8-Day Island Hopping, Sightseeing & Historical Tour to Palawan, Mt. Pinatubo & Baguio from Manila

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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

Description

Visit some of the top attractions in the Philippines with this 8-day trip that will bring you to islands, natural wonders, a volcano, and historical tourist spots. This tour package will take you from the highlands of Baguio and Benguet to the paradise-like islands of Puerto Princesa and El Nido in Palawan. The package already includes your accommodation, roundtrip flights, land and sea transportations, and service of guides. 

Your 8-day excursion will start in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Your guide will bring you to Intramuros, a historic walled area. This location is full of notable structures with a rich history. From Manila, you'll travel north to go hiking at Mt. Pinatubo. This volcano is known for its large eruption back in 1991 and breathtaking crater lake that has become a top tourist destination.

You will also go to the Strawberry Farm in Benguet. This is the most-visited attraction in the province as travelers get to enjoy strawberry-picking. Your itinerary also includes visiting Baguio and discovering its attractions like Camp John Hay. Once a US military base, Camp John Hay now features numerous dining places, shopping facilities, historic structures, and more.

This package will also bring you to some of the marvelous attractions in the province of Palawan. You'll explore Honda Bay, the famous island-hopping destination in Puerto Princesa City. You'll also be going on an island hopping tour at the world-famous town of El Nido. One of the spots you’ll explore is the Big Lagoon, where you can also enjoy kayaking.

Embark on an exciting Philippine adventure with this 8-day vacation package that will show you lots of spectacular attractions dotting the highlands of Baguio and Benguet, as well as the magnificent Palawan islands in Puerto Princesa and El Nido. Check availability by choosing a date.

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Included

7 nights accommodation (budget category)
7 days breakfast
7 lunch
All flights with 20kgs baggage allowance
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 3 to 5 - Benguet and Sagada Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 6 to 7 - Puerto Princesa and El Nido 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

Island Hopping
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Open field in Fort Santiago in Intramuros

Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour

On the first day of your vacation package, you will arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Once you land, your van will take you to your accommodation in Manila along or around Roxas Boulevard.

Intramuros is one of the top attractions in the City of Manila. It is a historic walled area that comprises a centuries-old district with numerous important structures, fortresses, museums, and more, which you will be visiting on this day.

The tour will start with the 16th-century citadel called Fort Santiago. It is one of the most significant historical sites in Manila. Your second stop is Plaza Roma, a public square where various events were held during Spanish colonization.

At Bahay Tsinoy, the ethnic Chinese who contributed to the Philippines' life and history will be introduced to you. Casa Manila is another museum you'll visit. You'll learn here about the Filipinos' way of life during the Spanish colonial period. You'll also stroll around the well-landscaped San Diego Gardens,

A few steps away is Baluarte De San Diego, a bastion constructed from 1591-1594. You'll then head to San Agustin Church and Museum, a national historical landmark, and Manila Cathedral, a Neo-Romanesque building dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.

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Day 2
Tourists exploring Mt. Pinatubo

Day 2 - Day 2: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

On Day 2, you'll be hiking Mt. Pinatubo. It is renowned for its eruption in 1991, considered one of the enormous volcanic explosions during the 20th century. After you check out of your Manila hotel, you will travel to the province of Tarlac via van.

Mt. Pinatubo sits in the provinces of Pampanga, Zambales, and Tarlac. However, you'll head directly to the latter as that is where the base camp is located. Your excursion kicks off at Barangay Sta. Juliana, where you'll be riding a 4x4 vehicle. Expect a rugged terrain filled with lahar, which is the effect of Mt. Pinatubo's 1991 eruption.

Your 4x4 ride will end once you cross Crow Valley, and so you'll begin trekking from there up to the view deck. It will be an easy trek, so beginners need not worry. At the edge of the trail, a jaw-dropping view of Mt. Pinatubo's crater lake will be the one to greet you. You can take as many photos of this natural wonder as you want.

Once you return to the base camp, your van will take you further north toward the City of Baguio, where you'll move into a new hotel.

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Day 3
Handpicked strawberries in a farm in Benguet

Day 3 - Day 3: Benguet Tour

On the third day, you will explore the province of Benguet, also known as the Salad Bowl of the Philippines. Be sure to wear something cozy and warm for this day as Benguet has a cool climate. Your tour for this day starts at La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. This 79-hectare farm welcomes thousands of visitors who want to experience an enjoyable strawberry-picking.

Your next attraction is Atok Sakura Flowers. This flower park has more than 30 Sakura trees, which the Japanese government gave to the town of Atok as a sign of friendship. Visitors can soon enjoy the scenery of blooming cherry blossoms yearly. The following location also has lovely flowers to offer. At Northern Blossom, you'll find different kinds of flowers such as cabbage roses, sunflowers, snapdragons, Matthiola, and more.

Next is the 2nd Highest Point, also found in Atok. Located along Halsema Highway, this point has the second-highest altitude in the Philippines, boasting 7,400 feet above sea level. Finally, you'll make a stop at Spanish Trail, a man-made trail with cave-like tunnels that was established during Spanish colonization. From the Spanish Trail, your van will take you back to your Baguio hotel.

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Day 4
Hanging Coffins in Sagada

Day 4 - Day 4: Sagada Tour

You'll be heading to Mountain Province on this day. The tour's main highlight is the town of Sagada, which is known for numerous caves, scenic mountain valleys, rice terraces, and more. Be sure to wear a proper outfit for spelunking and hiking for this trip.

One of the caves in the town is Sugong Cave, which is your first destination. You can find an underground river inside this natural attraction. This river irrigates the Kapay-aw Rice Terraces. After that, you'll head to Echo Valley. Within this natural area, you'll discover several hanging coffins, which are the most iconic attractions in Sagada. This traditional burial has been part of the lives of the locals for over 2,000 years.

You will also see Sumaguing Cave, the largest cave in Sagada. It has incredible stalactites and stalagmites, plus streams and pools, so exploring the cave may get you wet. The last attraction for your Sagada Tour is the Bontoc Tribal Museum. This building was established to preserve the history and heritage of the Cordillera region's indigenous tribes. A massive collection of artifacts are displayed inside.

Right after you finish your tour, you will head straight to your Sagada accommodation via van.

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Day 5
Closeup of the bark of a pine tree in Baguio City

Day 5 - Day 5: Baguio Tour

Your excursion on Day 5 will be a visit to some of the top attractions in Baguio, also known as the City of Pines. The city also has a cool climate, so it's best to dress up warmly for this day. Your first stop will be the Philippine Military Academy, a leading military institution that trains future officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Up next is The Mansion, which serves as the official palace of the Philippine President during a visit to Baguio. You'll then proceed to Camp John Hay, Baguio's most well-known destination because of its entertainment, dining, and shopping facilities. It used to be a US military base.

At your next stop, the Mines View Park, you can check out the abandoned copper and gold mines of Itogon town from the view deck. Meanwhile, you have the option to go for a leisurely walk or go horseback riding at Wright Park.

Centennial Park is also a great place to unwind. You can visit an art gallery or go around the lush gardens. Before you travel back to your Manila hotel, you will make a stop at Good Shepherd Convent, which sells yummy treats like peanut brittle and purple yam. You will then drive back to Manila to check in to your hotel.

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Day 6
Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 6 - Day 6: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

On the sixth day, you'll check out of your accommodation in Manila. Your van will drive you to Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where you'll board a flight to Puerto Princesa International Airport in Palawan.

After your arrival in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, you will begin your island-hopping tour at Honda Bay and visit its famous islands.

The StarFish Island is your first stop at Honda Bay. As its name suggests, various starfishes inhabit the place. You can go snorkeling at the site, aside from swimming. While underwater, you may be able to spot yellowtail snappers and pufferfish.

Your boat will take you to Cowrie Island afterward. It boasts a shell-like shape and is the biggest island in Honda Bay. The island has a netted portion, so jellyfishes are sure not to come near the swimmers. Picnic and dining facilities are available as well.

The final stop of your island-hopping tour is Luli Island. Depending on the tide, this sandbar emerges and submerges in water. As soon as you reach mainland Palawan, your van will bring you to your Sabang hotel.

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Day 7
Deep blue waters of Shimizu Island in El Nido

Day 7 - Day 7: El Nido Island Hopping Tour

The tour on Day 7 is dedicated to the town of El Nido. From your accommodation in Lio properties, you will board a boat to Bacuit Bay for your island hopping tour, one of Palawan's most-visited locations.

The Big Lagoon will be your first destination. Your boat will go through a narrow waterway with limestone cliffs on both sides and opens to a wide area filled with blue waters. Surrounding the lagoon are more towering cliffs with lush vegetation.

Your next location is Miniloc Island. This island has not only lavish green forests but also white-sand beaches and limestone mountains. One of the most-visited attractions on the island is the Secret Lagoon. The only way to it is a hole on a wall, which is big enough for people.

After that is Seven Commandos Beach; although it is on the mainland, the beach can only be reached by boats since mountains enclose the place. Shimizu Island will be your final stop. You can go snorkeling to see the island's beautiful corals and marine life.

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Day 8
Lounge area at NAIA

Day 8 - Day 8: Departure to Manila

On Day 8 of your vacation package, it's time for you to travel back to Manila. You will check out of your accommodation in Lio, El Nido, and be on your way to Puerto Princesa International Airport. From Palawan, reaching Ninoy Aquino International Airport commonly takes less than two hours.

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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.

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.

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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