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Philippine Island Escape

Puerto Princesa Underground River
Puerto Princesa Underground River
Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort
Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort
Taal Volcano
Taal Volcano
Fort San Pedro
Fort San Pedro
Chocolate Hills, Bohol
Chocolate Hills, Bohol
Taal Lake and Volcano, Tagaytay
Taal Lake and Volcano, Tagaytay
Sonya's Garden
Sonya's Garden
Puerto Princesa Underground River, Palawan
Puerto Princesa Underground River, Palawan
Baclayon Church
Baclayon Church
12 Days / 11 Nights Philippine Island Escape from $2,239 per person
For 12 Days/11 Nights, indulge in a journey of pure bliss and beauty as the Island Escape Package takes you to the most beautiful places in the Philippines. Travel around the busy life in Manila and head towards the amazing highlands of Tagaytay. Experience paradise at its finest in Boracay, also named Best Overall Island of 2012 by Travel+Leisure. Be one with nature and explore the cleanest and greenest city of Palawan. Meet the famous Philippine tarsier and marvel at the Chocolate Hills in Bohol.
Overview
Explore around Puerto Princesa City and take a trip to its famous tourist destinations - Crocodile Farm, Mitra's Ranch, Baker's Hill, Baywalk, Cathedral/Plaza Quartel and learn more about the Binuatan Creation. Take the Underground River Tour and cruise along the famed Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Be captivated by the fantastic beaches of Honda Bay, indulge in the amazing waters and discover the diverse marine life at the Honda Bay. Go on a countryside tour in Tagaytay and see the beekeeping industry at Ilog ni Maria Bee Farm, wander around Sonya’s Garden, enjoy the fantastic sights of its verdant highlands and cool weather. Head Cebu, the Queen City of South, and visit its many historic landmarks - Monument of Lapu-Lapu, Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro, Basilica Menore del Sto. Niño. Take a quick stop at the grand Taoist Temple and pass by the Cebu Heritage Monument. Continue your adventure in Bohol, home of the famous Philippine Tarsier and the Chocolate Hills. Take a trip to Bohol's major attractions - Blood Compact Site/Shrine, Baclayon Church, Clarin Ancestral House; cruise the Loboc River while dining on board; learn about the local industries and take in the tranquility of nature at the man-made forest. A trip to the Philippines is never complete without a Boracay experience. Indulge in a tropical paradise - laze on the beach, soak up the sun and explore the great waters of Boracay.
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Location: Manila - Tagaytay - Boracay - Cebu - Bohol - Palawan

Must Try

Manila

  • Dining at the Harbour Square
  • Shopping at SM Mall of Asia and Robinsons Ermita
  • Cultural shows at CCP Complex
  • Cultural heritage tour of Intramuros

Tagaytay

  • Sightseeing at People's Park in the Sky
  • Outdoor adventures at Residence Inn Zoo (zipline, cable car)
  • Picnic at Picnic Grove
  • Wellness treatment at Nurture Spa

Boracay

  • Island hopping
  • Cliff diving at Ariel's Point
  • Eco tours in Antique
  • Water sports activities (Paraw sailing, parasailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, skim boarding, jet skiing, kite surfing, wind surfing, banana boat, glass bottom boat and kayaking)
  • Trekking
  • Mountain biking
  • Golf
  • Party-hopping, nightlife

Cebu

  • Edge coaster and Sky Walk at the Crown Regency Cebu
  • Historical visit to Lapu-Lapu Monument, first Philippine hero, Magellan's Cross, Fort San Pedro, Musuem, Cebu Heritage Monument
  • A pligrimage tour to Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino
  • Cultural tour to Taoist Temple
  • Souvenir shopping at Taboan Public Market
  • A visit to Shellcraft store

Bohol

  • Visit the Blood Compact Shrine and the famous Chocolate Hills
  • Take a tour to the Baclayon Church and Museum
  • Discover the Loay Backyard Industries
  • Cruise the Loboc River with lunch served on board
  • Visit the Philippine Tarsiers at The Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Shop for souvenirs at Tagbilaran City
  • Dolphin watching, Island hoping and snorkeling in Balicasag
  • Dolphin and whale watching at Pamilacan Island
  • Diving at Aloha beach and Balicasag island

Palawan

  • See the Underground River at Puerto Princesa
  • Swimming and snorkeling activities in Pambato Reef and Sabang Beach
  • Sightseeing at Mitra's Ranch, Baker's Hill, Baywalk, Cathedral, Plaza Quartel
  • Discover weaving at Binuatan Creation

Must See

Manila

  • SM Mall of Asia - one of the biggest malls in Asia where one can find various cafes, local and international clothing outlets, and a variety of entertainment and dining options.
  • CCP Complex - venue for cultural and educational shows in Manila
  • Harbour Square - an entertainment and dining destination where one can find a myriad options of local and international restaurants, bars and cafe situated across the Manila Bay
  • Rizal Park- Manila's famed historical landmark where the monument and remains of national hero Jose Rizal is located.

Tagaytay

  • Ilog ni Maria Bee Farm - a beekeeping farm in Tagaytay, which also offers their very own bee products such as Ripe, unfiltered honey; natural bee pollen pellets, fresh royal jelly, scented beeswax candles
  • Sonya's Garden - a vast of greeneries filled with beautiful and colorful flowers. The place also offers cozy accommodations and a unique dining experience.
  • Nurture Spa Village - is a place that offers authentic Filipino spa treatments through massages.
  • Pilipinyahan Festival - a celebration of Tagaytay's primary harvest - pineapples. The festival is celebrated every first week of May.
  • Paradizoo - a 10-hectare farm that offers a combination of paradise and zoo where one can take on animal encounters and other activities like goat milking.
  • Palace in the Sky - a public park that offers a panoramic view of Tagaytay's highlands, Taal Lake and the famed Taal volcano.
  • Puzzle Mansion - one of Tagaytay's newest attractions. It houses the largest collection jigsaw puzzles in the world.
  • Our Lady of Manaoag at Tierra de Maria - a place of worship and a haven of meditation; it is also home to the 50 foot replica of Our Lady of Manaoag.
  • Residence Inn Zoo - an ideal destination for families who wish to have an educational yet fun experience through animal encounters and shows. The mini-zoo also offers unique accommodation and dining experience.
  • Picnic Grove - one of the most visited parks in Tagaytay where tourists can spend the morning strolling or having a picnic with the family while enjoying the breathtaking view of Taal Lake and volcano.
  • Bag of Beans - a rustic and homey cafe that offers the best Filipino coffee and breakfast dishes.

Boracay

  • White Beach - a 4-kilometre stretch of powdery fine sand beach facing westward where posh resorts, hotels, shops and restaurants are located.
  • Bulabog Beach - located on the eastern part of the island ideal spot for water sport activities.

Cebu

  • Sinulog Festival - one of the most colorful and grandest festivals in the country. The vibrant celebration is in honor of the Senor Santo Nino (the Holy Child) which is usually held every 3rd Sunday of January.
  • Monument of Lapu–Lapu or Mactan Shrine - a historical attraction in the city of Lapu-Lapu. The 20 meter bronze statue of Datu Lapu-Lapu marks the site where he defeated the Spanish soldiers led by Ferdinand Magellan.
  • Magellan’s Cross - among the most popular historical sites in Cebu. The wooden cross found inside a chapel marks the arrival and of the Christian religion in the Philippines introduced by the Spaniards dating back in 15th century.
  • Fort San Pedro - built in 1565, is among the popular and oldest historical landmarks in the Philippines. This served as a fortress, an army camp, and was converted into classrooms and even a zoo. At present, it stands as a museum where tourists can find the Fort San Pedro diggings and San Diego shipwreck.
  • Basilica Menore del Sto. Niño - one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. It houses the image of the Santo Niño. Magellan gave the image as a gift to Queen Juana and King Humabon upon their baptism in 1521.
  • Taoist Temple - a place of worship for the Taoists built in 1972. With an elevation of 300 meters above sea level, the temple offers a scenic view of Cebu city, the sunset and the islands of Bohol.
  • Running tour at the Cebu Heritage Monument - features a tableau of the rich history of Cebu from the conversion of King Humabon to Christianity and the revolution against the Spaniards to the declaration of the first Cebuano saint, Pedro Calungsod. The structure was created in 1997 and was completed in 2000.
  • Pasalubong stops at Otap and Taboan Public Market - gives tourists a chance to choose from the varied options of souvenirs and native delicacies. This market also has all the best dried goods - danggit, dried shrimps, etc in town.

Bohol

  • Chocolate Hills - the famed geological formation in Bohol where thousands of hills can be found in its various towns. These hills transform into brown-like chocolate cones during the summer.
  • The Baclayon Church - one of the great foundations of Bohol’s past. Located in Tagbilaran, Bohol, the Baclayon Church is the second oldest stone church in the Philippines next to San Agustin Church in Intramuros.
  • Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary - offers tourists a chance to see the popular Philippine tarsier living in its natural habitat. This protected area also gives tourists a chance to observe other flora and fauna.
  • Balicasag and Pamilacan Islands - are among the popular snorkeling destinations in Bohol. Also, tourists can enjoy sightings of dolphins nearby.
  • Loay Backyard Industry - features the different livelihood in Bohol like goat raising, bolo-making, and manual fabrication of roofing materials made from Nipa leaves.
  • Clarin Ancestral House - a traditional Filipino-Spanish house that hosts family collections dating back to the mid-18th century. Butterfly Sanctuary - the first butterfly and conservation program in Bilar, Bohol. Tourists can enjoy an educational tour in the sanctuary, indulge in a relaxing moment at the pagoda and savor delicious local snacks offered at the restaurant. Mahogany Man-made Forest - located in the border of Loboc and Bilar towns is a two-kilometre stretch Mahogany forest that boasts towering brown trunks, lush green foliage and thick leaves.
  • Rajah Sikatuna National Park - a vast haven for nature lovers. This declared national park is also a bird watching destination and a protected habitat for a variety of species of flora and fauna.
  • Bohol Museum - was originally built as a school back in the late 18th century. At present the museum takes tourists to Bohol's rich history with the many artifacts and archeological discoveries found throughout the years.
  • Punta Cruz Watchtower - is among the fascinating historical landmarks in Bohol. Built in 1796, this served as a look-out post against invaders. This triangular watchtower offers a view of the seas of South Bohol.

Palawan

  • Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park - one of the world's longest navigable underground rivers, a distinguished UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
  • Tubbataha Reef Marine Park - another recognized World Heritage site in Palawan. This vast marine sanctuary is home to many marine species and various coral reefs in the world. Honda Bay- one of the major tourist attractions of Palawan. Honda Bay is made up of islets with magnificent reefs. Honda Bay is among the famed beaches of the country. Locals and tourists flock to Honda Bay for its fantastic beaches and has become favorite diving and snorkeling destination in Palawan.
  • Pambato Reef - a must-see island that features colorful and abundant coral reefs and home a variety of fishes. This marine sanctuary can be reached via 30-minute boat ride from downtown Puerto Princesa. Crocodile Farm- a mini-zoo and conservation center for crocodiles. Baker's Hill- situated on top of a hill, Baker's Hill is a tourist attraction place where one can delight on the many colorful and lovely houses and life-sized statues. Baker's Hill offers a variety of baked goods like hopia, mamon, brownies and a lot more.
  • Mitra's Ranch - a tourist attraction that offers an amazing view of Palawan. The property is owned by the family of Senator Ramon Mitra where visitors can enjoy the panoramic view of the Sulu Sea and Honda Bay from the house built on a hill. Its vast grounds are ideal for picnics and relaxation.
  • Baker's Hill - situated on top of a hill, Baker's Hill is a tourist attraction place where one can delight on the many colorful and lovely houses and life-sized statues. Baker's Hill offers a variety of baked goods like hopia, mamon, brownies and a lot more.
  • Baywalk - the perfect place to enjoy sunsets or leisurely strolls with friends and families. The Baywalk is also dotted with small food shops and offers exciting activities like firefly watching or bike rentals. Plaza Quartel- The former fortress turned prison grounds site where 150 American and Filipino soldiers were abused, starved and burned by the Japanese during the World War II. A memorial erected in the park features a list of the names of these brave heroes. Apart from the historic significance of Plaza Cuartel, this classic Filipino-themed park has become a favorite haven which draws many locals and tourists.
  • Binuatan Creation- a weaving factory where tourists can observe and experience traditional weaving.
  • Sabang Wharf - lined with inns and huts, Sabang Wharf is the start point of the tour to the Underground River. Boats that will take you to Sabang Beach are found at the wharf.
  • Plaza Quartel - The former fortress turned prison grounds site where 150 American and Filipino soldiers were abused, starved and burned by the Japanese during the World War II. A memorial erected in the park features a list of the names of these brave heroes. Apart from the historic significance of Plaza Cuartel, this classic Filipino-themed park has become a favorite haven which draws many locals and tourists.
  • Sabang Beach- the beach is more than just a small fishing village. The beach offers transportation to the renowned Underground River and its nearby islands. Sabang Beach is among the popular destinations in Puerto Princesa with its limestone cliffs, clear waters and fine white sands.

Local Eats

Manila

  • Sinigang Ulo ng Salmon - one of the favorite dishes in the Philippines. A tamarind-based soup mixed with vegetables such as water spinach, yardlong beans, okra, tomato, corn; and salmon head. Other popular variations are Pork and Shrimp Sinigang.
  • Kare-Kare - a traditional Filipino oxtail dish composed of blanched string beans, bokchoy, banana blossom and eggplant stewed in peanut butter sauce, best enjoyed with shrimp paste.
  • Kuhol sa Gata - escargot or edible snail cooked with coconut milk.
  • Relenong Bangus - Bangus or milkfish stuffed with meat, vegetables, few herbs and spices.

Tagaytay

  • Bulalo (Beef Shank) - also called Beef Shank soup is made from marrow bones and beef shanks boiled with corn on the cob, potatoes and bokchoy.
  • Buko pie - a traditional Filipino pie filled with coconut meat and pudding.

Boracay

  • Diverse selection of authentic Filipino dishes and continental cuisines
  • A must-try beachside barbeque dinner at Le Soleil de Boracay's Beachside Cafe is offered nightly with on-the-spot cooking of bountiful harvest from the sea.
  • The Tides' Kaon Restaurant offers sumptuous selection of Filipino dishes like Kinilaw, Pancit Molo, Pinakbet and more
  • Check out Red Coconut's grilled entrees and pizzas
  • Enjoy Pikoy's restaurant at Sea Wind with a wide range of Filipino and international cuisine with the feel of a home cook meal
  • Sirena, Rima, Vintana, Cielo of Shangri-La Boracay Resort & Spa for a one-of-a-kind dining experience

Cebu

  • Lechon - also known as roasted pig. Cebu's lechon is quite different from those in Luzon and other regions. Pig is stuffed with secret ingredients before roasting it, creating a unique twist in flavor.
  • Chicharon - pig skin that is dried then fried.
  • Kanding - or Kalderetang kambing is goat meat stewed in tomato sauce mixed with potatoes, green peas, bell pepper and carrots. However in Cebu, they like it boiled and barbecued.
  • Pochero - a dish made with pork or beef cooked in tomato sauce and with bokchoy, banana, baguio beans, carrots, potato, and sweet potato. Pochero in Cebu features different ingredients namely cabbages, yellow corn and bamboo shoots.
  • Lengua - or ox tongue are seasoned with spices and onion usually scalded, then roasted or simmered. There are many ways of creating a lengua dish however it is best cooked with mushroom or tomato sauce.

Bohol

  • Fruits - including mangoes, bananas, guyabano
  • Peanut kisses - peanuts with egg white formed like kisses chocolates-seafood dishes
  • Koja - a coral clam, commonly found
  • Calamay - a native delicacy made with sticky rice, brown sugar, coconut milk, vanilla and nuts.
  • Broas/ladyfingers - sweet biscuit-like snack made of egg yolks, sugar, flour and vanilla

Palawan

  • Tamilok - also known as shipworm or saltwater clams. It is an exotic Palawan delicacy prepared as kinilaw - marinated in vinegar with chili peppers and onions
  • Tubbataha salad served with lato (seaweed) - an appetizer that is composed of raw tuna with chunks and slices of fruits (avocado, ripe mango, pomelo, pineapple, papaya), onion, garlic, lato (fresh seaweeds) and homemade Palawan dressing.

DAY 1

Arrive in Manila where you will met by a guide and assisted at the airport. You will then be transferred to the hotel via a car/van. You will be sent to The Peninsula Manila for check-in and a stay for the night.

DAY 2

Have breakfast at the hotel first thing in the morning and then transfer to the domestic airport. Leave for Puerto Princesa, Palawan via Philippine Airlines. Enjoy an afternoon Puerto Princesa City Tour and then relax at Hotel Centro for the rest of the night.

DAY 3

Eat some breakfast at the hotel before proceeding to the Whole Day Underground River tour with lunch. Travel to SABANG will take two hours so make sure to pack some snacks, water and the like to keep you comfy throughout the travel. Upon arrival, wait for your guide to receive your tour permit and time slot. This may take some time, so expect a bit of a wait. Proceed with the tour which will take you on a boat ride through the awe-inspiring sights of the underground river and its many peculiar and majestic sites. After the Canoe Tour through the cave, ride back to sabang where you will be directed to a local restaurant for a delicious buffet lunch. When you’re finished, you’ll get to enjoy a quick side trip to the ELEPHANT MOUNTAINS for sightseeing and picture taking. Return to Hotel Centro after the tour to get some sleep.

DAY 4

Have your hotel breakfast and then go on a Whole Day Honda Bay Tour with lunch. The Itinerary includes LULI (an island that appears depending on the tide) or PANDAN ISLAND (an island that lacks most modern technologies like cars or air conditioning), STARFISH ISLAND (an island full of, you guessed it, starfish!) and COWRIE ISLAND (a calm island with fishes and coral around and about the deep waters). Once it’s over, go back Hotel Centro.

DAY 5

Have breakfast at the hotel before your transfer to Puerto Princesa Airport where you will depart for Manila via Philippine Airlines. Meet and be assisted by a guide at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Domestic Terminal 2 who will accompany you to The Peninsula Manila hotel for an overnight stay.

DAY 6

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel and then proceed to the Whole day Tagaytay tour with lunch returning for an overnight at The Peninsula Manila.

DAY 7

Have a delicious breakfast at the hotel before being transferred to the domestic airport for your departure to Cebu city. Meet up with the people who will assist you there at the Cebu Airport. From there, be transported to the hotel for the check-in before you enjoy the Cebu Twin City Tour with lunch. Part of this tour are CEBU CITY and MACTAN CITY. Get to be up close and personal with the monument of the man who slayed Ferdinand Magellan, LAPU-LAPU. Next, buy souvenirs at the SHELL CRAFT STORE, GUITA & UKULELE FACTORY and OTAP AND TABOAN PUBLIC MARKET for your loved ones. See the MAGELLAN’S CROSS next to BASILICA MINORE DEL STO. NINO. Enter the military defense structure built by Spanish in 1738, which is now known for the Fuerte de San Pedro or the FORT SAN PEDRO. It is located in the area now called Plaza Indepedencia, in the pier area of the city. You're going to feel like you're in China on your next stop: TAOIST TEMPLE. Built in 1972 by the city's Chinese community. The HERITAGE OF CEBU MONUMENT offers a historic vibe. It's a tableau of sculptures made of concrete, bronze, brass and steel showing scenes about events and structures related to Cebu. Return to the Maribago Bluewater Resort for an overnight stay.

DAY 8

Eat a good hotel breakfast and then go on the Whole Day Bohol Countryside tour with lunch. The tour includes the BLOOD COMPACT SITE where you will find the monument of the blood compact in Tagbilaran City. This blood compact is said to be performed in Bohol by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna for sealing a treaty. The BACLAYON CHURCH or the La Purisima Concepcion de la Virgen Maria Parish Church, LOAY BACKYARD INDUSTRY and CLARIN ANCESTRAL HOUSE are your next stops. Then head to where the tiny peculiar animals known as TARSIERS lived in. See how spectacular their eyes are and how small their hands and feet as they cling around a tree. The MAN-MADE FOREST will bring out the nature-lover in you. This is one of the favorite spots of tourists since the place is filled with mahogany trees which make the atmosphere quite chilly. Who would forget to visit the famous CHOCOLATE HILLS A group of unusually-shaped hills in brown and green color. This destination is one of the most bizarre landscape you can ever encounter. The last stop for this tour will be the LOAY RIVER CRUISE. Have a sumptuous meal while cruising the waters of the Loay River, a part of Loboc's. Once you’ve finished the experience, stay over the Maribago Bluewater Resort again.

DAY 9

Savor your hotel breakfast the next day and then transfer over to the Mactan airport where you will depart from Cebu to Caticlan. You will be met and assisted once again at the Caticlan Airport where you will have roundtrip land and boat transfers to the hotel, Astoria Boracay.

DAY 10

Have breakfast at the hotel before a whole day free at leisure. When you’ve finished seizing the day, return to Astoria Boracay for some rest.

DAY 11

Have breakfast at Astoria Boracay and then transfer to Caticlan airport where you will depart for Manila. From there meet and be assisted by a guide at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Domestic Terminal 3. Transfer to the hotel, The Peninsula Manila, and sleep well

DAY 12

Have your hearty breakfast and relax a little bit. Check-out at the hotel then wait to be picked-up by our transfer service to be brought to Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 for your flight to the US.

-End of Tour-

Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice due to availability and weather conditions.

Rates are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to availability and change without prior notice. Valid until March 31, 2018 only. Other terms and conditions apply.

12 Days / 11 Nights Philippine Island Escape
Duration: 12 Days /11 Nights Package Inclusions:

Airfares:

  • Roundtrip Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila on Philippine Airlines
  • One-way Manila-Cebu on Philippine Airlines
  • One-way Cebu-Caticlan on Philippine Airlines
  • One-way Caticlan-Manila on Philippine Airlines

Accommodations:

  • Four (4) nights stay at the Peninsula Manila (or similar hotel) with breakfast
  • Three (3) nights stay at Hotel Centro with breakfast
  • Two (2) nights stay at Bluewater Maribago with breakfast
  • Two (2) nights stay at Astoria Boracay with breakfast

Airport transfers:

  • Airport transfers in Manila
  • Roundtrip airport transfers in Puerto Princesa
  • Roundtrip airport transfers in Cebu
  • Roundtrip land and boat transfers in Caticlan

Tours:

  • Whole day Tagaytay tour with lunch and transportation service
  • Half-day Puerto Princesa City Tour
  • Whole day Underground River Tour with lunch
  • Whole day Honda Bay Tour with Lunch
  • Half-day Cebu Twin City Tour with lunch
  • Whole day Bohol Countryside Tour with lunch
from
USD2239
per person