Overview

Flight - 1 night
Manila - 3 nights
Sabang, Palawan - 2 nights
Puerto Princesa, Palawan - 1 night
Bohol - 3 nights
Cebu - 3 nights
Flight - 1 night

Spendology - Widgets

ISLANDS OF THE PHILIPPINES

Combining the historical and natural wonders of the Philippines from the islands of Luzon and Palawan to the Visayas - from October 2020.

With over 7,000 islands the Philippines has much to offer, from the bustling city of Metro Manila to Cebu steeped in Spanish history which has helped to create a unique language and culture. Discover the catholic heritage and natural wonders such as Palawan’s underground caves, Taal Volcano and the famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol.

Colonised by the Spaniard Miguel López de Legazpi in 1571, Manila is one of the oldest cities in the Philippines with landmarks dating back to the 16th century, including the walled city of Intramuros. Within the walls were government buildings, homes, convents, schools and the oldest church, San Augustin – the only building left intact after WWII. Fort Santiago served as the military headquarters and Casa Manila is a mansion with 16th-19th-century furnishings. Rizal Monument is the resting place of the Filipino national hero Dr. Jose Rizal.

The island of Palawan is the largest province with a wide range of natural beauty, from its jungle-clad mountains and underground rivers to its pristine white beaches – it is considered the Philippines’ most environmentally sustainable island.

Locals still like to refer to the island of Bohol as the Republic of Bohol after its short lived independence in the 19th century. Visit the island’s most famous attraction, the ‘Chocolate Hills’, with panoramic views of this unique rolling terrain, and visit a species of tarsier endemic to the Philippines at a sanctuary.

Key Features

Cultural & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Guaranteed Departure
Small Group Size: 2 - 18

 

Special Event

Jeepney Factory

Visit a jeepney factory, converted WW2 U.S. military jeeps which are now the iconic Filipino mode of public transport each elaborately and uniquely designed by their owners.

Day 1 Fly overnight from your chosen airport to Manila via Singapore or Dubai.

Day 2 On arrival transfer to the central 5-star Sofitel Philippine Plaza for three nights. (D)

Day 3 Visit Las Piñas San Jose Church and its famous bamboo organ from 1821. Visit a jeepney factory. Travel to Tagaytay with panoramic views of Taal Volcano and Lake. Visit Taal town with its preserved Spanish colonial features, its church and museums. (B, L)

Day 4 Discover the charms of Old Manila at Rizal Park and visit the walled city of Intramuros. Dinner and cultural performance at Intramuros. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Fly to Puerto Princesa on Palawan. Transfer to Sabang for two nights at the 4-star Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa, nestled between mountains and blue waters. (B)

Day 6 Travel to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (3 hrs) to visit by local boat St. Paul’s underground river with its spectacular rock formations and cathedral-like chambers. (B, L)

Day 7 Full-day island hopping tour from Honda Bay including lunch and time to relax and swim on Cowrie Island. Return to Puerto Princesa for overnight at the 4-star Best Western Ivywall Hotel. (B, L)

Day 8 Fly to Cebu. By ferry to Bohol. Three nights at the 4-star Bohol Beach Club with its own private white sand beach. (B)

Day 9 Countryside tour including the Blood Compact Shrine, Baclayon Church & Museum and the Chocolate Hills. Lunch cruise on the Loboc River. See tarsiers at the Philippine Tarsier Research Centre & Sanctuary in their natural habitat. (B, L)

Day 10 Free day or optional Pamilacan Island tour including lunch (£110). (B)

Day 11 By ferry back to Cebu for three nights at the 4-star Radisson Blu Hotel. (B)

Day 12 Visit Fort San Pedro, the oldest triangular fortress in the Philippines built in 1565, Magellan’s Cross, Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, Casa Gorordo Museum, the former house of the first bishop of Cebu and the Taoist Temple overlooking the city. (B, L)

Day 13 Visit Carcar, known for its delicacies and ancestral houses, the local market and the Shrine of the Virgin of Perelos atop a hill overlooking the countryside. (B, L)

Day 14 Return flight via Singapore or Dubai or extend on Mactan island. (B)

Day 15 Arrive early morning.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

This is a busy itinerary with visits on foot which include some uneven surfaces and inclines.

2020

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
Singapore Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
November 7 £2895
December 5 £2795

2021

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
Singapore Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
January 16 £2895
February 6 £2995
March 6 £2895

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £795

Flight Options

Emirates from Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham or Manchester - nil
Emirates Business Class from £2995

Extension Options

Extension - Mactan
Crimson Resort & Spa
(per night) £95
Single supplement £85
Airport transfers (per way) £20

Extra nights – Manila
Sofitel Philippine Plaza 
(per night) £75
Single supplement £65

Extra nights – Cebu
Radisson Blu Hotel
(per night) £65
Single supplement £55

Privately Guided

Add £250 per person

Independent Arrival

Save £750 
Arrival transfer £20
Departure transfer £20

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 12 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 2 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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