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Best of The Philippines
Holiday Length: 13 days
Departs: Daily
Start City: Manila
End City: Cebu
Type of Holiday: Private Holiday
priced from NZD2990 pp share twin

With glittering azure waters, unforgettable diving, spell-binding landscapes, cities bursting with life and lush rice fields, the Philippines and its over 7000 islands offer an incredible diversity. Our 'Best of the Philippines' tour is the
perfect introduction to this enchanting archipelago taking in the famous World Heritage rice terraces of Banaue complimented by some idyllic beach stays in the southern islands of Palawan, Bohol and Cebu.


ITINERARY          
   
Day 1
  Manila Arrival


Arrival transfer to your hotel located in the commercial district of Makati.
     
Day 2
  Manila sightseeing
    Meet your private guide and set out for a tour of vibrant Manila. Walk along the cobblestone streets of the historic walled city of Intramuros. Visit the medieval
fortress of Fort Santiago, built by the Spaniards in 1571 and the UNESCO-protected San Agustin Church. Pass by the beautiful Rizal Park before exploring Manila's central district, Quiapo with its markets, jeepney terminals and bazaars. Continue to the Chinese
Cemetery before returning to your hotel. (B,L)
     
Day 3
  Manila - Banaue

  After breakfast, depart for a long but beautiful journey by road up into the Mountain Provinces of Luzon.  Reach Banaue late in the afternoon and check into your hotel on arrival. (B)
     
Day 4
  Banaue

  Today travel by local jeepney and discover the breathtaking scenery and fascinating culture of Banaue.  Stop at Barangay Viewpoint to admire the UNESCO World Heritage listed rice terraces, which are believed to be over 2,000 years old. A short and easy hike will take you down to the village of Bangaan, a typical village of the Ifugao tribe. There, you will have time to mingle with the villagers, see their typical houses and learn about their method of farming the rice terraces. (B)
     
Day 5
  Banaue - Manila


After breakfast, return to Manila passing through Luzon's Central Plain. Overnight in Manila. (B)
     
Day 6    Manila - El Nido (Palawan)

  Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to El Nido.  Welcome to Palawan, the 'last natural frontier' of the archipelago. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel to check in. (B)
     
Day 7
  El Nido

  Depart for an unforgettable full day snorkelling trip while island hopping off El Nido. Admire the superb limestone islands, explore lagoons, rocky coves and white sandy beaches and experience some spectacular snorkelling. Lunch will be served on board. Return to your hotel for overnight. (B,L)
     
Day 8
  El Nido

  Full day free to relax or explore at your own leisure.  El Nido is home to some amazing marine life with numerous snorkelling and diving opportunities nearby. (B)
     
Day 9
  El Nido - Bohol

  Today fly to Bohol (via Manila) famous for its Chocolate Hills, fine beaches and for being home to the tarsier, the world's smallest primate. Arrival transfer to your beach hotel on Panglao Island. (B)
     
Day 10
  Bohol

  Depart with your private guide on a tour of Bohol's main sights and attractions. Highlights include the centuries old Baclayon Church, the Tarsier Sanctuary and the famous 1,268 cone-shaped Chocolate Hills. Continue to Loboc for a cruise down the Loay River, passing riverside villages while savouring lunch on board and return to your hotel in the afternoon. (B,L)
     
Day 11
  Bohol

  Day at leisure. (B)
     
Day 12
  Bohol - Cebu

 

  Morning transfer to the port to board your ferry to Cebu. Transfer to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. (B)
     
Day 13
  Cebu

  Departure transfer to the airport for your onward flight (B)
     

INCLUSIONS




  • Private air conditioned transfers and transportation
• Accommodation in your choice of tourist, first or deluxe class hotels (or best available)
• Sightseeing, activities, meals and entrance fees as per the itinerary
• Professional private English speaking local guides
• Modern ferry Bohol/Cebu

   
NOTES




  • Domestic flights are not included (as they can usually be purchased at a more advantageous rate when booked in conjunction with international airfares) but can be included if required.
• Sightseeing is private except for the island hopping day cruise in Palawan and the Loboc River lunch cruise in Bohol, which are on a shared basis.
     

     
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