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El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Mt Mayon, Bicol, Philippines. (Photo courtesy Philippines Department of Tourism).


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We recommend between 21 and 30 Days for this Holiday.


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Intramuros, Manila
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Sagada
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Rice Terraces
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The majestic Mount Mayon volcano
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Cagsawa Ruins, Albay
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The gentle Whale Shark, (or Butanding)
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Chocolate Hills, Bohol
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Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol
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Bancas moored at Cebu
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White Beach, Boracay
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Honda Bay
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Stunning El Nido

Manila - Sagada - Banaue - Legaspi - Donsol - Bohol - Cebu - Boracay - Puerto Princesa - El Nido


TOUR SUMMARY:


Manila City Tour


After an overnight stay in Manila, we enjoy a city tour, taking in historic areas such as Intramuros and Fort Santiago.


the Rice Terraces


Heading north, we next visit Sagada - a town nestled among picturesque mountain scenery. Then on to Banaue and the Rice Terraces, which stand as the most awe-inspiring man-made landscape in the Cordilleras.


Bicol


Legaspi, Bicol, is famous for the Mount Mayon volcano, and you can enjoy interacting with magnificent Whale Sharks & Manta Rays in Donsol. A tour of Albay Province allows you to see how the volcano has affected local communities over the centuries. We also explore caves and the Japanese tunnels.


The Central Visayas & Boracay


Moving on to the Central Visayas region of the Philippines, we next explore Bohol, with its beautiful tropical beaches, amazing Chocolate Hills, Loboc River, and of course, the Philippines Tarsier - the world's smallest primate. We next explore historic Cebu - the Philippines second city, on the island that shares its name.

Boracay's famous White Beach has been described as the “finest beach in the world". This is a popular island, with numerous bars, restuarants and activities, where we spend a relaxing few days.


Palawan


Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, lies on Honda Bay, good for diving and watersports, and close to St Paul's Underground River.

El Nido is one of the top tourist destinations in Palawan, often referred to as the Philippines' "Last Frontier". Here you'll find a stunning landscape of limestone cliffs, blue lagoons, and amazing wildlife.


ITINERARY:


Day 1 - Manila


Arrival Manila - Our representative will meet you at the airport and facilitate your hotel transfer.


Day 2 - Manila City Tour


Pick-up from hotel reception for Manila City Tour. This city tour takes in historic areas such as Intramuros and Fort Santiago. Overnight in Manila Hotel


Day 3 - Manila to Banaue


Pick-up from hotel reception. Travel North of Manila to Banaue.

Overnight in Hotel


Day 4 - Sagada Tour


Sagada is a town nestled among the pine forests and although it also boasts of picturesque mountain scenery and rice terraces, it is best known for the hanging coffins on the limestone cliffs.

Hanging coffins are also found in the caves of Sumaging and Lumiang, both of which are less than an hour away.

Overnight in Hotel


Day 5 - Banga-An Rice Terraces Tour


Whole day Banga-an Tour – Inclusive of jeepney transfer and guide, inclusive of lunch. Banga-an is a small village located in the center of rice terracing area in Ifugao.

It takes about one hour from Banaue by jeepney. Banga-an Village is the home to rice terraces that were declared world heritage sites by UNESCO.

Overnight in Hotel


Day 6 - Banaue - Manila


Travel back to Manila. Overnight in Manila Hotel


Day 7 - Legaspi & Donsol


Pick-up from hotel reception. Transfer to airport. Flight to Legaspi.

Transfer to Donsol. Overnight in Hotel/Resort


Day 8 - Donsol


Pick-up from resort for Whale Shark Interaction

The largest annual congregation of Whale Sharks is in Donsol from December to May. These gentle giants are migratory animals, found in warm tropical waters as they follow their food supply. They migrate to Donsol in vast numbers to take advantage of the dense food concentration of plankton and krill.

Evening Fire Fly Watching

The Fireflies on the Donsol river should not be missed, and it is easy to get mesmerized by their dancing!

Overnight in Hotel/Resort


Day 9 - Legaspi & Albay Province Tour


Pick-up from hotel reception. Return to Legaspi

Enjoy a tour of Albay, first taking the road up Mt Mayon to enjoy spectacular views. See surrounding areas that have been affected by the volcano over the years, such as the Cagsawa Ruins, the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Porteria (Our Lady of the Gate), Deraga, and the Padang barangay of Legaspi City, which was buried in a landslide of ash and giant boulders as recently as 2006.

Also explore the Hoyop-Hoyopan cave, with its impressive stalagmites and stalactites, and Japanese tunnels. Ligñon Hill Nature Park offers commanding views over Legaspi and the city airport, as well as on Mt Mayon. The brave can also enjoy a zip-line ride here!

Overnight in Hotel


Day 10 - Legaspi - Bohol


Pick-up from hotel reception. Transfer to Airport. Flight to Bohol via Manila. Transfer to Resort
Arriving at Tagbilaran, Bohol, we transfer to Panglao Island, which is connected to Bohol by a short bridge, and which boast many sandy beaches.

A wonderful island, Bohol has not only beautiful tropical beaches, but also coral reefs, and the famously distinctive Chocolate Hills.

Take a cruise on the Loboc River, enjoy scuba-diving, or go dolphin and whale-watching. See the Philippines Tarsier - the world’s smallest primate.

Overnight in Hotel/Resort


Day 11 - Bohol Country Side Tour


Pick-up from resort. We spend today exploring much of what Bohol has to offer, including its six main attractions:

The Blood Compact, a marker which commemorates the spot where Datu Sikatuna, a native chieftain, forged a blood compact with Don Miguel Lopez de Legazpi representing the king of Spain, for the purpose of fostering friendly relations between the two countries. This is considered to be the first treaty of friendship between brown and white races

The centuries-old Baclayon church and museum

The Loboc-Bilar man-made forest

The remarkable Chocolate Hills, the provinceʼs signature attraction.

A Loboc River cruise. This is a fascinating boat ride along palm-fringed banks, where locals will entertain you with traditional song and dance.

See Philippine tarsiers, considered the smallest living primate, whose existence dates back more that 45 million years.

Overnight in Hotel/Resort


Day 12 - Bohol - Cebu


Check out Resort.

Fast ferry to Cebu. Check into Hotel


Day 13 - Cebu City Tour


Pick-up from hotel. Start of Cebu City Tour

Overnight in Cebu


Day 14 - Cebu - Boracay


Check-out from hotel. Private transfer to Cebu airport. Flight to Panay Island(for Boracay). Arrive Caticlan port. Ferry transfer to the island of Boracay. Transfer to Boracay Hotel.

Tripadvisor voted Boracay as the No.1 beach & sun destination in the whole of Asia, (No.2 in the world). The famous White Beach has powdery sand and stretches for two and a half miles. There’s an endless list of sports and activities on offer, island-hopping boat-trips, plus hundreds of places to eat, drink and be merry.

Overnight on Boracay


Day 15 - Boracay Island Hopping Tour

Overnight on Boracay


Day 16 - Free Day on Boracay

Overnight on Boracay

On Boracay, there is so much to see and do, or you can simply relax.


Day 17 - Boracay - Palawan


Pick-up from hotel reception. Ferry transfer to Panay and Airport. Flight to Manila. Onward flight to Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Transfer to Resort

Puerto Princesa is the capital of Palawan, and is built alongside the beautiful Honda Bay. The bay offers boat trips, and there are good snorkelling opportunities for lovers of marine life.

Overnight in Puerto Princesa


Day 18 - St Paul's Underground River Tour


Pick-up from Hotel. Underground River Tour with private vehicle.

St Paul's Underground River: Awarded World Heritage Site status in 1999, this national park runs for 5 miles through a limestone cave before opening out into a lagoon. A sandbar separates the lagoon from the sea.

The site is approximately 50 miles north of Puerto Princesa, and one first takes the road to Sabang, which has one of Palawan's most beautiful beaches. The national park can be reached by walking along the beach and then through rainforest (around 2.5 miles), or by taking a 15 minute boat ride.

This area is extremely active with wildlife, including Philippine macaques, monitor lizards and the highly endangerd, flightless, tabon bird.

Onward travel to El Nido. Overnight in El Nido Resort


Day 19 - El Nido


Half Day Island Hopping and Snorkeling including lunch

From the towering marble cliffs and enchanting lagoons to its white sandy beaches and lush jungle, El Nido is one of the top tourist destinations in Palawan, which is often referred to as the Philippines' Last Frontier.

Overnight in El Nido Resort


Day 20 - El Nido - Manila


Pick up from hotel. Transfer to airport. Flight Back to Manila.

A last chance to enjoy Manila's numerous shopping malls, restaurants and bars.

Overnight stay at Hotel


Day 21 - Manila


Pick-up from hotel Transfer to Airport for flight home.


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