• a group of bushes with Chocolate Hills in the background

Essential Philippines Tour

Discover some of the Philippines' best loved attractions on this wonderful 7 day tour. Your journey will start in the bustling capital Manila where you can explore the historic part of the city before flying south to the tropical island of Bohol with it's amazing natural scenery, culture and blissful beaches. Finally, take the express ferry to Cebu for yet more history and culture and the option to extend your stay at one of the beach resorts in Mactan. This popular tour comes highly recommended for first time visitors to the Philippines and a variety of extensions are available either at the beginning or the end allowing you to create your perfect itinerary.

Duration
7 days
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Manila

Trip highlights

  • Manila's Old Town District
  • Chocolate Hills, Tarsiers and beautiful beaches in Bohol
  • Cebu's Fort San Pedro and Carbon Market
  • Ideal combination of city, beach and nature

Upon arrival in Manila, meet and greet at airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Dusit Thani Manila or similar

After breakfast at your hotel, start your day with a morning tour of Manila. Visit Rizal Park, named in honour of the country's national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal and after a photo-stop proceed to Intramuros, the Walled City. Highlights include Fort Santiago, an old fortress at the mouth of the Pasig River. Later, stop by San Agustin Church and Casa Manila. Crossing the Pasig River, drive by Quiapo District, the old downtown area and the flower market to Santo Tomas University and the Chinese Cemetery, the mausoleums of which are larger than average sized houses.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Dusit Thani Manila or similar

Enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel before proceeding to Manila Airport for your flight to Tagbilaran in Bohol. Upon arrival, transfer to your beach hotel in Bohol. The rest of the morning is free to enjoy the beautiful beach and in the afternoon you will depart for a short tour of Tagbilaran city.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Bohol Beach Club or similar

After breakfast, depart for a full day tour of Bohol's wonderful countryside. Highlights include the centuries-old Baclayon Church, the man-made forest of Bilar, a traditional blacksmith shop, the tarsier sanctuary and the famous Chocolate Hills, several hundreds of uniformly-shaped limestone hills that look like oversized chocolate drops in summer when the grass turns brown. Afterwards, proceed to Loboc for a cruise down the Loay River, passing riverside villages, mangrove and nipa palm plantations.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Bohol Beach Club or similar

Today is at leisure to relax on the beautiful beach and enjoy the facilities on offer at your hotel. You may also like to book an optional tour (payable locally).

Suggested Accommodation

  • Bohol Beach Club or similar

After breakfast transfer to the city pier and take the ferry to Cebu (approx. one hour and 30 minutes). Upon arrival in Cebu, take a city tour visiting the momument of the Filipino chieftain, Lapu-Lapu, the Basilica of the 400-year old Image of the Child Jesus, the shrine of the Cross of Magellan, the Spanish Fort of San Pedro, the fully-restored 17th century mansion called Casa Gorordo, the Taoist Temple and the Carbon Public Market. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort or similar

Today is at leisure until your transfer to Mactan Airport for onward journey, or alternatively extend your stay in Cebu to enjoy the beaches and nearby dive sites.

Included

  • Accommodation as detailed in double or twin room with private facilities (alternative but similar hotels may need to be used at certain times of year).
  • Air conditioned private transportation.
  • Services of an English speaking local driver/guide.
  • Meals included as stated.
  • Ferry ticket from Tagbilaran, Bohol to Cebu.

Not included

  • International flights from the UK and domestic flights
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary.