Bohol - Cebu - Manila
Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is a densely populated bayside city on the island of Luzon, which mixes Spanish colonial architecture with modern skyscrapers. Intramuros, a walled city in colonial times, is the heart of Old Manila. It’s home to the baroque 16th-century San Agustin Church as well as Fort Santiago, a storied citadel and former military prison. Bohol is a province of the Philippines, in the country’s Central Visayas region. It comprises Bohol Island and numerous smaller surrounding islands. Bohol is known for coral reefs and unusual geological formations, notably the Chocolate Hills. On the main island, near the town of Carmen, these 1,200 or so symmetrical mounds turn cocoa-brown in the dry season, contrasting with the surrounding jungle's greenery.Cebu is a province of the Philippines, in the country’s Central Visayas region, comprising Cebu Island and more than 150 smaller surrounding islands and islets. Its prosperous port capital, Cebu City, retains landmarks from its 16th-century Spanish colonial past, including the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño church and triangular Fort San Pedro. Tops, an observation deck on Mt. Busay, has sweeping views over the city.
Day 1: Arrive Manila
Arrive at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Our local representative will be waiting at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. Manila's popular sight is the Intramuros, a walled area that was the capital during Spanish rule. Intramuros has retained old dungeons and gunpowder rooms but added art galleries and theatres. Rest of the day at leisure on own. You can visit ―Ocean Park. You can visit Star City an amusement park which gives an adrenaline rush, scream your heart out in the rides and attractions, Star City is located next to the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, so you also the have option to catch a play at CCP or see an indie film after your visit. Outside food and drinks are not allowed, but snacks are sold at stalls inside the park. Some fast food joints also surround the park vicinity. See the ―Mind Museum - it allows the whole family to learn while having fun. The first world-class science museum in the Philippines houses around 250 interactive exhibits to feed both your curious mind and your senses. And should you run out of possible explanations, the museum's 'Mind Movers' (staff) are happy to assist you. Evening try the vibrant nightlife here - You can sample the city's bustling nightlife at the upscale Glorietta center in Makati, along bohemian Malate, at Eastwood, Libis, and the resto block on the SM Mall of Asia, a short ride from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The dress code is usually relaxed, and you'll find the bars and restos packed even on weeknights.Similar watering holes may also be found along Timog and West Avenue in Quezon City, and at the Ortigas Center in Mandaluyong. Overnight at hotel in Manila.
Day 2: Manila
After breakfast, proceed for a half day city tour of Manila.The tour starts with a drive through Roxas Boulevard to Rizal Park, named in honour of the country's national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. After a brief photo stop, proceed to the walled City of Intramuros to visit the remnants of Spain's conquistadores. Travel through the cobbled streets to San Augustin Church, the country's oldest stone church and view its wide collection of icons and religious articles. Across it is, Casa Manila, a reproduction of a 19th century house equipped with oriental and European decor as well as antique furniture. Then proceed to Fort Santiag, Manila's main line of defense against invaders from the sea. It has been the sight of many tragic moments in history. From Fort Santiago, drive on to Manila's central district, Quiapo, often referred to as the heart of Manila with its market, pilgrimage church of the Black Nazarene, jeepney terminals and bazaars. Then proceed to the Chinese Cemetery, the only one of its kind in the world, where the mausoleums are as big and elaborate as houses and where the fusion of Eastern and Chinese religions are very much in evidence. End the tour with a short sightseeing of the bustling financial and commercial district of Makati City. In the afternoon proceed to Asia's second largest mall – Mall of Asia or Greenhills Shopping Centre, a mecca for those in search of electronics, mobile phones, latest clothes and jewellery trends at the most affordable prices. Overnight at hotel in Manila.
Day 3: Manila – Cebu
After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to domestic airport for your domestic flight to Cebu on Cebu Air Pacific (approx 1 hr 20 min). Arrive at Cebu and transfer to your beach front resort and check in. Cebu offers everything you need from a relaxing retreat in a tropical island to all the conveniences that a first-class metropolis can give. Cebu is about 225 kilometers long, a narrow island that is home to 2.4 million people. A resort on the east side, and in the foreground(west side), is a fish sanctuary, teeming with corals, and a huge variety of species of fish, that you can view closely to the point that you can touch them. And you can do all that with just snorkeling. Simply because Cebu has it all. If you are looking for a place to spend your honeymoon, there are several 5 star resorts nearby. If you are planning a family vacation, you can enjoy parasailing and scuba diving in the island hotels, and you can also go mountain climbing or camping in one of its nature parks. When it is thrill and excitement you long for, it has a one-of-a-kind amusement park that you cannot find anywhere else- the Sky Experience Adventure at Crown Regency. Now, if it is shopping and dining you want, Cebu has it too; a lot of them in fact. Anything which your adventurous and wandering heart desires, you can find it in Cebu. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at a beach resort in Cebu.
Day 4: Cebu – Day Trip To Bohol
After breakfast, proceed for a full day tour to Bohol. Leave your Cebu resort early morning and take a ferry for the day trip that will introduce you to the wonders of Bohol. First stop is the Philippine Tarsier Foundation in the town of Corella, which serves as a refuge for the smallest primate in the world, the tarsier. Observe these rare nocturnal creatures in their natural habitat and be amazed by their agility as they move about, leaping from one tree to the other and swivel their heads nearly 360 degrees. Then proceed to Baclayon, make a short stop at the historical Blood Compact site, where Spain's Miguel Lopez De Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna, a native chieftain sealed their friendship with a symbolic drink. Nearby is the Baclayon Church, one of the many stone churches in Bohol. Having lost only its Bell Tower and portico recently to a strong earthquake, the church still maintains a museum containing a vast collection of religious art as well as librettos of church music inscribed in Latin on animal skins. Proceed with the tour, passing by Bilar manmade forest, a thick undergrowth of towering mahogany trees grown on the fringes of the highway leading to the Chocolate Hills, the country's geological wonder. Stop at the drop off area to admire the view of the hills which change in colour with the season. In summer, the hill grasses turn deep brown and the resemble chocolate candy drops, therefore the name Chocolate Hills. Move onto Loboc river where a cruise upstream on a floating restaurant is made more enjoyable with a delectable lunch served on board. Return to the Cebu hotel late afternoon. Overnight at a beach resort in Cebu.
Day 5: Cebu
After breakfast day at leisure. Summer in Cebu is usually very hot while in November-January, the wind is often cold. If you want to frolic in the beach, you should go there during summer which is from March to May. But, if you want to see what Cebu has in store for all its visitors, go there in January, specifically on the 3rd week as this is the time they celebrate one of the country‘s biggest festivities, the Sinulog. But you need to book early as hotels are bound to be booked even a week or two before the festival. Cebu has lots of places to go to enjoy your night – from downtown to uptown, Metropolitan Cebu comes even more alive as dusk sets in, with queues leading to music bars, discos and the casinos. You can go island hopping - Island Hopping- You can rent a pumpboat and this will take you to 3 beautiful islands around Cebu. It is a whole day activity so you may want to bring in some lunch and snacks. Enjoy Mountain View - You can go there day or night- it does not matter as they are open 24/7. It is full of tall trees and flowers, plus hangout areas and playgrounds for kids. You also get a great view of the city at the top. You can go Nature Tripping- You can go to one of its many waterfalls, especially the one in Badian which is the Kawasan Falls, it is about 2 ½ hours away from the city. See the Basilica del Santo Nino, Cebu Taoist Temple, visit the Mactan Island, which is a densely populated island located few kms from Cebu city. The island is part of Cebu Province and it is divided into Lapu-Lapu City. Being one of the major tourist Islands of Cebu, Mactan Island boasts of a diverse collection of tourist spots and attractions. Being a coral island, Mactan offers some of the best diving, snorkeling, island hopping, jet ski, sailing and cultural activities of any island in the Philippines.Mactan Island provides some of the best Island Hopping Adventures in the entire Philippines.Being a coral island itself, Mactan has many relative close islands in which to hop to.There is vast diversity of islands to choose from, with each one having its own special interest. In Cebu you can visit the Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary – Mini Museum & Art Gallery. The Butterfly Sanctuary includes the breeding of the butterflies of Cebu which had been opened to the public since 1974, where people could view the life-cycles of native butterflies. See the Magellan's Cross - Magellan's Cross is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines on 15 March 1521. See the Fort San Pedro - Built in 1565 under the command of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, conqueror of the Philippines, Fort San Pedro has served as an army garrison, a rebel stronghold, prison camp and the city zoo. These days it's retired as a peaceful, walled garden and handsomely crumbling ruin. Then see the Temple of Leah Monument of Undying Love, visit the Sky Experience Adventure a theme park on top of the tallest hotel – be swept away by pure pleasure of an exciting escape at the tallest hotel Crown Regency, with rides, dining, disco and high altitude activities. Experience the Edge Coaster, uniquely the world's very first and only amusement ride of its kind. The country's first ever Sky Walk Extreme will give you that natural high by walking around ... Experience this kind of adventure at the 37th floor that is open daily. Or ride their Tower Zip. Besides, they do offer different kinds of entertainment like 6D movies, Backlight Minigolf and Vivo Playroom. You can also charming view of the city in the viewing deck while having some refreshments on the Sky Bar. Visit Rainforest Park Cebu, the first of its kind in Cebu of a well-thought unique concepts that encloses an inspired mix of entertainment, adventure, leisure, educational, dining and unwinding for the entire family. It has a rain forest theme and atmosphere with lush greenery and landscape, floor simulated fountain, stone walled waterfalls, man made forest and artificial rain, cemented pathwalks and promenade, authentic life size wood carving display, there's also an Oceanarium, Amazon's Aviary and Tarzan House, Jungle Adventure Rides, Fish Spa and more. Overnight at a beach resort in Cebu.
Day 6: Cebu – Manila
After breakfast check out and transfer to the domestic airport for your domestic flight back to Manila. Arrive at Manila and transfer to the hotel and check in. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Manila.
Day 7: Depart Manila
After breakfast check out and transfer to Manila airport for your departure flight.
Inclusions / Exclusions
Tour price includes:
03 nights accommodation with daily breakfast in Manila.
03 nights accommodation with daily breakfast in Cebu.
Roundtrip airport transfers in Manila & Cebu (shared transfers in Cebu).
Private air conditioned transportation and all applicable entrance fees.
Half day Manila city tour with shopping.
Services of an English speaking tour guide (during the city tour).
Daytrip fascinating Bohol.
Tour price does not include:
Philippines visa charges, International Airfares, Taxes on the airline ticket, travel insurance.
GOI Service Tax as applicable will be added to the final tour invoice.
Cost granted by the Reserve Bank of India under the Basic Travel Quota scheme.
Any increase in the rate of exchange, surface transportation and land arrangements, which may come into effect, prior to departure.
Porterage, tips, insurance, laundry, wines, mineral water, telephone charges, optional tours and all items of personal nature and also food & drinks not forming part of the group menus.
Optional sightseeings, optional excursions, extra transfers.
Early check in and late check out is not included and NOT GUARANTEED in peak season. It is subject to a supplement cost.