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Kokoda without Trekking - 78th Anniversary

DEPARTS: 31st October 2020

$3850
8 Days
  • Price: per person, twin share
  • Single Supplement: $920 (only for the 4 nights in Port Moresby)
  • Deposit: 30%
This unique 8-day tour will allow you to visit the hallowed ground of the Kokoda Track, without the need to join a trek.

Kokoda without Trekking - 78th Anniversary

Tour Info

Itinerary

Tour Includes

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This unique tour will allow you to visit the hallowed ground of the Kokoda Track, without the need to join a trek. You will see the key sites where Australian troops forged a legend in 1942 and pay your respects to the 2000 Australians who were killed or wounded in this pivotal WW2 campaign.

Itinerary

Day 1 > Saturday 31 October | Arrive Port Moresby

Welcome to Papua New Guinea. On arrival at Port Moresby, we will be met and escorted to our hotel. During dinner our Historian will give a detailed presentation on the battles fought in PNG during 1942. (D)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Welcome dinner and history presentation

Day 2 > Sunday 1 November | Port Moresby

After breakfast we will visit the Bomana War Cemetery before returning to the hotel for lunch. After lunch we will begin our tour of Port Moresby, including the PNG National Memorial, National Museum, Parliament and the wreck of M.V. MacDhui. We will return to the hotel for free time before dinner. (B, L, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Port Moresby Tour  ★ Bomana War Cemetery

Day 3 > Monday 2 November | Owers’ Corner – Start of the Kokoda Track

Today we will travel along the Sogeri Highway to Owers’ Corner, the start of the Kokoda Track. Our Historian will bring to life the story of Kokoda as we look out to the Owen Stanley Range. We will then visit the Koitaki Showgrounds, the site of the infamous ‘Rabbit that Runs Speech’, before making our way to Sogeri Lodge for a buffet lunch. This afternoon we will visit the PNG Nature Park. (B, L, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Koitaki Showgrounds   PNG Nature Park

Day 4 > Tuesday 3 November | Kokoda

This morning we will fly to Kokoda over the Kokoda Track, spotting Lake Myola, Brigade Hill & Isurava. We will land on the war-time air strip before being picked up by 4WD and making our way to the Kokoda Plateau where we will attend the official service commemorating the retaking of Kokoda 78 years ago. At Kokoda, we will visit the memorials and the Bert Kienzle Museum. The 4WD will then continue up the Kokoda Track and join our Historian for an optional walk on the Kokoda Track before returning to Kokoda for the night. (B, L, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Kokoda Commemorative Service   Kokoda Memorial & Museum   4WD along the Kokoda Track

Day 5 > Wednesday 4 November | Popondetta – Gona – Sanananda

Today we will head north to Popondetta and the Japanese beachheads. We will stop to see Oivi & Gorari, the mighty Kumusi River and the place where the Japanese and Papuan Infantry Battalion first came into contact. After lunch we will visit the Popondetta War Memorial then Gona Beach where our Historian will bring to life the Battle of the Beachheads. Next we will board a boat to Haddy’s Village, then Sanananda where we will be treated to a traditional welcome dance before checking into Sanananda Guest House. (B, L, D,)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Popondetta War Memorial   Traditional Village Welcome

Day 6 > Thursday 5 November | Buna

We will begin our day with a guided tour of Buna village. We will visit the Australian and US memorials and walk along the road depicted in the famous George Silk photograph. We will also see the last-known Japanese bunker complex before returning to Sanananda for lunch. In the afternoon we will tour Sanananda Village, taking in the 55/53 Battalion memorial, the Wirraway wreck and the Japanese hospital. We will have time to buy souvenirs at the village craft market before dinner. (B, L, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Visit Japanese bunker complex   55/53 Battalion memorial

Day 7 > Friday 6 November | Port Moresby

We transfer this morning to Girua airport. We will check out the B-25 wreck before returning to Port Moresby. We will then return to the hotel to relax and have free time. In the evening we will have our farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Visit B-25 wreck   Farewell dinner

Day 8 > Saturday 7 November | Departure

Sadly our tour ends today. We will transfer to Port Moresby International Airport for our onward flight. (B)

Your Tour Includes

  • Services of our expert Historian
  • Extensive touring of the battlefield sites
  • All excursions, scenic drives, and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees as per itinerary
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in a 5-star hotel in Port Moresby
  • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Travel by air-conditioned touring vehicle
  • Services of a Historian, Driver and experienced Local Guides
  • Flight from Port Moresby to Kokoda return
  • All tipping

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Contact our reservations team on 1300 880 340 or click on the enquiry button above and leave your details.

Ask about our airfare, hotel and car hire deals, which offer great discounts when booked in conjunction with our tours.

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Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. In addition, your Historian may alter the sites visited on each day to suit local conditions. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.

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