Rating in Philippines
$ 3660

Best of the Islands

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min $ 3660
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Destinations: Palawan
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 3660
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Overview & dates

INTRO

Start with birdwatching on one of the islands of Cebu, take a boat ride to neighbouring Bohol and see the famous Chocolate Hills. Relax on Siquijor, the Island of Fire(flies), then pass by the laidback city of Dumaguete. Head to Palawan for a ride through the enchanting underground river and stop off at Palawan’s infamous crocodile farm. Finally, make the journey across to the Bicol region of South Luzon, where majestic Mount Mayon looms in the background. Take in more natural beauty in Bulusan Crater Lake and the bee farm close to Sorsogon. Finally, end your trip on theshores of secluded Ticao Island.


GROUP DATES

  • 24 Nov 2018 to 07 Dec 2018 - £ 2,895 - AV
  • 15 Jun 2019 to 28 Jun 2019 - £ 2,895 - AV
  • 23 Nov 2019 to 06 Dec 2019 - £ 2,895 - AV

If these dates do not suit you but you are interested in this tour, please contact us for alternative dates.

AV - Available
GD - Guaranteed
LM - Limited places left
OR - On request (contact us for status)
CL - Closed for bookings


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HIGHLIGHTS

Historical tour of Cebu

Chocolate Hills and tarsiers in Bohol

The walled city of Intramuros in Manila

Explore the dramatic underground river in Palawan

Witness smoking Mount Mayon - the perfect conical volcano

Kayak on Bulusan crater lake

Relax, snorkel or go fishing on remote Ticao Island

Sample delicious Bicolano cuisine


PLACES VISITED

Cebu - Bohol - Siquijor - Dumaguete - Palawan - Manila - Legazpi - Ticao Island - San Jacinto Cebu
Bohol
Siquijor
Dumaguete
Palawan
Manila
Legazpi
Ticao Island
San Jacinto

Itinerary

ITINERARY

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Choose departure date24 Nov 2018 -- 07 Dec 201815 Jun 2019 -- 28 Jun 201923 Nov 2019 -- 06 Dec 2019

Day 1 : Cebu

Arrive in Cebu where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to the hotel. Evening is free. Overnight in Cebu.

Arrive in Cebu where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to the hotel. The evening is free at your leisure. Overnight in Cebu. 

Meal plan : n/a


Cebu is a significant cultural centre for the Philippines. The Roman Catholic influence is evident in the citys most famous landmark, Magellan's Cross which is now housed in a chapel and was reputed to be planted by Ferdinand Magellan after he landed in the Philippines in 1521. The Basilica Minore del Santo Nino was the first church to be established on the islands and house the country's oldest relic, a figure of the Santo Nino de Cebu.

Day 2 : Cebu - Bohol

Morning city tour of Cebu. Visit Santo Nino Church, San Diego Yap Museum and Fort San Pedro. Later, transfer to Bohol by ferry. Rest of the day is free. Overnight in Bohol.

Enjoy a morning city tour of Cebu and see its main sights including Santo Nino Church, San Diego Yap Museum and Fort San Pedro. Later, transfer to Bohol by ferry. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore. Overnight in Bohol.

Meal plan : Breakfast


The island of Bohol is famous for its white sandy beaches and being the home of tarsiers, the second smallest primate in the world. It is a hotspot for diving, but it also boasts the dramatic landscape of rice terraces, the Chocolate Hills and thick jungle. The island’s towns reveal some of the best examples of Spanish Colonial churches, many of which are made from coral stone.

Day 3 : Bohol

Full day tour of Bohol and the Chocolate Hills. Enjoy a Loboc River Cruise and visit the Philippines Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary. Rest of the day is free. Overnight in Bohol.

Spend the day touring Bohol and the Chocolate Hills. Enjoy a Loboc River Cruise and visit the Philippines Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary to see the tarsiers, the world's smallest primate. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight in Bohol. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


Bohol's main attraction has to be the Chocolate Hills. Located in the heart of the island, the rolling terrain consists of hills of limestone covered in grass. During the dry season, the grass turns chocolate brown, giving the hills their name. According to legend, the hills were formed by the tears of a giant who was heartbroken by the death of a mortal he was in love with.

The Philippine tarsier is the world’s smallest primate. The nocturnal creatures live on a diet of insects although a lot of folk traditions believe that they eat charcoal. However, this stems from tarsiers being seen retrieving insects from charred wood. They are commonly found on the islands of Bohol, Leyte, Mindanao and Samar. Although tarsiers are a protected species, they are threatened by the destruction of their forest habitat due to years of logging and without conservation efforts could soon become extinct. Tarsiers belong to the prosimian suborder of primates and are closely related to lemurs, lorises and bushbabies. 

Day 4 : Bohol - Siquijor

Transfer to Siquijor via ferry. Rest of the day is free. Overnight in Siquijor.

Transfer to Siquijor via ferry. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight in Siquijor. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


The third smallest province in the Philippines and one of the Visayan Islands, Siquijor is commonly known as the 'Island of Fire' for it's abundance of fireflies, which light up the night as they swarm the branches of the molave trees. Fishing is the island's main economic source, whilst the land is primarily used for agriculture. Siquijor is often associated with mystic traditions and has gained a reputation of magic and witchcraft, not only as a result of the eerie glow of the fireflies, but also for it's healing ritual festivals and mountain-dwelling 'mangkukulam' (healers), who brew 'potions' of traditional ointments for modern ailments.

Day 5 : Siquijor

Siquijor Island Tour. Rest of the day is free. Overnight in Siquijor.

Go on a tour around Siquijor Island. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore. Overnight in Siquijor. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


Day 6 : Siquijor - Dumaguete

Take a ferry to Dumaguete where the rest of the day is free. Overnight in Dumaguete.

After breakfast, take a ferry to Dumaguete where the rest of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight in Dumaguete. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


The centre of the Negros Oriental's 20 municipalities and 5 cities, the busy interisland-shipping port of Dumaguete City is a thriving community of peace-loving and hospitable people. A quaint and charming place, Dumaguete is rich in history and culture, as well as in natural resources. Though a lot calmer than the usual metropolitan city, Dumaguete is not completely devoid of urbane life, with its cosmopolitan harbour promenade lined with upmarket bars, restaurants and food stalls thriving off Dumaguete's identity as a university town. While the Philippines in general is famous for its hospitality, tourists and locals all enjoy the laidback and casual Dumaguete lifestyle, earning it the name of 'the City of Gentle People'.

Day 7 : Dumaguete - Manila - Palawan

Transfer to the airport for flight to Manila, and connect with flight to Puerto Princesa in Palawan, where rest of the day is free. Overnight in Palawan.

Transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Manila. Connect with a flight to Puerto Princesa in Palawan, where the rest of the day is free. Overnight in Palawan. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


The least populated region of the Philippines, Palawan is famous for its pristine beaches and cool blue waters. Bursting with flora and fauna, the island is home to 200 species of bird and over 600 species of butterfly. Endemic species such as the Palawan Peacock, Philippine Mouse-deer, Philippine Pangolin and the Palawan Bearded Pig call the forests their home. Endangered sea turtles nest on the island's beaches and the sea surrounding the island shelters the largest population of dugongs in the Philippines.

Day 8 : Palawan

Take a tour of the Underground River. Visit a mangrove forest. Overnight in Palawan.

In the morning, take a tour of the Underground River which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. In the afternoon, visit a mangrove forest. The evening is free at your leisure. Overnight in Palawan. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


In 2012, it was officially confirmed that the Puerto Princesa Underground River had been chosen to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the Nature. During 2010, environmentalists and geologists discovered that the underground river has a second floor, meaning that there are waterfalls inside the cave. They also found a large domed cave, rock formations and large bats, a deep water hole and many marine creatures. The subterranean river is part of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site status for its karst landscape and biodiversity. The river itself is unique because it flows directly to the sea and the lower part of it is subject to ocean tides.

Day 9 : Palawan - Manila

Transfer to the airport for flight to Manila and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free. Overnight in Manila.

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Manila and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight in Manila. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


Intramuros is the oldest district and historic centre of Manila. Originally founded in 1571, the city had been invaded many times over the years by Chinese pirates, Japanese, American and British forces. At its peak, Intramuros instilled fear into Spain's enemies and was the only city of its kind in Asia. It survived until WWII, where it was destroyed by US bombs during the Battle of Manila.

Day 10 : Manila - Legazpi

Transfer to airport for flight to Legazpi. Visit the Japanese Tunnel, Daraga Church and Cagsawa Ruins. Overnight in Legazpi.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Legazpi. Visit the Japanese Tunnel before exploring Daraga Church and the Cagsawa Ruins at the foot of Mount Mayon Volcano. Overnight in Legazpi.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Home to black sand beaches, ancient buildings and beautiful religious architecture, Legazpi is known for its volcano Mount Mayon, the most active volcano in the Philippines. It is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and attracts visitors to its National Park where they get stunning panoramic views of Legazpi. Legazpi is also known as 'the city of fun and adventure' as there are plenty of historical buildings and ruins to explore such as the Cagsawa Ruins.

Considered to be one of the Philippines' best tourist attractions, Mount Mayon is only 15 kilometeres from bustling Legazpi. This mighty volcano is regarded as a 'perfect volcano' due to its almost symmetrical conical shape. The most active one in the Philippines, it has attracted many visitors to its national park. Mount Mayon's most destructive explosion happened in February 1814, when it belched out thick black ash which bombarded the town of Cagsawa and buried it completely. Its longest uninterrupted eruption was on June 23 1897 which lasted for seven days. Fire rained down on the surrounding settlements and the town of Bacacay was buried under the lava.  

Also known as 'Our Lady of the Gate Parish Church', Daraga Church was built after Mount Mayon destroyed the one in Cagsawa. It is regarded as a crowning glory of religious architecture in the Albay province and stands as a testament of resilience and faith of the Bicolano people. Built from volcanic rock, the details of the facade has been eroded from over 200 years of exposure to the elements. To save it, a lime coating have been applied and it is hoped that the church will stand for years to come.

Day 11 : Legazpi - Lake Bulusan - Ticao Island

Visit Lake Bulusan before transfer by boat to Ticao Island. Overnight on Ticao

There is an early morning option to visit a local market. After breakfast, visit Lake Bulusan where you can bird watch, trek around the lake and do water activities such as kayaking. Afterwards, visit Balay Buhay Bee Farm for lunch and explore the local communities there. Transfer to the port to catch the boat to Ticao Island. Overnight on Ticao Island. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


Ticao is an untouched tropical island and the perfect retreat for any traveller. Visitors can take a stroll down the island's one street or visit the mangroves in the evening. They can even take part in the daily life of the island's inhabitants, going fishing with the fishermen and visiting the cattle ranch, the only one of its kind in the area. For the more adventurous, there are many dive spots as well as areas that are perfect for snorkelling and surfing.

Bulusan, which translates as 'where water flows', is truly a sight to behold with its beautiful waterfalls, springs and lakes, not to mention its majestic volcano set at the foot of a crater lake. A boat can be taken across Lake Bulusan, so that visitors can see the magnificent volcano in all its glory and explore the bamboo huts, the endemic bird species and hidden grottos.

Day 12 : Ticao Island - San Miguel - Ticao Island

Take a boat to San Miguel. Opportunity to kayak, snorkel or dive. Afternoon free. Overnight in San Miguel.

In the morning, take a boat to San Miguel (30 mins) where you have the opportunity to kayak, snorkel or dive. The afternoon is free at your leisure. Head back to the hotel where you can watch a cookery demonstration showcasing Bicolano cusine. Overnight on Ticao Island. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


Day 13 : Ticao Island

A day to relax. Option to laze on the beach, fish or visit San Jacinto. Evening tour of the mangroves. Overnight in Ticao Island.

A day to relax. Options include lazing on the beach, fishing with the local fishermen or visiting cattle farms and the town of San Jacinto. In the evening, take a dug-out canoe to the mangroves to see the fireflies which light up the trees. Overnight in Ticao Island. 

Meal plan : Breakfast


Located on the idyllic Ticao Island with it's pristine beaches, San Jacinto is a beautiful port on the island. Known for fishing, it became a station for galleon ships in 16th and 17th century, it still has some of the remains of colonial Spanish rule in the architecture of its houses and streets. The island itself is popular with tourists seeking somewhere to relax or some adventure with its firefly-lighted mangroves and numerous diving and surfing hotspots. 

Day 14 : Departure

Transfer from Ticao Island to Legazpi for flight to Manila. Connect to onward flight home.

Transfer from Ticao Island to Legazpi for your flight to Manila. Connect to your onward flight home.

Meal plan : Breakfast


What's included

INCLUDED Airport transfers Domestic flights Accommodation Most meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan) Entrance fees to sites & parks Ground transport and driver Local guides Activities as per itinerary
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Travel The Unknown
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