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Pearls of the Orient - Philippines Gay Tour

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Philippine Islands Gay Tour

Pearls of the Orient
Philippine Islands Gay Tour

Manila, Taal, Cauayan, Banaue, Batad, Sagada, Vigan, Palawan, El Nido, Pagudpud, and more!

13 Days from/to Manila, Philippines

January 15 – 27, 2018


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Manila gay tourAdonis Holiday YouTube ChannelWhen 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.

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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.


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'Pearls of the Orient' Philippine Islands Gay 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 Site


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'Pearls of the Orient' Philippine Islands Gay Tour Itinerary

Day 0 - Sunday, January 14, 2018
Depart Home bound for Manila, Philippines
Arrange your international flight to leave your home city sometime today, arriving in Manila, Philippines tomorrow. (Search for flights using the airport code: MNL). If you cannot arrive by late afternoon, we suggest you leave home a day earlier, departing on January 13th and arriving in Manila on January 14th.


Day 1 - Monday, January 15, 2018
Arrive in Manila, Philippines / Welcome Dinner
Manila, Philippines Gay Tour - Intramuros CathedralYour flight lands on Luzon, the largest and most populous island in the Philippines. Manila is the country’s largest city and ranks as the world’s most densely populated metropolis with more people per square mile than super cities Kolkata, Mumbai, Dhaka, Paris, Shanghai or Tokyo. The first impression of the city is one of controlled chaos, with the city serving as the country’s center of commerce, banking, tourism, retail, real estate, new media, fashion, theatre and the arts. A driver transfers you from the airport to our centrally located hotel, where the group meets for the first time over cocktail hour followed by our Welcome Dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.

Meals: Welcome Dinner
Hotel: City Garden Grand Hotel, Manila, 4*


Day 2 - Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Manila Sightseeing
Manila, Philippines gay tour - Rizal Chinese GardenFounded in 1571, Manila is where the Orient meets the Occident, and the colonial era meets the modern age. Intramuros, literally translated as “within the walls,” is a massive stone fortress city complex comprised of European buildings and churches, which were later replicated in different parts of the Philippines archipelago. UNESCO designated this as a World Heritage Site in 1993. On our sightseeing tour, we will also Rizal Park, dedicated to the country’s national hero Jose Rizal, a 58-hectare reserve with lagoon, dancing fountains, both Japanese and Chinese gardens, and the National Museum.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: City Garden Grand Hotel, Manila, 4*


Day 3 - Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Taal Trek
Philippines gay tour - Taal LakeLocated 35 miles south of Manila, Taal Volcano is one of the Philippines’ unique natural sites. It is a semi-active volcano surrounded by a lake within the caldera of another prehistoric volcano. Our trek begins on the volcanic island’s shore and ends at the rim of the larger, outside caldera rim. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, we drive to Tagaytay, located on a ridge 2,250 ft. above sea level, to enjoy the breathtaking view down to the Taal Volcano before returning to Manila.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: City Garden Grand Hotel, Manila, 4*


Day 4 - Thursday, January 18, 2018
Flight to Cauayan / Banaue
Philippines gay tour - BanaueTake a morning flight from Manila to Cauayan in the east-central region of the island of Luzon. We board a motorcoach and make the 4-hour drive through the mountains to the town of Banaue, location of the country’s spectacular rice terraces. Hand-carved out of the mountainside using rudimentary stone tools by the Ifugao people thousands of years ago, these terraces climb to almost 5,000 feet above sea level. In some places, the rice terraces take up entire mountainsides, which the locals proudly call their “heavenly stairs.” After our long scenic drive to get here, the rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Banaue.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Banaue Hotel, Banaue


Day 5 - Friday, January 19, 2018
Ifugao Village / Batad Trek
Philippines gay tour - Batad TerracesRide a local jeepney going to Batad, stopping at a high vantage point to enjoy a unique panoramic view of the rice terraces. Banga-an is a traditional village nestled among the terraces, permitting a closer look into the Ifugao lifestyle, which hasn’t changed much in over 2,000 years. We take lunch at one of the local village inns. In the afternoon, we trek up the Batad Terraces, shaped like an amphitheatre sloping up the steep hillside. We return to Banaue for another overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Banaue Hotel, Banaue


Day 6 - Saturday, January 20, 2018
Hanging Coffins of Sagada
Philippines gay tour - Hanging Coffins of SagadaOur drive today takes us from Banaue to Sagada, stopping first at a museum founded by Belgian nuns who have been working in the regions for many decades. The small museum includes artifacts and old photos of the rice-growing families here. We continue our drive to Sagada, where we arrive at mid-day and have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, explore this quaint town on a walk, passing through a traditional graveyard and walking through Echo Valley. Here coffins of early residents, dating back to ancient times, hang from the sides of the limestone cliffs. Finally, we descend into subterranean caves, also used as ancient burial grounds, before checking in to our hotel for the night. The evening is free.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Masferre Country Inn, Sagada


Day 7 - Sunday, January 21, 2018
Philippines gay tour - Vigan CityWe depart early this morning, driving out of the mountains to the City of Vigan on the west coast of Luzon. Arriving in the early afternoon, we enjoy lunch in a restaurant followed by a city tour. Vigan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for the pristine state of its 15th century colonial architecture. Walking along the cobblestone streets, past colorful old stones houses and amidst horse drawn carriages is to feel like having taking a step back in time. We will visit the Conservation Complex, see how they make traditional weaving, and visit the Bantay Church. Overnight in Vigan.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Luna Hotel, Vigan


Day 8 - Monday, January 22, 2018
Return Flight to Manila
Philippines gay tour - Sinking Bell Tower, Laoag CityWe depart Vigan this morning and drive to Pagudpud, a small, sleepy beach town along the West Philippine Sea. We make a photo stop at Cape Bojeador, which has the highest elevated, still original, and still active lighthouse built during the Spanish occupation. We arrive in Laoag City, where we visit the early 17th century St. Williams Cathedral and its sinking Bell Tower, whose heavy stone weight is making it disappear into the sandy soil. We transfer to the airport in the early evening, for our flight back to Manila and an overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: City Garden Grand Hotel, Manila, 4*


Day 9 - Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Fly to Palawan
Philippines gay tour - El NidoEnjoy breakfast this morning at our hotel, before transferring to the airport for our morning flight to the island of Palawan. Upon arrival, we make the 45-minute drive through rural countryside to Nacpan Beach. We will have time to enjoy this 2½-mile stretch of white sand beach to swim, doing some sunbathing or laze under the shade of a coconut tree. Enjoy a barbecue lunch on the beach. Later on, we trek through the jungle, crossing some streams and climbing paths, to reach Nagkalit-Kalit Falls, where you can swim in the cool crystal clear pool. In late afternoon, we drive to the town of El Nido to check in to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: El Nido Garden Beach Resort, El Nido


Day 10 - Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Island Hopping
Philippines gay tour - island hoppingEmbark on a full-day excursion doing some island hopping in Bacuit Bay off of El Nido. On Miniloc Island has a Big Lagoon Island with dense tropical jungle that comes right to the shoreline; a small lagoon ringed by limestone formations, which you reach by swimming through a hole in the rock; a Secret Lagoon reached by swimming through a hidden crevice in the rock face. We visit Shimizu Island for barbecue lunch and a chance to snorkel among large schools of brightly colored fish. Finally, we cross back to Palawan and visit 7 Commandos Beach which has a little beach bar, the perfect place for cocktail hour in late afternoon. We return to our hotel in El Nido for a free evening.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: El Nido Garden Beach Resort, El Nido


Day 11 - Thursday, January 25, 2018
Snorkel and Kayak / Sabang
Philippines gay tour - Fort San IsabelleTake a half day tour to Cadlao Island and Helicopter Island, both close to El Nido and a great spot for snorkeling or kayaking. After lunch we return to our hotel to check out. We drive south in the island interior, stopping enroute in Taytay Town to see the 17th century Fort San Isabelle. We arrive in Sabang in late afternoon or early evening. Overnight in Sabang.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Sheridan Beach Resort, Sabang


Day 12 - Friday, January 26, 2018
Return Flight to Manila
Philippines gay tour - underground riverWe depart Vigan this morning and drive to Pagudpud, a small, sleepy beach town along the West Philippine Sea. We make a photo stop at Cape Bojeador, which has the highest elevated, still original, and still active lighthouse built during the Spanish occupation. We arrive in Laoag City, where we visit the early 17th century St. Williams Cathedral and its sinking Bell Tower, whose heavy stone weight is making it disappear into the sandy soil. We transfer to the airport in the early evening, for our flight back to Manila and an overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Sheridan Beach Resort, Sabang


Day 13 - Saturday, January 27, 2018
We check out of our resort and transfer to the airport for our return flight to Manila. There you will connect with your international flights home. The tour officially ends upon arrival at the Manila Airport. If you wish to extend your stay in Manila, please let us know on your reservation form.

Meals: Breakfast


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• 12 nights hotel accommodations:
4 nights at City Garden Grand Hotel in Manila;
2 nights at Banaue Hotel in Banaue;
1 night at Masferre Country Inn in Sagada;
1 night at Luna Hotel in Vigan;
2 nights at El Nido Garden Beach Resort in El Nido;
2 nights at Sheridan Beach Resort in Sabang;
• Hotel breakfasts daily;
• Welcome & Farewell Dinners;
• Other meals as listed in the itinerary;
• Ground transportation in climate controlled motorcoach;
• Four internal flights within the Philippines;
• Airport pick-up and drop-off;
• Sightseeing activities and entrances as listed in the itinerary.
• This is a fully escorted tour, with guides added during tours.


Not Included:

• International airfare to/from Manila, Philippines (MNL airport code);
• Ground transportation for sightseeing on your own (taxis, local guides, etc.);
• Meals and optional activities not specifically listed in the itinerary;
• Camera fees; alcoholic beverages; laundry, telephone calls, faxes, or any other expenses of a personal nature.
Travel Insurance
• Tips to drivers and guides and other conveyance attendants are not included; tipping guidelines for our group tips will be provided prior to departure.


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Tour Hotels

City Garden Grand Hotel Makati, Manila

City Garden Grand Hotel, ManilaBoasting an outdoor pool and complimentary WiFi access, City Garden Grand Hotel offers luxurious accommodation with sweeping views of the Manila landscape.

Offering city views, all rooms at City Garden Grand Hotel are air-conditioned, and feature a cable LED TV, minibar and coffee/tea making facilities. Complete with a bath or shower, the private en suite bathrooms also offer a hairdryer and bathrobes.

City Garden Grand Hotel, Manila roomGuests will find a 24-hour gym, an outdoor pool and several meeting and event spaces located on-site. The 24-hour front desk readily assists guests with services such as complimentary valet parking, luggage storage and tour information.

City Garden Grand Hotel is located adjacent to several convenience stores, restaurants and nightlife spots. Century City Mall is located 100 m away from the hotel, while Rockwell Centre and Makati Stock Exchange are within 1.2 km away. Manila International Airport located 7 km away.


Banaue Hotel, Banaue

Banaue Hotel, Banaue The Banaue Hotel is one of the first hotels one encounters when arriving in Banaue from the eastern highway. It's about 1.5 km from downtown Banaue but transport to and from the downtown area is easily available via trikes at P10 per person.

This is a fine hotel that may be especially attractive to those who want luxury and a parking space (something quite hard to find in Banaue).

Banaue Hotel room It offers excellent dining, a large lobby with souvenir shops, swimming pool, and weekly cultural shows.

This concrete hulk looks better inside than out. The capacious lobby features lots of wood and a humongous fireplace. Rooms are large, and the wood-panelled deluxe quarters even have some character, along with stunning views. The restaurant serves decent wine, steaks and other continental cuisine.


Masferre Country Inn, Sagada

Masferre Country Inn, SagadaMasferre Inn and Restaurant offers only the best and the most glorious food, the coziest rooms and many artistic yet historically significant photos right in the center of Sagada.

Set on top of the majestic mountains of Sagada of exceptional beauty is Masferre Inn. Located near the old municipal hall, Masferre Inn is only minutes away from the local church and museum. Guests are guaranteed of a wonderful experience of luxury, comfort, and impeccable service in every visit to Masferre Inn.

Masferre Country Inn roomVisit our restaurant for either a light or heavy breakfast. You can choose from our wide array of delicious Omelets, mouth-watering Sandwiches and Subs, hot Soups, homegrown Noodles and fresh healthy Salads. We also recommend you try our fabulous Dinner Plates, served with your choice of sauteed bright green vegetables with rice or potato fries. Whether you're craving for vegetables or meat dishes, we're sure we have it.


Luna Hotel, Vigan

Luna Hotel, ViganLocated at the heart of the Heritage Village in Vigan City, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Hotel Luna is the first and only museum hotel in the Philippines.

An outdoor pool sits in the middle of Hotel Luna, located in Vigan. Offering air-conditioned rooms and suites with free Wi-Fi, the hotel has its own restaurant and provides free parking.

Luna Hotel, Vigan roomAll rooms have a flat-screen cable TV and private bathroom with hot and cold shower. Free toiletries and slippers are provided.

At Hotel Luna, guests can relax with a massage. A tour desk and luggage storage are also available.


El Nido Garden Beach Resort, El Nido

El Nido Garden Beach ResortExperience the best that El Nido, Palawan can offer! In El Nido Garden Beach Resort, you can indulge in a unique experience of tropical splendor in a resort that offers modern convenience. Enjoy numerous sceneries of white sand beaches, enchanting lagoons, soaring marble cliffs, wondrous marine life, caves, and hidden beaches.

El Nido Garden Beach Resort is the finest resort in Palawan known for its first-rate facilities and modern equipment, topped with its exceptional services from our rooms to outdoor water sports activities.

El Nido Garden Beach Resort roomEl Nido Garden Resort boasts its conventional contemporary inspired lodging, fully air-conditioned and equipped with first-class amenities. All rooms are within the beachfront and swimming pool area.

Indulge and Experience El Nido Garden Beach Resort’s rejuvenating SPA services that renew your body and senses. El Nido Garden Resort is one of the best to serve dishes in El Nido, which features different cuisines from around the globe from tasty appetizers, delicious meals, to decadent desserts.


Sheridan Beach Resort, Sabang

Sheridan Beach Resort, SabangA 20-minute boat ride from the beautiful Subterranean Underground River, Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa enjoys a quiet location on Sabang Beach in Puerto Princesa City. An outdoor pool and pampering spa treatments are available.

All rooms come with a private balcony, from which some enjoy pool, garden or mountain views. The spacious and air conditioning rooms also feature a flat-screen TV, personal safe and minibar. En suite bathrooms come with either a bathtub or shower.

Sheridan Beach Resort roomExciting activities such as ATV, jungle trails and mangrove paddle boating can be arranged at the tour desk. Relaxing massage can be enjoyed at Sheridan Nature Spa. A fitness centre and water sports equipment rental are also provided.

The beachfront South Sea Restaurant features local and international fusions with healthy options of organic ingredients straight from Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa’s Organic farm. The Blue Bar , the Lobby Lounge, and the Sip n’ Dip Pool Bar are other venues where on can relax while sipping on their favorite drink.


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Trip Notes

Entry Requirements
To visit the Philippines, U.S. Citizens only require a passport, valid for at least six months past the time of your visit. No visas are required to enter the Philippines for stays not exceeding 30 days.

Immunizations and Health
No immunizations are currently required for travel to the Philippines, but it is wise to have your inoculations up-to-date. Is your tetanus booster current?

Exit Requirements
The Philippine Travel Tax is PHP1,620.00 (approximately $35.00). All passengers departing from the Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport are expected to pay the Airport Terminal Fee of PHP750.00 (approximately $17.00). No one is exempt from paying the Airport Terminal Fee.

Making Travel Arrangements to Manila
On this tour, international airfare is NOT included. You will need to get your international air to/from Manila. You will need to arrive in Manila by 4:00 pm on January 15, 2018. Late day departure from Manila on January 27, 2018 should be no earlier than 7:00 pm. Four internal flights within the Philippines are included in the price of this trip.

What to Bring
The Philippines lie several hundred miles north of the equator, but it is in a tropical region of Southeast Asia so it is always warm. In January, average daily temperatures in the areas we visit range from a low of 70 degrees at night to highs of 87 degrees during daytime. You won’t need a suit jacket or tie, as the tour is informal and dinner attire will be casual. Try to pack light and bring only one piece of luggage plus your carry-on. Create mix and match outfits, and think about layering! Pack any medications you require in a carry-on bag and leave expensive jewelry at home.

Money Matters
The official currency of the Philippines is the Philippine peso (PHP), which is made up of 100 centavos. Travelers can exchange currency at banks and exchange agencies in the major cities, and will usually be expected to present a passport. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted in larger establishments.


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Pearls of the Orient - Philippine Islands Gay Tour Prices

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$ 3,900

Tour Only, Per Person, Single Occupancy
(Paying a single supplement is not required. Toto Tours will try to match you with a roommate if you are traveling alone and prefer to share a room. If this is not possible, a single supplement will be applied to your reservation before the final payment date.)

$ 4,700

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