Philippines

Highlands to Islands 16 days

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.

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.

Highlights

  • Trade the malls of Manila for the quaint markets of Sagada to view the abundance of towering limestone cliffs and the famed hanging coffins.
  • Travel by outrigger boat to the unique Taal Volcano Island before trekking to the rim of one of the world’s smallest active volcano.
  • View the rare and incredible variety of wildlife above and below the sea as you island hop around the striking beaches of El Nido.

We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel Class

Price per person (based on total # travelling)

 2 - 34 - 46
First Class$4,920$4,076$3,950

The Henry Hotel

Offering modern boutique accommodation in the heart of lively Pasay City, and within easy walking distance of the area’s many cultural and architectural highlights, The Henry Hotel is compact...
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Banaue Hotel

Located some 4,000 feet above sea-level, and set in the heart of the world-famous Banaue Rice Terraces, the Banaue Hotel is ideally located for exploring this must-see destination...
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Martha's Hearth

Martha’s Hearth is an attractive two-storey inn, situated just outside the small town of Sagada in an area that’s justifiably famed for its natural beauty. This charming guest house has ...
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Hotel Luna

Hotel Luna is an extravagantly beautiful hotel in Vigan City, situated right in the centre of the Heritage Village. Far more than just a convenient base from which to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site...
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The Henry Hotel

Offering modern boutique accommodation in the heart of lively Pasay City, and within easy walking distance of the area’s many cultural and architectural highlights, The Henry Hotel is compact...
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The Funny Lion

Situated outside Coron Town, the smart and modern Funny Lion may lack the instant beach access offered by many resorts and hotels in Palawan, but it more than makes...

El Nido Miniloc Island Resort

First impressions count, and El Nido Resorts’ Miniloc Island getaway could not score more highly for instant wow factor. Nestled in a perfectly private ultramarine bay at the foot of towering limestone cliffs...
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Superior$5,483$4,639$4,513

The Manila Hotel

Once a favourite of the former First Lady Imelda Marcos, possibly because the suites offered plenty of room for her shoes, the distinguished Manila Hotel is one of the city’s oldest hotels...
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Banaue Hotel

Located some 4,000 feet above sea-level, and set in the heart of the world-famous Banaue Rice Terraces, the Banaue Hotel is ideally located for exploring this must-see destination...
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Martha's Hearth

Martha’s Hearth is an attractive two-storey inn, situated just outside the small town of Sagada in an area that’s justifiably famed for its natural beauty. This charming guest house has ...
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Hotel Luna

Hotel Luna is an extravagantly beautiful hotel in Vigan City, situated right in the centre of the Heritage Village. Far more than just a convenient base from which to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site...
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The Manila Hotel

Once a favourite of the former First Lady Imelda Marcos, possibly because the suites offered plenty of room for her shoes, the distinguished Manila Hotel is one of the city’s oldest hotels...
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Busuanga Bay Lodge

Surrounded by unspoilt islands and turquoise seas that ache to be explored, Busuanga Bay Lodge is ideal for enjoying an action-packed water sports break…
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El Nido Lagen Island Resort

Peeping out of dense forest onto the curving shore of a sheltered lagoon, the El Nido Lagen Island Resort sits in a timeless bubble of natural beauty…
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Deluxe$6,406$5,562$5,436

Discovery Primea Hotel

Designed by an award-winning architect and situated in the heart of bustling Makati Central Business District, the Discovery Primea Hotel boasts a high standard of amenities combined with...
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Banaue Hotel

Located some 4,000 feet above sea-level, and set in the heart of the world-famous Banaue Rice Terraces, the Banaue Hotel is ideally located for exploring this must-see destination...
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Martha's Hearth

Martha’s Hearth is an attractive two-storey inn, situated just outside the small town of Sagada in an area that’s justifiably famed for its natural beauty. This charming guest house has ...
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Hotel Luna

Hotel Luna is an extravagantly beautiful hotel in Vigan City, situated right in the centre of the Heritage Village. Far more than just a convenient base from which to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site...
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Discovery Primea Hotel

Designed by an award-winning architect and situated in the heart of bustling Makati Central Business District, the Discovery Primea Hotel boasts a high standard of amenities combined with...
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Two Seasons Coron Island Resort

Tucked away on the tip of the idyllic Malaroyroy Peninsula, overlooking two pristine beaches and flanked by jungle-clad mountains the Two Seasons Coron Island Resort blends...
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El Nido Pangulasian Island

El Nido Resorts’ private Pangulasian Island getaway in Bacuit Bay boasts a dreamlike beachfront setting with a backdrop of lush tropical forest. A 750-metre stretch of brilliant white sand...
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Travelling alone? Prices available on request.
At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
Whilst many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.
Please note: During high season periods (such as Easter, Christmas and New Year) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:
  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed (B: Breakfast, L: lunch, D: Dinner)
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:
  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note: All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You will not require a visa to enter the Philippines. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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Kate - Selective Asia consultant

'If you're looking to get under the skin of the Philippines this itinerary is for you - taking you off the well-trodden tourist trails.'

Kate - Philippines tailor-made specialist
Highlands to Islands