9-Day Palawan Island Getaway with Manila Discovery

Tour Route: Manila - Puerto Princesa - El Nido - Manila

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  • Tour Code: ODY-PH-001
  • Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
  • Travel Date: Private tour with flexible travel date
  • Price Inclusions: All transportation mentioned in the itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
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Day 1: Welcome to Manila

On arrival in Manila, you will be met by your private guide and driver and then escorted to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to discover this dynamic city. 

Overnight: Manila

Day 2: Charming Manila City Tour

Manila is the capital of the Philippines, which is the home to many significant architectural and cultural landmarks of the country.

Your full-day private tour today will start with the Casa Manila Museum and the San Agustin Church. Afterward, take a ‘calesa’, a horse-drawn carriage which is still being used as a form of public transport, to the Manila Cathedral. Walk to Fort Santiago and Rizal Shrine. Continue the tour to see the bizarre Chinese Cemetery, the oldest district of Manila-Quiapo and the vibrant Binondo in Chinatown. Return to the hotel and freshen up. You will then be taken to Makati, the top-notch shopping, many dining districts.

Overnight: Manila
Meal: Breakfast

Day 3: Manila - Puerto Princesa

You will take a private airport transfer for your flight to Puerto Princesa this morning. Upon arrival, your private guide will greet you and transfer you to your hotel.

After check-in, do a city tour including Palawan Museum, Plaza Cuartel, the beautiful Immaculate Conception Cathedral, and the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (formerly Crocodile Farming Institute) a showcase of a successful conservation project. Tour ends at a visit to the Iwahidg Prison and Penal Farm.

Enjoy your dinner at Ka Lui's Restaurant to enjoy the fresh seafood and unique and cozy ambience. You might enjoy a firefly watching tour along Iwahig River this evening.

Overnight: Puerto Princesa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Trekking to Batak Tribe

After breakfast, you will have a full-day trek to the Batak Tribe community, which is believed arrived in the Philippines about 50,000 years ago. Head to San Rafael where you will start the trek. En route, you can buy a bag of rice, sugar, coffee to donate to the tribal folks. You will have lunch with the Bataks. After the tour, return to the resort.

Overnight: Puerto Princesa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

This morning, you will head to Sabang (about 1.5 hours' drive) to discover the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. A world heritage site features an 8.2-kilometer navigable underground river, reputed to be the world's longest that winds through a spectacular cave. You can explore the surrounding area near the cave, including bird watching, mountain trekking, a mangrove paddle boat tour and exploring the deeper part of the forest.

After the tour, drive back to the resort to enjoy lunch and have free time in the afternoon.

Overnight: Puerto Princesa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Puerto Princesa - El Nido

In the early morning, you will enjoy a scenic drive to El Nido (about 5 hours), and then take a 45-minute boat ride to check in the resort. After lunch at the resort, the island-hopping activities will show you those natural wonders of enchanting lagoons, remote islands, and mysterious caves.

Overnight: El Nido
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Beautiful Beach in El Nido

Full-day relaxing beach time or more resort-programmed activities.

Overnight: El Nido
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Fly to Manila

You will discover what El Nido has to offer this morning before your private guide and driver transfer you to the airport for the flight to Manila. Upon arrival, take a private transfer to the hotel and then enjoy the free evening on your own.

Overnight: Manila
Meal: Breakfast

Day 9: Manila, Departure

Enjoy your breakfast and free time before a private transfer takes you to the airport for onward flight.

Meal: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: most of the properties we selected are either located in the downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.

Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance in accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedback from our previous clients as well.

Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes, and cultural backgrounds.


Hotel Standards

3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower, and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pickup. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.



Normally Indochina Odyssey Tours includes two meals each day during the tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.


It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.


Lunches are usually set menu at the handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.


Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.


Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility

All tour guides of Indochina Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide


You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for the best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.


Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.


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