See the beauty of Luzon’s highlands and islands with this 9-day vacation package. This tour will take you to the historical Intramuros in Manila, the scenic sights of Luzon's highlands, and the world-renowned attractions in Palawan. This package is perfect for travelers wanting a hassle-free trip.
After arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you will first explore the highlight of the City of Manila, Intramuros. This walled city is home to several well-preserved heritage sites that date back to the Spanish colonial period.
From Manila, you will fly to Laoag Airport on Day 2 to enjoy a day tour of Ilocos. Occupying the northwestern section of Luzon, this region is known for its myriad of historical sites, including the cobbled streets of Calle Crisologo in Vigan. Take your time walking along this famed road and admiring the old Spanish houses.
Prepare your jackets as you make your way to the mountain towns of Sagada and Banaue next. Both belonging to the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), these towns are popular destinations for their heritage sites and cool weather.
You will also enjoy lower temperatures at Baguio City, where you will explore its attractions for a day. Among the places you will visit is Camp John Hay, a former US military base and now a tourist destination and forest watershed reservation.
From Baguio, you will be taken to Tarlac for a quick trek up the popular Mt. Pinatubo. This active volcano features a crater lake at the top with remarkable colors that will leave visitors in awe.
For your seventh and eighth day, you will head further south to the island of Palawan. Here, you will enjoy an island-hopping tour in Honda Bay and a river cruise along the Underground River before heading back to Manila to end your 9-day escapade.
See the best of Northern Luzon and Palawan with this 9-day all-inclusive vacation package. Check availability by choosing a date.
As the oldest district in Manila, Intramuros is known for its Spanish-era atmosphere and cobblestone streets. While here, you will be dropping by the historical park of Fort Santiago that now houses well-preserved memorabilia from the Spanish Colonial Period.
From there, you will make your way to Plaza Roma, one of the three major public squares in Intramuros and considered as the center of the walled district. About a five-minute walk from the plaza is Bahay Tsinoy, a museum where you can see the lives, history, and contributions of the ethnic Chinese in the Philippines.
You will also be visiting the Spanish-colonial house known as Casa Manila. The historical building showcases the architecture, interior design, and lavish lifestyle of the gentry during the late Spanish period.
Your next stop is the San Diego Gardens, where you will enjoy the beautifully landscaped area before exploring the entire Baluarte de San Diego, a bastion built in the early 1590s. From there, you will head to San Agustin Church and Museum, the oldest church in the country, and end your day with a visit to the iconic Manila Cathedral.
From here, you will get an overlooking view of Paoay Lake. Take in the quiet atmosphere of the lagoon before you make your way to Paoay Church. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this baroque church has a distinct architecture featuring 24 extravagant coral-block buttresses.
You will visit the Marcos Museum that houses a massive collection of memorabilia of the former president. You will also stop at the Juan and Antonio Luna Museum that houses the life and works of the brothers who played vital roles in Philippine history.
Afterward, you will begin your Vigan adventure with stops at St. Paul’s Cathedral and Bantay Church, both major places of worship in the region. Next, you will drop by Pagburnayan, the iconic pottery place of Ilocos.
Next, you'll explore several museums in the region, including Burgos Museum, National Museum, and Crisologo Museum, all of which showcase Ilocos' rich history and art.
Less than a ten-minute drive from Crisologo Museum is the Baluarte, which features a mini zoo, resort, and butterfly farm. You will end your day with a stop at the famed Calle Crisologo.
After settling in your hotel, you will make your way to your first stop of the day: the Sugong Hanging Coffins. These coffins are suspended on the mountain cliffs instead of buried underground, and you can also see them from a view deck near the town center.
From there, get ready for some hiking as you head to Echo Valley. Named after the echoes heard throughout the area, this natural area features lush greenery, caverns, and the Sugong Cave trail.
Prepare to go spelunking next at the nearby Sumaguing Cave. As the biggest among the 60 caves discovered underneath Sagada, this chamber will most definitely leave you in awe. Its highlights include interesting rock formations like “the chocolate cake,” “the turtle head,” and “King and Queen.”
Before heading back to your hotel, you will enjoy a laid-back visit to the Bontoc Tribal Museum in the town proper. This museum is dedicated to the history and heritage of the indigenous people of the Cordillera region.
From there, get a more picturesque view of the terraces from Batad Banaue Viewpoint. The deck sits about a 30-minute walk away from the main road. But the trek will be worth it as you will be rewarded with a sweeping panoramic view of the rice terraces.
If you opt not to stop by Batad Banaue Viewpoint, you can head to Tappiya Falls or Bangg-an Village instead. The fall sits at the bottom of the terraces and is perfect for a two or three-hour trek. Meanwhile, Bangg-an Village is a small community by the rice terraces, where you can immerse yourself in the life of the typical Ifugao tribe.
Before calling it a day, you will be driven to the Banaue Museum. The building is home to a myriad of artifacts from different Northern Luzon tribes, with displays spread across two floors.
Also in Kiangan is the surrender site of General Yamashita, known as Kiangan National Shrine. Built in 1974, the monument commemorates the end of World War II in the country. From there, you will then begin your Baguio day tour, starting with the Philippine Military Academy. Guests visiting the campus are free to observe the military drills and enjoy the scenery.
A half-hour drive from PMA is The Mansion, the official summer residence of the Philippine President. Take some photos of the building at the gate before making your way to Camp John Hay. Formerly a US military base, this spot is now packed with a handful of shopping outlets, activity centers, and food joints.
After enjoying the scenic view, drop by the Mines View Park, Wright Park, and Centennial Park next, all of which highlight Baguio’s natural side. You will then end your day with a visit to the Good Shepherd Convent, where you can buy souvenirs and local delicacies.
Upon your arrival in Tarlac, you will hop aboard a 4x4 jeep and enjoy an hour-long joy ride across Crow Valley, located at the foot of the volcano. Once you get to the drop-off point, you will begin your trek.
The hike to the Mt. Pinatubo crater will take about 1.5 hours at most. Although the trail is somewhat rocky, expect to see interesting volcanic formations from the volcano’s 1991 eruption.
At the end of your trail, you will be welcomed by the breathtaking view of Mt. Pinatubo’s Crater Lake. This famous lake changes its color from blue-green to deep blue depending on the season.
You will be given enough time to sit back and relax in the soothing atmosphere of the place while you enjoy your lunch. Feel free to bask in the sun and take plenty of photos of the lake and the landscape below before returning to the drop-off site and back to Manila.
Your first stop is Starfish Island, home to an abundant number of rock starfishes. You will also see several schools of fish in the area, including the bloating puffers and rainbow parrotfish.
From there, you will sail next to Cowrie Island. Cowrie’s shape resembles that of a seashell, hence its name. It is the biggest island in Honda Bay and is the best place for swimming as it has a netted area to keep jellyfish away. There are also dining facilities in the area for the visitors’ convenience.
The last leg of your island-hopping tour will be at Luli Island. Best known for its sandbars that disappear at high tide, Luli also features a diving board, hammocks, and a snorkeling area. By the end of the day, you will make your way to the mainland and to your hotel in Sabang.
After your 45-minute river cruise, you will head back to the mainland for a quick tour around Puerto Princesa City, starting with Baker’s Hill. This popular bakery sits on top of a hill and features numerous baked goods on sale. While here, make sure to try the mooncake-like pastry called hopia in different fillings of pork, mongo beans, and ube.
About 10km from Baker’s Hill is the historic Plaza Cuartel. Previously a garrison, the spot is now a city park for leisure and recreation. From there, you will head to the Crocodile Farm for some wildlife encounters before dropping by Mitra’s Ranch to see the panoramic vista of the city and go horseback riding.
You will end your escapade with a quiet stroll along the city’s promenade, the Puerto Princesa Baywalk. There are bike rentals and food stalls in the area for your convenience.
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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.