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Highlands to Islands
Holiday Length: 10 days
Departs: Daily
Start City: Manila
End City: Manila
Type of Holiday: Private Holiday
  The highlands to islands itinerary allows you to view all the beauty that the Philippines offer: from time spent in the rice producing mountainous interior to the beautiful islands of Honda Bay, including Starfish Island pictured above.  A relaxing itinerary with lots of highlights.

Day 1 - Manila arrival

Welcome to Manila.  Pick up at the airport, meet & greet and transfer to your hotel.  Free time in the afternoon to rest or explore.  Dinner at a local restaurant.  (D)
Day 2 - Manila city tour

  You will be picked up from your hotel for a full day of sightseeing in Manila.  Drive down the scenic & historic Roxas Boulevard along Manila Bay.  Inclusions are: CASA manila, Rizal Park, the old Walled city of Manila, San Agustin Church and Fort Santiago.  Lunch in a local restaurant before proceeding to Makati to visit the landmarks of the central business district such as Nielsen Tower, Ayala Garden.  Then proceed to the Ayala Museum (exhibits of prehistoric gold jewelry and dioramas of major events in Philippine history.  Dinner at a local restaurant and transfer back to the hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Manila to Banaue

  Early breakfast before 7.30 am departure for Banaue on the Philippine Friendship Highway, passing the central plains of Luzon, the biggest rice producing region in the Philippines.  Sightseeing along the way of the towns and villages.  Lunch at a local restaurant.  Dinner at your hotel tonight. (D)
Day 4 - Banaue sightseeing

  After breakfast leave in private non-air-conditioned jeepneys for a visit to a native village.  Tour the village including the houses, school & livelihood of the residents.  Meet the villagers.  Trekking on the rice terraces is possible.  Lunch in a hilltop restaurant which overlooks the village and rice terraces.  After lunch proceed to Banaue Market to see and shop for wood carvings, woven cloths, brass sculptures and jewelry.  From the market walk back to the hotel for dinner & overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Banaue to Manila

  Brief trip to the viewpoint for a panoramic view of the town, the rice terraces and the village before boarding the coach for the drive back to Manila, stopping enroute at Dalton Pass in Nueva Vizcaya province for a panoramic view of the lowlands of Luzon Island.  On return to Manila dinner is included at a local restaurant.  (B, D)
Day 6 - Manila to Palawan

  After breakfast transfer to the airport and fly to Puerto Princesa City in Palawan.  On arrival transfer to your hotel and lunch, followed by an afternoon tour of Puerto Princesa visiting: Palawan museum, weaving & handcraft centre, crocodile farm, public market, Baker's Hill, the main park and cathedral and the city's baywalk.  Return to the hotel, followed by transfer to a city restaurant. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Palawan underground river tour

  After breakfast transfer to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.  Lunch in a local restaurant.  Return to the hotel where you will have dinner.  (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Palawan Honda Bay tour

  After breakfast in the hotel transfer to the city pier to take motorboats for an island hopping excursion on Honda Bay.  You will visit the following islands: Pandan Island, Cowrie Island, Snake Island, Starfish Island (pictured), Bat Island and Luli Island.  Enjoy some sightseeing, swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling, with lunch included on Pandan Island.  Return to Puerto Princesa for dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Palawan to Manila

  Free time this morning.  After lunch at the hotel transfer to the airport to make a mid afternoon flight to Manila.  On arrival transfer to the hotel.  In the evening transfer to a restaurant serving typical Filipino food and featuring a show of Philippine songs and dances after dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Manila departure

  After breakfast enjoy some free time until transfer to the airport for your departure.


  * 4 nights accommodation in Manila, 2 nights in Banaue and 3 nights in Palawan
* Daily breakfast in the hotel
* Roundtrip private airport transfer
* transfers during tours
* Excursions and sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
* Meals as specified in the program
* Entrance & admission fees as mentioned during tours
* Services of an English speaking tour guide


  * Domestic flights/airfares
* Drinks and meals not specified in the itinerary
* Travel insurance
* Tipping & gratuities
* International Airfare
* Porterage at hotels, airports and sea ports
* Other incidental charges that are personal in nature

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