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Kundu and War Canoe Festival

This 11-day/10-night program is an unescorted program with the highlight being the Kundu & War Canoe Festival. As the name suggests this festival is a celebration of culture and tradition of War Canoes and inherited Kundu drums (musical instrument made from lizard or marsupial skin and special tree bark), depicting the early days before the arrival of white men, missionaries who saw these men prepared themselves and went to traditional war along the eastern tip of Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. The main event of this festival is a canoe race, in which competitors from all around the neighboring areas compete for prize money and fame. Some canoes have up to 50 paddlers, all competing for the glory of being the best crew. Participants in this program will get opportunity to witness for themselves and experience this wonderful program and end with a highlands safari visiting the interior parts of the highlands of Papua New Guinea.

Summary
November - 11 days/10 nights

2 nights Gateway Hotel - Port Moresby.
3 nights Alotau International Hotel, Alotau
3 nights Ambua Country Lodge- Tari
2 nights Hotel Kimininga-Mt Hagen

Day 1 (D--): Arrive Port Moresby ex-international flight, upon arrival you will be met, greet and transfer to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure. Overnight: Gateway Hotel.

Day 2 (BLD): Start today with a morning tour of Port Moresby city surrounds including National Parliament house, National Museum and art gallery with a sit-down lunch at Gateway Hotel. After lunch, transfer to afternoon flight PX158 Port Moresby to Gurney ). Upon arrival you will be met at Gurney airport and transfer to Alotau town, the capital of Milne Bay Province. Overnight: Alotau International Hotel.

Day 3 (BLD): Full day to attend the Canoe and Kundu Festival with fun filled activities.

Day 4 (BLD): Full day again spent at the Canoe and Kundu Festival

Day 5 (BLD): Transfer from your hotel to airport for flight PX955 Gurney to Port Moresby to Tari . Meet and transfer to Hotel. Overnight Gateway Hotel Port Moresby.

Day 6 (BLD): Transfer by our staff to flight PX 864 Port Moresby to Tari. Upon arrival at Tari airport, you will be met and transferred to Ambua Country Lodge . Ambua Country Lodge located on high on the slopes of the Tari Valley - home of the famous Huli, colorful and proud people, still largely living the same way that their ancestors did for thousands of years. The afternoon is spent exploring the area surrounding Ambua. Overnight: Ambua Country Lodge, a locally owned (3 nights).

Day 7 (BLD): Full day touring activities around Ambua area including village study. Activities include both ecological and cultural activities, which takes you to learn how the Huli live and interact with their environment for survival.

Day 8 (BLD) Full day touring activities around Ambua area including village study. Activities include both ecological and cultural activities, which takes you to learn how the Huli live and interact with their environment for survival including Huli face painting, Huli wig growing and singsing.

Day 9 (BLD): Road transfer from lodge to Mt Hagen . Upon arrival at the Mt Hagen town you will be transferred to Hotel Kimininga and overnight. (2 nights)

Day 10 (BLD) Full day tour to Polga Cultural centre for cultural activities including singsing. In the afternoon you do sight seeing tour to tea and coffee plantations including the Avi Orchid garden.

Day 11 (B) Transfer to airport for flight PX181 Mt Hagen to Port Moresby . Upon arrival in Port Moresby you will be met and transfer to your international departure flight.

END OF COUNTRY TOUR SERVICES

Land cost based on a minimum of 9-14 persons traveling. If the numbers increase or decrease we will review costs.

9-14 pax: @ US$3210.00 per person on twin share basis.

Single Supplement: US$680.00 per single occupancy throughout.

Land Cost Includes: Accommodation on twin share basis, meals as indicated as B = Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner, tours and transfers, show entrance fee, local English speaking guides and government tax.

Land cost Excludes: Any other meals than those specified, international and domestic Air Niugini (PX) flights, international departure tax, visa fees, beverage, laundry, phone/fax bills, and other services of personal nature etc.

ADDITIONAL COST

Regarding Air Arrangements: We suggest you book and ticket the domestic Air Niugini (PX) flights together with your international flights and take advantage of discounts available when ticketed overseas. These flights are:

Day 2: PX158 Port Moresby / Gurney
Day 5 ; PX959 Gurney / Port Moresby
Day 6: PX864 Port Moresby / Tari

BOOKING TOUR SALES CONDITIONS.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Deposits: A non-refundable deposit is required to book any of our show programs. Only deposits, we are able to secure a space our show programs. The required deposit is US$250 per person. The received deposits will be deducted from your final payment.

Final Payments: Final payment is to be made on or before 01st of October. Over this busy, most other tour operators require final payment at 60 days or before, however, we from past experiences have set this deadline to give ample time to our clients to forward their payment.

All deposits and final payments are to be forwarded by Telegraphic Transfer (T/T). Please fax a copy of your T/T receipts when forwarding the payments. This will ease us in identifying your payments or you could send us an email advising us when the payment was made so we can monitor the clearance of your payment with our bank. We will have so many similar deposits made over this period and your advice would help us identify your payment.

Our account details are:

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP (PNG) LTD
P.O. BOX 121, MT HAGEN 281,
WESTERN HIGHLANDS PROVINCE
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
ACCOUNT NAME: COUNTRY TOURS LTD
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 119 73115
INTERNATIONAL SWIFT CODE: ANZBPGPX

Cancellations: Cancellations must be received in writing at our office so appropriate refunds can be calculated and refunded where applicable. Our cancellation policies are as follows:

  1. Although the deposit are non refundable, if cancellations are received at 90 days or before, we will consider refunding the deposit. This will be determined by the nature of the cancellation.
  2. Cancellations received after 90 days will forfeit the US$250 per person deposit.
  3. Cancellations received at 60 days and before 30 days will attract a forfeiture of 25% of the tour payment if already made.
  4. Cancellations received after 30 days and before 21 days will attract a 50% forfeiture of the tour payment. Cancellations received less than 21 days will forfeiture the tour payment.

Please note, we are more than happy to discuss the cancellation penalties determining the nature of the cancellations. Refunds will be made accordingly. The sooner you advise us of your cancellation, the sooner you will be refunded your funds; thus, all cancellations must be received in writing at your earliest possible.

If you have any queries or comments on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us. Only with your comments and suggestions, we are able to improve and better monitor and provide the services to the expected standards.

Also, if you need any further specific details on any of the activities or places listed in the above itinerary, please advice and we will provide the details immediately.

We look forward to your response with comments and suggestions to make your travel with us a more memorable experience.