12-Day Philippines Parks & Island Hopping Trip to Puerto Princesa City, Baguio City & Ilocos Region

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

Description

Set off on a 12-day vacation to explore the Philippines' top islands, highlands, historic sites, and greeneries through this tour package. Kicking off in Manila City, you will be traveling to the cultural landmarks in the Ilocos region, the stunning outdoors of Sagada town, Banaue, Benguet, Tarlac, before ending it in the breathtaking shores of Palawan Island. This package comprises accommodations, entrance fees, roundtrip flights, land and sea transfers, and the service of guides.

Your trip will start with a visit to the walled district of Intramuros. Historic events throughout the Spanish era in the country played out here, leaving behind many significant landmarks. You will then dive deeper into the Filipinos' heritage as you head north to the Ilocos region. Here, you will find the Marcos Museum and the Bangui Windmills in Ilocos Norte and the iconic Calle Crisologo in Ilocos Sur. 

Next, you will make your way to the highlands of the country. Learn about the local's culture in the Banaue Museum before visiting the popular Camp John Hay and Mines View Park in Baguio. After this, you can go strawberry picking at the La Trinidad Strawberry Farm in Benguet. 

From there, you will trek up Mt. Pinatubo in Tarlac before heading back to Manila City for the next leg of your trip. You will then catch a flight to the spectacular coasts and emerald waters of Puerto Princesa. 

In this tropical paradise, your guide will show you the unspoiled beauty of Cowrie Island and the grandeur of the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River. To conclude your adventure across the Philippines' best destinations, you will board a plane back to Manila City. 

Spend 12 days savoring the natural and cultural gems of Manila, Ilocos, Sagada,  Banaue, Benguet, Tarlac, and Puerto Princesa. Check availability by choosing a date.

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Included

11 nights accommodation (budget category)
11 days breakfast
11 lunch
All flights with 20kgs baggage allowance
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 to 4 - Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur (Ilocos Region)
Day 5 to 8 - Sagada, Banaue and Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 9 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 10 to 11 - Puerto Princesa Tour (Palawan)
Day 12 - Back to Manila
All transportation to and from included activities and destinations
All environmental fees, port fees, and all other applicable taxes

Activities

Island Hopping
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Park inside Fort Santiago in Manila

Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour

Your tour will start once you arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila City. Then, your guide will pick you up and drive you to your hotel in the city or along Roxas Boulevard, a seaside promenade.

When you've unpacked, you will then travel to the walled district of Intramuros. Located inside Manila, this large historical site houses numerous landmarks that date back to the Spanish colonial period in the Philippines. The most prominent one is Fort Santiago, a fortress that held prisoners in the 16th century. After exploring its halls, you will walk to Plaza Roma. A monument of Charles IV of Spain marks the center of this public square.

From there, you will enter the Bahay Tsinoy. This heritage center showcases the harmony and relationship the ethnic Chinese developed with Filipinos over the years. You will also get a closer look at how Filipinos lived during the Spanish era when visiting Casa Manila. The museum and its artifacts fill up an old Spanish-style villa in the district.

A stroll through the San Diego Gardens is next on the itinerary before reaching the Baluarte De San Diego. Lastly, you will end the day with a visit to two grand churches: the San Agustin Church and Museum and the Manila Cathedral.

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Day 2
Paoay Church in Laoag

Day 2 - Day 2: Laoag Tour

On Day 2, you will board a plane and fly to the Ilocos region in the northwestern coast of Luzon in the Philippines. After landing in Laoag Airport, your guide will take you straight to your hotel in Laoag's city proper. Your trip around this coastal community will begin with a visit to St. Williams Cathedral. Boasting Italian Renaissance architecture, this Roman Catholic church provides a solemn ambiance for its travelers and locals alike.

Across the street, you will spot the Sinking Bell Tower. This structure is said to sink an inch every year hence its name. You will then head to Museo Ilocos Norte, where you can learn of the locals' history and find some of their prized artifacts. Following your time there, you will go to Aurora Park.

Next, your guide will lead you to the Malacanang of the North in Paoay. This building previously served as the late Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos' home during his term. You will then visit the Paoay Church, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Cultural Treasure.

Lastly, you will drop by the Marcos Museum. This center houses exhibits centering around his political career. Afterward, your guide will escort you back to your hotel.

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Day 3
Scenic view from Patapat Viaduct in Ilocos

Day 3 - Day 3: Pagudpud Tour

From Laoag City, you will head further north to explore the tourist spots in neighboring towns. Your first stop will be the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos. This tower was built in the Spanish era on the top of the Vigia de Nagpartial Hill. While touring the property, you can also get a panoramic view of the nearby Cape Bojeador.

Next, you will continue to the innovative Bangui Windmills. These 26 wind turbines stand 70 meters tall and are situated across Bangui Bay. They also provide sustainable electricity to Ilocos Norte. Following this, you will drive along the Patapat Viaduct. This coastal bridge connects the region to the Cagayan Valley province and provides breathtaking views for travelers.

Afterward, you will go to the Agua Grande Park to immerse in the beauty of nature. Your guide will then transport you to Paraiso ni Anton. Locals believe that the steam coming from this grotto can bring about miracles. Your next destination is the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation that has gained popularity for its white limestone shapes. Finally, you will drop by the Pasuquin Salt Sand, where you can buy locally-made sea salt. However, if you're itching for a more thrilling experience, you can add a 4x4 ride through the La Paz Sand Dunes to your plans.

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Day 4
Bantay Bell Tower in Vigan

Day 4 - Day 4: Vigan Tour

You will leave Laoag City and travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vigan. Then, your guide will drive you to your accommodation along Ilocos Sur's best tourist spot, Calle Crisologo. Your full-day tour will begin with a visit to the National Museum Ilocos Sur Complex.

Following this, you will make your way to the Bantay Church and Bell Tower. These structures were erected in the 16th century and have survived years of damage. Next, you will head to the Syquioa Mansion Museum. The center honors Elpidio Quirino, the sixth President of the Philippines.

From there, you will go to the Pagburnayan Jar Factory to see how native artisans mold beautiful red clay pots. Travelers can also try their hands and shape their clay artwork. You will then drop by the Crisologo Museum, an ancestral home that belonged to the late Ilocos Sur Representative Floro Crisologo.

When you're done observing the exhibits, you will go to Calle Crisologo. Take your time as you stroll along this cobblestone street and glance at the old Spanish homes that line it. Next is a stop at the St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, also called the Vigan Cathedral. Lastly, you will end your day at Baluarte, where you can see various animals.

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Day 5
Hanging coffins of Sagada

Day 5 - Day 5: Sagada Tour

In the early morning, you will leave Ilocos to drive up to the highlands of Sagada. Nestled in the Cordillera Mountain range, this rural town is home to more than 60 natural caves. Upon arriving here, you will be escorted to your hotel in Sagada's town proper.

Travelers will first enter the rocky interiors of the Sugong Cave. This cavern is popular for the coffins that hang from its limestone cliffs. Hanging coffins instead of burying them has been a local tradition practiced by natives for decades. As you exit the cave, you will pass through Echo Valley. This canyon boasts lush forests and towering limestone mountains.

From the valley, you will go to Sumaguing Cave, the biggest cavern in this mountain village. The tour through its chambers lasts for two hours and will lead you to rock formations that developed over the years. Following your adventure through the caves and the valley, you will wrap up your day with a stop at the Bontoc Tribal Museum.

This heritage center exhibits different artworks that depict the rich history of the Ifugao tribe that call these lands their home. Along with the art pieces, a reconstructed Ifugao village sits just behind the museum to give you a better idea of how they lived.

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Day 6
Tappiya Waterfalls in Banaue

Day 6 - Day 6: Banaue Tour

The next day, you will check out of your hotel, and a guide will transport you to the Banaue highlands. This region sits south of Sagada and is best known for its amphitheater-style rice terraces. These agricultural wonders are nestled in the village of Batad and have been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aside from providing grain for the locals, these terraces have attracted visitors from all over the world due to their beauty.

For a better view of this landscape, you can go on a 30-minute hike to the Batad Banaue Viewpoint. In place of the observation deck, travelers can instead make their way to another natural attraction: the Tappiya Waterfall. Aside from the cascade, you can choose to drop by the Banga-an Village. This agricultural village features native Ifugao cottages, offering a closer look at the local's rich culture.

Afterward, you will end your day at the Banaue Museum. Here, you can find an impressive display of artifacts that belonged to the ancient Igorot tribes. The center also hosts an exhibit that focuses on the capture of General Tomoyuki Yamashita, a general of the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.

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Day 7
View from Mines View Park in Baguio City

Day 7 - Day 7: Baguio Tour

On Day 7, you will depart from Banaue and make your way to the Baguio highlands. Due to its cooler atmosphere, it has been dubbed the "Summer Capital of the Philippines." Once you've reached the province, you will be guided to your hotel in the town proper.

Then, you will make your way to the Ifugao Museum. This heritage center houses artifacts used by the Ifugao tribe. From there, you will drop by the surrender site of General Yamashita. Your next stop is the Philippine Military Academy's Baguio campus.

Afterward, you will travel to The Mansion. This estate was constructed in 1908 and originally served as a summer residence for US governors-general before being converted into the official summer home of the Philippine President. You will then continue to Camp John Hay. This complex spans 246 hectares and first served as a recreation center for the US army.

Today, the property is a leisure hub that houses a hotel, a shopping area, and a museum. Following your time there, you will stop by Mines View Park before heading to Wright Park and Centennial Park. Finally, you will conclude your day's adventure at the Good Shepherd Convent. Try their delicious pastries that draw tourists to the site month after month.

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Day 8
Colorful flowers in Northern Blossom Flower Farm

Day 8 - Day 8: Benguet Tour

From Baguio, you will drive to the nearby region of Benguet to discover its best spots. Your guide will first lead you to the La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. The Benguet State University owns and tends this property that has gained widespread popularity for its high-quality strawberries. During your visit, you can hand-pick your strawberries and taste their delicious strawberry wine, jam, and pastries.

After leaving the farm, you will travel to the Atok Sakura Flowers. This garden contains more than 30 Sakura trees from Japan. The Kochi Prefecture gifted them to the province back in 2016, and they have been a regular tourist spot through the years. From the park, you will head to the Northern Blossom. This garden goes on for two hectares and boasts an array of vibrant flowers.

Next, you will drive to the 2nd Highest Point. This view deck is located in the Barangays of Cattubo and Paoay. It sits at 7,400 feet above sea level and is the second-highest point on the Philippine highway system, hence its name. You will then cap your day at the Spanish Trail before returning to your Baguio hotel.

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Day 9
Trail to the peak of Mt. Pinatubo

Day 9 - Day 9: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

After leaving Baguio, you will spend a day in the province of Tarlac as you head back south. The whole day will be dedicated to hiking up Mt. Pinatubo. This active volcano made history when it erupted back in 1991. The massive blast was considered one of the largest eruptions worldwide at the time.

Upon arriving in the province, your guide will lead you to the Sta. Juliana Tourism Center. Here, you will trade your van for a 4x4 vehicle that will help you navigate the rough terrain leading to the volcano's base. As you make your way to the jump-off point, you will pass through the Crow Valley and spot cliffs formed from the volcanic sand. Once you've reached the base, you will disembark and continue the trek up the mountain by foot.

The trail goes on for around 3.4 miles and will take you past streams and more lava sand formations that date back to the historic blast. At the peak, you will be greeted by the crater lake's turquoise waters. Enjoy a meal by the lake and snap a few photos before beginning your descent. After the hike, your guide will take you to your hotel in Manila.

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Day 10
Sand castle in Luli Island, Palawan

Day 10 - Day 10: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

You will board a plane and trade Manila's cityscape for the pristine shores of Puerto Princesa City. When you land in the Puerto Princesa International Airport, a guide will drive you to your hotel in Sabang before you start your tour. You will head to Honda Bay for a day of island hopping.

From the shore, you will hop on a boat and sail to your first stop: Starfish Island. This isle is home to hundreds of starfish that usually lay on the sandbar. While it gets its name from these sea creatures, the island is shaped like a crescent.

From there, you will make your way to Cowrie Island. As the most developed getaway in the bay, this island offers more activities for travelers. During your stay, you can try your hand at jet skiing, go banana boat riding, or swim in the sea. Similar to Starfish Island, tourists can also find a thriving ecosystem under the water's surface.

Before you head back to the mainland, your boat will take you to Luli Island. It is best known for its sandbar that is completely submerged when the tide is high. Once you've had your fill of the sea, hop back on your boat and return to the bay's shore, where your van will be waiting.

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Day 11
Baywalk in Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 11 - Day 11: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

Following your day in the sea, you will spend the next one in a river and in the city proper. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Sabang Wharf. Here, you will board a boat headed for the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. This natural sanctuary has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

When you enter the park, you will ride a paddle boat that will cruise along the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River. The river runs through a spacious cavern that features several rock formations and several local fruit bats. Following your time there, you will sail back to the mainland to explore the city. You will then drive to Baker's Hill, home to bakeries that sell tasty treats.

Next, you will travel to Plaza Cuartel. This public space features restored a garrison used in battle during the Spanish era. You will then head to the Crocodile Farm, where you can even feed these powerful reptiles. After learning about these animals, you will go to Mitra's Ranch. This property sits atop a hill that offers a fantastic view of the city. Finally, you will stroll along the Puerto Princesa Baywalk before returning to your hotel in Sabang.

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Day 12
Waiting area at NAIA

Day 12 - Day 12: Departure to Manila

After your trip across the Philippines, you will check out of your Sabang accommodation. A guide will then escort you to the Puerto Princesa International Airport, where you can do some last-minute souvenir shopping before your flight. The plane will take you back to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila City.

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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.

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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