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Essential Philippines incl. Airfare

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,749

This air-inclusive Philippines tour balances the essential sights with time to explore on your own, ensuring the opportunity to explore the Philippines at your own comfortable pace, including Manila and Cebu.


This 10-day air-inclusive trip explores the Philippines in detail while still giving you plenty of time to yourself to explore the islands your way.

Start with a day exploring old Manila, visiting the remnants of the Spanish colonial period including Fort Santiago and Casa Manila. Then learn about Chinese influence on the Philippines at the newly-opened Bahay Tsinoy museum. Just two hours outside Manila, visit the Pagsanjan Falls region, one of the country’s top attractions. Take a boat ride up to the Falls in a dug-out canoe, and shoot the rapids downriver.

Back in Manila, stay in a central location right near the beach, and enjoy two full days to explore the city on your own. You may want to revisit some of the sights on your Old Manila tour and find others, visit Manila’s many parks including Rizal Park or Paco Park. Manila Ocean Park is a world class oceanarium and a great pick for families, while the Mind Museum will thrill any visitor with an interest in science.

Fly to the island of Cebu and stay at a resort just one hour from Cebu City, the oldest city in the Philippines. It’s the perfect spot to decompress and relax after your time in the busy capital, but you’ll also enjoy an historical tour of the city, visiting Magellan’s Cross, and exploring the legacies that Spanish colonialism, Asian influence, and native culture have all left on this city.

Then enjoy a full day tour of the nearby island of Bohol, where history, culture, and nature come together to create one of the Philippines most enchanting attractions. You’ll visit the famous Chocolate Hills and learn how they got their name (Sorry, chocoholics. It’s not for the reason you think). Return to Cebu airport for your departing flight.


 

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Accommodation in Manila

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    Hotel Celeste



    Hotel Celeste is the jewel in the crown of Philippine's Central Business District. The hotel is within walking distance of major embassies, shopping centers, banks and offices.The hotel can be accessed from both Makati and Arnaiz Avenues, providing easy access to EDSA, Ayala, Manila and ...

    Hotel Celeste is the jewel in the crown of Philippine's Central Business District. The hotel is within walking distance of major embassies, shopping centers, banks and offices.The hotel can be accessed from both Makati and Arnaiz Avenues, providing easy access to EDSA, Ayala, Manila and the Inbound and Outbound Expressways.
    Fashionably located at the corner of San Lorenzo Drive and A. Arnaiz Avenue, Hotel Celeste is within walking distance to luxury shops, restaurants, shopping malls and embassies within the Makati central business district, while only 20 minutes away from the international and domestic airports.

    Facilities

    • Airport Transfer
    • Business Corner
    • Concierge
    • In-Room Massage Services
    • Laundry Service
    • Restaurant
    • Turn down service
    • Wakeup Calls Available

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    Dusit Thani Manila



    Situated in the heart of the Philippines's premiere financial district, Dusit Thani Manila hotel sits on the lap of luxurious sights and sprawling urban hubs that offer reliable access to city splendours, historic sites, meeting and convention centres. With 538 luxury hotel rooms and suites ...

    Situated in the heart of the Philippines's premiere financial district, Dusit Thani Manila hotel sits on the lap of luxurious sights and sprawling urban hubs that offer reliable access to city splendours, historic sites, meeting and convention centres. With 538 luxury hotel rooms and suites individually equipped with state-of-the-art facilities especially designed to create an experience of timeless and uniquely Thai traditions, ultimate solace and guest satisfaction.

    Facilities

    • Babysitting Service
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant

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    Fairmont Makati



    This luxury hotel in Makati City, Fairmont Makati is known for its prestigious address in the central business district of Manila, within walking distance to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Ayala Museum and Greenbelt - the city's most stylish shopping area. The Fairmont Makati City hotel ...

    This luxury hotel in Makati City, Fairmont Makati is known for its prestigious address in the central business district of Manila, within walking distance to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Ayala Museum and Greenbelt - the city's most stylish shopping area. The Fairmont Makati City hotel is an urban sanctuary where guests can enjoy luxury and privacy at its finest. The hotel offers 280 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites with unparalleled views of the stunning Makati skyline. Each accommodation is remarkably spacious complete with premium amenities that are essential to both business and leisure travellers.

    Facilities

    • Babysitting Service
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa

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    Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza



    Sofitel Philippine Plaza is a unique luxury hotel in Manila with a resort setting next to the largest convention centre and close to theatres, museums, government offices and the Mall of Asia. 5-star accommodation includes 609 rooms and suites boasting balconies and spectacular views of ...

    Sofitel Philippine Plaza is a unique luxury hotel in Manila with a resort setting next to the largest convention centre and close to theatres, museums, government offices and the Mall of Asia. 5-star accommodation includes 609 rooms and suites boasting balconies and spectacular views of Manila Bay sunsets. Flagship restaurant Spiral is the dining favourite in the metro, Sunset Bar has nightly cultural shows, 7Pecados features live bands and LeBar offers bistro-lounge-patisserie service.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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    Makati Shangri La



    Just twenty minutes from the international airport, known for its well-appointed, spacious accommodations and exceptional restaurants, Makati Shangri-La, Manila is a luxury hotel that provides business and leisure travellers with a serene haven at the central financial and commercial district of Manila.

    Just twenty minutes from the international airport, known for its well-appointed, spacious accommodations and exceptional restaurants, Makati Shangri-La, Manila is a luxury hotel that provides business and leisure travellers with a serene haven at the central financial and commercial district of Manila.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Tennis
    • Whirlpool

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Accommodation in Boracay

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    Fridays Boracay



    Situated on the beach at the northern end of the island, Friday's is handy for everything on this not so large island. This beach resort offers 34 native cottage style rooms with walls of woven bamboo ribbons and framed mats, thatched roofs and wooden floors. ...

    Situated on the beach at the northern end of the island, Friday's is handy for everything on this not so large island. This beach resort offers 34 native cottage style rooms with walls of woven bamboo ribbons and framed mats, thatched roofs and wooden floors. All rooms are situated among a garden setting. The resort has a fresh water swimming pool, and offers a beauty salon and massage service. The hotel's restaurant, one of the finest on the island, provides a selection of local and International dishes.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Boutique(s)
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Games Room
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Library
    • Massage Treatments
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Padi Dive Centre
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sailing
    • Spa
    • Volleyball
    • Water sports/ Equipment
    • Watersport Activities
    • Windsurfing

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    Discovery Shores



    Discovery Shores Boracay Resort and Spa, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is set to open to the public in December 2006. Located at Boat Station 1 and occupying a total of 7,200 square meters of sloping property, the 88-unit resort and ...

    Discovery Shores Boracay Resort and Spa, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is set to open to the public in December 2006. Located at Boat Station 1 and occupying a total of 7,200 square meters of sloping property, the 88-unit resort and spa offers guests a panoramic view of the beach and the island's famous sunset.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Watersport Activities
    • Windsurfing

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    Shangri La Boracay Resort and Spa



    Dramatically situated on a lush hillside within an eco-reserve, Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa is a spectacular Boracay resort offering sensational luxury and comfort to its discerning guests. Rich with sprawling grounds and secluded beaches this Boracay luxury resort also boasts of an impressive variety ...

    Dramatically situated on a lush hillside within an eco-reserve, Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa is a spectacular Boracay resort offering sensational luxury and comfort to its discerning guests. Rich with sprawling grounds and secluded beaches this Boracay luxury resort also boasts of an impressive variety of restaurants and leisure facilities, including a tranquil spa village.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Dive Center
    • Games Room
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Tennis
    • Watersport Activities

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    Astoria Boracay



    Approximately 300 kilometres south of Manila, the luxurious Astoria Boracay is a beachfront property located at the premier part of Boracay Island - Station 1. This property is conveniently located near the shopping area, popular restaurants and bars. Guests are welcome to come and enjoy ...

    Approximately 300 kilometres south of Manila, the luxurious Astoria Boracay is a beachfront property located at the premier part of Boracay Island - Station 1. This property is conveniently located near the shopping area, popular restaurants and bars. Guests are welcome to come and enjoy one of the 29 spacious guest rooms.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Accommodation in Cebu

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    Maribago Bluewater Resort



    Maribago Bluewater Resort is a perfect balance of natural beauty and manmade luxury on the white-sand shores of Mactan Island. There's no better place to delight in the island experience. Just 15 minutes away from Mactan International Airport, Maribago is a prime location on the ...

    Maribago Bluewater Resort is a perfect balance of natural beauty and manmade luxury on the white-sand shores of Mactan Island. There's no better place to delight in the island experience. Just 15 minutes away from Mactan International Airport, Maribago is a prime location on the islands prized beach strip. And yet, the temptations of city life are only 40 minutes away. Just drive down to historical Cebu City for your fill of shopping, gambling or simply sightseeing.

    All rooms have similar native rattan furniture and decor to match the parquet floors, yet modern facilities. Comfort and convenience is available as well, such as air conditioning, cable TV, phones with IDD access, well-stocked mini-bar, and even an electric mosquito repellant. The bathrooms are good size, shower and bath are available with hot and cold water from the tap.

    Quiet beach location.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Children's Activities
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gift Shop
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Playground
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Water sports/ Equipment
    • Watersport Activities

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    Shangri La Mactan Resort



    The Shangri-La is located on a beautiful private stretch of white sand beach and offers an exciting range of recreational activities. This resort features 546 guest rooms and suites which are spacious and comfortable featuring balconies with panoramic views of the Visayan Sea and outlying ...

    The Shangri-La is located on a beautiful private stretch of white sand beach and offers an exciting range of recreational activities. This resort features 546 guest rooms and suites which are spacious and comfortable featuring balconies with panoramic views of the Visayan Sea and outlying islands. Shangri-La's Mactan Island Resort & Spa, is the Philippines' largest and most exclusive deluxe resort giving its guests the ultimate tropical paradise vacation experience.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Children's Activities
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Fishing Facilities
    • Games Room
    • Gift Shop
    • Golf
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Padi Dive Centre
    • Parasailing
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sailing
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball
    • Water sports/ Equipment
    • Watersport Activities
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms
    • Windsurfing

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,749

Itinerary

Day 1

Depart North America

Depart North America for the Philippines. You will cross the International Date Line.

Day 2

Arrive Manilla

Upon arrival at Manila Airport you will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation

Hotel Jen Manila

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    Hotel Jen Manila



    Hotel Jen Manila is located in the heart of Manila. Adjacent to the Philippines International Convention Centre and just 20 minutes away from the airport. The business district is a short ride away and within walking distance is the Harrison Plaza Shopping Mall. The 302 ...

    Hotel Jen Manila is located in the heart of Manila. Adjacent to the Philippines International Convention Centre and just 20 minutes away from the airport. The business district is a short ride away and within walking distance is the Harrison Plaza Shopping Mall. The 302 rooms are spacious and fully appointed with and there is also a swimming pool with a poolside bar.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Children's Activities
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 3

Half Day Charms of Old Manila

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 our country's 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. 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 reconstruction 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.

Duration4 Hours
Day 4

Full Day Pagsanjan Falls

Take a 2 hour drive southeast of Manila passing through quaint provincial towns, rice fields and coconut plantations to reach one of the country's prime attractions, the town of Pagsanjan. The highlight of the tour is the boat ride on dug-out canoe up the river, admits rising gorges and steep canyons covered with lush tropical vegetation, to a large waterfall and the thrill of a lifetime experience of "shooting the rapids" in breakneck downriver descent, expertly steered through swirling waters, boulders and tricky passes by brawny boatmen. Enjoy lunch at a riverside lodge before returning to Manila.

Duration8 Hours
Day 5

Manila Hotel to Manila Airport without Guide

Duration45 Minutes

Manila to Caticlan Airport Boracay via Cebu Pacific

Duration60 Minutes

Caticlan Airport to Boracay Hotels

Duration20 Minutes

Boracay Regency Beach Resort

Experience the crystal clear waters and powder-white sand of the island like never before with Boracay Regency Beach Resort. With the resort's striking Mediterranean-inspired architecture, landscaped gardens and expansive beach front, it stands unparalleled in facilities and service in the entire island. Boracay Regency Beach Resort allows you to relax and luxuriate within its 285 world-class rooms with service that promises a memorable experience.

Enjoy the breath-taking view of the sea from one of the tastefully designed rooms that evoke elegance and comfort. Wine and dine in the restaurants that will surely satisfy your palate. Take a swim in the sparkling waters of the uniquely-designed swimming pools as you relax and enjoy your vacation.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Boracay Regency Beach Resort

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    Boracay Regency Beach Resort



    Experience the crystal clear waters and powder-white sand of the island like never before with Boracay Regency Beach Resort. With the resort's striking Mediterranean-inspired architecture, landscaped gardens and expansive beach front, it stands unparalleled in facilities and service in the entire island. Boracay Regency Beach ...

    Experience the crystal clear waters and powder-white sand of the island like never before with Boracay Regency Beach Resort. With the resort's striking Mediterranean-inspired architecture, landscaped gardens and expansive beach front, it stands unparalleled in facilities and service in the entire island. Boracay Regency Beach Resort allows you to relax and luxuriate within its 285 world-class rooms with service that promises a memorable experience.

    Enjoy the breath-taking view of the sea from one of the tastefully designed rooms that evoke elegance and comfort. Wine and dine in the restaurants that will surely satisfy your palate. Take a swim in the sparkling waters of the uniquely-designed swimming pools as you relax and enjoy your vacation.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Water sports/ Equipment

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Day 6

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 7

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 8

Boracay Hotels to Caticlan Airport

Duration20 Minutes

Caticlan Airport Boracay to Cebu via Cebu Pacific

Duration60 Minutes

Cebu Airport to Cebu Mactan Resort

Duration30 Minutes

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa

Set on 11.4 hectares of secluded grounds yet only one hour from Cebu City, Plantation Bay offers one of the largest privately-owned waterways in the world, with the clean elegance of colonial-plantation architecture. Decompress from life's pressures in the healing tranquility of an environment that truly feels "away from it all".

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa

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    Plantation Bay Resort and Spa



    Set on 11.4 hectares of secluded grounds yet only one hour from Cebu City, Plantation Bay offers one of the largest privately-owned waterways in the world, with the clean elegance of colonial-plantation architecture. Decompress from life's pressures in the healing tranquility of an environment that ...

    Set on 11.4 hectares of secluded grounds yet only one hour from Cebu City, Plantation Bay offers one of the largest privately-owned waterways in the world, with the clean elegance of colonial-plantation architecture. Decompress from life's pressures in the healing tranquility of an environment that truly feels "away from it all".

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Cebu City Tour ex. Mactan Resort from Cebu Airport

Today, you will embark on a historical tour of the Philippines oldest city: Cebu. Visit Magellan's Cross, planted in 1565, Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, which dates back to 1565, and Fort San Pedro, the oldest triangular fortress in the country. Afterwards you will view the former house of Cebu's first Bishop, Casa Gorordo. See uptown Cebu with the Taoist Temple, which provides stunning views of Cebu City and Mactan. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Lunch is included.

Duration6 Hours
Day 9

Bohol Day Tour ex. Mactan Resort

Today, you will embark in the early morning on a lovely full-day tour to the nearby island of Bohol, where you will enjoy a beautiful showcase of history, culture and nature. This countryside tour that includes lunch on a river barge through the jungle and a visit to see tarsiers, one of the world's smallest primates. You will also see the famous Chocolate Hills; 1,268 incredible cone-shaped hills complete with hundreds of limestone karsts. Return to your hotel late in the afternoon. Lunch is included.

Duration9 Hours
Day 10

Depart Cebu

Today, transfer to Cebu Airport for your onward flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Date From
Los Angeles
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New York
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Vancouver
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Toronto
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11 - 28 Jan '17 $ 3,199 $ 3,249 $ 3,949 $ 4,199
29 Jan - 23 Mar'17 $ 2,799 $ 2,749 $ 3,799 $ 3,949

PRICE INCLUDES

International airfare and taxes from gateway cities listed, 8 nights’ accommodation, Guided touring as per itinerary, Inter-Philippines flights as per itinerary, Airport transfers, Meals as specified.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

Travel Insurance, Gratuities, Items of a personal nature, Optional excursions, Beverages.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double share accommodation. US departures in USD; Canada departures in CAD. International airfare from Los Angeles and New York on Cathay Pacific. Airfare from Vancouver and Toronto on Korean Air; inbound flights from Cebu on Korean Air depart after midnight and require an additional day’s travel on the return. Toronto departures are Sun, Tues, Wed and Sat only. Inter-Philippines flights on Cebu Pacific. Hotel early check-in and late check-out not included. Limited seats/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for other dates and departures cities are available on request; rates for single or triple travellers are available on request -- please enquire. Book by 31 December 2016.

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