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North & South Philippines on a Shoestring
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This 17-day trip brings together the very best of Filipino culture and hospitality with its simply perfect island beaches. Begin by island-hopping from pristine Cebu to gorgeous Bohol, snorkelling and swimming to your heart's content. Then fly north to ride through Manila in a jeepney, swim with whale sharks off Borocay (seasonally), and experience the warmth of Filipino culture and its welcoming people. With two unique homestays and a few smaller flights to avoid longer ferry rides, this tour of the Philippines is an experience you'll talk about for years to come.


Duration: 16 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: 2 - Light
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 154223
Starts: Manila, Philippines Finishes: Malay, Philippines
You will visit
  • Manila
  • Boracay Island

Itinerary

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Day 1: Manila

Please look out for signs in the hotel with details of the group meeting this evening. The meeting is a chance to meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the rest of the group before heading out for an optional evening meal.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Manila/Cebu City

Fly to bustling Cebu, home to the country's busiest sea port. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Cebu.

Included Activities:
Cebu City Guided Walking Tour

Transport:
Plane (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 3: Cebu City/Bohol

Hop on a ferry to the island of Bohol, home to the tiny tarsier primates and beautiful Chocolate Hills formations. Stay in a homestay and learn a bit about local life in the Philippines from the community.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Bohol Island Homestay

Transport:
Ferry

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Day 4: Bohol

Free day to tour the island, go snorkelling, or lend a hand in the village.

Included Activities:
Bohol Island Homestay

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Day 5: Bohol/Siquijor

Travel to the mystical island of Siquijor, rumoured to be a place of magic and sorcery.

Transport:
Ferry (3.00 hour(s))

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Day 6: Siquijor

Enjoy free time to explore caves, waterfalls, coral-filled waters, and 106km (65 mi) of white-sand beaches. Snorkelling and diving are both great options here.

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Day 8: Siquijor/Manila

Fly back to Manila, and get ready to explore Luzon island.

Transport:
Plane

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Day 9: Manila/Baguio

Travel north by bus, then enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival to Baguio. Opt to visit a healer or get a massage.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Local bus (7.00 hour(s))

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Day 10: Baguio/Sagada

After another long day of travel, arrive at the outdoor paradise of Sagada, a base for adventuring.

Transport:
Local bus (7.00 hour(s))

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Day 11: Sagada

The natural beauty of the area features caves perfect for exploring, hikes along an underground river system, a waterfall and delightful pool to cool off in after a day of exploring. Relax in the quiet serenity only found off the beaten path—this is a place to just sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.

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Day 12: Sagada/Banaue

Hop into a jeepney and head south to beautiful Banaue, known for its many rice terraces. Free time to trek along the terraces or relax.

Transport:
Jeepney (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 13: Banaue/Batad

Travel via jeepney and foot on local hiking trails to reach a local village for an overnight homestay experience to discover the daily lives of the Ifugao people in one of the local villages. Enjoy a cultural performance and a local dinner.

Additional Notes:
The trekking here can be challenging, especially in inclement weather. If you don't feel fit enough for the activity, your CEO can help you organize some optional activities.

Included Activities:
Ifugao Village Trek
Batad Homestay

Transport:
Jeepney (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 14: Batad/Manila

Hike back to the main road and ride in a jeepney to Banaue, soaking in the last of the spectacular views. Hop on an overnight bus to Manila.

Transport:
Jeepney (2.00 hour(s))
Overnight bus (9.00 hour(s))

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Day 15: Manila/Boracay Island

Fly south from Manila and transfer to the breathtakingly gorgeous island of Boracay. White-sand beaches and bright, turquoise waters await.

Transport:
Plane (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 16: Boracay Island

Free day. Opt to go snorkelling, scuba diving, or just chill out on the beach.

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Day 17: Boracay Island

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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