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Classic Philippines

The Philippines

15 days from £3,235pp Inc. international flights

This trip gives you a good variety of cultural experiences throughout the Philippines, combined with time to relax in a couple of different beach resorts. In depth exploration of Manila is followed by a few days visiting the rice terraces and traditional grave sites of Northern Luzon. A flight takes you to Cebu for some beach time, combined with a historical tour, and then a ferry takes you to visit the Chocolate Hills and Tarsier monkeys on Bohol.

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This itinerary is designed to give you a flavour of what is possible

  • We can tailor this trip to suit your specific requirements
  • Any aspect of the itinerary can be altered, from excursions to accommodation

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Manila CathedralBanaue, PhilippinesBanaue, PhilippinesValley view of the Banaue rice terraces.
Classic Philippines

Itinerary Route Map - 15 Days

Banaue rice terracesRice terraces in northern Luzon, PhilippinesMakati district in Manila, PhilippinesTaoist Temple in Beverly Hills, CebuRare Tarsier Monkey, BoholTarsier, Bohol, PhilippinesViews from Bolod beach, BoholTropical shores, Bohol, Philippines

Our Tailor-made suggestions for this itinerary:

  • From Manila it is easy to fly to any of the other islands in the archipelago.
  • From Bohol you could take the ferry across to Siquijor or Dumaguete and spend time exploring the Visayas.
  • If you are keen on diving or snorkelling it would be a good idea to head to Cebu to do this.

Highlights of this itinerary

  • Spend time in the capital city of Manila, to gain an understanding of the varied history of the archipelago.
  • Visit the stunning rice terraces of Banaue.
  • Trek to an Ifugao village in the highlands.
  • Relax on one of the stunning beaches of the archipelago.
  • Visit the chocolate hills and see the tiny tarsier monkeys on Bohol.

Day by Day Legend Legend
  • Outbound Flight
  • Transfer
  • Accommodation
  • Excursion
  • Cruise
  • Train Journey
  • Return Flight

Day 1 London

Fly from the UK to Manila.

Day 2 Manila

On arrival in Manila you will check in at your hotel and then have a short tour of the Malate and Ermita districts of the city.

Day 3 Manila

This morning you will be collected from your hotel for a full day tour of Manila including Intramuros and St. Agustin Church. You will make a stop for lunch at a typical Filipino restaurant.

Day 4 Manila Banaue & Northern Luzon

Today you will be picked up from your hotel after breakfast for a long journey by road up into the Mountain Provinces of Luzon. Inclusive of stops, this journey takes roughly 8-9 hours. The change in scenery is fantastic from suburban Manila, through plains of paddy fields and up into mountainous hills and river valleys. It gets chilly at night in the highlands, so please pack a fleece or jumper.

Day 5 Manila Banaue & Northern Luzon

You will spend the day around the Banaue area marvelling at the rice pyramids that the town is famous for as well as heading further afield to a local village to actually wander amongst a valley of rice terraces.

Day 6 Manila Mount Data

Today you will leave the Banaue area and head to the relaxed, hill side town of Sagada where you will break for lunch. This journey has many good photo stops and you will see not only rice terraces but also vegetable terraces planted in aesthetic geometric patterns. In Sagada there is the opportunity to see tribal coffins stacked in their hundreds in a local cave and also various coffins hanging to limestone rock faces. En route to Sagada you will stop of in the town of Bontoc and head to a small museum with an interesting collection of tribal artefacts and historical information. In the afternoon you will drive from Sagada to Mt. Data where you will overnight. The scenery on this drive is stunning.

Day 7 Manila Baguio City

In the morning you will be driven back towards Baguio City. This drive gradually takes from the rice and vegetable terraces in the mountains and back towards the plains.

Day 8 Manila Cebu

Your journey today will take you back to Manila along a slightly different route to the one that was taken on your way north. This journey will take roughly 6 hours Upon arrival in Manila, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Cebu. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Day 9 Cebu

You have a half day city tour of Cebu today.

Day 10 Cebu

A further day at leisure to enjoy the hotel, relax on the beach or maybe head out to explore Cebu city and the surrounding area.

Day 11 Cebu Bohol & Panglao Island

This morning you will taken from your hotel to the ferry port for your 1.5 - 2.5 hour ferry journey across to Bohol. This ferry is heavily air conditioned, so please pack a jumper or fleece. Upon arrival in Bohol you will be collected and taken to the peaceful surroundings of the Ananyana. This boutique property boasts an excellent spa and a great restaurant with direct access to a small beach.

Day 12 Bohol & Panglao Island

Today you have a private tour of Bohol's main sights and attractions including the spectacular Chocolate Hills and extremely rare Tarsier Monkey Sanctuary.

Day 13 Bohol & Panglao Island

Day at leisure

Day 14 Bohol Manila

Today you will be taken to the airport for your flight back to Manila. You will arrive with enough time to be collected and taken across town to the international airport terminal for your onwards flight home

Day 15 London

Early morning arrival into London Heathrow.

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