The Philippines is an archipelago of over 7,000 islands.  What’s more, it’s a dream destination for travelers seeking pristine beaches, vibrant cities, rich culture and diverse landscapes.  Planning a two-week trip can be daunting with so much to see and do.  However, we’ve crafted the perfect itinerary to ensure you experience the best of the Philippines.  From the bustling streets of Manila to the serene shores of Palawan, this 2-week Philippines itinerary covers it all.

Day 1-3: Manila – The Capital Experience

Day 1-3: Manila – The Capital Experience

Day 1: Arrival and Acclimatization

  • Morning: Arrive in Manila, the capital city.  Check into your hotel and take some time to rest after your flight.
  • Afternoon: Explore Intramuros, the historic walled city.  Visit Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church.
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Bonifacio Global City (BGC).  Indeed, a modern district known for its vibrant nightlife.

Day 2: Cultural Immersion

  • Morning: Visit the National Museum of the Philippines to get an overview of the country’s history and culture.
  • Afternoon: Head to Rizal Park and pay homage to the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.
  • Evening: Experience the cultural show and dinner at Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant in Intramuros.

Day 3: Modern Manila

  • Morning: Explore Makati’s Ayala Museum and the bustling Greenbelt shopping district.
  • Afternoon: Take a food tour in Binondo, Manila’s Chinatown.  In fact, one of the oldest Chinatowns in the world.
  • Evening: Relax at your hotel or explore the nightlife in Poblacion, Makati.

Day 4-6: Banaue and Sagada – Mountains and Rice Terraces

Day 4-6: Banaue and Sagada – Mountains and Rice Terraces

Day 4: Journey to Banaue

  • Morning: Take an early morning bus or private transport to Banaue, home to the famous rice terraces.
  • Afternoon: Check into your accommodation and take a leisurely walk to admire the nearby rice terraces.
  • Evening: Enjoy a traditional Ifugao dinner at a local eatery.

Day 5: Exploring Banaue Rice Terraces

  • Morning: Hike the Banaue Rice Terraces, often referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”
  • Afternoon: Visit the nearby Batad Rice Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Evening: Return to your accommodation and relax after a day of hiking.

Day 6: Sagada Adventures

  • Morning: Travel to Sagada, a town known for its hanging coffins and caves.
  • Afternoon: Explore the Sumaguing Cave or take a guided tour to see the hanging coffins.
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner at a local café and soak in the cool mountain air.

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Day 7-9: Cebu – The Queen City of the South

Day 7-9: Cebu – The Queen City of the South

Day 7: Arrival in Cebu

  • Morning: Fly from Manila to Cebu City.
  • Afternoon: Visit the Basilica del Santo Niño and Magellan’s Cross.
  • Evening: Dine at the Larsian BBQ, a popular spot for grilled food.

Day 8: Moalboal and Kawasan Falls

  • Morning: Head to Moalboal for snorkeling or diving at Pescador Island and the famous sardine run.
  • Afternoon: Visit Kawasan Falls for a refreshing swim in its turquoise waters.
  • Evening: Return to Cebu City and explore the city’s nightlife.

Day 9: Oslob Whale Sharks and Sumilon Island

  • Morning: Travel to Oslob for a once-in-a-lifetime experience of swimming with whale sharks.
  • Afternoon: Take a boat ride to Sumilon Island for some beach time and snorkeling.
  • Evening: Return to Cebu City and rest.

Day 10-12: Bohol – Chocolate Hills and Tarsiers

Day 10-12: Bohol – Chocolate Hills and Tarsiers

Day 10: Arrival in Bohol

  • Morning: Take a ferry from Cebu to Bohol.
  • Afternoon: Visit the Tarsier Sanctuary to see the world’s smallest primates.
  • Evening: Check into your hotel in Panglao Island and relax.

Day 11: Chocolate Hills and Adventure Park

  • Morning: Visit the iconic Chocolate Hills, a geological formation of over 1,200 mounds.
  • Afternoon: Enjoy activities at the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park, such as ATV rides and zip-lining.
  • Evening: Return to Panglao and enjoy dinner by the beach.

Day 12: Island Hopping

  • Morning: Go on an island-hopping tour to Balicasag and Virgin Islands for snorkeling and dolphin watching.
  • Afternoon: Relax on Alona Beach.
  • Evening: Have a beachside dinner and watch the sunset.

Day 13-15: Palawan – Pristine Paradise

Day 13-15: Palawan – Pristine Paradise

Day 13: Arrival in El Nido

  • Morning: Fly from Cebu to El Nido, Palawan.
  • Afternoon: Check into your resort and explore the town.
  • Evening: Enjoy a beachfront dinner at one of El Nido’s many restaurants.

Day 14: Island Hopping in El Nido

  • Morning: Take the popular Tour A.  Which includes visits to the Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Secret Lagoon as well as Shimizu Island.
  • Afternoon: Continue your island-hopping tour and enjoy snorkeling and swimming.
  • Evening: Return to your resort and relax.

Day 15: Last Day in Paradise

  • Morning: Take a leisurely breakfast and spend the morning on the beach.
  • Afternoon: Prepare for your journey back home, reflecting on the incredible experiences of your two-week adventure.
  • Evening: Fly back to Manila and catch your connecting flight home.

Practical Tips for Your Trip

Practical Tips for Your Trip

  • Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers health, accidents and trip cancellations.
  • Local Currency: The Philippine peso (PHP) is the local currency.  Carry cash for smaller purchases and in remote areas.
  • Safety: While the Philippines is generally safe, always be mindful of your belongings and avoid less crowded areas at night.
  • Health Precautions: Stay hydrated, use sunscreen and be cautious with street food to avoid stomach issues.

Enjoy This 2 Week Philippines Itinerary

This 2 week Philippines itinerary offers a blend of urban exploration, cultural immersion, outdoor adventures and beach relaxation.  By following this guide, you’ll experience the diverse beauty and rich culture of the Philippines.  As a result, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.  Whether it’s your first visit or a return trip, the Philippines promises an unforgettable adventure.  Thus, safe travels and enjoy every moment of your journey!