Day 1: Manila.-
Welcome to Manila. After the border and customs procedures, an assistant (normally Spanish-speaking, although sometimes English) will be waiting for you after the baggage claim to take you to your hotel. Manila, capital of the Philippines and located on the island of Luzon. The city was called the “Pearl of the East” as a result of its location at the centre of the vital sea trade routes across the Pacific.
The hotel we normally use is very close to the “Mall of Asia”, the largest shopping centre in the city, with avant-garde architectural shapes and where we can find a large number of shops and restaurants. Dinner included and accommodation.
Note: Depending on the arrival times of most of the participants, the dinner may be included the next day.
Day 2: Manila.-
09.30 hrs.- We start our visit by including a city tour to get to know our surroundings. First of all we will discover the Manila inside the walls, the Spanish walled city founded by Legazpi in 1571, or what remains of it, especially after the destruction wrought by the Second World War. We will visit the Bonifacio Fortress to see the life of our national hero, José Rizal, and how the person who, according to literature, cause the people’s revolution, fought for the freedom of the Philippines. We will also visit Manila Cathedral. Free time for lunch before going on our way to visit the Church of St Augustine. We will have the chance for a ride on horse and carriage through the city. In the afternoon, we will go to the city of Aseana, a new shopping district and the modern side of Manila, where there will be free time for shopping. Return to the hotel and accommodation.
Day 3: Manila- Taal- Batangas- Puerto Galera.-
Distance by road: 145 km
Scenery: Pretty green scenery and mountains, boat trip on a lake.
Note: We recommend wearing comfortable footwear if you want to climb up to the crater at Lake Taal. Have your documents to hand; you might sometimes be asked for them when embarking for the island of Mindoro.
08.00 hrs.- Manila – Departure -. We travel south, to the spectacular Lake TAAL, an immense lake inside an ancient volcanic crater.
10.00 hrs.- Población – arrival -. Here on the shores of the lake we embark for a cruise in pretty scenery to the island in the lake. The crossing takes around 30 minutes. … This island is a semi active volcano, and when we arrive we will accompany you on a walk to the crater or you can rent a horse to get to the summit. Inside the crater, there is another small lake! The walk to the summit takes around 45 minutes (in a normal physical shape). After the climb, a chance to admire the crater before walking back down to our boat to Poblacion.
13.00 hrs.- Poblacion – Arrival and lunch included .
14.00 hrs.- Poblacion – Departure -, we continue to the town of Batangas, in the China sea.
15.15 hrs.- Batangas – Arrival -. We get on a ferry (scheduled to leave at 15.45 hrs.- but with a variable timetable) for the island of MINDORO, and after a crossing of almost two hours, we reach PUERTO GALERA. Transfer to the hotel and free time to enjoy this paradisiacal place by the sea, dinner and accommodation.
Day 4: Puerto Galera.-
Distance covered: 50 km
Scenery: Very pretty seaside scenery.
Note: Take your swimsuit! You can use it at the waterfalls and on the beaches! We also advise you to take your sun protection and footwear for swimming (flip-flops or similar). In the warm water of these paradisiacal seas live some species of jellyfish and other fish with very dangerous stings!
09.00 hrs.- We start our visit to the area. First of all we will go to a Magyan village, a people very proud of its history, traditions, craftwork and characteristic architecture; after this, we can admire the scenery of Boquete Island and will have time in the centre of Puerto Galera to see the cannon of the former Spanish galley sunk in its neighbouring waters. Then we will go to the Tamaraw Waterfall, where, if you wish, you can swim in its waters. Lunch included. Afternoon free, you can enjoy the beaches or take an optional boat trip around the islands.
Day 5: Puerto Galera- Bataan- Balanga City.-
Distance by road: 140 km.
Note: Have your documents to hand as you may be asked for them when boarding the ferry. Sometimes the fast ferry that connects Manila to Orion is cancelled due to the weather or other reasons, in which case the trip will be done by road to Bataan and Balanga, and we would not pass through the centre of Manila (lunch in a service station on the road) and an extra 160 km would be done by road.
07.15 hrs.- Puerto Galera, departure from the hotel after breakfast. We take the ferry once more, which will take us back to Batangas, where we take to the road again to go on to Manila
12.00 hrs.- MANILA – Arrival, free time in the modern Seaside Boulevard area, with its lighthouse overlooking the sea, its restaurants and where there will be time for lunch. We take a ferry across Manila Bay. At the time of writing this programme, the ferry is expected to leave at 13.30 hrs.- The crossing takes approximately one hour.
14.30 hrs.- Orion – Arrival on the Bataan Peninsula. We will be told about one of the darkest episodes of the Second World War: the Memorial of the Death March of Bataan. This was a forced march of 101 km done by 76,000 Philippine and United States prisoners of war and civilians. Continuation to Balanga, where there will be time for a stroll in the area of the cathedral of this active provincial city. Dinner included and accommodation (in Balanga or at a nearby point).
Day 6: Balanga- The Philippine Houses of Acuzar- Solano.-
Total distance: 355 km
Scenery: Pretty mountainous scenery travelling to Las Casas, in the afternoon a variety of scenery: farm plains, mountains, etc.
08.30 hrs.- Balanga – Departure -. We cross a beautiful mountain range.
09.30 hrs.- Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar – Arrival-. This is a heritage complex, literally a large open-air museum with more than 20 Spanish colonial buildings and stone houses from different parts of the country. Its creation was the work of the architect José "Jerry" Acuzar. Some of these buildings were turned into luxury accommodation, while others are open to the public for visits. Very pretty surroundings by the ocean, and there is even a chance for a boat trip along its canals. Lunch included.
12.30 hrs.- Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar – Departure. We continue inland on the island of Luzón, pleasant scenery.
18.30 hrs.- SOLANO, at the foot of the mountains on the island, a busy little village. Dinner included and accommodation.
Day 7: Solano- Banaue.-
Distance covered: 85 km
Scenery: Spectacular mountain scenery
Note: We suggest comfortable footwear for strolling in the rice paddies, please also wear correct clothing and be polite and as respectful as possible when we visit the Ifugao people. The hotel in this area is very limited and we have booked what we believe to be the best hotel in the area, a 3* establishment with rather more basic conditions than those we usually offer on our circuits.
08.30 hrs.- Departure -. We travel through impressive scenery, climbing the mountain range. Little villages on our route, we are in the region of the Ifugao ethnic group.
10.30 hrs.- BANAUE –Arrival -. Its rice paddies built 2000 years ago are World Heritage. We are in an area inhabited by the Ifugao, formerly headhunters. We will go to the Banaue viewpoint and stroll among the rice paddies, lunch included. In the afternoon we will visit a typical Ifugao village with its stone and wood houses, and they will tell us about the traditions of this culture. There will also be free time in the afternoon for a dip in the swimming pool or a stroll around the centre of Banaue. Dinner included and accommodation.
Day 8: Banaue- Bontoc- Sagada- Vigan.-
Distance covered: 260 km
Scenery: This is the most beautiful stage with spectacular mountain scenery, rice paddies on terraces, little villages and in which we cross a National Park. At the end of the afternoon, some points with scenery overlooking the China Sea.
08.00 hrs.- Banaue – Departure -. Spectacular high mountain scenery, rice paddies along our route that show us how man has cultivated these lands for 2000 years with incredible architectural skill. 09.30 hrs.- BONTOC, centre of the mountain range, time for a stroll and a coffee and to see the Bontoc Museum that tells us about the indigenous culture, its music, its traditions and numerous old photographs.
10.30 hrs.- Bontoc – Departure -. We go on our winding way through the mountains.
11.15 hrs.- SAGADA, a small town very popular amongst backpackers; we will see its century-old tombs hanging on chalk cliffs, lunch included.
13.00 hrs.- Sagada – Departure -. We carry on towards the China Sea, crossing the Bessang National Park amidst incredible scenery with waterfalls, forests and immense hillsides. We make the occasional stop for photographs.
18.15 hrs.- VIGAN – Arrival -. We will enjoy a night stroll around the city centre, which is now lit up and full of life. The Fountain with its show of lights stands out. Free time for dinner.
Day 9: Vigan- San Agustin de Paoay- Malacanang del Norte- Manila.-
Distance by road: 95 km
Scenery: Plains by the ocean, pleasant scenery
Note: The schedule for this stage may be changed and adapted depending on the time of the flight we take to Manila. In the event of changes, you will be informed in “my trip” around a month before the date of your departure. Keep your documents to hand, you will need them to catch the flight.
09.30 hrs.- We will leave the hotel to include a visit to VIGAN, a city declared UNESCO World Heritage as this is the best preserved Spanish colonial city in Asia, with unique architecture that blends the design of the Asian buildings with those of European construction and colonial architecture. We can also enjoy watching how the earthware ceramic is traditionally made. 11.30 hrs.- Vigan – Departure -. We continue northwards to visit one of the best preserved Baroque churches of the Philippines.
13.00 hrs.- San Agustín de Paoay, a church declared UNESCO World Heritage. It stands out for its enormous buttresses on the sides and at the rear of the building to protect it from earthquakes. Lunch included.
15.00 hrs.- San Agustin – Departure -.
15.30 hrs.- Malacanang del Norte, here is the Presidential Museum of Ferdinand Marcos in a very beautiful mansion by a lake, tickets included.
17.00 hrs.- Malacanang del Norte – Departure -.
17.30 hrs.- LAOAG – Arrival in this capital - Time to stroll around its centre before transfer to the airport. At the time of writing this route, the flight is expected to leave at 21.20 hrs.- (arriving in Manila at 22.30 hrs.-). Please reconfirm your schedule in “my trip” given that there might be changes (a flight might even sometimes be taken first thing in the morning with accommodation provided in Laoag).
Day 10: Manila- Puerto Princesa- Sabang Underground river- Puerto Princesa.-
Distance by road: 150 km
Scenery: Pretty island inland scenery with some spectacular rocky areas.
Note: Flight times may be changed and your route may be altered as a consequence (maintaining all of the planned visits). During the whole of the stay on Palawan Island, we will include the boat trips; take sun cream and we also recommend footwear for walking in the sea (these beautiful waters are also dwelling to jellyfish, sea urchins and other species that can sting). If after Palawan Island you return to Manila, we recommend that you do not take all your luggage with you, only the luggage you might need.
Transfer to the airport after breakfast. We have planned a flight leaving Manila at 09.50 hrs.- (modifications possible). Approximate flight time of one half hours
11.15 hrs.- Puerto Princesa – Arrival -. As soon as we arrive, we will travel to the
13.30 hrs.- National Park of the Sabang Underground River, to the north of Puerto Princesa, UNESCO World Heritage. Lunch included. Where you have lunch, you can also change and put on your swimwear! After this we include a beautiful boat trip … First along the spectacular coastline with its beautiful beaches and then a short ride to see the underground cave. You will be impressed by its stalactites and stalagmites that took thousands of years to form.
17.30 hrs.- Underground River – Departure.
19.15 hrs.- Puerto Princesa – Arrival. This is the capital of the island, a city with a lot of life. Dinner included -.
Day 11: Puerto Princesa- Bay Island- Puerto Princesa.-
Distance by road: 60 km
Note: The glow worm activity might not be able to be done in the high season when demand is too high and long waits are expected. If this activity were not possible, we would make a visit to the Palawan wildlife conservation centre, where we will have the chance to see its large crocodiles.
A day to enjoy. At around 09.30 hrs.-, we leave to take a boat trip from island to island around the Bahía de Honda. We will visit Starfish Island which has the largest population of starfish in the whole of Palawan. Then to Luli Island, an island that rises and sinks at low and high tide. Lunch included in one of the cabins on the island. Then a chance to relax on Pandan Island before returning to the hotel in Puerto Princesa. After the dinner included we will go out to the outskirts of Puerto Princesa where we will find a magic place: enjoy watching the glow worms along the river Ihawig. Return to hotel and accommodation.
Day 12: Puerto Princesa- Taytay- El Nido.-
Total distance: 275 km
Scenery: Pretty scenery travelling to the north of the island and some great views over the sea, mountainous areas.
Note: If our group is of under four participants, the trip to El Nido will be done on regular transport. In this case there would be no stop at the Fortress of Santa Isabel.
08.30 hrs.- Puerto Princesa – Departure -. Trip northwards.
12.15 hrs.- TAYTAY – Arrival - the former capital of the island where we will see the FORTRESS OF SANTA ISABEL, built in Spanish times to defend the city from the Pirate and Muslim incursions. Lunch included.
14.30 hrs.- Taytay – Departure -. Spectacular scenery, views of the sea.
16.00 hrs.- EL NIDO – Arrival -. Free time to explore this beautiful place and rest. Its busy port of fishermen with their bangkas in the mornings is the main base where the excursions leave for the enigmatic islands of the eastern archipelago. Dinner included and accommodation.
Day 13: Islands of El Nido.-
Today you will have one of the most beautiful boat trips that can be done on our planet to see one of the prettiest beaches in the world. We include a tour from island to island. We will visit the Large and Small Lagoon, as well as the Secret Lagoon, where you can take a canoe to one of the most majestic creations of nature, full of chalk cliffs and crystalline waters. Then have a moment’s peace on Shimizu Island, to snorkel and explore the coral, and Commando Beach for a rest. Lunch included and Dinner included this day. Return to the hotel and accommodation
After breakfast, transfer to the airport at the time when you have your flight -. End of our services.
- Europamundo General Services: Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance and breakfast buffet.
- Includes arrival transfer
- Includes departure transfer
- City tour in: MANILA, VIGAN
- Excursion: City of Aseana in MANILA, Village of the Magyans, Boquete Island, Tamaraw waterfall in PUERTO GALERA, N in BANAUE
- Boat: Taal Lake in TAAL, N in BANAUE, Boat trip across the Honda Bay in PUERTO PRINCESA, Boat trip tour of the island in EL NIDO
- Evening transfer: N in BANAUE
- Transfer: N in BANAUE
- Ticket admission: Santiago Fortress, Manila Cathedral, St. Agustine´s Church, Ride on a calesa in MANILA, Taal Volcano in TAAL, Puerto Galera - Island of Luzon in PUERTO GALERA, Memorial of the March of Death in BATAAN, Open-air Museum in PHILIPPINE HOUSES OF ACUZAR, N in BANAUE, Bontoc Museum in BONTOC, Church in SAN AGUSTIN DE PAOAY, Presidential Museum of Ferdinand Marcos in MALACANANG OF THE NORTH, Sabang Underground River National Park in PUERTO PRINCESA, Santa Isabel Fortress in TAYTAY
- Train: N in BANAUE
- Ferry: Batangas - Island of Mindoro in PAGE SEMI-PROTECTED BATANGAS CITY, Manila - Bataan in BATAAN, N in BANAUE
- Funicular: N in BANAUE
- High speed train: N in BANAUE
- Flights included: N in BANAUE, Laoag - Manila in MANILA
- 9 Lunch included in: TAAL, PUERTO GALERA, PHILIPPINE HOUSES OF ACUZAR, BANAUE, SAGADA, SAN AGUSTIN DE PAOAY, PUERTO PRINCESA, TAYTAY, EL NIDO
- 10 dinner included in: MANILA, MANILA, PUERTO GALERA, BALANGA CITY, SOLANO, BANAUE, PUERTO PRINCESA, PUERTO PRINCESA, EL NIDO, EL NIDO
HOTEL TRYP BY WYNDHAM MALL OF ASIA MANILA28408000
Seaside Boulevard, Corner J.W. Diokno Blvd, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay
HOTEL SUNSET AT ANINUAN BEACH RESORT28972652
Aninuan, Puerto Galera
000 PUERTO GALERA
THE PLAZA HOTEL BALANGA CITY472371037
J.P. Rizal Street, Poblacion, City of Balanga,Bataan, Filipinas
2100 BALANGA CITY
HOTEL 24/7 INN9175533623
No. 6 Pan-Philippine Hwy, Bayombong, 3700 Nueva Vizcaya
BANAUE HOTEL & YOUTH HOSTEL743864088
LLogue, Banaue, Filipinas
ONE VITTORIA HOTEL77604005
National Highway, Cabalanggan, Bantay, Ilocos Sur
BEST WESTERN PLUS THE IVYWALL HOTEL26571192
Rizal Ave, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
5300 PUERTO PRINCESA
Lio Tourism Estate, Palawan, El Nido
5313 EL NIDO
RIZAL PARK HOTEL88048700
South Road Drive T.M. Kalaw Exension, Ermita,
Lio Tourism Estate, El Nido, Palawan
5310 EL NIDO
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