Your Philippines Discovery Package

Philippines Discovery

Wendy Wu

 

  15 Nights

  Asia

  Wendy Wu

  DT10WPWV




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Famed for its scenic beauty, the photogenic Philippines are also a nature-lover’s paradise. From crater lakes to ribboning rice terraces, tarsier sanctuaries and pictureperfect hills, this adventure welcomes you into this Pacific archipelago’s wild heart.
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All road transport by air-conditioned vehicles

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Accommodation

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Daily sightseeing with entrance fees

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All meals

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English speaking National Escort (based on a min of 10 passengers) or Local Guides in each city


Day 1 / Fly to Manila

Fly overnight to the bustling capital city of Manila.

Day 2 / Fly to Manila

Fly overnight to the bustling capital city of Manila.

Day 3 / Northern Bound

Enjoy a relaxed morning tour of Intramuros, Manila's old colonial centre. This afternoon, depart the city and drive north to the hills of Pampanga province, where you'll stay at an ecological resort.

Day 4 / Volcanos, Lakes & Villages

Today, take a 4x4 partway up Mount Pinatubo and hike to the summit; at the top, you'll be rewarded with majestic views across the volcano's breathtakingly blue crater lake. En route back to the hotel, visit a local indigenous village. Those seeking a more relaxed day can enjoy independent exploration of the green nature trails around the resort.

Day 5 / Into the Highlands

Today enjoy a road trip into the Cordillera, Luzon's northern highlands. Admire the passing scenery as you journey up to Banaue, gateway to the Philippines' famous rice terraces. Break your journey at the town of Bacolor, where you'll stop to visit San Guillermo Church. Your hotel in Banaue is your base for the next three nights.

Day 6 / Hapao Rice Terraces

Board a jeepney and head into the remote highlands to enjoy a largely flat hike through the photogenic Hapao rice terraces. At the top of the terraces, arrive at a hot spring where you can bathe in the stream and in the warm rock-pool before enjoying lunch with fantastic views over the valley.

Day 7 / Sagada's Hanging Coffins

Today's day trip to Sagada includes a two-hour drive through beautiful mountain passes. Learn about local traditions at the famous burial caves and look out for the hanging coffins suspended on the rock faces. Return to the hotel in Banaue.

Day 8 / The City of Pines

Travel to the pleasantly cool city of Baguio, known as the City of Pines and home to a presidential mansion, market area, weaving workshops and municipal park. Visit Camp John Hay, established in 1900 as a military hill station of the US army, later occupied by WWII Japanese forces and finally returned to Philippine ownership in 1991.

Day 9 / Colonial Vigan

This morning, head north along the coast and arrive at the colonial settlement of Vigan, distinctly Spanish in character and now a UNESCO World Heritage town. Wander the scenic cobblestone streets, visiting colonial houses, museums and a pottery maker.

Day 10 / Laoag

A 90-minute drive brings you to Laoag on the island's north-western tip. Stop to visit its coastal sand dunes. Later this evening, fly back to Manila.

Day 11 / Beaches and Cream

Take a short morning flight over to beautiful Bohol and explore Panglao island, including the stalactite-studded Hinagdanan Cave and the lovely ocean-facing Bohol Bee Farm, where you can enjoy organic ice cream. Your beachfront hotel is perfectly placed for some well-earned time on the sand.

Day 12 / Bohol Countryside Tour

Venture out on a full day countryside tour, encompassing the iconic Chocolate Hills, a rolling geological landscape of hundreds of dome-shaped hills named for their resemblance to chocolate drops when they turn brown in the autumn. Enjoy a lunchtime river cruise before continuing to the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella to learn about conservation efforts to protect the world's second smallest primate.

Day 13 / The Roof of Cebu

Take a ferry over to the neighbouring isle of Cebu for a city tour and a photographic opportunity at the Roof of Cebu, the highest point on the island, where you can enjoy a refreshing glass of beer as you take in the incredible views. Check in to your hotel before this evening's farewell dinner.

Day 14 / Fly Cebu to Australia

Transfer to Cebu's international airport for your flight home, arriving the following day.

Day 15 / Fly Cebu to Australia

Transfer to Cebu's international airport for your flight home, arriving the following day.