The Goroka Classic Show Tour is an unescorted 13days/12nights program. This Classic tour begins in Mount Hagen, Spending a night at the resplendent Rondon Ridge in a valley that was unknown to the outside world until 70 years ago. From Mount Hagen your journey takes you into the Sepik Region to explore the waterways of the Sepik River and its tributaries. Spend three nights onboard the Sepik Spirit which is the ultimate 'floating lodge' for the adventurer who desires all the comforts of civilization on the mighty Sepik River. From Sepik Spirit you will then fly to Tari Valley home of the flamboyant Huli, a colorful and proud people still largely living as their ancestors did. Ambua Lodge is high on the slopes of the Tari Valley with magnificent views of the valley below and the surrounding peaks. You will learn about the amazing ecology, culture and history of this remote corner of planet earth. From Tari you fly to Goroka to attend the two days famous Goroka Cultural Show before traveling to Port Moresby and onto your out going international flight
- 2 Nights Airways Hotel, Port Moresby
- 3 nights Ambua Lodge, Southern Highlands
- 3 nights MV Sepik Spirit, Sepik Region
- 1 Night Rondon Ridge, Mount Hagen
- 3 nights Bird of Paradise Goroka , daily touring program
- Charter flights & Airport transfers
- ** NOTE: INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE FROM US & DOMESTIC AIR NIUGINI FLIGHTS ADDITIONAL **
Thursday 07 September 2017
Upon your arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met by Trans Niugini Tours staff. You will then be transferred to the Airways Hotel. Overnight: Airways Hotel (--D)
Friday 09 September 2017
Transfer for your charter to Tari airstrip over some of the most rugged and impressive landscapes in the world. The country between Tari and the Sepik region is an amazing array of jagged limestone that seem to rise and drop at Impossible angles. Ambua Lodge is high on the slopes of the Tari Valley – home of the Huli, a colorful and proud people still largely live the same way that their ancestors did. The afternoon is spent exploring the area surrounding Ambua – high mountain forests with roaring waterfalls beckon the intrepid traveler. Overnight: Ambua Lodge (BLD)
Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 September 2017
Two full days of ecological and culturally based touring are sure to satiate those yearning for discovery. The Tari area is home to an incredible 13 species of birds of paradise, as well as numerous orchid species. Learn how the Huli live and how they interact with their environment. Overnight: Ambua Lodge (BLD)
Monday 12 September 2016
Fly by charter from Tari to the Sepik. Upon arrival at Timbunke Airport you will be met and transferred to the MV SEPIK SPIRIT. The lodge is based in the village Kaminimbit I. Inspired by the architecture of the "haus tambaran” or spirit house, the MV Sepik Spirit has a truly unique design. Begin your voyage of discovery into the mystical world of the Sepik with a slow jetboat cruise to the airconditioned comfort of the Sepik Spirit.
After lunch enjoy an afternoon tour to Kaminimbit I, Kaminimbit II and Kororua village. While touring the mighty Sepik you will visit villages where the people are prolific and famous carvers. Here you can purchase many interesting items such as masks, elaborately carved hooks, ancestral figures, hand drums, baskets, bilums and gourds. The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the world - in terms of flow. Steeped in mystery, the peoples of the Sepik area have fascinated anthropologists like Margaret Mead since the area was first visited. Overnight: MV Sepik Spirit (BLD)
Tuesday 13 - Wednesday 14 September 2017
Two 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 people is their amazing carvings, now famous the world over. Overnights: MV Sepik Spirit (BLD)
Thursday 15 September 2017
Charter flight to Mount Hagen. Upon arrival in Mount Hagen you will be transferred to Rondon Ridge, nestled on the edge of the Wahgi Valley - a valley with some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. Rondon Ridge is the premier accommodation in the Western Highlands. Half day birding and nature tour around the walking tracks of Rondon Ridge. Overnight: Rondon Ridge (BLD)
Friday 16 September 2017
Fly by charter from Mount Hagen to Goroka. Goroka, home of the famous and intriguing Asaro Mudmen, will be your base for the duration of 2012 Goroka Cultural Show. Overnight: Bird of Paradise Hotel. (BLD)
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 September 2017
Spend 2 days enjoying the cultural extravaganza that is the Goroka Cultural Show. Overnights: Bird of Paradise Hotel. (BLD)
Monday 19 September 2017
As your Goroka Classic tour draws to a close, you depart from Goroka to Port Moresby on Air Niugini, PX961. Upon arrival in Port Moresby you will be met by Trans Niugini Tours staff and they will transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon you will have a half-day tour. The city sightseeing tour includes visits to the National Parliament (outside view only), the National Museum. A visit is also made to the beautiful National Botanic Gardens situated in the spacious grounds of the University of Papua New Guinea. A stop is also made at a PNG artifact shop with a hugh selection of artifacts from around Papua New Guinea. Time permitting, driving through undulating bushland you arrive at the coastline. You will also see Hanuabada village which means "big village" - it was one of the largest village in Port Moresby until it's destruction by fire during World War II. Overnight: Airways Hotel (BLD)
Tuesday 20 September 2017
In the morning Trans Niugini Tours staff will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your outgoing international flight. (B)
US$7708.00 per person (twin share). US$8907.00 single throughout except twin share on the Sepik Spirit and Bird of Paradise.
Charter Flights: US$1730.00 per person.
Monday 11 September Tari/Karawari
Thursday 14 September Karawari/Mount Hagen
Friday 15 September Mount Hagen/Goroka
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.
ADDITIONAL TO ABOVE COSTING:
- ROUND TRIP airfare from US to PNG
Friday 8 Sept PX864 Port Moresby / Tari
Monday 18 Sept PX161 Goroka / 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.