See the best of Papua New Guinea with our Classic Papua New Guinea itinerary, combining 12 days of adventure and exotic sights, including Sepik River, Goroka, Mount Hagen and Tari. Gain insight into Papua New Guinea’s traditional culture with intimate tribal encounters. This is truly the perfect luxury Papua New Guinea journey.
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Arrive in Port Moresby, the seaside capital of Papua New Guinea. You’ll be escorted to your comfortable, modern room at the Gateway Hotel. Spend the rest of your day either relaxing or getting acquainted with the city.
Explore the sights of Port Moresby on a half-day tour, including a visit to the city’s indigenous tribes, the Motu, Koitabu, and Hula people. In the afternoon, you’ll take a flight to Wewak, where you’ll settle in for the night in your room at the Karawari Lodge.
Today you can explore the rustic, traditional canoe villages that line the middle Sepik River region. Interact with local village people and gain insight into their day-to-day lives. Explore the winding pathways built using local materials, and check out the exotic wildlife that frequents the area. Top it all off with a visit to Papua New Guinea’s Primitive Art Center, where you can get a taste for the region’s artisan culture.
Explore the remote cultures of the Upper Sepik today, where you can get up-close and personal with what’s known as Papua New Guinea’s ‘last frontier’ - a place lost in time, where tribes have had very little contact whatsoever with the outside world. The Hunstein tribe of Wagu Lake will be one such encounter.
Upon your arrival in Goroka today, you’ll pay a visit to the legendary Asaro mudmen, and learn about their fascinating history involving conquering an invading tribe using mud; hence their name. Next, soar to new heights with a hike up the majestic Mount Wilhelm, Papua New Guinea’s highest mountain, at just under 15,000 feet.
Today, you’ll be entertained and informed, starting with a performance by Goroka’s renowned theater group, Raun Raun, housed in a stunning piece of architecture. Finish off with a visit to the J.K. McCarthy Museum, dedicated to one of PNG’s legendary patrol officers, full of ancient cultural curiosities.
Today you’re heading to the third-largest city in Papua New Guinea, the volcano city of Mount Hagen. The area is famed for its coffee, and its coffee and tea plantations have brought rapid changes to the local lifestyle. Visit a coffee plantation to learn the intricacies behind the major local trade, and sample its delicate and bold flavors.
The magnificent Wahgi Valley of the Western Highlands is on the itinerary today, and you can enjoy a full-day excursion there, exploring the verdant mountain valleys, the river, and the traditional villages that populate it.
Gain even further insight into the culture and lifestyle of Papua New Guinea with a full-day excursion to the tribal villages of PNG’s highest province, Enga. Today, you’ll meet the Wapenamanda and Wabag tribes.
Today you’ll fly to Tari, home to a proud, flamboyant tribe known for their elaborate dress. You’ll check into your room at the Ambua Lodge, an award-winning, eco-friendly facility with stunning panoramas of the Tari Valley, before taking off once again to spot exotic bird life and hike through its winding rainforest pathways.
You’ll spend more time exploring Tari today, gaining further insight into the “Huli Wigmen” tribe that lives here. Meet local villagers and learn about their traditional culture, which still remains largely uninfluenced by outside forces.
Today, the final day of your tour, you’ll take a plane back to Port Moresby, from where you can check in to your international flight, either to return home, or on to your next destination.
Karawari is a striking, rustic-style wood and bamboo lodge located in the heart of the rainforested Sepik region, home to numerous indigenous tribespeople. Its 10 private cottages are built from local bush materials and designed for minimum impact on the local residents. All come with two twin-bedded rooms, an en-suite bathroom, ceiling fan, 220V electricity, hot and cold running water, mosquito nets and a shared veranda, and are comfortable and generously sized. The dining room serves simple local meals, while guests can also relax in the lounge and bar.
The Bird of Paradise is the best hotel in Goroka, and while hardly posh, it is relatively clean and comfortable. It has 52 rooms, cable TV, IDD telephones, laundry, room service, an outdoor heated pool and gym. The Lahani Restaurant offers exotic dishes such as crocodile, buffalo, venison, and pigeon as well as fresh Highland vegetables and fruit. The hotel also has a more casual café with outdoor dining, the Deck Bistro, and a bar called Birdy's Piano bar. The Bird of Paradise is conveniently located in the center of town near the J.K. McCarthy Museum, Raun Raun Theatre and Mount Gahavisuka Provincial Park, an 8,000-acre park featuring walking trails, a scenic lookout, and a variety of native flora and fauna. Amenities include an outdoor heated pool, game room, fitness center, on-site squash club, business center and broadband Internet access. The hotel is only five minutes from the Goroka Airport (GKA).
The Highlander Hotel in Mount Hagen, gateway to the Western Highlands and its vibrant culture of tribal sing-sing rituals, is one of the best hotels in PNG and offers many comforts one might not expect in the region, such as an outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis courts, and a choice of dining options. The hotel's buildings are inspired by traditional architecture, with thatched roofs, and are surrounded by landscaped grounds. Each of the 60 rooms has a color television, IDD telephone, air conditioning and of course a private bathroom. Some rooms are equipped with broadband Internet, and access is available to all guests in the business center. The Poolside Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch on an outdoor terrace and Palmuri serves an à la carte dinner menu by an open stone fireplace. The Highlander is 10 miles from the Mount Hagen Airport (HGU).
Nestled amongst the Doma Peaks near Tari, almost 7000 feet above sea level, is Ambua Lodge. An award-winning, eco-friendly lodge boasting magnificent views of the Tari Valley below, and the perfect base for encountering the famous Wigmen, the lodge consists of forty round houses set amongst landscaped gardens and built almost exclusively from natural materials. Each unit features 180-degree picture windows to soak in the view, en-suite bathrooms, and electric blankets and duvets for the cool highland evenings. Ambua has 24-hour, eco-friendly electricity, provided by its own hydroelectric power plant that generates clean, natural energy from a nearby mountain stream. The main lodge building houses the bar, dining and lounge areas and a cozy central fireplace.