Enjoy a warm welcome from local villagers as you enter an authentic village and experience the timelessness of serene traditional life in a breathtaking setting of lush rice terraces and panoramic mountain vistas.
Manila is a city of contrasts which you’ll discover as you follow a tour of the remarkable Walled City of Intramuros that dates back to medieval Spanish colonization, the peaceful Rizal Park and American Memorial Park, and the city’s bustling modern commercial and financial district. Your drive to Banaue will transport you through lush rice fields, small rural villages and past winding rivers into the mountains where you’ll visit an authentic Banga-an village that’s nestled in a panoramic valley of terraces. In Bohol, pass through mahogany forests on your way towards the fascinating Chocolate Hills and cruise the waters around Pamilacan Island in search of the abundant whale population.
From visiting ancient burial caves with traditional villagers to exploring the country’s marine paradise with former whale hunters, this immersive trip introduces you to the incredible people of this ancient land. It combines the best of city and country with a fabulous island adventure as your expert team of local guides and private drivers ensures a seamless experience.
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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.
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.
Depart from Manila by private car. Pass through the countryside setting and see stunning rice fields surrounding the small towns and villages that are dotted along the way. Voyage back through time as you cross through the Dalton Pass where many American, Japanese, and Filipino soldiers lost their lives in the final days of WWII. Then move on to Bagabag where picturesque mountains and rivers start to ascend.
Board a local jeepney and embark for Bangaan village, a traditional village nestled in the unearthly UNESCO inscribed rice terraces of Bangaan. Taller than the modern world’s highest skyscraper, these 2,000 year old structures were built with primitive tools and are considered an ancient marvel. Watch as the earth stretches up into the sky as you take a short trek on a descending trail, permitting a closer look into the inner lives of the Ifugaos. Meet the inspiring locals who maintain and farm these breathtaking terraces. Mingle with the Ifugaos to discover their culture and daily routines. Head to a lookout point where you can view the rice terraces as clouds pass under or over you - it is truly an amazing sight and experience.
After breakfast, depart from the hotel to visit the culturally rich town of Sagada where decedents of the Applai continue the way of life, practices, and customs of their ancestors. Subject to weather the conditions, unveil the mysteries of the Igorot’s bizarrely beautiful hanging cliff side coffins, a tradition still practiced to this day. Enjoy a local lunch before proceeding to the Bontoc museum founded by a Belgian Sister which houses a collection of authentic artifacts and photos relating to the local tribes. Later in the day be further immersed in authenticity as you enjoy a captivating cultural performance show performed by the local people who will interpret their customs and traditions for you through song and dance.
After breakfast, depart Banaue for your return drive to Manila.
Fly from Manila to Bohol (Tagbilaran). Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.
Today embark on a journey to tour the historical landmarks of Bohol, such as the blood compact marker, Baclayon Church. You will then pass by the man-made mahogany forest on your journey to the legendary Chocolate Hills. These breathtakingly beautiful 1,268 grass-covered limestone domes have been proposed for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage Lists. Come face to face with one of the planet’s smallest monkeys during a quick visit to the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary in Corella. After visiting the Chocolate Hills, you will go on board on a motorized boat to cruise along Loay/Loboc Rivers and have lunch onboard as you enjoy the relaxing scenery of the rivers. *Please note, the river cruise portion of this tour will be shared with up to 10 other passengers.
An exciting, yet challenging experience as you see whale in their natural habitat. You will board with your private guide and boat crew who were former whale hunters and now specially trained to be whale guides. You will spend half of the day exploring the seawaters around Pamilacan Island where you will spot whales and if you're lucky even sharks. Please note, the best time to see whales between March and June, but other marine life can be seen year round. As you enjoy the scenery, a picnic lunch will be served.
Fly from Bohol (Tagbilaran) to Manila. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 15 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.
This "Standard Class Hotel" stands 4,000 feet above sea level right at the heart of the millennia-dated Banaue Rice Terraces. It is ideal for nature lovers and adventure enthusiast tourists. The hotel has fully-carpeted rooms which are well-furnished with private balconies overlooking scenic views of the Rice Terraces. The warm Philippine hospitality is sure to make your stay at the Banaue Hotel unforgettable. *Please note - accommodation in Banaue is very basic and will not meet the same standards as you would find in other parts of the Philippines. However the experience and access to more remote parts of the country make the visit to Banaue very worthwhile.
Amorita Resort is an intimate resort on Panglao Island in Bohol with an exclusive picture-perfect view of the Bohol sea sunset, Siquijor Island, and the famed Alona Beach. Amorita is the perfect escape for exclusive getaways, a chance for guests to be completely tranquil and undisturbed, a luxury offered by Amorita. Guests can enjoy a host of activities right at their doorstep – restaurant hopping in Alona Beach, dolphin watching and diving in various marine sanctuaries of the Bohol Sea, and countryside tours that provide an authentic Filipino experience.
Maynard Fossum ,
December 12, 2014
"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. "
December 12, 2014
"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
"Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent. "
Ruth Reinhard ,
December 12, 2014
"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
"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!"
December 12, 2014
"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
"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."
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