THE BEST OF THE PHILIPPINES

  
Code PHB16D

This amazing tour highlights the most attractive islands of the Philippines and brings out the quintessence of natural beauty of each place : Boracay recognised as the World's Best Island, El Nido, Palawan with its spectacular limestone cliffs and crystal clear turquoise waters, Bohol the land of endless wonders, Cebu the cheerful festive city and incredible Metro Manila. Boracay & El Nido feature the best sea locations for snorkelling and diving, paraw sailing, kayaking and other water activites. Enjoy the best paradise beaches surrounded by stunning land & seascapes, meet active and fun loving Filippinos, taste freshly caught seafood and delicious barbecues, and don't forget to try a healing Filippino massage. We use the very best luxurious hotel at each place making your stay truly unforgettable. One will never regret being in The Philippines.

Best time to go : Nov to May

Tour price : £4,295 per person

Please add a surcharge of £200 pp for departures between 10Dec and 10Jan.

Price includes: Private car with driver, English speaking local guides, hotels with daily breakfast, internal flights, boat rides, jeepney transfers, main meals as stated, admission fees, snorkelling gears, activity guides, mineral water during excursions.

Price excludes : International flights , other meals, tipping and any service not specified.
Price based on 2 persons travelling together. Single supplement £1,995.

We believe this trip worths every penny you pay for it. It's a lifetime experience surpassing everyone's expectations. However the use of less exclusive hotels would considerably bring the tour price down without undermining the quality of the holiday. We also recommend the following alternative hotels : Bohol Beach Club, The Discovery Shores on the White Beach in Boracay and the Miniloc island resort in El Nido. Using these hotels, the tour price will be reduced to £3,495 pp. Single supplement £1,495 pp.

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Direct flights with Philippines airlines :

Business class : From £1,900 pp

Economy : From £650 pp

The typhoon period is from Jun to October when we don't operate this tour. However due to climate change, although rarely, typhoon can happen anytime. If this is the case, we proudly commit ourselves to do whatever we possibly can to re-arrange your holiday or defer it to a later departure at minimum costs.

Day 1 : We advise direct flight London/Manila with Philippines Airlines Business class, departing at 22:00.

Day 2 : Manila (-/-/-)
Arrive in Manila at around 19:00. Meeting with our representative and car transfer to Manila Hotel ( Superior Deluxe room, new wing) in Old Manila. Rest of the evening is at leisure.

Day 3 : Manila (B/L/D)
Manila guided tour in the historical Old part of the city. Take a step back in time as you discover the “Charms of Old Manila”. The tour starts with a visit to historic Rizal Park, where the remains of the country national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, lie within the cornerstone of Rizal Monument. Tour heads on to the old walled city of Intramuros built during the Spanish colonial period. The first stop is Fort Santiago which served as headquarters of the military might of the Spanish, American and Japanese colonizers until its destruction in 1945. The tour then proceeds past the San Agustin Church, the oldest structure in the country which dates back to 1571. The next stop is Casa Manila, a reconstructed 19th century mansion replete with 16th to 19th century furniture and furnishings. The last stop is a visit to the newly-opened “Bahay Tsinoy”, a museum of the Chinese in Philippine life. Evening enjoy a stroll in Manila Bay at sunset. Lunch & dinner in town.

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Walled city of Intramuros - In the streets of Manila - Manila Bay

Day 4 : Manila/Bohol (B/-/D)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Manila Domestic Airport for flight to Bohol. On arrival transfer to Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa ( Seaview villa ). Rest of the day is at leisure to relax enjoying the beach in Panglao island. Dinner at hotel.

Day 5 : Bohol (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy a Bohol countryside Tour, a beautiful showcase of history, culture and nature in one destination. This tour brings you to the historical Blood Compact Shrine, a historical landmark commemorating the 1st Treaty of friendship between the East and the West, before visiting the ruins of the old Baclayon Church & Museum. En route to the Chocolate Hills, drive through the lush Mahogany Man-Made Forest and the green farmlands in Bilar and Batuan. In Bilar visit a Butterfly Farm which displays a variety of Philippino butterfly species. View the awesome cone shaped hills known as the Chocolate Hills from a promenade on one of these hills. Drive back to Loboc for a 50-minute river cruise along nipa-lined river on board a native catamaran. A sumptuous barbecue lunch is served on board. The river cruise will surely relax both your body and mind as you view nature’s beauty of rolling hills, graceful coconut trees and green nipa-palms lining the riverbanks. After the cruise, a short visit to the Tarsier sanctuary to see the tarsiers in their natural habitat. Dinner & Overnight at Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa.

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The Chocolate Hill
Day 6 : Bohol (B/-/D)
Day at leisure to enjoy Bohol. Dinner & overnight at your resort.

Day 7 : Bohol ~ Cebu (B/-/D)
Transfer to pier and board your ferry boat for a ride to Cebu. Cebu is next to Manila due to its historical reserve and cosmopolitan setting. The advantage is its wide range of beaches along Mactan Island, Badian, Sogod and Moalboal. Every third weekend of January Cebu enjoy the Sinulog Festival were people dance & chant in the streets showering themselves & others with paint and beer and food.
On arrival transfer to 5* Crimson Beach Resort & Spa Mactan island ( Deluxe room ) for check- in. Rest of the day is at leisure for relaxation on the beach or to enjoy Cebu town and contacts with the friendly and all smiles Philippinos. Dinner in town. Overnight at Crimson Beach Resort & Spa.

Day 8 : Cebu (B/L/D)
After breakfast Cebu City Tour visiting Cebu historical sites and landmarks : Fort San Pedro, the oldest triangular fortress in the country built in 1565, Magellan’s Cross, planted in April 14, 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan, Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, built by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in 1565, now housing the statuette of Santo Niño, Casa Gorordo Museum, former house of the first bishop of Cebu, The Taoist Temple, located at Beverly Hills overlooking the city of Cebu and Mactan island. Lunch during visits. Rest of the day is free. Dinner in town & overnight at Crimson Beach Resort & Spa.

Day 9 : Cebu/Caticlan - Boracay (B/-/-)
Board a flight to Caticlan after which enjoy a boat ride to Boracay island. Boracay is named the best beach in the Philippines due to its powdery white sand stretching over 7 kms. Be ceremoniously greeted at the Shrangri-la resort situated on a hill slope overlooking stunning beachscapes. Enjoy a dip in the emerald crystal clear seawater before being whisked to one of the resort restaurant for a delicious a la carte dinner ( client's own account ). Alternatively board the hotel shuttle to town and try one of those local seafood restaurants/cafes along White Beach. Overnight at Shangri-la Boracay ( Seaview deluxe room ).

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Paraw sailing - The Crystal Cove - A view from your beach villa

Day 10 + 11 : Boracay (B/-/-)
2 days at leisure to completely relax & chill out by your paradise private beach. For the more active the resort shuttle minibus offers free rides to downtown area from mid morning to midnight. You may like to board one of them to go to the White Beach to join the crowd to explore the Mall, a charming little place full of art boutiques and souvenir shops, Cafes & restaurants. Take part to some sea activities such as paraw sailing, snorkelling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, etc...
*** Optional Massage & Spa treatment at the Mandala Spa & Villas.

Day 12 : Boracay~Caticlan/Manila/El Nido (B/-/-)
After breakfast your Express boat will take you across the sea to Caticlan where you will board a flight to El Nido, Palawan, via Manila. On arrival experience a jeepney ( A jeep where passengers sit knees touching knees :-) ride to jetty and board your boat to the most beautiful resort in Palawan : The Pangalusia resort. Be warmly greeted and taken to your luxurious Beach Villa. Overnight at Pangalusia Resort ( Beach Villa ).

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A local boat - Shangri-la Boracay private beach - A beach villa in Pangalusia island.

Day 13 + 14 : El Nido (B/-/-)
2 Days at leisure for beach activities. As the seawater here is incredibly crystal clear & El Nido is the best place for watching life underwater. Dive in the water to meet the jack fish, the whale sharks, dugongs and turtles, swim among countless coral species, star fish and all kinds of colourful fish. Go island hopping from Pangalusia to Miniloc island, then to Lagen island, etc... the boat rides are all complimentary and your activity guide will be with you ready to assist in your adventures. Miniloc & Lagen islets are among the best places for snorkelling and diving.
Stop for lunch in one of the beach club where tasty barbecued seafood is served.

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Water cottages in Miniloc islet & swimming with jack fish.

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Snorkelling & kayaking locations in El Nido, Palawan.

Day 15 : El Nido/Manila (B/-/D)
Fly back to Manila for another night, this time staying in the new City, Makati. Overnight at the 5* Peninsula Manila. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 16 : Departure (B/-/-)
In due time car transfer to airport for your direct flight home with Philippines airlines business class.Departure time is at midday, arriving Heathrow at 20:00.