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The Best Philippines Tour for the First-time Travelers

This 10-day Philippines tour will take you through the capital city of Manila and 3 famous tourists destinations in Palawan island.

First explore the historical and cultural landmarks of bustling Manila. Then travel to Puerto Princesa, Port Barton and El Nido, to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of lush primitive forests, crystal blue waters, white sandy beaches, amazing limestone formations etc. Also experience exciting moments like island hopping, swimming and snorkelling etc.
Travel Route: Manila - Puerto Princesa - Port Barton - El Nido
Day: 10
Best for: First-timers
Tour Type: Escorted private tour with personal tour guide and vehicle
Why Travel with Us
We Live in this Country:
The specialist who designs this trip have lived in this country for several years, in some cases, born here. Our first-hand knowledge will help you have an authentic experience, making the most of your vaction.
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We guarantee 100% deposite refund during the pandemic, and provide 24/7 emergency service during the trip.


Discover the top sights of Manila

Visit the City of Makati and Old Manila, including landmarks such as Rizal Park, San Agustin Church, American Cemetery and Memorial, and the old walled city of Intramuros etc.

Explore natural wonders of Puerto Princesa

Visit the famed Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with incredible subterranean river system; also visit the Iwahig Prison, known as the "prison without walls".

Enjoy island hopping in Port Barton

Take a boat trip to visit amazing sights including German Island, Twin Reef, Wide Reef, Exotic Island; enjoy the beaches and simple village atmosphere of Port Barton.

Admire the incredible islands and beaches of El Nido

Take an island hopping journey to visit Shimizu Island, Seven Commandos Beach, Helicopter Island, Star Beach etc; have your free time to leisurely explore the lagoons, towering cliffs, turquoise waters etc.

Fort Santiago
Underground River
Port Barton

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Manila Arrival
Welcome to Manila!
Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at Manila Airport and take you to your hotel.
After a short rest, you can go to Manila Bay for a walk and enjoy the beautiful bay scenery.
Stay overnight in Manila.
Day 2: Old & New Manila City Tour
Today you will spend a full day exploring the city of Manila. After breakfast, you will first visit the heart of the Philippines’ financial center: Makati.
Then, the tour will take you to visit Nielson Tower, where the Filipinas Heritage Library collection is kept.
Next, continue your journey to the American Cemetery and Memorial. The cemetery dates to World War II and holds the largest number of US soldiers killed in WWII of any cemetery in the world, in addition to soldiers from the Philippines and other Allied nations.
In the afternoon, you will drive along pretty Roxas Boulevard to Old Manila, passing through Rizal Park to arrive at the old walled city of Intramuros, the oldest district in Manila.
In old Manila, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed San Agustin Church, one of the country’s oldest churches. You are able to get a closer look at the old walls, church ruins, and other remains from the Spanish colonial era.
Later, you will visit Fort Santiago, one of Manila's most important historical sites. It was built by the Spanish in the late 1500s, the fort fell under the rule of successive colonial powers throughout the centuries.
After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Stay overnight in Manila.
San Agustin Church, one of the oldest churches in Manila.
Day 3: Manila to Puerto Princesa
In the morning, you will take a flight to Puerto Princesa, which is a coast city on the Palawan Island. Upon arrival, you will transfer to the hotel for check-in and have a rest.
In the afternoon, you will head to visit the Iwahig Prison, which is known as the "prison without walls”. Here inmates control how the prison functions. You can meet and interact with some inmates and hear their stories.
Stay overnight in Puerto Princesa.
Iwahig Prison is known as the "prison without walls”.
Day 4: Puerto Princesa to Port Barton
After breakfast, you will go to visit the famous Underground River, which is also known as Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. You will take a boat to go through the incredible subterranean river system, and get amazed by the beautiful stalactites and stalagmites in the caves.
In the afternoon, you will transfer to Port Barton, a stunning fishing village in the northern part of Palawan Island. You will be immediately attracted by the calm waters, white sand beach, pristine rainforest, and hospitable locals here.
Stay overnight in Port Barton.
Underground River has an incredible subterranean river system.
Day 5: Port Barton Island Hopping
Today, you will enjoy a boat tour to explore the nearby islands and reefs. You will first sail to German Island, where you can enjoy a real paradise of white sand and turquoise water.
Then go to Twin Reef, one of the most famous snorkeling sites in Port Barton, to snorkel and discover the fantastic underwater world. You may probably spot a sea turtle or two here.
Next, you will journey to more popular spots in Palawan, such as Wide Reef, Exotic Island, where you can relax by the shore, swim or snorkel to your heart’s content, before return to your hotel.
Stay overnight in Port Barton.
Port Barton Island Hopping offers fantastic experience to explore islands and reefs.
Day 6: Port Barton to El Nido
In the morning, you will leave Port Barton and travel north to El Nido. Surrounded by islands and cliffs, El Nido is famous for having one of the most breathtaking and jaw-dropping geological formations in the world.
Upon arrival, you will transfer to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you to have a rest or explore the beach.
Stay overnight in El Nido.
Day 7: El Nido Island Hopping
Today you will have a wonderful island hopping tour to explore the most popular spots in El Nido, including the Shimizu Island, Seven Commandos Beach, Helicopter Island, Star Beach, and Matinloc Shrine.
You will travel between the islands, enjoy the emerald waters, swim and snorkel to find incredible reefs and try to spot some unique wildlife.
Stay overnight in El Nido.
Shimizu Island, one of most popular spots in El Nido.
Day 8-9: El Nido Free Activities
For the last couple days of the trip, you are free to arrange your own activities in El Nido. You can rent a motorbike or take a boat to explore the lagoons, hidden beaches, and small remote islands.
Also, you can climb up to the top of one of the cliffs surrounding El Nido bay and get the most spectacular views in the area; head out to enjoy a relaxing full body massage; or explore the surrounding areas.
Stay overnight in El Nido.
Enjoy the spectacular views of El Nido beach.
Day 10: El Nido to Puerto Princesa; Puerto Princesa Departure
Say goodbye to the Philippines!
In the morning, you will transfer to Puerto Princesa, and then transfer to Puerto Princesa International Airport for your flight to your next destination.
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Service Included

Private English-speaking tour guide
All entrance ticket fees for sightseeing listed in the itinerary
Private van for land transportation
Meals as specified in the itinerary
Hotel accommodation
Governmental taxes

Service Excluded

International air tickets
Visa Handling fee, visa stamp fee
Meals as not listed in the itinerary
Tips and gratitude to the guide and driver
Surcharge for public holidays (if any)
Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, etc.

The Philippines Travel Restriction

As of April 1, 2022, the Philippines is fully open to international travelers who have been fully vaccinated. In addition to the necessary tourist visa, you will only need to provide the vaccination certificate and travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage.

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