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Take in the sights of Luzon, from the capital city of Manila to the colonial Spanish village of Vigan. See the remarkable of hanging coffins of Sagada and the immense rice terraces of Banaue before taking some time to unwind in the ecological wonderland of El Nido on the island province of Palawan.
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You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Manila, answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the first day.
Located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay on the island of Luzon, Manila is the capital city and the gateway to the 7,107 islands of the Philippines. The city is the centre of government and the political, economic and industrial heart of the country. You will find Manila to be an interesting mix of the old and the new, where you will find old colonial Spanish churches in the shadows of gleaming high-rise structures. Manila is an ever-expanding metropolis that is constantly drawing people in from across the country looking for work, and swallowing up the surrounding villages and rice fields in the name of new development.
This morning depart Manila for Banaue where you will see the breathtaking site of whole ranges of mountains, terraced from top to bottom for the cultivation of rice. The centuries old terraces have been sculptured and carved out of the steep mountain sides by the Ifugao people with nothing but their bare hands and crude stone implements.
Arrive in the late afternoon, check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Take a ride in a Jeepney to the junction where you will start your trek along the Batad Trail. From the head of the trail, hike over a steep ridge into the bowl shaped valley on the other side which has the most stunning rice terraces in the region.
In the afternoon, proceed to the village of Banga-An where you will meet the Ifugao village folk. You will have the chance to visit the wet market and witness a typical Ifugao market day.
At the end of the hike return to your hotel in Banaue.
This morning depart Banaue, driving along winding mountain roads to the town of Bontoc. Bontoc is the historical capital of the Cordillera mountain province and home of the Bontoc Tribe, an indigenous people who actively engaged in tribal warfare up until the 1930s.
Visit the Bontoc Museum, founded by the Belgian nuns who have been active in this area for decades. The museum displays local artefacts and old photos and has a number of traditional houses that you can look around.
On arrival into Sagada check into your hotel then set out to explore this quaint little town. With its towering pine trees, famous hanging coffins, subterranean caves used as burial grounds by the natives, eminent limestone cliffs and scenic falls, Sagada is an incredibly unique and picturesque place to visit. You will have the opportunity to hike along some easy going trails which lead to some mountain summits with outstanding panoramic views.
This morning depart Sagada for Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines due to its cool climate, and the gateway to the Cordillera Mountains. On arrival check in to your hotel then set out on an afternoon sightseeing tour of Baguio City. Visit Burnham Park, Mines View Park, Camp John Hay, Baguio Cathedral, Tam-Awan Village with its reconstructed Ifugao and Kalinga huts, Woodcarver’s Village and Saint Louis Filigree Shop.
Depart Baguio this morning for the town of Vigan. You will arrive into Vigan in the late afternoon, check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Vigan is unique as it is one of only a few Hispanic towns in the Philippines that retains it’s colonial buildings and cobblestone streets giving it a very Spanish feel. The style of architecture here is a fusion of traditional Filipino building designs with colonial Spanish architecture, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This morning take a tour of Vigan in a kalesa. Visit the main street, Calle Crisologo and wander around taking in the sights of this beautiful and unique old town.
This afternoon set out on the 3 hour drive to the city of Laoag.
This morning take a city tour of Laoag, the capital city of the province of Ilocos Norte and the northernmost city in the Philippines. Take in the sites such as the Ilocos Norte museum and the sinking bell tower.
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Manila, on arrival you will transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to El Nido on the island province of Palawan, on arrival you will be met by your guide and transfer to your hotel.
El Nido is a municipality located in the north of Palawan, about 238 kilometres northwest of Palawan’s capital, Puerto Princesa. El Nido’s name come from the edible nests of Swiftlets that are found in the crevices of its limestone cliffs. These nests, “nido” in Spanish, are the main ingredient for the local delicacy, nido soup.
El Nido is considered to be a showcase of Palawan’s geology and diverse wildlife. Its majestic limestone cliffs stand guard over crystal clear waters, which are home to hundreds of species of tropical fish and coral, and three species of endangered sea turtles. El Nido’s forests are home to over 100 species of birds, a large number of which are endemic to Palawan.
Today is a day at leisure to relax on the beautiful beaches of El Nido or take part in activities such as island hopping, cave exploration, diving and snorkelling.
Today is a day at leisure in El Nido.
Today is a day at leisure in El Nido.
Today you will transfer to the airport for your flight back to Manila from where you will connect with your departure flight.
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|Standard:||from AU $5,382|
|Superior:||from AU $5,512|
|Deluxe:||from AU $6,379|
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Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.
• All entrance fees
• All transportation
• English speaking driver/guide
• All accommodation with daily breakfast
This trip package includes 2 internal flights (Laoag - Manila, Manila - El Nido and El Nido - Manila) which retail at about 200AUD per flight.
Availability of accommodation and season.