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.
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)
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,
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
Overnight: Fort Ilocandia Resort, Laoag (1 night)
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)
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
Overnight: Legend Hotel, Puerto Princesa (2 nights)
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)