An adventure holiday in the Philippines, from mountains to sea

The Philippines is an incredibly diverse mix of cultures, traditions and sights, each intended to entice and intrigue. With more than 7,000 islands packed to the brim with natural wonders, and unlike anywhere else in the world, this country is just waiting to be explored. Be embraced by the friendly locals, gaze in awe at untouched landscapes and get ready for an exhilarating taste of the real Philippines. From trekking Mt Pinatubo to exploring the stunning Banaue rice terraces to the coastal getaway of Puerto Galera - this country will really grab a hold of your senses. So pack your bags and take a dive into the unknown - we promise you won't want to leave!

Start
Manila, Philippines
Finish
Manila, Philippines
Countries
Philippines
Themes
Explorer
Code
TTSL
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
462kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Jump into the adventure of lively Manila city
  • Be left breathless by the Banaue terraces
  • Take a village trek through lush rice paddies
  • Be mystified by the hanging coffins in Echo Valley
  • Go trekking to the summit of Mt Pinatubo
  • Enjoy a coastal getaway in Puerto Galera
  • Discover the warm and welcoming Filipino culture

Itinerary

Dive into this Philippines adventure in the country's capital city, Manila. With contradictions and surprises around every corner, Manila is packed full of things to do, see, taste and experience.
Travel by bus to the quaint town of Banaue. Famous for its stunning rice terraces that appear to stretch like stepping-stones to the heavens, it'll be easy to understand why Banaue is sometimes referred to as the 'Eighth Wonder of the World'. Take a walk to a nearby vantage point for sensational views or rest up in preparation for the trekking ahead.
Set off through rice fields and forests on a trek. Stay overnight in local Ifugao villages and meet people farming rice in the same way their ancestors did 2,000 years ago.
Travel across alpine mountains, stopping off in Bontoc to peruse its museum and arriving in the tranquil surrounds of Sagada. Visit the hanging coffins in Echo Valley, which dangle high up on limestone cliffs - the coffins are both mystifying and eerie.
Located high in the Cordillera Central mountain range, the bustling metropolis of Baguio will be a welcomed retreat from the heat of the lowlands below.
Trek to the crater on Mt Pinatubo and camp for the night near the crater's lake.
Stock up on supplies back in Manila.
Catch a ferry to the island of Mindoro and spend days relaxing in this tropical paradise. From our base in Puerto Galera, explore the nearby pristine beaches where swimming, snorkelling and serenity await.
Well rested and relaxed, head back to the hustle and bustle of Manila where the Philippine Discovery comes to an end.
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Inclusions

Meals
2 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport
4x4, Bus, Ferry, Private minibus
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Guesthouse (2 nights), Hotel (8 nights), Resort (3 nights)
Included activities
  • 3-day trek with local guide
  • Bontoc Museum
  • Guided walk to Hanging Coffins and Bokong Falls
  • Guihob Natural Swimming Pool
  • Mt Pinatubo climb
  • Snorkelling - Puerto Galera

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Philippine Discovery , April 2015

Philippine Discovery , April 2015