Philippines Signature: Rice Terraces & Chocolate Hills

10 days from $3,270 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)
    • Transfer - Private - Manila Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Manila to Makati (Manila)
    Manila to Makati (Manila)
    • Private - 1/2 Day Old & New Manila City Tour (4hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • 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 15mins)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Panglao Island - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 8 Bohol to Panglao Island
    Bohol to Panglao Island
    • Private - Chocolate Hills, Tarsiers & Rivercruise with Lunch (7hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 9 Bohol to Panglao Island
    Bohol to Panglao Island
    • 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 15mins)] - 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)

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*)
Grilled Seafood Dinner
Grilled Seafood Dinner
Fort Santiago
Fort Santiago

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 15 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 15 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.
  • Elizabeth W — June 24, 2015 — Asia

    Excellent trip. All of the guides were professional and top quality. We were able to see many sights due to their knowledge of the train system and they also taught us how to get around on our own. The guides also recommended places to see on our own time and all worth while. In addition they taught us local customs and foods that we needed to try in that region. Very helpful. Special day was with our guide on the Fish Market and sushi making tour, made sushi personally with her. She made it a very special day. Great tour for those who want guides but also some free time on our own. The guides were always on time, the transportation on time and everyone was so nice and helpful. We also appreciated not having to be in a large group of strangers and the one on one quality of the tour. Was not sure what to expect but the trip met all expectations and then some. Will use Kensington again and will refer friends.

  • Lynn m — June 18, 2015 — Asia

    We booked all accommodation ourselves so not rated on survey. Kensington did a perfect job for us customizing all our transportation needs at the airport, ferry, hotel or boat transfer. There was always someone waiting with a sing on the correct day, time and place. As well the guides we used were friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and spoke English well. Our travel consultant Marc Sison was excellent always prompt returning my call or email as well as making fabulous suggestions like going to Oslob to snorkel with the Whale Sharks, an absolute highlight of our trip. Our trip to the Philippines was primarily to snorkel and we were not disappointed, the water was warm and clear with lots of fish, coral, sea snakes, sting rays and even a couple of black tipped reef sharks. Of course there were turtles but we have seem many in our past snorkeling. This has created another way of traveling. Thanks! All the categories on the survey I rate as 10.

  • Maynard Fossum — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    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.

  • FayeLaing — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    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 — Asia

    Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent.

  • Ruth Reinhard — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    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 — Asia

    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!

  • TerryCreighton — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    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 — Asia

    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 — Asia

    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!

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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