29 days in Philippines Itinerary

29 days in Philippines Itinerary

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29 days in Philippines Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Banaue, Luzon
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
2
Tawala, Panglao Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  3​h 30​min
4
Boracay
— 7 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
El Nido, Palawan Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Manila, Luzon
— 6 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Toronto

1
day
Banaue, Luzon

Banaue ©
Surrounded by aesthetically pleasing and historically important rice terraces, the town of Banaue brings in many visitors each day, drawn to its World Heritage-listed agricultural sites.
On the 4th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Banaue Museum, then don't miss a visit to Banaue Rice Terraces, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Batad Rice Terraces, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Tappiyah Falls.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Banaue trip builder app .

Toronto, Canada to Banaue is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Banaue, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tawala.

Things to do in Banaue

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Banaue Rice Terraces ©
Banaue Rice Terraces
Batad Rice Terraces ©
Batad Rice Terraces
Banaue Museum ©
Banaue Museum

2
nights
Tawala, Panglao Island

Tawala ©
Our Lady of Assumption Church and Nova Shells Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Alona Beach and Virgin Island.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tawala tour planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Banaue to Tawala in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cebu City.

Things to do in Tawala

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Panglao Island, Hinagdanan Cave, Baclayon Church
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Alona Beach ©
Alona Beach
Dumaluan Beach ©
Dumaluan Beach
Doljo Beach ©
Doljo Beach

5
nights
Cebu City, Cebu Island

Cebu City ©
The country's second city, Cebu City boasts a number of interesting colonial buildings, thriving commercial areas, and historic temples.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica del Santo Nino and Fort San Pedro. Relax by the water at Magellan's Cross and Taoist Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cebu City: Lapu Lapu (Lapu Lapu Statue, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more) and Sibonga (Monastery of the Holy Eucharist & Simala Parish Church). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, examine the collection at Paulina Constancia Museum of Naive Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Leah, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Chaplaincy.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cebu City trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Tawala to Cebu City in 4.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cebu City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Cebu City

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Lapu Lapu, Sibonga, Simala Shrine
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Basilica del Santo Nino ©
Basilica del Santo Nino
Magellan's Cross ©
Magellan's Cross
Fort San Pedro ©
Fort San Pedro

7
nights
Boracay

Boracay ©
All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church and Sea Shell Collection by Argonauta Boracay. Relax by the water at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) and White Beach. There's lots more to do: stroll through Diniwid Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Ariel's Point, and head off the coast to Boracay Waters.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Boracay online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Cebu City to Boracay by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Boracay can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) ©
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)
White Beach ©
White Beach
Diniwid Beach ©
Diniwid Beach

5
nights
El Nido, Palawan Island

The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nacpan Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Relax by the water at Small Lagoon and Seven Commando Beach. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Big Lagoon, head off the coast to Snake Island (Vigan Island), kick back and relax at Las Cabanas Beach, and stroll through Hidden Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our El Nido trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to El Nido in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Manila.

Things to do in El Nido

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nacpan Beach ©
Nacpan Beach
Las Cabanas Beach ©
Las Cabanas Beach

6
nights
Manila, Luzon

Manila ©
The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Intramuros and Manila Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fort Santiago and Quiapo Church. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at San Agustin Church, browse the different shops at Robinsons Place Mall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Binondo Church, and see the interesting displays at National Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Manila online route planner .

Traveling by flight from El Nido to Manila takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Manila can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manila

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Intramuros ©
Intramuros
San Agustin Church ©
San Agustin Church
Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago

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