Philippines Exclusive: Manila & Palawan

7 days from $3650 *
  • Enjoy a boat ride for incredible views of the Taal Volcano.
  • Trek along the nature trails of Pangulasian Island.
  • Snorkel alongside hundreds of vibrant fish.
  • Indulge in relaxing spa treatments.
  • Featuring five-star hotels.
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From the colorful local bars of Manila where life is fast and loud, to a serene sunset cocktail in an elegant island paradise, discover the dual personalities of the Philippines.

From the bustling modern commercial and financial district to the silence that descends as you explore the medieval Spanish fortress in the Walled City of Intramuros, Manila is a thrilling mixture of serene parks, significant historic sites and colorful local bars and restaurants that pulse with the rhythm of the Philippines. In Palawan, you’ll arrive at the exclusive Pangulasian Island where pampering is an art from and relaxed elegance a way of life. Simply choose to spend your time between your resort’s sumptuous day spa and its pristine stretch of beach, or get adventurous on a diving trip, nature hike, or a cruise of the surrounding 45 idyllic islands and islets where you’ll find your personal paradise. ... Show More »

This excellent trip tells two very different tales. From bustling Manila where colorful local bars host an international mix of revelers, to the luxurious Pangulasian Island where the only sound to disturb you is the gentle lap of the tide on pristine white sand beaches. Your experienced team of local guides and private drivers will ensure you see Manila at its vibrant best, and leave everything to the incredible hospitality staff at your luxury island resort who will transport you to a serene paradise.

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)
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Transfer - Private - Manila Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 2 Manila to Makati (Manila)
    Manila to Makati (Manila)
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Old & New Manila City Tour (4hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Tour - Private - Manila by Night with Dinner (4hrs) - vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 3 Manila to Makati (Manila)
    Manila to Makati (Manila)
    • Tour - Private - Taal Volcano Advenutre Trek with Lunch (8.5hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 4 Manila to El Nido
    Manila to El Nido
    • Transfer - Private - Manila Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Manila - El Nido [(1hr, 15min)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Shared - Pangulasian Resort - Vehicle/Boat
  • Day 5 El Nido
    El Nido
    • Optional Activities - Pangulasian Resort - Activities
  • Day 6 El Nido
    El Nido
    • At Leisure
  • Day 7 El Nido
    El Nido
    • Transfer - Shared - Pangulasian Resort - Vehicle/Boat
    • El Nido - Manila [(1hr, 15min)] - 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.
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Day 1: Manila - Makati (Manila)

For your added comfort, your guide will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it. Your guide will assist you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

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

Accommodation: Makati Shangri-La (5*)

A stay at Makati Shangri-La, Manila, is an unforgettable one. The hotel offers you the opportunity to experience the heart of Manila from the very centre of Makati's most prestigious business, shopping, and entertainment district. The hotel is within walking distance from some of the most popular shopping malls in Manila, which include Glorietta, Greenbelt, and SM Department Store. The hotel is located just 20 minutes away from the airport and is a luxurious sanctuary for all travellers. Makati Shangri-La is one of the quintessential Makati hotels in Manila and has 696 of the city’s largest and most beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites. Discover international cuisine and have an excellent dining experience at Makati Shangri-La’s award-winning restaurants and bars. 

Makati
Makati
Makati Shangri-La
Makati Shangri-La

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: Makati Shangri-La (5*)
Fort Santiago
Fort Santiago
Grilled Seafood Dinner
Grilled Seafood Dinner

Day 3: Manila - Makati (Manila)

Begin your day at St. Joseph’s Church to see the Bamboo Organ, the first of its kind and to this day is still being used during church services and international competitions. After visiting St. Joseph’s Church, you will drive to Tagaytay, passing through ranges of fruit and vegetable plantations, while seeing the Taal Volcano from a distance. Taal Volcano is the smallest volcano in the world and is set on an island within the lake. You will board a boat that will take you on a light trek to get a view of the volcano. Lunch will be served after the trek.

Accommodation: Makati Shangri-La (5*)
Taal Volcano
Taal Volcano

Day 4: Manila - El Nido

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

Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI) offers daily flights from Manila to El Nido. Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes using a 50-seater ATR aircraft.

From the El Nido Airport, you will take a 25-minute boat ride to the Pangulasian Island Resort.

Accommodation: Pangulasian Resort (5*)

Pangulasian Island is El Nido’s luxury island hideaway in Bacuit Bay, El Nido. The resort is set fronting a pristine beach and against a backdrop of tropical forest. Also known as the “Island of the Sun”, Pangulasian has breathtaking views of both the sunrise and sunset. Frolic in the 750-metre stretch of white sand beach and be amazed by the marine sanctuary right at its doorstep. Discover diverse flora and fauna thriving in its forest. The resort offers a total of 42 deluxe accommodations built with contemporary Filipino and cutting edge “green” design. Resort facilities include a boutique, library, restaurant and bar at the Clubhouse, an infinity pool with beach bar, gym, spa, hiking trail with view deck, Scuba Shack, and marine sports centre.

El Nido
El Nido
Pangulasian Resort
Pangulasian Resort

Day 5: El Nido

Pangulasian Island appeals to the highly discerning traveler looking for exclusivity and bespoke pampering. Once on the island, there are many optional hotel activities to particpate in. We have not added any specific inclusions, as many guests choose to simply relax! Pangulasian Island Spa offers a variety of Asian, European, and tropical face and body treatments, including the traditional Filipino hilot massage. Soak in some sun at Pangulasian’s gorgeous beach.  Have a cocktail, take a dip and relax poolside.   Go on nature walks. Sample local handicrafts at the boutique, hit the gym, or visit the library. El Nido has more than 20 diving sites, all easily accessible from Pangulasian Island. Pangulasian Island is a PADI 5-star resort with a complete line of diving equipment and offers a variety of dive courses. Snorkel at the house reef and meet some of the hundreds of fish species and other interesting sea creatures of the El Nido protected area. Go trekking at Pangulasian Island’s nature trail. Discover wildlife flourishing in their natural habitat.  Go stargazing. The 45 islands and islets of El Nido and the surrounding sea present endless opportunities for adventure and nature appreciation. Just minutes away are several natural attractions, including Cathedral Cave, Cudugnon Cave, Snake Island, and the Big and Small Lagoons.

Accommodation: Pangulasian Resort (5*)
Day at the Spa
Day at the Spa

Day 6: El Nido

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Pangulasian Resort (5*)

Day 7: El Nido

From the El Nido Airport, you will take a 25-minute boat ride to the Pangulasian Island Resort.

Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI) offers daily flights from El Nido to Manila. Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes using a 50-seater ATR aircraft.

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.

Makati Shangri-La (5*): Makati (Manila)

A stay at Makati Shangri-La, Manila, is an unforgettable one. The hotel offers you the opportunity to experience the heart of Manila from the very centre of Makati's most prestigious business, shopping, and entertainment district. The hotel is within walking distance from some of the most popular shopping malls in Manila, which include Glorietta, Greenbelt, and SM Department Store. The hotel is located just 20 minutes away from the airport and is a luxurious sanctuary for all travellers. Makati Shangri-La is one of the quintessential Makati hotels in Manila and has 696 of the city’s largest and most beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites. Discover international cuisine and have an excellent dining experience at Makati Shangri-La’s award-winning restaurants and bars. 

Makati Shangri-La
Makati Shangri-La
Makati Shangri-La Lobby
Makati Shangri-La Lobby

Pangulasian Resort (5*): El Nido

Pangulasian Island is El Nido’s luxury island hideaway in Bacuit Bay, El Nido. The resort is set fronting a pristine beach and against a backdrop of tropical forest. Also known as the “Island of the Sun”, Pangulasian has breathtaking views of both the sunrise and sunset. Frolic in the 750-metre stretch of white sand beach and be amazed by the marine sanctuary right at its doorstep. Discover diverse flora and fauna thriving in its forest. The resort offers a total of 42 deluxe accommodations built with contemporary Filipino and cutting edge “green” design. Resort facilities include a boutique, library, restaurant and bar at the Clubhouse, an infinity pool with beach bar, gym, spa, hiking trail with view deck, Scuba Shack, and marine sports centre.

Pangulasian Resort
Pangulasian Resort
Pangulasian Resort Reception
Pangulasian Resort Reception
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.
  • Hans M. — July 15, 2016 — Asia

    From start to end of the program was excellent - flights, guides, drivers and hotel accommodations.Had never experienced from other Travel Companies. My my Family and I thank Kensington Tours personnel for a job well done.

  • Steven T. — June 15, 2016 — Asia

    We found Kensington of great assistance in helping us extend our recent trip to Japan with days on private tour to Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Miyajima. Astrid Di Paolo was our Kensington travel designer and was a delight to work with - very conscientious and attentive to every detail of our trip.

  • Sydney L. — June 08, 2016 — Asia

    This trip was unforgettable. I start medical school in July and wanted to do one last family trip before starting school (and no longer having summers). China and Tibet were unbelievable. The Holy Lake and Great Wall pictures alone were worth the money spent on the trip. My father loved the monasteries in Tibet as well. He is a history nerd and loved hearing the stories from 600 AD and witnessing the great stupas. Nepal was amazing as well, although I would have loved to have seen the sites before the earthquakes. All of our guides were friendly, knowledgeable and took the time to make sure we had enough water and were safe. Would recommend Kensington Tours to all of my friends and will definitely book again using them!

  • Ma. Cecilia J — June 01, 2016 — Asia

    Everything was great!

  • Loretta H. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    Very enjoyable trip. We had a private guide and driver. All very knowledgeable. Always met us at the airport and even waited for us when our flight was delayed. The price was well worth the money spent. Thank you Kensington Tours!

  • Marnie T. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    The local guides were very sweet, knowledgeable and accommodating to our itinerary desires.

  • Diana S. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    The local guides in Japan were all so pleasant and very knowledgeable of the areas we visited. They often shared personal stories which further enhanced our enjoyment of the tours.

  • Byron M. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    That was the single greatest experience of my life.

  • James G. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    We were very impressed by the quality of the tour. Everything worked as planned - our guides met us on time every time, the hotels were well selected and met our needs precisely, the itinerary was well chosen. We would like to call out the expertise and friendliness of our guides. They added immensely to the success of the trip. All of the guides were great but we want to especially express appreciation for the guides in Ho Chi Minh City and Angkor Wat. They helped make us feel like we were speaking with friends about the countries and places they lived in.

  • Jessica A. — May 19, 2016 — Asia

    My guide, Michi, was an absolute doll! She was so helpful and so accommodating when I wanted to alter the itinerary. She went above and beyond to ensure I had a great experience. Jessica Clements is a saint. I don't know how she deals with me and my 1,000,000 questions and tendency to change my mind every other day. Rock on.

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.

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