Enjoy a 10-day vacation in the Philippines that will let you explore Luzon's highlands and the islands of Cebu and Palawan. This 10-day trip already includes your accommodations with breakfast and all land, sea, and air transfers in the country. You will be visiting dozens of tourist attractions of the Philippines, including a few UNESCO World Heritage sites.
One of the best things about this 10-day vacation is it isn't simply a sight-seeing trip. You will be able to enjoy new and unique experiences. The 10-day trip will start off on Luzon's main island, then onto Cebu, and finally in Palawan.
In Manila, you will go to the historic district of Intramuros. You can expect to find museums and forts that are hundreds of years old in this walled area. When you go up to Luzon's highlands, you will make a stop at the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Baguio City is home to refreshing parks and tourist sites, including Camp John Hay.
When you make your way to Benguet, the Salad Bowl of the Philippines, you will see an actual working farm. You may even get the chance to pick fruits yourself at La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. A rare opportunity presents itself in the province of Tarlac. You'll get the chance to hike up an active volcano. Be ready to see a wonderful sight at the summit of Mt. Pinatubo.
Cebu is one of the major hubs of the Visayas Islands. On your trip to the province, you'll get to visit both city and countryside attractions. This includes the Temple of Leah, Sirao Flower Farm, and Kawasan Falls. In Palawan, prepare yourself for some amazing natural sites. You'll go to Honda Bay, the Underground River, and the Big Lagoon.
Visit the Philippine highlands, Cebu, and Palawan Islands on this 10-day trip. Check availability by choosing a date.
On your first day in the Philippines, you will arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Your van will pick you up and take you to your hotel on Roxas Boulevard.
On this day, you will visit Fort Santiago, one of the most important historical structures in Intramuros. It was built during the 16th century and has been rebuilt and restored over time due to wars. In the 19th century, Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines, was imprisoned before he was executed.
Plaza Roma is a public square, and it used to be the center of Intramuros. It was transformed into a garden and is now a park. You'll know more about the history of Manila when you visit the museums Bahay Tsinoy and Casa Manila.
You will make your way through the pleasant San Diego Gardens before you reach Baluarte De San Diego. It is one of the oldest stone forts in Intramuros and features three concentric circles, which are believed to be a tower base.
The two churches of Intramuros were both established during the 16th century. However, San Agustin Church and Museum's building dates back to 1607. Meanwhile, the Manila Cathedral has faced several reconstructions during the centuries and was retrofitted in 2012.
You will check out of your hotel in Manila and go up to the City of Baguio, which is more or less 250km away. You can expect to pass by zigzag roads as you ascend the Cordillera Mountain range.
You'll get to visit the country's premier military school. The Philippine Military Academy dates back to the 19th century. The expansive campus is open to the public. Visitors may be interested in visiting the museum or the shaku landmark.
The Mansion is a grand property set 1,500m above sea level. It is the summer residence of the Philippine President. Tourists usually come to The Mansion to take a photo with its large gate entrance and beautiful garden.
You'll get to visit several green spaces of the city, including tourist-favorite Camp John Hay. Mines View Park is a good spot to see the lush mountains in the area. It has an observation deck that also overlooks an old mining town. At Wright Park, visitors can go horseback riding or see the Pool of Pines. Meanwhile, at Centennial Park, you can enjoy both nature and art.
Before the end of your tour, you will make a stop at the Good Shepherd Convent. This is where you can buy treats like jams and peanut brittles.
On the 3rd day of your trip, your van will pick you up from Baguio and take you to Benguet. La Trinidad is the capital of the province, and it is where your first destination is located. La Trinidad Strawberry Farm produces millions of strawberries per year. A unique opportunity is presented to visitors during harvest season. They can pick out strawberries themselves using their hands.
The Philippines is a tropical country, so it might be surprising to find sakura trees, which are more commonly associated with Japan. Atok Sakura Flowers is home to over 30 cherry blossom trees. What's special about these trees is they are from Japan. In 2016, the Japanese government gave them as a gift to the province of Benguet.
You'll get to see more beautiful flowers at your next destination, Northern Blossom. This 2-hectare farm has roses, snapdragons, sunflowers, and other kinds of flowers. Your next destination will be Halsema Highway. It is, as its name implies, the 2nd Highest Point. It used to be the highest point on the Philippine Highway System until 2019.
The last attraction for the day is the Spanish Trail built over a hundred years ago. After your tour, you will return to your hotel in Baguio City.
After you have checked out of your hotel, your van will now take you to the province of Tarlac, which is about 120km away. On this day, you will hike up Mt. Pinatubo. This volcano was infamous back in the 90s for its massive eruption. It caught global attention as it was the 20th century's second-largest eruption.
After the eruption, the region was then battered by a monsoon. The mixture of the lahar and water was not a very good combination. So, you can expect to go through very sandy and rough terrain during your trip. It's best to wear comfortable shoes as you will need to hike to reach the volcano's summit.
Once your van takes you to the basecamp, you need to ride a 4x4 jeep to go across Crow Valley. This area's roads is so craggy that it has been likened to the surface of the moon. Once you have finished your journey, you will be rewarded with a wonderful view of Mt. Pinatubo's summit.
Due to its eruption, a caldera was formed at Mt. Pinatubo. It was then filled with rainwater and has become a crater lake. After your tour, your van will take you back to Manila City.
On the 5th day of your tour, you will be heading out of Luzon. Once you have checked out of your hotel, your van will take you back to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You'll catch a flight to Mactan-Cebu International Airport, and you will stay at a hotel in Mandaue City.
This day is dedicated to exploring the oldest city in the country, Cebu. Cebu City is home to religious sites. The first spot you will visit is the Taoist Temple. This multi-colored temple features Chinese architecture and elements, like a pagoda roof. It even has an entrance that resembles the Great Wall of China.
The second religious site you will visit is the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino. It is the country's oldest Roman Catholic church, established during the 16th century. Nearby, you will find a small chapel that houses Magellan's Cross. This cross was planted in 1521 by explorer Ferdinand Magellan when he arrived in Cebu.
To know more about Cebu's rich history, you'll go to the Heritage of Cebu Monument. This artwork showcases important people and events of Cebu City, including the Battle of Mactan. Important structures you'll get to visit include the Yap - San Diego Ancestral House and the Temple of Leah. After that, you'll go to the beautiful Sirao Flower Farm.
On your next day in the island province of Cebu, you will now explore its countryside. You'll get to visit one of the most popular and exciting attractions of the province. Kawasan Falls is a series of waterfalls, rivers, and pools. There are also jungle trails in between, making it a good site for canyoneering. It's up to you if you want to take a dip at the pools or even jump off of the waterfalls.
In Moalboal, you'll get to explore more natural sites of Cebu. This time, you'll be heading towards the sea. You will ride a boat to visit Pescador Island. It's best to go snorkeling if you want to see the real beauty of this area. It has soft and hard corals and different types of fish.
Your next destination is Turtle Island. From its name, you can tell what to expect on this tourist spot. Aside from just seeing sea turtles, you can also swim with them. You'll get a chance to swim with other sea creatures at your next stop.
The Sardine Run is one of the main tourist draws of Moalboal. This natural phenomenon occurs at Panagsama Beach. After your tour, your van will take you back to your hotel in Mandaue City.
It's time to leave Cebu and head to your next province. Once you have checked out of your hotel in Mandaue, your van will take you to Mactan-Cebu International Airport. You'll ride a plane to Puerto Princesa International Airport. This is the main airport of the archipelagic province of Palawan.
Your van will take you to the Sta. Lourdes Wharf, around 10km away from the airport. It is the gateway to the famous Honda Bay. On your island hopping tour, you'll get to visit Star Fish Island. You'll spot dozens of starfishes on its sandbar. If you go snorkeling, you can find other fishes, like yellowtail snappers.
Your next destination is the largest island on Honday Bay, Cowrie Island. The island is named after its shape, which is a shell. Compared to the other islands of Honda Bay, Cowrie Island also has more tourist facilities. There's a spot for dining and picnicking and even showers. It also has a safe swimming area that keeps jellyfishes away.
The last island is the mysterious Luli Island. During high tide, this island disappears underneath the water. You can expect fine, white sands and clear, blue waters at Luli Island.
Once you have returned to the mainland, your van will take you to the town of Sabang.
Your van will pick you up from your hotel in Sabang and take you to the town's port. You'll then ride a boat to visit the Puerto Princesa Underground River. This national park is a designated World Heritage site.
After your tour in Sabang, you will then go to the city proper of Puerto Princesa. You'll make a stop at Baker's Hill, which is a popular place to purchase baked goods. Do try out the local specialty, including the hopia. You'll then go downtown to the Plaza Cuartel. This peaceful park used to be a penal colony. In World War II, a devastating event occurred at Plaza Cuartel.
You'll know everything there is to know about crocodiles at your next attraction. Crocodile Farm is more than just a tourist destination; it is also a research facility. There are different crocodile species on the farm, and you'll get to see dozens of the reptile.
Be prepared for wonderful panoramic views on the last two attractions of the day. At Mitra's Ranch, you'll get to see Puerto Princesa City. This hilltop tourist spot has facilities for picnics and zip-line rides. At Puerto Princesa Baywalk, you'll get a good view of the waters and the city port.
You will check out of your hotel in Sabang and go to El Nido, which is around 250km away. El Nido is one of the most popular destinations in Palawan and the Philippines. With more than 40 islands and islets, there's plenty to explore in the area.
You'll get to see some of the top sites of El Nido's Bacuit Bay during your island hopping tour. Your van will take you to the terminal, where you will ride a boat to Bacuit Bay. The Big Lagoon is a scenic attraction comprised of blue-green waters and limestone cliffs. To get in, your boat will have to pass through a narrow entrance.
At Miniloc Island, you can relax on the beach, go snorkeling, or take in its wonderful forest. If you plan on visiting the Secret Lagoon, brace yourself. To reach this area, you need to crawl through the entrance. It's quite a small lagoon, and only a few people can enter at a time. It's fairly common for a long line to form.
Seven Commandos Beach is not on an island. It is part of the mainland. However, it can only be reached by boat. The last stop of the day is Shimizu Island. After your tour, your van will take you to your hotel in Lio.
After exploring the wonderful attractions of Palawan, it's time to go back to Manila. Once you have checked out of your hotel in Lio, your van will drive you to the airport and board your plane going back to Manila. You will be landing at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
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In El Nido island hopping tour mandatory environmental fee and/or user’s see is to be paid directly in cash to the service provider in El Nido, The tour itinerary is subject to change based on weather and tidal conditions. Tours will start only once operators are given permission to sail by the Local Government Unit (LGU) and the Philippine Coast Guard. Delays in start of tours or cancellation of tours affected by this is beyond the service providers’ control.
Limitation to the number of tourists, boats, kayaks and time of stay in El Nido lagoons are strictly enforced by the PAMB. Secret Beach, Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon are no longer allowed to be toured on the same day as part of the policies of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of El Nido.
A mandatory user fee of PHP 200 per person is collected by PAMB for every entry to the Secret Beach, Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon.
Single use-plastics are banned in El Nido island tours. Please bring reusable water bottles or tumblers. All visitors are required to bring their own trash back to the boats.
See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. All accommodation levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double, and odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. Guide to the Philippines will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.
Private rooms with private bathrooms in guesthouses or small hotels with basic amenities.
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