Papua New Guinea9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Port Moresby
Upon arrival in the capital of Papua New Guinea, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and escorted to your hotel.Airways Hotel - 1 Night
Day 2To the Tari Valley
This morning, head to the airport for your flight to the Tari Valley, home to the Huli people, whose members live in much the same way as their ancestors did. Upon arrival, check in to your remote lodge - which boasts local architecture, a serene setting and some spectacular views- before embarking on a guided walk in search of the beautiful Birds of Paradise.
This evening, relax in the meeting hall of the lodge or do some stargazing.Ambua Lodge - 3 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 3 - 4Tari Valley
Spend your days meeting with Huli Wigmen and learning about their culture. These Highland people decorate their bodies and faces with colorful paint, moss and mud to accentuate their incredible handmade wigs constructed of human hair and vibrant bird-of-paradise feathers. You may see a tribesman demonstrate how the wigs are made, or even be witness to an unforgettable Sing Sing ceremony, which includes traditional singing and dancing. When you're not interacting with the Huli people, explore the area on the many walking trails. Keep an eye out for some of the 217 species of birds as you immerse yourself in the jungle landscape, which boasts an incredible profusion of high-altitude orchids and flowering rhododendrons.Ambua Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 5To the Karawari River, Sepik Region
This morning, fly by charter aircraft over some of the most rugged and striking landscapes in the world, an array of jagged limestone that seems to rise and fall at impossible angles. When you land on the remote airstrip, board your riverboat for the trip to your lodge, which sits majestically on a ridge above the banks of the Karawari River and boasts spectacular views over hundreds of miles of dense tropical jungle. Check in and then visit a nearby village for a demonstration of how to make the basic delicacies of the area, flour made from the pith of the sago palm.
This evening, watch the sunset over the primeval jungle.Karawari Lodge - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 6Karawari River, Sepik Region
Set off for a daylong tour along the narrow jungle waterways of the Karawari River. You'll stop in various river villages to meet the locals and admire some of their acclaimed art, including totems, homemade drums, and beautiful carved storyboards that tell of the myths and legends of the people. Keep your eyes open for the bountiful birdlife along the riverbanks and nearby lakes.Karawari Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 7To Mount Hagen
This morning, fly by charter aircraft to Mount Hagen and the upper Wahgi Valley, home to some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world.Rondon Ridge - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
Perched high on Mount Hagen is your home for the next two nights. Check in and see some of the incredible 180-degree views of the valley below. After lunch, embark on a guided nature walk along the trails to explore the unique ecology of this area.
Day 8Mount Hagen
Depart on a full-day trip to learn about the unique culture and traditions of the Melpa people who live near Mount Hagen City, the business heart of the Papua New Guinea Highlands. In the Melpa tribe, "big men" gain status by accumulating wealth and then giving it away in a series of ritualized exchanges.Rondon Ridge (B, L, D)
Day 9Depart Port Moresby
Return to Port Moresby for your onward flight.(B)
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Almost all the internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners, with some internal airlines in Southeast Asia using turboprop aircraft.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your travel arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances, and we strongly advise that you purchase insurance against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport departure taxes or overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally and in local currency. Please ensure that you retain enough local currency to cover these taxes. Departure taxes vary in each country and you will be advised when possible of the rates before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change, and if they do so when you are traveling, your guide or our ground handler will advise you.
The majority of the roads to and from major tourist destinations are paved and in reasonable condition. Although many of the city roads are now 4 to 6-lane highways and have had a large amount of investment in recent years, many of the narrower ones and smaller highways are bumpy and pot-holed. In Vietnam and Cambodia, many of the roads are in poor condition, but most of the main highways are paved. For longer journeys, we will nearly always advise you to fly. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour. Generally, the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 1-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus.
A number of flights within Asia & the Pacific arrive/depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives/departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in/check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Asia & the Pacific; however, in most of the major cities the hotels are of a good standard. Standards will vary much more in some of the smaller cities and rural areas.
For our tours in Asia & the Pacific, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavor to supply any extra information that you may require about these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Asia & the Pacific, and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. In Mongolia we use traditional tents or “gers”.
Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard, unless noted otherwise; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g., to a lake view or suite, etc.), please speak to your tour consultant who will be able to advise you about options and applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in time is normally 14:00 and check-out time is normally 12:00, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked without extra payment.
In some cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. In this case, the supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Visiting many of the sites in Asia require a reasonable amount of walking, either to the site or around it. While the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous. In addition, at ancient monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
Cruise boats may vary their itineraries with little or no notice if water levels become unusually low, or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are generally very rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark. Cruise itineraries include full board, but all drinks will be charged as extras.
Papua New Guinea
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