Discover the best natural, historical, and island attractions of the Philippines with this 19-day tour. This package will bring you from Manila to the iconic landmarks of Baguio and Cebu, the countryside of Bohol, and the idyllic islands of Palawan. It is also inclusive of accommodations with daily breakfast, transfers, entrance fees, and the service of guides.
Upon arriving in Manila, your guide will bring you on a historical tour of the walled district of Intramuros. You will then learn more about the country's history at the Malacanang of the North in Ilocos Norte. Apart from this presidential museum, you will visit the Bangui Windmills and Calle Crisologo while in the region.
From the lowlands, you will go on a tour of the highlands of Luzon, starting in Sagada. Here, you will go spelunking in the famous Sumaguing Cave. Your guide will then bring you to Banaue Museum in Banaue before exploring Baguio's Camp John Hay and Mines View Park. Prepare your hiking gear as you trek Mt. Pinatubo next.
After your Luzon escapade, you will fly to Bohol to experience the Loboc River Cruise, see the world-famous Chocolate Hills, and go off-coast to Pamilacan Island. You will then board a ferry to Dumaguete to visit several iconic attractions like the Silliman University and Apo Island. Following this, you will make your way to Cebu for a trip to Kawasan Falls, Moalboal, Temple of Leah, and Sirao Flower Farm.
To cap off your tour, you will fly from Cebu to Palawan. Here, you will go on an island-hopping escapade across Honda Bay, cruise down the Underground River, see the beauty of Port Barton, and take photos at the Big Lagoon and Miniloc Island in El Nido.
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Upon your arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, your tour guide will escort you to your hotel in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard before taking you to Intramuros, the walled city. Due to its Spanish-era attractions and old-world refinement, Intramuros has become a National Historical Landmark since 1951.
Among its iconic attractions is Fort Santiago. Built in 1593, this Hispanic stone fortress served as national hero Jose Rizal's prison cell until his execution in 1896. Plaza Roma, deemed the heart of the walled district, is merely a brief walk from the fort. You can rest and appreciate the view here before proceeding to visit Bahay Tsinoy to experience a trip into the past. Featured here are ancient displays and artifacts that portray the Chinese influence on the region.
You will then head to Casa Manila. The ambiance inside allows you to perceive the lifestyle of the locals during the Spanish colonial period. Subsequently, you can take a stroll through San Diego Gardens and Baluarte De San Diego. Before putting your tour to an end, you will visit two famous locations: San Agustin Church and Museum, which features numerous statues and artworks, and the Manila Cathedral, which highlights ornate bronze carvings and stained glass windows.
From Manila, you will ride a plane to Laoag International Airport and make your way to Laoag City, located 10 kilometers from the airport. Here, you will visit St. Williams Cathedral, the seat or central church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Laoag. The Sinking Bell Tower is just a short walk away, and due to the sandy ground it stands on, it is believed to be sinking an inch every year.
Next, you'll visit Museo Ilocos Norte to learn more about the region's rich culture and heritage, as well as its past. Then, you will head to Aurora Park, previously called Plaza de Alfonso XII, named after the King of Spain.
Following Laoag City, you will travel to Paoay to see the Malacanang of the North. This is the former residence of Ferdinand Marcos, the Philippines' 10th President. Here, you will see the President's actual office and home.
From there, your guide will bring you to Paoay Church, one of the country's Baroque churches known for its unusual architecture. The tour will conclude with a visit to the Marcos Museum, also known as the Ferdinand E. Marcos Presidential Center. Here, you will get to see Marco's political doings and his memorabilia.
On the third day, your guide will pick you up from your Laoag hotel and transport you to Burgos. Your first destination here will be Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, built during the Spanish Colonial period and is still operational today. You will also see the renowned Bangui Windmills of Ilocos Norte. These 20 70-meter-tall wind turbines are arranged in a single line along a nine-kilometer stretch of Bangui Bay's shoreline.
The Patapat Viaduct, a long bridge that connects the Ilocos Region and the Cagayan Valley, will be your next stop. Following that is Agua Grande, a picnic area with a stream that flows into Pasaleng Bay. Paraiso ni Anton, which has a grotto, is located not far away from Agua Grande. This site has a nearby source of cold water that is said to have soothing properties.
The picturesque Kapurpurawan Rock Formation will also be included in your itinerary. Take lots of photos here with the breathtaking rock formations as your backdrop before heading to Pasuquin Salt Stand to cap off your tour. This is where you can buy salt and salt-preserved foods.
Add the La Paz Sand Dunes with a 4x4 trip to your itinerary if you want to finish the tour on a high note. Challenge yourself with this exciting journey along an 85-square-kilometer coastal beach and desert in Ilocos Norte.
The attractions of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan and its neighboring town of Bantay will be the highlight of your fourth day. Your tour will begin with a visit to the National Museum of Ilocos Sur Complex, where you can learn more about the region's history and heritage. Later, you'll visit Bantay Church and Bell Tower in the nearby town. The bell tower, which sits on a hill, was originally used as a watchtower.
The remarkable architecture of the 19th-century Syquia Mansion Museum, which houses restored furniture, will then take your breath away. From there, you will see handcrafted jars and learn about the pottery industry at Pagburnayan Jar Factory. You will also visit the Crisologo Museum, housed in the ancestral home of the Crisologo political dynasty.
You'll then stroll along Calle Crisologo's cobblestone streets. The St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as Vigan Cathedral, is the next stop on your itinerary. This Earthquake Baroque church features neo-Gothic, pseudo-Romanesque, and Chinese craftsmanship in its architecture. Your trip will come to a close at Baluarte, a zoological park where you can engage with a variety of animals. You will then return to Calle Crisologo to check in at your hotel.
On Day 5, you'll leave early in the morning for a country trip from Vigan to Sagada, a small town in the Cordillera Mountains. There are over 60 caves in this picturesque location, with Sugong Cave being the most noteworthy. This cave is located near the town center, beyond the Sagada cemetery. It is famous for the coffins suspended from the limestone cliffs, amazing the visitors who come to the site.
The lush scenery that surrounds Echo Valley will then be yours to enjoy. This gorge, located just before the tunnel, is surrounded by limestone mountains and dense vegetation. You will then prepare for a spelunking adventure inside Sumaguing Cave next.
Sumaguing, also known as the Big Cave, is located about an hour's walk from Sagada City Hall and offers a two-hour tour into its rugged tunnel. The cave's interior is riddled with a collection of rock formations of various forms.
The Bontoc Tribal Museum will be your last stop before retiring to your downtown hotel. This museum uses artifacts and images to preserve the heritage of the Ifugao people. Behind the building, there is also a recreation of an Ifugao village.
You will travel south from Sagada to Banaue, which is known for its breathtaking rice terraces. The amphitheater-like rice terraces in the village of Batad are a popular tourist attraction in Banaue. They have been named the National Cultural Treasure of the country and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Apart from the terraces, there are also a lot of paddy fields in the district.
The Batad Banaue Viewpoint is a great place to go if you want a better perspective of the terraces. However, you will need to go on a 30-minute hike from the jump-off point on the roadside to get to this spot. Instead of stopping by the viewpoint, you can also go straight to Tappiya Waterfall for a refreshing dip. If you'd rather do something different, you should go to Banga-an Village and learn about the lifestyle of the locals.
You will then complete your tour at the Banaue Museum after visiting your chosen second stop. Here, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the tribes of the area. The first floor exhibits artifacts that are associated with the Ifugao, Kalinga, and the Bontoc tribes. You will also see historical books here written decades ago by anthropologist Henry Otley Beyer.
On the way to Baguio City from Banaue, you'll stop in the town of Kiangan to visit the Ifugao Museum. This museum honors the heritage and culture of the Ifugao people of the northern Philippines. In addition to the museum, this town is home to General Yamashita's surrender site.
After that, you'll go to the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio. This prestigious institution educates Filipino cadets while also maintaining beautiful grounds with antique tanks and other historical military weapons. After that, you'll visit The Mansion, the official summer residence of the Philippine President. While visitors are not usually permitted inside, you can still take a picture in front of the gates, which resemble those of Buckingham Palace in London.
You will also stop by Camp John Hay, which was once a US military rest and entertainment facility. Then, to see more of Baguio's relaxing landscapes, go to Mines View Park and Wright Park next. Centennial Park is included in the itinerary as well. Here, you can take pictures with Igorot locals in their tribal and indigenous clothing. Stop by the Good Shepherd Convent for some delectable desserts to take home as a souvenir before returning to your hotel.
You will go to Tarlac after checking out of your Baguio hotel for a day hike up Mt. Pinatubo. This active volcano, located about 87 kilometers from the country's capital, is famous for its catastrophic 1991 eruption. It has been dubbed the twentieth century's second-largest terrestrial eruption.
Your guide will drop you off at the Sta. Juliana Tourism Center after reaching the province. Here, a 4x4 jeep will be waiting for you. You will then travel across Crow Valley's bumpy and dusty landscape. Throughout the journey, you will see lahar fields framed by panoramic sand walls and lunar-like scenery.
After about an hour's drive, you will dismount at the mountain's base at the end and begin your hike up the volcano. It usually takes between one and 1.5 hours to complete the trek. You will pass through some rare lava sand formations created by the volcano's 1991 eruption along the way.
When you get to the summit, you will be greeted by the turquoise waters of Mt. Pinatubo's Crater Lake. This lake was formed through the eruption itself. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and your lunch here. Take as many pictures as you want before starting your descent and returning to your Manila baywalk hotel for some well-earned rest.
On your 9th day on tour, you will check out of your Manila hotel and fly to Panglao International Airport in Bohol to begin your exploration of the island's vibrant countryside. The Corella Tarsier Sanctuary is your first destination. This woodland field, located in the town of Corella, is home to a significant tarsier population. Turn off your flash and take as many photos as you want of the adorable tarsiers.
After getting up close and personal with these googly-eyed primates, you'll board a floating restaurant for the Loboc River Cruise. While cruising through the river's emerald streams, you will savor your sumptuous buffet meal and enjoy the locals performing traditional Filipino songs and dances.
Once you've returned to land, you will go to Baclayon Church. The church, which dates back to 1595 and features coral stone walls and pillars, is the country's second-oldest stone church after San Agustin Church in Manila. Your guide will then lead you to the Butterfly Conservatory, which houses and preserves a variety of colorful butterflies. After that, you'll drop by at the Bilar Forest for a break before heading to the world-famous Chocolate Hills. Your guide will then drop you off at your Panglao hotel at the end of the trip.
You will visit the paradise-like island of Pamilacan on your tenth day. Pamilacan is a small island in the middle of the Bohol Sea, some 12.5 kilometers from the mainland. Make sure to be on the lookout for whale sharks and dolphins while visiting the island, known as a sanctuary for these marine creatures.
Around 2,000 people are inhabiting the islands, but its beauty remains unspoiled thanks to the locals striving to preserve the island's natural state. The island boasts pristine white sand and clear blue waters. You will have plenty of opportunities to swim and sunbathe here. You should also go snorkeling since the island is home to bucket sponges, sea turtles, and various fish.
There are even dive spots here if you're looking for a more adrenaline-pumping adventure. You can then take a brief walk to the 200-year-old Spanish fort on the island's northeast side after you've had your fill of the ocean. Once used as a lookout for Moro pirates, this observatory has now been designated as a National Cultural Treasure. At the end of the day, you'll head to your Panglao hotel for some well-deserved rest.
On your 10th day, you will board a ferry from Bohol to Dumaguete, also referred to as the Gentle People's City. Your tour will begin at the Silliman University Campus after you arrive in the province. This is the country's first American-founded and Protestant-founded university.
After that, you will go to Dumaguete's promenade, Rizal Boulevard, for a relaxing stroll along the beach. Your next stop will be the Cathedral of St. Catherine de Alexandria. The Dumaguete Campanario, the Visayas' oldest bell tower, is situated next to this Roman Catholic church, which was built in 1754.
Before buying souvenirs at Sidlakang Negros Village, you'll visit the Dumaguete Public Market, the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park, and the Claytown Pottery. Following that, you will stop for lunch at Lab-as Seafood. You will then continue your journey to Valencia's Forest Camp, a mountain retreat.
You will also visit the Cata-al War Museum. Among the items on display are Nazi German artifacts, unfired ammunition, unexploded bombs and mortars, knives, machine guns, bones, uniforms, helmets, and teeth from World War II. Before returning to your hotel in Dumaguete, you'll stop in Bacong to see the century-old San Agustin Church and the Negros Oriental Arts & Heritage Center.
Your tour will begin with a trip to Malatapay Boat Terminal, located approximately 24 kilometers from your Dumaguete hotel. You will board a boat and sail to Apo Island from here. Apo Island has become renowned with local and foreign visitors as one of the best dive spots in the Philippines. It sits on the southeast coast of the island of Negros and has been home to a sea reserve with a variety of coral gardens and an abundance of marine life.
When you arrive on the island, your guide will take you to the turtle sanctuary, where you will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel with the turtles. A large reef garden with a plethora of colorful fish also lies on this part of the island. Apart from discovering Apo Island's aquatic paradise, you can also relax on the beach and appreciate the coastline.
When you've had your fill of water activities, you can hike to the Apo Island Lighthouse or the Apo View Deck. Take the 600m Habagat Eco-Trail, David's Trek, or Witchy's Trail here, and you'll be rewarded with a panoramic view of Negros Island and its surroundings. You'll board your boat and return to your hotel in Dumaguete by the end of the day.
You'll catch the ferry from Dumaguete to Cebu and head to Badian, where the Kawasan Falls is located. This 40-meter high fall is a 1.5-kilometer climb uphill from the jump-off point, but the endeavor will be well worth it after you dip your toes in the cool natural spring waters.
Your guide will then take you to Moalboal, which is known for its many white beaches. Before boarding a boat, you can take a few photos by the beach. You will then sail off the coast to Pescador Island. This island is just a half-hour boat ride from the mainland and has excellent snorkeling spots. You will also visit Turtle Point, where you can swim with sea turtles.
After that, you will go back to the mainland to watch the famed sardine run at Panagsama Beach. A guide will brief you on the activity and provide you with your equipment when you arrive at the beach. You will then walk a few meters out into the sea to see millions of sardines forming in front of your eyes. You will then return to your hotel in the town of Argao after getting out of the water.
It's time to check out of your Argao hotel and make your way to Cebu City. Cebu is the Philippines' oldest city and is also known as the Queen City of the South. The Taoist Temple will be the first of many historical sites you'll see here. Apart from the temple, you will also see a library, souvenir shop, and a wishing well here.
Your guide will then take you to the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino from there. The exterior of this Roman Catholic Church, which dates from the 16th century, is a mix of Muslim, Romanesque, and neo-classical architecture. You can also visit the Magellan's Cross, which is situated just outside the chapel.
The Heritage of Cebu Monument, a set of sculptures depicting the province's major historical incidents, will be your next stop. From there, you will head to the Yap-San Diego Ancestral Home, a wood and coral stone ancestral house-turned museum.
Following your tour of the lowlands, your guide will drive you to the mountains to see the Temple of Leah, which has a Roman-style architectural shrine. You will also visit the Sirao Flower Farm, where you'll spend the rest of the day surrounded by the farm's vibrant flowers. After that, your van will take you to your Mandaue hotel.
You will fly from Cebu to Puerto Princesa Airport to begin your Palawan adventure and indulge in white sand, unspoiled landscapes, and vibrant marine life. When you arrive, your guide will take you to Honda Bay, located on the province's eastern coast. A boat will be waiting for you here to take you off the beach on your island-hopping adventure.
Starfish Island will be your first stop after leaving the mainland. Rock starfish and a variety of other fish, such as bloating puffers and rainbow parrotfish, abound in this water-locked land. You are free to snorkel and swim here before sailing to your next destination, Cowrie Island.
Cowrie gets its name from its shape's resemblance to a seashell. It is the biggest island in Honda Bay and the safest spot to swim because it is protected from jellyfish. Additionally, there are restaurants on the island that serve delicious seafood and local dishes.
Luli Island will be the last destination on your island-hopping adventure. Luli is famous for its vanishing sandbars at high tide, but it also has a diving deck, hammocks, and a snorkeling area. You will head to the mainland and check into your Sabang hotel after you've had your fill of the ocean.
Your guide will take you to Sabang Wharf in the morning, where you will board a boat to the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River. This river is deemed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and runs under the St Paul Mountain Range. Admire the cave's jaw-dropping stalactites and stalagmites formations when inside.
You will then return to the mainland after your cruise and take a city tour of Puerto Princesa, beginning with Baker's Hill. Sitting on top of a cliff, this bakery/theme park offers a range of baked goods as souvenirs. There are also several restaurants, a park, and several picture-perfect spots found here.
Following Baker's Hill, you will go to the historic Plaza Cuartel. This was once a Spanish garrison that Americans and Japanese took over. The location has since been turned into a community park.
The Crocodile Farm is about a half-hour drive from the plaza. Apart from living crocodiles, you will also see numerous fossils, skeletons, and bone structures of crocodiles here. From there, you will head to Mitra's Ranch. In addition to a view deck with a panoramic view of the city, this place also offers horseback riding and ziplining. The tour will conclude at the Puerto Princesa Baywalk, the city's boardwalk.
On Day 17, you will visit Port Barton on Palawan's northwestern shore. This little village, which is part of the peaceful town of San Vicente, has a beautiful coastline. Even though it lacks the luxurious hotels of Palawan's more well-known El Nido, it still draws many visitors seeking to visit the province's quieter side.
Off the coast of Port Barton are some islands, which you will also visit on this day. Inaladelan will be one of these stops. Dubbed "German Island," this site has become a popular camping spot. It is 12 hectares in size and has several sporting facilities such as beach volleyball and kayaking.
From Inaladelan, your boat will take you to Luli Sandbar. The fact that it emerges at low tide and sinks at high tide gave this attraction its name. It's an excellent spot for seeing a gorgeous sunset or photographing starfish.
After that, your guide will take you to the Turtle Snorkeling Site, where you will be able to watch and swim with sea turtles. Then you'll go to the Fish and Reef Snorkeling place to see some more colorful fish and beautiful coral before you return to Lio and your hotel.
You will visit El Nido's natural attractions on Day 18, so make sure to prepare your sunscreen and swimwear. From your accommodation, your van will drop you off at Bacuit Bay, where you will board a boat to the Big Lagoon. You will enter through a small, shallow passageway that leads to a wide lagoon surrounded by limestone cliffs. You can go kayaking across the blue waters while taking photos with the towering cliffs as your backdrop.
Following that, your boat will carry you to Miniloc Island. White sand beaches, limestone cliffs, and abundant greenery abound on this idyllic paradise. You will then head to the island's Secret Lagoon. You must pass through a small hole in the limestone wall to get here.
After taking a dip in the lagoon, you will go to Seven Commandos Beach, located on the mainland. Relax on the white sands or take a dive in the crystal blue waters. From there, you will go to Shimizu Island. Because of its thriving corals and marine life, it is one of Bacuit Bay's most famous snorkeling sites. Your van will take you to your hotel in Lio at the end of the trip.
It's time to bid Palawan farewell and head to Manila. Before leaving for the Puerto Princesa Airport, you will check out of your hotel in Lio. After about a two-hour plane ride, you will arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, marking the end of your 19-day adventure in the country.
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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.
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.
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