WONDERS OF THE PHILIPPINES ( PRIVATE TOUR )

  
visit asia - tours to asiaCode PHW14D
£2,995 PER PERSON

Best time to go : Nov - May

An exciting 14 day tour packed with the Philippines best natural & cultural attractions.

MANILA – TAAL VOLCANO – MOUNT PINATUBO – BANAUE RICE TERRACES – IFUGAO TRIBAL VILLAGES – CEBU HISTORICAL CITY - CHOCOLATE HILLS IN BOHOL ISLANDS AND MUCH MORE ...

Price includes : Private a/c car and English speaking local guides, 4 nights in Manila, 1 night in Tarlac, 2 nights in Banaue, 2 nights in Panglao island, 2 nights in Cebu with daily breakfast, main meals as stated in the tour, ferry boats & river boat rides, entrance fees.

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

Day 1 : Depart from London Heathrow with Cathay Pacific or Singapore airlines.

Day 2 : Manila ( -/-/-) visit asia - tours to asia
Arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport . Meeting with guide and transfer to 5* Manila hotel for check in. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 3 : Manila (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. You will be introduced to friendly Philippines with a Manila guided city tour. 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. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4 : Taal Volcano (B/L/-) visit asia - tours to asia
Breakfast at the hotel. Day trip to Taal volcano which was originally a huge volcano that towered 18,000 feet up into the sky. It has been called the smallest active volcano, because it seems small now, but many people don't realise that it is one of the largest volcanoes in the world. It is located about 70-km south of Manila on "volcano island" inside a lake called Taal Lake. This picture of Taal volcano , was taken from Tagaytay ridge. Actually, Tagaytay Ridge is the rim of the volcano! When the volcano was 18,000 feet high, Tagaytay ridge would have been only about a sixth of the way to the top of the volcano. Board a boat and take a light trek for a vantage view of the volcano within the lake at its best picturesque stand. Lunch served after the trek. Return to hotel for overnight.

Day 5 : Mount Pinatubo (B/L/-) visit asia - tours to asia
Breakfast at the hotel Today join a seat-in-coach trip to Mt. Pinatubo, which eruption in 1991 shot up about 40 km high darkening the sky followed by frightening earthquakes. Now Mount Pinatubo is one of the most amazing place in the Philippines. Be picked up from your hotel for a pleasant overland transfer to the base camp. Your Mt. Pinatubo tour starts with a 4X4 off road adventure from the base camp to the jump-off with magnificent view of the largest lahar canyon in the world. Pinatubo trek is a 2-hour hike ascending to the crater and another 2-hour walk on the descend. The awesome view of the crater with its pristine blue-green water is simply unforgettable. Lunch during trek. Afternoon proceed to Tarlac. Transfer to Microtel Tarlac hotel for check in Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6 : Banaue (B/L/D) visit asia - tours to asia
Breakfast at the hotel before overland transfer to Banaue. Lunch enroute. Arrive Banaue late in the evening. Transfer to Banaue hotel for check in. Dinner at the hotel Overnight stay at Banaue hotel ( basic conditions ).

Day 7 : Sagada – Bontoc (B/L/D) visit asia - tours to asia
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to village of Sagada, see their ancient burial caves, hanging coffins & mummies. After lunch visit the Bontoc Museum founded by a Belgian sister. The Museum houses a varied collection of authentic artifacts and pictures of the mountain tribes. Return to hotel for dinner & overnight stay.

Day 8 : Banaue rice terraces - Manila (B/L/-) visit asia - tours to asia
Breakfast at hotel. Today visits are to Bagaan village and Banaue Rice Terraces. The Philippine Rice Terraces were carved into the Cordillera, North Luzon Mountains in the Philippines over a 2000 year period by ancestors of the indigenous "Ifugao" people. Ifugao became an independent province in 1966. The Banaue Rice Terraces are commonly referred to as the "Eighth Wonder of the World". They are variously located approximately 1500 meters (5000 ft.) above sea level and cover about 4000 square miles of mountainside. They are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rain forests above the rice terraces. The system comprises of dams, sluices, channels and bamboo pipes, which are open and closed in co-operation with each owner. They were built using hand tools only. The local people still plant rice and vegetables on the terraces, wet weather causes damage so the steps need constant renovation. Return to hotel for check out and overland transfer to Manila. Rest of the day is at leisure in Manila. Overnight stay at Manila hotel

Day 9 : Manila/Bohol (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Manila Domestic Airport for flight to Bohol. On arrival transfer to Bohol Beach Club in Panglao island. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax enjoying the beach in Panglao island.

Day 10 : Bohol (B/L/-) visit asia - tours to asia
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. Overnight at Bohol Beach Club Panglao island.

Day 11 : Bohol – Cebu (B/-/-) visit asia - tours to asia
Transfer to pier and board your ferry boat for a ride to Cebu. On arrival transfer to 5* Bluewater Maribago Hotel 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.

Day 12 : Cebu (B/L/-)
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. Overnight at Bluewater Maribago Hotel.

Day 13 : Departure (B/-/-)
Check out from hotel. Transfer to Cebu Airport for flight home.

Day 14 : Arrive Home