Tour Itinerary

Up north in the island of Luzon is the Mountainous Region, land of the Ancient Tribal Headhunters:  fierce warriors who long resisted Spanish colonization as they preserved up to this day their unique culture and tradition.  It is by treading difficult, steep routes and winding paths that you shall discover the rice terraces considered to be one of the most magnificent human-made wonders sculpted by the Ifugaos with their bare hands. Trek through these fabulous rice terraces stretching hundreds of meters towards the sky then explore the heart of remote villages of the Bontocs and the Ifugaos.

EXPRESS ITINERARY (5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS MANILA/MANILA) :

D1 : MANILA- BAGUIO. Depart for Baguio (8-hour drive).  Check-in at the hotel in Baguio. Visit to the Baguio market and downtown (Cathedral, Burnham Park…). Overnight in the hotel.

D2 : BAGUIO – SAGADA. Breakfast in the hotel.  Depart for Sagada via the “Mountain Trail,” the spectacular highest road point of the country (7-hour drive).  Check-in at the local inn.  Lunch.  Visit Sagada: weaving center, House of Masferré, etc…   Dinner and overnight at the local inn.  (St Joseph Resthouse or similar).

D3 : SAGADA – BONTOC – BANAUE. Breakfast at the inn.  Visit Sagada and its famous burial caves and hanging coffins.  Walk through Echo Valley…  Depart for Bontoc (1-hour ride).  Lunch at the restaurant.  Visit Bontoc ethnological museum.  Continue to Banaue passing by the valley of Mt. Pulis (3-hour drive).  Stop at famous Banaue Viewpoint for a overview of the rice terraces listed on Unesco’s World Heritage sites.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Banaue.

                                                                           

                                                                         

 D4 : BANAUE and environs. Breakfast at the hotel.  Depart by jeepney to the Ifugao village of Banga-an, also listed by Unesco’s.  Walking tour of the village and lunch at the restaurant. Return to Banaue and its market.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Banaue.

D5 : BANAUE – MANILA Breakfast at the hotel.  Return to Manila (10-hour drive)

OPTIONAL:   EXTENSION DISCOVERY (7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS MANILA/MANILA)

D1 : Same as above.

D2 : BAGUIO-BONTOC. Breakfast in the hotel.  Depart for Bontoc via the “Mountain Trail,” the spectacular highest road point of the country (7-hour drive).  Check-in at the inn.  Lunch.  Visit Bontoc ethnological museum and tour Samoke village (if time permits). Dinner and overnight at the inn.  (Ridgebrooke Inn or similar).

D3 :  BONTOC : Bontocs Villages … Breakfast at the inn.  Whole day excursion to discover 3 Bontoc villages:  Mainit and its hot springs, Guinaang, and Maligcong trekking via the rice terraces.  Picnic lunch.  Dinner and overnight at the inn.

D4 : BONTOC – SAGADA and its sacred caves – BANAUE. Breakfast at the inn.  Morning tour to Sagada:  burial caves, hanging coffins, weaving center, House of Masferré, etc… Lunch.  Return to Bontoc and continue to Banaue passing by the valley of Mt. Pulis (3-hour drive).  Stop at famous Banaue Viewpoint for a overview of the rice terraces listed on Unesco’s World Heritage sites.   Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Banaue.

D5 : BANAUE – BATAD (3 hours trek). Breakfast at the hotel.  Depart by jeepney to the jump-off point for the trail to Batad, an Ifugao village renowned for its superb ampitheatre-style rice terraces, among the most beautiful in the area.  Picnic lunch by the waterfalls.  Dinner and overnight in a local guesthouse in Batad (simple comfort).

D6 : BATAD – BANGAAN – BANAUE. Breakfast in Batad.  Trekking to Bangaan by the mountain crest trail (4-hours trek). Lunch at the restaurant in Bangaan.  Return by jeepney to Banaue and its market.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Banaue.

D7 : BANAUE – MANILA. Same as D5 above Express Itinerary.

The price includes – see also below:

Private Transportation (airconditioned car or minivan) with an Asiaventure English-speaking driver-coordinator. Local transportation in Bontoc, Sagada and Banaue are made by private local jeepneys.

-Hotel in Baguio with American breakfast: Pinesview hotel or similar for tourist class; Camp John Hay Manor for superior category.

Fullboard accommodation in Sagada, Bontoc and Banaue:

• ST JOSEPH RESTHOUSE à SAGADA = simple and friendly (former convent converted into a pensionhouse). • RIDGEBROOKE INN à BONTOC = simple and family atmosphere. • FAIRVIEW INN à BANAUE = simple (local family pensionhouse, tourist class) • BANAUE HOTEL à BANAUE = the only hotel of the region (superior category) (For BATAD, very simple accommodation in local guesthouse in the heart of the village; very basic). Excursions and tours as mentioned. Handling by an Asiaventure driver-coordinator from Manila to Manila, together with English-speaking local guides and local team.

The price does not include:  (see also below)

– Other meals in Baguio and during transportation Manila/Baguio and Banaue/Manila; drinks.

á PINATUBO EXTENSION: On the way to Baguio, it is possible to discover the famous Pinatubo Volcano, for an adventurous daytour and a real 4WD experience in wilderness.  Attention: this extension is not possible during strong rain as Pinatubo Park is then closed to visitors…

D1 : Early departure from Manila to Pinatubo Volcano (2h by land) : At the park entrance, change vehicule for a 4WD into the lahar fields created by the volcano eruption (1h of dirtroad, crossing rivers etc…).  30mns walk until the crater lake.   Possible to swim.  Lunch.  Back to the lahar fiels and stop by the hot springs for a soothing bath. Enjoy a traditional massage at the park.  Then transfer to former US air force Clark base.  Evening free and overnight at Holiday Inn Clark (or similar 1st class).

D2 : Breakfast Holiday Inn.  Departure for Baguio (5h by land)…. (continuation of the program

NOTES: GUIDES :  This itinerary is based on English speaking driver coordinator + local English speaking guides.  Supplement for those who wish to have a guide from Manila and back. Air transporation :  There are daily flights Manila/Baguio (1h) that can replace the 8-hours road trip. Please add + 90 USD/pax. Flights schedules and prices subject to change!

The price does not include: Other meals in Baguio and during transportation Manila/Baguio and Banaue/Manila; drinks.

TOUR COST

All Tours are subject to an Acceptance Payment/Deposit of £200.

Cost per person on twin share basis as per itinerary

On application for the current Tour Cost – or see below for up to 31 March 2013

No of PersonsExpress ItineraryTourist ClassUS$Express ItinerarySuperior ClassUS$Extension DiscoveryTourist ClassUS$Extension DiscoverySuperior ClassUS$Pinatubo ExtensionUS$
2 6407109901050+230
3490560740800+195
4410480620690+185
5370440550620+175
6 ou +340410490560+165
SGL Supp.+ 105+ 165+ 125+190+60

Prices are per person in US Dollars (USD) based on double occupancy.  Supplement for single room.

è    “Tourist Class Upgrade”: For those who prefer the comfort of Banaue Hotel to the simplicity of Fairview Inn, but prefer to keep Burnham Suites in Baguio: simply add to Tourist class price +40 USD/pax in double occupancy or +90 USD/pax in single occupancy for the 2 nights. Prices are valid from 1st October 2012 to 31 March 2013. Prices are subject to change in case of major US dollar/peso exchange rate fluctuation, or major oil increase. The cost for a single person is too expensive and therefore not recommended.

NOTES

Season: Best season is from November to June.  July to Oct is rainy and the roads are soaked and difficult.

Physical condition:A good physical condition is required to join all the excursions.

Necessary equipment: Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, trekking or sports shoes, small backpack for daytour (and overnight in case of  trekking in Batad), raincoat, sweater (nights can be chilly), flashlight.

Notes: These prices are applicable during regular season and should be confirmed for Coco beach after October … supplement during peak dates are applicable (usually Christmas/New Year, Chinese New Year and Easter). Price is always subject to availability and should always be reconfirmed upon reservation. Cheaper alternative may also be available at other beaches in Puerto Galera for those with tight budget…

Payment

1.    On acceptance£200/£250 per person, Acceptance Payment/Deposit (non refundable) payable to “S W & M Miller” by International Bank Transfer to UK Bank Account.  Your Contract for all tour arrangements is directly with our Partner Company Asiaventure, Philippines to whom payment for the tour is made. Payment for flights included in the itinerary may be required at the time of flight confirmations.

  1. You pay 50% of the total ten weeks prior to arrival in Thailand, or on Acceptance if less than ten weeks – in USD/THB, by Credit Card (see below) or International Bank Transfer  to Asiaventure, Philippines

3       The balance of 50% of the total is payable in USD/THB

14 days before arrival in USD/THB by International Bank Transfer OR   On arrival by Credit Card (see below) or cash.

Credit Card

A credit card is not always acceptable and a 4 to 5% charge applies in Philippines – please ask.

WE RECOMMEND: Payment via our Currency Payment transfer system which gives a commercial rate and NO bank charges apply – http://www.thegroup4you.com/

Cancellation Charges

35 days prior to arrival a cancellation fee of US$200 per person will be applicable. 30 days notice of cancellation a fee of 25% of the total amount will be applicable. 25 days notice of cancellation a fee of 50% of the total amount will be applicable Less than 25 days notice incurs the full amount. Acceptance Payment non refundable

NOTES Season: The best season is from November to June.  The period from July to October is rainy and the roads are soaked and difficult. Physical condition:A good physical condition is requested to join all the excursions. Minimum equipment: Hat, sunglasses, suntan lotion, walking shoes, small backpack that could contain things for the day (and overnight for the case of the trek in Batad), raincoat, sweater (fresh nights are possible), flashlight.

Included in the Cost

  • Accommodation on a twin sharing, room, with meals as stated in the program for the mountain province tour
  • Accommodation on a twin sharing room and breakfast basis in Manila andand as per the tour itinerary
  • Any single room subject to supplement shown.
  • All transportation in the Philippines by land and sea, including private car for the mountain province tour
  • Any sightseeing as shown in the itinerary.
  • Services of an English speaking driver and coordinator + the English speaking local guides and assistance
  • Entrance fees where applicable
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Excluded from the Cost

  • Expenses of a personal nature such as table drinks, laundry, telephone calls, Internet charges, mineral water, tips, shopping etc.
  • Any other meals or services not mentioned in the programme.
  • Any international airfare or any airport taxes.
  • Travel Insurance