Papua New Guinea & the Sepik River

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $9,995
  • Length: 19 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260

Tour Description

Journey into the dense forests and Stone Age cultures in remote Papua New Guinea. Enjoy exclusive cultural experiences and stunning natural beauty on this adventurous exploration of a little-visited land. From your comfortable ship, cruise the Sepik River, stopping at tiny villages to interact with the locals and understand their way of life. Savor a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the colorful Mt. Hagen Show where tribespeople from all over the country converge to compete in traditional dance. And in the Highlands, attend a festive sing-sing, presided over by Huli Wigmen elders in their elaborate Bird of Paradise headdresses. In this remote land, stay in comfortable accommodations and be escorted by veteran local guides who will introduce you to local people and customs. Make the most of your time with scenic chartered flights over the impenetrable rain forest that has kept tribes isolated for centuries. Conclude your journey on the idyllic shores of the South Pacific, for reflective rest and relaxation.

  • Witness the exuberant song and dance of isolated tribespeople at the Mt. Hagen Cultural Show
  • Cruise to remote regions of the Sepik River aboard the comfortable, air-conditionedM/V Sepik Spirit
  • Meet members of a remote Highlands tribe practically untouched by Western civilization
  • Experience a festive and colorful sing-sing event by the Huli Wigmen and witness the colorful dancing of the Mudmen Warriors
  • Enjoy a private, after-hours tour of the world- famous primitive art collections of the Port Moresby National Museum ’
  • Swim and snorkel among colorful fish and stunning coral reefs at Kranket Island
  • Visit a traditional Spirit House (Haus Tambaran)
  • Explore Cairns at your leisure and adapt yourself to local time after your flight across the International Date Line


DAYS 1 - 3

Cairns, Australia

Depart from home on Saturday, cross the International Date Line and arrive on Monday. Spend the first full day (Day 3) in Cairns at your leisure. Meet your fellow travelers and discuss the upcoming journey at a festive dinner party.

Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns

DAYS 4 - 6

Port Moresby Karawari, Papua New Guinea

Fly from Cairns to Port Moresby to discover one of the finest collections of primitive art in the world at the National Museum. See the Parliament House, constructed in the style of a traditional Sepik RiverHaus Tambaran, or Spirit House. On Day 5 fly to Karawari where you will be transferred to the Karawari Lodge, which features a jungle setting and traditional, local architectural design. On Day 6 you will be treated to an ecological and cultural tour of this diverse area.

Airways Hotel, Port Moresby Karawari Lodge, Karawari

DAYS 7 - 9

Sepik River Cruise

Board theM/V Sepik Spirit, a comfortable 16-passenger vessel, as we journey up one of the world’s great rivers to visit some local tribes. Each clan along the Sepik has its own unique artwork, spirit masks, spiritual figures and legends.

M/V Sepik Spirit

DAYS 10 - 12


Discover the lush tropical paradise of Tari. This cool alpine setting is the home of the Huli Wigmen, renowned for their elaborate and colorful dress. This evening you will be treated to a traditional tribal sing-sing.

Ambua Lodge, Tari

DAYS 13 & 14

Mt. Hagan

Experience the mesmerizing Mt. Hagen Cultural Show, the largest cultural show in the country. You will be overwhelmed by the color and excitement of more than 50 different tribal groups dressed in distinctly different traditional attire. The rhythm and color of the dancers as they whirl to the sound of the beating drums will captivate. In addition to the sing-sing performances there are also cultural activities, handicraft stalls and an agricultural fair.

Rondon Ridge, Mt. Hagen

DAYS 15 - 17


On Day 15 fly to Madang, often referred to as “the prettiest town in the South Pacific.” Madang is a totally unexpected montage of tribal cultures, immense beauty and friendly people. Kranket Island offers a variety of easily accessible places to swim and enjoy the superb sea life amid world-famous coral reefs.

Madang Resort Hotel, Madang

DAYS 18 & 19

Cairns, Australia Depart for Home

Fly from Madang to Cairns and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. On Day 19 you will be taken to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.

Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns


Pricing Information

July 27, 2012

From $9,995.00 per person double occupancy.

From $2,850.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Deluxe rooms in the best available hotels
  • Three meals per day, including our unique Dine-Around program that lets you enjoy any restaurant you choose with à la carte dining, or relax with room service when available*
  • A professional Travel Director as your personal concierge
  • Local sightseeing with professional English-speaking guides with unparalleled knowledge, including entrance fees for places visited
  • Active participation and up-close encounters to experience the cultures of your journey
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee and tea included with meals; bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • All gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff and local guides and drivers
  • Group or individual airport transfers on arrival and departure flights
  • TheTravcoAssist Travel Protection Plan, including emergency medical evacuation insurance coverage for injury or illness, and 24-hour Worldwide Live Travel Assistance through Travel Guard Assistance

*Due to remote or undeveloped locations on some journeys, accommodations may not always meet Western standards. Dine-Around opportunities will be limited in remote or unsecured locations.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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