See the very best the Philippines has to offer on this 10-day vacation package. You will visit enchanting islands, interesting city attractions, and historical sites of the country. The good thing about this package is everything will be arranged for you. It already includes roundtrip Manila flights, entrance fees to attractions, land and sea transfers, and accommodation with breakfast.
On this 10-day trip, you will visit over 40 attractions in the most popular regions of the country. Your journey is kicked off in Manila where you will get to explore the historic walled city of Intramuros. You’ll also be making a getaway to Palawan where you can go on a scenic ride at the Underground River of Puerto Princesa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Aside from Luzon, Visayas is also included in the itinerary. You’ll get to visit the Queen City of the South, Cebu, and the waterfront city of Dumaguete. There’s also a stop at Bohol where you will make your way to the astonishing Chocolate Hills.
The fun doesn’t stop with just sightseeing. This tour package will also have you relishing rare and exciting experiences. Just imagine, being able to swim with sea turtles! This is something you can do at Apo Island. If you want an adrenaline-rushing activity, you can add-on canyoneering to your trip to Cebu’s Kawasan Falls.
Your journey in the Philippines will be easy and carefree with this seamless 10-day vacation package. It’s a good mix of modern and historic attractions, man-made and natural sites, that different kinds of travelers can truly appreciate and enjoy. Knowledgeable tour guides will be with you throughout your trip. You can expect your vacation to be delightful, entertaining, and even educational.
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Your 10-day vacation package starts once you arrive in the Philippines. Your van will first take you to your accommodation in Roxas Boulevard. You’ll then be whisked away to the historic Intramuros, an old-world walled city within Manila.
Intramuros is the oldest district of the city and features prominent historic structures, like forts and churches. Fort Santiago will be the first attraction of the day. This former defense fortress was built in 1593 and has an Italian-Spanish architectural style. Intramuros has 3 public squares and you will get to visit the central Plaza Roma.
The next 2 destinations on the Manila Tour are museums where you can learn about the history of the city. The first is Bahay Tsinoy, which highlights the Ethnic Chinese relationship with the country. Next is Casa Manila, a museum showcasing the lifestyle during the Spanish Colonial era.
There are barely any green spaces in Manila, that’s why San Diego Gardens is a refreshing location in the metro. The well-tended park leads to the next attraction on the itinerary, Baluarte De San Diego. This impressive fortification was built in 1586.
You will then be visiting one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Philippines, San Agustin Church and Museum. It is included in the group of Baroque Churches of the country and is also registered as a national historic landmark. The final stop for the day is yet another religious site, the Manila Cathedral. It was initially a 16th-century parish church, however, the building has met several destructions and damages. The Manila Cathedral that stands today was built in 1958.
On your 2nd day, you will be leaving Manila and head to the region of Visayas. Once you have checked out of your Manila hotel, your van will take you to the airport. You will ride a direct flight to Panglao International Airport. From there, your van will take you to your Panglao hotel.
The first stop on your Bohol Countryside tour is at Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. You’ll get to see the 2nd smallest primate in the world. The Bohol tarsier is about as big as a hand and has startlingly large eyes. They are sensitive to bright lights, consequently, flash photography is not allowed.
Next on the itinerary is the Loboc River Cruise. You’ll go aboard a floating restaurant that travels the Loboc River. You’ll be passing lush landscapes and small villages of Bohol. Afterward, you’ll visit a National Cultural Treasure, Baclayon Church. First founded in 1596, the church eventually became a parish in 1717.
At the Butterfly Conservatory, you will encounter over a hundred species of the colorful, winged insects. Apart from that, you will also get to learn the interesting life cycle of the butterfly. After visiting the conservatory, you will then head to Bilar Forest. This 2km forest is actually man-made and is planted with mahogany trees.
Saving the best for last, the final attraction on your tour is one of the highlights of Bohol and the country. The amazing Chocolate Hills is comprised of over 1,000 mounds. During the dry season, the green hills turn brown and this geological formation starts resembling chocolates.
The 3rd day of your tour is dedicated to the island of Pamilacan, which is in the center of the Bohol Sea. Your van will pick you up at your accommodation in Panglao and then bring you to the boat station. Depending on the waves, the boat ride to Pamilacan Island shouldn’t be too long.
Keep a watchful eye during the ride, you might be able to spot wonderful sea creatures. The Bohol Sea is a popular spot for watching whales and dolphins. It’s a haven for different species, such as bottle-nosed dolphins and even sperm whales.
Pamilacan Island is inhabited by only a few thousand locals. It has a small village where visitors can learn more about life on the island as well as the people’s livelihoods. The island has excellent beaches with white sand and clear waters, perfect for relaxing. After your Pamilacan Island Tour, you will return to your Panglao hotel.
On the 4th day of your vacation, you will be leaving Bohol and moving to Dumaguete City via ferry. It’s going to be a jam-packed day of sight-seeing and shopping. The first stop of the day is Silliman University. This prestigious institution was established in 1901, the country’s first American college.
You’ll then go to the city’s seaside promenade, Rizal Boulevard. It’s a popular spot among locals and tourists and is lined with restaurants and shops. At the next destination, you’ll come upon two structures made during the 18th century. The first is St. Catherine De Alexandria church and the second is the belfry, Dumaguete Campanario.
Still in the heart of the city, you will then visit the bustling Dumaguete Public Market. It’s a shopping site for pretty much anything, from fresh seafood and vegetables to local delicacies and dry goods. Just a short ride away is the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park. This site is usually used for hosting Dumaguete’s events.
At Barangay Daro, you will find shop upon shop selling earthenware, thus earning the area’s name Claytown Pottery. You can purchase clay pottery to take home, such as plant pots. If you want a different kind of souvenir, the next destination has shops selling Dumaguete handicrafts and arts. Sidlakang Negros Village is a tourism center showcasing products of Dumaguete and Negros Oriental.
With all that shopping, you might need a little pick-me-up, luckily the next stop is at Lab-as Seafood. This popular restaurant specializes in seafood dishes but it also has a steakhouse and a Korean grill.
After lunch, you will head out of the city and go to the town of Valencia. At the 2.5-hectare Valencia Forest Camp, you’ll come upon a relaxing mountainside resort with spring pools. Valencia town is also the site of the Cata-al War Museum, which has an excellent collection of World War II memorabilia.
In the next town, you will visit San Agustin de Hippo Church. This religious site is home to the country’s oldest pipe organ. Bacong town is also where Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage Center is located. At this shopping site, you can watch how some local novelties are created.
Day 5 is for Apo Island, one of the world’s best dive sites. Your van will pick you up at your Dumaguete accommodation and take you to the town of Dauin. From there, you will ride a boat to the wondrous Apo Island.
This 74-hectare volcanic island is situated at the southern end of Negros. It boasts hundreds of corals and is home to sea creatures like the manta ray, tuna, and hammerhead. At Apo Island’s Turtle Point, you can find terrific sea turtles. You may even get a chance to swim with them.
The island has quiet and excellent beaches with white sands. You can simply relax on the shore or go for a dip in its clear waters. If you want a better view of Apo Island, there is an eco trail at its southern point. The 600-meter trail will have you enjoying the fascinating rock formations of Apo Island.
On Day 6, you will be leaving Dumaguete City and going to the island of Cebu. Your van will take you to the port and you will ride a ferry. Once in Cebu, you will be making your first stop at Badian, which is known for Kawasan Falls.
Kawasan Falls is a series of lagoons, pools, and waterfalls. If you want a thrilling experience, you can add canyoneering to your vacation package. It’s not for the faint of heart, it will have you trekking jungle trails, jumping on cliffs, and plunging into deep waters.
The next destination on the itinerary is Moalboal. This coastal town has an impressive coral system. It’s also the entryway to some of Cebu’s wonderful islands. You will make a stop at Pescador Island in Tañon Strait. A popular spot for diving and snorkeling, this small outcrop boasts caverns, corals, and remarkable marine life.
At Turtle Island, you can already guess from its name what you will encounter. With such clear waters, you can spot the green reptiles easily. At the final destination of the day, you will be witness to a unique phenomenon. The Sardine Run is a naturally-occurring scene that involves millions of sardines. You can swim with the sardines at Panagsama Beach.
It’s time to explore the city of Cebu. You will check out of your accommodation in Argao and head to the regional center of Central Visayas. Cebu City is one of the largest cities in the country and is also a commerce and trade center. The city is home to important historical, cultural, and religious sites.
The first stop of the day is the multi-tiered Taoist Temple. Built in 1972, this temple has a chapel, a souvenir shop, a library, and a colorful entrance inspired by the Great Wall of China. After that, you will head to downtown Cebu where the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino is located. This 16th-century church is the oldest one in the country. It’s also right next to Magellan’s Cross, which was planted in 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan.
At the Heritage of Cebu Monument, you can learn more about the history of the city. This grand masterpiece made of steel, bronze, and brass depicts historical events of Cebu, like the Battle of Mactan. Nearby is the oldest house of Cebu, Yap - San Diego Ancestral House, which was built during the 1600s.
You will next visit a Roman-style temple dedicated to the wife of a local. The Temple of Leah was erected in 2012 and features Roman pillars, a fountain, and grand statues. The last attraction on the itinerary is the Little Amsterdam of Cebu, also known as Sirao Flower Farm. You’ll find hundreds of colorful blooms at this amazing site.
It’s time to leave Visayas and head to the largest province of the Philippines, Palawan. Your van will pick you up from your accommodation in Mandaue and bring you to Mactan-Cebu International Airport. It’s a quick flight to Puerto Princesa International Airport.
The archipelagic province of Palawan consists of over 1,000 islets and islands. It’s only fitting on the first day of your tour that you go on an island hopping excursion. You’ll be visiting one of the most popular attractions in Palawan, Honda Bay.
The first stop is the aptly named Star Fish Island where you can view dozens of starfishes. This island is also a good place to spot the interesting pufferfish and the vibrant yellowtail snapper.
Onto the next destination, Cowrie Island, which was named after its shell-like shape. It’s safe to swim at Cowrie Island as it has a netted area that keeps jellyfish from entering. This island is also the largest one in Honda Bay and comes with dining facilities.
The final attraction at Honda Bay is the interesting Luli Island. This sandbar appears above and disappears underneath the waters. It’s a popular snorkeling site where you can see hundreds of colorful sea creatures.
After your Honda Bay tour, your van will take you to your hotel in the town of Sabang.
On Day 9 of your tour, you will be visiting the famous Puerto Princesa Underground River. This is one of the few UNESCO World Heritage sites in the country. On the way to the underground river, you can enjoy the fantastic scenery of limestone cliffs and lush forests of Palawan.
The protected National Park is about 8km long, however, only a portion of the underground river is open to the public. You will be able to spot amazing cave formations and even bats during your trip.
The next part of your journey is the Puerto Princesa City Tour. You’ll visit Baker’s Hill, a popular stop-over for tourists. You can purchase souvenirs and baked goodies to take home, such as hopia and crinkles. After that, you’ll go to Plaza Cuartel, a garrison with a dark history during World War II.
You can learn more about crocodiles at the research center and breeding facility Crocodile Farm. This attraction is also known as Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center and is home to different crocodile species, including endangered ones.
At Mitra’s Ranch, you can get a good view of Puerto Princesa City. This hilltop park also has picnicking facilities and zip-line rides. The last stop on the itinerary is Puerto Princesa Baywalk. This city promenade is an excellent spot to see the port.
Your short yet fun-filled vacation of the Philippines comes to a close on Day 10. Your van will pick you up from your hotel in Sabang and take you to the airport. It’s a short flight from Palawan to Manila, where you will be landing at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
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The season for dolphin watching in Dumaguete is from March to October and is subject to weather and wind conditions. If off-season or on days when the northeast monsoon is strong, dolphin watching may not be possible. During Habagat/ Southwest monsoon Season (June-October), boat ride to Apo Island may be rough.
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.
Private rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels or resorts located in the city center, in close vicinity or near the beach area. Breakfast is included and with basic room amenities and toiletries.
Rooms at four-star to a five-star hotel in the city center or beachfront resort with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations with the best amenities, facilities, and services.