Join this year’s new Ambassadors Tour to PH and experience the best of Manila and Davao

Join this year’s new Ambassadors Tour to PH and experience the best of Manila and Davao

The highly popular tourism program that drew hundreds of balikbayans and Filipino-Americans  to revisit their homeland is back.  This year, the new Ambassadors’ Tour to the Philippines is featuring new and exciting destinations meant to further showcase the country’s tourism gems.

Scheduled for July 11 to 16, 2017, this year’s Tour will not only reacquaint participants  from all over the United States to the enduring charms of Manila but will also provide the opportunity to visit and explore the southern city of Davao.

Touted as the cleanest and the safest city in the Philippines, Davao City is home to the country’s current leader, President Rodrigo Duterte.   Davao boasts of outstanding recreational areas like museums, nature parks, fantastic beaches and zoos, in addition to adventure activities like scuba diving, island hopping, wake boarding, white water rafting.

Participants to this year’s tour can look forward to exciting destinations and highlights, most important of which is the opportunity to have an audience with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in addition to a dinner to be hosted by no less than Davao City Mayor Sara “Inday” Duterte.

The very affordable and irresistible package price for the 6 days/5 nights Manila and Davao tour  is as follows:

Following is the full itinerary of the 6-day tour covering both Manila and Davao:

DAY 1: JULY 10, 2017 (Monday)

• Early morning arrival in Manila

• Welcome reception by the Department of Tourism

• Transfer to hotel/check-in

• Assembly for Malacanang Tour

• Depart hotel

• Proceed for Wreath Laying Ceremony at Rizal Park

• Running tour of Intramuros

• Proceed to Malacanang Museum Tour with lunch

• Return to hotel

• Welcome dinner hosted by Tourism  Promotions Board (TPB)

• Overnight stay at the hotel

DAY 2: JULY 11, 2017 (Tuesday)

• Breakfast at the hotel

• Check-out

• Transfer to Domestic Airport

• Leave for Davao

• Arrive in Davao International Airport

• Welcome reception at Davao International Airport by the Dept. of Tourism

• Lunch at local restaurant

• Afternoon at Malagos Resort and Philippine Eagle Center Tour

• Return to hotel

• Overnight stay at the Hotel

DAY 3: JULY 12, 2017 (Wednesday)

• Breakfast at hotel

• Audience with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

• Lunch at local restaurant

• Afternoon Davao City Tour

• Visit the Crocodile Park for reptilian adventures. Get to know “Pangil” the 2nd largest crocodile in captivity and “Buloy” the friendly 15ft python. Just nearby is the Tribung K’Mindanawan where it showcases our rich cultural heritage and replicas of the different tribal houses in the region. Amaze on the vast collections of animal skeleton at the Bone Museum. Sample on the local fruits and bountiful harvest of Davao such as the pomelo, mangosteen, marang or take your first whiff of the Durian at the fruit market. Otherwise settle for the candies at the Durian Candy Factory or the Durian Flavoured Cappuccino.

• A scenic view of Davao from the top of the Shrine hill at the Holy Infant Jesus or at the Jack’s Ridge. Visit the Museo Dabawenyo where it houses the rich collection of Davao’s History displayed in their galleries. Bargain for some souvenirs at the Aldevinco Souvenir Shops. After the tour, we shall transfer you back to your hotel.

• Return to hotel

• Overnight stay at the hotel

DAY 4: JULY 13, 2017 (Thursday)

• Breakfast at hotel

• Assembly at hotel lobby

• Depart for Samal Island with Lunch

• Pick up from hotel. Transfers from hotel to Sta Ana Wharf. Boat ride to Samal Island passing through Pearl Farm, Malipano Island, Wishing Island, Coral Garden, Angel’s Cove and Isla Reta. Picnic lunch will be served at the Isla Reta. Free time on the beach. Boat ride back to mainland Davao and transfers to hotel.

• Dinner hosted by Mayor Sara “Inday”Duterte

• Overnight stay at the hotel

DAY 5: JULY 14, 2017 (Friday)

• Breakfast at hotel

• Check-out

• Transfer to airport

• Depart for Manila

• Arrive Manila

• Transfer/Check-in at the hotel

• Optional activity in the afternoon

• PASAYA. PASARAP & PAGANDA Package-

• Packages to distress and pamper yourself

• Dinner hosted by Western Union

• Overnight stay at the hotel

DAY 6: JULY 15, 2017 (Saturday)

• Breakfast at hotel

• Check-out

• Transfer to airport

• Depart for homebound journey

The Ambassadors’ Tour is a joint project of all Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the US, namely: Agana, Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, Saipan, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., in cooperation with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Board.

Seats are fast filling up, so don’t waste any time. Register now and be part of this year’s 11th Ambassadors Tour to the Philippines and experience the best of Manila and Davao.

For more information and to register, contact Majestic Vacations by sending email to: ambassadorstour@majestic-vacations.com or call tel. numbers: (213) 251-9401 or 1-800-423-4480 and ask for Angie or Jeanet; the Philippine Department of Tourism at: (213) 487-4525  and the Philippine Consulate General at (213) 639-0980.

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Manny V. Ilagan is a Tourism Specialist with over 23 years professional experience in the overseas tourism and travel industry.  He is currently the Director for Business Development and Marketing of GTT International/Majestic Vacations, one of the biggest airlines consolidators in the United States, and wholesaler of package tours worldwide. He also provides travel consultancy services to some of the biggest wholesalers and tour operators in the country as well as to some airline companies. He is the former Tourism Director-OIC of the Philippine Department of Tourism-Los Angeles, where he worked for over two decades. As a writer, he has written numerous articles about travel and tourism, which have been published in various Filipino-American newspapers in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York, and other Manila-based newspapers as well. For comments or questions, you may reach him at manilagan@gmail.com.

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