Festivals The Vista, a fully escorted 13 day/12 night program (tour leader throughout), provides a wide perspective on Papua New Guinea, from shaking hands with a Huli Wigman to a journey through the Sepik Region. The tour culminates with the Mount Hagen Cultural Show. The Hagen Show brings together sing-sing groups from throughout Papua New Guinea, with the variety of cultures and groups represented in turn reflecting the diversity of Papua New Guinea's landscape .
|Day 1||Arrive in Port Moresby. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight Airways Hotel|
|Day 2||Fly with Air Niugini to Tari. Afternoon tour.Overnight Ambua Lodge is an inspired mixture of local architecture, spectacular views and modest luxury off the beaten track. Located at 7000 feet (2100 meters) in the PNG Southern Highlands, homeland of the Huli clan with their human hair wigs adorned with colourful flowers. Recipient of the 1991 Pacific Asia Travel Association's "Pacific Heritage Award" which sighted Ambua Lodge as "superb example of culturally sensitive and ecological responsible tourism". Ambua Lodge has thirteen species of birds of paradise close by and an amazing array of orchids. Lists of birds, orchids and other plants of the Ambua and Tari Gap area are available.|
|Day 3||Full Day Tour. Overnight Ambua Lodge.|
|Day 4||Full Day Tour. Overnight Ambua Lodge|
|Day 5||Transfer from Tari to Karawari. Afternoon Tour. Overnight Karawari Lodge, on a ridge overlooking the Karawari River, in the Sepik region, is a time-warped mixture of pre-technological and technoloical architecture - is the perfect base for some old-fashioned jungle, river and village exploration. You are in the middle of Arambak country-- locals pole dug-out canoes, the drums throb, the wild birds call, and, traditional village lifestyles continue largely unchanged."Somethinglike a National Geographic expedition. No roads. Thick jungle. Locals poling dugouts. Crocodiles.|
||Transfer from Karawari to the Sepik Spirit. Afternoon Tour. The Sepik Spirit takes our guests on a voyage along the waterways of Papua New Guinea's Sepik region.
Currently, the Sepik Spirit primarily journeys on the Karawari River, the storied tributary of the Sepik River, and on to the Krosmeri River which allows entry to the mysterious Blackwater Lakes.
|Day 7||Full Day Tour. Sepik Spirit. Time will be spent with villagers hearing about rituals, warfare,initiation ceremonies and ancestral beliefs. Men’s houses, spirit houses and family houses will be visited.
These villages are renowned for producing tribal art specialties such as masks, flutes and spirit figures. There will be opportunities to view and purchase art pieces and crafts in the villages' impromptu and low pressure markets.
|Day 8||Full Day Tour. Sepik Spirit.The densely forested riverbanks of the Karawari River contrast with the wide open expanse of the Blackwater Lakes. Bird life is rich throughout both regions.There will be plenty of photo opportunities, including those of day-to-day life. Men gather on their clan's bench. Children paddle canoes to school. Women fish with hand lines while keeping a fire burning in a clay fireplace|
|Day 9||Charter flight to Mt Hagen. Afternoon pre-show tour. Overnight Highlander Hotel|
|Day 10||Full Day Mt Hagen Show. Overnight Highlander Hotel. "Meet, Stay and Play" Located near the center of town, the Highlander strives to provide comfort and convenience. Amenities include: outdoor pool, restaurant, bars, fitness centre, hair salon and souvenir shop|
|Day 11||Full Day Mt Hagen Show. Overnight Highlander Hotel The Hagen Show brings together sing-sing groups from throughout Papua New Guinea, with the variety of cultures and groups represented in turn reflecting the diversity of Papua New Guinea's landscape|
|Day 12||Fly with Air Niugini to Port Moresby. Half day tour. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight Airways Hotel. "World-class accommodation set in an oasis of understated luxury in one of the Pacific’s most striking and inspiring settings." Known for its spacious design and open air restaurant with views across the airport.
Amenities include: restaurants, cafes, bar, boutiques, outdoor pool, fitness centre with lap pool and spa. About a five minute drive from the international and domestic terminals at Jacksons International Airport.
|Day 13||Transfer to international flight out|
This is an Escorted Program and Land Cost Includes:
Accommodation, airport transfers and tours on a seat in a bus basis, meals from dinner st, services of a professional tour gto breakfast, guide throughout, local guides and show gate fees. Cost also includes all gratuities to hotel, restaurant staff, local drivers, guides and porters.
Land Cost Does Not Include:
Domestic and international flights, visa fees and services of a personal nature such as beverage, laundry charges, phone and fax bills etc.
You are only to book and ticket the domestic Air Niugini flights together with your international flights. We will book the Air Charter flights.
To secure space due to the popularity of our show programs, a non-refundable deposit of US$1000.00 per person is required to confirm the booking.Cancellations: Immediate: Loss of deposit until June 3; received between 4th June and commencement of the tour will attract a 75% fee of the total land and air charter costs. No refund is available after scheduled arrival in Papua New Guinea or in respect of any tour, accommodation, meals or other services not utilized during the tour. Any additional costs incurred because of changes made during the itinerary by clients, will be to the client's account.
Please note that we are unable to refund any services, which appear in the main itinerary, but are not taken.Call 1-800-221-2474 9AM - 6PM Mon-Fri Eastern Time or (516) 248-2042 outside USA/Canada Although we have provided as much information as possible on our website, we are happy to answer your questions directly on the phone. Sometimes, it is just easier to speak to one of us. We are awaiting your call. Call (800) 221 - 2474 or email