20 days in Philippines Itinerary

20 days in Philippines Itinerary

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20 days in Philippines Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  21 h
1
Manila, Luzon
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
El Nido, Palawan Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Tagbilaran City
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
5
Tawala, Panglao Island
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  28 h
End: Lisbon

2
nights
Manila, Luzon

The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Bangkong Kahoy Valley. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Twin Lakes and Monastery of Saint Agustin. Step out of Manila with an excursion to The Fort in Taguig City--about 34 minutes away. There's more to do: admire the striking features of San Sebastian Church and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Manila trip itinerary maker website.

Lisbon, Portugal to Manila is an approximately 21- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Philippines Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in December, things will get warmer in Manila: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Manila

Wildlife Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Makati, Twin Lakes, Bangkong Kahoy Valley, The Fort
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Fort ©
The Fort
Spas & Wellness

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Marimegmeg Beach and Duli Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Simizu Island. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Star Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Small Lagoon, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and head off the coast to Matinloc Island.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the El Nido online route builder .

Fly from Manila to El Nido in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Princesa.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Duli Beach ©
Duli Beach
Marimegmeg Beach ©
Marimegmeg Beach

4
nights
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island

A convenient place to stay when exploring the island, the city of Puerto Princesa sits on the coast in the center of the landmass.
Escape the urban bustle at Nagtabon Beach and Kuyba Almoneca Meditation Garden. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Sakura Charter. There's much more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Palaweno Brewery, kick back and relax at Talaudyong Beach, stroll through Pristine Beach, and look for gifts at Rurungan Sa Tubod Foundation.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Puerto Princesa vacation tool.

Traveling by car from El Nido to Puerto Princesa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Puerto Princesa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tagbilaran City.

Things to do in Puerto Princesa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Sakura Charter
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nagtabon Beach ©
Nagtabon Beach
Kuyba Almoneca Meditation Garden ©
Kuyba Almoneca Meditation Garden

3
nights
Tagbilaran City

Tagbilaran City ©
Tagbilaran, officially the City of Tagbilaran and sometimes referred to as Tagbilaran City, is a city in the Visayas group of islands in the Philippines. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Sta. Monica Church, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dimiao Twin Falls, and then identify plant and animal life at Can-olin Butterfly Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of San Jose, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Island City Mall.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tagbilaran City trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Puerto Princesa to Tagbilaran City in 5.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In January in Tagbilaran City, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Tawala.

Things to do in Tagbilaran City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Can-olin Butterfly Sanctuary, Sta. Monica Church, Dimiao Twin Falls, Mag-Aso Falls
Highlights from your plan
Can-olin Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Can-olin Butterfly Sanctuary
Mag-Aso Falls ©
Mag-Aso Falls
Spas

3
nights
Tawala, Panglao Island

Tawala ©
Ringed with shallow coral reefs and white sandy beaches, Tawala occupies the southeastern portion of Panglao Island, renowned for its premium snorkeling and dive spots.
You've now added Alona Beach to your itinerary. You'll get in some beach time at Doljo Beach and Arko Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tarsier Botanika and St Augustine's Church. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Panglao Beach, admire the striking features of Our Lady of Assumption Church, and step off the mainland to explore Virgin Island.

Before you visit Tawala, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Tagbilaran City to Tawala in an hour. January in Tawala sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Tawala

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Panglao Island, Panglao Beach
Highlights from your plan
Doljo Beach ©
Doljo Beach
Tarsier Botanika ©
Tarsier Botanika
Panglao Beach ©
Panglao Beach

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