Amazing Philippines Travel Itineraries For 2-3 Weeks
The Philippines is definitely a must-visit destination in Southeast Asia with more than 7,000 islands. Many come for its pristine islands and beaches, while others go for the lush mountains and wildlife. This tropical island nation has got them all covered. If you’re wondering what you could do and enjoy in a Philippines holiday for nearly 2-3 weeks, have a look at our suggested tour routes below and design your perfect own.
Itinerary #1: Best of Luzon and Visayas
Day 1 Welcome to Manila!
Day 2 Fly from Manila to Puerto Princesa. Drive to Sabang
Day 3 Explore Sabang
Day 4 Drive back to Puerto Princesa. Fly to Cebu
Day 5 Explore Cebu
Day 6 Day trip to Bohol
Day 7 Fly from Cebu to Boracay
Day 8 Free day
Day 9 Day trip around Boracay
Day 10 Fly from Boracay to Manila
Luzon and Visayas are two of the three main island groups in the Philippines that comprise the most famous tourist destinations in the country, such as Palawan, Coron, Cebu, Bohol, and Boracay. A visit to these regions is a perfect trip for any solo travels, couple vacations or family holidays. On this 10-day Best of Luzon and Visayas, you will have a chance to visit some of these destinations with enough time for both exploration and relaxation.
After arriving in the capital city Manila, you will take a short flight to Puerto Princesa, the nerve centre of activities in Palawan on the next day. Spend some time to visit interesting sites like Plaza Cuartel and Immaculate Conception Cathedral before driving to Sabang, about 2 hours drive away, for your two-night stay. On day three, travel to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park to explore the world's longest underground river.
The next three days, you will fly to Cebu island, take a cultural tour around its heritage trail and enjoy a day trip to nearby Bohol island. Be sure to bring your camera to take beautiful photos of the famous Chocolate Hills and Man-made forest.
For the rest time of the tour, you’ll unwind in the tropical paradise Boracay. Enjoy lazing on the pristine white-sand beaches or embark on a boat trip to the bay for swimming and snorkelling. On day ten, savour your breakfast and take a flight back to Manila.
Itinerary #2: Essential Philippines
Day 1 Welcome to Manila!
Day 2 Manila city tour
Day 3 Fly from Manila to El Nido
Day 4 El Nido island hopping tour
Day 5 Free day
Day 6 Drive from El Nido to Sabang. Boat trip
Day 7 Sabang day tour
Day 8 Fly from Puerto Princesa to Cebu. Drive to Oslob
Day 9 Take the ferry to Bohol
Day 10 Bohol day tour. Take the ferry to Cebu
Day 11 Fly from Cebu to Caticlan. Take a boat to Boracay
Day 12 Free day
Day 13 Free day
Day 14 Take the boat back to Caticlan. Fly from Caticlan to Manila
For first-time travellers to the Philippines or those looking to a real tropical getaway, this 2-week long Essential Philippines Tour is a perfect option. Start in the capital city of Manila, you will kick off with a pleasant day tour around its highlights and have a glimpse of the country’s rich history. On day three, you’ll take a morning flight to Palawan island and head to El Nido town.
The next two days, you’ll relax on the beautiful beaches of El Nido, embark on boat tours to smaller islands or explore further into the main island. On day six, you’ll drive to Sabang town in Puerto Princesa and then join an afternoon boat tour through the mangroves that surround Sabang. Spend day seven up close with the natural wonder of Sabang. You’ll explore Ugong Park and Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park to see the longest underground river in the world.
You’ll then head to Cebu, the oldest city and first capital of the Philippines, and transfer to Oslob where you can have a unique experience of swimming with whale sharks in the early morning. After breakfast on day ten, discover the stunning natural beauty of Bohol. You’ll take a guided tour of the city, visiting the famous Chocolate Hills, waterfalls of Pangas, Butterfly Farm, as well as a tarsier sanctuary to see the smallest primate in the world.
You will spend the next three days in Boracay, where you can unwind on white-sand beaches or soak in the crystal clear waters. You’ll return to Manila on the final day for your onward flight.
Itinerary #3: Hidden Paradise Philippines
Day 1 Arrive in Cebu. Drive to Oslob
Day 2 Cebu day tour
Day 3 Take a ferry to Maayo. Transfer to Dumaguete
Day 4 Day tour to Apo island
Day 5 Take the boat from Dumaguete to Siquijor
Day 6 Free day
Day 7 Free day
Day 8 Take the ferry to Bohol. Drive to Loboc
Day 9 Bohol day tour
Day 10 Take the ferry back to Cebu. Fly to Siargao
Day 11 Free day
Day 12 Free day
Day 13 Fly Siargao - Manila & Manila - Busuanga. Drive to Coron
Day 14 Coron island hopping tour
Day 15 Take the boat to El Nido
Day 16 El Nido island hopping tour
Day 17 Free day
Day 18 Fly from El Nido to Manila
Day 19 Manila city tour. Departure
If you want more relaxation and beach time in your Philippines holiday, this 19-day Hidden Paradise Philippines is a great tour plan. Your exploration of the Philippines begins in Cebu; you’ll have two days upfront to enjoy some adventures in Kawasan waterfalls as well as have an opportunity to swim with whale sharks in the blue waters of Oslob. On day three you’ll take a ferry transfer to Maayo, then drive to Dumaguete. The next morning, you’ll embark on a boat trip to Apo Island, where you can snorkel and dive in an exotic marine sanctuary.
You’ll spend the next three days relaxing in Siquijor, with ample chances of visiting pristine beaches, touring fishing villages or exploring Cambugahay waterfalls. You’ll then head to Bohol island and spend a day discovering its peculiar landscapes, like Chocolate Hills and Pangas waterfalls.
After breakfast on day ten, take a flight from Cebu to Siargao, a calm tropical paradise in the Philippines. In Siargao, you can enjoy plenty of beach time, visit enchanting lagoons or rent a motorbike and explore further in the interior.
On day thirteen, you’ll take two flights from Siargao to Manila, then to Busuanga before driving to Coron and freely exploring the town’s attractions. The next morning, you’ll go island hopping in Bangka boat and travel around Coron Bay with many beautiful island stops. The journey continues with the next three days in El Nido, where you can bask in the sun, admire splendid seascapes or take in the adventure of mountain biking.
You’ll return to Manila on day eighteen; relax or visit any sites or enjoy shopping. On the final day, you’ll learn the history of the Philippines on a walking tour around the famous Intramuros area as well as Binondo and Quiapo area before heading to the airport for your flight home.
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