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Best 1 Week Philippines Itinerary Guide: Visit Boracay, Palawan, Cebu and More!

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Pinagbuyutan Island in El Nido and Calle Crisologo in Vigan CityThe Philippines, nestled in Southeast Asia, is one of the best tropical destinations in the world for its stunning beaches and islands, mouthwatering cuisine, and lively festivals. In 2022, the Philippines earned top honors at the World Travel Awards (WTA), being recognized as Asia's leading beach and dive destination. Additionally, a renowned attraction, Intramuros, was hailed as the leading tourist spot in Asia.

Because the Philippines is composed of many islands, it's best to plan your Philippine itinerary well! Booking a 1 week Philippines itinerary tour package will help you maximize your vacation. If you have 1 week in the Philippines to explore, check out this guide that can help you plan the perfect getaway.

When is the Best Time to Travel to the Philippines?

Kayaking in PalawanThe best time for your Philippines trip is from November to May. This period has the best weather with less rain. The dry months offer a better chance to enjoy the beauty of beaches and islands included in Philippine guided tours, with lesser chances of tour cancellations compared to the rainy season.

What are the top destinations in the Philippines?

Man relaxing on Daku IslandThere are a lot of best destinations in the Philippines, and each place offers unique experiences. Boracay, one of the best places to visit in the Philippines, stands out with its beautiful beaches, luxurious resorts, and lively nightlife. On the other hand, Palawan boasts some of the best diving spots in the Philippines and features stunning attractions like El Nido beaches and Puerto Princesa Underground River

In Cebu, there are various islands and historic landmarks; it is one of the top places for solo travel in the Philippines. Bohol features the stunning Chocolate Hills and peaceful countryside, making it one of the top reasons why you should visit the Philippines. Lastly, Siargao, a top surfing spot in the Philippines, is perfect for surfing and relaxation, with its inviting lagoons and laid-back atmosphere.

Best 1 Week Philippines Itinerary Guide: Visit Boracay, Palawan, Cebu and More!


How to get around the Philippines?

Jeepneys in ManilaGetting around the Philippines is mainly done by air, sea, or land travel. Since many destinations are spread out, airplanes are commonly used for longer distances. Aside from flights to the Philippines that will get you to various airports in the Philippines, you can also travel between islands by sea transfers, like ferry or boat. 

Within each province or island, buses, tricycles, and taxis are popular for moving around by land. You can also rent a car in the Philippines or book Philippine tour packages with airport transfers and land transfers.

Is 1 week in the Philippines enough?

Pinagbuyutan Island in El NidoOne week in the Philippines is a great start for a Philippine itinerary, as you’ll be able to get a glimpse of the country’s rich history, vibrant culture, and natural beauty. Plan wisely and fulfill the Philippines' travel requirements to enjoy the stunning beaches, rich traditions, and delicious food that make the Philippines a wonderful destination.

1-Week Siargao to Cebu & Boracay Best Islands Philippines Itinerary

Best for: If you want to visit the best beach and island destinations in the Philippines

1-Week Siargao to Cebu & Boracay Best Islands Tour Itinerary Philippines Package from Manila (2)If you're a beach lover and want to know what to do in the Philippines for 1 week, this 1-Week Siargao to Cebu & Boracay Best Islands Philippines Itinerary is perfect. It will let you explore the stunning islands and beaches of Siargao, Cebu, and Boracay, plus their other exciting attractions.

First, you'll arrive in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, and settle into your hotel. The next day, you'll fly to Siargao and check in to a hotel. You can explore the island or try optional activities like an inland tour or a surfing lesson.

Maasin River, SiargaoThe next day, you'll go on a Siargao island hopping tour to Guyam, Daku, and Naked Island. After exploring tourist spots in Siargao, you'll fly to Cebu and check in at your hotel. You'll be following a South Cebu itinerary and experience a Moalboal tour of Pescador Island, Turtle Bay, and the magical Sardine Run. This part of this 1-week trip highlights a Cebu to Siargao itinerary, which is common in Siargao to Cebu travel packages.

Next, you'll enjoy an itinerary from the best Cebu to Boracay packages. You'll first take a flight to Boracay and check in at a hotel, and then it's your choice to relax or enjoy activities like parasailing and more. You'll also discover Boracay's beauty with an island-hopping and snorkeling tour featuring Puka Beach and other Boracay tourist spots

1-Week Cebu to Boracay & El Nido Best Beaches & Adventure Tour Itinerary

Best for: If you want to visit the best beaches and swim with whale sharks in the Philippines

1-Week Cebu to Boracay & El Nido Best Beaches & Adventure Tour Itinerary Philippines from ManilaIf you dream of exploring stunning beaches and swimming with incredible whale sharks for 7 days in the Philippines, the 1-Week Cebu to Boracay & El Nido Best Beaches & Adventure Tour Itinerary is a perfect choice. This package features the best places to experience the finest beaches and top destinations for swimming with majestic whale sharks in the Philippines: Cebu, Boracay, and El Nido Palawan.

Once you're in Manila, you'll check in at your hotel. Then, you can go on a Binondo and Intramuros tour before flying to Cebu the next day. The first highlight of this trip is a Cebu to Boracay itinerary. Once you have settled into your hotel, you'll enjoy a Cebu highlands tour that takes you to the colorful Sirao Flower Farm, Temple of Leah, and more Cebu tourist spots.

White Beach in BoracayYou'll also go to Oslob for an exciting whale shark-watching tour and visit Sumilon Sandbar and Tumalog Falls. After that, you'll fly to Boracay and check in at your hotel. You can try optional activities like parasailing or paraw sailing before continuing on an itinerary featured in most Boracay to Palawan Philippines tours

First, you'll fly to El Nido to begin your Palawan itinerary. This island in Palawan offers stunning limestone cliffs, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant marine life. Check-in at your hotel and take time to enjoy exploring on your own. Since you're in El Nido, you can try an El Nido to Coron itinerary and book El Nido-Coron tours. Alternatively, try a Puerto Princesa to El Nido itinerary and book a Puerto Princesa to El Nido tour package

The following day, prepare for an El Nido island hopping tour with Tour A, visiting incredible spots like Big Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Secret Lagoon, and Seven Commandos Beach.

1-Week Iloilo to Guimaras & Bacolod Island Hopping Tours Itinerary

Best for: If you want to explore the best islands in Visayas aside from Boracay

1-Week Iloilo to Guimaras & Bacolod Island Hopping Tours Philippines Itinerary Package from ManilaDiscover the hidden treasures of Visayas with this 1-week Iloilo to Guimaras & Bacolod Island Hopping Tours Itinerary. If you're seeking a Visayas adventure beyond Boracay, this 1-week Philippine itinerary, which features Iloilo, Guimaras, and Bacolod, is perfect.

You'll begin your Bacolod-Iloilo-Guimaras itinerary tour with a hotel stay in Manila. You'll fly to Iloilo the next day and settle in at your hotel. The province is known for its rich history, the vibrant Dinagyang Festival, and delicious food. You can explore Iloilo on your own or join an Iloilo tour. See tourist spots in Iloilo like Casa Mariquit, Jaro Cathedral, and Molo Church. 

Cabugao Gamay on Islas de GigantesTime for some island fun! Head to Islas de Gigantes and Sicogon Island the next day. Visit natural wonders like Antonia Beach, Lantangan Beach, and Cabugao Gamay Island. You'll also visit Guimaras, known for its sweet mangoes and natural wonders. Check out top Guimaras tourist spots like the Mango Icon and Market, and try the famous Mango Pizza. You can also go island hopping to Naburot Island, Lamurawan Beach, and Natago Beach. 

Afterward, you'll travel to Bacolod, known for being home to MassKara Festival, chicken inasal dish, and rich heritage. After checking in at your hotel, you can explore Bacolod on your own or join a Bacolod tour. Visit Bacolod tourist spots like Hofileña Ancestral House, Balay Negrense, the Ruins, and more. Relax at Lakawon Island resort the next day, a beautiful tropical spot. 

1-Week Cagayan de Oro (CDO), Camiguin, Bukidnon Adventure Itinerary in Mindanao

Best for: If you want to try adventure activities and go nature sightseeing in Mindanao

1-Week Cagayan de Oro (CDO), Camiguin, Bukidnon Adventure Itinerary Mindanao Tour from ManilaSuppose you're up for an adventure, thrilling activities, and stunning landscapes in Mindanao. This 1-Week Cagayan de Oro (CDO), Camiguin, and Bukidnon itinerary is the best choice. This 7-day itinerary Philippines package lets you tour some of the top destinations in Mindanao, including Cagayan de Oro (CDO), Camiguin, and Bukidnon.

On the first day of this Camiguin-Bukidnon-CDO tour package, you'll arrive in Manila and settle into your hotel. You have time to explore the lively city on your own before traveling to Cagayan de Oro the next day. Cagayan de Oro or CDO is known as the Whitewater Rafting Capital of the Philippines. Relax and unwind at your hotel or explore Cagayan de Oro tourist spots before your whitewater rafting activity, a top tour in Cagayan de Oro.

Cagayan de OroThe next day, go on an exciting trip from Cagayan de Oro to Bukidnon. It is known for its majestic mountains and thriving agricultural scene. See top Bukidnon tourist spots like Dahilayan Forest Park Resort and Del Monte's Pineapple Plantation. Try forest luge rides, thrilling ATV trips, and more. 

The last stop of this CDO-Camiguin-Bukidnon itinerary is Camiguin. It is a picturesque island known for its natural landscapes, including volcanoes and hot springs. After checking in at your hotel, see the best Camiguin tourist spots like White Island, Mantigue Island's marine sanctuary, Camiguin walkway, churches, and natural springs on a Camiguin tour.

1-Week Bohol to Cebu & Dumaguete Nature Sightseeing Philippines Itinerary

Best for: If you want to see iconic nature sightseeing spots in Visayas

1-Week Bohol to Cebu & Dumaguete Nature Sightseeing Tour Itinerary Philippines Package from ManilaIf you want to explore Visayas' renowned natural attractions, the 1-Week Bohol to Cebu & Dumaguete Nature Sightseeing Philippines Itinerary is the ideal choice. Experience the best of Visayas, such as Bohol, Cebu, and Dumaguete, all in one trip.

Begin your Philippines itinerary for 1 week by arriving in Manila. Check in at your hotel and enjoy free time to explore the city's attractions. You'll then take a flight to Bohol and will have a few days to explore tourist spots in Bohol. You'll discover the wonders of Bohol's countryside, such as the famous Chocolate Hills. You'll also enjoy a relaxing Loboc River Cruise with lunch. 

Chocolate Hills in BoholYou'll also head to Cebu, check in at your hotel, and have a city tour, where you'll visit the Temple of Leah, Sirao Flower Farm, and Tops Lookout. This part of this 1-week trip highlights a Cebu to Bohol itinerary, showcasing what Cebu-Bohol tour packages provide.

You'll then travel to Dumaguete and settle into your hotel. This coastal city is known for being the jump-off point for Apo Island where you can swim with giant turtles, diving spots, and natural hot springs. As part of this Cebu to Bohol to Dumaguete itinerary, you'll join a half-day sightseeing tour to visit Silliman University, stroll along Rizal Boulevard, and explore other Dumaguete tourist spots.

1-Week Dumaguete, Siquijor & Cebu Whale Sharks and Dolphins Philippines Itinerary

Best for: If you want to try unique water activities and explore underrated destinations in Visayas

1-Week Dumaguete, Siquijor & Cebu Whale Sharks and Doplhins Tour Philippines Package from ManilaIf you're looking for an extraordinary water-filled adventure in Visayas, the 1-Week Dumaguete, Siquijor & Cebu Whale Sharks and Dolphins Philippines Itinerary is your ticket. Discover underrated spots in Dumaguete, Siquijor, and Cebu on this unique 1-week itinerary in the Philippines, perfect for those who want something special in the Visayan islands.

Upon your arrival in Manila, you'll check into your hotel before your flight to Dumaguete the next day. Starting a tour from Dumaguete, you'll enjoy an amazing day in Bais and Manjuyod. You can watch for dolphins in the morning and then relax on the stunning Manjuyod Sandbar. Although dolphin sightings aren't guaranteed, this tour promises a memorable experience.

Cambugahay Falls, SiquijorYou'll also visit Siquijor, a mystical and enchanting island known for its folklore, pristine beaches, and tropical landscapes. You’ll be able to enjoy top Siquijor tourist spots like Paliton Beach, Capilay Spring, the Old Balete Fish Spa, the Lazi Convent, and Cambugahay Falls. 

Whale shark in OslobYour journey continues to Cebu. Check in to your hotel and spend your free time exploring independently. If you can, try a North Cebu itinerary and explore islands like Malapascua and Bantayan. Prepare for a thrilling tour the next day! Watch whale sharks in Oslob, explore Pescador Island's reefs, see the sardine run in Moalboal, and spot turtles at Turtle Bay. 

1-Week Ilocos, Baguio & Mount Pinatubo Historical & Adventure Philippines Itinerary

Best for: If you want to explore the best historical and cultural spots in North Luzon and see Mount Pinatubo crater lake

1-Week Ilocos, Baguio & Mount Pinatubo Historical & Adventure Philippines Itinerary Tour PackageFor a thrilling exploration of history, culture, and the stunning Mount Pinatubo crater lake, look no further than the 1-Week Ilocos, Baguio & Mount Pinatubo Historical & Adventure Philippines Itinerary. This Philippines 7-day itinerary takes you on an adventure through North Luzon's hidden gems: Ilocos (Laoag and Vigan), Baguio, and Tarlac.

For this North Luzon itinerary, you'll stop in Manila first and settle into a hotel. If you're interested, consider taking an optional Intramuros tour to explore the historic walled city. 

Swan boats in Burnham Park, BaguioNext, you’ll head to Ilocos region, known for its stunning landscapes and historical architecture as evident in its Spanish-era structures. You’ll first visit Laoag, known for its sand dunes and cultural sites. Visit Laoag tourist spots such as St. Williams Cathedral, Aurora Park, and Paoay Church, a UNESCO heritage site. Enjoy an Ilocos tour, where you'll visit attractions like Kapurpurawan Rock, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, Bangui Windmills, and Patapat Viaduct.

Then, head to Vigan, a preserved Spanish colonial town and considered one of the most romantic places in the Philippines. You'll explore Vigan tourist spots like Bantay Church, St. Paul Cathedral, and Calle Crisologo. You can also discover the Crisologo Museum, try pottery at Pagburnayan, and visit the Baluarte Zoo during your Vigan tour.

Aerial view of Mt. Pinatubo's crater lakeYou'll then arrive in Baguio, a picturesque mountain city known for its cool climate, and have your free time to explore. This North Luzon destination is a main highlight in a Cebu-Baguio itinerary and a common stop for most Sagada-Banaue tour packages.

Your Baguio tour the next day includes visiting Mirador Hill, Lourdes Grotto, Diplomat Hotel, and Camp John Hay, as well as exploring iconic Baguio tourist spots like The Mansion, Wright Park, and Mines View Park.

You’ll then go to Tarlac, known for its historical sites and natural landscapes, and end your trip with a Mount Pinatubo hike. Ride a 4x4 truck to a viewpoint and hike to the stunning crater.

Book your 1 Week Trip to the Philippines Now!

Helicopter Island, PalawanWhen planning your trip to the Philippines, you'll discover various Philippine itineraries that match your interests – from family vacation packages to luxury vacation packages and even honeymoon packages. If you have 7 days to spare, a 1-week Philippines itinerary tour package is highly recommended to enjoy the best of the Philippines.

Aside from a 1-week travel itinerary in the Philippines, consider booking longer Philippines itinerary tour packages, such as an 8-day Philippines itinerary tour package, a 10-day Philippines itinerary tour package, a 2-week Philippines itinerary tour package, or for a more complete experience, a 3-week Philippines itinerary tour package. 

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