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Papua New Guinea: Undiscovered Exploration

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Program #3228RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Meals: 36 total, 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners

We are unable to offer meal options outside of our standard menu on this program.

If you have dietary restrictions due to medical requirements, please call (800) 454-5768, to see if we can accommodate your needs.

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Malolo Plantation Lodge: Madang, 3 nights
Type: Lodge

Description: Malolo Plantation Lodge boasts a picturesque seaside setting which looks out over the Bismark Sea with the active volcano of KarKar on the horizon. The lodge is the size that allows personalised service and the small touches that really count. Just under one hour's drive north of Madang, this redeveloped former coconut plantation boasts a relaxed South Pacific style with its extensive lawns and gardens reaching down to the waterfront.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 413
Madang, Papua New Guinea
phone: +675 852 1662
Room amenities: All rooms are air conditioned with private facilities within a grand colonial style plantation house.

Facility amenities: Malolo Plantation Lodge has fourteen air-conditioned rooms, tennis court, dive facilities, restaurant, bar and lounge, freshwater swimming pool and beautiful extensive lawns and gardens.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Rondon Ridge: Mount Hagen, 2 nights
Type: Lodge

Description: Situated at 7100 feet above sea level and sporting magnificent views of the incredible Wahgi Valley, it is the pinnacle of luxury in a rural setting. Only 30 minutes drive from the major centre of Mount Hagen, it offers convenience for guests, while still offering the unique and unforgettable ecological and cultural experiences.Rondon Ridge is also on the edge of an untouched karst region, with ten species of Bird of Paradise and an unspoiled environment; there is ample opportunity for those wishing to get up close and personal with the unique ecology of this area.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 371
Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea
phone: +675 542 1438
Room amenities: Rondon Ridge has twelve tastefully furnished rooms with modern bathrooms, warmed beds and quilts for those chilly highlands nights.

Facility amenities: Power is supplied by its own hydro system, providing uninterrupted clean electricity. Business and conference visitors will have access to a fully functioning conference room equipped with digital project for presentations.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Sepik Spirit: Sepik River, 3 nights
Type: Other

Description: The Sepik Spirit is a deluxe "floating Lodge". This live-aboard vessel was built in 1989 along the lines of the traditional and sacred spirit house. Originally commissioned as a vessel for cruising the Sepik and Karawari Rivers, the Sepik Spirit is now permanently moored at a strategic site on the Sepik River. In its new role as a "floating lodge" fixed in the middle Sepik, the Sepik Spirit offers greater booking flexibility, enhanced programs and even more comfort. Returning travelers will note the updated decor. As for the Sepik Spirit's renowned hospitality, some new flourishes have been added. From their base on the Sepik Spirit, guests explore the Sepik River and the connecting tributaries and lakes on eighteen seat jet-boats. These boats have shallow drafts and the ability to maneuver where large vessels cannot go

Contact info:
P.O. Box 371
Kaminimbit I, Papua New Guinea
phone: + 675 542 1438
Room amenities: The 9 deluxe and spacious twin bedrooms each have a private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Facilities aboard also include a dining room, lounge, bar, video and covered upper observatory deck. The entire vessel is air conditioned.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Ambua Lodge: Tari, 3 nights
Type: Lodge

Description: Located at 7000 feet in the Tari Gap area borders on pristine mid montane rainforest at the beginning of the valley grasslands. This location promises the visitor eternal spring weather and magnificent views of the Tari Valley. The forest canopy, a dense mass of interlocking tree tops of all shades of green and the occasional bright splash of color, provides a natural setting and an exhilarating climate for venturing along the nature trails - cross traditional vine bridges, discover a secluded waterfall, and spot high altitude orchids and rhododendrons.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 371
Tari, Papua New Guinea
phone: +675 542 1438
Room amenities: Guests are accommodated in thirty individual units set in a sea of flowers, each unit featuring 180 degree picture windows, modern bathroom, and electric blankets and continental quilts for the cool highland evenings.

Facility amenities: The Lodge features Highlands architecture with a main building housing the lounge, bar, dining room, and a cozy center fireplace. Separate are the video room, heated spa, and sauna. Ambua generates electricity from its own mini hydro electric power plant.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Airways Hotel: Port Moresby, 1 nights
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: In close proximity to Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby, the Airways Hotel is Australasia's leading airport hotel and one of the most unique airport hotels in the world. With stunning views from crystal clear waters of Bootless Bay to the majestic mountains of the Owen Stanley Ranges, this treasure is nestled into the mountainside and even has its own botanical gardens.

Contact info:
Jacksons Parade
Port Moresby, 121 Papua New Guinea
phone: +675 324 5200
web: www.airways.com.pg

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Mercure Hotel Brisbane: Brisbane, 1 nights
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Nestled along the Brisbane River, in the heart of the city, Mercure Brisbane completed a multi-million dollar room renovation. The quintessential ‘River City’ hotel boasts some of the most spectacular views Brisbane has to offer. The hotel's refurbished interiors reflect the Brisbane area’s local character through the use of vibrant colors and emblazoned black and white imagery of the river on the bed heads. The hotel is just steps from the Queen Street Mall - Brisbane’s best shopping, the central business district, Treasury Casino and Queensland Performing Arts Centre. A stones throw away from the renowned cultural precinct of South Bank Parklands, home to the Queensland Art Gallery, internationally acclaimed Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and 16 hectares of cafes, restaurants, cycle paths, gardens and weekend markets.

Contact info:
85-87 North Quay
Brisbane, QL, 4000 Australia
phone: +61732372300
web: www.mercurebrisbane.com.au

Room amenities: •Individually controlled air conditioning •Remote controlled television •Television internet access •High speed wired/wireless internet access •Pay to view latest release movies •Tea and coffee making facilities •Mini bar •Clock radio •Direct dial local, STD and ISD telephone •Shower over bath •Shaver outlets and razor adaptors •Hairdryer •Iron and ironing board •Security electronic key card system •Additional modem point

Facility amenities: •4 hour reception •Quays Restaurant and Bar •Business center •Outdoor swimming pool and sauna •Meeting and conference facilities •High speed wired/wireless internet access •Laundry and dry cleaning services (charges apply) •100% Non-smoking hotel from January 1st 2011 •Porter service •Luggage storage •Concierge •24 hour in-room dining •Safety deposit boxes •Currency exchange

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 11:00 AM


The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
13 nights of accommodations
36 meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
2 Performances
8 Flights during the program
Visas: 2(out of 2 required)

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