Hidden Beach in El Nido Palawan

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

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

Escape to the breathtaking islands, natural wonders, and heritage spots across Palawan, Bohol, and Ilocos with this 14-day vacation package. For your convenience, it includes roundtrip flights from Manila, land and ferry transfers, and accommodation. 

Marvel at the cobblestone streets of Intramuros in Manila. Here, you will get a glimpse of the Spanish colonial era as seen in its historical structures and notable landmarks. After your heritage tour, you will head to the City of Pines, Baguio. You will visit Camp John Hay, a former US military base. Then, go sightseeing at Mines View Park to see old Itogon mines.

Your scenic tour continues in the province of Benguet. You can pick some fresh strawberries at the 79-hectare La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. Then, you will board a direct flight from Manila to Bohol. At Loboc River, you will enjoy a mouthwatering lunch on board a floating restaurant. Then, you will see the stunning geological formation at Chocolate Hills.

Experience a tropical getaway to the world-class islands dotting Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. You will visit Cowrie Island, Starfish Island, and Luli Sandbar. Then, you will witness impressive cave systems and ancient limestone formations at Puerto Princesa Underground River, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Your jam-packed Palawan escapade continues in the tropical paradise of Port Barton in San Vicente, Palawan. You can have a picnic lunch by the beach at Inaladelan Resort. Cap off your trip by visiting the world-famous lagoons and beaches in El Nido. Plunge into the blue waters of Miniloc Island to see its rich marine sanctuaries.

Discover the historical spots and natural attractions across the Philippines with this 14-Day Islands, Natural Wonders, and Heritage Tour to Palawan, Bohol, and Ilocos from Manila. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

13 nights accommodation (budget category)
13 days breakfast
13 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 6 - Sagada and Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 7 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 8 to 9 - Bohol Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 10 to 13 - Puerto Princesa, Port Barton and El Nido Tour (Palawan)
Day 14 - 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
Syquia Mansion Museum
Pagburnayan Jar Factory
National Museum of the Philippines Ilocos Complex
Crisologo Museum
Bantay Church Bell Tower
Bilar Forest
Calle Crisologo
Malacañang of the North
Paoay Church
Sinking Bell Tower
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
Museo Ilocos Norte
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
Ilocos
Aurora Park
Baluarte Ilocos
San Diego Gardens
Atok Sakura Flowers
2nd Highest Point
Inaladelan Island
Miniloc Island

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Spanish style structure of Casa Manila

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

Upon your arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, your private van will take you to your hotel in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard. You will head to your first destination, the walled city of Intramuros.

While marveling at iconic structures, you will get a glimpse of the Spanish colonial period. First, you will wander around the old defense fortress at Fort Santiago. This citadel served as a garrison and prison cell back in the late 1500s.

Then, you will head over to Plaza Roma, a major public square and trade center during the Spanish colonial period. The statue of King Charles IV of Spain lies inside the plaza. At Bahay Tsinoy, you will learn about the ethnic Chinese lifestyle in the 19th century.

Learn about the wealthy colonial lifestyle of Illustrados at Casa Manila. Then, you will drop by a 16th-century bastion known as Baluarte De San Diego. It is right across the lush greenery at San Diego Gardens.

Your final stop in Intramuros will be century-old churches. Admire the Baroque-inspired architecture at The San Agustin Church and Museum, the oldest stone church in the Philippines. Lastly, you will witness the grand arches and facades at the 300-year-old Manila Cathedral.

Day 2
Paoay Church in Laoag

Day 2: Laoag Tour

On your second day of vacation, you will visit various historical spots in Ilocos Norte. From Manila, you will be flying off to Laoag Airport. Your private van will pick you up and take you to your Laoag accommodation.

Known as the Sunshine City, Laoag is derived from the Ilocano word, “Lawag” which means bright and light. As the provincial capital of Ilocos Norte, Laoag City features several heritage sites and cultural attractions.

Your first destination is St. Williams Cathedral, where you can find the Sinking Bell Tower. As the name implies, the belfry tower sinks at least an inch into the ground every year. Afterward, you will visit Museo Ilocos Norte to learn about the region’s flourishing culture.

Your next destination is Aurora’s Park, where you will see the 19th-century Tobacco Monopoly Monument. Then, you will marvel at Malacañang of the North, the grand presidential museum, and a former holiday residence of the Marcoses.

You will proceed to Batac town to go on a museum-hopping tour. Visit Marcos Museum to see the cenotaph of the late president Marcos. Lastly, you will explore Juan and Antonio Luna Museum to learn about the life and works of the famous Luna brothers.

Day 3
Calle Crisologo in Ilocos

Day 3: Vigan Tour

You will head to Ilocos Sur on the third day of your vacation. From Laoag, your van will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan. Your first stop is the National Museum Ilocos Regional Complex. You will learn about the culture and history of Vigan inside the museum.

Afterward, you will visit Bantay Church and Bell Tower, which served as the town’s watchtower before it turned into a belfry tower in 1857. Here, you will capture the whole Bantay district and a portion of Abra province from afar.

Next, you will visit Syquia Mansion Museum, a 19-century stone mansion featuring the antique belongings of the Syquia family. Then, you will head to Pagburnayan Jar Factory to learn traditional pot making. At Crisologo Museum, you will have a glimpse of the notable contributions of Congressman Floro S. Crisologo. You will also browse through the heirlooms of the Crisologo family.

While you’re at it, you can witness the beautifully preserved architecture of the ancestral houses along Calle Crisologo. Then, you will pay a short visit to St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral near Plaza Salcedo. Finally, you will see a wide variety of wild and exotic animals at Baluarte mini zoo.

Day 4
Echo Valley in Sagada

Day 4: Sagada Tour

On Day 4, you will head up north to the rustic town of Sagada. You will leave early from your hotel in Vigan. To get there, you will drive along the Halsema Highway, one of the highest roads in the Philippines.

Sagada is a popular spot for those who like to escape from the hustle and bustle of the metro. This laid-back town boasts magnificent views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Aside from its scenic attractions, Sagada also serves as a perfect spelunking spot with more than 60 caves.

Your first stop is the Sugong Cave. It has an underground river that comes from Bokong Falls and irrigates the Kapay-aw Rice Terraces. Afterward, you will pass through the Echo Valley to reach the famous hanging coffins, a significant burial tradition in Mountain Province.

Up next is Sumaguing Cave, the largest cave in Sagada. Here, you have to pass by three stages. Inside the cave, you will pass through natural pools and lagoons. Expect to get a little wet on your cave exploration.

Then, you will marvel at the Bontoc Tribal Museum. Here, you will find various Ifugao artifacts showcasing the customs and traditions of the indigenous tribes in Mountain Province.

Day 5
Halsema Highway in Benguet

Day 5: Benguet Tour

Your fun-filled vacation continues in the Benguet province. You will leave early from your hotel in Sagada. Your private van will take you to your first stop, La Trinidad Strawberry Farm.

The Spaniards brought the production of strawberries to the province. Since then, the farm reaches over 1,775 metric tons of strawberries per harvest.

Your 2nd destination is Atok Sakura Flowers. It boasts around 30 beautiful cherry blossom trees. In 2016, the Japanese government gave cherry blossom seedlings to the municipality of Atok as a symbol of friendship.

Next, you will marvel at the colorful flower fields in Northern Blossom Flower Farm. This three-hectare flower plantation cultivates cabbage roses, Peruvian lilies, and other distinct flowers from Japan. You can also take a photo behind the rolling mountain ranges of Mt. Timbak and Mt. Pulag as your backdrop.

Before leaving Atok, you will drop by the 2nd Highest Point along Halsema Highway. Here, you can witness a panoramic view of the nearby mountains, including Mt. Timbak, one of the highest mountains in Luzon. Then, you will traverse the Spanish Trail. You will witness a panoramic view of the surrounding mountain ranges at the end of the trail.

Day 6
Camp John Hay in Baguio City

Day 6: Baguio Tour

On Day 6, you will be heading to Baguio City or the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Baguio is famous for its majestic sceneries. You will gaze at pine trees covering the entire lush landscape.

First, you will marvel at Ifugao Museum. It exhibits a vast collection of artifacts depicting Ifugao's ancient traditions. You will also drop by the Surrender Site of General Yamashita, a historic site to commemorate Yamashita’s act of surrendering during World War II.

Afterward, you will head to the Philippine Military Academy, an institution for aspiring military officers. You will also explore Fort De Pilar, which occupies 373 hectares of land. You can also strike a pose behind the grand ornamental gate at The Mansion, the Philippine President’s official summer residence.

Then, you will visit Camp John Hay, a former US military base. You will head to the view deck of Mines View Park to appreciate Baguio’s majestic scenery. Up next are Wright Park and Centennial Park, where you can see beautiful gardens. You can also rent horses to ride.

Before you leave the city, don’t forget to drop by Good Shepherd Convent to purchase Baguio’s best-selling delicacies, including the famous ube jam or purple yam.

Day 7
Mount Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 7: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

On your 7th day, level up your vacation and ride a 4x4 vehicle to Mt. Pinatubo’s majestic crater lake. This active stratovolcano is situated between Tarlac, Pampanga, and Zambales provinces.

In 1991, Mt. Pinatubo had a destructive eruption that ruined hundreds of households and structures. It is considered the world’s largest volcanic eruption in the past 100 years. Three decades after the eruption, Mt. Pinatubo is now a famous attraction. To get there, you have to reach the base camp in Tarlac’s Barangay Sta. Juliana by riding a van.

Once you arrive at the jump-off point, you will switch to a 4x4 vehicle. Gear up ahead of time and prepare for a rough and bumpy ride. The terrain is challenging, but it is still accessible for beginners. Make sure to bring water if ever you get thirsty throughout the trek.

Those who will hike up Mt. Pinatubo should wear proper hiking gear for safety. On your way to the site, you will pass through the Crow Valley. Then, you will get off the vehicle to walk on foot toward the mountain’s deck. At the end of your tour, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the crater lake.

Day 8
Tarsier Sanctuary in Bohol

Day 8: Bohol Countryside Tour

On Day 8, you will visit the scenic countryside attractions in Bohol. From Manila, you will take a plane to Panglao International Airport. Once you arrive at the terminal your van will take you to your Panglao accommodation.

Your first stop is the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, a wildlife relief sanctuary that is home to Tarsiers, one of the smallest primates. Tarsiers are highly sensitive to light, so make sure to turn off the flash of your cameras.

After exploring the tarsier sanctuary, you will cruise along the jade-green waters of the Loboc River. Gaze at the scenic view of the river while enjoying your mouthwatering lunch aboard the floating restaurant. Then, you will visit Baclayon Church, one of the National Cultural Treasures in Bohol.

Your countryside tour continues in Bilar town. First, you will drop by the Butterfly Conservatory, Bohol’s first butterfly breeding and conservation site. Your second stop is Bilar Forest, a 2km-long mahogany forest.

Finally, you will visit the famous Chocolate Hills, a stunning geological formation having more than 1,000 hills. It becomes dry in summer, making it look brownish. It will turn moss-colored during the rainy season.

After your trip, you will return to your hotel.

Day 9
White sand beach of Pamilacan Island

Day 9: Pamilacan Island Tour

Your Bohol adventure continues in Pamilacan Island. From Panglao, you will take a 16km boat ride to reach the heart of the Bohol sea.

Pamilacan Island consists of less than 1,500 residents. Back in the 90s, the locals relied on whale and manta ray hunting for their livelihood. However, the government banned this illegal practice, so they have resorted to promoting local tourism on the island.

On your way to the island, you will see whales and dolphins that may occasionally pop out of the water. Upon arrival, you can go snorkel or dive around the rich underwater sanctuaries.

Pamilacan Island is popular for its rich marine biodiversity. It is one of the breathtaking dive spots in Bohol, where you can find different marine species. Hee, you can swim with sea turtles, bucket sponges, moray eels, and sea snakes.

After your diving adventure, you can lounge on the white-sand beach. Right across the coast, you can find a 300-year-old watchtower. During the Spanish era, this tower used to be a place where Spaniards watch out for pirates.

At the end of your tour, you can still buy local handicrafts as souvenirs to bring home.

Day 10
Starfish island in Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 10: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

On Day 10, you will board a plane to Puerto Princesa International Airport. At the terminal, your private van will take you to your accommodation in Sabang. You will go island-hopping to the majestic islands dotting Honda Bay.

Puerto Princesa is a world-famous tropical paradise that features white-sand beaches and stunning cave systems, including the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. It also showcases majestic islands and rich marine sanctuaries.

First, you will head to Starfish Island. As the name implies, the island is home to several types of starfishes, including the perfectly symmetrical five-armed orange starfish. You can also swim with exotic fishes like pufferfishes and yellowtail snappers.

Second, you will explore the boomerang-shaped Cowrie Island. It is the largest island in Honda Bay. You can ride a banana boat or go snorkeling to explore the vast seascape. After trying out water activities, you can rent cabanas and huts on the island.

Lastly, you will discover the powdery white sandbar at Luli Island. It emerges depending on the shifting tides. The name Luli came from the phrase Lulubog-Lilitaw, which means sink and arise. You can also rest on the floating hammocks. Afterward, you will return to your hotel.

Day 11
Cliffs surrounding Puerto Princesa Underground River

Day 11: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

On your 11th day, you will marvel at Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Sabang Boat Terminal, you will ride a boat to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

Deemed as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, the 8km-long underground river sprawls over 22,000 hectares. It features magnificent limestone cliffs, natural rock formations, and stunning cave systems.

After your underground river cruise, you will proceed to the city proper. Your first stop is at Baker’s Hill, where you can purchase some baked goodies and local pastries. Then, you will visit Plaza Cuartel. It is a former Spanish garrison and penal colony that has become a leisure park.

Up next is Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, a research center and breeding facility. Here, you can see saltwater and Philippine crocodiles. Afterward, you will proceed to your last two destinations, Mitra’s Ranch and Puerto Princesa Baywalk.

Witness a breathtaking view of the city on top of Mitra’s Ranch. This hilltop park stands majestically on one of the city’s highest points. Before ending your Puerto Princesa escapade, you can stroll along the Puerto Princesa Baywalk. Afterward, you will head back to your hotel in Sabang.

Day 12
White sand beach of Port Barton Palawan

Day 12: Port Barton Island Hopping Tour

On Day 12, you will go island-hopping to the breathtaking seascape of Port Barton in San Vicente, Palawan. Port Barton is also often positively compared with El Nido because of its white-sand beaches and clear blue waters. This tropical paradise is perfect for travelers seeking peace and tranquility.

Your first stop is Inaladelan Resort, a famous glamping resort that sits on a 12-hectare private island. Before, it was called German Island until the locals decided to rename it after Inaladelan, which means motherland.

Apart from glamping tents, you can also make use of the sports facilities on-site. You can kayak, play beach volleyball, or set up a picnic by the beach.

The turtle hatching season happens in Port Barton every January. You can sign up for this activity and help baby turtles take their first steps toward the ocean. Up next is Luli Sandbar, a piece of powdery white sand that appears during high tide.

Then, you will explore the turtle snorkeling site, where you can swim with sea turtles. You can also swim around the fish snorkeling site to see a wide variety of colorful fishes. After your tropical getaway, you will return to your accommodation in Lio properties.

Day 13
Big Lagoon in El Nido Palawan

Day 13: El Nido Island Hopping Tour

The last leg of your trip will take place in the world-class islands of El Nido. You will go on an island-hopping tour to visit the pristine beaches and the finest lagoons dotting Bacuit Bay. To get there, you have to take a short boat ride.

First, you will proceed to Big Lagoon. To get inside, you need to enter a steep and narrow entrance. Afterward, you will gaze at the stunning landscape of towering limestone formations.

Second, you will visit another breathtaking island in El Nido, Miniloc Island. Many local and international divers flock to its colorful and magnificent marine sanctuaries. Behind the picture-perfect beachscape, you will discover an evergreen forest.

Up next is the Secret Lagoon. Compared to the Big Lagoon, it has a smaller entrance. You can find a beautiful and unspoiled beach outside the Secret Lagoon. Your next stop is Seven Commandos Beach, a palm-fringed beach with tall coconut trees and lush mountains.

Finally, you will snorkel around the beautiful and impressive coral gardens at Shimizu Island. Here, you can take some photos with the stunning rock formations and limestone cliffs as your backdrop. You can also swim and snorkel to discover its hidden underwater wonders.

Day 14
Terminal 1 of Manila International Airport

Day 14: Departure to Manila

It’s time to leave Palawan on the last day of your 14-day vacation. Pack up your things and wait for your van to pick you up from your hotel. Then, you will board a direct flight to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will head back to where you started, 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.

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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