9-Nights Fantastic Philippines: Manila, El Nido, and Cebu
A tropical paradise, fit for romance and nature, this country of 7,000 islands puts on a dizzying display of beauty. The Spanish influence can be found around every corner, but modern culture takes on many American traits. The pride of the Filipinos along with their gracious welcome and enthusiasm to share their culture with visitors really make this country shine as a top destination in Asia.
9 nights from $2745 per person
Supplier: Avanti Destinations
Manila is the heartbeat of the Philippines. Multi-faceted, multi-layered, lusty and lively, it is the seat of government and center of arts and education. It is a city of contrasts and contradictions. Here streets pulsate with life at all hours; within its boundaries live the richest and poorest in the country. Occupied over decades by Spanish, Americans, British and Japanese, East meets West, giving the city a unique character. The Walled City, a medieval fortified town, was the heart and soul of the country for more than 300 years. This city fortress, surrounded by moats and turreted walls 30 feet thick, was known as Intramuros and comprises Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church - suggested priorities on any visitor’s itinerary. Manila attracts migrants who arrive from throughout to study or seek work. The cosmopolitan air in this fascinating city comes from its substantial Chinese and other foreign communities, busy port, multi-national corporations and constant flow of tourists. Other sights to see include Manila Cathedral, the Coconut Palace, and the National Museum.
On April 8, 1521 Ferdinand Magellan landed in Cebu and opened a trade route that is still followed today. The cross Magellan planted here still stands and has become one of Cebu's most recognized and famous landmarks. Colonized by Spain in the 16th century, many houses, churches and municipal buildings still stand from that era. Aside from historical landmarks, the area is home to beautiful beaches that are perfect for snorkeling, diving and windsurfing.
El Nido is a coastal settlement of Palawan, Philippines that consists of 45 islands and islets also known as the Bacuit Archipelago. The pristine warm beaches and clear waters is a short walk away from the jungle and main town Bacuit Bay. El Nido which also means, “The Nest” has been inhabited by humans as early as 22,000 years revealing fossils and burial sites with imprints from the Late Neolithic Age. Since 1225CE, the Chinese have been trading with the residents of El Nido in search of the edible birds’ nest that engraved the island’s history and name. El Nido is presently a large marine sanctuary protected by the government preserving its flora, fauna, and natural beauty. Travelers can go island hopping in the Bacuit Archipelago, or spot dugongs, turtles, manta rays, coral reefs, and gentle whale sharks. Travelers can also explore the 12,000 year old Ille Cave, dive their way beneath water trenches to reach the “Secret Beach” not frequently visited by outsiders, or kayak through a cathedral-like cavern and bird watch the “nest gatherers.”
Valid Travel Dates
- 2 nights Manila
- 4 nights El Nido with all meals
- 3 nights Cebu
- Daily breakfast
- Private arrival & departure transfers per city
- Private Old Manila Charms half-day tour
- Private Cebu City half-day tour
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