The Philippines are a rich mosaic of Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, West European, and American civilizations thriving in a topical paradise with exquisite aqua blue water and endless white beaches. Our foray into these islands of Paradise is an introduction to this land of fiestas and fun-loving, friendly and hospitable people.
|Price (From)||:||US$ 3880|
|Includes international air|
Day 01: Arrive Manila
Mabuhay! We are warmly welcomed to the capital city of Manila. We get our first experience of this busy and colorful city as we are driven from the airport to our hotel.
Overnight: Dusit Thani Hotel, Manila (2 nights)
Day 02: Manila
Our morning city tour includes visits to Intramuros, the Spanish Colonial City in Manila, the ruins of Fort Santiago, the old Spanish garrison and military headquarter, San Agustin Church*, Casa Manila, Baluarte de San Diego, and the walls of Intramuros. After lunch we visit Quiapo Church, which is known for the statue of the Black Nazarene that draws believers to flock here every day. Next stop is a visit to a local Chinese Cemetery, which is quite interesting since this cemetery is one of a kind in the world as it encloses mausoleums of rich Chinese in the Philippines having electricity, water supply, kitchen facilities and amenities for the living. (B, L)
Day 03: Manila/Banaue (Drive)
We leave Manila for Banaue. The drive will take about 8 hours and is along the scenic countryside of the Northern Luzon of the Philippines. We arrive in Banaue late in the afternoon.
Overnight: Banaue Hotel, Banaue (2 nights) (B, L)
Day 04: Banaue
Full day tour of Banaue Rice Terraces* and local villages by private jeepneys. We drive through the trail that leads to Banga-an, a typical traditional Ifugao village set in the middle of a valley surrounded by terraces. Trek down to the village to see and experience the life of the typical Ifugao people. In the afternoon we visit one of the Banaue Viewpoints to see the most awesome rice terraces in the area that are known as Eighth Wonder of the World and visit the Banaue Trade Center to buy souvenirs and soak up the local atmosphere. (B, L)
Day 05: Banaue/Sagada (Drive)
Morning we depart for Bontoc, the heart of the Cordillera Mountains. Bontoc is at the cross road of the Cordillera Provinces. We visit the town of Bontoc and its museum of old photos and artifacts of the tribal minorities of the Cordillera. Then we take the road to Sagada, a small town known for its hanging coffins and burial caves. Sagada bears witness to the ancient mummification practices of the mountain tribes. We visit Sagada and its burial caves.
Overnight: St. Joseph’s Inn, Sagada (1 night) (B, L)
Day 06: Sagada/Vigan (Drive)
After breakfast we depart for Vigan*. Declared as a World Heritage Site in 1999, established in the 6th century, Vigan is the best example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the blending of cultural elements from other parts of the Philippines, China and Europe making its townscape the only one of its kind in Asia. Lunch enroute. A side trip to Sta. Maria Town before proceeding to Vigan will be made to visit one of the four Baroque Churches in the Philippines which is Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion* built in 1769. It resembles a medieval fortress having massive, heavily buttressed walls and served as a fortress during the revolution in the Philippines in 1896. Arrive Vigan late in the afternoon.
Overnight: Luna Hotel, Vigan (1 night) (B, L)
Day 07: Vigan/Laoag (Drive)/Manila (Flight)
We leave the hotel after breakfast for a tour of Vigan. In Vigan we visit the old houses and museums that relate the history of the town. A must see is the Pagburnayan, where the age-old jar making industry in Vigan can be observed. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then proceed to a tour of Laoag with visit to Paoay Church*, another Baroque Church in the Philippines. We also visit other important sites in the environs of Laoag, such as Sarat where one can also see the Marcos Museum dedicated to the late President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos. In Sarrat it is also worth seeing the Santa Monica Church, one of the oldest in the place founded in 1779. Transfer to Laoag International Airport for a trip back to Manila.
Overnight: Dusit Thani Hotel, Manila (1 night) (B, L)
Day 08: Manila/Puerto Princesa (Flight)
We take our flight to Puerto Princesa. A tour of the city commences after arrival which includes visits to the Puerto Princesa Ethnological Museum, the Butterfly Farm, the Crocodile Farm, the Public Market, the Port and some coastal communities. Then rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Aziza Paradise Hotel, Puerto Princesa (2 nights) (B)
Day 09: Puerto Princesa
After an early breakfast we take off for a full day tour of Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park*. We head to the town of Sabang town crossing of the marble cliff landscape of Cabayugan. In Sabang we take an outrigger-motorized boat to St. Paul National Park for about 20 minutes. St. Paul is a 3,900-hectare area of limestone and marble cliff mountain. The base of Mount Saint Paul has white sand beach and a lagoon that leads to the mouth of the underground river. By the lagoon we take a paddleboat to navigate the inner cave of the river. Huge stalactites of different formations are all over the cave and on the walls are the nests of birds and bats. Within the park trek to the monkey trail that leads to the inner part of the forest inhabited by monkeys, large monitor lizards, squirrels and exotic birds and butterflies. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the park then later in the afternoon return to Puerto Princesa. (B, L)
Day 10: Puerto Princesa/Cebu (Flight)
We take a flight to Cebu. Cebu City tour upon arrival with lunch at local restaurant. A tour of Cebu’s important landmarks. Visit Fort San Pedro, the smallest tri-bastion in the country; Magellan’s Cross which marks the spot where the first Christian Filipinos were baptized. Beside the Magellans Cross is the Basilica del Sto Nino, which houses the image of Sto. Nino considered to be the oldest religious relic in the country. The image was a gift of Magellan to Queen Juana during her baptism together with his husband, King Humabon on April 14, 1521. Proceed to Casa Gorordo Museum, home of the first Filipino Bishop in Cebu, Juan Gorordo. A tour inside this residence is a brief journey into a Filipino lifestyle in the period between 1860 to 1920. Then drive along Carbon Market, Avenue of the Flags, Cebu Provincial Capitol, Beverly Hills and the Taoist Temple.
Overnight: Maribago Bluewater Hotel, Cebu (1 night) (B, L)
Day 11: Cebu/Bohol (Ferry)
In the morning we take a ferry ride to Bohol. Bohol Countryside tour upon arrival. A tour showcasing history, culture and nature in just one destination. The tour begins with a visit to the Blood Compact Shrine, a historical landmark commemorating the 1st treaty between the east and the west where Datu Sikatuna had a blood compact with Don Miguel Lopez de Legazpi representing the King of Spain, marking the friendly relations between the two (2) countries. Then on to centuries old Baclayon Church before visiting the famous Chocolate Hills - small hills that look like chocolate mounds during the hot, dry months. While enroute to Chocolate Hills, tour will stop by a butterfly farm which showcases different species of Philippine butterflies and the Mahogany Man-made forest. The tour will end with a leisurely boat cruise along palm-lined Loboc River. A barbecue lunch will be served as you cruise.
Overnight: South Palms Resort, Bohol (2 nights) (B, L)
Day 12: Bohol
Day free at leisure to enjoy the sun, sand and beach. (B)
Day 13: Bohol/Manila (Flight)
Morning, we are transferred to the airport for our flight back to Manila. The rest of the day is free at our leisure.
Overnight: Dusit Thani Hotel, Manila (1 night) (B)
Day 14: Depart Manila
We bid farewell to the country of Paradise Islands, as we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. Check out time is by 1100 hrs. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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