8-Day Philippines Vacation Package to Luzon Highlands & Palawan Puerto Princesa Islands from Manila

Rock formations inside Puerto Princesa Underground River
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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

Get to know some of the top attractions in the Philippines on this 8-day vacation package. During the trip, your guide will take you to the breathtaking spots in Luzon highlands and the island destinations in the Province of Palawan. This is an excellent hassle-free vacation for travelers who want an all-inclusive package complete with entrance fees, transportation, service of tour guide, and accommodation with breakfast. 

Upon arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, you will first explore Manila City’s famous walled area called Intramuros for your first day. This historic walled district is dotted with structures dating back to the Spanish colonial period.

Apart from knowing Manila's history, you will also get to go on an exciting hike at Mt. Pinatubo in the province of Tarlac. At the end of the trail, you’ll get to see a stunning crater lake. Strawberry-picking is another activity you will enjoy on this tour once you get to the mountainous province of Benguet and visit the Strawberry Farm.

From there, you'll head to Baguio, the City of Pines, to see its top attractions, including Camp John Hay. This tourist destination served as a military base of the US Armed Forces during the Philippine-American war. It even became an internment camp of the Japanese army during World War II.

After exploring the best spots in Luzon highlands, you will fly south to Palawan, which offers splendid biodiversity in its forests and seas. At Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa, you will see the province's beautiful islands. You'll also check out the Puerto Princesa Underground River, declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hit the road and marvel at the highlights of Luzon highlands and Puerto Princesa City in Palawan with this 8-day tour. 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 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
Baluarte de San Diego inside Intramuros

Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour

The first day of your vacation package is the day you'll arrive in the Philippines. The plane will land at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and from there, your van will take you to your accommodation along or around Roxas Boulevard in Manila.

Afterward, you'll be on your way to Intramuros, a historic walled city in Manila that features cultural, historical, and religious structures. Your guide will first show you Fort Santiago. Built in 1593, this citadel was used as a fortress. From the fort, you'll head to one of the major public squares in Intramuros, Plaza Roma. This is where locals hosted different events during the Spanish colonial era.

Your next stop is Bahay Tsinoy, which houses Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center that shows the long relationship between Filipinos and ethnic Chinese. Casa Manila is another museum you'll visit. This building exhibits the kind of lifestyle the Philippines had during Spanish colonization.

Your guide will also bring you to the lovely, well-landscaped San Diego Gardens. A few steps away is Baluarte De San Diego, which was constructed during the 1590s. Your last two stops are the UNESCO World Heritage San Agustin Church and Museum and Manila Cathedral, the Philippines' premier church.

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Day 2
Tourists exploring Mt. Pinatubo in a 4x4 ATV ride

Day 2 - Day 2: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

You will spend your second day at Mt. Pinatubo, located in the provinces of Tarlac, Zambales, and Pampanga. This active stratovolcano is infamous for its 1991 eruption that affected climate across the globe. The tour for this day involves trekking, so be sure to wear the proper hiking gear and bring plenty of water.

From your Manila hotel, your van will bring you to Barangay Sta. Juliana in Tarlac, where the base camp is situated. You will ride a 4x4 jeepney at the camp that will help you cross a terrain that has become rugged and rocky and even full of lahar because of Mt. Pinatubo's eruption.

The 4x4 jeep will only get you through Crow Valley, and the rest of the journey will be made on foot. The trek up to the view deck is easy enough to be completed by beginners.

As soon as you reach the end of the trail, expect to be rewarded with a magnificent view of the volcano's crater lake. Feel free to take lots of photos of this breathtaking attraction. After your Mt. Pinatubo Tour, you will travel further north towards Baguio, where you will check into a new hotel.

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Day 3
Colorful scene at Northern Blossom Flower Farm in Benguet

Day 3 - Day 3: Benguet Tour

On the third day, your guide will drive you to some of the top attractions in Luzon highlands, specifically in the province of Benguet. This location is dubbed the Salad Bowl of the Philippines as it is one of the leading suppliers of fresh vegetables in the country.

Approximately 8km from Baguio is La Trinidad Strawberry Farm, the first stop of your tour. This 79-hectare farm harvests an average of 1,775 metric tons of strawberries per year and lets visitors pick this fruit on their own.

The following stop will be Atok Sakura Flowers. The site is planted with more than 30 cherry blossom trees that will soon bloom every year. You will then visit Northern Blossom, another tourist destination filled with lovely flowers. Roses, cabbage roses, and sunflowers are just a few of the flowers planted here.

After that, you will make your way to a higher location in Benguet, the 2nd Highest Point. Set along the Halsema Highway, this attraction boasts the second-highest altitude in the Philippines. Before going back to your accommodation in Baguio, your guide will first bring you to the Spanish Trail. This artificial trail stretches up to 3km long and dates back to the Spanish colonization era.

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Day 4
Rock formation inside Sumaguing Cave in Sagada

Day 4 - Day 4: Sagada Tour

On Day 4, you will leave Benguet and travel to the Mountain Province via van. Expect a bumpy ride and zigzag roads on the way to the town of Sagada. But you will be greeted with spectacular views of the mountains and more as you go further. Make sure you prepare for hiking and spelunking for this day.

To start your Sagada Tour, you will head to Sugong Cave. Inside the cave, you will find an underground river with waters coming from Bokong Falls. The water goes down to Barangay Ambasing and irrigates the Kapay-aw Rice Fields.

Next, you will head to Echo Valley, a natural area with lush foliage, trails, and caverns. This will be the way to the prominent hanging coffins of the Mountain Province. Locals hang coffins as part of their traditional burial, which they have practiced for over 2,000 years.

The following attraction is another popular cave in Sagada, the Sumaguing Cave. Besides ancient stalactites and stalagmites, Sumaguing Cave also has natural streams and pools. Your last stop is Bontoc Tribal Museum, which presents art and artifacts from the province's indigenous tribes. After the tour, your van will take you to your Sagada hotel.

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Day 5
Baguio City view at night from Mines View Park

Day 5 - Day 5: Baguio Tour

The City of Baguio is your destination on Day 5. It is one of the most-visited locations during summer because of its cool climate. That said, Baguio is considered the Summer Capital of the Philippines.

A visit to the Philippine Military Academy marks the start of the tour. This educational institution was established in 1898 and has since trained Filipinos who want to become military officers. You'll next see The Mansion, where the Philippine President stays when visiting the city. It features a presidential museum and an ornate gate.

Your guide will then bring you to Camp John Hay. Formerly a US military base, this site has plenty of accommodations plus shopping, dining, and entertainment facilities. Next is Mines View Park, which has an observation deck where you can view the copper and gold mines of the Itogon town.

After that are two more parks: the Wright Park that offers a stunning view of the pine trees and horseback riding, and the Centennial Park that features lush gardens and an art gallery. Your last stop for the day is Good Shepherd Convent, where you can purchase goodies like ube or peanut brittle before traveling back to your Manila hotel.

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Day 6
Luli Island in Palawan

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

On Day 6, you will leave North Luzon and explore one of the world's beautiful islands, Palawan. After checking out of your accommodation in Manila, your van will bring you to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You'll then arrive at Puerto Princesa International Airport.

In Palawan, you'll have a fun day under the sun as you visit beautiful islands in the famed Honda Bay. Close to Puerto Princesa City, Honda Bay is known for its spectacular landscapes, white-sand beaches, and more.

Starfish Island is the first stop of your island-hopping tour. From its name, you can already assume what to expect once you reach the place – starfishes! The island is an excellent site to snorkel, and you may spot yellowtail snappers and pufferfish.

You will proceed to the shell-shaped Cowrie Island, the biggest one among the islands in Honda Bay. It will be safe enough to swim as the island has a netted area to ensure jellyfishes won't come near the shore.

Your last stop is Luli Island, a sandbar that is best visited during low tide since it submerges during high tide. Once you get back to mainland Palawan, your van will take you to your Sabang hotel.

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Day 7
Tourists exploring Puerto Princesa Underground River

Day 7 - Day 7: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

On the seventh day, you will continue to explore Puerto Princesa City. The first attraction in your itinerary is the Puerto Princesa Underground River, the longest navigable underground river in the Philippines and the world.

From your accommodation in Sabang, you'll go to Sabang Boat Terminal. You will then proceed to the UNESCO World Heritage Site via boat. At this protected area, fantastic cave formations and limestone cliffs can be found, as well as numerous flora and fauna.

Following your underground river tour, you'll head to Puerto Princesa City and see its top attractions. You will first drop by Baker's Hill. You can purchase here goodies that you can either take home or consume during the trip.

Your second stop is Plaza Cuartel. It is a restored garrison that the Americans and Japanese armed forces used during World War II. Next is the Crocodile Farm, where you get to see crocodiles up close and learn more about them.

You will also stop at Mitra's Ranch, a park set atop a hill and offers fascinating views of the city. You'll make your last stop at Puerto Princesa Baywalk, where you can enjoy the fresh air before returning to your Sabang hotel.

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Day 8
Waiting area in NAIA

Day 8 - Day 8: Departure to Manila

Your 8-day vacation package ends this day. Your van will take you straight to Puerto Princesa International Airport after you check out of your Sabang accommodation. You will board a flight back to Manila, and then you'll arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport after less than two hours of flying.

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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.

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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