See the unspoiled beauty of the Philippines with this 19-day tour package to the country's top nature, island, and historical attractions. You will learn about the Filipino heritage and history in Cebu and Baguio, explore the countryside of Bohol, and go island-hopping in Palawan. This package is also inclusive of accommodations with daily breakfast, transfers, entrance fees, and the service of guides.
From the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you will make your way to the heart of Manila to visit the walled district of Intramuros and its Spanish-era landmarks. You will then fly to the Ilocos region for another historical tour. Here, you will drop by the Malacanang of the North, the home of late President Ferdinand Marcos. You will also stop by Vigan to walk the cobbled stone streets of Calle Crisologo.
Following this, your guide will bring you to Banaue Museum in Banaue and Camp John Hay in Baguio. You will then hike Mt. Pinatubo and see its breathtaking crater lake. After your Luzon adventures, you will ride a plane to Bohol, where you will drop by the Pamilacan Island and Chocolate Hills and experience the Loboc River Cruise.
Once you leave Bohol, you will board a ferry to Dumaguete to visit its city attractions, including Silliman University. You will also go off the coast of Dumaguete to go diving in Apo Island. From there, your guide will bring you to Cebu. Here, you will go swimming in Kawasan Falls and see the sardine run in Moalboal.
Don't pack away your swimwear just yet, as you will be treated to more wet activities in Palawan. Particularly, you will visit Honda Bay and the Underground River in Puerto Princesa, Port Barton in northwestern Palawan, and Big Lagoon in El Nido. You will then return to Manila on Day 19.
Witness the marvels of Manila, Ilocos, Sagada, Banaue, Baguio, Tarlac, Bohol, Dumaguete, Cebu, and Palawan with this 19-day vacation package. Check availability by choosing a date.
Your tour guide will pick you up from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and take you to your hotel in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard. They will then transport you to Intramuros, also known as the walled city. Intramuros has been a National Historical Landmark since 1951, and it features old-world charm and Spanish-era attractions.
Among the iconic attractions found here is Fort Santiago, a Hispanic stone fortress where the national hero Jose Rizal was imprisoned from 1593 until his execution in 1896. You will take a short stroll from the fort to Plaza Roma, which is considered the center of the walled district. You can relax and take in the view before going to Bahay Tsinoy that showcases several exhibits, giving you a sense of the Chinese influence on the country.
After a brief stop here, you will go to Casa Manila, another museum. You will learn more about the Filipino lifestyle during the Spanish Colonial era through the architecture and design of this ancestral house. From there, you will take a walk through San Diego Gardens and the Baluarte De San Diego. Finally, you'll visit San Agustin Church and Museum, as well as the Manila Cathedral, to cap off your first day.
You will travel from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Laoag International Airport. Just a few kilometers away from the airport is where Laoag City is situated. Here, you will see William's Cathedral, formerly a wooden chapel that was reconstructed in 1612. Just a brief stroll from there is the Sinking Bell Tower, named as such because it sinks an inch a year due to the sandy land it is standing on.
After exploring the bell tower, you will visit Museo Ilocos Norte to learn more about the region's history and rich culture and heritage. You will head to Aurora Park, where you can find the 19th-century Tobacco Monopoly Monument. Following your visit to Laoag, you will make your way to the other popular locations in the town of Paoay, including the Malacanang of the North, also known as the former residence of the 10th President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos.
Afterward, your guide will bring you to one of the baroque churches in the country, Paoay Church, renowned for its unique architecture. To further learn about the late President's life, you will also pay a visit to Marcos Museum, also called Ferdinand E. Marcos Presidential Center. Here, you will find the memorabilia of the late President Marcos.
The highlights of your third day will be the attractions of Vigan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour will begin with a stop at the Ilocos Sur National Museum Complex, where you will learn more about the region's history and heritage. Later, you'll go to Bantay, where you'll see the Bantay Church and Bell Tower. The bell tower, which stands on a hill, served as a watchtower in the past.
The 19th-century Syquia Mansion Museum's stunning architecture, which houses restored furniture, will then steal your breath away. From there, you will see the beautifully handcrafted jars and hear about the pottery industry at Pagburnayan Jar Factory. You'll also go to the Crisologo Museum, housed in the Crisologo political dynasty's ancestral home. Then you'll take a walk along the cobblestone streets of Calle Crisologo.
The next stop on your itinerary is the St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as Vigan Cathedral. This Earthquake Baroque church is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. To end your day, you will drop by Baluarte, a zoological park where you will encounter wildlife. You will then return to Calle Crisologo and check into your hotel.
On Day 4, you will depart early in the morning and make your way from Vigan to Sagada in the Cordillera Mountains. Around 60 caves can be found in this rustic town, one of which is the Sugong Cave. This cave is located just outside of Sagada's town center. It is known for the coffins hanging from the calcareous cliffs, an age-old tradition that locals have been practicing for years.
Before reaching Sugong, you will take in the stunning view of Echo Valley. This gorge is surrounded by limestone mountains and dense woods. After resting here, you will prep your outdoor gear and make your way to Sumaguing Cave.
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. When you enter, you'll be greeted by a multitude of rock formations of assorted forms, including a bear, turtlehead, and elephant.
The Bontoc Tribal Museum will be your last stop before returning to your downtown hotel. Featuring varied artifacts and photos, this museum tells the history of the Ifugao people. Just behind the building, you'll also find a reconstruction of an Ifugao village.
You'll travel south from Sagada to Banaue, which is known for its spectacular rice terraces. Among the villages featuring these amphitheater-like attractions is the village of Batad. Designated as a National Cultural Treasure of the region, these terraces demonstrate the creativity of the locals through this elaborate farming system. Additionally, you will also see vast paddy fields while touring the village.
From there, you will take a 30-minute hike to Batad Banaue Viewpoint to get a better view of the terraces. Feel free to sit here for a while and take photographs while taking in the breathtaking views. If you prefer not to stop by the viewpoint, you can embark on a trek to Tappiya Waterfall. This fall is also found in Batad and known as the "Hidden Jewel Beyond The Rice Paddies Of Batad."
However, if you want something more laid-back, you can go to Banga-an Village, a small and charming farming community. There are fewer than 30 families in this tiny town, giving you a feel of what the rest of the rural village looks like. You'll finish your tour at the Banaue Museum after visiting your second destination. Here, you'll have the chance to learn about the tribes of the region. The exhibits inside the building include everything from tribal jewelry to warrior hunters' instruments.
On the way to Baguio City after your Banaue adventure, you'll stop in the town of Kiangan to visit the Ifugao Museum. In the Ifugao Museum, you will see exhibits that celebrate the culture and customs of the Ifugao people of the northern Philippines. You can also visit General Yamashita's surrender site in this area, in addition to the museum.
The Philippine Military Academy will be your first stop when you arrive in Baguio. This prestigious institution provides training for Filipino cadets while still maintaining beautiful grounds. Antique tanks and other ancient war arms are still on display in the facility. After that, you'll see The Mansion, the Philippine President's official summer residence, whose front gates are said to resemble London's Buckingham Palace gates. While visitors usually are not permitted inside, you can still take photographs in front of the gates.
Camp John Hay, a former US military rest and recreation spot, is the next stop. It is an entertainment complex that has restaurants, a shopping mall, and a conference center. You can also find a Historical Core with a museum, amphitheater, and butterfly sanctuary here. After that, you'll visit Mines View Park, Wright Park, and Centennial Park to take in Baguio's natural beauty. You will then stop by the Good Shepherd Convent to buy some souvenirs to take home as a souvenir before returning to your hotel.
After your highland adventure, it is finally time to make your way to Tarlac for a day hike up Mt. Pinatubo, located about 87 kilometers from the capital of the country. This live volcano's eruption in 1991 is regarded as the second-largest eruption of the twentieth century.
Once you get to the province, your guide will drop you off at the Sta. Juliana Tourism Center, where you will board a 4x4 jeep. Prepare for a bumpy ride through Crow Valley's dusty and moon-like landscape and expect to see several miles of lahar along the way, so make sure to prepare some mask and sunglasses.
You will then dismount at the mountain's base after about an hour. From there, your guide will take you up the volcano. The trek usually takes between one and 1.5 hours. You'll see complex lava sand patterns created by the volcano's 1991 eruption along the way.
When you get to the summit, you'll be greeted by the turquoise waters of Mt. Pinatubo's Crater Lake. You'll have plenty of time to take in the breathtaking scenery and savor your lunch here. You take advantage of this opportunity to take photographs before returning to your Manila hotel for some well-deserved relaxation.
You will travel to the province of Bohol on the 8th day of this holiday package. After checking out of your Manila hotel, you'll fly to Panglao International Airport. Your first day in Bohol will center on Cambuhat, a tranquil spot in the Buenavista region. After landing on the province, you will make your way to Daet Bridge, where you will hop aboard a paddle boat and begin your journey to Cambuhat Village. You will be traversing the huge and beautiful Cambuhat River, bordered by mangroves and nipa palms.
Once you reach the village, you will visit the Cambuhat Oyster Farm, one of their primary sources of income of the locals here. At this environmentally friendly place, you can learn how locals harvest oysters. You will also spot a humble visitor's center sitting on the river's edge.
Following your tour of the oyster farm, you will be treated to a hearty lunch of oysters. Locals will entertain you with a traditional dance called the Buri dance as you dine. Following that, you'll see how locals weave goods on native looms. At the end of the day, your van will take you to your Panglao lodging.
The 9th day of your itinerary is dedicated to seeing Pamilacan Island off the coast of Bohol. This paradise-like island is located in the middle of the Bohol Sea, some 12.5 kilometers from the mainland. It is known for being home to whale sharks and dolphins, so odds are you can see them while on the way to the island.
Even though several families inhabit Pamilacan Island, the locals have managed to preserve the island's natural beauty. As soon as you dock, the pristine white sand and blue seas will be the first to greet you. You can then start your beach adventures after settling by the beach. You can opt to visit the island's aquatic world and marvel at the variety of sea species that live in the nearby corals. Feel free to go diving, as well.
After your underwater escapade, you can take a short trip to the 200-year-old Spanish fort on the island's northeast coast. This observatory was once used to keep an eye on Moro pirates, but it is now a National Cultural Treasure. You'll be going to your Panglao hotel for a well-deserved rest at the end of the day.
On Day 10, you will explore Bohol's breathtaking countryside, starting with the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary to see some cute tarsiers. You are free to take as many pictures as you want of these googly-eyed animals as long as you remember to turn off your flash. Following your introduction to these adorable primates, you will be treated to a meal at a floating restaurant on the Loboc River Cruise. Throughout the trip, the locals onboard will entertain you with some traditional Filipino songs and dances.
When you return to land, you will go to Baclayon Church, the second-oldest stone church in the Philippines after San Agustin Church in Manila. This old church dates back to 1595 and features coral stone walls and pillars. After that, your guide will take you to the Butterfly Conservatory, where a variety of colorful butterflies are preserved and kept.
You will also drop by the Bilar Forest for a quick break and photoshoot before heading to Bohol's crown jewel, the world-famous Chocolate Hills. This attraction is believed to feature at least 1200 hills that change color depending on the season. To end your tour, your guide will transport you to your Panglao hotel.
For Day 11, you will depart from Bohol and travel to Dumaguete, also known as the "City of the Gentle People." When you arrive, your guide will bring you to Silliman University Campus, the country's first American and Protestant-founded institution of higher learning. You will then proceed to Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete's promenade, for a walk along the beach. The Cathedral of St. Catherine de Alexandria will be your next stop. The oldest bell tower in the Visayas, called the Dumaguete Campanario, is situated next to this Roman Catholic church.
After that, you will visit the Dumaguete Public Market, the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park, and the Claytown Pottery before heading to Sidlakang Negros Village to buy some souvenirs. You will then stop for lunch at Lab-as Seafood before continuing your tour to the Forest Camp, a mountain resort in the town of Valencia.
You will also visit the Cata-al War Museum, where you'll see Nazi German artifacts, unfired ammunition, unexploded bombs and mortars, swords, machine guns, bones, uniforms, helmets, and even teeth from World War II. Finally, you'll visit the century-old San Agustin Church and the Negros Oriental Arts & Heritage Center in Bacong before returning to your Dumaguete hotel for some rest.
In the morning, you will make your way to Malatapay Boat Terminal, about 24km away from your Dumaguete hotel, to start your Apo Island tour. Apo Island is proclaimed one of the best dive spots in the Philippines, making it a pretty popular destination among local and international divers. It is tucked away in the southeast end of the island of Negros and houses a sea reserve that boasts numerous marine critters. To get here, you will board a boat and sail for about 40 minutes to an hour, depending on weather conditions.
Once you dock, you will make your way to the island's turtle habitat, where you can have the opportunity to go swimming and snorkeling with the turtles. You will also see an enormous reef garden and several fish species underwater. If you would like to take a break from the beach activities, you can rest on the sand while admiring the coastline.
When you are delighted with your underwater adventure, you may also choose to trek to Apo Island Lighthouse or the Apo View Deck. You can take the 600m Habagat Eco-Trail, David's Trek, and Witchy's Trail here, all of which will reward you with a majestic view of the island of Negros and its surrounding beauty. After your tour, you will board your boat and return to your hotel in Dumaguete.
On Day 13, you will depart from your hotel in Dumaguete and travel to Cebu City, also known as the Queen City of the South. Cebu City is also the Philippines' oldest city, allowing you to see a number of historic sites here, the first one being the Taoist Temple. The temple features a spacious balcony that has access to a scenic view of the city.
The Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino will be your next stop. The church dates from the 16th century and is well-known for its facade that combines Muslim, Romanesque, and neo-classical architecture. You will also visit Magellan's Cross, situated directly outside the chapel.
The Heritage of Cebu Monument, which features a series of sculptures depicting the province's major historical events, is your next stop. From there, you will head to the Yap-San Diego Ancestral Home, which is built of wood and coral blocks.
After that, your guide will take you to the Temple of Leah in the mountains to see the Roman-inspired architectural shrine, and then you'll spend the rest of the day at the Sirao Flower Farm. Here, you will spot some rare flowers like Celosia, aster, and chrysanthemum. Your van will then return you to your Sumilon hotel at the end of the tour.
You will get to see more of Cebu on Day 14. From your hotel, you will make your way to Badian to see Kawasan Falls. A 40-meter high waterfall, this attraction is located 1.5-kilometer uphill from the jump-off point. Feel free to enjoy a quick swim in its cool natural spring waters before traveling to Moalboal, known for its unspoiled white beaches. Here, you will board a boat that will take you off the coast to Pescador Island.
This breathtaking destination is just 30 minutes from the mainland and is known to be an excellent snorkeling spot. You will then go swimming with sea turtles in Turtle Point, then return to the mainland and watch the famed sardine run at Panagsama Beach.
When you arrive at the beach, a guide will brief you on the activity and assist you with your gear. Then you'll walk a few meters out into the sea to see millions of sardines forming in front of your eyes. Unlike its South African counterpart, the Moalboal sardine run is open all year, drawing many international visitors from all around the world. After your encounter with the sardines, you'll return to your Argao accommodation.
You will begin your Palawan journey by flying from Cebu to Puerto Princesa Airport once you have checked out of your Argao hotel. Your guide will then meet you at the airport and drive you to Honda Bay on the province's eastern coast. There will be a boat here waiting to take you on your island hopping trip.
From the mainland, you will head first to Starfish Island. Expect to see an array of starfish, bloating puffers, and rainbow parrotfish when you go snorkeling and swimming here. Then you'll set out for Cowrie Island.
Cowrie gets its name from its shape, which is claimed to resemble a seashell. It is Honda Bay's biggest island and an ideal spot for swimming since a barrier has been put to hold the jellyfish at bay. Not only that, but there are several restaurants on the island, where you can sample and savor the delicious seafood and local cuisine.
Luli Island will be the last stop on your island-hopping journey before you wrap up this tour. Luli has a diving deck, hammocks, and a snorkeling area, but it's most popular for its vanishing sandbars at high tide. You'll head to the mainland and check into your hotel in Sabang after a full day at the beach.
On the 16th day, your guide will drive you to Sabang Wharf to board a boat that will take you to the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River for a water adventure. UNESCO has designated this location as a World Heritage Site. While within the cave, you can admire the jaw-dropping stalactites and stalagmites formations that line the cave.
You will then return to the mainland immediately after your cruise to embark on a land adventure in Baker's Hill, which is perched atop a hill in Brgy. Sta Monica. You can buy a range of baked goods to take home as souvenirs here. After walking around, you'll go to the historic Plaza Cuartel, which was once a Spanish fortress before being taken over by Americans and Japanese. It was converted into an amusement venue and is now used as a public park.
The Crocodile Farm is a short distance from the plaza, where you can have some wildlife experiences with crocodiles and other endangered species before heading to Mitra's Ranch. Mitra's Ranch also provides enjoyable experiences such as horseback riding and ziplining while giving a panoramic view of the city. You will relax at the city's promenade, the Puerto Princesa Baywalk, at the end of the tour.
On the seventeenth day, you will visit Port Barton, a secret treasure 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 a small number of 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. One of these is Inaladelan. It has been dubbed "German Island" and has become a popular camping spot. It is 12 hectares in size and offers a range of sporting facilities, including beach volleyball and kayaking,
From Inaladelan, your boat will take you to Luli Sandbar. The fact that it emerges at low tide and falls 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. To cap off your tour, you'll return to Lio and your hotel.
Your Day 18 itinerary features the natural wonders of El Nido. So, don't forget to wear your swimsuit and sunscreen if you want to get the most out of this tour. From your hotel in Lio, your guide will take you to a terminal in Bacuit Bay, where you will board a boat.
The Big Lagoon will be your first destination. To reach the lagoon, you will pass through a small and shallow entrance leading to a wide lagoon surrounded by limestone cliffs. You will be kayaking across the bright blue waters for the best experience.
Following that, your boat will travel to Miniloc Island, known for its white-sand beaches, limestone cliffs, and lush vegetation. After that, you'll head to the Secret Lagoon on the same island. This natural pool is also surrounded by a limestone wall and can only be accessed through a small hole.
Then you'll return to the mainland to Seven Commandos Beach, where you can lounge on the white sands or dive in the crystal-clear sea. You'll visit Shimizu Island before wrapping up your trip. Due to its breathtaking corals and marine life, this location is considered the go-to snorkeling spot in Bacuit Bay. Finally, your van will return you to your hotel in Lio, bringing this trip to an end.
After your thrilling adventures in Palawan, you will now return to Manila to conclude this tour. You will check out of your hotel in Lio and make your way to the Puerto Princesa Airport, where you will ride a plane to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.
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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.
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.
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