23 days in Philippines & Indonesia Itinerary

23 days in Philippines & Indonesia Itinerary

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23 days in Philippines & Indonesia Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Manila, Philippines
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 30​min
2
Banaue, Philippines
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Cebu City, Philippines
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
El Nido, Philippines
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Ubud, Indonesia
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  4​h
6
Surabaya, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Toronto, Canada

2
nights
Manila, Philippines

Manila ©
The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then don't miss a visit to Casa Manila, and then contemplate the long history of Fort Santiago. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Agustin Church, steep yourself in history at Bonifacio High Street, and then stroll the grounds of Heroes Cemetery.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Manila day trip planning site .

Toronto, Canada to Manila is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Manila is 13 hours. In February, Manila is much warmer than Toronto - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Banaue.

Things to do in Manila

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Taguig City, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago
San Agustin Church ©
San Agustin Church
Casa Manila ©
Casa Manila

1
night
Banaue, Philippines

Banaue ©
Surrounded by aesthetically pleasing and historically important rice terraces, the town of Banaue brings in many visitors each day, drawn to its World Heritage-listed agricultural sites.
On the 10th (Mon), experience rural life at Hapao Rice Terraces, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Banaue Rice Terraces, and then get engrossed in the history at Banaue Museum. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Batad Rice Terraces and then admire the sheer force of Tappiyah Falls.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Banaue driving holiday tool .

Getting from Manila to Banaue by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cebu City.

Things to do in Banaue

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Banaue Rice Terraces ©
Banaue Rice Terraces
Batad Rice Terraces ©
Batad Rice Terraces
Banaue Museum ©
Banaue Museum

3
nights
Cebu City, Philippines

The country's second city, Cebu City boasts a number of interesting colonial buildings, thriving commercial areas, and historic temples.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Magellan's Cross, then contemplate the long history of 1730 Jesuit House, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Rosario Parish Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmelite Monastery Cebu City and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Cebu City online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Banaue to Cebu City takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Cebu City can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Cebu City

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Magellan's Cross ©
Magellan's Cross
1730 Jesuit House ©
1730 Jesuit House

3
nights
El Nido, Philippines

The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Matinloc Island will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Marimegmeg Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Fort Santa Isabel in Taytay (about 1h 25 min away). There's much more to do: stroll through Duli Beach, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Taraw Cliff.

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Getting from Cebu City to El Nido by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ubud.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Fort Santa Isabel
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fort Santa Isabel ©
Fort Santa Isabel
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
nights
Ubud, Indonesia

Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Tanah Lot Temple and USS Liberty Shipwreck will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and River Rafting & Tubing. Venture out of the city with trips to Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple (in Sebatu), Tampaksiring (Mount Kawi & Tirta Empul Temple) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Padangbai). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Sangeh Monkey Forest, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, make a trip to Puri Saren Palace, and examine the collection at Neka Art Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ubud online vacation planner .

Getting from El Nido to Ubud by flight takes about 8 hours. In February in Ubud, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Surabaya.

Things to do in Ubud

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tampaksiring, Tanah Lot Temple, Scuba & Snorkeling, USS Liberty Shipwreck, Sangeh Monkey Forest
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Scuba & Snorkeling
USS Liberty Shipwreck ©
USS Liberty Shipwreck
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple

2
nights
Surabaya, Indonesia

Surabaya ©
A tour of Surabaya provides a chance to discover a sprawling, architecturally and culturally rich port city on the island of Java.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): learn about all things military at Museum 10 November, contemplate the long history of Dr. Soetomo Tomb, and then stroll through Lapindo Mudflow in Sidoarjo. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Mayangkara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Heaven Kenjeran, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gereja Santa Perawan Maria, then steep yourself in history at Ex. De Javasche Bank Soerabaia, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Muhammad Cheng Hoo Mosque.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Surabaya trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ubud to Surabaya in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ubud to Surabaya. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yogyakarta.

Things to do in Surabaya

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lapindo Mudflow in Sidoarjo
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Gereja Santa Perawan Maria ©
Gereja Santa Perawan Maria
Muhammad Cheng Hoo Mosque ©
Muhammad Cheng Hoo Mosque
Ex. De Javasche Bank Soerabaia ©
Ex. De Javasche Bank Soerabaia

3
nights
Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta is a city on the island of Java in Indonesia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Borobudur Temple and Jogokariyan Mosque. Step off the beaten path and head to Candi Mendut (Temple) and Imogiri Pine Forest. Get out of town with these interesting Yogyakarta side-trips: Prambanan Temples (in Prambanan) and Bantul (Pinus Pengger Nature Tourism & Wisata Seribu Batu Songgo Langit). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Yogyakarta Monument.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yogyakarta trip planner .

Traveling by car from Surabaya to Yogyakarta takes 5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Surabaya in February: highs in Yogyakarta hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yogyakarta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bantul, Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temples, Candi Mendut (Temple), Imogiri Pine Forest
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Borobudur Temple
Borobudur Temple
Prambanan Temples ©
Prambanan Temples
Candi Mendut (Temple) ©
Candi Mendut (Temple)

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