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Northern Philippines and Palawan Adventure

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 underwater caves, beaches, and stunning scenery. Ready for something different? Say hello to the Philippines.

  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: APNP/205153
  • Starts: Manila, Philippines
  • Finishes: Manila, Philippines
You will Visit
  • Manila
  • Banaue
  • Sagada
  • Vigan
  • Laoag
  • Sabang
  • El Nido
  • Port Barton

Itinerary

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Day 1: Manila

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

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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 rice terrace viewpoint and the nearby village of Tam-an.

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Day 3: Banaue/Sagada

Hop into a local Jeepney and visit the rice terraces of Hapao. In the afternoon, continue on to Sagada with a visit to the Museum of Mountain Culture in Bontoc.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Day 7: Vigan/Laoag

Continue on north to Laoag, visiting the World Heritage-listed Paoay Church and a scenic lake on the way. In Laoag, opt to visit the La Paz sand dunes, the sinking bell tower, or the local market.

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Day 8: Laoag/Manila

Opt to check out the La Paz sand dunes with a free morning. Later, hop on a short flight back to Manila and enjoy a final night in the capital.
Opt to join the group for a final dinner together in the evening.

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Day 9: Manila

Explore this bustling city with free time.

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Day 10: Manila/Sabang

Fly to Puerto Princesa, tour around the town visiting Bakers Hill and the Iwahig Penal Colony.
Hop a flight to Puerto Princesa, the capital of the island paradise of Palawan. On arrival, take a tour of Puerto Princesa.

After, travel to Sabang.

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Day 11: Sabang/El Nido

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.

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Day 12: El Nido

Spend the day relaxing on the beach or opt to visit Bacuit Bay, Simezu Island, or Intalula Island.

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Day 13: El Nido

Enjoy an included snorkelling tour and beach barbecue.

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Day 14: 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.
Due to the remote and idyllic location of the beach, conveniences are limited. The resort is powered by generators and there are no ATMs or shops.

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Day 15: Port Barton

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

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Day 16: Port Barton/Manila

After a quick boat ride, drive back to Puerto Princesa for an afternoon flight to Manila. Enjoy one last evening in Manila.

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Day 17: Manila

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • 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
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (16 nts)
    • 16 breakfasts, 2 lunches
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, Jeepney, plane, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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