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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Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
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.
Fly from Manila to Caticlan. Flight time is approximately 1 hour.
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.
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.
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. After lunch, 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. They also 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. Flight time is approximately 45 minutes.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.
Cebu City is the smaller scale of Manila with its commercial and financial values. However, distinct is its advantage of having beach shores that captivates many tourists, yet keeps its historical secrets. The tour brings you to Fort Pedro, Cross of Magellan, the site of the first mass celebration in 1521 now a famous landmark in Cebu, Santo Nino Church which houses the image of the Holy Child Jesus venerated by the Cebuanos as their Patron Saint. Drive through the Avenue of flags onward to the provincial capital. Then drive up to Beverly Hills, a scenic subdivision to view the entire city and the 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 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 honour 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 to the 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. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.
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 and driver and 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’s underground river is one of the most distinguished protected areas in the Philippines and is 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. A buffet lunch will be served at Taraw Beach Resort.
Fly from Puerto Princesa to Manila. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.
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.
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 known as Boracay's White Beach, providing premium all-suite accommodations and world-class amenities right on the island's most coveted location. Discovery Shores Boracay offers 88 spacious all-suite rooms, with plenty of natural light and large glass walls to best enjoy the breathtaking scenery that surrounds them. With modern, elegant furnishings and surprise treats provided daily, every room is an open invitation to relax, enjoy, and recharge. 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.
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”. Whether you’re traveling for a family vacation or romantic getaway, the true Philippine hospitality will leave you wanting more.
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.
Olive Ramchand ,
June 03, 2014
"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
"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!"
January 15, 2014
"We just returned on Monday from our wonderful trip to South Korea, Bangkok and Phuket. I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work in planning our tours and adventures. Everything was spot on, from our arrivals at the airports, to the guides and the tours. I would not hesitate to recommend you and your company. It was truly a wonderful vacation. Thank you again.
Bob Feldman ,
November 19, 2013
"I wanted to let you know that our trip to China was great! Everybody enjoyed themselves. When planning a trip I am always concerned about the itinerary, the vehicles and the guides. All 3 of these were great. The guides were particularly good and in this case really made the trip a pleasure. Overall a great trip. Thanks for all you did."
Gloria DeWeese ,
October 10, 2013
"A wonderful trip and everything went like clockwork. Thank you so very much for all your assistance. I hope I will have a chance to work with you again."
Wayne Gavioli ,
September 04, 2013
"We just returned from our thailand/cambodia trip. It was fantastic. You did a great job. The guides were excellent as was the drivers. We loved the Victoria Hotel you selected in Siem. Wish we had more time. Thailand met our expectations but our expectations for Cambodia were low and they exceeded them. Loved the places selected for the included lunches. Certainly would use Kensington again"
Santo Filice ,
August 30, 2013
"Thank you for arranging our guided trip to Thailand - Vietnam. It was a memorable, and pleasant trip - a 1st for us with Kensington tours and a most enjoyable one. We found that we were able to maximize our visit of the the area without the concern of booking hotels, airline, finding parking and understanding the local language. "
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
"I highly recommend Kesington Tours. The planning of our trip to Cambodia was outstanding. Our advisor Alexis Mayer was unbelievably patient, knowledgeable and responsive. We planned the trip in every possible detail and Alexis was extraordinary during the whole process. Once we were in Cambodia, we had a tiny issue with the car. I was able to get in contact with Alexis right away and the problem was instantly solved. The trip itself was fantastic. Everything was very well planned and perfectly organized. The local guides and drivers were great. The hotels were very well chosen.
Great trip. I would definitely travel again with Kensington Tours."
Pennie Quintana ,
August 07, 2013
"Thank you so much for the amazing trip we enjoyed!! All our guides were fantasy. Joseph in Jakarta, July in Jojakarta and Deon in Borneo!! Wow!! Bless you for all your attention to detail and the outstanding communication to all my questions. You made me feel so taken care of and tended too!! "
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