Tumbuna Festival Tour 2017

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Tumbuna Festival Tour 11 to 21 May 2017


The 'Tumbuna' Show (Tok Pisin for ancestors) is held annually in the beautiful Paiyagona Valley, a 45 minute drive from Mount Hagen. It is a private sing-sing, staged only for guests of Trans Niugini Tours.

The show is attended by over 100 tribesmen and women from more than 10different tribes in the highlands and coastal areas of the mainland. The show is “small” in comparison to the more famous provincial shows, but its relaxed intimacy and friendliness, combined with its stunning village location make it one of the most memorable shows in PNG. Our guests are treated to watching the groups dress up and prepare their bilas (traditional dress) before the dancing starts, and are then free to mingle with the performers and even take part in the festivities.

In true “Tumbuna” style for a celebration of this nature a big “mumu” (underground oven) is fired up for lunch and guests are free to explore the village and socialize with the local residents. The Tumbuna Show is a grand celebration of culture and tradition - celebrating 'pasin bilong tumbuna,' - the way of the ancestors.

Our “Tumbuna Show Tour” is an unescorted 11 day / 10 night program beginning in Port Moresby.  From there you will fly with Air Niugini to Tari for 3 nights at our award winning eco-lodge - Ambua - home of the flamboyant Huli Wigmen. During your stay at Ambua, you will learn all about this fascinating culture and have the opportunity to see rare Bird of Paradise on our morning birding tours.  Escorted programs have the same guide throughout whereas with unescorted programs, you still have guides to assist you at each location, the only difference being that guides change at the different locations.

From the Hela Province we fly you across the majestic Central Ranges into the lowlands of the Sepik Basin for 1 night at Karawari Lodge your transfer to the Sepik Spirit and journey on the Karawari River, the storied tributary of the Sepik River, and on to the Krosmeri River which allows entry to the mysterious Blackwater Lakes.   

From Karawari you fly back to Mount Hagen for the highlight and grand finale of the tour, of course, the “Tumbuna Show”.  After an unforgettable Sepik experience we fly you to Mount Hagen where you spend a full day in the Paiyagona Valley immersed in the “Tumbuna” festivities.

Thu 11 May
Arrive in Port Moresby. Overnight Airways Hotel
Fri 12 May
Fly with Air Niugini to Tari. Afternoon Tour. Overnight Ambua Lodge
Sat 13 May
Full Day Tour. Overnight Ambua Lodge
Sun 14 May
Charter flight to Karawari. Afternoon Tour. Overnight Karawari Lodge
Mon 15 May
Transfer to the Sepik Spirit.  Afternoon Tour. Overnight Sepik Spirit
Tue 16 May
Transfer to the Sepik Spirit.  Afternoon Tour. Overnight Sepik Spirit
Wed 17 May
Full Day Tour. Overnight Sepik Spirit
Thu 18 May
Charter flight to Mount Hagen. Afternoon Tour. Overnight Rondon Ridge
Fri 19 May
 Full day Tumbuna Show. Overnight Rondon Ridge
Sat 20  May
Fly with Air Niugini to Port Moresby.  Afternoon Tour.  Overnight Airways Hotel
Sun 21 May
Transfer to international flight out

Land Cost: US$5869.00 per person (twin share). US$6877.00single throughout except twin share at Rondon Ridge and Sepik Spirit

Additional Charter Flights: US$1290.00 per person.
Sunday 14 May Tari/Karawari
Thursday 18 May Karawari/Mount Hagen

Special Note Regarding Charters:
Maximum baggage allowance is 10kg per person and a maximum of 5kg carry on baggage per person.Large, hard sided suitcases are not permitted on charter aircraft.

Land Cost Includes:
Accommodation, airport transfers and tours on a seat in a bus basis, meals from dinner on 11 May to breakfast on 21 May 2017, services of local guides at each location and show gate fees.

Land Cost Does Not Include:
Domestic and international flights, gratuities, visa fees and services of a personal nature such as beverage, laundry charges, phone and fax bills etc.

Important Note:
You are only to book and ticket the domestic Air Niugini flights together with your international flights. We will book the Air Charter flights.

The Air Niugini flights you are to book and ticket are:
Fri 12 May PX864 Port Moresby/Tari
Sat  20 May PX181 Mount Hagen/Port Moresby

To secure space due to the popularity of our show programs, a non-refundable deposit of US$500.00 per person is required to confirm the booking.

Cancellations received between 11 March 2017 and commencement of the tour will attract a 50% fee of the total land and air charter costs.  No refund is available after scheduled arrival in Papua New Guinea or in respect of any tour, accommodation, meals or other services not utilized during the tour.  Any additional costs incurred because of changes made during the itinerary by clients, will be to the client's account. 

Please note that Trans Niugini Tours is unable to refund any services, which appear in the main itinerary, but are not taken.  Please also note that Trans Niugini Tours is unable to exchange services, which are not taken in the main itinerary, for other services.  Services must be taken on the day that they appear in the main itinerary, and cannot be transferred to a different day.

For further information please contact us

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