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Papua New Guinea – An example tour
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Day 1, Welcome to PNG (Fri)
On arrival at Jacksons Airport, Port Moresby where you will be met by your Guide and taken to your hotel. You will spend the morning at the hotel and refresh after your flight. After lunch, join the city tour.
The city sightseeing tour includes visits to the National Parliament (outside visit only), the National Museum, PNG Arts and Museum Gallery with a large selection of artifacts and war history collection respectively from around Papua New Guinea.
The Paga and the Toguaba hill tops overlook the Ela Beach, PNG Main Wharf, The Koki Fish market, Hanuabada village which means "big village” - it was one of the largest villages in Port Moresby until its destruction by fire during World War II.
The Hanuabada villagers built their houses on posts and carefully built corridors into the sea. A cultural dance will be performed here to bid you farewell.
If time permits, you will also visit the National Botanic Gardens situated in the grounds of the University of Papua New Guinea and the Bomona World War II Cemetery before heading back to your hotel.
Day 2, To Tari (Sat)
This morning after breakfast you transfer to the airport and fly to Tari.
Upon arrival in Tari, you will meet your Guide who will transfer you to your hotel where you will stay the next 3 nights.
After checking in, it’s time for the afternoon nature tour of the Ambua and Tari Gap areas.
Days 3 and 4, Traditional living (Sun & Mon)
The next two days you will immerse yourself in the Huli culture and its intriguing traditions.
The Huli people live by hunting, gathering plants and growing crops. They are exceptional farmers and still farm their land and raise pigs as their main economy. Men and women still live separately; unmarried men historically lived in large group houses, although this is exceptionally rare nowadays. When wearing traditional dress, the men decorate their bodies with coloured clay and wear elaborate headdresses for ceremonies.
Highlights of these two days' events in the Tari basin include the following:
- Observe face painting by the Huli people and traditional singing in full traditional dress
- Huli Village studies
- Spiritual Dancing performance
- Marriage and courtship demonstrations
- Observe the wig making school of the Huli men.
- Observe traditional fire making and mumu from the pit. (Earth Oven)
- Bachelor Boys, visit the skull caves, girls' initiation and sun dance.
You will also visit Makara Falls and walk on the cane bridges designed and constructed using bush ropes by the village architect.
Day 5, On the road (Tue)
Today, after breakfast, you will take the highlands highway with a packed lunch and drive to Mt Hagen on your coaster 25 seater bus.
You begin your journey in Tari Hela Province and finish in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands Province. The drive takes about 6-7 hours. The scenery along the way is fantastic - you will see the roadside villages, gorges, waterfalls, fast-flowing rivers and amazing landscapes.
Stops will be made along the way for photos, lunch and “comfort”. When you arrive at Mt Hagen, you’ll check in to your hotel for the next 2 nights
Day 6, Valleys and dance (Wed)
This morning, after breakfast, you will tour the eastern end of Mt Hagen. The tour takes you into the Waghi Valley from Mt. Hagen. Until the Waghi people were first seen by Taylor and Leahy in 1933, it was generally thought that the mountains of Papua New Guinea were an uninhabited wilderness.
In contrast to this is the Waghi Valley which you will see today - it is a fertile area covered in flourishing tea and coffee plantations interspersed with picturesque village homesteads surrounded by traditional food gardens. The spectacular surrounding mountains reach a peak of 4000 metres on the south side and 4509 meters on the north side.
This tour also takes you to the Mt Hagen produce market, the best market in Papua New Guinea. After your visit to the market, you’ll take a brief tour of Mt Hagen Township and then drive up to the Kuta Range, passing villages and food gardens. Stops are made at key sights to give you an excellent view of the township of Mt Hagen.
Then drive through more villages along the Kuta Range and arrive at the foot of Mt. Olga and visit Pogla and Avi villages. The cultural activities include the Hagen men and women singing and Sili Muli lady dancers from Wabag.
On completion of the tour, you will pass the south of Mt Hagen driving through valleys and fast-flowing rivers and travel into the Nebilyer Valley. This valley stretches further south towards the bordering Southern Highlands and Enga Provinces.
The Nebliyter Valley boasts coffee plantations and the people here are of mixed culture of the Central Western Highlands and the Southern Highlands. The people speak a completely different language from the Central Western Highlands and bordering Southern Highlands.
From the Nebilyer Valley drive further to the northwest to the Paiagona village, viewing stunning landscapes and waterfalls along the way. This area is much cooler, and situated below at the foot feet of Mt. Hagen and Mt. Giluwe, the areas produce some of the country’s best vegetables! People are always friendly and cheerful and willing to greet visitors with a smile.
The tour will include the unique cultural activities at Tambul. These unique people and their culture is situated at the foot of Mt Giluwe, the second-highest mountain in PNG at an altitude of 12 000 feet.
On this tour, you will see the traditional singing, courtship displays, fire making, hunting and traditional mumu - an oven made from the earth.
You will be served the mumu food to taste and much more. This is a unique culture and a must to see.
Day 7, Highlands (Thu)
Today your tour will drive along the mighty highlands’ highway passing through exotic landscapes of the Eastern Highlands province, alpine and savanna grasslands, villages, the Whagi valley - enjoy chatting with people along the roadside markets and villages.
The drive along this part of the Papua New Guinea highlands highway is memorable and fantastic. The drive will take about 3 hours.
Finally, you descend into the Daulo Pass Valley and arrive to Goroka town and check in to your hotel for the night. After checking-in you’ll take a half-day tour of Goroka including a visit to Asaro Mudmen village for madman performances, JK Mckerty Museum, Goroka coffee factories and plantations, the arts and crafts market, raunraun theatre building and the MT Kiss lookout.
Day 8, To the coast (Fri)
Today you will go for a road tour from Goroka to Madang in your 4x4 vehicle.
You will see alpine and savanna grasslands, roadside villages, the Ramu Valley, cattle farms, sugar and palm oil plantations.
Stops are made along the way, including lunch at the Kassam Pass lookout at the Ramu and Markham valleys.
Kainantu town and Yonki Dam are some of the highlights of this tour. The drive along this part of Papua New Guinea is memorable and fantastic. The drive will take between 4-5 hours.
Finally, you descend into Husino and arrive in Madang town. Here you will stay at a resort-style Hotel for the next 3 nights. A perfect place to stay overlooking the Pacific Ocean and breathe the cool South Pacific breeze.
Your tour includes an afternoon Madang town sightseeing tour including the Madang market and Kalibobo Lighthouse.
Day 9, Madang (Sat)
Full-day tour of Madang. The tour includes a Bilbil pottery demonstration, Madang Haus tumbuna, Bobe village for cultural dances and singing and visits a model of the coastal village settings.
In the afternoon you may go snorkelling or diving at the nearby resort beach.
Day 10, To Port Moresby (Sun)
After breakfast, join us for a half-day harbour cruise for snorkelling and diving before an afternoon flight to Port Moresby.
On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the night.
Day 11, Departure Day (Mon)
This morning you can join the Port Moresby City tour or just relax by the pool.
Have lunch at the hotel and after lunch, join your transfer to Jacksons International Airport for your next destination.
The itinerary is mostly an independent tour. All hotel reservations, breakfasts and the mentioned transfers, excursions or meals are included in the package.
The itinerary is an example as the tour may change, depending on the season. We will confirm the program as we plan your itinerary.
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