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WORLD HERITAGE SITES OF THE PHILIPPINES
World Heritage Sites Tour of Philippines
The Philippines are a rich mosaic of Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, West European, and American civilizations thriving in a topical paradise with exquisite aqua blue water and endless white beaches. Our foray into these islands of Paradise is an introduction to this land of fiestas and fun-loving, friendly and hospitable people.


Tour Summary
Map
Day

Place
01
Arrive Manila
02
Manila
03 Manila / Banaue
04
Banaue
05
Banaue / Sagada
06
Sagada / Baguio
07
Baguio / Vigan / Laoag
08
Laoag / Manila
09
Manila / Bohol
10
Bohol / Cebu
11
Cebu / Puerto Princesa
12
Puerto Princesa
13
Puerto Princesa / Manila
14 Depart Manila

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited
This tour has been tailored to include the following World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Sites in Philippines covered in this tour
Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Manila
Mabuhay! We are warmly welcomed to the capital city of Manila. We get our first experience of this busy and colorful city as we are driven from the airport to our hotel.
Overnight: Dusit Hotel, Manila (2 nights)

Day 02: Manila
Our morning city tour includes visits to Intramuros, the Spanish Colonial City in Manila, the ruins of Fort Santiago, the old Spanish garrison and military headquarter, San Agustin Church*, Casa Manila, Baluarte de San Diego, and the walls of Intramuros. After lunch we visit Quiapo Church, which is known for the statue of the Black Nazarene that draws believers to flock here every day. Next stop is a visit to a local Chinese Cemetery, which is quite interesting since this cemetery is one of a kind in the world as it encloses mausoleums of rich Chinese in the Philippines having electricity, water supply, kitchen facilities and amenities for the living. (B, L)

Day 03: Manila / Banaue
We leave Manila for Banaue. The drive will take about 8 hours and is along the scenic countryside of the Northern Luzon of the Philippines. We arrive in Banaue late in the afternoon.
Overnight: Banaue Hotel, Banaue (2 nights) (B, L)

Day 04: Banaue
Full day tour of Banaue Rice Terraces* and local villages by private jeepneys. We drive through the trail that leads to Banga-an, a typical traditional Ifugao village set in the middle of a valley surrounded by terraces. Trek down to the village to see and experience the life of the typical Ifugao people. In the afternoon we visit one of the Banaue Viewpoints to see the most awesome rice terraces in the area that are known as Eighth Wonder of the World and visit the Banaue Trade Center to buy souvenirs and soak up the local atmosphere. (B, L)

Day 05: Banaue / Sagada
Morning we depart for Bontoc, the heart of the Cordillera Mountains. Bontoc is at the cross road of the Cordillera Provinces. We visit the town of Bontoc and its museum of old photos and artifacts of the tribal minorities of the Cordillera. Then we take the road to Sagada, a small town known for its hanging coffins and burial caves. Sagada bears witness to the ancient mummification practices of the mountain tribes. We visit Sagada and its burial caves.
Overnight: St. Joseph’s Inn, Sagada (1 night) (B, L)

Day 06: Sagada / Baguio
After breakfast we depart for Baguio on the Halsema Highway, which has extraordinary mountain views. Midday arrival at Baguio. We check in at the hotel then head out for lunch. Our afternoon tour of the city includes Baguio market, Burnham Park, Mines View Park, Easter Weaving School, St. Louie Silver Craft School, Imelda Park and the Mansion House.
Overnight: Camp John Hay Manor, Baguio (1 night) (B, L)

Day 07: Baguio / Vigan / Laoag
The trip from Baguio to Laoag takes about five hours along the scenic coastal towns of Ilocos Sur. On the drive to Laoag we see many beautiful old Spanish churches. One of the most impressive among the churches is St. Maria Church* built in 1769. It resembles a medieval fortress having massive, heavily buttressed walls and served as a fortress during the revolution in the Philippines in 1896. We proceed to Vigan and have lunch in a local restaurant after which we take a walking tour of the World Heritage City of Vigan*. In Vigan we visit the old houses and museums that relate the history of the town. A must see is the Pagburnayan, where the age-old jar making industry in Vigan can be observed. Late afternoon we depart for Laoag.
Overnight: Fort Ilocandia Resort, Laoag (1 night) (B, L)

Day 08: Laoag / Manila
Morning we tour Laoag City with a visit to Paoay Church*. We also visit other important sites in the environs of Laoag, such as Sarat where one can also see the Marcos Museum dedicated to the late President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos. In Sarrat it is also worth seeing the Santa Monica Church, one of the oldest in the place founded in 1779. After lunch we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Manila.
Overnight: Dusit Hotel, Manila (1 night) (B, L)

Day 09: Manila / Bohol
In the morning we are transferred for our flight to Bohol, where we are met and transferred to our hotel. In Bohol we tour Tagbilaran City and the Chocolate Hills with lunch and a river cruise on the Loay River.
Overnight: Amorita Resort, Bohol (1 night) (B, L)

Day 10: Bohol / Cebu
In the morning we take a ferry to Cebu. Our afternoon tour of Cebu includes Magellan Cross, the Basilica of Santo Nino and Fort San Pedro.
Overnight: Maribago Bluewater Hotel, Cebu (1 night) (B, L)

Day 11: Cebu / Puerto Princesa
Before proceeding to the airport, we make a short stop to visit the Lapu-Lapu Monument and the battle site of Magellan in Mactan. We take our flight to Puerto Princesa. Our afternoon tour includes visits to the Puerto Princesa Ethnological Museum, the Butterfly Farm, the Crocodile Farm, the Public Market, the Port and some coastal communities. Later in the afternoon we visit the countryside that leads to the country’s oldest “prison without bars” - the Iwahig Penal Colony.
Overnight: Legend Hotel, Puerto Princesa (2 nights) (B, L)

Day 12: Puerto Princesa
After an early breakfast we take off for a full day tour of Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park*. We head to the town of Sabang town crossing of the marble cliff landscape of Cabayugan. In Sabang we take an outrigger-motorized boat to St. Paul National Park for about 20 minutes. St. Paul is a 3,900-hectare area of limestone and marble cliff mountain. The base of Mount Saint Paul has white sand beach and a lagoon that leads to the mouth of the underground river. By the lagoon we take a paddleboat to navigate the inner cave of the river. Huge stalactites of different formations are all over the cave and on the walls are the nests of birds and bats. Within the park trek to the monkey trail that leads to the inner part of the forest inhabited by monkeys, large monitor lizards, squirrels and exotic birds and butterflies. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the park then later in the afternoon return to Puerto Princesa. (B, L)

Day 13: Puerto Princesa / Manila
Morning, we are transferred to the airport for our flight back to Manila. The rest of the day is free at our leisure.
Overnight: Dusit Hotel, Manila (1 night) (B)

Day 14: Depart Manila
We bid farewell to the country of Paradise Islands, as we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. Check out time is by 1100 hrs. (B)

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

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Departure Dates

2016
Daily


Prices
Departure Tour Price US$ Single Sup US$
2016
5260 1095
Tour Price Includes Tour Price Does Not Include:
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of local English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
  • International Airfares
  • Departure/Airport taxes
  • Insurance/Visa fees
  • Tips/Gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (not included in tour price)
East Coast US $ 1600
West Coast US $ 1400
Please note: This tour operates with a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 08 participants.

Other Dates / Customized Itinerary / Languages
In addition to our set programs we are also pleased to offer customized tours.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your individual needs.

Customized tours can be conducted in English, French, German, Spanish or Italian. Each departure is conducted in the designated language only.

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