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Highlights of Luzon
Holiday Length: 08 days
Departs: Daily
Start City: Manila
End City: Manila
Type of Holiday: Private Holiday
priced from NZD2995 pp share twin

Discover wonderful scenery, Spanish colonial architecture and the deep rooted cultures and traditions of the Filipino people on this tour that will unveil the beauties of Luzon, Philippine's main island.

ITINERARY          
   
Day 1
  Manila Arrival


Arrival transfer to your hotel located in the commercial district of Makari.
     
Day 2
  Manila sightseeing
    This morning meet your private guide.  Visit the historic walled city of Intramuros where meticulously restored buildings provide a picture of the 16th century colonial period in Manila.  Walk along the cobblestone streets and visit the medieval fortress of Fort Santiago.  See the beautiful San Agustin church and stop at Rizal Park.  After lunch at a local restaurant visit Manila's central district before continuing to the Chinese Cemetery.  Return to your hotel for an overnight stay. (B, L)
     
Day 3
  Manila - Vigan

  Today drive north to Vigan passing through Luzon's Central Plain.  You will reach Vigan in the late afternoon.  This UNESCO World Heritage City is one of the oldest towns in the Philippines.  It was founded as a trading town in 1572 by the Spanish conquistador Juan de Salcedo.  It is today the finest surviving example of a Spanish colonial town in Asia, a fairy tale of cobblestone streets and dark-wood mansions.  Check in to you hotel for an overnight stay. (B)
     
Day 4
  Vigan - Sagada

  Depart for a morning city tour of Vigan.  Take a horse-drawn carriage tour and see Calle Crisologo with its preserved Spanish style architecture, the Bantray Bell Tower, Saint Augustine church and Crisologo Museum.  Later depart towards Sagada through paddy fields and up into mountainous hills and river valleys.  The scenery changes constantly during this journey.  Overnight in Sagada. (B, L)
     
Day 5
  Sagada - Banaue

  After breakfast explore Sagada, a picturesque town nestled amongst pine forests.  See the Hanging Coffins and the nearby Burial Cave of Echo Valley.  Here, for the past century, local people have practiced placing coffins of the dead in the mouth of caves and to the face of limestone cliffs.  Later depart towards Banue.  The scenery is stunning and this drive offers many good photo stops.  En route, visit the ethnographic Museum of Bontoc which houses a collection of artefacts and a photo collection from the mountain tribes.  Overnight in Banaue. (B, L)
     
Day 6    Banaue

  After breakfast depart the hotel an board a local jeepney for a ride to the native village of Bangan, accessible after a short hike from the road.  Continue to a vantage point to view and admire the amazing rice terraces.  This UNESCO site is a magnificent man-made wonder painstakingly crafted 2,000 years ago by the indigenous Ifugao and covering over 4,000 square miles of steep mountainside. (B, L)
     
Day 7
  Banaue - Manila

  Today drive back to Manila where you arrive in the evening. (B, L)
     
Day 8
  Manila
    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight back home or to one of the many Philippine islands for a relaxing beach stay. (B)
     

INCLUSIONS


  * Private air conditioned transfers and transport
* Accommodation in first class and special category hotels (or best available)
* Private sightseeing, activities, meals and entrance fees as per itinerary
* Professional private English speaking local guides

   
Post Tour Option
  Boracay Escape
After your culturally rich tour of Luzon, why not indulge yourself with an island break in Boracay whose long stretch of white sand is considered by many as one of the finest beaches in the far east.
     
Day 8

  Manila - Boracay
Transfer to the airport and flight to Caticlan Airport.  Arrival transfer to your hotel. (B)
Day 9 - 10

  Boracay
Two days at leisure to enjoy the facilities of your hotel. (B)
Day 11
  Boracay departure
Departure transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
     

     
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