Enjoy a 13-day multi-activity holiday in the Philippines. The best way to discover this beautiful country.
During these 13 days and 12 nights of travel, you will have the opportunity to experience Filipino culture, travel with your friends, travel companions, or family to enchanting destinations in the Philippines, and enjoy breathtaking islands with pristine white sandy beaches.
The itinerary in the Philippines:
** There is an option to shorten the journey to Banaue slightly and fly to the north, this can be arranged upon request.
The trips in the Philippines are private for your group, and you can embark on a trip on any day you choose.
If you are a larger group and want to organize and travel together, the price will be lower according to the group’s size.
Day 1 / Arrival in Manila
Upon arriving in Manila, you will have a meeting with a company representative, followed by transportation to your hotel for the night. ** The hotels we select are conveniently located near quality entertainment centers and offer a vast selection of restaurants and bars.
Day 2 / Day trip in Manila
A full-day guided tour in Manila will take you to selected historical landmarks and the most interesting parts of the city. This tour will take you to
The fortified city
San Agustin Church
San Luis District
American Cemetery and Memorial
The order of the sites and the number of sites may vary, but Tourismo Filipino will maintain the existing tour structure, except for days when it's not possible to visit these sites. On the second day, some of the mentioned sites may be closed, but you can still explore Intramuros on that day. The tour itinerary: 08:30 AM: Pickup from your hotel and travel to Manila. We will start at the monument to Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Continue to the walled city where Spanish colonial rulers resided 300 years ago. During the tour of the fortress, you will be exposed to the rich history of the Philippines as you walk along the cobbled stone streets leading to the entrance of San Agustin. This is the oldest stone church in the Philippines and is considered a UNESCO heritage site. The church has its own museum featuring historical, religious, and artistic exhibits, including valuable art pieces. From here, the tour will proceed to the Manila Cathedral, a magnificent structure made of coral stone, stained glass, and adorned with rose windows. Additionally, we will visit the San Luis District, a complex of period houses that were reconstructed to depict Filipino lifestyles in the 19th century. We'll cross the street to Casa Manila, a museum that recreates life during the late 19th and early 20th centuries during the Spanish colonial period. The old Governor-General's residence, which now serves as the main building of the Land Bank of the Philippines. The walking tour will pass by Fort Santiago, originally built in 1571 for the Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi. Fort Santiago, or Fuerza de Santiago, is the oldest Spanish fort in the Philippines and a key attraction within the walled city of Intramuros. The tour also includes Bahay Tsinoy, and finally, the famous Chinese Cemetery known for its grand mausoleums, a fascinating blend of different religious elements. On the way back, we will pass through Roxas Boulevard, along Manila Bay. Finally, we will lead you to the most modern area of the metropolis, Makati, the financial and commercial center of the country. We will pass through the upscale residential area of Forbes Park, known as "Millionaires' Row." The next stop is the Cemetery and Memorial dedicated to more than 17,000 World War II soldiers who lost their lives in the Pacific region.
Day 3 / Pagsanjan Falls - Day Trip
After breakfast, pick up from the hotel at 8:30 AM for a journey to the town of Pagsanjan, where you will find Pagsanjan Falls, a highly popular site in the Philippines. Pagsanjan Falls is located about two and a half hours south of Manila. It is also where the movie "Apocalypse Now" was filmed, starring Marlon Brando. Along the way, you will pass by vast coconut plantations. Upon your arrival, you will transfer to a small canoe known locally as "banca" to continue the boat ride towards the waterfalls. As you embark on the journey, you will witness high cliffs covered in lush greenery and playful monkeys leaping from branch to branch. At the end of the river, you will reach the grand waterfall, where you will have the opportunity to ride a bamboo raft right underneath and behind the waterfall itself. After a few minutes of enjoying the waterfall, you will return to the resort for lunch. After lunch, you will head back to Manila, with an estimated return time of 4:00 PM.
Day 4 / Volcanic adventure in Puning Spa and interaction with the Aeta tribes
Spa tour and hot springs, Puning and a meeting with the Aeta tribes. In the western Luzon Island, about a two-hour drive from Manila in the Pampanga province, at the foothills of the famous volcano, Mount Pinatubo, known for its massive volcanic eruption over two decades ago, lies the area of the spa and hot springs called "Puning" established by the locals. A local jeep will take you through a maze of stunning landscapes, along meandering streams on roads formed by the anger and ash of volcanic eruptions throughout history. During the off-road journey, we will make stops and visit several stations of hot and cold springs. You can also receive special treatments, such as spa treatments in warm volcanic sand with healing properties according to tribal traditions, facial treatments with cool volcanic mud, hot and cold pools, and other adventures. After lunch, we will continue the journey to the nearby Porac District, where, on the slopes of Mount Pinatubo, concentrations of Aeta tribes people have lived for hundreds of years since their escape from Spanish colonizers. You will have a close encounter with the tribe's way of life and experience various fascinating interactions with the children. Tour Itinerary: Pick-up from the hotel at 8 in the morning. Approximately a two-hour drive to Pampanga (depending on traffic). Trekking at the Puning site and transferring to 4x4 jeeps. Visiting the hot springs and treatment stations. Lunch at the Puning site. Visiting and interacting with the Aeta tribes in the Porac District. Late afternoon departure and return to the hotel. Tour timings are approximate and subject to change based on the pace of the tour and road conditions. *For guests staying in hotels in Clark City, the departure for this combined trip may also take place later in the day. Accommodation on this day will be in Clark City.
Day 5 / Manila to Banaue
After breakfast, we'll head towards Banaue, home to the famous rice terraces. On the way there, you'll pass through several provinces until you reach Banaue. The rice terraces of Banaue, also known as the "Hagdan-Hagdang Palayan ng Banaue," have existed for over 2,000 years and were carved into the Ifugao mountains by the local inhabitants. They are often referred to as the "Eighth Wonder of the World." After approximately 10-12 hours of travel, we'll arrive at the hotel in Banaue for check-in and relaxation. (The travel time may vary depending on road and traffic conditions).
Day 6 / Day Trip to Batad Village
After breakfast, we will meet with the guide and take a jeepney ride to the starting point of our hike towards Batad village. A jeepney is a public transportation vehicle commonly used in the Philippines and resembles the jeeps that the American military used. The visit to the rice terraces of Batad is a day trip that requires a reasonable level of fitness. It's not a very challenging trek, but it does involve descending a steep and graded mountainside. The trek to Batad is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, allowing you to see how the Ifugao people built the terraces in the stunning deep valley where the village of Batad is located. During this day, you will also visit the village located at the bottom of the valley and the Tappiyah Falls, which are located beyond the mountain. For those who cannot continue to the waterfalls, it's perfectly fine to stay in the restaurant and guesthouse area above. After the village tour, we will have lunch at one of the eateries, where you can enjoy the enchanting scenery and experience the tranquility of the place. In the afternoon, we will return to the jeepney (local transportation) that will take us back to the hotel. After a enjoyable and immersive day, we will walk back to the town of Banaue, which is about a 45-minute uphill walk. On this day, there may be a return at 4:00 PM and also later options. There are tours to Batad that conclude around 1:00 PM, depending on the nature of the tour and the sites you visit in Batad. Tour timings are approximate and subject to change based on the pace of the tour and road conditions. ** There is an option to stay an additional night in Batad, in very basic guesthouses, for those who love nature, culture, and interacting with the locals.
Day 7 / Trek to Hapao Rice Terraces
After breakfast (usually at 8:00 AM, unless otherwise arranged with the guide), we will meet with the guide and take a jeepney ride to the magnificent Hapao Rice Terraces.
The visit to the Hapao Rice Terraces is a leisurely and immersive trip among the rice terraces. To truly appreciate the beauty of the terraces, you'll need to walk among them. Along the way, you'll see the rice terraces spread throughout Banaue and the surrounding area, pass by villages, and visit viewpoints. The terraces are graded to channel water through a complex system of streams and springs designed as a series of steps. Combined with the unique flowing pattern of the terraces, these streams are an essential and inseparable part of the ecological system of the mountain, allowing the Ifugao people to cultivate rice at heights of over a thousand meters above water level. The terraces were constructed using primitive tools and the keen creativity of the Ifugao people. By measuring the vertical distance from the summit to the base, the rice terraces can reach impressive heights, climbing up to the tallest and steepest structures in the world. In coordination with the guide, there is an option to visit the Bogyah Hotspring, warm hot springs. The estimated return time for this day is 3:00 PM, sometimes even earlier, depending on the pace of the tour.
Day 8 / Banaue to Manila
After an early breakfast at 7:00 AM, we will depart for Manila. The journey will take approximately 10 hours, sometimes a bit longer, depending on road conditions. You can make stops along the way for refreshments and photo opportunities.
It's also possible to take a flight instead of a road trip.
If the return is by flight, you should travel to the town of Kiangan, approximately 4 hours away, one day prior, and then catch a flight to Manila the next day.
Day 9 / (Boracay - 4 days and 3 nights) - The Beginning of the Ultimate Vacation
Boracay Island is one of the beautiful islands in the central Philippines, located about an hour's flight from Manila, with its stunning golden beaches. When your boat docks on one of its shores and your feet touch the warm and pleasant sand, you'll experience the special and amazing feeling of freedom and endless enjoyment. You can stroll, relax, breathe in the clean air, and feel the atmosphere created by the Pacific Ocean. Yet, the island offers water sports and diving in the sea as its most active attraction. Sailing in a boat in Boracay is a rare experience where you, the visitor, blend into the pristine landscape of the sea and rare sunsets. The sunsets in Boracay signal the start of the nightly entertainment, which begins at dawn and continues until sunrise. Every night, you can celebrate at dazzling beachfront parties. Upon your arrival in Boracay, you will be gathered by our representative at the airport (either Caticlan or Kalibo, depending on the airport you land at), and from there, you will travel and sail or just sail to your hotel in Boracay.
Perfect tropical beach with turquoise water in Boracay
Day 10 / Free Day on Boracay Island
Enjoy a Free Day in Boracay: Discover Paradise Without Spending a Peso! Welcome to Boracay's Charms! Boracay, a small island in the Philippines, is famed for its stunning white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant nightlife. But did you know that you can experience the best of Boracay without spending a single peso? Let's embark on a journey to explore the wonders of Boracay, absolutely free! Sunrise at White Beach Start your day early by witnessing a breathtaking sunrise at White Beach. The calm morning sea, with its changing hues, offers a serene and soulful experience. Stroll along the 4-kilometer stretch of powdery white sand and let the early morning tranquility soak in. Explore Diniwid Beach After sunrise, take a leisurely walk to the less crowded Diniwid Beach. This hidden gem offers a peaceful retreat and a picturesque setting, perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the main beaches. Discover Local Flora at the Boracay Butterfly Garden Next, head to the Boracay Butterfly Garden. Although not widely known, this spot is a haven for nature lovers. Wander through the garden and admire the vibrant butterflies in their natural habitat. It's a great way to learn about local flora and fauna. Cultural Immersion in the Boracay Village Immerse yourself in local culture by visiting a traditional Boracay village. Interact with the friendly locals, learn about their way of life, and maybe even witness traditional weaving or cooking methods. This cultural exchange is a priceless experience! Sunset at Puka Shell Beach As the day winds down, make your way to Puka Shell Beach for an unforgettable sunset. Named after the abundant puka shells found here, this beach offers a more rustic and natural environment, perfect for reflecting on your day's adventures as the sun sets. Stargazing and Relaxation End your day under the stars. Boracay's clear night skies are ideal for stargazing. Find a quiet spot on any of the beaches, lay back, and gaze up at the cosmos. It's a peaceful and grounding way to end your free day in paradise. Tips for Your Free Day
Stay Hydrated: Bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Respect Nature: Always respect the local environment by not littering and adhering to conservation rules.
Sun Protection: Don't forget to apply sunscreen and wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
Be Mindful of Local Customs: Show respect to the local community and their customs.
Conclusion A free day in Boracay is not just about saving money; it's about discovering the unspoiled beauty, engaging with local culture, and creating memories that last a lifetime. Boracay's charm doesn't always come with a price tag. Sometimes, the best things in life are indeed free!
Day 11 / Free Day on Boracay Island
A Perfect Day in Boracay: Activities and Adventures Awaiting! Embrace the Beauty and Excitement of Boracay! Welcome to Boracay, a slice of paradise in the Philippines, known for its vibrant energy, stunning landscapes, and diverse activities. Whether you're an adventure seeker, a food enthusiast, or someone looking to relax, Boracay has something special for you. Let's dive into a day packed with unforgettable experiences! Morning: Island Hopping Adventure
Start Early: Begin your day with an island hopping tour. This popular activity takes you to various spots around Boracay.
Snorkeling at Crocodile Island: Named for its resemblance to a crocodile's head, this is a fantastic spot for snorkeling. Discover a vibrant underwater world teeming with marine life.
Relax at Crystal Cove: Explore this small island with beautiful coves and stunning ocean views. It's a perfect spot for photo enthusiasts.
Midday: Leisure and Local Cuisine
Lunch at D'Mall: Head to D'Mall for a diverse selection of dining options. From local Filipino dishes to international cuisine, there's something to satisfy every palate.
Relax at Bulabog Beach: After lunch, take a short walk to Bulabog Beach. Known for its kite surfing, it's a great place to relax or try your hand at some water sports.
Afternoon: Cultural Exploration and Relaxation
Visit the Ati Village: Experience the local Ati community's culture. Their history and way of life provide a unique perspective on the island.
Massage and Spa: Indulge in a relaxing massage or spa treatment at one of Boracay's many wellness centers. It's the perfect way to unwind and rejuvenate.
Evening: Sunset and Nightlife
Sunset at Willy's Rock: Head to the iconic Willy's Rock for a stunning sunset view. This volcanic formation, with a statue of the Virgin Mary, is a landmark of Boracay.
Dinner and Fire Dancing at White Beach: Enjoy a seaside dinner while watching an impressive fire dancing performance, a Boracay nighttime staple.
Explore the Nightlife: Conclude your day by experiencing Boracay's vibrant nightlife. Dance the night away at one of the many beachfront bars and clubs.
Tips for Your Adventure-Filled Day
Book Activities in Advance: Some activities, like island hopping tours, are best booked in advance to ensure availability.
Stay Sun-Safe: Remember to apply sunscreen and stay hydrated.
Respect Local Regulations: Follow all environmental guidelines to help preserve Boracay's natural beauty.
Carry Cash: While many places accept credit cards, having cash is useful for smaller vendors and transport.
Conclusion A day in Boracay is a blend of adventure, culture, relaxation, and fun. From the crystal-clear waters to the vibrant nightlife, every moment is a chance to create unforgettable memories. Come and experience the magic of Boracay for yourself!
Day 12 / Boracay - Manila
After breakfast, we will proceed to Boracay's airport for our flight to Manila. Upon your arrival in Manila, our team will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Day 13 / Leaving the Philippines for the next destination!
Flight from the Philippines to your next destination. On this day, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport from which your flight departs to your home country or your next destination.