The Philippines: Highlands to Islands

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Run by: Selective Asia

Reference number: The Philippines: Highlands to Islands

From: £2832.00

Mention the Philippines and it’s white sand beaches and crystal clear waters that spring to mind. However, there’s more to the country’s natural wonders than its idyllic coastline and our Highlands to Islands itinerary showcases these contrasting landscapes. The first nine days of the trip focuses on the island province of Luzon.

You will spend time in the heart of the mountainous Cordillera region, visiting traditional villages and exploring the ancient rice terraces of Banaue, before heading to Vigan – Luzon’s cultural capital and the best-preserved Spanish colonial town in the country. Your final stop in Luzon is Taal Volcano which is reputed to be the world’s smallest active volcano.

Swapping highlands for islands, the next week is spent in the southern province of Palawan. Spend three nights on Busuanga Island with its rolling hills, before finishing your journey at El Nido which comprises of a cluster of limestone islands that rise dramatically out of the sea.

Overview Itinerary

Day 1 - arrive Clark

Day 2 - Clark, Bagabag, Banaue, Banga-an Village

Day 3 - Banaue, Batad Trekking

Day 4 - Banaue, Bontoc Museum, Sagada, Hanging Coffins & Burial Caves

Day 5 - Sagada, Vigan

Day 6 - Vigan Heritage Tour

Day 7 - Vigan, Laoag, Manila

Day 8 - Manila Old & New City Tour

Day 9 - Taal Volcano Trek & Heritage Town Tour

Day 10 - Manila, Busuanga Island

Day 11 - Coron Town Tour

Day 12 - Busuanga Island Hopping Tour

Day 13 - Busuanga Island, Coron Town, El Nido

Day 14 - El Nido Island Hopping

Day 15 - El Nido

Day 16 - depart El Nido


As with all our itineraries, we have created free time for you to enjoy as you please. If you would prefer a more ‘complete’ travel programme, we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.


This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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