Northern Philippines and Palawan Adventure

Classic, Manila to Manila

Image by G Adventures

Tour description provided by G Adventures

Go off the beaten Southeast Asia path – you know you want to. This 17-day journey takes you from the northern end of this 6,000-plus island archipelago to the famed crystal blue waters of Palawan. Start your adventure in bustling Manila before paying a visit to the dramatic rice terraces of Banaue. Next up is Sagada, a place that feels shrouded in mystery. Then, hop on over to Palawan for subterranean rivers, beaches, and stunning scenery. Ready for something different? Say hello to the Philippines.

What’s included

  • Bayombong museum visit
  • Ancient rice terraces visit (Banaue)
  • Museum of Mountain Culture (Sagada)
  • World heritage-listed Paoay Church visit
  • Puerto Princesa city tour
  • Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park visit
  • Island-hopping snorkelling tour (El Nido)
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Get your fill of scenic rice terrace views
  • Shop the markets of laoag
  • Explore the caves or see the hanging coffins of sagada
  • Experience puerto princesa's subterranean river
  • Relax or snorkel in el nido


Day 1 Manila There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Manila/Banaue (1B) 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. Included Activities: Provincial Museum Visit Tam-an Village Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Banaue/Sagada (1B) 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. Included Activities: Rice Terraces Tour Museum of Mountain Culture Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Sagada (1B) 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 (1B) 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. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Vigan (1B) 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 (1B) 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. Included Activities: Paoay Church Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s)) Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Manila (1B) Opt to join the group for a final dinner together in the evening. Included Activities: Intramuros Visit
Day 9 Manila (1B) Explore this bustling city with free time.
Day 10 Manila/Puerto Princesa (1B) Fly to Puerto Princesa, the capital of the island paradise of Palawan. Tour the town visiting Bakers Hill and the Iwahig Penal Colony. Included Activities: Puerto Princesa City Tour Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Puerto Princesa/El Nido (1B, 1L) Explore the underwater cave of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park on an included tour. Later, travel north on Palawan to stunning El Nido, known for its large limestone karsts emerging from the turquoise ocean. Included Activities: Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
Day 12 El Nido (1B, 1L) Enjoy an included snorkelling tour and beach barbecue. Included Activities: Snorkelling Tour
Days 13-14 El Nido Spend the day relaxing on the beach or opt to visit Bacuit Bay, Simezu Island, or Intalula Island.
Day 14 El Nido/Port Barton (1B) Due to the remote and idyllic location of the beach, conveniences are limited. The resort is powered by generators and electricity is only available between 6pm and 12am. There are no ATMs or shops. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s)) Boat (0.25 hour(s))
Day 15 Port Barton (1B) Spend another laid-back day in paradise. Opt to snorkel, hike through the rainforest to a waterfall, or relax on the beach.
Day 16 Port Barton/Manila (1B) After a quick boat ride, drive back to Puerto Princesa for an afternoon flight to Manila. Enjoy one last evening in Manila. Transport: Boat (0.25 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours) Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 17 Manila (1B) Depart at any time.