ESCORTED FESTIVAL TOURS 2018


Ecotourism Melanesia offers an annual calendar of fixed-departure soft adventure small group tours focused on authentic PNG culture. Each tour includes multiple village visits and at least one rural festival or sing-sing where you will be able to mix casually with the locals on the sidelines, uncrowded by other tourists.

Although you might normally be an independent traveller, joining a small group of like-minded travellers (usually between 6 and 8 people) escorted by one of our experienced Papua New Guinean tour leaders is a safe, hassle-free way of experiencing exotic rural areas of PNG and allows you to concentrate on enjoying the experience and capturing some of the most stunning cultural photography available anywhere in the world.

On our tours, accommodation in rural areas is at small local hotels and village guest houses - not tourist lodges full of other tour groups - and all the touring activities, sing-sings and demonstrations of traditional practices (sago making, tattooing, courtship rituals to name a few) take place in real local villages not tourist parks or hotel lobbies. We encourage locals to present themselves in fully traditional costume ("bilas") for our visits without any Western clothing or gaudy plastic decorations. This facilitates high quality cultural photography.

The sign-up escorted tours featured on this page are complete tour programs including internal air travel, accommodation, activities and most meals. Booking information can be found at the bottom of this page.

If your planned visit to PNG will not coincide with any of our fixed departure tours listed below, you may wish to select an itinerary from our menu of independent touring packages . Our network of local guides will look after you at each destination as you proceed through your independent tour program. Customised itineraries for independent travellers with special interests are also available: just ask.


JULY 2018
EM207A RABAUL MASK FESTIVAL TOUR 01-13 JUL

12 nights Port Moresby, Wewak, Sepik River, Simbai, Mt Hagen, Goroka, Rabaul (festival), Duke of York Islands

Fully escorted small group soft adventure tour, maximum 12 people.
Tour leader: Mrs Jane Toleitau (Ecotourism Melanesia senior guide)

AUGUST 2018
EM208A SEPIK CROCODILE FESTIVAL TOUR 02-09 AUG

7 nights Wewak, Kairiru Island, Ambunti (festival), Middle Sepik

Fully escorted small group soft adventure tour, maximum 12 people.
Tour leader: Mrs Jane Toleitau (Ecotourism Melanesia senior guide)

AUGUST 2018
EM208B SIMBAI AND MT HAGEN SHOW TOUR 12-20 AUG

8 nights Madang, Simbai, Paiya Sing-sing and Mt Hagen Show
Fully escorted sign-up soft adventure tour, group size maximum 12.
Tour leader: Mrs Jane Toleitau (Ecotourism Melanesia senior guide)
AUGUST 2018
EM208C MT HAGEN SHOW, SIMBAI, SEPIK RIVER 16-27 AUG

10 nights Paiya Sing-sing, Mt Hagen Show, exotic Simbai, Sepik River
Fully escorted sign-up soft adventure tour, maximum group size 12.
AUGUST 2018
EM208W MT HAGEN SHOW WEEKENDER 16-20 AUG

4 nights Mt Hagen - semi-escorted program for independent travellers
SEPTEMBER 2018
EM209A SEPIK RIVER, SIMBAI & GOROKA SHOW TOUR 07-17 SEP

10 nights Sepik River, Simbai, Mt Hagen, Goroka Show
(escorted small group tour maximum 12 people + guide)
SEPTEMBER 2018
EM209B GOROKA SHOW & KALAM FESTIVAL 14-24 SEP

10 nights Goroka, Mt Hagen, Simbai, Sepik River
Fully escorted sign-up soft adventure tour maximum 12 people
Tour leader: Mrs Jane Toleitau (Ecotourism Melanesia senior guide)
Tour group fully booked last time - book early for this tour
"I had a wonderful trip. Jane was an incredible guide: resourceful, thoughtful, and friendly and a sheer pleasure to come to know. I really felt lucky to have her on our team." Steve Fenech, Canada
SEPTEMBER 2018
EM209W GOROKA SHOW WEEKENDER 13-17 SEP

4 nights Mt Hagen and Goroka

(semi-escorted package for independent travellers - fly into Mt Hagen and bus across to Goroka avoids Independence Day flight chaos)

This popular tour fills quickly
 

BOOKING NOTES FOR ESCORTED FESTIVAL TOURS:

1. To reserve a place on one of these exciting and original tour programs simply forward us a copy of your passport photo page and we will send you an invoice for the tour deposit. .

2. The deposit required for reserving a place on an escorted small group tour is 25%.

3. Cancellation penalties:
Cancellation inside 3 months from tour departure: loss of 25% deposit
Cancellation inside 6 weeks from tour departure: 50% penalty 50% refund
Cancellation inside 3 weeks from tour departure: 75% penalty 25% refund
Cancellation inside 1 week from tour departure: 100% penalty no refund
No show or abandonment of the tour after arrival day: no refund
We insist you purchase travel insurance at the time of booking, to cover yourself for cancellation penalties in case of illness, bereavement or other circumstances allowed by your insurer.

4. Earlybird payment discounts may be available for some tours if you pay in full at the time of booking. Please inquire.

5. If there is sufficient interest in any particular tour we may operate two or more parallel but separate tour groups each with its own tour leader, own transport etc. If you have your own group of 6+ people we can operate your preferred tour as a private trip with either a discounted rate or group leader goes free.

6.
Tour prices are per-person twin share. If you are travelling alone we can try to room you with another solo traveller (or our tour guide) of the same sex for the twin-share price or you can choose to pay the single supplement which gives you a single room where available.

7. Our general terms and conditions are printed on page 2 of the quotation we will send you prior to payment of your deposit.


8. Sorry we do not have credit card merchant facilities. Most of our customers prefer to pay by wire transfer because it works out much cheaper than paying credit card surcharges.