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Essential Philippines

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,691

Discover the history and beautiful landscapes of the Philippines on this introductory 9-day vacation. Start in Manila, where you’ll delve into the country’s colonial history and visit nearby Pagsanjan. Then spend a few days on sunny Boracay before exploring Cebu City and the Chocolate Hills of Bohol.


This 9-day Philippines vacation takes you to Manila, Boracay, and Mactan Island for an exploration of the country’s classic sites. It features moderate and first-class accommodations, private tours, and is a great introduction to the nation.

Your journey begins in Manila, the massive capital, which is the most densely populated city in the world. One day, you’ll explore Manila’s fascinating colonial history with a tour of the old town. Start at Rizal Park, dedicated to the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, who is buried beneath the park’s central monument, continue to the old colonial walled city of Intramuros, and visit Fort Santiago, San Agustin Church, and Casa Manila, which showcase life during Spanish colonial times. The next day, drive two hours to the southwest through provincial towns, rice fields, and coconut plantations to the town of Pagsanjan. There you’ll board a dugout canoe and travel along the river to see the landscape of rising gorges, breakneck river rapids, and the stunning Pagsanjan Waterfall.

Connect back to Manila to continue onward to Boracay, the nation’s resort paradise, where you’ll have two days at a beachfront property to enjoy the sandy pleasures of one of Asia’s premiere beach getaways. Spend your days however you wish, whether snorkelling through the waters or enjoying some leisure time in the many bars and restaurants. After recharging on Boracay, fly to Cebu and connect to nearby Mactan Island, where you’ll stay at a resort on the white sand shores.

Based on Mactan Island, you’ll explore nearby Cebu City, the oldest city in the Philippines. You’ll see Magellan’s Cross, the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, and Fort San Pedro, the oldest triangular fortress in the country. You’ll end your tour at the Taoist Temple, which offers breathtaking views of Cebu City and Mactan Island. Spend the next day exploring the island of Bohol, where you’ll learn about country life, spot tarsiers in the wild, and see the famous Chocolate Hills, a series of 1,268 cone-shaped hills that turn a dark brown in the dry season.

At the end of your stay, you’ll connect back to Cebu to return home.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,691

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Day 1

Manila Airport to Manila Hotel with Guide

Duration45 Minutes

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 rooms are spacious and fully appointed with and there is also a swimming pool with a poolside bar.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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 2

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 3

Private Full Day Pagsanjan Falls

Enjoy a 2-hour drive southeast of Manila passing through quaint provincial towns, rice fields and coconut plantations. Arrive at one of the country's prime attractions: the town of Pagsanjan. Embark on a boat ride in a dug-out canoe up the river, amidst rising gorges and steep canyons covered with lush tropical vegetation. Reach a large waterfall and a highlight will be the thrilling experience of "shooting the rapids" in the rapid descent downstream. Your canoe is expertly steered through swirling waters and tricky passes by highly experienced boatmen. Afterwards return to Manila.

Duration9 Hours
Day 4

Manila Hotel to Manila Airport with Guide

Duration45 Minutes

Caticlan Airport to Boracay Hotels

Duration20 Minutes

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 one of the 29 spacious guest rooms.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Astoria Boracay

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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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Day 5

Day at Leisure

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

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

Boracay Hotels to Caticlan Airport

Duration20 Minutes

Cebu Airport to Cebu Mactan Resort

Duration30 Minutes

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 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.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Maribago Bluewater Resort

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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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    Preferred Hotel

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 8

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 9

Cebu Mactan Resort to Cebu Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip private airport transfers at each destination
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Guided private touring as per itinerary
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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