Explore some of the best nature and historical attractions in the Philippines with this vacation package that will take you from Manila to Baguio, Dumaguete, Cebu, and Palawan. This package is complete with accommodations, daily breakfast, transfers, entrance fees, and the service of guides. This hassle-free package is the best option for first-time travelers in the Philippines.
Once you arrive at the Ninoy Aquino Airport in Manila, your guide will bring you first to your hotel along Roxas Boulevard. From there, you will then start your tour of Intramuros, Manila. This walled district has been around since the 1500s and now houses a myriad of Spanish-era landmarks.
On Day 2, you will head north to enjoy the scenic attractions of Baguio, including Camp John Hay. Previously a US military base, this mountain resort features a golf course, a butterfly sanctuary, and a picnic area. Another town in the highlands you will be visiting will be La Trinidad, where the famous Strawberry Farm is located.
From Luzon, you will fly to Dumaguete Airport to explore the City of Gentle People, Dumaguete. There tons of historical and scenic sights peppering the town, one of which is Silliman University. This private research university is known as the first American and Protestant-founded institution of higher learning founded in the country and in Asia.
For your second day in Dumaguete, you will go on an off-the-coast trip to the beautiful Apo Island. This site is popular for snorkeling, hiking, and beach bumming. You will enjoy more water activities in Cebu, especially at Kawasan Falls. Tucked away in the town of Badian, the falls boast turquoise natural spring waters.
The last leg of the trip will be a two-day escapade in Palawan. Here, you will go enjoy hopping across the islands in Puerto Princesa’s Honda Bay and cruising the world-famous Underground River. You will then head back to Manila on Day 9.
Witness the marvels of Baguio, Dumaguete, Cebu, and Palawan with this 9-day hassle-free package from Manila. Check availability by choosing a date.
Upon your arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide and taken to your hotel in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard. You will drop off your things here, then make your way to Intramuros.
One of the 16 administrative districts in Manila, Intramuros, has gained popularity due to its unique walled area and abundance of historic structures. One of the sites you will visit here is Fort Santiago. This citadel was commissioned by Spanish governor Miguel López de Legazpi as a defense fortress against pirates.
From the fort, you will then head to the public square of Plaza Roma, considered the heart of Intramuros. You will also get to explore Bahay Tsinoy, a museum featuring national leaders of Chinese descent, the emergence of the Chinese community, and some Tsinoys in nation-building, among others.
About a five-minute walk from the museum is Casa Manila. Commissioned by former First Lady Imelda Marcos during the 1980s, Casa Manila showcases the Spanish colonial architecture and lifestyle. You will then make your way to the San Diego Gardens and Baluarte De San Diego before ending your day with a visit to two of the iconic spots of Intramuros: the San Agustin Church and Museum and Manila Cathedral.
From Manila, your guide will take you to the Luzon highlands, particularly in the chilly city of Baguio. Known to many as the Philippines' Summer Capital, Baguio is located at 5,200 ft above sea level, so make sure to bring your jackets and coats for this tour.
Upon your arrival in the city, you will make your way to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). This premier institution trains young Filipinos who aspire to be part of the country’s Army Forces. While here, you can enjoy the scenery and watch the cadets’ training.
A quick drive from PMA will take you to The Mansion. Apart from being the summer palace of the Philippine President, it also serves as a venue for various international conferences. From there, you will drop by Camp John Hay for some picture-taking. You can opt to go trekking, biking, and even golfing here, as well.
The next spots on your itinerary are Mines View Park, Wright Park, and Centennial Park where you can enjoy more scenic views and fun activities. Before capping off your day, your guide will bring you to the Good Shepherd Convent. This convent sells several local food products as souvenirs, the most popular of which are the purple yam, peanut brittle, and Lengua de Gato (butter cookies).
You will explore more of Luzon highlands with this next tour to the Province of Benguet. Similar to Baguio, the area comes with a chilly climate, so don’t pack away that sweater just yet. Your first destination here will be the La Trinidad Strawberry Farm, where you can enjoy picking strawberries for a fee.
You will drop by Atok Sakura Flowers next. In 2016, the locals planted no less than 30 Sakura trees in this area, giving visitors a feel of Japan. More flowers await you at the Northern Blossom, situated a little over 3km from the Sakura farm. Here, you can spot a variety of vibrant flowers, including cabbage roses, snapdragons, larkspurs, and Matthiola, among others.
From there, your guide will drive you to the 2nd Highest Point, the second-highest spot on the Philippine highway system. It has an elevation of 7,400ft above sea level and features a view deck overlooking the panoramic mountain range of the area.
Before heading south to your hotel in Manila, you will visit the man-made Spanish Trail. The route dates back to the Spanish colonization and stretches up to 3km. Locals used it primarily as a horse trail and footpath before the Halsema Highway’s construction.
On Day 4, you will leave Manila and fly south to Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport in Dumaguete. Here, you will enjoy a full-day tour of the city, starting with the Silliman University. Featuring a 62-hectare campus, the university is the country’s first American and Protestant-founded institution of higher learning.
A quick walk from the campus will take you to Rizal Boulevard, the city’s promenade. You can enjoy the scenic coastline of Dumaguete here while strolling along the beach and munching on some snacks.
Your next stop will be St. Catherine de Alexandria Cathedral. Built in 1754, this Roman Catholic church features intricate altarpieces and serves as the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dumaguete’s seat. Next to the church is the oldest bell tower in the region, the Dumaguete Campanario.
From there, you will make your way to the Dumaguete Public Market, the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park, and the Claytown Pottery next. You will also explore the Sidlakang Negros Village, where handicrafts and delicacies are sold.
Afterward, enjoy a sumptuous lunch at Lab-as Seafoods before continuing your tour in the town of Valencia. This is where the mountain resort of Forest Camp and the museum of World War II artifacts called Cata-al War Museum are situated. You will cap off your day with a visit to the town of Bacong to check out the century-old San Agustin Church and the Negros Oriental Arts & Heritage Center.
From your hotel in Dumaguete, your guide will take you to the Malatapay Boat Terminal, located about 24km away. A pump boat will be waiting for you here to take you off the coast to Apo Island. Sitting on the southeastern tip of Negros Island, Apo Island has become a popular diving site in the country over the years. This comes as no surprise as it houses a marine reserve with a variety of sea critters to see.
Upon docking on the beach of the island, you will make your way to the turtle site. Numerous turtles hang out in this area, so you can freely swim and snorkel with them. You can also spot an extensive coral garden here, along with some schools of colorful fish. If you get tired of the water, feel free to enjoy the pristine beach and relax along the shore.
Apart from the water activities, you can also trek to Apo Island Lighthouse or the Apo View Deck. There are several trails on the island that you can explore, three of which are the 600m Habagat Eco-Trail, David's Trek, and Witchy's Trail. These routes will lead you to a sweeping view of Negros Island’s coastline.
From your hotel in Dumaguete, you will board a ferry in Sibulan that will take you to the province Cebu. You will enjoy some exciting water activities here, starting at the Kawasan Falls in Badian. Nestled in the jungles of the town, this 40-meter-high fall is popular for its cool natural spring waters and refreshing atmosphere.
Following this, you will head to the town of Moalboal to enjoy its many white beaches. Feel free to go on a quick swim and do some sunbathing here before boarding the boat that will take you to Pescador Island.
Situated about half an hour from the mainland, this island is known as the perfect spot for snorkeling. While here, you will stop by Turtle Point, as well, to get a glimpse of the sea turtles. Afterward, you will sail back to Moalboal and drive to the nearby Pinagsama Beach for the epic sardine run.
The sardine run is a year-round phenomenon in Cebu. Once you arrive at the beach, you will attend a quick briefing before donning your gear. Your guide will then lead you out to sea, where you can spot the millions of sardines that will cloud the area. Make sure to capture tons of photos as souvenirs. After the activity, you will retreat to your hotel in Argao.
After checking out of your hotel in Argao, you will head to Mactan-Cebu International Airport, where you will board a plane for Puerto Princesa Airport in Palawan. This is where you will spend your next two days.
On your first day in Palawan, your guide will bring you to Honda Bay. A boat will be waiting for you here to sail you across the sea to your first island of the day, Starfish Island. This spot is named after the numerous rock starfishes peppering the beach and the sea. There are no jellyfish here, so enjoy swimming and snorkeling with the bloating puffers and rainbow parrotfish.
South of Starfish Island is Cowrie Island, known as the largest one in Honda Bay. This island is probably the most developed as it offers dining facilities, water sports equipment, and even volleyball equipment. That said, you can go banana boat riding and enjoy a hearty meal here.
Your last stop of the day will be at Luli Island. Featuring sandbars that disappear at high tide, Luli comes from the words “lulubog” and “lilitaw,” which translates to “sinking” and “appearing” respectively. Enjoy some last-minute swimming here before returning to the mainland and to your Sabang hotel.
From your Sabang hotel, your guide will drive you to Sabang Wharf to jump-start your Puerto Princesa Underground River tour. This world-renowned attraction is packed with eye-catching rock formations, stalactites, and stalagmites, some of which have distinct shapes like vegetables, Pegasus, Jesus Christ.
After your 45-minute river cruise, your boat will take you back to the wharf for a city tour of Puerto Princesa City, starting with Baker’s Hill. This theme park operates as a bakery, as well, and sells a variety of baked goods. You can also find some restaurants here in case you want a quick bite.
Following this, you will make your way to Plaza Cuartel. The plaza has towering trees and benches for relaxation and enough space for recreation. About 14km from the plaza is the Crocodile Farm, where endangered crocodiles and other animals are kept.
You will also visit Mitra’s Ranch, formally known as Sta. Monica Ranch. The spot sits atop a hill overlooking the city. They also offer horseback riding, ziplining, trampolining, and sky bridge walking. Before returning to your hotel in Sabang, you will stop by the city’s promenade, the Puerto Princesa Baywalk. Bike rentals and food stalls are available in the area.
It’s time to leave Palawan and head back to Manila. You will be checking out of your accommodation in Sabang before making your way to the Puerto Princesa International Airport. You will then arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport after a flight of about an hour and 30 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.
The season for dolphin watching in Dumaguete is from March to October and is subject to weather and wind conditions. If off-season or on days when the northeast monsoon is strong, dolphin watching may not be possible. During Habagat/ Southwest monsoon Season (June-October), boat ride to Apo Island may be rough.
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.