14 JAN - 27 JAN

About This Tour

When Spanish conquistadors came to the Philippines in the 16th century, one Spanish captain dubbed the country the “Pearl of the Orient.” Visitors soon learn this honorary title is both literal (the Philippines is a pearl-producing nation) and metaphorical, blessed as it is with abundant natural wonders. The verdant mountainsides, the deep jungles, the white sands beaches, limestone sentinels along the coast and crystal blue seas are all precious jewels to the visitor, and the archipelago numbering 7,000 islands is itself like a necklace wrapping around this portion of the South China Sea.

With so many islands, no one trip can ever possibly hope to encompass everything the nation offers, but this particular tour features some of the absolute best highlights, taking in its rich history, fascinating cultures and natural beauty. An added bonus is the fact that the Philippines is the third largest English-speaking country in the world, dating back to 1898 when the country became the United States’ only overseas colony and later served as allies during World War II. The Philippines is a fascinating destination combining Asian, European, and American influences.

Tour highlights

  • Manila, capital of the Philippines
  • Intramuros, Manila’s Colonial Walled City *
  • Taal Volcano
  • Banaue Rice Terraces *
  • Ifugao Native Village
  • Batad Terrace Trek
  • Hanging Coffins of Sagada
  • European architecture of Vigan *
  • 17th century Sinking Bell Tower
  • Island of Palawan
  • Archipelago island hopping
  • Puerto Princesa Subterranean River *
  • * UNESCO World Heritage Sites