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15-Day Philippines Nature & History Holiday Package to Islands of Palawan, Visayas & Luzon Highlands

Aerial view of Moalboal Island in Cebu
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Tour starts
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Starting time
at 09:00
Duration
15 days
Ending place
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Languages:
English
Difficulty:
Easy
Available:
All year
Minimum age:
None

Visit some of the top nature spots of the Philippines and learn about the country's rich history with this 15-day vacation package. This trip will cover the unspoiled islands in Palawan province, the Visayas Islands teeming with nature spots, and historic locations in the Luzon highlands. In this tour package, your accommodations with daily breakfast, entrance fees, transfers, and the service of guides will be arranged for you.

Intramuros, the historic walled area in Manila City, will be your first destination. In addition to important landmarks, you'll also find ancient forts and buildings here. You will next visit Ilocos Norte in the northern Philippines. Your guide will take you to a presidential museum called Malacanang of the North.

You will then travel south toward Benguet province, home to the famous Strawberry Farm. Besides the strawberry-picking activity, you will also go hiking up Mt. Pinatubo. This active volcano is known for its 1991 eruption and jaw-dropping Crater Lake.

From Luzon, you'll fly to the Visayas to explore its island provinces, starting with Bohol. Your guide will bring you to the googly-eyed primates housed at the Tarsier Sanctuary and the Hershey's Kisses-like mounds of the Chocolate Hills. Enjoy an island escapade as you head to the coast to Pamilacan Island. From there, you will then sail to Dumaguete City, home to the prestigious Silliman University and Apo Island.

Afterward, you'll travel to Cebu province to visit the famous Kawasan Falls and city attractions like the Temple of Leah and Sirao Flower Farm. Your three last tours will take place in Palawan province. You will visit Puerto Princesa City's Cowrie Island and Underground River, as well as Port Barton village, deemed as Palawan's hidden jewel.

Book this vacation package and explore Palawan Island, Visayas Islands, and the Luzon highlands for 15 days. Check the availability by choosing a date.

Included

14 nights accommodation (budget category)
14 days breakfast
14 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 11 - Bohol, Dumaguete and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 12 to 14 - Puerto Princesa and Port Barton Tour (Palawan)
Day 15 - 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
Facade of Fort Santiago inside Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

Your 15-day vacation package will begin with a tour in Intramuros. Before heading straight to the site, you will first check into your hotel in Manila City or along Roxas Boulevard, a well-known waterfront promenade in the metropolitan area.

Intramuros, which dates back to the Spanish colonial era, gives off an old-world aura because of its centuries-old buildings. One of the most notable parts of this walled area is Fort Santiago. It is a 16th-century citadel with dungeons that were used during World War II.

You will proceed to Plaza Roma, a green space with three important landmarks on each side. Your next stop is a museum called Bahay Tsinoy. Here, you will find photographs and artifacts that tell the story of the Chinese in Philippine history.

You will stop by another museum, called Casa Manila. The exhibits present the social history of Manila during Spanish colonization. Your guide will later show you San Diego Gardens and the ancient bastion named Baluarte De San Diego.

Afterward, you will pay a visit to the country's oldest stone church, San Agustin Church and Museum, completed in 1607. Your final stop will be the Philippines' first cathedral, Manila Cathedral.

Day 2
Sunset in Paoay Church in Laoag

Day 2: Laoag and Vigan Tour

On Day 2, you will explore the Ilocos Region, visiting the top attractions from the northern part to the southern areas. You will check out of your Manila hotel and ride a plane heading to Laoag Airport.

Your tour will start in Paoay town, where the Malacanang of the North is located. It was the home of the family of the late Ferdinand Marcos, the Philippines' 10th president. You will next see Paoay Lake, the largest lake in Ilocos Norte province, and Paoay Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From Paoay, you'll head to Marcos Museum in Batac City and Juan at Antonio Luna Museum in Badoc town. You will then travel to Vigan City in Ilocos Sur province to see St. Paul Cathedral, one of the Philippines' oldest Augustinian churches.

Your next stop is Bantay Church and Bell Tower, which go back to the 16th century. Then, you'll visit Pagburnayan to experience creating jars using old methods in pottery. Your guide will take you to more museums afterward, such as Burgos Museum, National Museum (Ilocos Regional Complex), and Crisologo Museum.

Your tour also includes visiting Baluarte, a zoological park, and walking through Calle Crisologo, Vigan's widely known cobblestone street.

Day 3
Echo Valley in Sagada

Day 3: Sagada Tour

You will prepare for departure to Sagada town early in the morning. Be sure to bring proper attire for spelunking and warm clothing for the cool climate. After checking out of your Laoag hotel, you'll begin traveling to Mountain Province, where the rural town is located.

In Sagada, you'll first visit Sugong Cave, which is only one of more than 60 caves discovered in the town. A natural underground river is housed in its cavern, and the waters come from Bokong Falls. Your guide will also show you the cave's Hanging Coffins, the province's must-visit attraction.

Next in your itinerary is Echo Valley, a small ravine located near the town center of Sagada. During the trek, you may choose to hike up a viewpoint to get a different perspective of the hanging coffins and enjoy the green scenery of this natural area.

Your guide will then lead you to Sumaguing Cave, the town's biggest cave. As you go further into the cave, you will chance upon millions of naturally shaped rock formations. You will later stop by the Bontoc Tribal Museum to learn about the indigenous tribes of the Cordillera Region. After the tour, you will head to your Sagada hotel.

Day 4
Sunset in Northern Blossom Flower Farm, Atok, Benguet

Day 4: Benguet Tour

On Day 4, your tour will take place in the neighboring province of Benguet. You will head straight to Atok town to visit its famous attractions, starting with Atok Sakura Flowers. As the name implies, this park features around 40 Japanese Sakura trees. The province received these trees as gifts from the Japanese government of Kochi Prefecture during the celebration of their 40 years of friendship in 2016.

At your next stop, you will discover more gorgeous flowers. The two-hectare Northern Blossom, which is host to various blooms, will surely leave you in awe. Take as many photos as you like before going to visit the 2nd Highest Point. This site is located 7,400 feet above sea level, giving visitors a splendid view of the clouds, mountains, and farms.

Your van will then drive you to the man-made Spanish Trail. It has three long tunnels that are all 3KM long. To complete your tour, you will have a strawberry-picking activity at the famous Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad town. You can also purchase some local products from the nearby stores. Afterward, your guide will drive you to your accommodation in Baguio City.

Day 5
ATV Ride in Mt. Pinatubo

Day 5: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

In the morning, you'll check out of your hotel and travel to Tarlac province for an adventure going up Mt. Pinatubo. This active volcano, renowned for its catastrophic eruption in 1991, has become a favorite destination for trekking and hiking.

Your tour will kick off at Sta. Juliana Tourism Center, where your 4x4 jeeps are already on standby. Onboard the jeep, you will get across Crow Valley to reach the base of the volcano. The ride could be quite bumpy and dusty as the 1991 eruption caused the terrain to get rugged and be covered with lahar (volcanic mudflow).

After the 4x4 ride, your hike up Mt. Pinatubo will commence. The trek will last for at least one to 1.5 hours until you reach the end of the trail. You will immediately see the incredible beauty of Mt. Pinatubo's Crater Lake.

While on the summit, you'll indulge in your lunch and have the chance to take photos. You will climb down the volcano by the end of the day and return to the tourism center. You will then be on your way to your hotel in Manila or around the Baywalk area.

Day 6
Bilar Manmade Forest in Bohol

Day 6: Bohol Countryside Tour

It's time to visit the beautiful cities and provinces in the Visayas, starting with Bohol province. You will board a plane at Ninoy Aquino International Airport and travel to Panglao International Airport. Upon your arrival, your guide will take you to Bohol's countryside.

Your first stop will be the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella town. This forest patch provides a home to the Bohol tarsiers, typically not longer than an adult man's hand. Spot these big-eyed primates on the tree branches and take photos of them; just remember not to use flash.

Next, you will get on a floating restaurant and traverse Loboc River's pristine waters. This Loboc River Cruise will treat you to a splendid view of lush tropical greenery such as coconut trees, banana groves, and bushes. Additionally, you'll get to sample various Filipino dishes prepared on board.

A visit to Baclayon Church will come afterward. Established in 1595, the building is the second-oldest stone church in the country. Your guide will later bring you to the Butterfly Conservatory and Bilar Forest, both located in Bilar town. Before proceeding to your accommodation on Panglao Island, you'll drop by the world-renowned Chocolate Hills.

Day 7
Aerial view of Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 7: Pamilacan Island Tour

On Day 7, your guide will take you to Pamilacan Island, another one of Bohol's natural gems. It sits in the middle of the Bohol Sea and has an area of only 1.75sqm.

Pamilacan Island has a small community where a population of fewer than 2,000 people resides. In addition to this, various aquatic animals inhabit the island's marvelous underwater world. Dolphins and whale sharks are the most common creatures spotted, so keep an eye out for them during the boat trip.

Once you reach the island, you can spend the rest of your time however you like. You may spread a towel on the beach and lie there to get a tan. You can also improve your swimming skills or simply enjoy the clear waters surrounding the island.

Snorkeling is another fun activity you can try on Pamilacan Island. Explore the underwater world to see diverse sea critters and plants, including pufferfish, turtles, moray eels, starfish, anemones, and sponges.

You may also check out the Spanish Fort that has been existing on the island for over 200 years. Feel free to visit the village as well, and learn more about the locals whose primary sources of livelihood are tourism and fishing.

Day 8
Belfry Tower in Dumaguete

Day 8: Dumaguete City Tour

On Day 8, you will check out of your Panglao hotel and ride a ferry traveling to Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental province. Your tour will start with a visit to Silliman University, for which Dumaguete is known. You can visit the university's museums and watch some cadets train.

You will next stop by Rizal Boulevard, the city's famous and bustling seaside. From there, you will head to St. Catherine De Alexandria, which dates back to the 18th century. Standing outside the church is an ancient coral-stone tower called Dumaguete Campanario.

Your guide will also take you to the Dumaguete Public Market and the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park, which lie only 1KM from the market. Then, you'll drop by Claytown Pottery and Sidlakang Negros Village, which are both excellent locations for purchasing souvenirs. You will later head to Lab-as Seafood for lunch.

After that, you will proceed to Valencia Forest Camp, a mountain resort offering outdoor activities. Next, you will see the displays at Cata-al War Museum and the Philippines' oldest pipe organ at San Agustin de Hippo Church. Before retreating to your Dumaguete hotel, you'll make your last stop at the Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage Center.

Day 9
Sunset over Apo Island in Dumaguete

Day 9: Apo Island Tour

On Day 9, the main subject of your tour is Dumaguete's Apo Island. Your guide will arrive at your hotel to pick you up and drive you to the town of Dauin, where your boats await you. The boat trip to Apo Island, roughly 10KM from the mainland, typically lasts less than an hour.

Apo Island is a go-to destination for sea lovers as it has a marine sanctuary that is one of the oldest in the Philippines. Underwater, you can spot a myriad of magnificent corals and schools of fish like groupers, jacks, and fusiliers. You may head to Turtle Point to observe these animals at a closer range. Two species of turtles are frequently seen at this site: green turtles and hawksbill turtles.

If you're up for another activity to do, you may trek to the Apo Island Lighthouse or the Apo View Deck. Choose from the three trails, Habagat Eco-Trail, David's Trek, and Witchy's Trail, to reach the sites and enjoy the best view of the island and the surroundings. At the end of the day, your boat will sail back to mainland Dumaguete. Your van will then drive you back to your Dumaguete hotel.

Day 10
Aerial view of Kawasan Falls in Cebu

Day 10: Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

On Day 10, you'll leave Dumaguete and travel to another tourist destination in the Visayas, Cebu. You will need to ride a ferry to get there.

Once you arrive, your van will transfer you to Badian town, where you'll find one of the natural treasures of Cebu, Kawasan Falls. The falls has a height of 40 meters and comprises three waterfalls that form natural pools and lagoons. Those looking for something extreme to do while at the falls may join a canyoneering trip.

Your van will then drive you to Moalboal, a coastal town hosting a healthy coral ecosystem and white beaches. From here, you'll embark on a boat ride to the beautiful islands lying off the coast of the town. Your boat will first dock on Pescador Island. Wearing your snorkeling gear, jump into the clear waters and feast your eyes on the stunning corals and many species of reef fish.

Your guide will next bring you to Turtle Island, where you can spot some sea turtles swimming in the sea. Then, you'll head to Panagsama Beach on the mainland to witness the extraordinary Sardine Run. You will later proceed to your hotel on Sumilon Island.

Day 11
Magellan's Cross in Cebu

Day 11: Cebu City Tour

Your tour for today will introduce to you the best attractions in Cebu City, the Philippines' oldest city. The multi-tiered Taoist Temple will be your first stop. Sitting 360ft above sea level, the temple rewards visitors with a scenic view of the city.

The second stop on your itinerary is Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, a 16th-century building with a façade featuring a blend of Muslim, neo-classical, and Romanesque styles. You will then go outside of the church to drop by the historic Magellan's Cross, which is housed in a small chapel.

Your van will take you to the Heritage of Cebu Monument next. This tableau illustrates the important historical events and structures in Cebu. Not far from here is your next stop, the Yap - San Diego Ancestral House. Inside the establishment, you'll find fine furniture, antiquities, and religious art.

After that, your guide will take you up to the Temple of Leah. Check out the Roman-inspired architectural shrine, life-sized statues of Roman gladiators, and more. Your tour will conclude at Sirao Flower Farm, which grows various blossoms, including the main flower, Celosia. Then, your van will take you to your accommodation at a hotel in Mandaue City.

Day 12
Aerial view of Starfish Island in Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 12: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island-Hopping Tour

Once you have checked out of your Mandaue hotel, your van will drive you to Mactan-Cebu International Airport. You will board a plane bound for Puerto Princesa International Airport in Palawan province. Upon landing, you will proceed with your island-hopping tour in Honda Bay.

Honda Bay is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the province, owing to its many natural gems, including multiple small islands. Your boat will first sail to Starfish Island that has countless starfishes. This crescent-shaped island is also home to varieties of fish, which you can spot while snorkeling.

You will next head to the largest island in Honda Bay, called Cowrie Island. Apart from swimming and snorkeling, the place offers jet skiing and banana boat riding as well. If you have had your fill of beach activities, you can treat yourself to a hearty meal and cold drinks at the on-site restaurants and bars.

Toward the end of the day, you will stop by Luli Island. This island, which is submerged at high tide, offers hammocks and ideal spots for diving and snorkeling. You will then travel back to the mainland and check into your hotel in Sabang town.

Day 13
Rock formations in Puerto Princesa Underground River

Day 13: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

You will start your tour on Day 13 with a visit inside the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River. The jump-off point for this natural wonder is Sabang Wharf, where you'll ride a boat. Once you reach the mouth of the cave, you'll be transferred to a smaller boat that will take you inside, where you'll find plenty of marvelous stalactites and stalagmites.

After exploring the cave, you'll begin your city tour of Puerto Princesa, with Baker's Hill as your first stop. This tourist spot is a famous stopover for purchasing baked goods and local snacks, including hopia (a bean-filled pastry) and crinkles.

Your next destination will be Plaza Cuartel, a historical location in Puerto Princesa which was significant during World War II, when the Americans and Japanese took over. It now serves as a city park with trees and plants. Later, you'll stop by Crocodile Farm to not only see crocodiles but other endangered species in Palawan.

You will also pay a visit to Mitra's Ranch, which is nestled on top of a hill and offers a view deck with a spectacular view of the city. Lastly, you'll make a quick stop at Puerto Princesa Baywalk before returning to your hotel.

Day 14
White sand beach in Port Barton Palawan

Day 14: Port Barton Island-Hopping Tour

On Day 14, your guide will bring you to more stunning islands and nature spots in Palawan. Your van will transport you to the serene village of Port Barton, which is regarded as a hidden jewel of the province. Despite having no luxury hotels like the renowned El Nido, the place has been a go-to destination for its quieter atmosphere and natural beauty.

Your first attraction for this day will be Inaladelan, which name translates to "motherland." This 12-hectare land has become the newest ground for camping because of its peaceful surroundings, white sand, and crystal clear waters. The place also offers facilities for different sports, including volleyball and kayaking. While here, you can go snorkeling to see beautiful corals and swim with sea turtles.

The next stop of your tour will be Luli Sandbar that is covered with powdered cream-colored sand. The entire place only becomes visible at low tide. Your guide will then take you to the Turtle Snorkeling Site, where you can catch sight of turtles and swim with them. Finally, you'll visit the Fish and Coral Snorkeling Site to see more colorful fish and corals. You will then head back to your Sabang hotel after the tour.

Day 15
Sunrise over NAIA

Day 15: Departure to Manila

Your 15-day tour package ends today. You will prepare for your departure to Manila, and after packing, your van will pick you up to transfer you to Puerto Princesa International Airport. From there, your plane will travel for not more than two hours and land at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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.

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.

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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