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Philippines Winter Escape

16 days from £3,395pp (excl. international flights)

Manila  – Cebu  – Bohol  – El Nido  – Boracay

Revel in the sunshine with the great value Philippines trip

Beat the winter blues with this 16-day trip that takes you across the Philippines to see some of its most iconic natural and cultural sights.

Starting in the mountainous north, you visit the UNESCO-listed Banaue Rice Terraces, marveling at the ancient engineering behind their ingenious tiered structure. After exploring traditional villages, you head east to see the unique hanging coffins of Sagada and hike through pineapple fields and forests with panoramic mountain views.

Continuing south, you discover the history and architecture of Cebu City, considered the oldest city in the Philippines. You then ferry to Bohol and its wonders like the Tarsier Sanctuary and the iconic Chocolate Hills. Flying east, you reach the island paradise of El Nido with its dramatic limestone cliffs and pristine blue lagoons perfect for swimming and kayaking.

Your final stop is lively Boracay Island where you enjoy White Beach's infamous soft sand, water adventures like sailing, and stunning sunsets. With two free days to lounge on the beach, partake in water sports, dine on fresh seafood, or go shopping, you end your trip immersed in island life before returning home from this sweeping journey across the Philippines' natural beauty, vibrant culture, and colonial history.

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The itinerary…

Day 1: International departure

Head to your nearest international airport and board your overnight flight for the Philippines.

Day 2: Arrive Philippines

Banaue Rice Terraces Luzon Philippines

Rice Terraces in Banaue

Once you land in Manila, transfer to your flight to Cauayan where you will be met and taken by private vehicle to Banaue, stopping for lunch en route. Pass through Kiangan village on the banks of the Ibulao River, said to be home of Ifugao ancestors. Upon entering Banaue, visit Barangay Viewpoint to see the UNESCO-listed rice terraces built ingeniously by Ifugao engineers. These terraces span the base to the peaks of the rugged mountains. Dinner and overnight at the Banaue Hotel to rest up for your rice terrace adventures.

Day 3: Banaue - Sagada

Hanging coffins of Sagada Philippines

Hanging coffins of Sagada

Wake early and take a 45-minute mountain jeepney ride to Bangaan Village. Trek downhill through the terraces to see how the villagers do their work and examine the rice paddy structure. Return to Banaue for breakfast then depart, passing Mt. Polis. Stop in Bontoc to visit a museum of Igorot artifacts and headhunting history. Stroll through the market before continuing to Sagada. Admire the hanging coffins and limestone caves, and hike through pine forests. Depart for Bauko, overlooking Mt. Data. Spend the night at the mountain lodge, Masfere Inn, after a day immersed in Cordillera history and nature.

Day 4: Sagada - Baguio

Colourful houses of Baguio Philippines

Colourful houses of Baguio

Today you will depart early for Mt. Timbak, the third-highest mountain in Luzon. Embark on a 1.5-hour trek to the summit to take in panoramic views of terraced vegetables and villages. If the caretaker is around you will get the opportunity to visit the cave to see ancient mummies. Trek back down and continue to Baguio City. Enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant before a brief tour of the city. See key sites like Burnham Park and Mines View Park. Overnight in Baguio at El Cielito Inn to rest up before continuing your Cordillera adventure.

Day 5: Flight to Cebu

Sunrise Cebu Philippines

Sunrise in Cebu

Make an early start and transfer to Baguio Loakan Airport for your flight to Cebu. Upon arrival in Cebu, transfer to Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort & Spa in Mactan, where you will stay for one night. The evening is at your leisure.

Day 6: Cebu city tour

Magellan Cross Pavilion Cebu Philippines

Magellan's Cross Pavilion

After breakfast, you will spend the day exploring historic Cebu City, the oldest city in the Philippines founded in 1565. Visit the majestic Taoist Temple and grand Basilica de San Agustin. See Magellan's Cross, symbolizing the spread of Christianity. Tour Fort San Pedro, the country's first military stronghold. Walk through Carbon Market and the historic Parian district. Visit Casa Gorordo, a restored 19th-century home filled with antiques. After lunch at a local restaurant, head to the pier to ferry to Tagbilaran, Bohol. Transfer to your Bohol resort, the Bohol Beach Club, where you will stay for the next three nights.

Day 7: Bohol day tour

Tarsier greenery Bohol Philippines

Tarsier in Bohol

After breakfast, depart for a full day exploring Bohol's wonders. Visit the Tarsier Sanctuary to observe the world’s smallest primate. Stop at the Blood Compact site commemorating the friendship between Spain and the Datu. Tour the centuries-old Baclayon Church and museum. Pass through the towering mahogany Bilar Forest en route to the Chocolate Hills, aptly named for their color. Hike to the viewpoint for stunning vistas then cruise down Loboc River on a floating restaurant, enjoying lunch onboard. Return to your resort after a day immersed in Bohol’s natural beauty and heritage sites.

Day 8: Free day in Bohol

Panglao Island Bohol Philippines

Panglao Island, Bohol

Today is yours to explore Bohol and its surrounds at your leisure, or just relax in the resort.

Day 9: Head to El Nido

Miniloc Island Pool Deck El Nido Palawan Philippines

Pool deck at Miniloc Island

After breakfast, it's time to check out and transfer to the airport for your flight to El Nido, Palawan. Transfer to your resort at El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island, where you will stay for the next three nights.

Day 10: Island adventures

Bacuit Bay El Nido Palawan Philippines

Bacuit Bay

Start with an early breakfast to catch the sunrise over stunning Bacuit Bay. Visit the breathtaking Small or Big Lagoons, swimming and kayaking in their crystal clear waters surrounded by dramatic limestone cliffs. Cruise across the bay to explore another idyllic island, soaking up the natural beauty. Relax on the beach before another day of adventures in paradise.

Day 11: Free day in El Nido

El Nido different angle Palawan Philippines

El Nido

Spend the day at leisure enjoying your El Nido resort or embark on more island hopping in stunning Bacuit Bay. Opt to revisit the dramatic Small or Big Lagoons, swimming in their pristine waters surrounded by limestone cliffs. Cruise to another island paradise for more beach time, snorkeling, or kayaking. Appreciate the natural beauty of the bay's iconic scenery from a new perspective. Return to your resort to relax on the beach and watch the sunset. With free time in El Nido, soak up the island vibes however you please before departure the next day.

Day 12: Off to Boracay

White beach Boracay Philippines

White beach Boracay

After breakfast, it's time to check out and bid farewell to El Nido. Transfer to the El Nido airport for your flight to Boracay Island. Upon arrival transfer to the Coast Boracay Resort, where you will stay for the next three nights.

Days 13-14: Free time on Boracay

Sailboats at sunset Boracay Philippines

Sailboats at Boracay

The next two days are at your leisure to do as you please around Boracay. Laze on White Beach and enjoy the soft sand, warm waves, and stunning sunsets. Get adventurous with water activities like parasailing, kayaking, or island hopping. Explore beaches beyond White such as peaceful Diniwid Beach. Sample delicious seafood like grilled scallops and shrimp. Visit Mount Luho for panoramic views of the island. Experience Boracay nightlife with live music and fire dancers on the beach. Get a relaxing beach massage. Wander through D'Mall's shops and eateries. With two free days, immerse yourself in Boracay's natural beauty, activities, cuisine, and culture.

Day 15: Time to return

Plane over Manila from Cebu Philippines

Flying into Manila

After breakfast, its time once again to check out of the resort and head to Caticlan Airport for your onward flight to Cebu or Manila. From there board your international departure to your home destination.

Day 16: Arrive home

Land back in your home country, refreshed from your escape to the Philippines, ready to start planning your next getaway!

Duration: 15 nights

Location: Philippines holidays, East and Southeast Asia

Price: £3395pp

From £3,395 pp based on two people sharing, excluding international flights.

The trip includes all accommodations and activities specified above. Rooms and meals are as below:

  • 1 night at Banuae Hotel - deluxe room, full board.
  • 1 night at Mt Data Lodge or similar - standard room, full board.
  • 1 night at El Cielito Inn - standard room, breakfast and lunch included.
  • 1 night at Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort and Spa - deluxe room, breakfast included.
  • 3 nights at Bohol Beach Club – deluxe room, breakfast included.
  • 3 nights El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island - garden cottage, breakfast included.
  • 3 nights at Coast Boracay Resort – deluxe room, breakfast included.

Also includes

  • Internal flights and all transfers.
  • Private guides and entrance fees for city tours.

This trip excludes:

  • Single Supplements.
  • International flights to/from the Philippines
  • Meals not mentioned as included.
  • Entrance fees and activities not mentioned as included.
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When to go to the Philippines

A month-by-month guide of when to visit the Philippines

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  • Good
  • Mixed
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  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
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January is a great time to visit the Philippines. It offers pleasant weather with cooler temperatures, making it ideal for exploring cities like Manila and experiencing the Sinulog Festival in Cebu. Waters are clear for diving and snorkelling.



February continues the favourable weather, suitable for beach activities and island-hopping in Palawan. It's an excellent time for cultural events and exploring the Ifugao Rice Terraces.



March is still a good time to visit, with comfortable temperatures. Enjoy the Panagbenga Festival in Baguio and explore the beaches of Boracay. Waters are perfect for water sports.



April is ideal for island adventures and water sports. Explore the beaches of El Nido and enjoy the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban. It's warm but pleasant for outdoor activities.



May is generally good, but it marks the beginning of the wet season in some regions. Enjoy the colorful Flores de Mayo celebrations and dive in Apo Reef.



May is generally good, but it marks the beginning of the wet season in some regions. Enjoy the colorful Flores de Mayo celebrations and dive in Apo Reef.



July continues the rainy season. Explore the lush rainforests of Mindanao and enjoy cultural experiences. Coastal activities are not advisable.



August still sees rainfall, so focus on cultural experiences. Explore historical sites in Cebu and enjoy local festivals. Beach activities are limited.



September provides pleasant weather with fewer crowds. Explore the cultural gems of Luzon, hike Mount Pulag, or immerse yourself in the rich history of Corregidor Island.



October has some rainfall but is still good for travel. Attend cultural events in Manila, explore the culinary scene, and visit historical sites like Intramuros.



November marks the start of the dry season in a few regions. Enjoy the beauty of Banaue Rice Terraces, dive in Apo Island, and explore the beaches of Bohol.



December is a popular time to visit, with pleasant weather and festive celebrations. Experience Christmas traditions in the Philippines and enjoy the holiday spirit in cities like Manila and Cebu. Beach activities are great.


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