Philippines with the Family
Classy Frontiers is proud to present you a discovery trip to the Philippines: spend 3 nights in Manila to fully enjoy the vibe of this old city that mixes old Hispanic style churches to high rises and shopaholic-perfect malls; then fly to the white, sandy beaches of Boracay for 7 days of relax and understated luxury.
Manila, capital of the Philippines, is a huge metropolitan area, a sum of 5 cities and 10 towns. The city is full of history and this is evident in the ruins that still stand from the original capital of the Spanish East Indies which was founded in 1571, Intramuros, located on the south bank of the Pasig River. The surrounding area is full of performing venues, art galleries, shops and restaurants, making it a popular tourist Mecca. History buffs will also love the National Museum which exhibits sunken treasure from one of the Manila galleons dating back to 1600, or the Ayala Museum that educates visitors on the history of the Philippines. The Malacanang Palace, which is the residence of the Head of State is also worth a visit, while the American Cemetery and Memorial honors those who died during WWII and it's a peaceful retreat from the buzz of the city. The Harbor area is a nice spot of local life, with small restaurants along the docks.
Shop till you drop: Manila is home to one of the largest malls in Asia, one that would be right at home in any large American city. It is the everything mall with many of the big name anchor stores, the first IMAX in the Philippines, an Olympic-sized ice skating rink, a plethora of food outlets, and enough shopping opportunities to keep any shopaholic happy: SM Mall of Asia. Get on with your shopping spree in Makati area, where you can chose between the Ayala Center and the Green Belt shopping complex. Few days in Manila will give you the chance to have a nice peek into the best the city offers. Wander among the streets of Intramuros, an European-style medieval fortified city that functioned as the seat of the Spanish government from 1571 to 1898 (Intramuros means inside the walls). Sadly, the whole city was razed to the ground by bombings conducted by American forces when they recaptured Manila from the Japanese in 1945. Today most of the walls, gates and bulwarks have been restored, affording visitors a glimpse into the past. The old-walled city has a massive southwest bastion called the Baluarte de San Diego, built on the site of the first Spanish fortress. In the southeast is the Baluarte de San Andres. The northern end has Fort Santiago which lies beside the Pasig River. Then at the very center, the awesome Manila Cathedral, rebuilt in 1958 (the original was built in 1581). In the south you might see a wedding happening at the San Agustin Church which dates back to 1571 and has survived invasions, fires and world wars before becoming today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See also the Plaza Luis - a cultural-cum-commercial complex of 9 buildings, each representing different styles in Filipino/Hispanic architecture; Aside from gift and specialty shops, the complex has a museum at Casa Manila - an example of 19th/early 20th century typical Filipino illustrado (the privileged class) home. Stop for a break at the small but lovely Puerta Real Gardens, from where you can catch a glimpse of Puerta Real, the royal gate that was reserved for stately processions. With their highly evocative atmosphere, Puerta Real Gardens provide a fitting venue for Intramuros Evenings, a series of cultural shows staged annually under the management of the Intramuros Administration. Interesting and fun activities suggested for the young ones are: a visit to Manila Ocean World, a good place to spend the hottest hours while having fun and discovering the Philippine's underwater life; or a visit to the Avilon Montalban Zoological Park, the largest zoological park in the Philippines. The 7.5-hectare zoo lies in the picturesque valley of Barrio San Isidro, in Pasig city area (not to be confused with Manila Zoo which is terrible).
Nestled in the bustling Ortigas Business District, Discovery Suites is only a 45-minute drive from the airport, 30 min from the Makati Business District, and at walking distance from world-class shopping. We like this property for its location and for the fact that it successfully combines the warm and familiar comforts of home with the luxurious pampering of a five-star hotel. We suggest you staying in a 2 bedroom suite, which includes a master bedroom with king bed, writing desk and a spacious toilet and bath; and a second bedroom with twin beds and its own bathroom. Each bedroom has a safety deposit box and cable television. The living area features a lounge sofa, coffee table, cable TV and a mini stereo system. In room dining and kitchen facilities include refrigerator, cooking stove, complete cooking and dining implements, microwave, coffee and tea-making machine. Broadband internet service is also available.
Perfectly positioned on Boracay's eye-catching White Beach, Fridays Boracay is a 40 room AAA resort nestled amid meticulously groomed tropical gardens and shady coconut trees. The resort offers the convenience of modern amenities combined with the natural charm of a beachfront setting. Its magnificent location, delectable food, pleasant and inviting rooms, and its warm & friendly employees make it one of the best choices in Boracay. We have chosen for you a Premier Room, that features one king size bed plus two single beds. A welcome fruit basket is available in the room upon the guests' arrival and home-made chocolate truffles are served every turn down service. The premier rooms are generally close to the beach and have a partial beach view.
There's a beautiful privately owned Sailing Yacht named Mahal (meaning Love) in Boracay that is dedicated to vacationers who want to live an unforgettable Luxury Sailing Experience of the surrounding seas and crystal blue waters of Boracay.
Both American Sailing Association certified sailors, owners Steve and Lilyan will take you on a voyage of discovery and exploration on their fantastic 42ft Fountaine Pajot Catamaran, indulging you in a truly customized and private cruising journey in Boracay.
This is a day on the water for all the family with lots of fun and great snorkeling. The tour comfortably starts at 10 a.m. and it will end at 3 p.m., as the catamaran will be on a sunset tour later.
Feel free to join the sunset tour too (an extra cost will be charged);but consider that children don't enjoy the sunset tour as much: this is more of a romantic experience for couples, centered around enjoying the colors of the sunset and the sea while having a nice drink.
Peak Season | Xmas and NY ~ 18 Dec 2011 - 11 Jan 2012 | Chinese New Year ~ 20-30 Jan 2012 | Holy Week ~ 30 March - 15 Apr 2012: PHP 251.000 (approx. Euro 4.520)
High Season | 16 Oct - 17 Dec 2011 | 12-20 Jan 2012 | 31 Jan - 29 March 2012 | 16 Apr - 30 June 2012: PHP 230.000 (approx. Euro 4.125)
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- 2 ways private airport transfer Manila airport - Hotel
- 3 nights accommodation in a 1 Two-Bedroom Suite at the Discovery Suites Manila inclusive of breakfast, service charge and gov. taxes.
- 7 nights accommodation in 1 Premier Room at Fridays Boracay, inclusive of breakfast for all guests, 2 ways transfer from Caticlan airport to Boracay island, service charge and gov. taxes.
- 1 sailing tour on catamaran in Boracay for 4 persons.
Flight tickets from your country, available on request
Meals, activities and additional services not listed above and in the travel proposal description.
Travel and medical insurance.
Rooms are subjected to hotels availability.
Exchange rate between the Philippine Peso and the Euro may be subject to change due to currency fluctuation. Classy Frontiers reserve the right to adjust travel costs accordingly.
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