We Love —
- This private tour will immerse you in the stunning, diverse landscapes of The Philippines.
- Highlights include the bustling Manila, the 2,000-year-old rice terraces in verdant Banaue and the picturesque Panglao Island.
- Choose between different types of offers that will allow you to stay longer on the beaches of Bohol and complete your tour in total relaxation!
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Your Destinations —
Our Offer —
Offer 1: 9-night tour
Offer 2: 9-night tour + seaside extension of 2 or 4 nights on the island of Bohol
Your Itinerary In Brief —
Day 1: Welcome to Manila
Day 2: Visit of the Intramuros district, then departure for the province of Pampanga
Day 3: Ascension of the Pinatubo and night in Banaue
Day 4: Day hike in the rice paddies of Batad
Day 5: Discovery of the rice fields in Hapao's terraces and transfer to Angeles City
Day 6: Transfer to Bohol Island
Day 7: Bohol Discovery
Day 8: Boat trip on Pamilacan Island
Day 9: Free time in Bohol
Day 10, 12 or 14 : Back to Manila and departure
Your Itinerary —
Upon arrival at Manila airport you will be met by the staff who will organize your transfer to Manila Bay.
Overnight at Manila Hotel 5 *.
Day 2: Manila - Pampanga province
Today you will enter the Intramuros district and then leave for the province of Pampanga, accompanied by a private English speaking driver. At 09.30 you will meet with your guide in the hotel lobby and discover the Intramuros neighborhood, the old Spanish colonial city. You will visit Casa Manila , an ancient colonial residence, San Augustin, the oldest church in Manila and the Silahis Center, a center for art and crafts. You will then take the road to the north to reach the province of Pampanga . On the way you will make a brief stop in Bacolor , where you will visit the church of San Guillermo. In 1995, four years after the eruption of Pinatubo, the lower part of the church was buried under 6 meters of lahar, a flow of mud that took four years to travel the thirty kilometers that separated Bacolor from Monte Pinatubo. After visiting the church, you will resume your journey to reach your accommodation at the foot of Mount Pinatubo. Alvin Bognot, an accredited guide who will accompany you up the mountain, will welcome you in his guesthouse for the night.
The Pinatubo is a volcano most famous in the world. Before the 1991 eruptionit was a quiet mountain, an extinct volcano in an isolated country, a stronghold of the Aetas tribe. The eruption of June 15, 1991 and the explosion of June 18 were the second largest eruptions recorded in the twentieth century, after that of Novarupta in Alaska in 1912. The mountain was leveled more than 250 meters, around which more than 10 billions of tons of magma and 20 million tons of sulfur. Later, on a perimeter of over 30 kilometers, a lunar landscape formed with imposing canyons carved by the lahars. From 1745 meters high, today the mountain is 1486 meters high. The former summit has given way to a caldera and a crater lake, which constitute the arrival point of the ascent. climbing the volcano is relatively easy and takes place in two phases: a first phase of a
You will leave your hotel very early, before 5:00, to reach the small town of Capas. Here you will leave on an off-road vehicle to start the trek on the mountain at 8:00. You will be accompanied by a certified guide. At the top of Mount Pinatubo you will have lunch and in the descent you will stop along the way to get in touch with the Aeta , or the members of the aboriginal tribe of Pinatubo, who have returned to inhabit the mountain after the eruption. Around 15:00 you will take the road to Banaue and you will travel a long journey of 6 hours where you will dine. Around 22:00 you will be accommodated at the Banaue Hotel, the only hotel in the region. Overnight at the Banaue Hotel.
The terraced rice fields of Batad are undoubtedly the most beautiful and spectacular in the Cordillera and Asia and are classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in the "cultural landscapes" category. From Banaue you will reach the heights of Batad aboard a jeepney and walk down to the terraces accompanied by the local guide. The jeepney will pick you up at the hotel at 8:00. After a break in a small inn on the hill you will descend to the village of Batad , accessible only on foot, walking on the supporting walls of the terraces. Batad gives the impression of a timeless place, with its traditional Ifugao housesand maintaining many traditional rituals. After the lunch break, the bravest will continue to walk towards Tappia Falls . The height difference is significant and you will need to keep your balance on the low walls with the help of local guides. It will be a truly memorable experience. In Batad the hectic life of the big cities will be just a memory: here life flows slowly and nature will envelop you. In the late afternoon you will return to your hotel in Banaue.
Day 5: Terraced rice fields of Hapao - Angeles City
The Ifugaos have been cultivating rice for over 2000 years and to allow irrigation, the ancients built terraces on the sides of the mountains. Impressive landscapes that change with the seasons have been created in this way. In Hapaoyou will discover the rice cycle , which marks the life of Ifugaos farmers, shapes the landscape and regulates social organization. You will be immersed in this universe and surrounded by several dozen hectares classified as world heritage by UNESCO. After lunch and after about 6 hours of travel you will reach Angeles City . At around 20:00 you will reach the Oasis Hotel, where you will stay overnight and have dinner.
Early in the morning you will reach Clark airport, where you will take a direct flight to Tagbilaran, the capital of Bohol province. Upon arrival at the airport your driver will welcome you and take you to your hotel. Overnight at the North Zen Villas.
Day 7: Bohol
Around 09.00 am your guide will pick you up and leave to discover Bohol, according to the following program (entrance fees and lunch included):
- Sanctuary of tarsier: the inlay is considered the smallest primate in the world. It is a protected species in danger of extinction, a nocturnal animal that does not tolerate life in captivity. The island of Bohol hosts two sanctuaries where it is possible to see some specimens living in freedom.
- Loboc river cruise with lunch : You will have lunch on a barge, in a serene atmosphere, and you will be seduced by the atmosphere of the surrounding tropical jungle.
- Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park (optional and on payment) : You will cross the two banks of the Loboc river throwing yourself in a horizontal position along a steel cable 520 meters long and 120 high, to admire a magnificent view of the river.
- Church of Baclayon: the oldest stone church on the island, a place of memory that traces the Christianization of Bohol by the Spaniards.
- Chocolate Mountains (Chocolate Hills) : incredible geological formations that form a unique natural landscape that turns chocolate-colored in the dry season.
Return to the North Zen Villa at the end of the afternoon.
Today's destination will be the small island of Pamilaca, known for being a place of dolphins and for the hospitality of its population. The local English speaking guide will pick you up at the hotel from 06:00. From there, you will take a private bank, where your driver will try to locate the dolphins. From the beautiful white sand beach of Pamilacan you can try a snorkeling session. A traditional lunch on the beach awaits you , prepared by the women of the village, and you can also enjoy a traditional massage , stroll inside the island and along the huge deserted beach. Return to the hotel around 14:00. Overnight at the North Zen Villas.
Day 9 (or 9-10 or 9 to 14, depending on the itinerary chosen): Free time in Bohol
To spend the days in the best way you will have several options:
- Relax at the resort, to enjoy the serenity of the place
- Exclusive South Beach Resort Beach Day: you will be accompanied to this exclusive hotel belonging to the same group, where you will enjoy the beautiful white sand beach
- Boat trip or scuba diving, to be organized with the hotel reception
- Walk on the Panglao peninsula
Overnight at North Zen Villas.
Day 10 (or 11 or 15): Return to Manila and departure for UK
Return to UK by taking a direct Tagbilaran-Manila flight in the morning or early afternoon. The driver will welcome you at the exit of the Manila terminal.
Your Tour Hotels —
Our members will stay at the following hotels in a Standard Room with meals included as per itinerary (9 breakfasts and 3 lunches.)
Banaue: Banaue Hotel or similar
Angeles City: Oasis Hotel or similar
Bohol: North Zen Villas or similar
Sleeps up to
Please note: the bed for the 3rd guest sharing is likely to be a sofa bed or camp style bed. If any of these hotels are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be found.
Your Journey —
Flights: You may choose from Economy, Premium or Business class flights on sectors that they operate, at the next stage of the booking process.
The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.
Transfers: Transfers are included.