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11-Day Islands, Natural Wonders & Historical Tour to Palawan, Bohol & Ilocos from Manila

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Tour starts
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Starting time
at 09:00
Duration
11 days
Ending place
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Languages:
English
Difficulty:
Easy
Available:
All year
Minimum age:
None

Visit some of the best island, nature, and cultural attractions in the Philippines with this 11-day trip. You will tour the capital city of Manila, the heritage centers of Ilocos, the highlands of Sagada and Benguet, and the natural wonders of Bohol, Puerto Princesa, and El Nido. This package also covers accommodations with breakfast, transfers, service of guides, and entrance fees to the attractions. 

After landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, you will meet your guide and head to Intramuros. This walled city was integral to the Spanish-era in the Philippines and is now filled with parks that are perfect for picnics. 

From the bustle of Manila, you will board a plane to Ilocos in the northern region of the country. Here, you will immerse yourself in the country’s rich history by strolling along Calle Crisologo in Vigan. 

Next, you will head to the highlands of Benguet, a region recognized for its fresh strawberries. Not only will you be able to taste them, but you can also pick your own berries at the strawberry farm. From there, you will make your way up Mt. Pinatubo in Tarlac to see its stunning crater lake. 

You will then fly to Bohol, the home of the popular Chocolate Hills. Aside from seeing the hills, a guide will also accompany you on the relaxing Loboc River Cruise.

From there, you will hop on a plane to Palawan. While here, a guide will show you the beautiful Honda Bay and the Underground River in Puerto Princesa. Finally, you will take a boat to El Nido to swim in the clear waters of its Big Lagoon. 

Experience the best of Ilocos Norte and Sur, Benguet, Sagada, Tarlac, Bohol, Puerto Princesa, and El Nido with this 11-day vacation package. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Included

10 nights accommodation (budget category)
10 days breakfast
10 lunch
All flights with 20kgs baggage allowance
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 - Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur (Ilocos Region)
Day 3 to 4 - Sagada and Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 5 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 6 to 7 - Bohol Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 8 to 10 - Puerto Princesa and El Nido Tour (Palawan)
Day 11 - Back to Manila
All transportation to and from included activities and destinations
All environmental fees, port fees, and all other applicable taxes

Activities

Sightseeing and Walking
Island Hopping
City Tours
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Gate inside Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

To begin your adventure in the Philippines, a van will pick you up from Ninoy Aquino International Airport. It will then bring you to your hotel in Manila along or near Roxas Boulevard.

After settling down in the hotel, your guide will then lead you to Intramuros. The walled city features historical structures dating back to the Spanish era of the country. Here, you will visit Fort Santiago, a 16th-century citadel used as a fortress. You will then head to Plaza Roma, a public square that is home to a statue of Charles IV of Spain.

Next is Bahay Tsinoy, a heritage center that features the many contributions of ethnic Chinese to the Philippines’ growth. A short walk will then take you to a large Spanish home that contains Casa Manila. This museum showcases how Filipinos lived and worked throughout the Spanish colonization.

From there, you will stroll along the lawns of the San Diego Gardens before reaching the Baluarte De San Diego. Following that, you will visit the San Agustin Church and Museum, which has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, you will enter the grand halls of Manila Cathedral before heading back to your hotel.

Day 2
Riding a kalesa while exploring Calle Crisologo

Day 2: Laoag and Vigan Tour

The next day, you will hop on a plane at Ninoy Aquino International Airport headed for Laoag International Airport. Upon your arrival, a van will drop you off at your hotel in Laoag City.

Your tour will then begin with a visit to the Malacanang of the North, a museum that also served as the previous home of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. Next, you will head to Paoay Lake and Paoay Church, which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From there, the guide will bring you to the Marcos Museum. This center features the late president’s wax replica and memorabilia. Following this, you will also visit the Juan at Antonio Luna Museum. It showcases the artworks of the two famous brothers who contributed greatly to the Philippines’ independence.

Next is a visit to the Bantay Church before you head to Vigan to drop by the grand St. Paul Cathedral. In Vigan, you will also tour the Pagburnayan Jar Factory and the Burgos, National, and Crisologo Museums.

The last two stops are the Baluarte Zoo and a leisurely stroll along the famous Calle Crisologo. This cobblestone street is surrounded by old Spanish-style homes and shops filled with souvenirs.

Day 3
Sumaguing Cave in Sagada

Day 3: Sagada Tour

On Day 3, you will depart from Vigan via van in the early morning to reach Sagada. After checking in to your accommodation in the town, a guide will lead you to the Sugong Cave. Here, you can see an underground river. The water running through it comes from the Bokong Falls and irrigates the nearby rice fields.

Next, you will trek through Echo Valley. It gets its name from how echoes are heard throughout the valley when you shout. It is also a popular spot where you can see the locals’ unique tradition of hanging coffins. Instead of burying their dead, the locals honor them by hanging their coffins from the sides of mountains.

From there, you will head to the largest cave in the town called Sumaguing Cave. While here, you will go spelunking to see its stunning stalactites and stalagmites up close. Along with the rock formations, the rocky interior also houses natural pools and small streams.

After immersing yourself in the province’s natural wonders, you will end your day with a visit to the Bontoc Tribal Museum. This cultural center is shaped after an Igorot house and showcases exhibits on the indigenous tribes’ heritage.

Day 4
Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad Benguet

Day 4: Benguet Tour

Following your time in Sagada, a van will bring you to Benguet and drop you off at your hotel in Baguio City. From your accommodation, a guide and a van will lead you to the La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. On this 79-hectare farm, you can also pick strawberries that you may bring home.

Next, you will visit the Atok Sakura Flowers in the town of Atok. These beautiful flowers grow from over 30 cherry blossom trees that the Japanese government gave the town back in 2016. After this, you will head to another popular spot for flowers called the Northern Blossom. This farm is located on fields and grows all kinds of flowers such as beautiful roses and stunning sunflowers.

From this vibrant farm, you will then make your way to a viewing deck appropriately named The 2nd Highest Point. It is named as such since it sits on a highway with the second-highest altitude in the Philippines.

Before calling it a day, you will stop by the Spanish Trail. This man-made trail is approximately 3km long and was created during the Spanish era. It also offers great views of the Cordillera Mountains and passes through cave-like tunnels.

Day 5
Scenic view of Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 5: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

For Day 5, a van will take you from Benguet to Tarlac to climb Mt. Pinatubo. Upon reaching the province, you will first have to head to Barangay Sta. Ana before getting to the mountain. You will then leave the van here and board a 4x4 vehicle that will help you cross the rocky and dusty terrain of Crow Valley.

The valley also contains portions filled with lahar from the mountain’s previous eruption in 1991. This eruption is well known for being one of the largest in the world. After reaching the other side of the valley, you will begin trekking up a trail to arrive at the mountain’s viewing deck.

Along the way, you will also spot lava sand formations that date back to its historical eruption. At the summit, you will have a breathtaking view of the mountain’s crater lake. While it is not suitable for swimming or any other water activities, the lake is still a rewarding experience after the trek.

You will also have the time to savor a meal by the lake before beginning the descent. After returning to the jump-off point, a van will take you back to your hotel in Manila.

Day 6
Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Day 6: Bohol Countryside Tour

After a night in Manila, a van will bring you to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport where you will board a plane for Bohol. Upon landing at the Panglao International Airport, another van will drop you off at your hotel in Panglao.

Once you’ve settled in, a guide will meet you and lead you to the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary via a van. This large forest is home to Tarsiers, one of the smallest primates in the world. After seeing these big-eyed animals up close, you will make your way to the Loboc River Cruise.

This floating restaurant offers local cuisine and cultural presentations as you move along the Loboc River. Next, you will visit the Baclayon Church, which is recognized as a National Cultural Treasure.

Following this, you will get to see dozens of butterfly species at the Butterfly Conservatory. From there, you will visit the man-made Bilar Forest. Here, you can take photos of its mahogany trees that were planted back in the 20th century.

As you end the day, you will head to the popular Chocolate Hills. It gets its name from the hills’ tendency to turn brown during the summer, making them appear as piles of chocolate.

Day 7
Beautiful beach of Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 7: Pamilacan Island Tour

The day after, a van will pick you up from your Panglao hotel and bring you to a port in Baclayon. From here, you will board a boat headed for Pamilacan Island. This beautiful island is located in the middle of the Bohol Sea and is about 12.5 km from Bohol Island. Housing less than 2,000 locals, parts of the island remain untouched by man-made efforts.

On the boat ride there, you may also spot dolphins nearby if you’re lucky! Due to the sea’s rich biodiversity, other animals such as whales, sharks, and manta rays have also been reportedly seen in the area.

Upon stepping foot on the island, you are immediately greeted by white sand and turquoise waters. Here, you can simply lounge on the shore or go snorkeling to get a closer look at colorful fish in the area. You will also be able to spot the lively carols that house the different species of fish.

Aside from the abundance of sea creatures, Pamilacan Island also features a historic Spanish fort. This 200-year-old structure sits along the northeast coast and was intended to keep pirates away. Today, it is recognized as a National Cultural Treasure.

Day 8
Starfish Island in Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 8: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

After leaving your Panglao hotel, you will take a plane bound for Palawan. Upon arriving at the Puerto Princesa Airport, a van will take you to your accommodation in Sabang.

From there, your guide will bring you to Honda Bay via a van. This bay is popular for its crystal waters and white sands. You will then board a boat for the island-hopping tour within the bay.

First on the list is Star Fish Island, which gets its name from the various starfish you can find on its sandbar. You can also choose to snorkel to spot a whole host of other sea creatures such as pufferfish and yellowtail snappers.

Next, you will be going to Cowrie Island. This is the largest island in the bay and is named as such since it is shaped like a shell. A part of the sea is also netted off to ensure that jellyfish stay away from travelers.

Finally, you will make your way to Luli Island. It is well known for its sandbar that only appears during low tide. Once you’ve had enough beaches for the day, you will return to the mainland and be escorted back to your hotel.

Day 9
Underground River of Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 9: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

The day after, your guide will bring you to the Sabang Wharf via a van. From there, you will ride a boat headed for the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

After arriving at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will take a cruise through the famous Puerto Princesa Underground River. The river runs through a cave that contains various rock formations and a population of bats.

Following the cruise, you will return to the mainland and take a van to Puerto Princesa City. You will then visit Baker’s Hill, a tourist spot known for its tasty pastries. Once you’ve had your fill of food and souvenirs, you will go to Plaza Cuartel. This historic site features an open-air war museum and restored garrison that dates back to World War II.

Next, you will head to Crocodile Farm. Here you can learn all about these reptiles and see a variety of species. From there, you will make your way to Mitra’s Ranch. In this hilltop park, you can get a breathtaking view of Puerto Princesa City.

Then as the day comes to a close, you will stop by the Puerto Princesa Baywalk before returning to your hotel in Sabang.

Day 10
Seven Commandos Beach in El Nido Palawan

Day 10: El Nido Island Hopping Tour

On Day 10, you will leave Sabang and travel to El Nido. Upon arrival, a van will take you to your accommodation along Lio beach. You will then ride a boat for your island hopping tour. Your first stop is the Big Lagoon, a popular swimming spot in the area.

To reach it, you will be entering a narrow waterway between limestone cliffs that opens up to beautiful turquoise waters. After enjoying the cool water, you will then head to Miniloc Island. Aside from its white beaches, this island also houses the Secret Lagoon.

However, it is only accessible via a small hole that visitors will have to squeeze into. After getting through the entrance, you are greeted by a gorgeous lagoon.

Next is the Seven Commandos Beach. While it is part of the mainland, this area is surrounded by mountains and can only be reached via a boat. Once you arrive on this secluded beach, you can relax on the shore or swim in its clear waters.

Finally, you will visit Shimizu Island. This spot is well known for its marine life and is considered a top snorkeling area. Along with its marine biodiversity, it also features soft sand that is perfect for picnics.

Day 11
View from NAIA

Day 11: Departure to Manila

On the final day of your trip around the Philippines, a van will pick you up from your hotel in Lio. You will then be escorted to the Puerto Princesa International Airport. From there, you will leave Palawan via a plane bound for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

What to bring

Face mask and Face shield
Extra clothes
Passport (Valid for 6 months from date of departure)
Swimwear and sunblock
Personal medicines

Good to know

Please bring appropriate clothing. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.

All our guides speak English. For other languages, contact us for availability and rates.

Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.

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.

Accommodation

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.

Budget

Private rooms with private bathrooms in guesthouses or small hotels with basic amenities.

Comfort

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.

Quality

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.

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