Glimpses of The Philippines
Duration: 13 nights part-escorted tour
Price from: £2499pp
Manila 1 night
Banaue 2 nights
Sagada 1 night
Baguio 1 night
Manila 1 night
Boracay 7 nights
Day 1: Fly to Manila.
Day 2 Manila: Arrive in the capital of The Philippines. After settling into your hotel, enjoy time at leisure to explore. Known as the “Pearl of the Orient” Manila’s outer shell, made up of busy traffic, bustling streets and looming skyscrapers, can be peeled open to reveal a vibrant city enriched by its colonial past. Visit Intramuros, Manila’s oldest district, where you can walk amidst the Romanesque arches of Manila Cathedral or explore the popular Fort Santiago. Whilst Manila doesn’t quite rival places like Bangkok when it comes to shopping, Bonifacio High Street boasts open-air high-end shopping, restaurants, boutique bars and a homely cafe culture.
Day 3 Manila/Banaue: Early morning departure from Manila travelling via a flower market to La Loma. Continue north past the central plains of Luzon and see water buffalo immersed in mud pools along the fields. Travel through Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya, before zigzagging across the Caraballo Range into Ifugao land, arriving late in the afternoon.
Day 4 Banaue: Travel by a local jeepney to explore the breathtaking scenery and fascinating culture of Banaue. Your first glimpse of the UNESCO World Heritage listed rice terraces, which are believed to be over 2,000 years old, is at Barangay Viewpoint. Ashort hike takes you down Bangaan Rice Terraces to mingle with the villagers.
Day 5 Banaue/Sagada: Drive inland towards Bay-yo, a Bontoc village, to visit the Bontoc Museum for an insight into the lifestyle of the Igorots and the fiercest headhunters of all the tribes. Travel to the picturesque town of Sagada, best known for its unique burial practices whereby hanging coffins are nailed to the sides of cliff faces high above the ground. Stop at the ancient burial caves continuing to Sagada.
Day 6 Sagada/Baguio: Travel along the scenic Halsema mountain highway with its captivating views of the terraces and tiny villages in the valleys below. Proceed past La Trinidad to Baguio, more than 5,000 feet up in the Cordillera Mountains. Enjoy a city tour seeing some of its many parks and gardens, Baguio Cathedral and the Public Market.
Day 7 Baguio/Manila: Return to Manila via the Kennon Road, built by the Americans in 1903. Stop at the town of Bacolor before arriving in Manila early evening. vibrant city atmosphere*intriguing culture to discover*picture-perfect beaches
Day 8 Manila/Boracay: If time allows before your flight, perhaps explore Binondo district, the oldest Chinatown in the world. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Caticlan and then travel by road and sea to the idyllic island of Boracay.
Days 9-14 Boracay: At leisure. The alluring array of beaches include dreamy White Beach, frequently voted as one of the best beaches in the world, Punta Bunga and Banyugan Beach, Tambisaan Beach and Bulabog Beach. Boracay is not only beautiful above water, but below the waves too! Batangas or Palawan beaches are the best places for snorkelling, and for divers, there are some incredible coral reefs in the deeper parts of the Boracay ocean. After dark there are restaurants for all occasions along with a collection of boutique bars, relaxed beer shacks and buzzing nightclubs.
Day 15 Boracay/Manila: All too soon it’s time to bid farewell to the picturesque beaches of Boracay with a transfer to Caticlan airport and flight to Manila, where your tour concludes.
Departures: Every Sunday.
Accommodation: 3* accommodation in all destinations except Boracay which is 4*.
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch and dinner also included on days 3-6.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, domestic flights where stated, transfers between airports and hotels, non air-conditioned jeepney tour on day 4, sightseeing as outlined and services of an English speaking guide.
Glimpses of The Philippines tour is also available as a private tour with daily departures and either tour is possible with a beach stay at Cebu, Bohol or Palawan instead of Boracay. Please ask for details and prices.