PHILIPPINES - 18 DAYS
A beach lover's paradise with unspoilt white sandy beaches, crystal clear tropical waters and spectacular landscapes, the Philippines has too many islands to choose from and island hopping is a must for those who wish to experience as much as possible. This culturally rich nation has loads to offer with friendly locals, colourful jeepneys, volcano trekking, flower markets, strawberry fields, the ancient Banaue Rice Terraces - a UNESCO World Heritage Area, the geological ‘Chocolate Hills’ wonder, Catholic churches, mountain ranges and spectacular dive sites – try also not to miss seeing the world’s smallest primate - the Tarsier.
PROGRAMME CAN BE CUSTOMISED TO YOUR REQUIREMENTS
DAY 1 AIRPORT – MANILA Meet & greet and private transfer to your hotel.
DAY 2 MANILA (B): Private Manila City tour visiting Rizal Park and the historic walled city of Intramuros, passing through cobbled streets of San Augustine Church, the country's oldest stone church. Continue to Fort Santiago, Manila's main defence against sea invasion.
DAY 3 TAAL VOLCANO TREKKING TOUR (B+L): Private tour through scenic countryside to Talisay and 30 minute boat transfer to Taal Volcano, where you will trek up a black lava landscape. View the caldera from the rim.
DAY 4 NORTHERN ROUND TRIP TOUR (B+L+D): Join with an international group to visit the northern territory passing through the central plains of Luzon. Cross the southern gateway of Cagayan valley through Dalton Pass, a 920m high precipice on your way to your hotel in Banaue.
DAY 5 BANAUE RICE TERRACES (B+L+D): Board a Jeepney (multi-coloured local bus) to explore the scenery and culture of Banaue. View the magnificent rice terraces, believed to be over 2000 years old, from Barangey viewpoint. Hike through this Uncesco World Heritage Area to observe village life and visit a local market before returning to your hotel.
DAY 6 BANAUE - BONTOC / SAGADA TOUR (B+L+D): Drive inland on the mountain trail of Mt. Polis to Bay-yo, close to the Chico River. Continue to the limestone valley of Sagada known for its unique burial practices, to see coffins buried in caves and hung on cliff walls.
DAY 7 SAGADA - BAGUIO (B+L+D): Travel towards Benguet, the "salad bowl of the Philippines". Along the way enjoy stunning views of the rice terraces from a height of 7400 feet. Continue to La Trinidad, the "strawberry fields", and visit a local farm. On arrival at Baguio City visit the public market where mountain people trade their produce.
DAY 8 BAGUIO - MANILA (B+L): Return to Manila along the oldest road system in the Corilleras, passing by the Lion's Head. Visit Bridal Veil Falls with a natural pool at its base. Stop in Bacolor, one of the towns that was hit by lahar (mixture of mud, ash and lava) during the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, and where the remains of San Guillermo Church are still buried in lahar. Check into your hotel in Manila.
DAY 9 MANILA - BOHOL (B): Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bohol. Transfer to your resort. Day at leisure to enjoy the beach.
DAY 10 BOHOL COUNTRYSIDE TOUR (B+L): Visit the refuge for the smallest primate in the world, the Tarsier. Continue to Baclayon, visit a century-old stone church and continue on to the chocolate hills, a geological wonder. Move on to Loboc River, and enjoy lunch on a floating restaurant whilst cruising downstream.
DAY 11 BALICASAG ISLAND TOUR (B+L): Visit Balicasag Island to swim in crystal clear blue waters, ideal for snorkeling whilst viewing underwater formations and tropical fish. Enjoy lunch at the island's resort.
DAY 12 BOHOL (B): Day at leisure to enjoy the beaches.
DAY 13 BOHOL - CEBU - BOROCAY (B): Morning ferry to Cebu, transfer to the Airport for your flight to Borocay Island.
DAY 14-15 BOROCAY (B): Free days to enjoy the beautiful beaches.
DAY 16 BOROCAY - CEBU (B): Fly back to Cebu, the oldest city in the Philippines (1565). Check into your hotel - rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 17 CEBU CITY TOUR (B): Visit the majectic Taoist Temple, Carbon market, Basilica Minore de San Augustine, Magellan's Cross, Fort San Pedro and Casa Gorordo before returning to your hotel.
DAY 18 CEBU - AIRPORT (B): Day at leisure until your transfer to the airport.
The above stay in Philippines includes:
► Accommodation 3 / 4 / 5 star hotels with Breakfast (B)
► Private / Group English-speaking guide where applicable
► All featured excursions with air / land / water transfers & entrance fees
► Insolvency protection certificate as per Laws of Malta
► Arrival / Departure transfers
Does not include:
► Lunch (L) or Dinner (D) unless specified
► Early check-in / late check-out
► Optional supplements and excursions
► Tips & personal expenses
► Travel Insurance & entry Visa
Terms & Conditions apply