See the best of the Philippines with this 9-day vacation trip from Manila to Baguio, Cebu, and Palawan. This package includes accommodations, daily breakfast, transfers, entrance fees, and the service of guides. This hassle-free package will ensure that you have an epic time in the country.
Upon your arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Day 1, you will enjoy a tour around the iconic landmarks of Intramuros in Manila first. This walled district is a hotspot for Spanish-era attractions and picnic-perfect locations.
The following day, your guide will drive you to Luzon’s highlands, particularly to the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio. Apart from its chilly weather, the city boasts historic destinations and parks. One of these is the former US military base of Camp John Hay that now serves as a forest watershed reservation. Before heading back to Manila, you will also visit more spots in Benguet province, including the La Trinidad Strawberry Farm.
From there, you will board a plane going to Mactan Airport in Cebu. Here, your guide will bring you to several interesting spots like the Temple of Leah, likened to India’s Taj Mahal, the Sirao Flower Farm or Little Amsterdam of Cebu, and the Kawasan Falls, famous for turquoise waters. Afterward, you will fly from Cebu to the Puerto Princesa International Airport in Palawan.
While in Puerto Princesa, you will enjoy a full-day island-hopping escapade across the islets dotting Honda Bay. Your guide will also take you on a river cruise through the world-famous Underground River.
From Puerto Princesa, you will make your way to the northern town of El Nido to enjoy more water activities like kayaking and swimming in the Big Lagoon. You will then fly back to Manila on your ninth day.
Spend nine days in the Philippines traveling to Baguio, Cebu, and Palawan’s best attractions with this all-inclusive package from Manila. Check availability by choosing a date.
After your guide fetches you from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you will head to your hotel in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard to drop off your things. From there, you will then proceed with the Intramuros tour.
Dating back to the 1500s, the walled district of Intramuros is peppered with interesting and important landmarks from the Spanish era. One of these is Fort Santiago, a fortress and a prison where the national hero, Jose Rizal, was imprisoned.
Outside Fort Santiago is Plaza Roma. Apart from being one of three major squares in Intramuros, this plaza serves as the heart of the district, as well. From there, you will walk to the nearby Bahay Tsinoy. This museum houses several collections of ceramics, prints, photographs, and relics depicting Chinese history in the country.
A three-minute walk from the museum will take you to Casa Manila, a replica of an 1850s San Nicolas House that showcases Spanish architecture. From there, you will spend time relaxing in the San Diego Gardens and Baluarte De San Diego. You will also visit the UNESCO World Heritagee Site of San Agustin Church and Museum before capping off the tour at the iconic Manila Cathedral.
On the morning of Day 2, you will check out of your hotel in Manila and make your way to the highlands of Luzon, particularly to Baguio. Referred to by many as the Philippines' Summer Capital, this city boasts chilly weather.
You will begin exploring Baguio as soon as you arrive, starting with the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). As the name suggests, this is where young cadets are trained for the country’s Armed Forces. It is typically open to the public, so visitors can see the scenery and the training.
From PMA, you will visit The Mansion next, located some 12km away. The establishment has been named the Philippine President’s summer palace, but it also houses a museum of presidential memorabilia. After a quick photo-op there, you will head to Camp John Hay. This used to be a military base for the US Armed Forces until it was developed into a tourist attraction and forest watershed reservation after the world wars.
More refreshing greenery awaits you at the Mines View Park, Wright Park, and Centennial Park, all of which offer stunning views and exciting activities. Before retreating to your hotel, your guide will lead you to the Good Shepherd Convent for a quick souvenir shopping.
Keep your hoodies and jackets on for the third day as you will be exploring another part of the Luzon Highlands, Benguet. The province is often referred to as the Salad Bowl of the Philippines because of the varied farms dotting its lands. One of the widely visited farms here is the La Trinidad Strawberry Farm, where you will get to handpick strawberries yourself.
Some 40km from the strawberry farm is Atok Sakura Flowers. This site is home to over 30 Sakura trees planted in 2016. You will see more blooming flowers at your next destination, the Northern Blossom. This two-hectare plantation is peppered with a variety of flowers, from cabbage roses and snapdragons to larkspurs and Matthiola.
From there, your guide will drive you to the Halsema Highway, where the 2nd Highest Point of the Philippine highway system is located. This point has an elevation of 7,400ft above sea level. You can see a sweeping view of the mountain range here if you’re lucky enough to visit on a sunny day.
Lastly, you will go on a quick trek through the man-made Spanish Trail. This 3km-long route used to be the primary road for locals before the Halsema Highway was constructed. Afterward, you will return to Manila.
For Day 4, you will leave Manila via plane and arrive at Mactan Airport in Cebu, where you will explore the historical, cultural, and religious attractions of the city. Your first destination here will be at the Taoist Temple.
Although there are two temples in the area, only one is open to both worshippers and non-worshippers. The Taoist Temple features a chapel, wishing well, and library. You can also see a sweeping view of the city from here.
From there, your guide will drive you to the downtown area to see the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino. Named the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the country, this church is also one of the Philippines ’ National Historical Landmarks. Right outside the church, you can see Magellan's Cross.
Meanwhile, the Heritage of Cebu Monument is about 2km away. This tableau of sculptures tells the story of the province’s history. You will dive deeper into the past in the Yap - San Diego Ancestral House, the oldest residence in Cebu.
Following this, your guide will drive you to the highlands of the city to see the Temple of Leah and Sirao Flower Farm. Both of which feature an overlooking view of Cebu. After descending to the town, you will then retreat to your Mandaue City hotel.
Your guide will fetch you from your hotel in Mandaue and bring you to the town of Badian, where you will see Kawasan Falls. The falls sit at the foot of Mantalongon Mountain Range and about 1.5km from the highway of Badian. Best known for its multi-layered waterfall system, Kawasan Falls will leave you in awe of its refreshing natural spring waters.
From Badian, you will make your way to Moalboal. There are a handful of white beaches lining the coast of this town, so feel free to go sunbathing on the sand or swimming in the clear waters. You will then sail off the coast to Pescador Island. Located some half an hour boat ride away, this island is the go-to place in Cebu for snorkeling. It has a so-called Turtle Point, where you can go swimming with sea turtles.
When you head back to the mainland, your guide will drive you to Pinagsama Beach for the famous sardine run happens. You will initially undergo a briefing before you head out to the sea with your guide. You will witness the millions of sardines swimming in front of you.
It’s time to leave Cebu and go to Palawan next. You will be checking out of your hotel in Mandaue and flying to Puerto Princesa Airport to spend the rest of your trip in the province. On Day 6, you will make your way to Honda Bay for an enjoyable island-hopping escapade.
The first island on the list is Starfish Island. It was named as such because of the abundance of rock starfishes on the beach and in the waters. There is also plenty of fish here that you can see once you go snorkeling.
From there, you will sail south to Cowrie Island. This island takes the shape of a Cowrie, a group of sea snails, hence its name. It is the biggest and one of the most developed islands in Honda Bay. Upon your arrival on the island, you can go swimming, sunbathing, and banana boat riding.
Your last stop will be at Luli Island. The sandbars here typically disappear when the high tide rolls in, but it still makes for an excellent spot for snorkeling. After enjoying the day, you will return to the mainland and back to your hotel in Sabang for some much-needed rest.
You will explore more of Puerto Princesa on this day, starting with a cruise down the world-renowned Puerto Princesa Underground River. The area represents a significant habitat for biodiversity conservation, so expect to see a myriad of animal and plant species here. Inside the underground river, you will also spot some eye-catching stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations.
After about 45 minutes, you will return to the mainland and off to Puerto Princesa for a city tour. Here, you will stop by Baker’s Hill, a theme park that also operates as a bakery. It is located atop a hill and hosts several restaurants for visitors to enjoy.
Following this, you will stop by Plaza Cuartel, sitting some 10km away from the bakery. The spot used to be a garrison during the world wars but had been developed into a city park for leisure and recreation.
You will also head to the Crocodile Farm for an encounter with the endangered crocodiles before driving to the hilly destination of Mitra’s Ranch. Here, you will enjoy a panoramic vista of the city or go horseback riding and ziplining.
A relaxing stroll along the city’s promenade, the Puerto Princesa Baywalk will cap off your day. Feel free to rent a bike here or munch on some snacks while watching the sunset.
From your hotel in Sabang, your guide will drive you to the northern tip of the province, where El Nido is located. Upon your arrival, you will head to your hotel in Lio to drop off your things before making your way to the boat terminal at Bacuit Bay. Your boat here will then take you to the natural attractions across the bay for an island hopping tour, starting with the Big Lagoon.
To reach the lagoon, you have to pass through a narrow and shallow entrance that will lead you to the beautiful pool enclosed between limestone cliffs. You can swim and go diving here, but for the best experience, make sure to go kayaking, too.
From there, your boat will sail to Miniloc Island next. This paradise-like island is home to pristine white sand beaches and limestone mountains. You will also find the Secret Lagoon here, which is hidden behind a massive limestone wall.
After your off-coast trip, you will return to the mainland to enjoy the Seven Commandos Beach. Go beach bumming on the white sand and swim in the crystal clear waters. To cap off your day, you will visit Shimizu Island. It is among the best snorkeling spots in Bacuit Bay as it features excellent corals and thriving marine life.
Your vacation ends on Day 9. After checking out of your hotel in Lio, you will ride a van to Puerto Princesa International Airport and board your plane heading to Manila. The aircraft will take you straight to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in about an hour and 35 minutes.
Please bring appropriate clothing. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.
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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.
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.