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With UBC's Museum of Anthropology

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Meeting local villagers; myriad cultures Highland & Lowland scenery, flora & fauna; Beautiful, comfortable, environmentally sensitive lodges; Private 'sing-sing' performance; Sepik River cruise; expert leadership and guiding by Museum of Anthropology curator Dr. Carol E. Mayer

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Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (see note below, if applicable) - All pricing reflects twin-sharing, per-person pricing for the TOUR AND INTERNAL FLIGHTS ONLY; however, we can book flights from your home airport to join the tour for an added cost. Contact us for a no obligation quote.


Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Sun 27 Aug 2017Fri 08 Sep 2017 $10296 USD FULL: Wait-list Only

Optional Single Supplement: $1111 USD (number of singles limited).


Tour Overview


This tour will be led by senior Tour Leader, Victor Romagnoli

Join us from August 27 to September 8, 2017, for a spectacular journey to Papua New Guinea, where you'll experience one of the most culturally and environmentally diverse regions in the world. Museum of Anthropology curator Dr. Carol E. Mayer will guide you through the dramatic Highlands Region, home of the iconic bird of paradise, and then take you on a journey along the mighty Sepik River which winds its way through some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world. Dr. Mayer has worked in the South Pacific for the past 20 years, and for ten of these she has been drawn to Papua New Guinea, building the finest collection of Pacific arts in Canada. Her most recent exhibit, "In the Footprint of the Crocodile Man: Contemporary Art of the Sepik River," is on view at MOA until January 31, 2017, and an accompanying publication is available at the MOA Shop.

Regions visited: Oceania And South Pacific
Countries visited: Papua New Guinea


Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Port Moresby
Upon arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met and transferred to the Airways Hotel. This evening, you will enjoy a welcome dinner and look ahead at the itinerary to come.

Overnight in Port Moresby.

Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2 Port Moresby
Today you will enjoy a full-day tour of this vibrant capital city, including a visit to the National Museum and Art Gallery, PNG’s Parliament buildings, and the spectacular Port Moresby Nature Park where you will first encounter examples of PNG’s most iconic wildlife.

Overnight in Port Moresby.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 Port Moresby - Rondon Ridge
In the morning, you will be met and transferred to your Air Niugini flight Port Moresby to Mount Hagen. Mount Hagen Town is in the upper Wahgi Valley, a valley with some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. Perched high on Mount Kuta is Rondon Ridge, with unbelievable views of the Wahgi Valley. After lunch, you’ll take a guided afternoon nature walk around the trails at Rondon Ridge.

Overnight at Rondon Ridge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Rondon Ridge
Enjoy a full-day tour featuring the unique culture and tradition of the Melpa people who live near the Mount Hagen City which is the business heart of the Papua New Guinea highlands, supplying a number of important industries, such as tea and coffee. A comprehensive touring program takes you on a journey through the traditions and customs of the Melpa People. We will also experience a small sing-sing in Mount Hagen in addition to the full-day tour.

Overnight at Rondon Ridge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Rondon Ridge - Kararwari - Sepik Spirit
This morning you will fly to Karawari and transfer to the comfort of the Sepik Spirit. Enjoy lunch on board the Sepik Spirit before you begin your voyage of discovery to local villages. Inspired by the local architecture of the haus tambaran or spirit house, the Sepik Spirit has a truly unique design.

Overnight on the Sepik Spirit.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 Sepik Spirit
After breakfast you will leave the ship for a full-day tour and a picnic lunch to the remote Black Water Lakes. Visit villages where the people are prolific carvers and artisans, specializing in many interesting items such as masks, elaborately carved hooks, ancestral figures, hand drums, baskets, bilums, and gourds.

Overnight on the Sepik Spirit.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 Sepik Spirit
After breakfast you will leave the Sepik Spirit for a full day to visit Palembei village, the only village with two magnificent Spirit Houses. Here, you will gain some insights into village life, be able to spend time appreciating the architecture, sit with the carvers as they create some of the finest work to be found along the Sepik. You will have also the opportunity to walk through the long grass that leads to the gardens where the food for the village is grown. At the end of this day you will have many memories to take back to the Sepik Spirit.

Overnight on the Sepik Spirit

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Sepik Spirit
After breakfast you will tour Mindimbit and later meet up with the Sepik Spirit at the Krosmeri Junction for lunch. Later, enjoy the cruising back to the Karawari area.

Overnight on the Sepik Spirit.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Sepik Spirit - Tari - Ambua Lodge
Savour an early breakfast before your transfer to Karawari airstrip and a flight by charter aircraft to Tari over some of the most rugged and impressive landscapes in the world. The country between Ambua and the Sepik region is an amazing array of jagged limestone that seem to rise and drop at impossible angles. Located at 2100 meters (7000 feet) in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Ambua Lodge is situated in the homeland of the Huli clan. Explore the landscape with an afternoon guided nature walk through the alpine forest looking for the exotic Bird of Paradise.

Overnight at Ambua Lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 Ambua Lodge
Enjoy two full days of cultural touring at Ambua Lodge. In contrast to the Sepik people whose art is manifested in ceremonial and decorative carvings, the Huli highland people employ as their art body decoration, face painting and wigs decorated with feathers, flowers, and moss. The Huli culture is one of the most vibrant intact and colourful to be experienced anywhere.

Overnight at Ambua Lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Ambua Lodge
Enjoy another day in the spectacular highlands at the gorgeous Ambua Lodge.

Overnight at Ambua Lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 Ambua Lodge: At Leisure
Today is free at Ambua Lodge. Your Tour Leader and local guides can help you plan your day.

Overnight at Ambua Lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 Ambua Lodge - Tari - Departure from Port Moresby
Today we fly back to Port Moresby and connect with homeward flights.

BON VOYAGE!

Meal plan: Breakfast

Tour Map

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*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


Hotel List


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Airways Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Port Moresby
Country: Papua New Guinea

The hotel is nestled in its own botanical gardens, offering world-class accommodation set in an oasis of understated luxury in
... of the Pacific’s most striking and inspiring settings.
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Rondon Ridge


Location: Mount Hagen
Country: Papua New Guinea

Guests are accommodated in twelve tastefully appointed rooms with warmed king beds for those fresh highlands nights, with modern en-suite
... Rondon Ridge has 24-hour, eco-friendly electricity, provided by its own hydroelectric power plant that generates clean, natural energy from a nearby mountain stream.

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MV Sepik Spirit


Location: Sepik River
Country: Papua New Guinea

The MV Sepik Spirit is a shallow draft vessel purpose-built for navigating shallow inland waterways. The entire vessel is air-conditioned
... up to 18 guests are accommodated in 9 spacious berths, each with en-suite bathroom, large windows and river views. Onboard facilities include a comfortable lounge, well stocked bar, dining area and a covered, insect-proofed upper observatory deck.


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Ambua Lodge

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Ambua Lodge
Country: Papua New Guinea

Ambua Lodge, located at 7,000 feet in the Tari Gap area borders on pristine mid montane rainforest at the beginning
... the valley grasslands. This location promises the visitor eternal spring weather and magnificent views of the Tari Valley. Guests are accommodated in thirty individual units set in a sea of flowers, each unit featuring 180-degree picture windows, en-suite bathroom, and electric blankets and continental quilts for the cool highland evenings. Ambua generates twenty-four hour clean electricity from its own mini hydroelectric power plant.


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Trip Information

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Inclusions

Most meals (at hotels and lodges). Tour Leader services, all transport (including internal flights), twin share accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers.

This tour is open to members of UBC's Museum of Anthropology. To register, or for more information, please visit http://moa.ubc.ca/engage/membership.php

Exclusions

Tour Leader gratuity, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), departure taxes, visa fees, domestic and international air taxes (if applicable). Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, weather, what to bring, recommended reading and shopping.

This tour is open to members of UBC's Museum of Anthropology. To register, or for more information, please visit http://moa.ubc.ca/engage/membership.php

Seasonality and Weather

Papua New Guinea lies just south of the equator. The climate is generally warm with a 'wet' and 'dry' season, the timings of which vary from one part of the country to another. The wettest months for most regions are Nov-March. Temperatures around the coastal areas are reasonably stable and vary between 25 and 30 C (78-85 F) with high humidity. The Highlands are cooler and temperatures can fall dramatically at night.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Ground transport via nus or mini bus is provided locally. Internal flights via scheduled carriers and charters on light aircraft with limited capacity for luggage (maximum 10 kg).

This is not a "strenuous" tour per se, but it is ambitious with a lot of moving around and leisurely activities involving walking (ie wildlife/ bird viewing / village visits) at a leisurely pace. Heat at lower elevations may cause fatigue.

Accommodation

Well-located, air-conditioned hotels / lodges with en suite toilet and bath throughout (maybe shower only, no tub). Single rooms are EXTREMELY limited in number (it is unlikely that there will be single cabins available on the cruise) and are likely smaller than doubles. Porter service is usually available at hotels though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports.

PLEASE NOTE that the number of singles is extremely limited. Singles may be required to share on the cruise regardless of whether they have chosen the single supplement option. If this occurs we will prorate the single supplement fee to reflect the nights sharing.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader, drivers, local guides in several locales. The tour will be accompanied by Museum of Anthropology curator Dr. Carol E. Mayer

Group Size

Maximum 16 plus Tour Leader (excluding MOA staff)