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2024 Papua New Guinea: Mount Hagen Festival

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Experience intimate, once-in-a-lifetime accessto vibrant tribal cultures that have remainedunchanged for centuries, cruising an exotic riverand exploring one of the most remote corners ofthe globe on a scenic journey that culminateswith the spectacular celebration of theMount Hagen Cultural Show.

Countries Visited

Australia , Papua New Guinea

Cities Visited

Brisbane , Port Moresby , Tari

  1. Day 1
    Brisbane, Australia
    Arrive in Brisbane, where you are met and transferred toyour hotel. Refresh from your travels and prepare for theexciting journey ahead. This evening, enjoy a welcomedinner served at the hotel.Hotel: Hyatt Regency Brisbane  
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
    Fly to Papua New Guinea, an island chain of undisturbed Indigenous tribes and sweeping natural beauty. Arrivein Port Moresby and visit the Port Moresby Nature Park,where you are introduced to the nation'''s distinctive culturesand hundreds of rare native animal species, including treekangaroo. Transfer to your hotel nestled in a lush botanicalgarden. Tonight, dine privately at a top local restaurant on aChef'''s Table experience featuring freshly caught seafood andlocally sourced ingredients.Hotel: Airways Hotel  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    This morning, board your flight to Tari, soaring overdramatic highland peaks. Upon arrival, transfer to yoursecluded lodge perched at 7,000 feet in Papua New Guinea'''sspectacular Southern Highlands. In the afternoon, set outon a guided nature walk through the lush forest, keeping aneye out for exotic birds of paradise. A favorite destination ofbirders, the rainforests surrounding the lodge have starredin many wildlife documentaries. A staggering 217 species ofexotic birds have been recorded here, including 13 differentspecies of bird of paradise. Stroll in this serene oasis amongorchids, rhododendrons, vine bridges, mountain streamsand secluded waterfalls, logging your exotic sightings as yourexpert guide shares insights perfect for novices and seasonedbirders alike.Hotel: Ambua Lodge  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    This morning, embark on the first of two days of culturalimmersion among the tribes of the Tari. Learn how thehighland people of Tari maintain the cultural traditions ofbody decoration and face painting, as well as the wearing ofdecorative wigs, flowers and moss.Hotel: Ambua Lodge  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Embark on another day of exploration revealing theculture of the highland people. Widely regarded as one ofthe most recognizable of Papua New Guinea'''s Indigenouspeoples, the Huli Wigmen captivate with traditional dancesfashioned after the mating rituals of birds of paradise. Takein the magic of the scene, absorbing an indelible impressionof the vibrant tribal traditions the Huli Wigmen have socarefully preserved for generations.Hotel: Ambua Lodge  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Sepik Region
    This morning, board your charter flight to a private airstripsecluded deep within the riverine wilderness of the Sepikregion. Upon arrival, Ride Like a Local by small boat toyour lodge, where you are greeted with lunch. After settlingin, embark on a river safari exploring the Karawari, aremote tributary of the mighty Sepik. This region is oneof the most remote and unspoiled destinations in all ofPapua New Guinea. Here, the river is central to daily life,with men paddling narrow dugout canoes full of goods fortrade, women fishing or making meals and children joyfully splashing along the river bank. Watch for examples of tribalart on display; each village boasts a unique style and everyvillager is an artisan. Notice there are no roads or shops '''the people live completely off the land and river, weavingbaskets for catching fish and gathering their staple food, thesago palm. This afternoon, visit a nearby village to learn howthis vital resource is harvested and prepared for consumptionby local tribal members.Hotel: Karawari Lodge  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Sepik Region
    Today, board '''Sepik Spirit,''' your floating home for the nextthree nights. Settle into life aboard this three-level, 98-footriver cruiser. Onboard amenities include a lounge, diningroom, bar, screened-in observation deck, air conditioningand nine comfortable cabins with en suite bathrooms. Yourriverboat home is an oasis in this remote jungle, affordingan exceptional vantage point on the riverine wildernessaround you. After lunch on board, embark on your voyage ofdiscovery along the Karawari River.Hotel: 'Sepik Spirit'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Sepik Region
    After breakfast aboard, disembark for a full-day excursionto the remote villages of Black Water Lake. Bask in yourwarm island welcome as you observe a way of life that hasremained largely unchanged for centuries. Learn aboutthe local rituals, warfare, ceremonies and ancestral beliefs,visiting the various houses of the village. Browse tribalhandicrafts such as masks, flutes and spirit figures in thevillages''' low-pressure markets. Relax with a picnic by theforested banks of the Karawari River, watching as local mengather on their clan'''s bench, children paddle canoes to schooland women fish with hand lines.Hotel: 'Sepik Spirit'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Sepik Region
    Disembark onto the banks of Mumeri, a remote villagewhose people have preserved their ancestral traditions forcenturies. Take in the same warm village welcome enjoyedhere by pioneering anthropologist Margaret Meade over 80years ago. Next, cruise to the confluence of the Krosmeri andKarawari rivers, where you rendezvous with '''Sepik Spirit''' forlunch. Continue on to visit the village of Mindimbit, takingin the spectacular carvings and elaborate coming-of-agerituals of the locals. Rejoin '''Sepik Spirit''' for your final nightaboard, enjoying a relaxing Scenic Sundowner as you cruiseback toward Karawari.Hotel: 'Sepik Spirit'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Mount Hagen
    This morning, fly by private charter to Mount Hagen. Onapproach, watch the mountains rise and then fall away as youdescend into the verdant Wahgi Valley. Upon arrival, enjoythe first of two days at the Mount Hagen Cultural Show,a festive gathering of more than 50 coastal, lowland andhighland tribal groups. Gain insider access to a privilegedexperience few travellers can claim as you immerse yourselfin a festival of the locals, for the locals ''' a bold, joyfulproclamation of tribal pride.Hotel: Rondon Ridge  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Mount Hagen
    Enjoy another day experiencing the sing sing festival. Marvelas the participants engage in sing sings, lively ancestral songsand dances displaying their diverse and distinctive culturalheritages. Witness an unmatched spectacle of color, musicand motion as heirloom feathered headdresses, brilliantlypainted faces and dyed grass skirts weave to the driving beatof traditional drums and the rousing voices of the tribesmen.Lose yourself in the sights and sounds of the rollickingfestival, gaining a deeper insight into the enduring traditionsthat help define this unique corner of the world. Thisafternoon, return to Port Moresby.Hotel: Airways Hotel  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Brisbane, Australia
    Today, fly to Brisbane. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner andrecap your amazing experience with your fellow travellers.Hotel: Hyatt Regency Brisbane  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for yourdeparture.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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