A small hut in Port Barton Palawan

13-Day Natural Wonders, Islands & Heritage Tour to Palawan, Bohol, Ilocos & Benguet from Manila

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

Explore the Philippines in 13 days with this hassle-free tour package to the country's natural wonders, islands, and heritage locations. You will explore historical and heritage sites in Manila and Ilocos and discover the many natural attractions in Palawan, Bohol, and Benguet. This package comes with your daily breakfast, entrance fees, transportation, accommodation, and the service of guides.

Your 13-day tour will kick off with a visit to Intramuros, a historic walled area within Manila, the capital of the Philippines. It houses multiple landmarks and ancient towers and fortifications. From Manila, you'll travel to the province of Ilocos Norte to see more notable sites, including the Marcos Museum, where you'll see the memorabilia of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. You also get to stroll along the famous Calle Crisologo in Vigan.

You will then visit natural attractions in the following days, starting with the famous Strawberry Farm in Benguet, where you can enjoy picking fresh strawberries. In Baguio, The Mansion and the beautiful Wright Park are among the stops of your tour.

You will also have a few exciting activities like hiking up to Mt. Pinatubo. This active volcano, infamous for its disastrous eruption in 1991, offers an awe-inspiring Crater Lake. In Bohol, you'll embark on a Loboc River Cruise, which treats visitors to a buffet lunch. Your guide will also take you to the world-famous Chocolate Hills.

In Palawan, you get to visit a myriad of attractions in different towns. You will explore many beautiful islands, particularly those in Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa and off the coast of Port Barton. You will also experience going inside the marvelous Puerto Princesa Underground River and kayaking in the fascinating Big Lagoon in El Nido.

Join this 13-day trip to see some breathtaking natural wonders of Manila, Ilocos, Sagada, Benguet, Tarlac, Bohol, and Palawan. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

12 nights accommodation (budget category)
12 days breakfast
12 lunch
All flights with 20kgs baggage allowance
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 to 3 - Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur (Ilocos Region)
Day 4 to 5 - Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 6 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 7 to 8 - Bohol Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 9 to 12 - Puerto Princesa, Port Barton and El Nido Tour (Palawan)
Day 13 - 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

Attractions

Chocolate Hills
Manila Cathedral
Casa Manila
Bahay Tsinoy
Mt. Pinatubo
Starfish Island
Luli Island
Cowrie Island
Underground River
Butterfly Conservatory
Baclayon Church
Philippine Military Academy
The Mansion
Camp John Hay
Mines View Park
Wright Park
Bontoc Village Museum
Pagburnayan Jar Factory
National Museum of the Philippines Ilocos Complex
Crisologo Museum
Bilar Forest
Calle Crisologo
Malacañang of the North
Paoay Lake National Park
Honda Bay
Baker's Hill
Big Lagoon
Port Barton
Intramuros
Fort Santiago
San Agustin Church
St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral
Marcos Museum & Mausoleum or Balay Ti Ili
Secret Lagoon
Seven Commandos Beach
Shimizu Island
Loboc River Cruise
Strawberry Farm
Centennial Park
Good Shepherd Convent
Sumaguing Cave
Echo Valley
Tarsier Conservation Area
Crocodile Farm
Mitra's Ranch
Plaza Cuartel
Pamilacan Island
Baluarte de San Diego
Plaza Roma
Northern Blossom Flower Farm
Puerto Princesa City Baywalk Park
Manila
Baluarte Ilocos
Museo nina Juan at Antonio Luna
San Diego Gardens
Atok Sakura Flowers
2nd Highest Point
Inaladelan Island
Miniloc Island

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Manila Cathedral inside Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

You will meet your guide once you land at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. From here, you'll head to your accommodation in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard via van. You will then proceed to Intramuros to kick off your first tour.

Intramuros is the fifth district of Manila and a historic walled city, founded by Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi during the 16th century. There is a defensive fortress here named Fort Santiago, and it was built to keep the city safe from pirates.

Your next stop will be Plaza Roma. This public square is surrounded by major landmarks and a monument of Charles IV of Spain. The following attraction is Bahay Tsinoy, a museum that shows the kind of bond Filipinos had with the ethnic Chinese.

A short walk away is another museum called Casa Manila. It exhibits the lifestyle of Filipinos during Spanish colonization. You will then visit San Diego Gardens and a 16th-century bastion called Baluarte De San Diego.

You will also see the only church in Manila declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the San Agustin Church and Museum. After that is the Neo-Romanesque Manila Cathedral, which is the final attraction in your itinerary.

Day 2
Paoay Church in Laoag

Day 2: Laoag Tour

You will check out of your Manila hotel and embark on a trip to Northern Luzon. You will ride a van to Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where you'll board a plane heading to Laoag in Ilocos Norte. Upon arriving at Laoag International Airport, your guide will drive you to Laoag City.

Laoag city is home to St. Williams Cathedral, which boasts a luxurious exterior and exudes a sacred ambiance on the inside.The famous Sinking Bell Tower is not far from here, which was most likely established after the 1707 earthquake.

Museo Ilocos Norte is another attraction you'll visit in Laoag City. This museum showcases the heritage and crafts of the people of Ilocos Norte. You will next drop by Aurora Park, where you will find a multi-tiered obelisk dedicated to Spanish King Alfonso XII, who terminated the Tobacco Monopoly.

From Laoag, your guide will bring you to the town of Paoay to see the Malacanang of the North, the former home of the 10th Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. Before heading to your Laoag hotel, you'll make your last two stops at Paoay Church – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and Marcos Museum, which displays memorabilia of the late president Marcos.

Day 3
Hanging Coffins of Sagada

Day 3: Sagada Tour

Early in the morning, you'll leave Laoag and travel to the rural town of Sagada in Mountain Province. It is known for more than 60 caves lying underneath it, one of which is your first stop: Sugong Cave. This natural attraction is situated near the town center and is famed for the hanging coffins, an ancient funeral custom the province's ethnic groups have been practicing for a long time now.

Your guide will then lead you to Echo Valley, filled with lush vegetation and towering trees. Additionally, the location is surrounded by limestone mountains. This natural area comes first as you make your way to Sugong Cave.

Sumaguing Cave, the biggest one in Sagada, will be your next stop. While exploring the inside of the cave, you will discover old rock formations, including shapes of various animals like a bear and an elephant. It will take about two hours to finish the tour inside the natural attraction.

The last stop of your tour for this day is the Bontoc Tribal Museum. A Belgian nun founded this museum to preserve the history of an ethnic group called Ifugao. From here, your guide will transport you to your Sagada hotel.

Day 4
Flower Farm in Benguet

Day 4: Benguet Tour

On the fourth day, you will check out of your accommodation in Sagada and be on your way to the Province of Benguet, dubbed the Philippines' Salad Bowl. The location is teeming with farms, including the popular Strawberry Farm in the town of La Trinidad. Here, you get to experience the strawberry picking activity.

The following attractions are situated in the town of Atok, where your guide will take you next. You will head directly to Atok Sakura Flowers, also called the Benguet-Kochi Sisterhood Park. The Sakura trees planted here are gifts to Benguet from the Japanese government of Kochi Prefecture in celebration of their 40-year friendship in 2016.

At your next stop, you will be surrounded by more bright flowers. Northern Blossom is a two-hectare-wide plantation with a variety of blooms, from common to rare ones. You will find here roses, sunflowers, snapdragons, delphiniums, cabbage roses, and more.

Take as many photos as you can while at the farm before traveling to the 2nd Highest Point. It sits along the Halsema Highway at 7,400 feet above sea level. You will then stop by the Spanish Trail and make your way to your hotel in Baguio.

Day 5
Sunset watching at Mines View Park

Day 5: Baguio Tour

On Day 5, your guide will pick you up at your accommodation and take you around the City of Baguio. Your first stop is the Philippine Military Academy. Founded in October 1898, the institution has a museum and vintage tanks, and other ancient military weapons.

The Mansion is next in your itinerary. It is the summer retreat of the Philippine President and serves as a venue for foreign conferences. From there, your guide will bring you to Camp John Hay, where shopping, trekking, golfing, and food tripping are possible.

You will then head to Mines View Park to check out the abandoned copper and gold mines of the Benguet Corporation. You can also purchase souvenirs and silverworks here. Another beautiful park you'll visit is Wright Park. Here you can go for a stroll and admire the natural beauty of the place. Horseback riding rental activity is also offered at the site.

Afterward, you'll go to Centennial Park, where you will find a bronze sculpture depicting the different rituals of the indigenous tribes in the Cordillera Mountains. The Good Shepherd Convent will be your final stop. You can purchase delicious goodies here like peanut brittle, butter cookies, and more.

Day 6
View of Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 6: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

After checking out of your Baguio hotel, you will travel to Mt. Pinatubo, which sits in the tripoint boundary of the provinces of Tarlac, Zamboanga, and Pampanga. You will head directly to Barangay Sta. Juliana in Tarlac, where the base camp is located.

At the base camp, you will ride a 4x4 jeepney and proceed to the base of Mt. Pinatubo. This stratovolcano is infamous for its eruption back in 1991, the second-largest one during the twentieth century. This disaster caused the terrain of the area to become rugged and covered with lahar.

After you cross Crow Valley, you will dismount at the volcano's base and begin your hike up the mountain. It typically takes one to 1.5 hours to get to the end of the trail, but your effort will pay off once you get a sight of the splendid view atop Mt. Pinatubo.

As soon as you reach the peak, the volcano's breathtaking Crater Lake will be the first and only thing you get to see here. You will have enough time to savor your lunch and take photos before heading back to Barangay Sta. Juliana and travel to your Manila hotel along the Baywalk area.

Day 7
Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Day 7: Bohol Countryside Tour

You are scheduled to fly to Bohol on this day. After checking out of your accommodation, you will head to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Expect to arrive at Panglao International Airport in less than two hours.

Your tour will focus on the attractions located in Bohol's beautiful countryside. The Corella Tarsier Sanctuary will be the first stop. You get to see Bohol tarsiers resting up in trees. Feel free to take photographs; just remember to turn off your flash.

The next stop will be the Loboc River, one of the Philippines' cleanest rivers. For a more memorable experience, you'll traverse the river onboard a floating restaurant. Enjoy various Filipino dishes during the Loboc River Cruise while the locals perform native songs and dances.

Following the cruise, you'll proceed to the Baclayon Church. Featuring pillars and walls made of coral stones, the structure is regarded as the country's oldest stone church. Your guide will drive you to the Butterfly Conservatory next to see butterflies of various colors and species.

Your tour will continue with a visit to the Bilar Forest and then the world-renowned Chocolate Hills. After taking in the splendid view of the hills, you'll travel to your Panglao hotel.

Day 8
White sand beach of Pamilacan Island

Day 8: Pamilacan Island Tour

You will spend the eighth day of your tour package on one of Bohol's splendid natural gems, Pamilacan Island. It sits in the middle of the Bohol Sea and serves as a home to a plethora of sea creatures, including dolphins and whale sharks, which you might spot along the way.

Pamilacan Island has a population of roughly 2,000 inhabitants, forming only 240 families. These locals retain the island's natural beauty, so expect to see a pristine beach covered with white sand, plus crystal-clear blue waters. Swim or wade in the sea and sunbathe on the shore to make the most of your time in the place.

Besides the surface, the underwater paradise of Pamilacan Island is also worth seeing. You can go snorkeling to see a variety of fish, sea turtles, corals, bucket sponges, and more. Diving from cliffs is also a great experience on the island.

For a little bit of history, you may head to the 200-year-old Spanish fort standing on the northeast side of the place. This National Cultural Treasure was used as a watchtower to look out for invaders. At the end of the day, you'll return to your accommodation on Panglao Island.

Day 9
A sand castle in Honda Bay Palawan

Day 9: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

On Day 9, you will check out of your hotel and board a plane at Panglao International Airport. Once you arrive at Puerto Princesa International Airport, you'll travel straight to Honda Bay. It is well known for its white-sand beaches, coral reef, and spectacular landscapes.

Once you reach Honda Bay, you'll get on a boat and begin your island-hopping trip. Your first stop will be Starfish Island, which is a 15-minute boat ride from Pambato Reef. While it is called an island, it is a sandbar filled with starfishes. The place is also home to multiple varieties of fish like bloating puffers and rainbow parrotfish, which you may encounter while snorkeling.

The large Cowrie Island will be your next destination. It is an excellent place for swimming as there is a netted area that prevents jellyfish from moving near the shore. You can also try other water sports like jet-skiing and banana boat riding, or play volleyball and Frisbee on the beach.

To complete your island-hopping trip, you'll visit Luli Island. The place also has a snorkeling spot, as well as cottages and hammocks. In the late afternoon, you will return to mainland Palawan and head to your Sabang accommodation.

Day 10
Cliffs around Puerto Princesa Underground River

Day 10: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

On Day 10, your tour will cover the main highlights of Puerto Princesa. The first attraction in your itinerary is the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River. You will ride a boat at Sabang Wharf and sail to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the cruise inside the cave, you get to see astonishing rock formations lining the cave.

Once you get back to Sabang Wharf, your guide will show you the city attractions. The first one is Baker's Hill, a bakery where you can purchase baked goods and snacks. It also features a theme park where you can take lots of pictures.

Your next stop is Plaza Cuartel, a historical location in the city used as a prison during World War II. You will then visit the Crocodile Farm, where you can discover several animals, including those already endangered in Palawan, like crocodiles.

From the farm, your guide will take you to Mitra's Ranch. It is a great spot for enjoying a sweeping view of the city and various activities like zip-lining and horseback riding. Before you travel back to your Sabang hotel, you will make a quick stop at Puerto Princesa Baywalk.

Day 11
Clear blue waters of Port Barton in Palawan

Day 11: Port Barton Island Hopping Tour

On the eleventh day, you'll have an island-hopping tour in Port Barton, one of the hidden gems of Palawan. The village is located in the serene town of San Vicente and has become a go-to destination for tourists who seek a quieter location in the vibrant province.

In addition to its pristine coast, Port Barton also offers beautiful islands just lying off the coast. An island named Inaladelan is one of them, and it will be the first stop of your tour. The place offers various activities like camping, kayaking, snorkeling, and playing volleyball.

You will next head to Luli Sandbar. At high tide, the entire place submerges, so it is best visited during low tide when visitors can wholly experience the attraction. It is an excellent spot for catching sight of the beautiful sunset.

After that, your boat will bring you to the Turtle Snorkeling Site, where you get to see turtles up close and swim with them. The last leg of your tour is a visit to the Fish and Coral Snorkeling Site. While here, marvel at the colorful sea creatures. You will then return to the mainland and move into a new hotel in Lio, El Nido.

Day 12
Big Lagoon in El Nido Palawan

Day 12: El Nido Island Hopping Tour

On Day 12, you'll visit El Nido's varied natural attractions, such as islands, beaches, and lagoons. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation and take you to a terminal, where you'll hop on a boat to Bacuit Bay.

Your first stop will be the Big Lagoon. The entrance to this attraction is narrow and has shallow waters. The limestone cliffs that are lining the waterway also enclose the vast blue lagoon. To make the most of your time, you'll be kayaking around the lagoon.

Your guide will take you to Miniloc Island next. The picturesque place has white-sand beaches, lavish greenery, and limestone mountains. Crystalline waters and vibrant marine life make the island a go-to destination. Afterward, you will head to the island's Secret Lagoon. The only way to get here is to go through a hole in the limestone wall.

Your boat will sail you back to the mainland to see Seven Commandos Beach. Like other shores in El Nido, the attraction has white sand and coconut trees lining the beach. Lastly, you'll visit Shimizu Island. It is regarded as one of the best snorkeling spots in Bacuit Bay because of its gorgeous corals and marine life.

Day 13
View of a plane near Manila Airport

Day 13: Departure to Manila

This is the last day of your 13-day vacation package. After packing your belongings, you will check out of your hotel in Lio, El Nido, and then travel back to Manila. The average flight time from Puerto Princesa International Airport to Ninoy Aquino International Airport is less than two hours.

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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