Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Heritage and Islands of the Philippines (16 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Manila, Philippines To Palawan, Philippines

Valid for Departures Now Through: 18 Mar 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Manila, Philippines
Raffles Makati Dinner

To begin your journey, we start at the Philippines' bustling capital, Manila. A local activist and artist takes you on a walking tour through Intramuros, after which you'll sample some delicious Filipino cuisine at La Cocina de Tita Moning in a 1937 ancestral home. In the evening, enjoy this night in Manila at one of the city's sterling five-star hotels, such as the Makati Shangri-la or the iconic and luxurious Raffles.


Day 2
Taal Volcano, Philippines
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you'll travel to the nearby Taal Volcano, a truly picturesque caldera that holds a lake and a smaller volcanic peak. Here, visit St. Joseph Parish Church in Las Piñas and marvel at the bamboo pipe organ there. Next, it's off to the Jeepney Factory to see how these iconic taxis are made, then you'll stop for lunch with a view over Taal Lake from Antonio's Grill. In the afternoon, visit the picturesque Taal Heritage Town before heading back to your luxury hotel in Makati.


Day 3
Banaue, Philippines
Banaue Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel in style to the emerald green Banaue Rice Terraces, where a helicopter will provide you with an unbeatable aerial view of this UNESCO-protected site. Embark on a hike through the rice fields of Bangaan Village, a tiny, picturesque town nestled in the terraces of this awe-inspiring location. In the evening, check into your spacious suite at Banaue Hotel, overlooking the mountains and valleys.


Day 4
Banaue, Philippines
Banaue Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you'll see one of the area's most intriguing sights – the Hanging Coffins of Sagada. Wander the caves with a guide and, if you're the more adventurous type, go spelunking in Sumaguing Cave. Sumaguing Cave houses beautiful rock formations and a vertical rock wall called King's Curtain. Tonight, check into Banaue Hotel and enjoy delicious local cuisine before retiring to your spacious room.


Day 5
Manila, Philippines
Raffles Makati Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning, enjoy a helicopter transfer from Banaue back to Manila. En route, you'll fly past the crater of active volcano, Mt. Pinatubo. Enjoy the evening in Makati, Manila where you can check out local eateries, enjoy some luxury shopping or indulge in a spa treatment in a five-star hotel such as Makati Shangri-La or Raffles.


Day 6
Bohol, Philippines
Eskaya Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The island of Bohol is home to intriguing landscapes and endemic fauna, such as the tarsier. Today, we'll visit Bohol's Tarsier Sanctuary, where you can see these adorable creatures up close. You'll also see the undulating terrain of the Chocolate Hills, then join a Loboc River Cruise and visit a local Butterfly Farm. Tonight, check into Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa and spend the night in your luxury beach villa.


Day 7
Bohol, Philippines
Eskaya Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

There's so much to see around Bohol, and today we visit the clear tropical waters of Panglao Island to do some dolphin and whale spotting. Cruising these pristine tropical seas on a luxury vessel, you can truly relax into the island pace. In the evening it's back to Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa for fine dining and a sound night's sleep.


Day 8
Bohol, Philippines
Eskaya Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore the fertile mangroves of Bohol's Abatan River. The river wends its way past four coastal towns, through lush mangrove forests that house abundant birdlife, monkeys and other local fauna. Kayaking past river communities you can stop in each town and be treated to a cultural show and get the chance experience different aspects of local indigenous culture before returning to your luxurious room at the Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa.


Day 9
Bohol, Philippines
Eskaya Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The beaches of Panglao Island are some of the most idyllic in the world, with turquoise green water and clean white sand as well as exceptional diving. Here, you'll visit Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Dauis, a mid-18th century cathedral with beautifully-maintained interiors, complete with vaulted ceilings and frescoes. After lunch in a heritage house, you can get up close with some tarsiers at the Tarsier Botanika park. In the evening, head back to the luxurious Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa.


Day 10
Bohol, Philippines
Eskaya Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you have all day to rest and enjoy the beach and the luxury environs of Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa. Book a pampering treatment at Handuraw Spa, relax by the infinity pool, join a diving expedition or just enjoy a lazy day in your villa by your private jacuzzi.


Day 11
Palawan, Philippines
Two Seasons Coron Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Two Seasons Island Resort and Spa near the town of Coron is your next destination. Here, you can settle into your spacious private bungalow and enjoy snorkeling the house reef. This beautiful property is completely self-sufficient, providing its own water and electricity, and boasts stunning tropical gardens, a top-notch restaurant and the luxurious Narra Spa.


Day 12
Palawan, Philippines
Two Seasons Coron Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, go island-hopping in a luxury vessel, visiting several neighboring islands. You'll sail to the stunning Cayangan Lake – bright blue waters enclosed by tall limestone cliffs and dense forest. Then it's off to the equally-spectacular Twin Lagoons, another sheltered area of crystal clear waters and karst formations. In the evening, enjoy dinner back at Two Seasons Island Resort and Spa at the open-air Sulu Restaurant.


Day 13
Palawan, Philippines
Two Seasons Coron Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to the waters of Barracuda Lake, one of the area's more unusual dive sites. This fresh- and saltwater lake is situated in the crater of a volcano and features visible layers of heated water (thermoclines) up to 38 degrees. To get to it, you have to climb over the caldera rim. Considered a must-see dive site for its unique topography, you'll glimpse various shrimp species here. At night, wind down in your luxurious room at the Two Seasons Beach Resort and Spa.


Day 14
Palawan, Philippines
Two Seasons Coron Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you'll venture to Sangat Island Reserve to do some wreck diving. The shallow reef-filled waters around Coron were treacherous for ships passing through here during World War II, and many a historic wreck now lies submerged here, home to corals and fish. Giant Puffers, Giant Batfish, Sweet Lips, Groupers and Tuna Fish are just some of the species you might spot. Some wrecks are also suitable for snorkelers. At night, return to Two Seasons Beach Resort and Spa


Day 15
Palawan, Philippines
Two Seasons Coron Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the final days of your luxury Philippines trip enjoying the facilities of the Two Seasons Beach Resort and Spa. Book a treatment at Narra Spa, go hiking, make use of the property's Aqua Sports Center, or just relax in your spacious bungalow with a DVD from the library. After enjoying the tropical gardens and private beach for a few days, it's back to the bustle of Manila.


Day 16
Palawan, Philippines
None Breakfast

Free time.


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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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Description

This 16-day luxury tour takes you to the Philippines' must-see sites, with a varied itinerary that encompasses volcanoes, rainforest, pristine coral reefs and the historic Intramuros area of Manila. Adventure-seekers have a range of activities to get the adrenaline pumping, while there's plenty of time for rest and relaxation in some of the country's most luxurious beach resorts.


Highlights

  • The massive caldera of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake in its center

  • Snorkeling and diving around the coral reefs of Palawan

  • Stay in luxury beach resorts in your private villa or bungalow

  • A helicopter flight over UNESCO-protected Banaue terraced rice fields

  • A visit to a tarsier sanctuary to see Bohol’s most famous inhabitan

About Us

Remote Lands is the world’s foremost ultra-luxe bespoke travel designer focused exclusively on Asia. We provide the very finest that Asia has to offer, from pool villas and private jets to unique experiences within far-flung cultures off the beaten path. Our attention to detail, personalized service, creativity and deep knowledge of Asia set us apart.

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Terms & Conditions

Payment Notes
  • Payment by wire transfer or by cheque; American Express, Visa and MasterCard also accepted.
  • 25%

Refund Policy
  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • 50% of total trip price refundable if cancelled 30-90 days before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • No refund less than 30 days before departure

  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable


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Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
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Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2013

Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinabalu was fantastic as was the Kinabatangan River Resort. Raimie our guide was first-rate!
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Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

Remote Lands coordinated our trip and made the experience worry-free. All of our transfers and guides were on time, professional, kind and even went above and beyond when a couple of unexpected needs arose. Thank you!
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By: Cindi


Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2018

Wonderful experience! This was my daughter’s senior trip prior to going away to college and it was everything I’d hoped it would be. Great guide, driver, travel agent, etc. Overall a very positive experience!!
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By: Mike


Reviewed on: 18 May 2018

we had to different tour guides, both were just excellent and well worth the money definitely made the trip more memorable
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Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2018

The Remote Lands Guides were excellent. The cars used for transportation were roomy and clean. The hotels were 5 star and their attention to detail was over the top. There was only perfection from the people we met and it was also comforting to know that our trip was being carefully monitored by Remote Lands supervisors every step of the way. We would recommend Remote Lands to anyone needing exceptional service in Asia.
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