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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, Luzon, Vigan, Palawan, Miniloc, Shimizu, Cadlao, El Nido, Sabang, Puerto Princesa, and more!

13 Days from/to Manila, Philippines

February 25 – March 9, 2019

 

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Manila gay tourWhen 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 tour features some of the 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. We operated our first Philippines tour in January 2018, and it was such a wonderful experience that we are happy to offer this beautiful destination to our Toto adventurers once again!

 

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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
• 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 1 - Monday, February 25, 2018
Arrive in Manila, Philippines / Welcome Dinner
Manila, Philippines Gay Tour - Intramuros CathedralArrange your flights to arrive today 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 drinks followed by our Welcome Dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.

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

 

Day 2 - Tuesday, February 26, 2019
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 & Dinner
Hotel: City Garden Grand Hotel, Manila, 4*

 

Day 3 - Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Taal Trek and Heritage Tour
Philippines gay tour - Taal trekLocated 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 travel back in time by visiting the Taal Heritage Town, which is a fine example of sustainable development, showcasing the distinct Philippine lifestyle, culture, arts and cuisines, despite the urbanization and modernization of its neighboring towns and cities. We return to our Manila hotel for another overnight stay.

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

 

Day 4 - Thursday, February 28, 2019
Flight to Laoag / Vigan City
Philippines gay tour - Laoag CathedralAfter breakfast this morning, we check out of our hotel and transfer to the airport for our mid-day flight from Manila to Laoag in the north-western region on the island of Luzon. We board a motorcoach and make the 1.5-hour drive to the City of Vigan on the west coast. The evening is free to explore on your own, find dinner in a nearby restaurant, or just relax at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Luna Hotel, Vigan

 

Day 5 - Friday, March 1, 2019
Vigan Sightseeing
Philippines gay tour - Vigan CityVigan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for the pristine condition of its 15th century colonial architecture. Walking along the cobblestone streets, past colorful old stone 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
Hotel: Luna Hotel, Vigan

 

Day 6 - Saturday, March 2, 2019
Return Flight to Manila
Vigan, Philippines gay tour - Sinking bell towerWe depart Vigan this morning and drive back to Laoag, the capital of the Ilocos Norte region. Saint Augustine Church here, more commonly known as Paoay Church, is both a National Cultural Treasure and a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its enormous buttresses designed to protect the structure from massive earthquakes. We will also visit St. Williams Cathedral and the Sinking Bell Tower, which is dropping by an inch a year into the sandy soil. After a stop at the Ferdinand Marcos Museum, we will have lunch at a local restaurant. Our late afternoon flight takes us back to Manila for an overnight stay at our airport hotel.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Belmont Hotel, Newport City, Pasay (Manila Airport), 4*

 

Day 7 - Sunday, March 3, 2019
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 have time to enjoy this 2.5-mile stretch of white sand beach to swim, sunbathe 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: Casa Kalaw Resort Hotel, El Nido, 3.5*

 

Day 8 - Monday, March 4, 2019
Island Hopping
Philippines gay tour - Island HoppingEmbark on a full-day excursion doing some island hopping in Bacuit Bay off El Nido. On Miniloc Island we find 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 a 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: Casa Kalaw Resort Hotel, El Nido, 3.5*

 

Day 9 - Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Snorkel and Kayak / Beach Hopping
Philippines gay tour - Island hoppingTake a half day tour to Cadlao Island close to El Nido and a great spot for snorkeling or kayaking. After exploring the beautiful lagoon there, we visit some other prime spots such as Pasandigan Beach, Nat Nat Beach, Bucal Beach, and Paradise Beach. These beaches are great for swimming, sunbathing, or more kayaking and snorkeling. A picnic lunch will be served on the beach. We head back to El Nido town in mid-afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Casa Kalaw Resort Hotel, El Nido, 3.5*

 

Day 10 - Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Sabang Beach
Philippines gay tour - Fort San IsabelleAfter breakfast, we check out of our resort and depart the El Nido area. We drive south into the island’s interior, stopping along the way 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 11 - Thursday, March 7, 2019
Underground River
Philippines gay tour - Underground RiverThe Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is one of the longest navigable underground waterways in the world, winding its way for 5 miles underneath a mountain range and coming out in the South China Sea. The entire area is a national park encompassing limestone karst formations, intact old-growth forest and distinctive wildlife. The River and its environs became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Afterward our boating adventure, enjoy lunch before taking a paddleboat to explore the nearby mangrove forests. The rest of day is free back at our resort.

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

 

Day 12 - Friday, March 8, 2019
Puerto Princesa
Philippines gay tour - farewell to ParadiseThis morning we depart Sabang and head to the airport. En route, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Puerto Princesa to see the City Hall, the blue colored Cathedral, Eulalia Park, and Plaza Cuartel, a restored ruin of a Japanese military base built during the World War II. The tour continues to the St Monica area where we visit the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center. Finally, visit Mitra’s Ranch for a panoramic view of Puerto Princesa. After the tour, our group transfers to the airport for our afternoon flight to Manila. On arrival in Manila, we check in to our hotel and later enjoy our Farewell Dinner and our final overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinnner
Hotel: Belmont Hotel, Newport City, Pasay (Manila Airport), 4*

 

Day 13 - Saturday, March 9, 2019
Departure
Philippines gay tour - ManilaThe tour officially ends following breakfast this morning. Latest check-out is noon today. If you book a flight departing very late this evening, you will want to extend your hotel reservation for an additional day (indicate on reservation form). Our hotel is connected to the airport through underground concourses, so you will make your own way to the terminals for your departing flights home.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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Included:

• 12 nights hotel accommodations:
3 nights at City Garden Grand Hotel in Manila;
2 nights at Luna Hotel in Vigan;
3 nights at Casa Kalaw Resort Hotel in El Nido;
2 nights at Sheridan Beach Resort in Sabang;
2 nights at Belmont Hotel in Newport City, Pasay (Manila Airport);
• 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 transfer at the beginning of the tour (complimentary hotel shuttle at end of tour);
• 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.

 

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.

 

Casa Kalaw Resort Hotel, El Nido

Casa Kalaw Resort Hotel, El NidoNestled within Lio Tourism Estate, the first eco-masterplanned development in El Nido, Palawan. Casa Kalaw Resort is a Filipino-inspired hotel which provides warmth, comfort and convenience for getaways and intimate gatherings. It is designed for your comfort and delight, with various activities available, as you relax, enjoy, and indulge in the best island in the world.

This property is 4 minutes walk from the beach. Featuring a garden and an outdoor swimming pool, Casa Kalaw offers modern and stylish accommodation in El Nido, 13 km from the famous Big Lagoon. Free WiFi access is available throughout the property.

Casa Kalaw Resort Hotel roomEach room is equipped with air conditioning and a TV. Certain rooms include a seating area for guests to relax in after a busy day. En suite bathroom has a bidet and shower facility.

At Casa Kalaw, guests can enjoy a drink at the bar or a meal at the on-site restaurant. A library and games room are also available. Friendly staff can assist guests with luggage storage and tour arrangements.

 

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.

 

Belmont Hotel, Newport City, Pasay (Manila Airport)

Belmont Hotel, Newport City, Pasay (Manila Airport)Situated at the heart of Resorts World Manila, Belmont Hotel Manila is a 5-minute walk from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 via Runway Manila. A complimentary airport shuttle service is provided.

The in-house restaurant Café Belmont serves local and international cuisine. Other facilities in the property include a rooftop outdoor pool, hot tub, steam and sauna room as well as a fitness centre.

Belmont Hotel Manila roomAll rooms are well-appointed and are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a minibar and a safety deposit box. The air-conditioned rooms also have an en suite bathroom that offers bathrobes, hair dryer, slippers and toiletries. The rooms also offer views of the airport, garden and/or city. Complimentary WiFi is accessible in all rooms.

Belmont Hotel, Pasay has what you need for relaxation, leisure, and entertainment within reach. Belmont Hotel is a 15-minute drive from Makati CBD and Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

 

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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. Departure fees are not included in the tour price.

Making Travel Arrangements to Manila
On this tour, international airfare is NOT included. You will need to get your international air to/from Manila. Four internal flights within the Philippines are included in the price of this trip.
You will need to arrive in Manila by 4:00 pm on February 25, 2019. Depart from Manila at any convenient time on March 9, 2019.

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 February and March, 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.

Tipping in the Philippines
Tipping is not obligatory in the Philippines as the country does not have a tradition of receiving tips, but in some localities it is becoming more frequent. In restaurants, you may give a tip if the service is good (about 10% of the bill) and no service fee has already been added to the bill. At fast food eateries, your spare change is appreciated. To hotel bellboys, maids and cleaning staff and to taxi drivers, give at least the equivalent of $1 U.S. (50 PHP) per day per person. We will offer a group tip to our guides and drivers, and more details will be provided before departure.

 

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Pearls of the Orient - Philippine Islands Gay Tour Prices

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(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.)

$ 5,100

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