Explore the Philippines’ stunning islands, countryside, and heritage destinations with this 20-day vacation package. From Manila, you will discover the paradise-like beaches of Palawan Island, the unspoiled landscape of Bohol Island and Cordillera Mountains, and the historical attractions of Cebu City. Arrangements for accommodations with daily breakfast, transfers, entrance fees, and the service of guides are also included in the package.
Your first destination will be the walled district of Intramuros in Manila City, where you will explore some of the iconic historical landmarks from the Spanish colonization period. From there, you will fly to the Ilocos region to visit the Malacanang of the North in Ilocos Norte and the Calle Crisologo in Ilocos Sur.
You will then head to the Banaue highlands and drop by the Banaue Museum before proceeding to Baguio City, home of Camp John Hay and Mines View Park. From there, you will enjoy a trip to the Benguet highlands and its frequently visited Strawberry Farm. After exploring the highlands of Luzon, you will embark on a day hike up Mt. Pinatubo in Tarlac province.
Your tour will then continue with a flight to Bohol Island, where you will enjoy a 3-day tour of the province’s countryside. Here, you will visit the Cambuhat Village, the Loboc River Cruise, and the Chocolate Hills. Then, you will be off to the nearby Dumaguete City to see the century-old Silliman University and the breathtaking Apo Island.
From there, your guide will bring you to the top attractions in Cebu Island, including Kawasan Falls, Temple of Leah, and Sirao Flower Farm. The final leg of your tour will be at Palawan Island, where you will spend three days exploring Honda Bay, the Underground River, Port Barton, and Big Lagoon in El Nido.
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Your journey will begin in Manila City, where you will visit the so-called walled area of Intramuros. During the Spanish era, this 0.67-square-kilometer district served as the residence of the country's governor-general. It is now home to several significant and historical sites.
Fort Santiago is one of the sights you will see here. This fort was originally built as a defensive fortification against pirates. After exploring the area, you will proceed to Plaza Roma, where you may take pictures while admiring the scenery. Following that, you will visit Bahay Tsinoy. This museum focuses on the rise of Chinese culture in the country, national leaders of Chinese ancestry, and numerous Tsinoys active in nation-building.
You will then go deeper into the past with a visit to Casa Manila, a completely furnished residence that has been converted into a museum displaying Spanish colonial furniture and art. After your museum visits, your tour guide will take you to the southwestern part of Intramuros to visit San Diego Gardens and the Baluarte De San Diego.
Then you'll go to the San Agustin Church and Museum, built in 1595. This is the only church in Manila that has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To round up the day, drop by the Manila Cathedral, the country's first cathedral.
You will fly to Laoag Airport after leaving your Manila hotel. From there, your guide will drive you to Laoag City, where you will begin your tour with a visit to St. Williams Cathedral. This Italian Renaissance-style cathedral was constructed in 1612 and functioned as the Roman Catholic Diocese of Laoag's central church.
After admiring the church's architecture, make your way to the adjacent Sinking Bell Tower next. It is considered to have been erected in the aftermath of the 1707 earthquake. Museo Ilocos Norte will be your next destination from there. Housed in the historic Tabacalera warehouse, this museum highlights several artifacts belonging to the Ilocano, Igorot, and Itneg people. Afterward, you will head to Aurora Park. This park was known as Plaza de Alfonso XII and previously functioned as Laoag's community center.
After your Laoag tour, you will go to Paoay, home to the Malacanang of the North. During the late Ferdinand Marcos' administration, this presidential museum was utilized as his family's official residence. Inspect the rooms in this well-preserved mansion before heading to Paoay Church, one of the region's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Finally, the day will come to a close in Batac, home to the Marcos Museum.
This day will be dedicated to another city in the Ilocos region, Vigan City. After arriving in town, you will start the day at the National Museum Ilocos Sur Complex. Here, you can find artifacts featuring the Iloco-Kankanay-Itneg culture and two important figures in Philippine history, namely, Filipino Catholic priest Jose Burgos and former President Elpidio Quirino.
Your trip will continue at the Bantay Church and Bell Tower. Featuring a Neo-Gothic design mixed with pseudo-Romanesque elements, this church and bell tower date back to the early 1590s. After visiting the church, your guide will bring you to the Syquia Mansion Museum, a heritage home that now serves as a museum.
From the museum, you will proceed to the Pagburnayan Jar Factory to learn about the old and authentic methods used in pottery. You can also experience creating your own jar here. You will then make your way to the Crisologo Museum afterward. Former Ilocos Sur Representative Floro Crisologo previously owned this ancestral house on A. Reyes Street until it was transformed into a museum.
Your next destination will be Calle Crisologo, a cobblestone avenue lined with centuries-old Spanish houses. After your quick walk along Calle Crisologo, you will visit the St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral. Your final stop will be the zoological park called Baluarte.
Your guide will take you to the highlands, particularly to Sagada town, after checking out of your Calle Crisologo hotel in Vigan. The climate here is subtropical highland, with temperatures that typically dropped between 17 and 20 degrees Celsius. With this in mind, make sure you've packed and prepped your winter clothing ahead of time.
When you arrive in Sagada, the first stop you will visit will be Sugong Cave, found a short distance away from the town center. This cemetery is well-known for its centuries-old tradition of hanging coffins, which is still in practice today.
From there, you will return to town through Echo Valley. This area is densely forested, making it ideal for hiking and wildlife observation. Take in the beauty of the landscape here before making your way to Sumaguing Cave, also known as the Big Cave. Backpackers from all over the nation, particularly spelunkers interested in Sagada's underground beauty, typically visit Sumaguing Cave throughout the year.
Inside the cave, there are fascinating rock formations, as well as an ice-cold bath. Your day trip will then end at the Bontoc Tribal Museum. This museum, designed to appear like an Igorot home, houses a collection of relics from the Ifugao, Bontoc, and Kalinga people.
From Sagada, your guide will drive you south to the Banaue highlands. When you arrive in town, your first stop will be the Batad Rice Terraces in the little village of Batad. These amphitheater-like rice paddies are part of the Banaue UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it a breathtaking sight to behold. The Ifugaos created this rice field out of compacted soil and an elaborate irrigation system, a technique they initially came up with around the 1st century CE.
Take some photos here before continuing to the Batad Banaue Viewpoint. This observation platform offers a spectacular view of the rice terraces. If you don't wish to see the viewpoint, though, you can travel directly to Tappiya Waterfall for a quick dip in its spring waters.
You may also skip the waterfalls and go straight to Banga-an Village. Many original Ifugao homes are located in this small agricultural neighborhood. While you are here, you will get an insight into their local way of life.
Afterward, you will visit the Banaue Museum. This establishment showcases some weaponry, jewelry, traditional dress and headgear, and photographs of Banaue in the early 20th century. Some works written by American anthropologist Henry Otley Beyer and compiled by his son, William, are also kept here.
After leaving your Banaue hotel, your guide will drive you to Kiangan town, where you will begin your day at the Ifugao Museum. This ethnic museum houses numerous Ifugao relics, as well as war artifacts from the area. You will then go to General Yamashita's surrender site, situated less than a kilometer away from the museum.
After taking photos at the surrender site, you will proceed to the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City to observe the cadets' training. The tour will then continue at The Mansion. This structure, located in the city's eastern outskirts, features a huge gate resembling the Buckingham Palace gates in London.
You will visit Camp John Hay after touring The Mansion. Covering 246 hectares, this property is an ideal spot for hiking, food tripping, and golfing. Your guide will bring you to Mines View Park next, where you may dress up in full Cordillera attire.
You will also go horseback riding at Wright Park before traveling to Centennial Park, a popular location for tribal gatherings and ceremonies. The Good Shepherd Convent will be your final destination for the day, where you can purchase local specialties like ube jam and butter pastries.
From your accommodation in Baguio, you will travel to the neighboring province of Benguet to see more of Luzon's highland. The first place you will visit here is La Trinidad, famous for its Strawberry Farm. This large strawberry field also contains several rows of vegetable crops. While you're here, you can experience picking strawberries by yourself and trying some of the strawberry-related products sold here.
After your strawberry harvesting session, you will travel to Atok Sakura Flowers. This site is officially called Benguet-Kochi Sisterhood Park in recognition of the Japanese Kochi Prefecture's 2016 donation of over 30 Sakura trees to Benguet. Stop for some photos near the cherry blossoms before traveling to the Northern Blossom. This landlocked flower farm is around two hectares in size and is lined with rows of colorful and unusual blossoms.
The Second Highest Point, located in the Barangays of Cattubo and Paoay, will be your next destination. This spot is located by the roadside and features a view deck from which you can see the mountain ranges, vegetable garden farms, and a stunning sea of clouds. Finally, you will end the day with a visit to the Spanish Trail, a man-made route created during the Spanish era.
On this day, you will trek up the notorious Mt. Pinatubo. This active volcano, which stands at approximately 4700 feet, is located on the triangular boundary of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga. It acquired popularity following its 1991 eruption, which caused billions of pesos in damage to the country. Despite its catastrophic past, Mt. Pinatubo is still a popular destination in the region.
You will travel south from your Baguio hotel to the Sta. Juliana Tourism Center in Tarlac province. From here, you will board a 4x4 vehicle and go through Crow Valley to the volcano's base. This valley has stunning sand cliffs and harsh, sandy terrain, so bring protective masks and glasses to shield yourself from the elements. You will arrive at the jump-off point after approximately an hour and begin your ascent.
This 5.5-km course may be done in one to two hours. As soon as you get to the summit, the turquoise waters of Mt. Pinatubo's crater lake will greet you in all its glory. Take in the beauty of the lake and the surrounding environment while you eat your lunch by the lakeside. You will then return to the base of the volcano and proceed to your hotel in Manila.
You will depart from your hotel in Manila and travel to the island of Bohol's Panglao International Airport. You will begin your three-day tour of the province with a visit to Cambuhat Village. Located in the town of Buenavista, this rustic community is about 88km away from the airport.
When you arrive in Bohol, your guide will accompany you to Daet Bridge, where your tour boat will be waiting for you. You will then traverse the calm Cambuhat River from the bridge. Take in the tranquil splendor of the emerald green waterways, mangroves, and nipa trees that line the river. Following your river cruise, you will get off at the Cambuhat Village Oyster Farm to observe residents harvesting oysters and learning about their best practices.
Afterward, the residents will serve you a delectable feast of oysters and other seafood specialties. While you dine, your tour guide will teach you about the Cambuhat River and other natural resources that are managed locally. The tour concludes with a quick visit to the main village, where you will learn about traditional handicraft manufacturing. While you're here, the locals will demonstrate how nipa thatches, baskets, hats, mats, and brooms are made. Additionally, they will amuse you with a traditional dance performance.
You will leave your Panglao hotel in the morning and head to the Baclayon beachfront. There will be a boat waiting for you here to transport you to the breathtaking Pamilacan Island. This rural oasis is a favorite hangout for dolphins and whales. In addition, manta rays, sharks, and other creatures have been spotted near Pamilacan as well.
As you approach the island, a highly-skilled spotter will help you look for dolphins that frequent the area. If you arrange your visit between March and June, you will most likely encounter Bryde's whales and sperm whales, too.
When you get to the island, your guide will give you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beach. Take out your snorkeling equipment and dive into the waters to discover the underwater world. Expect to see soft and hard corals, schools of tropical fish, and even some sea turtles while you explore Pamilacan's waters.
After snorkeling, you may unwind on the white-sand beaches of the island. Take a walk down the beach, take photographs, or lie down and let the sun dry the seawater off your skin. Before returning to your Panglao hotel, you may also take a short stroll to the island's 200-year-old Spanish fort.
On Day 11, you will depart from your Panglao hotel and go to the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary in the Bohol countryside. This woodland environment preserves and protects the province's tiny tarsiers. Visitors are free to explore the sanctuary's tarsier habitat, although flash photography is strictly prohibited.
After your encounter with the googly-eyed primates, you will board the Loboc River Cruise. Here, you will dig into a Filipino buffet lunch and watch the live presentation of traditional Filipino music and dance while cruising along the Loboc River. When you return to the dock, you'll visit Baclayon Church, the second-oldest stone church in the Philippines.
You will then proceed to the Butterfly Conservatory. While you're here, take in the stunning butterflies bred and maintained in their garden-like facility. From there, your guide will take you to Bilar Forest, a man-made mahogany forest measuring 2km in width.
Finally, your day will end at the Chocolate Hills, the province's most popular attraction. The name of this location comes from the fact that the hills here turn a chocolate brown color during the dry season. Take as many photographs as you like on the observation deck before your guide escorts you back to your Panglao accommodation.
You will check out of your Bohol hotel and take a ferry to Dumaguete City for a full-day tour. Once you arrive in the city, you will start the day with a tour of Silliman University. This university is well-known for its abundance of acacia trees and the six museums found on its campus. Following the tour of the institution, you will head to the 780-meter-long Rizal Boulevard to take in the sights of Dumaguete's coastline.
From there, you will visit St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral and the nearby Dumaguete Campanario located next to the church. Since its erection in the 1750s, this watchtower has acted as a deterrent against Moro pirates. Afterward, you will look for souvenirs at Dumaguete's Public Market before visiting the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park noted for their beautiful lawns.
Following your visit to the capitol, you will go to Clayton Pottery to see how the locals manufacture clay pots. You will then head to Sidlakang Negros Village then stop for a delicious lunch at Lab-as Seafood. After you've finished your meal, proceed to Valencia's Forest Camp. Then it's over to the Cata-al War Museum, which exhibits World War II relics. Finally, you will pay a visit to San Agustin Church and the Negros Oriental Arts & Heritage Center in Bacong town.
Your day will start with a transfer from your Dumaguete accommodation to Malatapay Port. You will then board a boat from here that will take you to neighboring Apo Island. Situated off the coast of Negros province, this 74-hectare volcanic paradise is one of the best places in the Philippines for diving and snorkeling. It is said to be home to around 600 distinct species of fish and over 400 diverse species of coral.
Apo Island, which serves as a large marine reserve, is also home to a diverse array of aquatic creatures, including big-eyed jacks, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and tuna. Additionally, you will see several of the island's turtles at Apo Island's Turtle Point. Feel free to swim with the turtles and get images of the stunning underwater scenery. Your guide will also take you to the must-see reefs on Apo Island to maximize your time on the island.
After exiting the water, relax on the pristine white sand and pose in front of the distinctive rock formations on the beach. If you have more energy, walk the 600-meter Habagat Eco Trail, which offers panoramic views of the island's mountains and seas. You will then return to the mainland and your Dumaguete lodging.
Following your departure from Dumaguete, you will board a ferry to Cebu Island for a full-day tour of the province's countryside. Your first destination here will be at the world-famous Kawasan Falls in Badian town. With three magnificent waterfalls that cascade into blue pools of water, this falls is without a doubt one of the greatest locations in southern Cebu. From there, you will make your way to Moalboal.
This town is known for its abundant water resources. Additionally, its beach is lined with a variety of diving businesses. After posing for photographs on the beach, you will board the boat to Pescador Island. This water-locked paradise is teeming with vibrant marine life, so don't miss snorkeling across the island's beautiful coral reefs and be amazed by the variety of unusual species living here.
Following your island trip, you will head to Turtle Island, where you will get up close and personal with sea turtles. Snorkel and watch the turtles glide across the water but avoid touching or feeding them. From there, you will return to Panagsama Beach on the mainland to prepare for the sardine run. This massive school of sardines will undoubtedly steal your breath away as they assemble in front of you. You will then check into your Argao hotel afterward.
After leaving your Argao lodging, your guide will drive you to Cebu City and bring you to your first stop, the Taoist Temple in Lahug's Beverly Hills Subdivision. This Chinese-style temple, built in 1972, is located 110 meters above sea level and has a large balcony with a panoramic view of the city.
From there, you will proceed to the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, one of the country's oldest Roman Catholic churches. You will also visit Magellan's Cross, situated within a short distance from the church. This cross is claimed to have been planted by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan and represents the Roman Catholic faith's growth in the country.
The Heritage of Cebu Monument will be your next stop. Here, you will learn about the province's major historical events. A quick walk from the monument will take you to the Yap-San Diego Ancestral House. Built about 1680, this residential building now contains antiques, fine furniture, religious art, and curios. Following your exploration of the lowlands, you will go to the highlands to see the Temple of Leah and the Sirao Flower Farm, both of which provide stunning views of the surrounding area. Afterward, you'll check into your Mandaue hotel.
On Day 16, you will leave Cebu and fly to Puerto Princesa in Palawan Island. From the airport, you will make your way to Honda Bay, where your tour boat will be waiting for you. The bay is well-known for the cluster of tiny tropical islands dotting its coast and providing unique experiences for each visitor.
After getting settled in the boat, you will head to Starfish Island, located to the south of the bay. As the name implies, the island is home to a plethora of starfishes of all sizes and colors. You can find some on the white sand while the majority are sitting in the cold waters, making the island a perfect spot for snorkeling. The location is also rich with other marine creatures like puffers and parrotfish.
Cowrie Island will be the next island on your itinerary. This boomerang-shaped paradise features several facilities for various water activities, such as kayaking, banana boat rides, and snorkeling. It also has pavilions, cabanas, and spa huts to make your stay more comfortable and pleasurable.
Your day will then come to a close at Luli Island. Among the islands in Honda Bay, this one has a unique characteristic that draws a lot of attention. You see, Luli Island has a lovely sandbar that only appears at low tide. You can also find powdery sand and clear waters here, making it perfect for swimming and beachcombing.
From your Sabang hotel, your guide will take you to the port, where a boat will be waiting for you. Put on your life jackets and get ready to cruise to the entrance of the Puerto Princesa Underground River. This 22,200-hectare subterranean river national park is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2011.
You will enjoy a scenic river trip here while marveling at the cave's jaw-dropping rock formations. Inside, you will also find stalactites and stalagmites in the shapes of Pegasus, dinosaurs, vegetables, and Jesus' face. If you want to know more about the attraction, you may use your voice commentary provided beforehand. Following the river trip, you will return to Sabang Wharf and make your way to the city center.
Your guide will then take you to Baker's Hill to purchase some baked goodies before bringing you to Plaza Cuartel to learn about its history. Afterward, you'll visit the Crocodile Farm, where you can see and hold the resident crocodiles. You will then make your way to Mitra's Ranch, an observation platform perched on one of the city's highest points. This is an excellent place for relaxing and soaking in the view. After that, you'll explore the Baywalk before returning to your Sabang hotel.
Your guide will take you north from your Sabang hotel to Port Barton. Referred to as a mini-version of the world-famous El Nido islands, this quiet village is located on Palawan's northwest coast. It is perfect for visitors who want to enjoy a more peaceful version of El Nido's white beaches and crystal blue seas. Upon your arrival in the village, you will be greeted by a calm and serene community. Savor the peace and simplicity that this location has to offer, and feel free to dip in the sea, as well.
Apart from exploring the village, you will also visit the neighboring islets to enjoy more sun, beach, and sea. The first off-the-coast attraction you will visit is German Island. You can rent snorkeling equipment here to get closer to the colorful aquatic life. You may also explore the site's beautiful corals hiding beneath the surface and swim with turtles if they happen to pass by during your visit.
Afterward, your boat will transport you to Luli Sandbar. This attraction gets its name from the fact that it appears at low tide and disappears at high tide. This is a fantastic spot for sunbathing and snorkeling. From there, you'll proceed to the Turtle Snorkeling Site to swim with sea turtles before visiting the Fish and Reef Snorkeling Site to explore more of Port Barton's aquatic life. You'll then return to the mainland to your Lio hotel.
For today, you will be introduced to more of Palawan with a trip to the natural wonders of the El Nido islands. You will depart from your Lio accommodation in the morning and go to Bacuit Bay, where your tour boat will be waiting. Put on your life jackets and prepare to cruise to the Big Lagoon, your first destination. Located on Miniloc Island, this unspoiled location is hidden among limestone cliffs and features breathtaking views.
Following your tour of the Big Lagoon, you'll visit Miniloc Island's white-sand beach before making your way to the Secret Lagoon. As the name implies, this body of water is encircled by huge karst rocks. Take advantage of your time swimming and admiring the sights here.
From there, your boat will transport you to Seven Commandos Beach. This beach is ideal for sunbathing, photography, walking, and swimming due to its bordered coconut trees, broad sandy coastline, and fresh, crisp air. Finally, you'll make your way to Shimizu Island. Apart from its unique name, many people have fallen in love with the site owing to its abundance and variety of marine life. Following the excursion, you will return to your Lio hotel.
For this day, you will have a little more time to enjoy some last-minute souvenir buying and photo opportunities. You will then head to the airport in Puerto Princesa and fly to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. You will arrive in the metro after two hours of flight time.
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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.
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.
Private rooms with private bathrooms in guesthouses or small hotels with basic amenities.
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.
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.