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Northern Philippines & Islands on a Shoestring
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Until Jan 18 From Jan 18

This 17-day trip brings together the very best of Filipino culture and hospitality with its simply perfect island beaches. Begin by island-hopping from pristine Cebu to gorgeous Bohol and Siquijor, snorkelling and swimming to your heart's content. Then fly north to ride through Manila in a jeepney, swim with whale sharks off Boracay (seasonally), and experience the warmth of Filipino culture and its welcoming people. With two unique homestays and a few short flights to avoid longer ferry rides, this tour of the Philippines is an experience you'll talk about for years to come.

  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: APNS.A/201415
  • Starts: Manila, Philippines
  • Finishes: Boracay Island, Philippines
You will Visit
  • Manila
  • Siquijor
  • Bohol
  • Panglao
  • Cebu City
  • Baguio
  • Sagada
  • Batad
  • Banaue
  • Boracay Island

Itinerary

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Day 1: Manila

Arrive at any time.
Please look out for signs in the hotel with details of the group meeting this evening. The meeting is a chance to meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the rest of the group before heading out for an optional evening meal.

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Day 2: Manila/Siquijor

Fly to Dumaguete and transfer to the port to board a boat bound for the mystical island of Siquijor.

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Day 3: Siquijor

Enjoy free time to explore caves, waterfalls, coral-filled waters, and 106km (65 mi) of white-sand beaches. Snorkelling and diving are both great options here.

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Day 4: Siquijor/Bohol

Hop on a ferry to the island of Bohol, home to the tiny tarsier primates and beautiful Chocolate Hills formations. Enjoy a stay at a G Adventures supported homestay and learn about local life from the community.
Enjoy a homestay at a community tourism project. Please note accommodations here are basic.

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Day 5: Bohol/Panglao

This morning opt to join your host family as they tend to the farm before helping prepare a barbecue feast for lunch. After lunch together, say good bye to your hosts and head out to explore the famous Chocolate Hills.

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Day 6: Panglao

Free day to tour the island or go snorkelling.

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Day 7: Panglao/Cebu City

Board a boat to bustling Cebu, home to the country's busiest sea port. Opt to take a tour of the city.

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Day 8: Cebu City/Manila

Fly back to Manila, and get ready to explore Luzon island.

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Day 9: Manila/Baguio

Travel north by bus, then enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival to Baguio. Opt to get a massage.

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Day 10: Baguio/Sagada

After another long day of travel, arrive at the outdoor paradise of Sagada, a base for adventuring.

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Day 11: Sagada

Free day for hiking or a caving excursion. Opt to visit the hanging coffins the area is famous for.
The natural beauty of the area features caves perfect for exploring, hikes along an underground river system, a waterfall and delightful pool to cool off in after a day of exploring. Relax in the quiet serenity only found off the beaten path—this is a place to just sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.

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Day 12: Sagada/Batad

Travel via jeepney along scenic mountain roads and then by foot on local hiking trails to reach a local village for an overnight homestay experience. Discover the daily lives of the Ifugao people. Enjoy a cultural performance and a local dinner.

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Day 13: Batad/Banaue

Hike back to the main road and hop in a jeepney bound for beautiful Banaue. Enjoy free time and views of the famous rice terraces.

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Day 14: Banaue/Manila

Free time to trek along the terraces or relax. After soaking in the last of the spectacular views hop on an overnight bus to Manila.

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Day 15: Manila/Boracay Island

Fly south from Manila and transfer to the breathtakingly gorgeous island of Boracay. White-sand beaches and bright, turquoise waters await.

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Day 16: Boracay Island

Free day. Opt to go snorkelling, scuba diving, or just chill out on the beach.

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Day 17: Boracay Island

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Bohol Island Homestay, Bohol Local Living: Batad Homestay, Batad
    • Orientation to local community (Bohol)
    • Chocolate Hills visit
    • Beach time in Siquijor, Bohol, Panglao, and Boracay
    • Orientation walk (Baguio)
    • Rice terraces trek (Batad)
    • Cultural performance (Batad)
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (9 nts), hostels (4 nts, multi-share), homestays (2 nts, multi-share), overnight bus (1 nt)
    • 16 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Taxi, plane, walking, ferry, public bus, jeepney
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the beautiful Chocolate Hills
  • Learn about the tiny tarsiers
  • Snorkel crystal-clear blue waters
  • Relax on gorgeous white-sand beaches
  • Trek along rice terraces to a remote village
  • Experience Filipino culture and hospitality on an overnight homestay