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Philippine Odyssey - 13 Days
Philippine, Hong Kong
 

 

 

Departure February 7, 2013 and Return February 19, 2013

 
   
$3639 per person Land and Air from West Coast
$2295 per person Land Only including internal air/land transportations
$740 per person single supplement
 
       
Prices include Government Taxes and Fees.
 
Highlights: This unique tour takes you to several most beautiful islands of Philippines archipelago of over 7000 islands. Follow the final footsteps of national hero Jose Rizal through the historic walled city of Intramuros in the capital city of Manila. Visit the small rocky island of Corregidor, which made for a fortress and became a symbol of courage in World War II. See the unique Chocolate Hills and smallest primate, the tarsier on the island of Bohol. Visit the Queen City of the South Cebu. Cruise through the many splendid caves of the Underground River in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Relax on the pristine beaches of the private island of Dos Palmas.  
 

Day 1, February 7, Thursday - USA/Manila
Depart the USA gateway city via Cathay Pacific Airways for Beijing. En route, cross the International Dateline.

Day 2, February 8, Friday - Manila
Arrive in Manila, capital of the Philippines, where you are greeted and transferred to your hotel. (Midas Hotel)

 
 

Day 3, February 9, Saturday - Manila
In the morning, enjoy an introductory tour of the city, visiting Rizal Park, known as the Luneta. It is the venue for the best museums of the city, bayside restaurants, a planetarium, the Manila Hotel, and an open-air theater featuring free classical music concerts. Rizal Park was the site of the execution of national hero, Jose Rizal. Walk through the historic walled city of Intramuros, which literally means within the walls, and see some of the ruins, museums, and churches; including the Manila Cathedral, which is the most important church in the country. Explore the National Museum of the Philippines, which showcases significant collections from archaeology, arts, cultural properties, zoology, botany and more. Visit Fort Santiago, built for Spanish conquistador, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. Jose Rizal was imprisoned here before his execution. The site features his final footsteps from his cell to Rizal Park. In the afternoon, explore the city at your leisure. In the evening, enjoy dinner with cultural show at Zamboanga Restaurant. (B/D)

Day 4, February 10, Sunday - Corregidor
Travel by boat to visit small rocky island, Corregidor Island, located in Manila Bay. A fortress in Spanish times, it became a symbol of courage in World War II, when Filipino and American soldiers put up a gallant stand to resist the enemy. It is also known as the Rock, and became the headquarters of the Allied forces. A guided tour of the island includes a light and sound show at Malinta Tunnel that vividly recounts the story of Corregidor. Return to Manila by ferry. (B/L)

 

Day 5, February 11, Monday - Manila/Bohol
Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to oval-shaped Bohol Island. Upon arrival at Tagbilaran, tour the famous rounded formations that turn brown in dry season to earn the name Chocolate Hills. Sightseeing includes a cruise along the palm-fringed Loboc River and lunch on board a floating restaurant. (Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa) (B/L)

Day 6, February 12, Tuesday - Bohol
Today you are at your leisure to enjoy the beautiful beaches. Search the island for the smallest primate, the tarsier. Or, as Bohol is well-known locally as a paradise for divers and snorkelers, you may take an optional diving tour. Dolphin watching and whale watching are also fun things to experience. (B)

 

Day 7, February 13, Wednesday - Bohol/Cebu
Take a Supercat ferry boat to the Philippines oldest city, the Queen City of the South, known also for its mangoes, guitars, and beach resorts. Cebu is a booming metropolis with the conveniences of a modern city, as well as many white sand beaches and historical sites. A city tour includes Magellans Cross, an octagonal building decorated with murals. It contains a large wooden cross that commemorates the Portuguese conquistador, Ferdinand Magellan, who planted a wooden cross, when he converted the people to Christianity. Visit the Basilica del Santo Nino, a large church containing a statue of Santo Nino (Holy Child), regarded as the oldest religious relic in the Philippines. See Fort San Pedro, the smallest Spanish outpost in the Philippines during the colonial era. It has a small museum with artifacts and treasures from the sunken San Diego galleon from Mexico. Its a scenic area with an open-air Plaza Independencia at the entrance. Walk through the well-preserved Spanish colonial mansion, Casa Gorordo Museum, constructed largely of wood, set in a pleasant, manicured garden. The lower floor holds a collection of tools and changing art exhibitions. The upstairs level was the former living quarters of the Gorordo family, and features carved wooden furniture and a wide patio. The kitchen contains a traditional dirt stove, wooden food safe, and traditional drying rack, fitted to the outside of the window. Also, walk through the public market to search through the many hand-made Philippine crafts. (Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort) (B/L)

 

 

Day 8, February 14, Thursday - Cebu
You have a full day at leisure to enjoy the beach or explore the city on your own. Go biking and try the delectable cuisine. Go shopping at the two spacious and modern malls in Cebu. Or, ride horse-drawn carriages called tartanilla. See the scenic view of Cebu Citys skyline from the Marcelo Fernan Bridge or Second Mactan Bridge, which offers interesting views of the city at night. Swim, snorkel, bird-watch, scuba dive, or relax in the sun. (B)

Day 9, February 15, Friday - Cebu/Palawan
This morning, fly to Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, the Philippines last ecological frontier. Palawan consists of a main island with many small islands around it. Puerto Princesa is considered the cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines, and full of beaches and wildlife reserves. Arrive in this nature lovers paradise and transfer to your hotel. (Hotel Centro) (B)

Day 10, February 16, Saturday - Palawan
Today, tour Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a World Heritage site featuring a mountain landscape the worlds longest underground river. It is known as the Underground River. Canoe the crystalline waters of the river through the network of spectacular cave formations. Enjoy lunch on the river. Later, transfer by ferry to your accommodations on a private island. (Dos Palmas Island Resort & Spa) (B/L/D)

 
 

Day 11, February 17, Sunday - Palawan
Enjoy the resort facilities and activities at your leisure, like snorkeling, playing tennis, basketball, volleyball or badminton, darts, billiards, biking, and more. Paddle through the mangroves with a kayak, surf or go fishing. Indulge yourself at the hotels spa to soothe your mind and body, enjoy a unique massage experience at a secluded location beside the beach with a spectacular view of Honda Bay, or simply relax on the islands white coral sand beaches. (B/L/D)

Day 12, February 18, Monday - Palawan/Manila
Fly back to the capital city of Manila and transfer to your hotel. (Midas Hotel) (B)

Day 13, February 19, Tuesday - Manila/USA
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA, arriving home the same day. Or, you may choose to take the 3 day extension to Hong Kong. (B)

 
Hong Kong Extension - 3 Days
 
   
$360 per person Land Only
$220 per person Single Supplement
 
       
 

Day 13, February 19, Tuesday - Manila/Hong Kong
Transfer to the airport for your departure via Cathay Pacific Airways and arrive in Hong Kong. Transfer to your hotel. (B) (Grand Harbor Hotel)

Day 14, February 20, Wednesday - Hong Kong
A morning sightseeing tour introduces you to the highlights of this bustling city including Stanley Market, Aberdeen's floating restaurants and sampan dwellers, and a panoramic view of city and harbor from atop Victoria Peak. Afternoon free. (B)

Day 15, February 21, Thursday - Hong Kong/USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure via Cathay Pacific Airways and arrive the States the same day. (B)

 
   
 
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