13-Day Philippines Islands Tour: Cebu, Bohol & Dumaguete

Tour Route: Manila - Cebu - Dumaguete - Bohol - Manila

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  • Tour Code: ODY-PH-002
  • Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
  • Travel Date: Private tour with flexible travel date
  • Price Inclusions: All transportation mentioned in the itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
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Day 1: Welcome to Manila

On arrival in Manila, you will be met by your private guide and driver and then escorted to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to discover this dynamic city.

Overnight: Manila

Day 2: Taste of Manila City

Manila is the capital of the Philippines, which is the home to many significant architectural and cultural landmarks of the country.

Your full-day private tour today will start with the Casa Manila Museum and the San Agustin Church. Afterward, take a ‘calesa’, a horse-drawn carriage which is still being used as a form of public transport, to the Manila Cathedral. Walk to Fort Santiago and Rizal Shrine. Continue the tour to see the bizarre Chinese Cemetery, the oldest district of Manila-Quiapo and the vibrant Binondo in Chinatown.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore this city.

Overnight: Manila
Meal: Breakfast

Day 3: Manila - Cebu

Today, you will board the airplane to Cebu. Upon arrival, your private guide will greet you and escort you to your hotel. Enjoy the free time on your own this afternoon.

Overnight: Cebu
Meal: Breakfast

Day 4: Searching for Cebu Charms

This day's private tour of Cebu covers many of its historical landmarks: Lapu-Lapu Monument, Magellan's Cross, and Santo Nino Church. Drive through scenic Beverly Hills and then visit the Chinese Taoist Temple and Fort San Pedro. Indulge yourself in the shopping bargains of Cebu's handicrafts at the local souvenir shops and the colorful Carbon market.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant where you can sample the famous Cebu Lechon (roasted pig). You will also have the opportunity to visit a guitar factory and take a short Tricycle ride - means of local transport on Mactan Island. Rest of the day is free on your own.

Overnight: Cebu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Island-hopping Cruise

You will have an island-hopping tour today. Drop anchor near a small island in the marine reserve and snorkel over the reef, swim or sunbathe.

Overnight: Cebu
Meal: Breakfast

Day 6: Cebu - Dumaguete

This morning, you will be transferred to the seaport for a ferry boat ride to Dumaguete, one of the top destinations of the Philippines, especially for divers and nature lovers. Upon arrival, be met by resort representative, and then transferred to the resort for check-in.

Overnight: Dumaguete
Meal: Breakfast

Day 7: Dumaguete Discovery

Today, you will take a city tour of Dumaguete, including the Silliman University and Anthropological Museum. Next is a visit to the Hikaban Cooperative and Clay town Pottery where you can observe how locals weave pina cloth and craft earthenwares. Continue to the well-landscaped Freedom Park, the new Aqua Sports Center, the bustling public market, and the cathedral bell tower built in 1811 to forewarn the townsfolk against Muslim marauders.

A quick trip down south of Dumaguete takes you to Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage which houses the stonecraft factory and showroom in Bacong, as well as the century-old Bacong Church. Lastly, you will ride a calesa through the stretch of Rizal Boulevard, and visit the souvenir shops along the downtown strip of the city.

A delectable meal awaits you at the Lab, a popular restaurant by the sea, which offers live fresh crabs, oysters, and other native specialties. Free time on your own this afternoon.

Overnight: Dumaguete
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Leisurely Dumaguete

The whole day is free at leisure. You can enjoy the beach time on your own or go to the villages nearby.

Overnight: Dumaguete
Meal: Breakfast

Day 9: Dumaguete - Bohol

Today, you will be escorted to the seaport for your ferry boat to Bohol. Bohol is a throbbing island-province with breathtaking sceneries and rich histories. Upon arrival, be escorted to your hotel and enjoy some leisure time.

Overnight: Bohol
Meal: Breakfast

Day 10: Highlights of Bohol

Today, you will visit the highlights of Bohol, including the UNESCO site of the Chocolate Hills, the Tarsier sanctuary for those awesome little creatures and a cruise on the scenic Loboc River.

Overnight: Bohol
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Whale Shark & Dolphin Watching, Bohol

Today, you will have a whale shark and dolphin watching tour.

Start in the early morning at Baclayon or Panglao to Pamilacan Island, and then board a motorized outrigger boat. The boat's crews are former whale shark hunters who now work as “whale shark spotters”. Several species of dolphins including the playful spinner dolphins are considered inhabitants in the area. At least six different species of whales shark (toothed and baleen) are also seen between March to June. The toothed whale sharks are reportedly sighted during February to November while the baleen whales are sighted from February to August.

Overnight: Bohol
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Bohol - Manila

Today, you will have free time before your private guide and driver escort you to the airport for the flight to Manila. Upon arrival, be escorted to the hotel and then enjoy the free day on your own.

Overnight: Manila
Meal: Breakfast

Day 13: Say Goodbye to Manila

Enjoy your breakfast and free time before a private transfer takes you to the airport for onward flight.

Meal: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: most of the properties we selected are either located in the downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.

Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance in accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedback from our previous clients as well.

Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes, and cultural backgrounds.

 

Hotel Standards

3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower, and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pickup. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Meals

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Normally Indochina Odyssey Tours includes two meals each day during the tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

Lunch

Lunches are usually set menu at the handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.

Dinner

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

 

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility

All tour guides of Indochina Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

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You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for the best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

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Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

 

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