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Your Chosen Holiday: Taste of the Philippines Tour
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The perfect tour to introduce the delights of the Philippines. You will remain based in the capital city, Manila. Experience this metropolis with one of our experienced guides, who will take you to the many points of interest and explain the fascinating history of the city. Visit some of the Philippines' most stunning natural delights on day trips with your personal guides including the renowned Pagsanjan falls, Taal Volcano and the coconut plantation.
 

 

Itinerary:

Day 1:

Arrive in Manila. Meet and greet at the airport by our airport coordinators. Manila is a microcosm of the rhythm of the islands, named after a delicate white mangrove plant, this charming city lives as a silent witness to the country's turbulent history. Once ruled by the Islamic Rajah Sulayman, the city was captured one after the other by the Spaniards, the Americans, and then the Japanese. Today, the city is the country's capital, a fast-growing metropolis spurred by the country's robust economy. Given its fascinating history, Manila is a showcase of different cultures. The enterprising tourist might want to visit the ruins of Intramuros or Corregidor, the greens of Rizal Park, the Cultural Centre of the Philippines, the mystique of Chinatown, or the urban veneer of Makati and Ortigas. Transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight stay.

Breakfast included

 

Day 2:

Manila and Tagaytay City Tour Breakfast at the hotel. A tour of Manila's past and present - bustling Makati and historic Intramuros. The tour starts right in the heart of Philippines' financial district, the city of Makati. Visit a growing residential and business complex; then on to Forbes Park, dubbed fittingly as 'Millionaire's Row', before proceeding to the American War Memorial Cemetery, the largest and most beautiful of American memorials outside the Continental U.S. Have a glimpse of Makati's hustle and bustle as you drive through on your way to the capital city, Manila. After passing by Rizal Park on scenic Roxas Boulevard, arrive in Intramuros, 'The Walled City', to see ancient walls, church ruins and relics from Spain's Conquistadores. Travel through cobbled streets to San Agustin Church (the oldest stone church in the country) and marvel at it's architecture. The tour proceeds to the Manila Cathedral and winds up at Fort Santiago, a Spanish fort that watched over the entrance to Pasig River. It was here that the Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, spent his last days and where he wrote his famous 'Last Farewell'. Proceed toTagaytay city for lunch. Cool Tagaytay Ridge, beautiful Taal Lake and Volcano, the Bamboo Organ of Las Piñas, and the making of the Philippine icon: the Jeepney. Approximately an hour and half's drive south of Manila lies the picturesque city of Tagaytay. Located on a ridge 2,250 feet above sea level, it offers a panoramic view of Taal Lake andVolcano, the 'lake within a volcano within a lake within a volcano'.This vista can be savoured from atop the People's Park in the Sky, rest house of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. On the way, you will stop by the world famous Bamboo Organ of Las Piñas and a local jeepney assembly plant.The drive up to the ridge passes through the countryside, lined with orchards, fruit stalls and coconut plantations. Transfer back to hotel. Overnight stay.

Breakfast and lunch included

 

Day 3:

Pagsanjan Falls Tour. Breakfast at the hotel. Magnificent Pagsanjan Falls and 'shooting the rapids'. Famous in song and story is the little town of Pagsanjan (pronounced 'Pag-sang-han'), situated about 92 kilometers south of Manila and can easily be reached by your private car in less than two hours. It is world-renowned not only because of the Pagsanjan Falls, whose enchanting beauty fascinates tourists from all corners of the globe, but also because of its panoramic vistas and its talented citizens, whose achievements in war and peace reflect glory to the Filipino nation, and its cosmopolitan culture which is a harmonious amalgam of Asian, Hispanic, Mexican, and American heritage. Shoot the rapids on dugout canoes and experience nature's wonder. A two hour drive south of Manila through the countryside takes you to Pagsanjan, Laguna. Be prepared to board a native canoe skillfully driven by two boatmen and manoeuvered upstream through rocks and boulders amidst steep gorges and lush tropical vegetation.Your destination: the magnificent Pagsanjan Falls. Lunch at a local restaurant. Take a swim or board a bamboo raft through the falls into a cave right behind its veil of water. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit and a towel! Your ride downstream is an exciting rush through the same rocks and boulders you passed on your way upriver. Transfer back to hotel. Overnight stay.

Breakfast and lunch included

 

Day 4:

Villa Escudero Resort and Plantation Tour. Breakfast at the hotel. An actual coconut plantation, and more! Villa Escudero is a working coconut plantation founded in 1872. In 1980, the Escudero family opened the plantation to the general public. Since then, Villa Escudero has developed a worldwide reputation as a focal point to experience Philippine culture and history in a beautiful rural setting. Two and a half hours south of Manila, on the boundary of Quezon Province, lies the quaint and historicVilla Escudero.The villa, set amidst the pastoral grove of a coconut plantation, is a picturesque showcase of older ways of life. The tour includes a visit to its museum which houses an interesting collection of historic, religious and cultural artifacts dating back from pre-Hispanic times to World War II. A carabao-drawn cart ride brings you around the plantation to observe coconut harvesting and processing. A sumptuous lunch is served beneath a man-made dam with your feet immersed in cool rushing waters. A swim in Villa Escudero's spring-fed pools completes a memorable visit. Lunch at the waterfalls. Transfer back to hotel. Overnight stay.

Breakfast and lunch included

 

Day 5-7:

Free at leisure/shopping. Breakfast at the hotel. Metro Manila is the centre of entertainment and cultural activities. The premier venue for the performing arts, the Cultural Centre of the Philippines, features world-class performances by local and international guest artists. Museums located in Manila and in other parts of the country offer a glimpse of Philippine history and culture. Art galleries exhibit the works of the country's leading and most promising visual artists. Manila's nightlife is one of the most vibrant in Asia, reflecting the Filipinos' love for music. The hubs of nightlife activities are the Remedios Circle in Malate, Ayala Centre and The Fort at Bonifacio Global City in Makati, Timog and Tomas Morato Avenues in Quezon City, and Eastwood in Libis, Quezon City. Nightclubs, music lounges, pubs, and karaoke bars are very popular, and deluxe hotels often offer a variety of live musical entertainment. Concerts and stage plays form part of the country's entertainment scene. For visitors who want to try their luck at the gaming tables, there are casinos in Metro Manila and in the cities of Angeles, Olongapo, Tagaytay, Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, and Laoag. Visitors can choose from an exciting selection of great buys in a country known for export quality items at reasonable prices: South Sea pearls, handwoven cloths, embroidered fineries, fashionable ready-to-wear and haute couture clothes, terracotta, porcelain, and home accessories. Artifacts, pineapple fiber shirts, prehistoric jars, native handicrafts, and footwear are interesting items, too. The Philippines also produces fine basketry, furniture, fresh and processed fruits, exquisitely crafted jewellery, and gift items made of wood and stone. Large malls are located in Manila, Makati and EDSA, while handicraft, antique and curio shops abound at the Ermita District in Manila. Overnight stay.

Breakfast included

 

Day 8:

Manila. Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Manila. Meet and greet at the hotel by our airport coordinators.

Breakfast included

 

 

Inclusions:

* Return international flights
* Accomodation (minimum of 4*) throughout your stay
* Meals noted on a daily basis - Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
* Private transfers throughout
* Sightseeing with English speaking guide and all entrance fees

 

Not included:

* Tips to drivers, guides and porters
* Any meals not mentioned
* Internal airport taxes
* Personal Expense
* Insurance
* Visa fees (if applicable)

 

Price Guide: The price is is based on a typical scenario of two people traveling in Mid season
For an exact cost based on your holiday requirements please contact us.

Supplements for single travelers available on request.
 

Offer Availability: available anytime
Incentive: see the Pagsanjan Falls, the same falls used in the final scenes of Apocalypse Now.
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