on the slopes of the Tari Valley, with magnificent views of the valley below and surrounding peaks. This is the home of the Huli, a colorful and proud people, still living in the area the same way that their ancestors did.
The afternoon is spent exploring the area surrounding Ambua - high mountain forests with roaring waterfalls beckon the intrepid traveler. Overnight: Ambua Lodge (BLD)
Enjoy two full days of cultural and ecological touring. 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. Overnight: Ambua Lodge (BLD)
Beginning your journey home, you leave Ambua Lodge and transfer to Tari airport for your flight to Port Moresby on PX865. Upon arrival at Jackson's airport, you will be met by Trans Niugini Tours staff and transferred to Gateway Hotel. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to discover Port Moresby - the busy and bustling economic centre and capital of Papua New Guinea. Overnight: Airway Hotel (BLD)
Wednesday 29 August
This morning, you will be met by Trans Niugini Tours staff and transferred to Jackson's airport to your international departing flight to Brisbane or Cairns. (B)
Land Cost: starting from US$7,699 per person (twin share). US$9262.00 single except twin share on the Sepik Spirit and Rondon Ridge.
Additional Charter Flights: US$2300.00 per person.
Mon 22 August Mount Hagen/Lake Murray
Wed 24 August Lake Murray/Karawari
Sun 28 August Karawari/Tari
Special Note Regarding Charters:
Maximum baggage allowance is 10kg per person and a maximum of 5kg carry on baggage per person.Large, hard sided suitcases are not permitted on charter aircraft.
ADDITIONAL TO ABOVE
- ROUND TRIP airfare from US to PNG
- DOMESTIC FLIGHTS - Port Moresby/Mount Hagen and Tari/Port Moresby
Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Ask your travel consultant for single supplements. Tour places are limited and subject to availability. LAND COST INCLUDES: Accommodation, airport transfers and tours on a seat in bus basis, meals from dinner local guides and sing sing entry. LAND COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: internationaL airfare and PX domestic flights, gratuities, visa fees and services of a personal nature such as beverage, laundry charges, phone and fax bills etc. All prices reflect a 3% discount for purchases made by cash/check. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply. International airfare and scheduled flighs to and within Papua New Guinea not included in package price, ask an Aspire consultant for current rates.