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8-Day Historical, Nature Sightseeing & Island Hopping Tour to Ilocos, Baguio & Palawan from Manila

Aerial view of an island in Honda Bay Palawan
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Tour starts
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Starting time
at 09:00
Duration
8 days
Ending place
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Languages:
English
Difficulty:
Easy
Available:
All year
Minimum age:
None

Set off on an 8-day excursion to some of the fascinating attractions in the Philippines, from historical sites to island destinations. On this trip, you will explore the highlands of Luzon and the Province of Palawan. This vacation package is a must for history buffs and those who want to see the country's many wonders of nature. The package already includes your accommodation, roundtrip flights, land and sea transportations, and service of guides.

On your first day in the Philippines, you'll go on a tour at Intramuros. This historic walled area within the City of Manila consists of forts, museums, churches, campuses, and more. Behind those walls are important stories from the history of the Philippines that you'll learn during the tour.

Another historical place you'll visit is Calle Crisologo in Vigan. It is a cobblestone street lined with Spanish houses, making it the top attraction in the city. Vigan itself is a tourist attraction because of its well-preserved Spanish colonial town.

Another stop is the City of Baguio, home to the historic and scenic Camp John Hay. This attraction dates back to World War II when it served as a military base for the United States armed forces. It is now a popular destination where you can try thrilling activities, dine at various food places, enjoy a picnic, and more.

This package will also take you to some of the Philippines' incredible natural wonders. You will be hiking up to Mt. Pinatubo's breathtaking crater lake formed after the volcano's notorious 1991 eruption. From the mountains, you will go off the coast to an island-hopping tour in Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa, in Palawan.

You will also cruise inside the world-renowned Underground River in Puerto Princesa City. This 8-kilometer cave boasts spectacular rock formations and is home to various species of bat.

Experience the perfect holiday with this 8-day vacation package to Ilocos, Baguio, and Sagada Highlands, and Puerto Princesa from Manila. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

7 nights accommodation (budget category)
7 days breakfast
7 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 Baguio Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 5 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 6 to 7 - Puerto Princesa Tour (Palawan)
Day 8 - 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
Colorful lights in Manila Cathedral inside Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

On Day 1, you will arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila. Your van will be waiting for you and will take you to your accommodation in Manila along or around Roxas Boulevard. Your tour in Intramuros will take place after you check into your hotel.

In Intramuros, Manila's historic walled area, you will first see Fort Santiago, a citadel built during the 16th century and served as the primary defense fortress during Spanish colonization. Only a short away is a public square called Plaza Roma. This site was considered the center of Intramuros, with several events held there during the Spanish colonial era.

You will next stop by Bahay Tsinoy, which houses a museum that gives visitors insight into the ethnic Chinese who substantially contributed to the Philippines' life and history. Casa Manila is another museum in Intramuros. You'll learn here Filipinos' way of life when Spaniards took over the country.

After that, you'll visit San Diego Gardens, located near a 16th-century bastion named Baluarte De San Diego. Your last two attractions will be San Agustin Church and Museum, a national historical landmark, and Manila Cathedral, the prime basilica in the Philippines.

Day 2
Empty streets of Calle Crisologo at night

Day 2: Ilocos Tour

The second day will be your departure to the City of Laoag. After checking out of your Manila hotel, you'll head to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Upon your arrival at Laoag Airport, your van will bring you to your Laoag hotel.

First, your van will drive you to Paoay. This town is home to Malacanang of the North, a previous house of late Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos converted into a museum. Next, you'll drop by Paoay Lake and Paoay Church.

You'll then check out the late president's memorabilia and his cenotaph at Marcos Museum. You'll also visit Juan at Antonio Luna Museum that showcases the lives of the Luna brothers, two of the many national heroes of the Philippines.

From Laoag, your van will take you to Vigan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your first two stops here are religious structures: St. Paul Cathedral and Bantay Church. Next is the Pagburnayan Jar Factory, where you can see and experience the region's traditional pottery-making.

The following attractions are more museums: Burgos Museum, National Museum (Ilocos Region Complex), and Crisologo Museum. Then, you'll see various animals at Baluarte and end your Ilocos Tour at the famous cobblestone street, Calle Crisologo.

Day 3
Hanging coffins in Sagada

Day 3: Sagada Tour

On Day 3, you'll travel to Mountain Province early in the morning. Located here is a peaceful town called Sagada, which is known for preserving the culture of indigenous tribes. The province has a cool climate due to its high elevation, so wear thick clothes for this day.

You will visit two out of more than 60 caves underneath Sagada, so gear up for spelunking for this day. The first one is Sugong Cave, and it is one of the only two caves with an underground river,

Before you head to your next cave, you'll first go on a trek through Echo Valley. Within this natural area are limestone cliffs where the famous hanging coffins can be found. This traditional burial has been part of the culture of the residents for over 2,000 years.

You'll then head to Sumaguing Cave, which has the biggest chamber among the other caves in Sagada, hence, earning the moniker "The Big Cave." Inside the cave are countless natural rock formations, plus streams and pools.

Your final stop before you spend the night at your Sagada hotel is Bontoc Tribal Museum. Art and artifacts of the province's indigenous tribes are displayed here.

Day 4
Sunrise over a road in Baguio

Day 4: Baguio Tour

The City of Baguio will be your destination for this day. Dubbed as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio has a cool climate like Mountain Province. Dotting the city are numerous attractions that draw locals and tourists to the place.

One of these is the Ifugao Museum, which presents the traditions and artifacts of an indigenous tribe called Ifugao. You can find a War Memorial Shrine outside the establishment. From the museum, you'll go to the Surrender Site of General Yamashita, which commemorates Japanese General Yamashita's surrender during World War II.

You will visit the Philippine Military Academy next. It is a top educational institution that is dedicated to training aspiring military officers in the nation. The Mansion, the Philippine President's summer palace, will be your next stop. Then, you'll visit Camp John Hay, a prominent tourist destination that was initially used as a US military base.

You will also spend time at Baguio's famous parks, such as Mines View Park, Wright Park, and Centennial Park. Your final stop is the Good Shepherd Convent that sells tasty local products like jams, purple yam, peanut brittle, and more. After the tour, your van will drive you to your Baguio hotel.

Day 5
Blue waters of Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 5: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

On the fifth day of your vacation package, your tour will take place in the province of Tarlac, where you will visit Mt. Pinatubo. This volcano is notorious for its colossal eruption during the early 90s. It was considered the second-largest one around the world during the 20th century.

A few years after the eruption, Mt. Pinatubo became a go-to destination, especially for hikers and mountaineers. The jump-off point to Mt. Pinatubo is situated in Barangay Sta. Juliana, where the base camp is. The area's terrain is rocky and packed with lahar due to the 1991 eruption, so you'll ride a 4x4 jeepney to get to the volcano.

The 4x4 ride is only the first part of your tour. You also need to go hiking to reach your destination, the crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo. The trail can be completed by hikers of all levels, including beginners. Sitting at the end of the course is the stunning crater lake formed following the volcano's tremendous eruption in 1991.

You'll return to the base camp after the tour, and then your van will take you to your hotel in Manila along the Baywalk area.

Day 6
Boats docked in Honda Bay Palawan

Day 6: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

You will check out of your Manila hotel on Day 6 as you will be heading to the Province of Palawan. You will board a plane at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and after less than two hours of flight, you'll arrive at Puerto Princesa International Airport.

Your schedule for this day will be an island-hopping tour in Honda Bay, a popular destination near Puerto Princesa City. You'll be visiting three of the most-visited islands of Honda Bay via boat.

Among the islands, the StarFish Island will be your first stop. As its name suggests, you'll find plenty of starfishes in the place. You may also encounter pufferfish and yellowtail snappers as your snorkel around the island.

The shell-shaped Cowrie Island is your next stop. It is the biggest island in Honda Bay and is recognized for its crystalline waters and white-sand beaches. The island also offers facilities for picnics and dining.

Finally, you will set foot on Luli Island, a sandbar famous for its characteristics of emerging and submerging in the water depending on tides. Your boat will then take you back to mainland Palawan; then, you'll make your way to your accommodation in Sabang via van.

Day 7
Entrance to Puerto Princesa Underground River

Day 7: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

On Day 7, you'll visit the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River and some of the city's top attractions. Firstly, your guide will pick you up at your Sabang hotel and bring you to the Sabang Boat Terminal.

At Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, you will see splendid limestone cliffs, as well as natural flora and fauna. You only get to explore half of the 8-kilometer underground river, which boasts incredible rock formations and is home to bats.

After visiting the underground river, you will go on a city tour in Puerto Princesa. Your van will first take you to Baker's Hills. You can purchase local pastries or souvenirs here. The next attraction is a restored garrison called Plaza Cuartel, which witnessed a tragic event during World War II.

You will also stop by the Crocodile Farm. It houses dozens of crocodiles, including the two endangered species. Your guide will then show you Mitra's Ranch, a serene park that rewards visitors with panoramic video of the city. Your last stop for the city tour is the Puerto Princesa Baywalk, where you can have a stroll or try street food.

Day 8
Sunset over a plane in NAIA

Day 8: Departure to Manila

On the eighth day of your vacation package, you are scheduled to return to the City of Manila. You'll go to Puerto Princesa International Airport after checking out of your accommodation in Sabang. You will take a flight to Ninoy Aquino International Airport, which typically takes less than two hours.

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.

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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