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Philippines Insight 2020

11 days
the Philippines
Starting from $3548* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join EO on this 11-day Philippines Insight tour making stops in Manila, Sagada, Cebu and much more. Departing on November 9, 2020 with prices starting at $3,548* including airfare from Los Angeles.

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • First Class Hotels
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Guided Tours
  • International Airfare
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Nov. 9 – DEPART USA

Depart on your international overnight flights from the USA.

Day 2 Nov. 10 – ARRIVE AT MANILA AIRPORT

Upon arrival at Manila Airport, you will be met and greeted by our local representative and then transferred to your hotel.

Day 3 Nov. 11 – MANILA

The tour starts in Rizal Park, passing thru the monument of the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Proceed to the Walled City of Intramuros and a brief tour of San Agustin Church, one of the oldest stone churches and on to Fort Santiago, a military headquarters during the Spanish Colonial Period and for the Japanese during World War II. Lunch at local restaurant.  The tour proceeds to the commercial district of Makati and ends at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.  Dinner at Mall of Asia.

Day 4 Nov. 12 – MANILA - BANAUE

Early morning departure for a 9 hour drive to Banaue passing through the provinces of Nueva Ecija and crossing the mountain of Santa Fe in Nueva Vizcaya. Short stop in San Jose for lunch in a local restaurant. Resume the drive and brief stop by Dalton Pass then to Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya passing through Bagabag, where you start your ascend to the Ifugao land.   Arrive Banaue and check in to your hotel. Dinner at hotel. 

Day 5 Nov. 13 – SAGADA/BONTOC TOUR

After breakfast at the hotel, your day starts by going to Bontoc on the way to Sagada. Visit the Bontoc Museum. Lunch at local restaurant in Sagada. Then proceed to the burial caves where you see the hanging coffins in Sagada. A visit to the Weaving Factory is included.  Return to the hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure. 

Day 6 Nov. 14 – RICE TERRACE/VILLAGE TOUR

After breakfast at the hotel, departure by group’s exclusive local jeepney for the tour of the rice terraces and one of its villages. Banga-an is a traditional village nestled in a panoramic valley of terraces. The 20-minute walk on a descending trail permits a closer look of the Ifugao world. Visit a typical home to see their way of life. Proceed to the viewpoint to witness the Rice Terraces acclaimed as the “8th Wonder of the World” & UNESCO World Heritage Site, built over 2,000 years ago.  Dinner at hotel with Cultural Show.

Day 7 Nov. 15 – BANAUE - MANILA

After breakfast drive back to Manila, arrive Manila and check in to your hotel. 

Day 8 Nov. 16 – MANILA - BOHOL

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Manila Airport to board the flight for Tagbilaran. Arrive Tagbilaran and transfer to your hotel.  Rest of the day is free at leisure. Dinner at hotel. 

Day 9 Nov. 17 – BOHOL COUNTRYSIDE TOUR

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed on the Bohol Countryside Tour with lunch; a full day tour to the scenic countryside of Bohol. It is a beautiful showcase of history, culture and nature in one destination- BOHOL. This tour brings you to the historical Blood Compact Shrine, a historical landmark commemorating the 1st Treaty of friendship between the east and the west, before visiting the ruins of the old Baclayon Church & Museum. En route to the Chocolate Hills, you drive through the lush Mahogany Man-Made Forest and the green farmlands in Bilar and Batuan. In Bilar visit a Butterfly Farm which showcases a variety of Philippine butterfly species.  View the awesome cone shaped hills known as the Chocolate Hills from a promenade on one these hills. Drive back to Loboc for a 50-minute river cruise along nipa-lined river on board a native catamaran. A sumptuous barbecue lunch is served on board. The river cruise will surely relax both your body and mind as you view nature’s beauty of rolling hills, graceful coconut trees and green nipa-palms lining the riverbanks.  After the cruise, the tour then brings you back to Tagbilaran. Enroute, visit the tarsiers in their natural habitat in the Philippine Tarsier Research Center & Sanctuary.  Return to the hotel, dinner at hotel.

Day 10 Nov. 18 – BOHOL - CEBU

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to Tagbilaran pier to board the Ocean Jet Ferry for Cebu. 

Arrive Cebu and Proceed for Cebu City Tour with lunch
Rediscover Cebu City, the oldest city of the Philippines and sample its rich culture reminiscent of the Spanish and Chinese influence. Drive through the scenic Beverly Hills where the impressive Taoist Temple lords over the whole mountain side, then visit Fort San Pedro, the smallest and oldest tri- bastion fort in the country. See the Magellan’s Cross and the site where the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, planted a cross in 1521, on the very spot where the first Filipinos were baptized. Relive the religious fervor of the early Christian Filipinos at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño which houses the image of Sto. Niño, the oldest Spanish religious relic in the Philippines and Cebu’s patron saint. Then, experience Cebu’s past colonial lifestyle through the splendor of Casa Gorordo Museum, once the residence of the first Filipino Bishop of Cebu. Check in to your hotel, dinner at the hotel and overnight stay. 

Day 11 Nov. 19 – CEBU - MANILA

After breakfast transfer to the Mactan airport to board your flight to Manila and transfer to international terminal for flight back home or board your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Enhance Your Journey

Angkor Wat Extension $988

Nov. 19 – MANILA – SIEM REAP. After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Manila airport to board the flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you will be met and greeted by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy dinner with Apsara Dance Performance at Angkor Village Hotel/Restaurant.


Nov. 20 – SIEM REAP. Sightseeing in Angkor. 
The crown jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor Wat impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. Upon entering the main structure, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface of the temple, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted from the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day, but sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to watch the play of light on the stones. Dinner at a local restaurant and return to the hotel. 


NOV. 21 – SIEM REAP.
Excursion to Kampong Kleang with boat trip.
Kampong Kleang is located about 50 km from Siem Reap town. The place is situated on the northeast shore on the edge of the ecologically important Tonle Sap Lake. The road to the site is good but rather narrow. This boat trip will explore the floating fishing villages that live at the edges of the lake, passing submerged forests and fishing farms. Afternoon is free at leisure. Dinner at hotel. 

NOV. 22 – Return to USA.
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the airport to board your return flight. 
 

* All prices include a 4% cash discount. Taxes, tips & fees for extensions are charged separately

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion

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