Cebu to El Nido: Paradise in the Philippines - Handpicked Itineraries
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Cebu to El Nido: Paradise in the Philippines

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The Philippines is alive with natural wonders; dream of turquoise water illuminating bright coral reefs below the surface, warm, powdery sand soothing the soles of your feet and lush vegetation teeming with the songs of mesmersing tropical birds. This journey to paradise begins on the pristine Mactan Island, where you can immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Cebu, before heading to the picturesque El Nido on Palawan Island! You'll end your adventure with a night in the chaotic capital city of the Philippines, Manila!

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Transfers between the hotels and airports
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 5 nights at the 5 star Crimson Resort and Spa
  • 5 nights at the 4 star El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
  • 1 night at the 4 star Novotel Manila Araneta Center
Day 1-2
Fly from Cebu to UK

You're finally on your way to the Philippines! After you've caught your connecting flight in Dubai to the glorious Cebu, you can indulge in sky-high luxury as the glistening water of South East Asia comes into view below. Once you land, you'll be met by your private chauffeur who will take you to 5-star paradise at the Crimson Resort and Spa on Mactan Island, Cebu. As you take a well-deserved dip in the pool after your flight, you can't wait for your Philippines holiday to begin! 

Day 2-7
Scenic Cebu

Surrounded by crystalline water rich in marine life and pristine white-sand beaches, Mactan Island is the perfect place to relax on your Philippines holiday. Connected by two bridges to Cebu Island, it's also an ideal base to explore the beautiful islands nearby and discover some of the Philippines' most iconic natural wonders. 

Embark on an Island Hopping adventure, included in your Philippines itinerary, and traverse the Mactan Channel on a thrilling outrigger canoe before arriving at the Hilutungan Islands. There, you'll enter underwater paradise for a magical snorkelling and fish-feeding experience before heading to the scenic Nalusuan Island for a tropical picnic by the waves!

If you're keen to explore the neighbouring island of Bohol, a luxury travel expert can book you on to a Bohol Day Tour. Here, you'll be able to feast your eyes on the spellbinding Chocolate Hills, the Philippines' natural icon. Make sure you also trek to the Kawasan Falls on the lush island of Cebu, for an unforgettable plunge into the turquoise waters of the pristine lagoons; this can also be included into your itinerary for a romantic Philippines honeymoon

Day 7
Fly from El Nido to Cebu

After an incredible trip to Mactan Island, you're now on your way to the picture-perfect El Nido. You'll be met by your private chauffeur who will relieve you of your luggage and drive you swiftly to the airport. Once you land, you'll be taken to the pier for an exciting speed boat transfer to your hotel, El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island. On it's own private island in the Bacuit Archipelago, this resort is a hidden jewel in the Philippines, situated in a secluded cove with steep limestone cliffs and glistening turquoise water. 

Day 7-12
Idyllic El Nido

El Nido is the gateway to paradise. With easy access to the Bacuit Archipelago, the perfectly clear, turquoise water and jagged limestone cliffs of the scattered islands make this the ultimate tropical water playground on your Philippines holiday! 

There is no better way to spend your time in El Nido than heading out into the Bacuit Bay by kayak; you can go on a Secluded Island Adventure, gliding over crystalline water around the dramatic limestone cliffs. Once you find a sheltered cove, enjoy a tranquil afternoon on your own private beach, feasting on a mouthwatering picnic and soaking up the picture-perfect views across the bay; this is a perfect trip for your Philippines honeymoon!

With some of the best marine life in South East Asia, it would be unthinkable not to go snorkelling while in El Nido. With a diverse range of corals, fish and sea turtles, there is plenty to see in the mesmerising waters and hidden lagoons - both of these unforgettable experiences are included in your itinerary!

Day 12
Fly from Manila to El Nido

Your time exploring the Philippines' beautiful islands has sadly come to an end, but your holiday isn't over yet; you've got an action-packed stay in Manila to look forward to! After feeling like royalty on your speed boat journey back to the main island, you'll be met at the pier and taken to the airport for your flight to the Philippines' bustling capital city! Once you've landed, you'll be greeted by your private chauffeur and promptly driven to the luxury Novotel Manila Araneta Center where you can relax in the pool and cool off from the humidity! 

Day 12-13
Energetic Manila

Manila is a chaotic megacity with sparkling skyscrapers, bustling street food markets and architectural relics from it's Spanish colonial past.

With only a short amount of time to spend in Manila, you'll want to make the most of your stay in this vibrant city and see as much as you can on the last leg of your Philippines holiday! To immerse yourself in Manila's rich history, you should visit the 16th Century Fort Santiago within Intramuros, the walled city in the heart of Old Manila; make sure to take a picture in front of the intricate stone gate of the fort. You can also visit the San Agustin Church, the oldest church in the Philippines, and marvel at the fusion of tropical and ornate decor. If you want to include any of these excursions on your Philippines holiday itinerary, then one of our luxury travel experts can organise this for you. 

Day 13-14
Fly from UK to Manila

After a spectacular time in island paradise, your Philippines holiday has sadly come to an end. You'll be met by a private chauffeur who will take you swiftly to Manila airport - make sure you savour the palm trees on your journey to the airport! Once you take off into the brilliant blue tropical sky, watch the South China Sea glisten as you head to Dubai for the first stage of your journey home. As you board your connecting flight in Dubai to the UK, think about the incredible time you had on your Philippines holiday and start dreaming about where you'd like to see next; we'll be here waiting to help plan your next adventure! 

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Transfers between the hotels and airports
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 5 nights at the 5 star Crimson Resort and Spa
  • 5 nights at the 4 star El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
  • 1 night at the 4 star Novotel Manila Araneta Center
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