$3987 AUD per person
Single supplement – On request
- Meet and greet service on arrival Port Moresby and Goroka
- 4 nights accommodation
- 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
- English speaking local guide
- All activities as per itinerary
- Private transportation
- Entrance fees, sightseeing and permits
- International and domestic flights
- Travel and medical insurance
- All services, meals other than those indicated above
- Personal porters
- Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
- All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc
Experience one of the largest tribal gatherings in the world with more than 100 tribes participating in the event which attracts thousands of local participants in traditional dress delivering an insight into hidden customs.
Performing extraordinary displays of traditional song, rituals and dance whilst decked out in unique costumes, glorious colours and stunning face paintings, the tribes show off their distinct cultures with an undeniable passion.
Join us as we experience the Goroka Festival - Papua New Guinea's biggest sing-sing.
Day 1 - Arrival Goroka
Welcome to Papua New Guinea. Upon arrival in Goroka, you will be met at the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel.
Following lunch at the hotel, drive out through the fertile Asaro Valley, past coffee plantations and vegetable gardens bursting with sweet potatoes, bananas, taro cassava and sugar cane. Visit homesteads in Luhuka Village, where you will witness the world famous Asaro Mudman Dance and the rich tradition of face painting of the Asaro Tribesmen. Spend time in the village with the local people as they prepare and cook a meal in a traditional earth oven, called a ‘mumu.’ You will have the opportunity to taste their cooking and enjoy a snack with the local villagers.
Following your village visit, drive out to Ketetya Village located in the central highlands, where you will learn about and experience the Simbu culture before returning to your hotel for dinner. (L,D)
3 nights at the Pacific Gardens Hotel or similar
Day 2 - Goroka Festival
Enjoy an early breakfast as you depart at 7:30am to witness the preparations for the Goroka Festival. Visit sing-sing groups from various provinces in their camps, where you will witness how their body decorations, colourful traditional costumes and vibrant face painting is done. Learn about the different types of costumes and their significance in the cultures of these people.
From here, you will proceed to the showground where you will witness thousands of warriors, all dressed in their very finest traditional regalia, performing and dancing and in sing-sing. Each group, with their own cultures and languages vow to outclass the other groups. Walk among the dancers, shake their hands and meet them.
Following the festival, you will be transferred to the Tumbuna market for the opportunity to purchase locally made handicrafts before returning to your hotel late in the afternoon.
This evening, enjoy a traditional Tumbuna Night show which involves courting, bamboo band playing and dancing during dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Goroka Festival
This morning you will enjoy another festival day at the arena with your guide. A picnic lunch will be provided so you do not miss any of the action.
After the festival at approx. 3.00pm, you will visit the McCarthy Museum just near the showground.
The museum’s main collections are artifacts and specimens from the Highlands region including wooden dishes, stone mortars, stone blades, magic stones and sandstones for making stone blades. There are also some WWII relics on display including a P-39 Airacobra. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Departure
After breakfast at 7:00am, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Port Moresby. On arrival, you will be met and assisted to check in for your international connection to your onward destination. (B)