The Philippines in 11 Days
A trip for the independent traveler
The Philippines is a paradise made up of breathtaking landscapes, colors, scents and diverse local cultures. Volcanos, sandy beaches, crystal-clear sea water, vast rice fields, underwater reefs, beach parties and romantic sunsets – it’s all included in one of Southeast Asia’s most alluring countries. So if you’re looking for a place that will leave you awe-inspired – plunge into enchanting Philippines.
Day 1 – Arrival in Manila
Arrival at airport in Manila – the capital of the Philippines, off the western coast of Luzon Island, the largest of the country’s islands. Check in at hotel. If time permits, we will embark on a panoramic tour of the city. Stayover in Manila, in St. Giles hotel (or similar hotel).
Day 2 – Manila – Taal Volcano
A trip to Tagaytay, which is situated on a tall mountain. On the view, we will view mountains filled with pineapple and coconut plantations, flowers and breathtaking view. A visit to Taal Volcano, the world’s smallest volcano, which is located in the middle of a turquoise-water lake and offers a magnificent view of the area. A boat ride to the volcano, followed by a horseback ride to the mountaintop, to the crater (the volcano is inactive). Lunch in one of the restaurants in Tagaytay. Trip length: approx. 8 hours. Stayover in Manila, in St. Giles hotel (or similar hotel).
Day 3 – Manila – Pagsanjan Falls
A ride south to Pagsanjan Falls. On way, a view of majestic rice fields and coconut plantations. Boat ride in Bangka (canoe-like) boats across the river, to a great waterfall, and from there to a raft under the waterfall towards a hidden cave. This was the filming site of the film “Apocalypse Now” with Marlon Brando. Lunch. Trip length: approx. 8 hours. Stayover in Manila, in St. Giles hotel (or similar hotel).
Day 4 – Manila – Banaue
A temporary farewell to Manila and a drive north in a private vehicle to the Northern Luzon Mountains, to the town of Banaue and its rice fields (approx. 9 hour drive). A possibility exists for a flight from Manila to Cauayan, Banaue’s closest airport (open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). Approx. 4 hour drive from Banaue, with additional cost. A local folklore show in the evening. Stayover in the best hotel in Banaue: the Banaue Hotel.
Day 5 – Banaue, Rice Terraces
A visit to one of the region’s rice terraces, in a Jeepney (Jeepneys are colorful Jeeps formerly used by the US Military).
Two courses to choose from:
1. A visit to the Pao rice terraces: a short walk along the rice terraces dispersed in Banaue and the area, the nearby villages and the observation point atop the terraces. The site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. A visit to the Batad rice terraces: a longer course. Not too complex, but the walk down to the village is steep. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, this trek offers the opportunity to see how the terraces were built in the valley where the village of Batad is located.
A return to Banaue at day’s end. Stayover at Banaue Hotel (Deluxe).
Day 6 – Banaue – Sagada
A morning drive to the town of Sagada. A visit to the burial caves, the hanging graves and clay and sowing workshops. The option of touring Sumaging Cave – crawling and walking through the cave’s cold waters and climbing its rocky walls. An unforgettable experience. Return to Banaue. Stayover at Banaue Hotel (Deluxe).
Day 7 – Banaue – Manila
A drive back to Manila with a private vehicle (approx. 9 hours). A possibility exists for a flight to Manila from Cauayan, Banaue’s closest airport (open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). Approx. 4 hour drive from Banaue, with additional cost. Stayover in Manila, in St. Giles hotel (or similar hotel).
Day 8 – Manila – Borocay
Transfer from hotel to airport. Flight to Caticlan Airport, which is a 25-minute boat ride from Borocay. Stayover in Borocay Tropics Hotel (or similar hotel).
Day 9-11 – Borocay Vacation
An hour’s flight from Manila lies the island of Borocay – one of the most beautiful islands in central Philippines. Borocay offers relaxation, fresh air and the intoxicating atmosphere of the Pacific Ocean. For those interested, there are a variety of marine sports – and scuba diving is also highly developed. A boat tour in Borocay is a rare experience that includes virginal beaches with beautiful sunsets. The Borocay sunsets are the “opening cue” to the night fun and beach parties that begin at dusk and end at dawn. There are many additional things to do in Borocay and a variety of activities that can be prearranged in advance. Stayover in Borocay Tropics Hotel (or similar hotel).
Day 11 – Borocay – Manila – Departure
Transfer to Caticlan Airport. Flight to Manila. Transfer to departure flight terminal.
The price includes:
Accommodation in “Standard” double rooms in hotels as mentioned in the program or similar subject to approval.
Breakfast all day trip.
Transfers and private car tours with English-speaking guides according to plan.
Transfers from airports to hotels and back to the car.
Entrance fees as specified in the program.
Price does not include:
International and domestic flights.
Meals not mentioned in the program.
Tips for service providers.