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8-Day Philippines Vacation Package to Baguio, Ilocos & Palawan Puerto Princesa Islands 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

See the majestic attractions and scenic spots in Baguio, Ilocos, and Palawan Puerto Princesa Islands with this 8-day vacation package to the Philippines. This hassle-free package includes roundtrip flights from Manila, land and ferry transfers, and accommodation. 

In this 8-day trip, you will revisit Manila’s glorious past as you take a stroll along the vibrant streets of Intramuros. You will take a walk across the notable structures and iconic landmarks in the old district of Manila. While wandering around the cobblestone lanes, you will engage in fascinating conversations about Philippine history during the Spanish era.

Your fun-filled escapade will continue up north in Ilocos Norte. From Manila, you will be flying off to Laoag Airport. One of the highlights of your tour is visiting the famous Bangui Windmills. This wind farm comprises 20 giant turbines overlooking the West Philippine Sea.

After experiencing the best of Ilocos Norte, you will head to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan. You will marvel at the ancestral houses and iconic structures along the vibrant Calle Crisologo. Up next, you will travel to the coldest spot in the country, Baguio City. You will visit Camp John Hay, a former US military base that became a leisure spot.

This trip will also take you to a tropical paradise in Palawan. From Manila, you will board a plane to Puerto Princesa International Airport. Then, you will go on an island-hopping tour to Honda Bay’s islands, including Starfish Island, Cowrie Island, and Luli Island. You will also traverse the 8-km long Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Make the most of your vacation and discover the top sights and attractions in the Philippines as you travel to Baguio, Ilocos, and Puerto Princesa Islands with this 8-day vacation package. 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 to 4 - Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur (Ilocos Region)
Day 5 - Baguio Tour (Cordillera Region)
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
View from Fort Santiago in Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

Once you arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you will wait for your van to fetch you and take you to your hotel in Manila or near Roxas Boulevard. Your first destination is the walled city of Intramuros.

You will wander around various historical and notable landmarks. Your first stop is the citadel ruins at Fort Santiago. Back in the Spanish period, it used to be a defense fortress and prison cell for political prisoners and resistance fighters.

Next, you will drop by Plaza Roma, a former public square and trade center. You can find the statue of King Charles IV of Spain inside the plaza. Afterward, you will learn about the contributions of ethnic Chinese at Bahay Tsinoy.

You will also visit Casa Manila, a museum that showcases the grand household furniture and ornaments of wealthy Filipinos in the 19th century.

Then, you will see the picturesque landscape at San Diego Gardens. It is across the 16th-century bastion known as Baluarte De San Diego.

Finally, you will admire the grand facades of century-old churches. You will visit the oldest stone church in the country, San Agustin Church and Museum. Lastly, you will witness the impressive arches of Manila Cathedral.

Day 2
Aurora Park in Ilocos

Day 2: Laoag Tour

On Day 2, you will board a plane to Laoag Airport from Manila. Your private van will pick you up and take you to your hotel in Laoag.

The city of Laoag is the provincial capital of Ilocos Norte. The word Laoag means bright and light, making it known as the Sunshine City. When exploring Laoag, you will admire the city’s beautifully preserved architecture.

Your first stop in Laoag is St. Williams Cathedral. The Sinking Bell Tower is just beside the cathedral. Every year, the bell tower sinks at least an inch into the ground. After visiting century-old churches, you will browse through historical artifacts at Museo Ilocos Norte.

At Aurora’s Park, you will find the 19th-century Tobacco Monopoly Monument. Then, you will head to the grand presidential museum for former President Marcos, known as the Malacanang of the North. Afterward, you will proceed to the town of Batac.

Your fun-filled heritage tour continues at Marcos Museum. It features the cenotaph of the late president Marcos. The last museum that you will visit in Laoag is the Juan and Antonio Luna Museum. It features six galleries depicting the works of the Luna brothers. Both of them have significant contributions to the country.

Day 3
Scenic coastal bridge of Patapat Viaduct

Day 3: Pagudpud Tour

Your Ilocos Norte tour continues in the beautiful coastal town of Pagudpud. You will leave early from your hotel in Laoag to explore the municipality of Burgos. Your first stop is at Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. It stands majestically on top of Vigia de Nagpartian Hill.

You will also head to Bangui Windmills, a wind farm along Bangui Bay. It is composed of 20 giant wind turbines overlooking the sea. Then, you will traverse the Patapat Viaduct, a scenic coastal road bridge. Next, you will proceed to Agua Grande, a cold stream with clear water that flows to Pasaleng Bay.

Paraiso ni Anton is another attraction that you will visit in Pagudpud. The locals believe that the water beside the grotto provides healing. Up next is Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, a majestic spot off the coast of Burgos, Ilocos Norte.

Your trip to Pagudpud will not be complete without purchasing the best salt in town. At Pasuquin Salt Stand, you can buy their original salt and salt-preserved food.

For additional excitement, you can also book another activity. You can ride a 4x4 vehicle and go over small and steep hills on an 85 square kilometer coastal desert at La Paz Sand Dunes.

Day 4
Sunny day in Calle Crisologo

Day 4: Vigan Tour

On the fourth day of your vacation, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan. Wait for your van to fetch you from your hotel in Laoag.

Your first destination is the National Museum Ilocos Regional Complex in Vigan. You will spend your day marveling at the historical artifacts inside the museum. Afterward, you will visit Bantay Church and Bell Tower, where you can witness the breathtaking view of the whole Bantay district and a portion of Abra province.

Then, you will continue your historical tour at Syquia Mansion Museum. You will admire the vast collection of symbolic heirlooms and furniture of the wealthy family in the Spanish era. Next, you will learn how to make traditional pots at Pagburnayan Jar Factory.

You will also visit the Crisologo Museum. It features significant belongings and well-preserved relics of Congressman Floro S. Crisologo and his family. Then, you will stroll along Calle Crisologo, an iconic street in Vigan that exhibits several ancestral houses.

You will also visit a century-old church, known as St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral. It is right beside Plaza Salcedo, where you can find a dancing fountain. Lastly, you will see life-sized dinosaur statues at Baluarte mini zoo.

Day 5
Pine trees in Baguio City

Day 5: Baguio Tour

The fifth leg of your vacation continues in Baguio City, the Summer Capital of the Philippines. It is also known as the City of Pines because you can find hundreds of evergreen coniferous trees covering the entire serene landscape. Every year, thousands of travelers visit Baguio to enjoy the cool breeze and majestic sceneries.

Your first destination in Baguio is the Ifugao Museum. Here, you can find historical artifacts depicting Ifugao's ancient traditions. You will also drop by the Surrender Site of General Yamashita, a historic site to commemorate Yamashita’s act of surrendering during World War II.

You will also visit the Philippine Military Academy, a premier educational institution for aspiring military officers. Then, you will explore Fort De Pilar, which occupies 373 hectares of land. Next, you will marvel at The Mansion, the official summer residence of the Philippine President.

You will visit Camp John Hay, a former US military base and a famous leisure spot. Then, you will head to Mines View Park to witness the former Itogon mines. Then, you can go horseback riding and sightseeing at Wright Park and Centennial Park.

Finally, you will purchase local treats, including the famous ube jam at Good Shepherd Convent.

Day 6
Palm trees and white sand beach in Luli Island

Day 6: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

On the sixth day of your tour, you will be flying off to Puerto Princesa, Palawan. You will ride a boat and go on an island-hopping tour to Honda Bay.

Dubbed as one of the world’s best islands, Palawan features several pristine beaches and paradise-like islands. You will get to visit three of the world-famous islands dotting Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa.

Starfish Island is your first destination in Puerto Princesa. As the name implies, the island boasts different kinds of starfishes. One of which is the perfectly symmetrical five-armed orange starfish. You will also find other marine species, including pufferfish and yellowtail snappers.

Your next destination is an island known for its boomerang shape, the Cowrie Island. It is shell-shaped and the largest among the islands in Honda Bay. You can ride a banana boat, snorkel, dive, and swim into its deep and vast seascape. After trying out different water activities, you may rest on the cabanas and huts on the island.

Lastly, you will visit the long stretch of the powdery and fine white sandbar at Luli Island. It appears during high tide and submerges at low tide. You can also relax on hammocks floating on the beach.

Day 7
Wonderful rock formations inside Puerto Princesa Underground River

Day 7: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

The last leg of your tour in Palawan will take place in the Puerto Princesa Underground River. From Sabang Boat Terminal, you will ride a boat to reach the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Recognized as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, Puerto Princesa Underground River boasts impressive cave systems, limestone cliffs, and peculiar rock formations. Some of the stalagmites and stalactites take the shape of a man’s head, umbrella, and ship. The underground river stretches over 8 kilometers and occupies 22,000 hectares of land area.

After your river cruise, you will proceed to the city proper. At Baker’s Hill, you can purchase baked goodies and local pastries. The next stop is Plaza Cuartel, a former Spanish garrison and penal colony that has become a leisure park. Then, you will visit Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center to see the crocodiles up-close in this breeding facility.

Make the most of your tour in Puerto Princesa by visiting Mitra's Ranch. You will hike up the hilltop park to see the panoramic and breathtaking views of the city from afar. Then, you will drop by the Puerto Princesa Baywalk to catch the sunset.

Day 8
Philippine Airlines plane at NAIA

Day 8: Departure to Manila

On the last day of your vacation, your van will pick you up from your hotel in Sabang. Then, you will proceed to Puerto Princesa International Airport. From there, you will be boarding a direct flight to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will head back to where you started, Manila.

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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