Northern Philippines and Palawan Adventure

Classic, Manila to Puerto Princesa
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Tour description

The colourful culture, pristine beaches, and colonial history of the Philippines aren't easy to capture in just one trip but this 16-day tour is a pretty decent effort. Envelop yourself in colonial history within Manila's former walled centre and the charming town of Vigan, embark on a subterranean boat ride through an underground cave system, and visit a self-governing penal colony. The Philippines' beaches are some of the world's best, so we've left plenty of time for snorkelling or simply just lounging on the beaches of El Nido. This way, your knowledge of the country will only deepen alongside your tan.

What's included

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Bayombong museum visit
  • Ancient rice terraces visit (Banaue)
  • Museum of Mountain Culture (Sagada)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Paoay Church visit
  • Intramuros visit
  • Puerto Princesa city tour, including Iwahig Penal Colony visit
  • Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park visit
  • Island-hopping snorkelling tour (El Nido)
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • See the spanish colonial town of vigan
  • Gaze over rice terraces in hapao
  • Snorkel above el nido's coral system
  • Lounge on a secluded beach in port barton
  • Boat through an underwater cave

Itinerary

Day 1: Manila Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Manila/Banaue Travel through the stunning mountainous landscape to Banaue. Stop en route for lunch and photo ops. Visit the Provincial Museum in Bayombong to learn more about Luzon. After the long drive, stretch your legs on a short hike to the local market in downtown Banaue.

Day 3: Banaue/Sagada Hop into a local Jeepney and visit the rice terraces of Batad. In the afternoon, continue on to Sagada with a visit to the Museum of Mountain Culture in Bontoc.

Day 4: Sagada Explore the outdoor paradise of Sagada. Opt to hike or visit caves, the hanging coffins, or waterfalls set into the lush green landscape.

Day 5: Sagada/Vigan Travel via Cerventes to Vigan, a beautifully preserved Spanish colonial town. In the evening, opt to visit the World Heritage-listed Santa Maria Church or to view the dancing fountain.

Day 6: Vigan Spend a free day exploring this lovely city. Opt to visit the pottery shop and local handloom weavers or take a horse drawn carriage tour.

Day 7: Vigan/Manila Continue north to Laoag, visiting the World Heritage-listed Paoay Church and a scenic lake on the way. Continue to the airport for a flight back to Manila.

Day 8: Manila Visit Intramuros and learn about the Spanish history of the country. Explore this bustling city with free time.

Day 9: Manila/El Nido Fly to stunning El Nido, known for its large limestone karsts emerging from the turquoise ocean.

Day 10: El Nido Enjoy an included snorkelling tour and beach barbecue.

Day 11: El Nido Spend the day relaxing on the beach or opt to visit Bacuit Bay, Simezu Island, or Intalula Island.

Day 12: El Nido/Port Barton Travel south to untouched Port Barton. After a short boat ride, arrive at a secluded beach resort and enjoy free time to soak up the beautiful surroundings.

Day 13: Port Barton Spend another laid-back day in paradise. Opt to snorkel, hike through the rainforest to a waterfall, or relax on the beach.

Day 14: Port Barton/Puerto Princesa After a quick boat ride, drive to the capital Puerto Princesa. On the way, explore the underwater cave of the Subterranean River National Park on an included tour.

Day 15: Puerto Princesa Tour the town visiting Bakers Hill and the Iwahig Penal Colony.

Day 16: Puerto Princesa Depart at any time.