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  • This private tour will immerse you in the stunning, diverse landscapes of the Philippines, focusing on the remote villages and mountainous regions.
  • Highlights include the 2,000 year old rice terraces at Banaue and Bohol's unique Chocolate Hills.
  • End with a 5 night stay at a 5* beachside hotel on paradise island Bohol, where you can enjoy a complimentary 60 minute massage.

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Your Destination


Made up of 7,107 islands, the Philippines is defined by its pristine beaches, vivid green rice fields, fiery volcanoes, and diverse culture. The entire area covers around 300,000 square kilometres, and is surrounded by the South China Sea to the west, the Philippine Sea to the east and the Celebes Sea to the south. Many mountains and active volcanoes dot the landscape, and craggy limestone cliffs and caves border the crystal clear waters and powder soft white sands.

The religions, ethnicity, language and scenery varies hugely from island to island, resulting in an ever changing, multi layered experience of authentic Asia.

Manila, where you begin your tour, is a maze of energy, where you can eat, drink, shop and sing (at one of the numerous karaoke bars!) 24 hours a day. With chaotic traffic blaring noisy horns, street food stalls wafting smells of delicious fried treats and lofty skyscrapers peppering the skyline.

Bohol, where you will end is the other end of the spectrum, boasting lush jungle interiors, world class diving and pristine white beaches.

Highlights on this tour include:
- The 2,000 year old rice terraces in Banaue
- The "Chocolate Hills" in Bohol
- The eerie hanging coffins in Sagada
- The colourful markets in Baguio City
- Traversing the Caraballo Mountain Range via the Dalton Pass
- Seeing the world's smallest primate, the tarsier, in its natural habitat

Your Itinerary

B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

Day 01

Arrive in Manila. Meet and greet assistance transfer to Hotel for overnight accommodation.

Day 02 (B,L,D)
Meet your tour representative at the lobby of your hotel for your Northern Roundtrip Tour

Winding our way through early morning traffic, we make a side trip to a flower market in Dimasalang, where blooms and foliage of every color and shape line the stalls and main thoroughfare of Dos Castillas. The burst of colors, so fresh and diverse, is a pleasing sight to see in the early morning rush hour. Skip on to nearby La Loma, and see rows of carinderias or lechon food stalls dominating the roadside along Calavite Street. Lechons are suckling pigs that are roasted to perfection and served during fiestas and special household gatherings.

Here in La Loma, lechons of every imaginable size can be seen roasting in charcoal pits anytime of the day, fiesta or no fiesta. A lot more can be seen resting on wooden poles alongside the stalls, creating a mouth-watering spectacle for the hearty gourmand.

Continue north on the expressway, past the flat and fertile landscape of the Central Plains of Luzon. Depending on which month of the year it is, there are farmers harvesting or planting the rice fields. Water buffalos immersed in mud pools, herons foraging for food, and fields of green and gold that stretches far and wide are pastoral scenes that are most prevalent here. Enterprising townsfolk who engage in small
backyard industry sell their wares along the roadside – such can be seen on the side streets of Nueva Ecija, where woven bamboo and nipa palms being used for interior walls and roof shingles of native huts are on display. Farther on in Nueva Vizcaya where the climate is cooler and more pleasant, varieties of orchid grow in profusion, implying a budding cut flower industry.

Cross the southern gateway of Cagayan Valley by zigzagging across the Caraballo Range through Dalton Pass, a 920-meter high precipice which was named after the American General James Dalton who led the siege against the Japanese forces during World War II. An expansive view of the Sierra Madre and Caraballo mountain ranges is visible from a look-out located atop a hill.

We begin our climb to Banaue as we reach the junction of Bagabag where the road from Banaue meets the main valley highway and runs northwest to Isabela. Halfway through is Lagawe, the capital town of Ifugao and home of the ‘People from the High Mountains’. Woodcarving, a craft which the Ifugaos are known for, can be observed here. We reach Banaue late in the afternoon. Check in and overnight at Banaue Hotel.

Day 03 (B,L,D)
Board a local jeepney to explore the breathtaking scenery and fascinating traditional culture of Banaue. By the roadside near the local church, a 10-storey house built on the mountain slopes shows the Ifugaos’ engineering skills and adaptability to its surroundings; also spot a tilapia pond and fighting cocks being bred nearby. Several twists and turns along the main road lead you to many rice terraces with ample stops for picture taking.

Our first glimpse of the magnificent terraces is best seen at Barangay Viewpoint, where a marker stands declaring the Banaue Rice Terraces a UNESCO World Heritage Area and an international historic civil engineering landmark. The terraces, believed to be over 2,000 years old, were built painstakingly and skillfully by ancient tribesmen in an area where level land is almost non-existent. Using primitive tools,
shelves were carved from mountain slopes, its walls sealed together with clay. Each terrace is irrigated by a carefully-designed system of water channels that run from upper to lower paddies. When thick mists settle at the summit of these terraces, they conjure images of staircases leading up to heaven, thus the land came to be called as the ‘Stairway to the Sky’.

Another highlight of today’s trip is a short hike down Bangaan Rice Terraces where
we can mingle freely with the villagers, and if school is on, drop by the village school
and observe the school kids as they go about their lessons. Wind the day’s tour with a visit to the market place and visit some native handicraft store for interesting souvenir finds.
Return to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 04 (B,L,D)
Drive inland on the mountain trail of Mt. Polis, snaking through a narrow highway bordered with thick undergrowth of moss-laden forest trees and shrubs, until we reach Bay-yo, our first Bontoc village. As we move closer to the village, a picture-perfect mosaic of vegetable and rice terraces built close to the crystalline waters Chico River comes to view. The rice terraces here are lower in height, its walls strengthened with stones taken from the river. In between rice cycles, the fields are planted with sweet potatoes and vegetables. Small thatched-roof huts called allang, where extra harvest and other farm supplies are kept, mark the mountain slopes near the fields.

A short visit to the Bontoc Museum will provide us with an insight into the lifestyle of the Igorots, the native settlers of Bontoc and the fiercest headhunters of all mountain tribes. The museum contains an interesting collection of pictures, old maps and artifacts of the mountain tribes in the region, including a replica of an ili, or village, constructed in its backyard.

Moving farther on, an hour’s drive away is the limestone valley of Sagada. Sagada is best known for its unique burial practices; the dead are placed in coffins made from pine wood and buried in caves or lodged between ridges and hollows of limestone cliffs, thus the name, ‘hanging coffins’. One such burial cave which will be visited is Lumiang Cave, a sacred burial ground where ancient pine wood coffins can be seen.

Time permitting, follow a foot path that leads to a vantage point fronting a limestone cliff, where some coffins placed between the gaps and crevices of cliff can also be seen.

Drop by the Sagada Weaving House where hand-woven products are made by the local womenfolk who engage in hand-loom weaving. Overnight accommodation at Masferre Inn.

Day 05 (B,L,D)
Travel along Halsema Highway towards the province of Benguet, the last leg of our journey. At Kilometer 50 in Bayangan, we stop and gaze at the rows upon rows of terraces planted with vegetables. From our lofty height of 7,400 feet, the view is as stunning as the rice terraces of Banaue. The striking contrast of colors - robust green and furrowed brown earth, is a sight worthy of an artist’s canvas. Notice the cable
cars, a simple tram system that is used to transport the vegetables from the terraces below and on to the highway, another product of the Igorots’ resourcefulness.

Beyond the vegetable fields is La Trinidad, the capital town of the province. If Benguet is known as the ‘Salad Bowl of the Philippines’, La Trinidad is the ‘Strawberry Fields of the Philippines.’ It is here where a farm located just minutes away from Baguio City provides its visitors with the experience of harvesting their own berries for a fee, and a strawberry festival is being held annually.

Travel past La Trinidad, until we enter Baguio City, the only city of Benguet. Baguio was first developed by the Americans as their ‘rest and recreation’ city in the 1900s. Because of its scenic location and healthy climate, it has long since become the country’s ‘Summer Capital’. A tour of this city showcases many of its parks and gardens that are abundant with flowers and pine trees, and pleasant hiking trails.

Drive by Camp John Hay, a former U.S. military recreation camp which also features a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, Wright Park, which has a riding field where one can rent a horse and ride around a track or follow specific trails, the Mansion House which is the summer residence of the President of the Philippines, and Mines View Park where you can enjoy a fine view of the surrounding hills. Roll on towards the city proper, catch a glimpse of the Baguio Cathedral that sits atop Mount of Mary Hill, and go past Burnham Park which has an orchidarium, a boating lake, a parade ground, and several kiosks and restaurants.

Finally, cap the day’s tour with a visit to the Public Market, one of the most colorful marketplaces in the country. This is where the mountain people come to buy and sell. There are sections selling meat, fish, fruit and fresh vegetables; other sections offer rice, fresh tobacco, food preserves, shoes and clothes. You will also find native handicrafts, textiles, bag, brooms, blankets and woodcarving.

Proceed to El Cielito Inn (or similar). Check in and overnight.

Day 06 (B,L)
On our last day of the journey, return to Manila through Kennon Road, the oldest road system in the Cordilleras that was built by the Americans in 1903. Cross-crossing our way through many hairpin bends, go past the Lion’s Head, a massive sculptured limestone lion, which has become a landmark that is synonymous to Baguio. Farther down is Bridal Veil Falls, which has a natural pool at its base.

Reach Pangasinan by mid-morning and stop at Villasis Public Market, where tons of vegetables from neighboring provinces including Benguet, are being sold at wholesale prices. Observe how buyers haggle at prices, and see the variety of native fruits and vegetables on display.

Make one final stop in the town of Bacolor, one of the towns that were hard hit by lahar flows from the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. The area was once a desert wasteland of ash and sand, buried homes, churches and buildings. Few reminders of the destruction are seen today, except for San Guillermo Church, which still stands half-buried in lahar.

Moving fast on the North Expressway, the landscape is transformed from wide open spaces to homes, buildings and warehouses standing cheek by jowl along narrow streets, signifying the end of our 5-day journey.

We arrive in Manila in the early evening, proceeding straight on to your hotel.

Day 07 (B)
Transfer to Domestic Airport for your flight to Tagbilaran Bohol.
Upon arrival in Tagbilaran, transfer to Amorita Resort for overnight accommodation.

Day 08 (B)
After breakfast, head to the Philippine Tarsier Foundation in the town of Corella, which serves as a refuge for the smallest primate in the world, the tarsier. Proceed to Baclayon and make a short stop at the historical Blood Compact site, where Spain’s Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna, a native chieftain, sealed their friendship with a symbolic drink. In Baclayon, visit a centuries-old stone church that houses a museum containing a collection of religious art, ecclesiastical vestments, as well as librettos of church music inscribed in Latin on animal skins.

Continue with the tour, passing by Bilar man-made forest, a thick undergrowth of towering mahogany trees
grown on the fringes of the highway leading to the Chocolate Hills, the country’s geological wonder. From a distance, these hills look like huge candy drops that change in color with the season, and are aptly named ‘chocolate’ when the hill grasses turn deep brown in summer. Hike up to the viewpoint for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding area before moving on to Loboc River where a cruise downstream on a floating restaurant is made more enjoyable with a delectable lunch served on board.

After lunch, return to your hotel Amorita Resort.

Day 09-11 (B)
At Leisure. Overnight accommodation at Amorita Resort.

Day 12 (B)
After breakfast, check out and transfer to Tagbilaran Airport for your flight back to Manila.
Upon arrival in Manila immediately connect to the International Airport for your flight back home.

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What's Included?

  • Return flights and all pre-payable airport taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • 2 nights accommodation in Manila at Dusit Thani
  • 4 nights accommodation on tour (2 in Banaue, 1 in Sagada, 1 in Baguio)
  • 5 nights accommodation in Bohol at the Amorita Resort
  • Full board meals on tour, starting with lunch on day 1 until lunch on day 5
  • Private air conditioned transport on the tour round trip to Manila including the use of a jeepney in Banaue
  • All applicable entrance fees; sightseeing as per itinerary; services of a professional guide throughout the tour
  • Whole day Bohol Chocolate Hills tour inclusive of private transportation, museum entrance fees, Loboc River Cruise & Lunch with local English Speaking guide
  • Complimentary 60 minute massage for 2 persons at Amorita Resort
  • 10% off at the Tomar Wine and Whisky bar
  • Stays including Christmas Eve and New Years Eve will include gala dinners

Your Hotels

Your hotels in Manila and Bohol are fixed. All others are subject to change. You will be in a standard room, with daily breakfast.

Adults Adults
2 Adults

Please note: The hotels on the tour (days 2-5) are not luxury - they are basic but among the best accommodations available in these remote regions, and give you the opportunity to experience the authentic Northern Territory lands and countryside.

Manila - Dusit Thani Manila 5*
Modern luxury and Thai inspired design are fused gracefully in all of the 537 exquisite rooms and suites of Dusit Thani Manila – your oasis of calm in the Central Business District.

Facilities include an elegant Club Lounge, Devarana Spa, DFit Fitness Center, Pool Bar and outdoor pool. The hotel is also home to some outstanding restaurants  - Benjarong Thai restaurant, Umu Japanese restaurant and all day dining restaurant The Pantry.

Banaue - Banaue Hotel
This small, rustic youth hostled and hotel offers amaing vies over the misty hills and rice terraces. There is an outdoor pool, a souvenir shop and a restaurant.

Sagada - Masferre Inn
This is a small family run inn with 15 rooms spread over 5 floors, decorated with local artwork and crafts. It is conveniently located right in the town centre. Amenities include a restaurant,  free wifi, free toiletries and a veranda with a view.

Baguio - EL Cielito Inn
This bright and welcoming hotel is well located in the town centre, withe asy access to all the sights. There is a restaurant that's open daily from 6:00 am to 12:00 midnight, and spa and massage services are available on request. Room amenities include free Wi-Fi and cable TV .
Bohol - Amorita Resort 5*
Just for you: Complimentary 60 minute massage for per person and 10% off at the Tomar Wine and Whisky bar
 

Stays over Christmas Eve and New Years Eve will include gala dinners.

Set atop a limestone cliff on the southern edge of Bohol’s Panglao Island, Amorita  Resort is a tranquil boutique retreat that marries world-class service with signature Filipino hospitality. The luxury resort overlooks the azure–colored Bohol Sea and Alona Beach.  T

There are a total of 96 rooms, suites and villas - each is generously spacious and offers luxury amenities. The resort is home to two infinity pools, a private beach, complimentary yoga lessons and a serene spa. Complimentary bicycles are also available to explore the island, and a wide array of watersports to discover the amazing marine life.

Saffron Restaurant serves local, seasonaly inspired cuisine, while the tapas bar is great for a relaxed meal. Don't miss the Cliff Deck for spectacular sunset views over Alona Beach.

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