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North Philippines Explorer - Explore!
13 days

North Philippines Explorer

Start and end in Manila
Tour Operator:
Explore!
Max group size:
16
Age range:
14 to 85
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
124785
Private available:
From
US $3,290
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Highlights

  • Explore the historical quarter of bustling Manila
  • Discover mysterious burial caves and hanging coffins
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed Mestizo by kalesa
  • Visit Taal, one of the world's smallest volcanos
  • Wonder at the 2000-year old terraces of the Ifugao people

Travel, Your Way

Good reasons for travelling privately:

  • Personalise your trip

    Make changes to the itinerary, accommodation, or transport method

  • Increased safety during COVID

    Spend the majority of time amongst your group to reduce exposure to others

  • Travel more exclusively

    Your tour guide can focus all their attention on your group

  • Travel for a special occasion

    Celebrate an important event by only travelling with your friends or family

Itinerary

Start and end in Manila! With the Discovery tour North Philippines Explorer, you have a 13 days tour package taking you through Manila, Philippines and 10 other destinations in Philippines. North Philippines Explorer includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Join tour in Manila
  2. Day 2: In Manila: explore the old town; free afternoon
  3. Day 3: Drive to San Pablo City for rafting on Pandin Lake; drive to Tagaytay
  4. Day 4: From Tagaytay visit Taal Volcano; drive to Manila and fly to Laoag
  5. Day 5: In Laoag; free time with optional excursion to the beach for the day
  6. Day 6: Drive to the colonial city of Vigan; free afternoon
  7. Day 7: In Vigan; full day sightseeing by horse drawn carriage and on foot
  8. Day 8: Drive to Sagada; discover burial caves and hanging coffins
  9. Day 9: Drive to Banaue Rice Terraces; visit Bontoc Museum en route
  10. Day 10: In Banaue; visit Hapao Rice Terraces
  11. Day 11: Drive to Mabalacat; free late afternoon in rural surrounds
  12. Day 12: Climb Mount Pinatubo; drive to Manila
  13. Day 13: Tour ends in Manila
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What's Included

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  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Meals
  • Additional Services
  • Transport
  • Optional Extras
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Additional Services

Where You'll Stay

Hotel
12 nights

Customer Reviews

  • Overall Rating
    Excellent
    4.6
  • Itinerary
    Excellent
    4.5
  • Guide
    Excellent
    4.9
  • Accommodation
    Excellent
    4.3
  • 4.5
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  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    Great trip recommend it
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your review. Hope to travel with you in the future.
    Trip date: December 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    All the walks were easy to moderate. A walking stick is definitely of great use (walking sticks were provided everywhere). A waterproof bag is essential to seal your camera or mobile phone when crossing the river multiple times during the Mt Pinatubo... Show more
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your review and feedback.
    Trip date: November 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    I thoroughly enjoyed this trip and was pleasantly surprised by the Philippines. I would very much look forward to a 'Philippines Islands' trip if you ever consider adding this to your portfolio (similar to your Thailand Islands in the Sun tour)
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your review. Hope to travel with you in the future.
    Trip date: December 2017
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    I did not have a good idea what to expect and I can honestly say the holiday exceeded my expectations. The scenery was beautiful, the people lovely, and our group gelled very well.
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your lovely review and feedback. Glad you had a nice trip.
    Trip date: February 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    I think the group appreciated that this particular trip is evolving, and some days were long for travelling, but nothing excessive. The overall experience was positive.
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your feedback and review.
    Trip date: December 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    Our first trek to Taal volcano was a fab walk for me, but some people struggled so maybe it just needs to be clearer in the notes that a degree of fitness is required
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your feedback and review.
    Trip date: December 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    Thank you very much for the special offer of a free extra day on this trip - I had a great last day independently exploring Manila Bay, Rizal Park, and Intramuros.
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your review and feedback. Glad you had a nice trip.
    Trip date: February 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    Rey handled his budget brilliantly and was able to treat us here and there. He was very highly thought of by the clients.
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your feedback and review.
    Trip date: December 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    Wonderful tour and experience. Please consider running a new tour to other areas of Philipines.
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your review and feedback. Glad you had a good trip.
    Trip date: March 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    I like the fact Explore do free transfers if you arrive and depart on the dates of the tour
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your review.
    Trip date: January 2019
    Review collected by Explore!

Dates & Availability

13 days
North Philippines Explorer
From Manila to Manila
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Good to Know

  • Currency
    Philippine Peso
    Philippines
  • Plugs & Adapters

    As a traveller from USA, Canada you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F. As a traveller from England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa you will need an adaptor for types A, B, C, E, F.

    Type A
    Philippines
    Type B
    Philippines
    Type C
    Philippines
    Type E
    Philippines
    Type F
    Philippines
  • Vaccines
    • These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    • Typhoid - Recommended for Philippines. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Hepatitis A - Recommended for Philippines. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Cholera - Recommended for Philippines. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Tuberculosis - Recommended for Philippines. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    • Hepatitis B - Recommended for Philippines. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    • Yellow fever - Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Philippines. Ideally 10 days before travel.
    • Japanese B encephalitis - Recommended for Philippines. Ideally 1 month before travel.
  • Visa
    • Unfortunately we cannot offer you a visa application service. Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of your scheduled departure.
    • Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.
  • Payment information
    • For any tour departing before May 7th, 2021 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after May 7th, 2021, a minimum payment of 30% is required to confirm your booking with Explore!. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 65 days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
    • Some departure dates and prices may vary and Explore! will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
    • The following cards are accepted for "Explore!" tours: Visa, Maestro, Mastercard, American Express or PayPal. TourRadar does NOT charge you an extra fee for using any of these payment methods.
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