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9-Day Philippines Vacation Package to North Luzon, Puerto Princesa & El Nido Islands from Manila
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9-Day Philippines Vacation Package to North Luzon, Puerto Princesa & El Nido Islands from Manila

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Tour starts
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Starting time
at 09:00
Duration:
9 days
Ending place
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Languages:
English
Difficulty:
Easy
Available:
All year
Minimum age:
None

Take a 9-day vacation in the Philippines and escape to the stunning islands and majestic spots of Luzon highlands, Puerto Princesa, and El Nido. This vacation package already includes roundtrip flights from Manila, land and boat transfers, and accommodation. 

Your first tour will be at the walled city of Intramuros in Manila. Deemed as the oldest district in Manila, Intramuros houses several iconic museums, century-old churches, and historic structures. Get to know more about the Spanish colonial period during this heritage tour.

As part of your Luzon highlands tour, you’ll first make a stop at Mt. Pinatubo. You will ride a 4x4 vehicle and trek to reach its majestic crater lake. Your journey continues in the mountainous highlands of Banaue, Sagada, and Benguet. Enjoy the cool breeze as you explore famous breathtaking attractions like Banaue Rice Terraces, Northern Blossom Flower Farm, and La Trinidad Strawberry Farm.  

Continue your lovely Luzon highlands getaway in Baguio City. The City of Pines is also known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Enjoy the scenery and explore Wright Park, Centennial Park, and Mines View Park. You can also try leisure activities at Camp John Hay. Then, grab a bite of Baguio’s best-selling delicacies.

Level up your vacation in the Philippines with a trip to one of the world’s best islands located in Palawan. Lounge on palm-fringed beaches while overlooking the gorgeous seascape of Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa. You can also go kayaking to El Nido’s Big Lagoon. Then, strike a pose behind dramatic limestone formations and lush greeneries.

Explore hundreds of breathtaking spots and top sights in Luzon Highlands, Puerto Princesa, and El Nido with this ultimate 9-day vacation package from Manila. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

8 nights accommodation (budget category)
8 days breakfast
8 lunch
All flights with 20kgs baggage allowance
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 3 to 6 - Banaue, Sagada, and Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 7 to 8 - Puerto Princesa and El Nido Tour (Palawan)
Day 9 - 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

Attractions

Manila Cathedral
Casa Manila
Bahay Tsinoy
Puerto Princesa
Mt. Pinatubo
Starfish Island
Cowrie Island
Philippine Military Academy
The Mansion
Camp John Hay
Mines View Park
Wright Park
General Yamashita Surrender Site
Ifugao Museum
Tappiya Waterfalls
Bontoc Village Museum
Honda Bay
Big Lagoon
Intramuros
Fort Santiago
San Agustin Church
Banga-an Village
Secret Lagoon
Seven Commandos Beach
Shimizu Island
Strawberry Farm
Centennial Park
Good Shepherd Convent
Sumaguing Cave
Echo Valley
El Nido
Baluarte de San Diego
Plaza Roma
Banaue Museum
Northern Blossom Flower Farm
Manila
Sagada
San Diego Gardens
Batad
Batad Banaue Viewpoint
Atok Sakura Flowers
2nd Highest Point
Miniloc Island

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Sunrise at Cathedral in Intramuros Manila

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

Upon arriving at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you will proceed to your hotel in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard. Your private van service will bring you to your first destination in Manila, the walled city of Intramuros.

The first stop is a defense fortress back in 1590, the Fort Santiago. Next is Plaza Roma, a public square with the statue of King Charles IV of Spain. Plaza Roma also houses another historic building, Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center.

The two upcoming attractions you will visit in Intramuros are Bahay Tsinoy and Casa Manila. These iconic landmarks feature Chinese ethnicity and the Philippine lifestyle during the Spanish era. Afterward, you can drop by the pergolas and gazebos at San Diego Gardens. The garden is right across Baluarte De San Diego, a National Cultural Treasure that stood the test of time.

The last destinations in your Intramuros itinerary are century-old churches. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the San Agustin Church and Museum is the oldest stone church in the Philippines. Embodying a Baroque architectural design, it features detailed murals and paintings on its walls. Lastly, the Manila Cathedral is a 400-year-old church with elegant facades, interiors, and multi-layered arches.

Day 2
A tourist at the Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 2: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

Go on a trekking adventure to Mt. Pinatubo on your second day. Mt. Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano with a massive eruption in 1991. This scenic volcano is between the provinces of Tarlac, Pampanga, and Zambales,

To get to the base camp in Tarlac’s Barangay Sta. Juliana, you have to ride a van. From there, you will be switching to a 4x4 vehicle. Due to Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption in 1991, the terrain has been filled with lahar, making it rough and challenging.

Before the trek, hikers need to wear proper hiking gear. You can only reach the mountain’s deck on foot. You have nothing to worry about because the terrain going up the deck is beginner-friendly. By the end of the tour, all of your hard work will pay off when you reach the breathtaking view of the volcano’s crater lake.

After your trip, you will go back to your hotel and rest easy as you prepare for the next day’s itinerary in Banaue.

Day 3
Batad Rice terraces in Banaue

Day 3: Banaue Tour

Head up north to the province of Ifugao on the third day of your tour. This highland province in the Cordillera Administrative Region is home to the breathtaking Banaue. Here, you can find spectacular rice terraces that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. Set around 85km away from Sagada, Banaue boasts amphitheater-like rice terraces and paddy fields.

You have to trek to the Batad Banaue Viewpoint to get a better view of the terraces. Meanwhile, you can also trade Batad Banaue Viewpoint for a visit to the Tappiya Waterfall.

Banga-an Village is the second to the last destination in your itinerary. Home to less than 30 families, the small community consists of traditional hut-like houses with cogon roofing. You can find various livestock and farm animals occupying the ground floor. Immerse in this little village and learn more about the Ifugao tribe, their culture, and livelihood.

Finally, you will then proceed to Banaue Museum. This notable museum features vintage photographs depicting the life of Ifugaos. It houses treasured jewelry, weaponry, Igorot artifacts, and baskets.

Day 4
Rock formations in Sumaguing Cave

Day 4: Sagada Tour

For the fourth day of your tour, you will be leaving early from your hotel in Banaue. Your private van will bring you to the rustic town of Sagada. This quiet town in Mountain Province features a calming beauty, which encourages travelers to take a relaxing escapade away from the hustle and bustle of the metro.

Your first activity in Sagada is cave exploration. You’ll be visiting Sugong Cave, which features an underground river with water from Bokong Falls. The same water resource irrigates the rice fields of Kapay-aw.

One of the famous spots in Sagada is the hanging coffins. To get there, you have to traverse Echo Valley. The people of Sagada hang their coffins on the cliffside as part of their burial practices.

With more than 60 caves, Sagada serves as a perfect spot for spelunking. The largest among them is Sumaguing Cave, which boasts natural rock formations. It also features ancient stalactites, stalagmites, natural pools, and streams.

Your last stop is Bontoc Tribal Museum. Here, you can learn more about the culture of the indigenous tribes.

Day 5
Fresh strawberries from a farm in Benguet

Day 5: Benguet Tour

Discover lush greeneries and flowery fields in Benguet on the fifth day of your tour. Your first stop is at La Trinidad Strawberry Farm, a 79-hectare farm. Each year, it produces approximately 1,775 metric tons of strawberries per harvest.

Your second stop will allow you to see Sakura trees up-close. The Atok Sakura Flowers started to bloom after the Japanese government gave them as a gift to the town of Atok in 2016. Since then, the Sakura Farm has been growing over 30 trees.

Next up is a majestic flower carpet underneath a sea of clouds, the Northern Blossom Flower Farm. It is a three-hectare flower plantation that boasts distinct and vibrant flowers. Here, you can find annual and perennial flowers such as cabbage roses, sunflowers, snapdragons, marigolds, and Peruvian lilies. The farm also stands behind the rolling mountain ranges of Mt. Timbak and Mt. Pulag.

You’ll also drop by the Halsema Highway, the 2nd Highest Point in the Philippines found in Atok. It offers a breathtaking view of the rolling mountain ranges. Lastly, you will traverse the Spanish Trail’s cave-like tunnels. Majestic scenery awaits at the end of the trail.

Day 6
Mines View Park City view

Day 6: Baguio Tour

Prepare for sweater weather as you head next to the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio City. Ifugao Museum will be your first stop, which features a great collection of Ifugao artifacts. Up next is the Surrender Site of General Yamashita, a historic site to honor Yamashita’s act of surrendering during World War II.

Then, you will proceed to the Philippine Military Academy, a premier educational institution for aspiring military officers in the country. For your fourth destination, you will visit Fort De Pilar, which occupies 373 hectares of land. Then, you’ll proceed to The Mansion’s ornamental ironwork main gate.

The next destination on your Baguio itinerary is Camp John Hay. It is a former US military base that has been transformed into a popular adventure hub. You’ll then head to Mines View Park with an observation deck overlooking the Itogon mines.

After dropping by Mines View Park, you will then explore Wright Park and Centennial Park. Here, you can go horse-back riding and explore art galleries and gardens. Lastly, you can buy local treats and delicacies at Good Shepherd Convent. Don’t miss out on the chance to buy their best-selling ube jam or purple yam.

Day 7
A woman enjoying the waters of Starfish Island in Palawan

Day 7: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

On the seventh day of your tour, you’ll get to experience a tropical beach getaway in Puerto Princesa. Palawan is one of the world’s best islands featuring stunning beaches and seascapes. Go on an island-hopping tour of Honda Bay to discover Puerto Princesa’s hidden wonders, cays, beaches, and sandbars.

You will be taking a short boat ride to Honda Bay. The first destination is Star Fish Island, where you can expect to find various starfishes on this sandbar. You can also spot different marine species like pufferfish and yellowtail snappers as you swim and snorkel around its pristine seascape.

Your second destination is Cowrie Island, the largest island in Honda Bay. This shell-shaped island has dining facilities on-site. You can lounge on the beach or set up a picnic. There is a designated swimming area to keep jellyfish at bay.

For your final stop in Honda Bay, you will be heading to Luli Island. It has a sandbar that appears and submerges, depending on the shifting tides. You can rent snorkel gears and stay on cottages on the island.

After your Honda Bay island-hopping tour, your van will take you back to your hotel in Sabang, which is around 60km from Honda Bay.

Day 8
Beautiful Shimizu Island in El Nido Palawan

Day 8: El Nido Island Hopping Tour

Enjoy the pristine beaches, lagoons, and picture-perfect islands in El Nido on the last day of your vacation. Go on an island-hopping adventure at Bacuit Bay. Your first stop is the Big Lagoon. To get inside the lagoon, you will need to pass through a narrow entrance. Big Lagoon boasts limestone cliffs and clear blue waters.

Up next is Miniloc Island. This stunning spot in El Nido has a unique ecosystem, making it a good site for diving and swimming. You can also find white-sand beaches alongside an evergreen rainforest.

The third destination is a tourist-favorite. Unlike the Big Lagoon, the Secret lagoon has a smaller entrance where boats cannot penetrate, and visitors need to crawl through it. However, there is a beautiful beach that you can lounge right outside this hidden lagoon.

Next in your El Nido itinerary is the serene Seven Commandos Beach. This palm-fringed beach is behind lush mountains and coconut trees, a perfect backdrop for your photos. Finally, you will go snorkeling at Shimizu Island, where you can spot colorful corals and fish. Plunge into its blue waters to discover the breathtaking fish sanctuaries and rich marine biodiversity underwater.

Day 9
Waiting area at NAIA Terminal 1 in Manila

Day 9. Departure to Manila

Wait for your van to fetch you from your hotel in Panglao Island. You will then proceed to Panglao International Airport. Then, you will be boarding a direct flight to the 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.

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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