Combining the historical and natural wonders of the Philippines from the islands of Luzon and Palawan to the Visayas
Flight - 1 night
Manila - 3 nights
Puerto Princesa, Palawan - 3 nights
Bohol - 3 nights
Cebu - 3 nights
Flight - 1 night
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.
Cultural & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Small Group Size: 6 – 18
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. City tour including a crocodile farm and wildlife conservation centre, Iwahig Penal Colony, a weaving factory and the Plaza Cuartel and the Cathedral. Three nights at the 4-star Best Western Ivywall Hotel. (B)
Day 6 Travel to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (2 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. (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.
This is a busy itinerary with visits on foot which include some uneven surfaces and inclines.
Located in the centre of Manila on Roxas Boulevard. This 5-star hotel has restaurants, bars, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 609 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
This modern 4-star hotel is located in the heart of uptown Puerto Princesa. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym and WiFi (free). 120 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Located with its own private beach with white sand and clear waters, this 4-star resort has a restaurant, bar, pool, gym and WiFi (free). 88 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
This 5-star hotel is located in the city centre close to the cultural attractions. Restaurants, bars, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 400 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Mactan Island Extension
Relax on another of Philippines famous beaches, staying three nights on Mactan Island at the 4-star Crimson Resort & Spa.
Day 1 Transfer to the Crimson Resort & Spa for three nights. (B)
Day 2 Day at lesiure. (B)
Day 3 Day at leisure. (B)
Day 4 Transfer to the airport for the overnight return flight via Singapore. (B)
Day 5 Arrive London.
A 4-star resort located on Mactan Island, Cebu. A selection of restaurants and bars, private beach access, pools, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 290 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
Emirates from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £645
Emirates from Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham or Manchester - nil
Emirates Business Class from £2995
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
Add £250 per person
Arrival or departure transfer £20
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.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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