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As you follow a serene river through remote rainforest, the peaceful lap of the gentle tide is suddenly replaced with a raging waterfall that spills into a series of pristine pools in a place of impossible natural beauty.
Drink in Manila’s rich history as you tour the medieval Spanish fortress in the Walled City of Intramuros, visit the oldest stone church in the Philippines and pay your respects to the 37,000 fallen soldiers at rest in the American Memorial Park. When the sun sets, Manila comes out to play and you’ll see all the action on a guided tour of some of the best-loved local bars in the city. Leave the city and enter the Philippines’ island paradise where you’ll explore the deserted beaches of Boracay on a motorboat; stroll among the beautiful stalagmites and stalactites in Panay cave; trek to idyllic rainforest waterfalls; visit the historic Megellan’s Cross at Cebu; cruise to the serene Starfish, Bat and Snakes Islands off stunning Honda Bay; and meet the playful monkeys of the Underground River in Puerto Princesa.
From having your fortune read in a Taoist Temple hidden deep within mountainous rainforest, to watching traditional craftsmanship in practice in island villages, this extensive trip will introduce you to the warm people of this wonderful country whose beautiful smiles are matched only by its stunning island vistas. Your experienced team of local guides and private drivers will be at your side to help you get the most out of every experience, and you’ll stay at a series of luxurious island resorts that will exceed all your expectations.
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A transfer between the aiport and your hotel with a private vehicle and English speaking guide is provided.
Peninsula Manila stands out in a city where a classically elegant hotel with international standards is highly appreciated. A reliable haven of comfortable accommodation where guests can choose panoramic city views from either the Ayala or the Makati Tower room, and popular restaurants that serve a combination of Asian and International cuisines. The hotel is as much a favourite with the local cognoscenti as it is with visiting guests. Peninsula Manila is exceptional amongst its peers, its imposing architecture reflecting the impressive service within.
You will begin your day visiting the historical urban park, Rizal Park, which is located in the heart of Manila where the country’s national hero was executed. You will then head to the Walled City of Intramuros where you will take a tour of Fort Santiago, a Spanish medieval fortress that used to be Spain’s most durable bastion in the East. As well, you will stop at San Agustin Church, the oldest stone church in the Philippines. After exploring San Agustin Church, you will drive through Ayala Avenue in Makati, the modern commercial and financial district of the country and proceed through the American memorial Park which marks the 37,000 soldiers who died during WWII and head towards the convention centers, art’s venue, and Mall of Asia.
Fly from Manila to Caticlan.
Enjoy a transfer from Caticlan Airport to Boracay. You will be taken on a 10 minute drive by private vehicle to the pier, followed by a 15 minute ferry ride and transfer to your resort.
Step onto the beautiful shores and indulge in the very finest of island hospitality. Discovery Shores Boracay sits strategically on the stretch of powder-fine sand know as Boracay's White Beach, providing premium all-suite accommodations and world-class amenities right on the island's most coveted location. Boasting an unrivaled level of luxury guest services and the best beachfront accommodations in Boracay, Discovery Shores has been consistently voted by Travel + Leisure readers as one of the Top Resorts in Asia. Listed among T+L's World's Best Hotels for three years running, it is also the first and one of only three Philippine resorts to be included in the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World Collection.
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 in one of the islands.
The tour takes you from your hotel on Boracay to a cave in Panay, where you will see thousands of fruit-eating bats and beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. You will then head to the waterfalls where there are 7 pools that vary in sizes and depth. You can also trek along the river on top of the waterfalls. After visiting the waterfalls, you will have lunch at a local restaurant close by the waterfalls. After lunch, you will explore the 150 hectare Mangrove forest, which is known as the “rainforest of the sea.” The Mangrove forest is an important part of the coastal and marine ecosystem because they are a good source of products such as alcohol, medicine, timber and house materials. As well, they provide nursery grounds, shelter and food for fish and other sea creatures. To end the day, you will visit a local factory that is known for weaving native costumes from pineapple fiber.
Enjoy a transfer from Boracay to Kalibo Airport. You will take a 15 minute transfer and ferry ride, followed by a 1.5 hour drive by private vehicle to the airport.
Fly from Kalibo to Cebu.
A transfer between the airport and your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Discover a resort in a class of its own. Set in 11.4 hectares of secluded grounds yet only one hour from Cebu City, Plantation Bay offers one of the largest privately-owned waterways in the world, with the clean elegance of colonial-plantation architecture. Decompress from life’s pressures in the healing tranquility of an environment that truly feels “away from it all.” If you have ever spent time at a tropical plantation, you know what it feels like to "get away from it all." If not, come and discover a refreshingly different Flavor of Life. Whether you’re traveling for a family vacation or romantic getaway, for business or pleasure, the true Philippine hospitality will leave you wanting more.
Cebu City is the smaller scale of Manila, with a commercial and financial focus. One thing that makes Cebu different from Manila is having the beach shores that will captivate most tourists, all the while keeping its historical secrets. The tour begins with Fort Pedro, a military defence structure that was built by Spanish and Cebuano labourers that was used to repel Muslim raiders. Next you will visit Magellan’s Cross, a Christian Cross that was planted by Portuguese and Spanish explorers which was ordered by Ferdinand Magellan when they had arrived to Cebu. It is believed that the cross possesses miraculous powers and tourists who go to see the cross would chip away parts of the cross for souvenirs, thus, having to cover the original cross in wood for protection. You then head to Santo Nino Church, which houses the image of the Holy Child, Jesus, venerated by the Cebuanos as their patron Saint. The church is also the site of the first mass celebration in 1521, which is now considered as a famous landmark in Cebu. You will then drive through the Avenue of flags to the provincial capital and to "Beverly Hills", a scenic subdivision where you can view the entire city. Here is also a Taoist Temple where both believers and non-believers climb several steps to light joss sticks and have their fortune read. After touring Cebu City, you will then head southeast to Mactan Island, which is made up mainly of coal stones. You will first stop by Lapu-Lapu Monument, which was built near the seashore in honor of the brave chief who fought for the freedom of Filipinos. After visiting the Monument, you will head to Maribago district to a guitar factory, where you will witness how the best guitars and ukuleles in the Philippines are made. During your trip, a local Filipino lunch will be served.
The southern side of Cebu is typical countryside, and gives you access to a rural setting. As you drive through the villages with century old houses and churches, you will have the chance to stop at an original heritage house with Spanish inspired architectural design with furnishings dating back in 1800s. You will then visit some of the home industries that reflect the artistry of the areas craftsmanship, such as shoemaking, basket weaving and even try some delicacies of Cebu, including crackling pork skin and crispy poprice. A Filipino meal will be served for lunch.
Fly from Cebu to Puerto Princesa.
A transfer between the ariport in Puerto Princesa and your resort with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Strategically situated in the heart of Sabang Beach, the Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa is a few hundred metres from the Subterranean Underground River, a finalist of the Seven Wonders of Nature. Take pleasure in the solace of a blissful life in any of the 94 luxurious rooms and suites. Guest rooms feature Asian-inspired contemporary interiors with a touch of local culture. Presenting the spectacular panorama of Sabang, Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa accommodations spell unparalleled comfort and world-class luxury.
Honda Bay is a bay on the eastern shore of Palawan; the bay is ideally used for both subsistence and commercial fisheries and recreation. You will be picked up by your private guide with vehicle and driver as you make your way to Honda Bay. You will board a motorized banca at the wharf to go to the Star fish, Bat and Snakes Islands. Enjoy the sun and sand while you go snorkeling or swimming. Take a hearty packed lunch for your trip to one of the islands.
Puerto Princesa Underground River is one of the most distinguished protected areas in the Philippines and known as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. It was established as a National Park in 1971, primarily to protect and preserve the intact old growth forest, wildlife, pristine white sand beaches, and the caves. You will begin your journey with trekking the monkey trail, where you will pass through St. Paul’s Cave and the National Park. During your trail, you will witness several playful monkeys, so get ready to mingle. As you go along the trail, you will head into the wondrous Underground River, where you will witness a temple or ballroom like natural formations of glittering stalactites and stones rising from the water. Buffet lunch will be served at Taraw Beach Resort.
Fly from Puerto Princesa to Manila.
Bob Feldman ,
November 19, 2013
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October 10, 2013
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September 04, 2013
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August 30, 2013
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Tim Mesarch ,
August 02, 2013
"Alexis helped us fit in all of the sites we wanted to see on our trip to Thailand and Cambodia, and suggested some more. It was valuable talking with someone who had been there and done that. The planning went pretty smoothly, and so did the trip. The local guides were all top-notch! "
July 25, 2013
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Great trip. I would definitely travel again with Kensington Tours."
Pennie Quintana ,
August 07, 2013
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June 21, 2013
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July 11, 2013
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June 14, 2013
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