Western & Oriental has introduced the Philippines to its portfolio, launching a selection of tailor-made beach, multi-centre and touring holidays to the country.

Adventure seekers can explore mountain ranges, volcanic lakes, waterfalls and rivers; and for those interested in Filipino culture, the country is home to half a dozen UNESCO World Heritage Sites, bustling cities and a heritage revealing Malay, Chinese, Middle Eastern, American and Spanish influences.

Erica Moore, the company's Far East product manager, said: “There’s great potential in the Philippines, but right now it’s still quite off the radar for British holidaymakers – particularly when compared to destinations like Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

“Our suggested itineraries will help travellers and agents understand what there is to see and do in the different regions and our destination specialists will then help to craft a journey that’s as relaxing, as intrepid or as far-reaching as the client wants.”

The operator is initially featuring accommodation in ten different regions of the Philippines - Palawan, Banaue, Sagada, Vigan, Cebu, Siargao, Southern Luzon, Manila, Bohol and Boracay.

As an example of itineraries, a 12-night 'Highlights of the Philippines' options allows visitors to take a tour of the historical area of Intramuros or go shopping during their two-night stay, before taking a trip to Lake Taal for one night. They will then spend three nights each in Bohol, Boracay and Palawan to give a flavour of the Philippines’ different regions.

The trip costs from £2,699 per person based on two adults sharing and includes flights, ferry tickets, 12 nights’ breakfast accommodation and private transfers.

For details call 020-3588 6130 or see westernoriental.com

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