Glimpses of The Philippines

Duration: 13 nights part-escorted tour

Price from: £2399pp

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, you are free 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; explore popular Fort Santiago; or Bonifacio High Street boasts 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 jeepney to 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. A short hike takes you down Bangaan Rice Terraces where you get 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 picturesque 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 before continuing to Sagada.

Day 6 Sagada/Baguio: Drive along the scenic Halsema mountain highway for captivating terrace views and tiny valley villages below. Proceed past La Trinidad to Baguio, more than 5,000 feet up in the Cordillera Mountains.
On arrival, a city tour takes in 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.

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, often voted as one of the world’s best beaches, Punta Bunga and Banyugan Beach, Tambisaan Beach and Bulabog Beach. Batangas or Palawan beaches are great for snorkelling, while 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 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. Transfer to back to Caticlan airport for the flight to Manila and your onward journey.

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, coach travel, 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.

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