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.
PLEASE NOTE: The province of Hela has faced problems post the massive earthquake in February 2018. Trans Niugini Tours, with reluctance, has decided to suspend the operations of Ambua Lodge (Tari) into 2019. For itineraries including Ambua Lodge, an alternative will be suggested as Trans Niugini Tours revises all their current itineraries for presentation. Please speak with an Aspire expert.
- 1 night Airways Hotel, Port Moresby
- 3 nights Rondon Ridge, Mount Hagen
- 3 nights Lake Murray Lodge
- 2 nights Karawari Lodge, Sepik Region
- 3 nights MV Sepik Spirit, Sepik Region
- Charter flights & Airport transfers
- ** NOTE: INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE FROM US & DOMESTIC AIR NIUGINI FLIGHTS ADDITIONAL **
16 August 2019
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. 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 coastal, 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. Lake Murray is also known for its Black Bass, Barramundi and Saratoga fish. Overnight Lake Murray (BLD)
Lake Murray Lodge. 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)
Charter flight from Lake Murray lodge to Karawari lodge - One of the most remote and un-spoilt destinations in Papua New Guinea. 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.
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)
Saturday 24, Sunday 25 August 2019
Three 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 Karawari Lodge. Guests are accommodated in ten separate cottages, each built out of local bush materials and inspired by traditional architecture. Each cottage has two private twin rooms, each with modern en-suite bathrooms, and a communal veranda. Overnight Karawari Lodge (BLD)
Transfer to the airstrip for charter flight Timbunke to Mount Haden. Half day touring of Mount Hagen. Overnight: Rondon Ridge(BLD)
Wednesday 28 August
This morning, you will transfered to Mount Hagen airport for your flight to Port Moresby and your international departure flights(B)
Land Cost: All costing is subject to change/availability - starting from US$8231.00 per person (twin share). US$9584.00 single except twin share on the Sepik Spirit and Rondon Ridge.
Additional Charter Flights: US$2100.00 per person.
Mon 19 August Mount Hagen/Lake Murray
Thur 22 August Lake Murray/Karawari
Tue 27 August August Karawari/Mount Hagen
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. Extra luggage can be stored at our Port Moresby office free of charge.
This is an Escorted Program and Land Cost Includes:
Accommodation,airport transfers and tours on a seat in a bus basis, meals from dinner on 16 August to breakfast on 28 August, services of a professional tour guide throughout, local guides and show gate fees. Cost also includes all gratuities to hotel, restaurant staff, local drivers, guides and porters.
ADDITIONAL TO ABOVE
Domestic and international flights, visa fees and services of a personal nature such as beverage, laundry charges, phone and fax bills etc. Important Note: You are only to book and ticket the domestic Air Niugini flights together with your international flights. We will book the Air Charter flights.
The Air Niugini / PNG Air flights you are to book and ticket
Sat 17 August PX180 Port Moresby/Mount Hagen
Wed 28 August PX181 Mount Hagen/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.