Day 1 - Arrive Cairns, Australia
Arrive in Cairns, where you are met and transferred to your
hotel. Refresh from your travels and prepare for the exciting
journey ahead. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner served
at the hotel.
Day 2 - Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight
to Papua New Guinea, an island chain of undisturbed
indigenous tribes and sweeping natural beauty. Arrive in
Port Moresby and visit the Port Moresby Nature Park,
where you are introduced to the nation’s distinctive cultures
and rare wildlife. The park is home to over 350 native
animals, including tree kangaroos. Transfer to your hotel
nestled in a lush botanical garden.
Day 3 - Tari
This morning, board you flight to Tari, soaring over
dramatic highland peaks. Upon arrival, transfer to your
secluded lodge perched at 7,000 feet in Papua New Guinea’s
spectacular Southern Highlands. In the afternoon, set out
on a guided nature walk through the lush forest, keeping an
eye out for exotic birds of paradise. A favorite destination of
birders, the rainforests surrounding the lodge have starred
in many wildlife documentaries. A staggering 217 species of
exotic birds have been recorded here, including 13 different
species of birds of paradise. Stroll among a serene oasis of
orchids, rhododendrons, vine bridges, mountain streams
and secluded waterfalls, logging your exotic sightings as your
expert guide shares insights perfect for novices and seasoned
Day 4 - Tari
This morning, embark on the first of two days of cultural
immersion among the tribes of the Tari. Learn how the
highland people of Tari maintain the cultural traditions of
body decoration and face painting, as well as the wearing of
decorative wigs, flowers and moss.
Day 5 - Tari
Embark on another day of exploration revealing the
culture of the highland people. Widely regarded as one
of the most recognizable of Papua New Guinea’s indigenous
peoples, the Huli Wigmen captivate with traditional dances
fashioned after the mating rituals of birds of paradise. Take
in the magic of the scene, absorbing an indelible impression
of the vibrant tribal traditions the Huli Wigmen have so
carefully preserved for generations.
Day 6 - Sepik Region
This morning, board your charter flight to a private airstrip
secluded deep within the riverine wilderness of the Sepik
region. A small boat ferries you on to your lodge, where
you are greeted with lunch. After settling in, embark on a
river safari exploring the Karawari, a remote tributary of
the mighty Sepik. This region is one of the most remote and
un-spoiled destinations in all of Papua New Guinea. Here,
the river is central to daily life, with men paddling narrow
dugout canoes full of goods for trade, women fishing or
making meals and children joyfully splashing along the river bank. Watch for examples of tribal art on display;
each village boasts a unique style and every villager is an
artisan. Notice there are no roads and no shops, as the people
live completely off the land and river, weaving baskets for
catching fish and gathering their staple food, the sago palm.
This afternoon, visit a nearby village to learn how this vital
resource is harvested and prepared for comsumption by local
Day 7 - Sepik Region
Today, board ‘Sepik Spirit,’ your floating home for the next
three nights. Settle into life aboard this three-level, 98-foot
river cruiser. Onboard amenities include a lounge, dining
room, bar, screened-in observation deck, air conditioning
and nine comfortable cabins with en suite bathrooms. Your
riverboat home is an oasis in this remote jungle, affording an
exceptional vantage of the riverine wilderness that surrounds
you. After lunch on board, embark on your voyage of
discovery along the Karawari River.
Day 8 - Sepik Region
After breakfast aboard, disembark for a full-day excursion
to the remote villages of Black Water Lake. Bask in your
warm island welcome as you observe a way of life that has
remained largely unchanged for centuries. Learn about
the local rituals, warfare, ceremonies and ancestral beliefs,
visiting the various houses of the village. Browse tribal
handicrafts such as masks, flutes and spirit figures in the
villages’ low-pressure markets. Relax with a picnic by the
forested banks of the Karawari River, watching as local men
gather on their clan’s bench, children paddle canoes to school
and women fish with hand lines.
Day 9 - Sepik Region
Disembark onto the banks of Mumeri, a remote village whose
people have preserved their ancestral traditions for centuries.
Take in the same warm village welcome enjoyed here by
pioneering anthropologist Margaret Meade over 80 years ago.
Next, cruise to the confluence of the Krosmeri and Karawari
rivers, where you rendezvous with ‘Sepik Spirit’ for lunch.
Continue on to visit the villages of Mindimbit, taking in the
spectacular carvings and elaborate coming-of-age rituals of
the locals. Rejoin ‘Sepik Spirit’ for your final night on board,
cruising back toward Karawari.
Day 10 - Mount Hagen
This morning, fly by private charter to Mount Hagen. On
approach, watch the mountains rise and then fall away as you
descend into the verdant Wahgi Valley. Upon arrival, enjoy
the first of two days at the Mount Hagen Cultural Show,
a festive gathering of more than 50 coastal, lowland and
highland tribal groups. Gain insider access to a privileged
experience few travellers can claim as you immerse yourself
in a festival of the locals, for the locals — a bold, joyful
proclamation of tribal pride.
Day 11 - Mount Hagen
Enjoy another day experiencing the sing sing festival. Marvel
as the participants engage in sing sings, lively ancestral songs
and dances displaying their diverse and distinctive cultural
heritages. Witness an unmatched spectacle of color, music
and motion as heirloom feathered headdresses, brilliantly
painted faces and dyed grass skirts weave to the driving beat
of traditional drums and the rousing voices of the tribesmen.
Lose yourself in the sights and sounds of the rollicking
festival, gaining a deeper insight into the enduring traditions
that help to define this unique corner of the world. This
afternoon, return to Port Moresby.
Day 12 - Cairns, Australia
Today, fly to Cairns. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner and
recap your amazing experience with your fellow travellers.
Day 13 - Depart Cairns
After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your