8 days in Philippines Itinerary

8 days in Philippines Itinerary

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8 days in Philippines Itinerary

Start: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Manila, Luzon
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  2​h 45​min
2
Boracay
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Cebu City, Cebu Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Sat), examine the collection at National Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Greenbelt Mall, and then look for gifts at SM Mall of Asia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Fort Santiago, wander the streets of Intramuros, then admire the masterpieces at San Agustin Church, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of Asia Arena.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manila travel itinerary planner .

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India to Manila is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Manila due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Manila

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Pasay, Greenbelt Mall
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SM Mall of Asia ©
SM Mall of Asia
Intramuros ©
Intramuros
Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago

3
nights
Boracay

All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Head to D'Mall and E Mallfor plenty of shopping. You'll get in some beach time at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) and Ilig Iligan Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at White Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Balinghai Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Boracay travel route planning app .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Manila to Boracay in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. When traveling from Manila in March, plan for little chillier days in Boracay, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) ©
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)
White Beach ©
White Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): examine the collection at Basilica del Santo Nino, contemplate the long history of Magellan's Cross, then steep yourself in history at Fort San Pedro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, and finally take a stroll through Colon Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taoist Temple and then shop like a local with Ayala Mall.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cebu City trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Cebu City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cebu City

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Basilica del Santo Nino ©
Basilica del Santo Nino
Magellan's Cross ©
Magellan's Cross
Fort San Pedro ©
Fort San Pedro

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