Philippines Discovery: Manila & Boracay

7 days from $2,135 per person*
  • Explore the highlights and enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Manila.
  • Feast on a delicious meal at the Picnic Grove, overlooking Taal Lake.
  • End with plenty of time to relax on the tranquil beaches of Boracay.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
Request a Quote

As your small motorboat slides onto the sandy bank of a deserted beach and your attentive guides set up a gourmet seaside picnic, all that’s left to do is allow the turquoise waters of this remote paradise wash away your stresses.

Tour Manila’s modern commercial and financial district, then see a quieter part of the city at historic Rizal Park, explore the region’s rich medieval Spanish heritage in the Walled City of Intramuros, pay your respects to the 37,000 fallen soldiers of World War II at American Memorial Park, and dive into the city’s vibrant nightlife. Fly to the island paradise of Boracay, where a motorboat tour will reveal remote, secret beaches and a stunning rainforest trek will lead you through striking caves filled with fruit bats, to a breathtaking network of seven waterfall pools, and into a dense mangrove forest.

From the hustle and busy of manic Manila to the serene deserted beaches of Boracay, this extensive tour combines the pleasures of the modern Philippines with its rich Spanish-influenced history and its untouched tropical islands. Your team of experienced local guides and private drivers will bring the many cultural, historic, and natural sites of this island nation to life as you enjoy time to relax and recharge in a collection of premium hotels and stunning island beach resorts. ... Show More »

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Manila to Makati (Manila)
    Manila to Makati (Manila)
    • Transfer - Private - Manila Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 2 Manila to Makati (Manila)
    Manila to Makati (Manila)
    • Private - 1/2 Day Old & New Manila City Tour (4hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Private - Manila by Night with Dinner (4hrs) - vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 3 Manila to Makati (Manila)
    Manila to Makati (Manila)
    • Private - Tagaytay with Lunch (7hrs) - Driver/Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 4 Manila to Caticlan to Boracay
    Manila to Caticlan to Boracay
    • Transfer - Private - Manila Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Manila - Caticlan [(1hr)] - Economy
    • Caticlan - Boracay [Airport (Diniwid)] - Vehicle/Boat
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Boracay
    Boracay
    • Private - 1/2 Day Island-Hopping Tour with Lunch (4hrs) - Driver/Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Boracay
    Boracay
    • Private - Hacienda Maria Tour with Lunch (8hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Boracay to Caticlan
    Boracay to Caticlan
    • Boracay - Caticlan [Airport (South & Main Beach)] - Driver/Vehicle/Guide
    • Caticlan - Manila [(45mins)] - Economy
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
Kensington Advantage
Personalized itinerary with private guide & driver. Award winning value.
  • Personalized itinerary that fits like a glove
  • Full attention of your own private guide & driver
  • In-country offices for 24/7 peace of mind
  • Multi-award winning
  • 30,000 delighted clients

With the inside track on the new, the old, the off-the-beaten track and the out-of-this-world, you won't find a more knowledgeable team of destination specialists.

Meet Our Experts
Curators of extraordinary experiences, you won't find a more skillful team.
30,000 Delighted Customers
"Kensington, you've done it again...perfection!"

Don't take our word for it.
Here's what our clients say.

"Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent."

Newsletter Subscription
Have our hand picked trips, news & specials delivered to you.
Thank you for signing up!

Your details have been received and processed successfully.

Day 1: Manila - Makati (Manila)

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Hotel Céleste (3*)

Located in the heart of the city of Makati, Hotel Céleste offers sophisticated rooms and superb service to meet every guest’s pampering requirements. It is within walking distance of main tourist attractions, restaurants, parks, and the Central Business District. Subtle Euro modern style creates an ideal atmosphere to rejuvenate the body and energize the mind after a busy day. The understated rich texture, fine furnishings, and absolute comfort are only a few of the hotel’s promises.

Makati
Makati
Hotel Céleste
Hotel Céleste

Day 2: Manila - Makati (Manila)

Begin your day visiting Rizal Park where the country’s national hero was executed. You will then head onto the Walled City of Intramuros and tour Fort Santiago, a Spanish medieval fortress that used to be Spain’s most durable bastion in the East.  A stop will also be made at San Agustin church. After exploring San Agustin Church, you will drive through Ayala Avenue in Makati, the modern commercial and financial district of the country. Proceed to the American Memorial Park marking over 37000 soldiers who died during WWII, then to the reclaimed areas where the convention centres, art’s venue, and Mall of Asia.

Rhythmical excitement is Manila after sundown. You will start your evening with a delicious Philippine gourmet dinner and then begin your adventure with visiting one or two bars, which provide live music and entertainment. After spending time at the bars, you can have the option of being dropped off at a club, the casino or take a walk along Malate or Makati city as you head your way back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Céleste (3*)
Grilled Seafood Dinner
Grilled Seafood Dinner
Fort Santiago
Fort Santiago

Day 3: Manila - Makati (Manila)

Tagaytay is a component city in the province of Cavite. It is known to be one of the country's most popular tourist destinations because of its outstanding scenery and cooler climate. Not only is it a popular destination for foreign travelers, but also locals who want to get away from the busy city. Tagaytay offers several leisure activities including horseback riding, boat ride, zip lining, and dining. Lunch will be served at the Picnic Grove, the perfect place to overlook Taal Lake, and provides spectacular view of the Taal Volcano Island. 

Accommodation: Hotel Céleste (3*)
Taal Lake
Taal Lake

Day 4: Manila - Caticlan - Boracay

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Manila to Caticlan. Flight time is approximately 1 hour.

Transfer from the airport in Caticlan to Diniwid beach, Boracay with a private vehicle and driver.

Accommodation: Nami Resort (3*)

Experience the magnificence of Boracay a hundred feet above sea level at the Nami Resort in Diniwid Beach. Perched on a verdant cliff in a secluded cove of palm trees and white sand beaches, the boutique resort of Nami Boracay takes guests off the beaten path of the island and into a relaxation and adventure haven. The Nami Resort in Boracay offers a breathtaking, 180-degree vista of Boracay Island. And that is just a taste of things to come at the Nami Resort. Inside the resort, guests are bound to be enchanted as well by the authentic Filipino charm of the Nami butler services, the rated Triple A rooms, and the world-class resort facilities and amenities that all aim to exceed guest satisfaction.

Boracay
Boracay
Nami Resort
Nami Resort

Day 5: Boracay

Explore the whole island of Boracay and the small neighbouring islands by motorboat. Discover the other beaches away from the hustle and bustle of central Boracay as you enjoy a picnic lunch on one of the islands.  

Accommodation: Nami Resort (3*)
White Sand Beach
White Sand Beach

Day 6: Boracay

Pull away from the sandy beaches of Boracay and immerse yourself into the amazing world of Panay Island. You will get acquainted with the local culture, customs and traditions in the villages which are located high in the mountains amidst a wonderful tropical forest.

Accommodation: Nami Resort (3*)
Panay Island
Panay Island

Day 7: Boracay - Caticlan

Enjoy a transfer from Boracay to Caticlan Airport. You will take a 15 minute transfer and ferry ride, followed by a 10 minute drive by private vehicle to the airport. 

Fly from Caticlan to Manila. Flight time is approximately 45 minutes.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Hotel Céleste (3*): Makati (Manila)

Located in the heart of the city of Makati, Hotel Céleste offers sophisticated rooms and superb service to meet every guest’s pampering requirements. It is within walking distance of main tourist attractions, restaurants, parks, and the Central Business District. Subtle Euro modern style creates an ideal atmosphere to rejuvenate the body and energize the mind after a busy day. The understated rich texture, fine furnishings, and absolute comfort are only a few of the hotel’s promises.

Hotel Céleste
Hotel Céleste

Nami Resort (3*): Boracay

Experience the magnificence of Boracay a hundred feet above sea level at the Nami Resort in Diniwid Beach. Perched on a verdant cliff in a secluded cove of palm trees and white sand beaches, the boutique resort of Nami Boracay takes guests off the beaten path of the island and into a relaxation and adventure haven. The Nami Resort in Boracay offers a breathtaking, 180-degree vista of Boracay Island. And that is just a taste of things to come at the Nami Resort. Inside the resort, guests are bound to be enchanted as well by the authentic Filipino charm of the Nami butler services, the rated Triple A rooms, and the world-class resort facilities and amenities that all aim to exceed guest satisfaction.

Nami Resort
Nami Resort
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Elizabeth W — June 24, 2015 — Asia

    Excellent trip. All of the guides were professional and top quality. We were able to see many sights due to their knowledge of the train system and they also taught us how to get around on our own. The guides also recommended places to see on our own time and all worth while. In addition they taught us local customs and foods that we needed to try in that region. Very helpful. Special day was with our guide on the Fish Market and sushi making tour, made sushi personally with her. She made it a very special day. Great tour for those who want guides but also some free time on our own. The guides were always on time, the transportation on time and everyone was so nice and helpful. We also appreciated not having to be in a large group of strangers and the one on one quality of the tour. Was not sure what to expect but the trip met all expectations and then some. Will use Kensington again and will refer friends.

  • Lynn m — June 18, 2015 — Asia

    We booked all accommodation ourselves so not rated on survey. Kensington did a perfect job for us customizing all our transportation needs at the airport, ferry, hotel or boat transfer. There was always someone waiting with a sing on the correct day, time and place. As well the guides we used were friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and spoke English well. Our travel consultant Marc Sison was excellent always prompt returning my call or email as well as making fabulous suggestions like going to Oslob to snorkel with the Whale Sharks, an absolute highlight of our trip. Our trip to the Philippines was primarily to snorkel and we were not disappointed, the water was warm and clear with lots of fish, coral, sea snakes, sting rays and even a couple of black tipped reef sharks. Of course there were turtles but we have seem many in our past snorkeling. This has created another way of traveling. Thanks! All the categories on the survey I rate as 10.

  • Maynard Fossum — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    My trip to China proved to be an outstanding experience. Each location provided excellent learning and entertainment opportunities. The country was very impressive both in its deep history and in the huge modernization that has taken place in recent decades. The tour guides at each location were well informed and able to answer questions while also offering detailed information at all sites. It was a pleasure to be so well taken care of. The guides and drivers were always helpful. The meals on the tour were delicious and varied. I was pleased with the choice of restaurants. The hotels were comfortable and well located. I will recommend Kensington Tours.

  • FayeLaing — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    I was a bit nervous about visiting Myanmar. Thanks to the outstanding help and planning via Kensington Tours, everything went off without a hitch!! It was a fantastic experience, that I would recommend to anyone with a spirit of adventure.

  • Craig Gelman — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent.

  • Ruth Reinhard — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    The trip was fantastic!!!Each guide and driver gave us so much information and were so helpful. They made sure that they took good care of our well being and requests. My husband, who we all call "the reluctant traveler" said, halfway through the trip, where are we going next? He said if he can go with Kensington then he will go anyplace. Thanks for making our trip to China a memorable experience.

  • SixtoCastenada Jr. — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    100% satisfied! We had a wonderful trip. Our travel adviser, Tony Newman put together a tour that included everywhere we wanted to visit and within our very limited time frame. Conrad, who booked our transportation was very professional. The tour guides, hotel accommodations and transportation arrangements were all excellent. We will be using Kensington Tours again!

  • TerryCreighton — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    We were so impressed with all aspects of the trip that Kensington arranged for us - even at short notice. The itinerary was perfectly planned, full of extra activities like riding an elephant and a water buffalo cart ride. The guides were wonderful in all the places we went and the travel was easy between locations. Vietnam is a wonderful destination and Angkor Wat is amazing too. We loved the overnight on the boat in Halong Bay and the train ride to Sapa. The day we spent trekking between indigenous villages in the mountains of Sapa was one of the most interesting days of my life! We have travelled a lot and this was one of the best trips we have ever taken.

  • Olive Ramchand — June 03, 2014 — Asia

    I have to admit, this was the BEST vacation I ever had. The tour was nothing less than Fantastic! The hotels were great, the guides were great, the transportation was great, the places were great, the people were great, the food was great and last but not least China, itself was out of this world. I'm so glad I booked this tour and would recommend this to anyone. Thanks so much for all your help, your interest and your recommendations. Steve in China was so attentive, he called constantly to make sure everything was fine. We really had a fabulous time and even my jaded husband who normally only seems to care about where the nearest golf course is, was impressed and had a wonderful time.

    Thanks again, and unto the next vacation (although I don't know how we would top this one!!)

  • Jeanne Tarvin — April 21, 2014 — Asia

    The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

* USD per person, double occupancy. Custom designed personal tour. Prices subject to change.

Kensington Tours is committed to protecting your privacy and ensuring you have a positive experience on our website. You can read our complete Privacy Policy here. You can Contact Us here.

National Geographic Traveler : 50 Tours of a Lifetime 2014 Travel + Leisure : World's Best Award 2014 Family National Geographic Traveler : 50 Tours of a Lifetime