Philippines Island Hopping
MANILA - PUERTO PRINCESA - EL NIDO - TAIPEI*
Dec. 4 - 13, 2018 (10 Days)
*2-day extension to Taiwan an additional $500
**dates subject to change depending on availability
Cost: $2500 total (based on double occupancy)
Includes: all international & domestic flights, accommodations, airport transfers, some meals, full time travel director, Manila historic walking tour, Puerto Princesa firefly river cruise, Sabang Underground River day tour, & El Nido Island Hopping Day Tour. Extension includes Taipei historic walking tour & Longshan Temple Tour. Other expenses not included are: some meals, excess baggage fees, and optional excursions.
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Fly to Asia
Transfer via provided shuttle from West Michigan area to Chicago O’Hare International Airport to take your flight to a large Asian hub such as Seoul, Tokyo, or Hong Kong.
Enjoy a comfortable flight on a full-service airline where you will have full meal service, complimentary alcoholic beverages, in-flight personal entertainment, and premium comfort.
View outside Philippines-bound flight
After changing planes, continue your travel to Manila.
Arrive in Manila at night and after clearing customs and retrieving baggage, transfer to your hotel to check-in and get a good nights rest.
Outdoor Markets in Manila
After breakfast, join your local tour guide who will be taking you on a 3-hour guided historical & cultural tour of Manila. See famous sites such as:
San Ignacio Ruins
San Agustin Church & Monastery
Barrio San Luis
Later, enjoy free time exploring this large city or enjoy an optional excursion.
Cultural Dance Show & Buffet Dinner
Immerse yourself in the traditions of Filipino culture during this 3-hour folk dance performance with dinner in Manila. Dig into a delicious meal of Filipino specialties typical of a 'barrio fiesta' (community celebration) before enjoying a series of mesmerizing dance performances by dancers decked out in authentic native costumes. Once you've gotten into the groove, feel free to join in for some dancing of your own at the end of the evening.
Manila Bicycle Tour
Cycle around historic walled city of Manila on a bamboo bike! The 2.5 hour guided bike tour goes through 10 major historical and cultural sites inside Manila.
Masungi GeoReserve Trail
The discovery trail of Masungi Georeserve allows guests to go through a two-decade old rainforest restoration project and the 60 million year old limestone pinnacles within. Trek through the conservation area’s walkways and rope courses for a different perspective of the area. Enjoy panoramic sights at the Nanay and Tatay viewing decks. After a three to four hour hike, complimentary snacks are served at Liwasan - an open rest area made in the shape of a leaf.
Private Filipino Cooking Class with a Local Chef
Learn to cook Filipino food in this private cooking class in a chef's Manila home. Follow a host and chef into their garden to pick ingredients, such as calamansi and lemongrass, which you'll use to prepare some Filipino family recipes in a private kitchen. Learn about Filipino food and culture through the cooking lesson and your guide's commentary as you enjoy the food you've cooked.
San Agustin Church & Monastery
Filipino Cultural Dance Show
Bamboo Bike Tour
Puerto Princesa, Philippines
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch your 1-hour flight to magical Palawan—believed by many to be the most beautiful island in the world!
After arriving in Puerto Princesa, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the lively town and impressive beaches.
Later, enjoy a relaxing river cruise famous for all of the fireflies that light up the path.
After the cruise, a wonderful Filipino dinner will be prepared for you before returning back to the hotel.
Water of Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa Town
Spend most of the day at one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature: the Sabang Underground River. Located inside a national park, the underground river is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for all of its natural features.
Enjoy the mesmerizing views of Ulugan Bay and marvel at the karst limestone
mountains and elephant cave. From Sabang wharf, a motorized boat will take you to the entrance of the national park where you will wind through dense jungle thickets to the mouth of the cave—where all of the wonders are waiting for you inside!
After the boat ride, enjoy a wonderful buffet lunch before transferring back to your hotel.
Entering the Underground River
Impressive Limestone Cliffs
Inside of the cave
Port Barton, Philippines
After breakfast, checkout of your hotel in Puerto Princesa and head north to a much more secluded part of Palawan called Port Barton. This area is home to some of the best beaches in the Philippines & great water activities like kayaking, snorkeling, & paddle boarding are available.
Later, continue north to El Nido, which is at the northernmost tip of Palawan and famous for its jaw-dropping limestone cliffs and crystal clear turquoise waters.
Check-in to your beach-front hotel and enjoy an evening at your leisure.
Port Barton is a secret paradise
a view from a room in our El Nido hotel
El Nido, Philippines
After breakfast, join your captain on his boat and enjoy a full day of island hopping between five different islands famous for their caves, white sand beaches, lagoons, and coral reefs!
Enjoy the use of free snorkel equipment to see all of the colorful fish and corals beneath the waters surface.
A fresh island-style lunch will be provided.
a boat used for island hopping
many impressive islands to explore
Coral Reefs in El Nido
El Nido, Philippines
Enjoy a full free day at your leisure! Opt for a beach day, explore the town, or go swim at the secluded Kuyawyaw Waterfalls.
Kayaking the crystal clear waters in El Nido
many choices of aquatic fun
After breakfast, transfer back down to Puerto Princesa for a short flight back to Manila.
Once in Manila, transfer to your hotel and have one final dinner with the whole group.
some typical Filipino food
For those not planning on doing the Taiwan extension, transfer to the
airport for your flight back to the US.
For those continuing onto Taiwan, transfer to the airport for your short flight to the bustling modern city of Taipei!
After clearing customs and retrieving your baggage, transfer to your hotel in the heart of downtown Taipei.
Later, join your local guide as they take you on a guided tour of Longshan Temple & Wanhua District (founded in the 18th century). Walk the old streets and learn of the rich culture of the Taiwanese while enjoying delicious street food.
Enjoy all that Taipei has to offer on this free day!
Opt to join us on a walking tour with a local guide as they show us famous landmarks such as:
228 Peace Memorial Park
Inner City Market
The Red House
Later, opt for an excursion or take the city in on your own.
Taipei in Motion: City Day Tour by Bike, Metro and Foot
Experience Taipei like a local, using public transportation to traverse the capital with a knowledgeable guide. Get an insider’s perspective of the city as you’re accompanied by MRT, bus and bike to metropolitan highlights on this full-day tour. You’ll pedal through Daan Forest Park to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, take the Xiangshan Hiking Trail up Elephant Mountain, and ride a bus to Songshan Cultural and Creative Park.
Jiufen, Yehliu Geopark, and Shifen Day Tour
Taiwan's Northeast Coast National Scenic Area is one of the country's most beautiful and best reputed; discover why on this day trip to Jiufen, Yehliu Geopark, and Shifen from Taipei. See the striking natural and cultural attractions of the region, including distinctive rock formations, waterfalls, and historical alleys lined with contemporary street food.
Taipei 101: World’s 2nd Tallest Building
Head to the top of Taipei 101, which is the icon of Taipei as it is the second tallest building in the world. Visit the observation deck, which gives you breathtaking views of the city!
Night Market & Street Food Tour
Visit the Yansan Night Market in Taipei with a friendly, local creditable food expert! Nestled in the historical Daqiaotou District of Taipei, Yansan Night Market is your point of entry for a no frills, old school dining experience. It includes dinner, scrumptious food tastings and snacks.
National Palace Museum
The National Palace Museum boasts a permanent collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks, making it one of the largest of its type in the world! The collection encompasses 8,000 years of history of Chinese art from the Neolithic age to the modern. Most of the collections are high quality pieces collected by China's emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Jiufen, Yehliu, & Shifen Day Tour
nightlife in Taipei
National Palace Museum
After breakfast, head to the airport for your flight back to the US.