Philippines Signature: Rice Terraces & Chocolate Hills

10 days from $3,440 per person*
  • With private guide, visit stunning rice fields in the countryside.
  • Mingle with locals during a trip to the Bangaan Village.
  • Explore the waters of Pamilacan Island in search of whales and sharks.
  • Visit tiny monkeys at the Wildlife Sanctuary in Corella.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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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. ... Show More »

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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
    Breakfast
  • 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
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Manila to Banaue
    Manila to Banaue
    • Transfer - Private - Explore Manila and Banaue
  • Day 4 Banaue
    Banaue
    • Rice Terraces and Village Tour
  • Day 5 Banaue
    Banaue
    • Sagada and Bontoc Discovery
  • Day 6 Banaue to Makati (Manila)
    Banaue to Makati (Manila)
    • Transfer - Private - Banaue to Manila
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Manila to Bohol to Panglao Island
    Manila to Bohol to Panglao Island
    • Transfer - Private - Manila Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Manila - Bohol [Tagbilaran (1h 25mins)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Panglao Island - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 8 Bohol to Panglao Island
    Bohol to Panglao Island
    • Tour - Private - Chocolate Hills, Tarsiers & Rivercruise with Lunch (7hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 9 Bohol to Panglao Island
    Bohol to Panglao Island
    • Tour - Private - Pamilacan Marine Life Adventure with Lunch (6hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 10 Bohol
    Bohol
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Panglao Island - Vehicle/Driver
    • Bohol - Manila [Tagbilaran (1hr 25mins)] - 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: Peninsula (5*)

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. The Peninsula Manila has set the benchmark for luxury and sophistication. The hotel is known for affectionately as the “Jewel in the Capital’s Crown” for its legendary status and grand presence in the heart of Makati City. A luxurious haven of comfort, quality service and fine cuisine, the hotel is as much a favorite with discerning locals as it is with visitors.

Makati
Makati
Peninsula Manila
Peninsula Manila

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: Peninsula (5*)
Fort Santiago
Fort Santiago
Grilled Seafood Dinner
Grilled Seafood Dinner

Day 3: Manila - Banaue

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. 

Accommodation: Banaue Hotel

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.

Banue Rice Terraces
Banue Rice Terraces
Banaue Hotel
Banaue Hotel

Day 4: Banaue

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.

Accommodation: Banaue Hotel
Local Traditional Jeepney
Local Traditional Jeepney

Day 5: Banaue

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. 

Accommodation: Banaue Hotel
Village & Rice Terraces
Village & Rice Terraces

Day 6: Banaue - Makati (Manila)

After breakfast, depart Banaue for your return drive to Manila.

Accommodation: Peninsula (5*)

Day 7: Manila - Bohol - Panglao Island

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

Fly from Manila to Bohol (Tagbilaran). Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Accommodation: Amorita Resort (4*)

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.

Panglao Island
Panglao Island
Amorita Resort
Amorita Resort

Day 8: Bohol - Panglao Island

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.

Accommodation: Amorita Resort (4*)
Chocolate Hills
Chocolate Hills

Day 9: Bohol - Panglao Island

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.

Accommodation: Amorita Resort (4*)
Whale
Whale

Day 10: Bohol

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Fly from Bohol (Tagbilaran) to Manila. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 25 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.

Peninsula (5*): Makati (Manila)

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. The Peninsula Manila has set the benchmark for luxury and sophistication. The hotel is known for affectionately as the “Jewel in the Capital’s Crown” for its legendary status and grand presence in the heart of Makati City. A luxurious haven of comfort, quality service and fine cuisine, the hotel is as much a favorite with discerning locals as it is with visitors.

Peninsula Manila
Peninsula Manila
Peninsula Manila Lobby
Peninsula Manila Lobby

Banaue Hotel : Banaue

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.

Banaue Hotel
Banaue Hotel

Amorita Resort (4*): Panglao Island

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.

Amorita Resort
Amorita 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.
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    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.

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

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    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.

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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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