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Best of the Philippine Islands - 21 Days

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Philippine Trails

Philippine Trails specialises in arranging tours and holidays in the Philippines.

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Best of the Philippine Islands - 21 Days

Starting and finishing in Manila, this tour visits the Rice Terraces, Bicol, the Central Visayas, and also Palawan. See the Rice Terraces, Mt Mayon Volcano, Chocolate Hills, Tarsier primates, and the stunning scenery of El Nido, Palawan.

DAY 1

Arrival into Manila

Arrival Manila. Transfer to Hotel. Arriving at Manila Airport, our staff will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation.

Manila - 2 Nights
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DAY 2

Manila City Tour

Explore historic areas such as Intramuros and Fort Santiago. The historic heart of Manila is found inside the walls of Intramuros – the original fortress built by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi when he took control of the city on behalf of Spain in 1571. American bombing destroyed much of the city in the Battle of Manila at the end of World War II, but San Augustin Church survived. The church was nominated as a World Heritage site in 1993 due to its historical and cultural value. Casa Manila, a restored 19th century Spanish colonial house, is now a museum, and close by, alongside the Pasig River, is Fort Santiago - once the main defense fortress and centre of power for the Spanish colonial military. Containing various personal effects of the national hero, Dr Jose Rizal, is the Rizal Shrine. Here, he was imprisoned, writing his final farewell (Mi Ultimo Adios) before being executed on 30th December 1896. Rizal Park is located in the centre of Manila at the northern end of Roxas Boulevard, overlooking Manila Bay. This is a major tourist attractions of Manila, with regular concerts being played at its open air auditorium. Overnight in Manila. Read more

Manila - 2 Nights
DAY 3

Manila to the Rice Terraces

Today, travel by air-conditioned private vehicle to the famous Rice Terraces.

Banaue - 3 Nights
DAY 4

Sagada Tour

Exploring Sagada township, the hanging coffins, Lumiang caves, and the picturesque surrounding scenery Overnight in Banaue

Banaue - 3 Nights
DAY 5

Banga-An Rice Terraces Tour

Tour includes trekking some of the pathways. Also visit the ampitheater-shaped rice terrace slope of Banga-an. Overnight in Banaue.

Banaue - 3 Nights
DAY 6

Banaue to Manila

Travel by private vehicle back to Manila. Overnight in Manila.

Manila - 1 Night
DAY 7

Manila to Bicol

Flight from Manila to Legaspi. Transfer to Donsol.

Donsol - 2 Nights
DAY 8

Whale Sharks & Fireflies

Early morning sailing by traditional bangkas (Philippines style boats with outriggers), with local boatmen in search of whalesharks. Evening fire fly watching river tour, sailing along the Sogod River to witness the spectacle of fireflies. This is a fascinating area for birds also and you could see colourful kingfishers etc. Overnight in Donsol Resort. Read more

Donsol - 2 Nights
DAY 9

Tour of Albay Province

Tour of Albay Province, including Legaspi, Mt Mayon Volcano, Cagsawa Ruins, the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Porteria, Hoyop-Hoyopan Caves, Japanese tunnels, and Ligñon Hill.

Legaspi - 1 Night
DAY 10

Lagaspi to Bohol

Flight from Legaspi to Bohol, via Manila. Arrive into Tagbilaran, Bohol. Transfer to Panglao Island. Overnight on Panglao Island.

Panglao Island - 2 Nights
DAY 11

Bohol Countryside Tour

Explore six main Bohol attractions: The Blood Compact, a marker which commemorates the spot where Datu Sikatuna, a native chieftain forged a blood compact with Don Miguel Lopez de Legazpi representing the king of Spain for the purpose of fostering friendly relations between the two countries; Centuries-old Baclayon church and museum; Loboc - Bilar Man-made forest; the Chocolate Hills, the provinceʼs signature attraction; Loboc River cruise, a fascinating boat ride along palm-fringed banks, with lunch, and encounter Philippine tarsiers, one of the smallest living primates. Read more

Panglao Island - 2 Nights
DAY 12

Bohol to Cebu

Bohol to Cebu by fast ferry. Overnight in Cebu.

Cebu - 2 Nights
DAY 13

Cebu City Tour

Cebu City Tour Highlights include Sto. Nino Church, Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro, San Diego-Yap Ancestral House, Museo Sugbo, Taoist Temple, & Heritage Monument. Overnight in Cebu.

Cebu - 2 Nights
DAY 14

Cebu to Boracay

Flight to Panay Island. Ferry transfer from Caticlan Port to Boracay Island. Overnight on Boracay.

Boracay - 3 Nights
DAY 15

Boracay Island-Hopping

Boracay Island Hopping Tour, joining small group, sailing by traditional bangka around the island of Boracay and stopping off at neighbouring island spots, such as Magic Island, plus Swimming and Snorkelling at Crocodile Island, and Sight-seeing at Puka beach (weather dependent). Trip includes lunch. beach (weather dependent). Trip includes lunch. Overnight on Boracay. Read more

Boracay - 3 Nights
DAY 16

Free Time at Leisure

Free time at leisure on Boracay Island. Overnight on Boracay.

Boracay - 3 Nights
DAY 17

Boracay to Palawan

Ferry transfer from Boracay to Panay Island. Flight from Panay to Puerto Princesa, Palawan, via Manila or Cebu. Overnight in Puerto Princesa (or Sabang).

Puerto Princesa - 1 Night
DAY 18

Underground River Tour

St Paul's Underground River was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1999. This national park runs for five miles through a limestone cave before opening out into a lagoon. A sandbar separates the lagoon from the sea. The tour is taken in small canoe-style boats travelling for around 45 minutes through a network of caves. Onward travel to El Nido. Overnight in El Nido Resort. Read more

El Nido - 2 Nights
DAY 19

El Nido Island-Hopping

This is a tour by traditional bangka sailing around the stunning scenery of the Bacuit Archipelago. Stops are made on various islands such as Matinloc Island and Tapiutan Island, with a visit to the Secret Beach. You have a big chance to see Turtles. Overnight in El Nido Resort.

El Nido - 2 Nights
DAY 20

El Nido to Manila

Direct flight from El Nido to Manila. Overnight in Manila.

Manila - 1 Night
DAY 21

Departure

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Manila
Day 3
Location Banaue
Hotel Banaue Hotel
Day 6
Location Manila
Day 7
Location Donsol
Hotel MGM Beach Resort
Day 9
Location Legaspi
Day 10
Location Panglao Island, Bohol
Day 12
Location Cebu
Day 14
Location Boracay
Day 17
Location Puerto Princesa
Day 18
Location El Nido
Day 20
Location Manila
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Manila
Day 3
Location Banaue
Hotel Banaue Hotel
Day 6
Location Manila
Day 7
Location Donsol
Day 9
Location Legaspi
Day 10
Location Panglao Island, Bohol
Day 12
Location Cebu
Hotel Be Resort
Day 14
Location Boracay
Day 17
Location Puerto Princesa
Day 18
Location El Nido
Day 20
Location Manila
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Manila
Hotel Dusit Thani
Day 3
Location Banaue
Hotel Banaue Hotel
Day 6
Location Manila
Hotel Dusit Thani
Day 7
Location Donsol
Day 9
Location Legaspi
Day 10
Location Panglao Island, Bohol
Day 12
Location Cebu
Day 14
Location Boracay
Day 17
Location Puerto Princesa
Day 18
Location Miniloc Island, El Nido
Day 20
Location Manila

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfers from/to the airport or port
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation as stated (or to a similar standard)
  • Local guides
  • Entrance fees

Package excludes

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals other than stated
  • Gratuities
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

More information

  • Prices are based on 2 or 3 sharing a room. For example, a 2 or 3 persons price will be based on their sharing 1 room. 5 persons sharing will occupy 2 rooms, etc. Single occupancy by request.

REVIEWS

3 Reviews

Verena & Wes, Australia

We have returned back to Australia after our amazing trip to the Philippines. Stunning scenery and friendly happy people, very impressed. Our 28 day trip was fabulous and continued to surprise and delight us. It went like clockwork as per the itinerary. The finale at El Nido resort was stunning and a great ending to our trip, loved it. We would not hesitate to recommend your company to our friends, very happy with our tour, thank you. Read more

Rishi & Shibani, Hong Kong

Rishi and I had a great time in the north of Philippines, rice terraces et al. The guide Leio was absolutely fabulous and a great cook too! Quite the multitalented one, he entertained us with his guitar and singing as well one night over dinner (and did a superb job at that!). Above all, a really nice and helpful person. We had a delightful experience with Leo and will refer Philippine trails to our friends as well. Our compliments to you for having such a wonderful guide. To top it all, the weather was absolutely perfect, so all in all, had a wonderful time in Banaue, Hapao, Sagada and Banga'an. Do convey our thanks to Ms. Lucy as well. Read more

Dick and Sue, United Kingdom

I needed to spend some time in The Philippines and South Korea for about a month pending a trip further on. I contact Nigel at Philippines Trails Ltd and was instantly impressed with his knowledge of the Philippines. Whilst speaking he also stated he looked after Korea as well. The end result being we booked a comprehensive trip with Nigel, including flights between the 2 countries. I would not hesitate to recommend Nigel, and Philippines Trails in the future. Thanks. Read more

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