Northern Philippines and Palawan Adventure

Classic, Manila to Puerto Princesa

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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

  • 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 There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Meet Your CEO and Group
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) Visit Intramuros and learn about the Spanish history of the country. Explore this bustling city with free time. Included Activities: Intramuros Visit
Day 9 Manila/El Nido (1B) Fly to stunning El Nido, known for its large limestone karsts emerging from the turquoise ocean. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 10 El Nido (1B, 1L) Enjoy an included snorkelling tour and beach barbecue. Included Activities: Snorkelling Tour
Day 11 El Nido (1B) Spend the day relaxing on the beach or opt to visit Bacuit Bay, Simezu Island, or Intalula Island.
Day 12 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 13 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 14 Port Barton/Puerto Princesa (1B) 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. Included Activities: Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park Visit Transport: Boat (0.25 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 15 Puerto Princesa (1B) Tour the town visiting Bakers Hill and the Iwahig Penal Colony. Included Activities: Puerto Princesa City Tour
Day 16 Puerto Princesa (1B) Depart at any time.
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