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Manila, Puerto Galera and North of Philippines

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Itinerary

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:
After breakfast, end of our services.

Price includes

Included

  • Europamundo General Services: Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance and breakfast buffet.
  • Includes arrival 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 6 Lunch included in: TAAL, PUERTO GALERA, PHILIPPINE HOUSES OF ACUZAR, BANAUE, SAGADA, SAN AGUSTIN DE PAOAY
  • 6 dinner included in: MANILA, MANILA, PUERTO GALERA, BALANGA CITY, SOLANO, BANAUE

Planned Hotels

PHILIPPINES
HOTEL TRYP BY WYNDHAM MALL OF ASIA MANILA
****
28408000

Seaside Boulevard, Corner J.W. Diokno Blvd, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay
1308 MANILA
FILIPINAS
HOTEL SUNSET AT ANINUAN BEACH RESORT
***
28972652

Aninuan, Puerto Galera
000 PUERTO GALERA
FILIPINAS
THE PLAZA HOTEL BALANGA CITY
***
472371037

J.P. Rizal Street, Poblacion, City of Balanga,Bataan, Filipinas
2100 BALANGA CITY
FILIPINAS
HOTEL 24/7 INN
***
9175533623

No. 6 Pan-Philippine Hwy, Bayombong, 3700 Nueva Vizcaya
3700 SOLANO
FILIPINAS
BANAUE HOTEL & YOUTH HOSTEL
***
743864088

LLogue, Banaue, Filipinas
000 BANAUE
FILIPINAS
ONE VITTORIA HOTEL
***
77604005

National Highway, Cabalanggan, Bantay, Ilocos Sur
2727 VIGAN
FILIPINAS
RIZAL PARK HOTEL
****
88048700

South Road Drive T.M. Kalaw Exension, Ermita,
1000 MANILA
FILIPINAS
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