Warning - This is a new trip for us!
Whilst we have been operating in South East Asia for 20 years now and have had a team of researchers travelling in the area to put together this trip, it still must be remembered that this is the first year of operating this trip. To be frank, we expect some things to go wrong! We usually make this warning when we head to new destinations - and usually we find there are more pleasant surprises in store than unpleasant ones. But the warning is sincere, and if it concerns you then we recommend that you wait for a year until we get any bugs ironed out. Any improvements to our itinerary are noted immediately on our website, so before booking and travelling please go to www.intrepidtravel.com and enter this trip code in the trip finder to check for any updates.
The Philippines is an incredibly diverse mixture of cultures, traditions and sights, each intended to entice and intrigue. With more than 7,000 islands packed to the brim with natural wonders unlike anywhere else in the world, this country is just waiting to be explored. Be embraced by the friendly locals, gaze in awe at untouched landscapes and get ready for an exhilarating taste of the real Philippines. So pack your bags, take a dive into the unknown and feel the country grab hold of your senses - we promise you won't want to leave!
Day 1 Manila
Dive into the adventure, starting in the country's lively capital. With contradictions and surprises around every corner, Manila is packed full of things to see, do, taste and experience.
Day 2 Banaue
Travel by bus to the quaint town of Banaue. Famous for its stunning rice terraces that appear to stretch like stepping-stones to the heavens, it'll be easy to understand why the area is sometimes referred to as the 'Eighth Wonder of the World'. Take a walk to a nearby vantage point for sensational views, or rest up in preparation for the trekking ahead.
Days 3-5 Trekking
Set off through rice fields and forests on a trek. Stay overnight in local Ifugao villages, and meet people farming rice in the same way their ancestors did 2,000 years ago.
Days 6-7 Sagada
Traverse alpine mountains, stop off in Bontoc to peruse its museum and arrive in the tranquil surrounds of Sagada. Visit the hanging coffins in Echo Valley, dangling high up on limestone cliffs, the coffins are both mystifying and eerie.
Day 8 Baguio
Located high in the Cordillera Central mountain range, this bustling metropolis will be a welcome retreat from the heat of the lowlands below.
Day 9 Mt Pinatubo
Trek to the crater on Mt Pinatubo and camp for the night near the crater's lake.
Day 10 Manila
Stock up on supplies back in the capital.
Days 11-13 Boracay
Travel by plane, tricycle and boat to the beautiful island of Boracay. Swim, snorkel and soak up the sublime serenity of this island paradise. Cruise around the island by boat, stopping for a barbecue lunch along the way.
Days 14-15 Manila
The journey ends back in the hustle and bustle of Manila.