10-Day Philippines Tropical Vacation Package to Islands of Bohol & Cebu with Highlands of Luzon

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Tour starts
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Starting time
at 09:00
Duration
10 days
Ending place
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Languages:
English
Difficulty:
Easy
Available:
All year
Minimum age:
None

Description

Explore the stunning Luzon highlands and Cebu and Dumaguete's top attractions in the Visayas with this 10-day Philippines vacation package. There's more to the Philippines than just the sun and the sea. This 10-day trip will show you what else the country can offer. It already includes your accommodations with breakfast, transfers, tour guides, and entrance fees.

From Manila, you will go to Luzon's amazing highlands and visit Baguio, Benguet, and Tarlac. You will also go to the enchanting Visayas islands and visit Bohol, Dumaguete, and Cebu.

In Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, you will see the historic area of Intramuros. Camp John Hay in Baguio and La Trinidad Strawberry Farm in Benguet are just some of the highland attractions you will visit. You will even experience climbing an active volcano when you make a stop in Tarlac. Get ready to be wowed at the summit of Mt. Pinatubo.

When you fly off to the islands of Visayas, you will be visiting three provinces. The first is the island province of Bohol, which is home to natural wonders. You'll get to go on the Loboc River Cruise. What's more, you'll be able to see the remarkable Chocolate Hills. In Dumaguete, you'll see why Apo Island is a paradise for sea lovers.

In the island province of Cebu, you'll get to enjoy both countryside and city attractions. You'll go to the beautiful Sirao Flower Farm, where you can enjoy more than just pretty blooms. Meanwhile, in the countryside, you'll get to see the exciting Kawasan Falls.

Visit dozens of tourist attractions of the Luzon Highlands and the provinces of Visayas Bohol, Dumaguete, and Cebu in 10 days. Check availability by choosing a date. 

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Included

9 nights accommodation (budget category)
9 days breakfast
9 lunch
All flights with 20kgs baggage allowance
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 to 3 - Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 4 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 5 to 9 - Bohol and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 10 - Back to Manila
All transportation to and from included activities and destinations
All environmental fees, port fees, and all other applicable taxes

Activities

Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Horse-drawn carriage in Intramuros

Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour

Manila is the capital of the Philippines. On the first day of your tour, you will be exploring Manila's historic district. Intramuros is home to historic sites, museums, religious buildings, and even parks.

You'll get to visit Fort Santiago, a citadel from the 16th century. It has gone through wars and earthquakes and has been rebuilt and restored over time. You will also get to go to Plaza Roma, one of the public squares of Intramuros.

The Ethnic Chinese has a long-standing relationship with the Philippines. You will get to know the contributions they have given to the country at the museum Bahay Tsinoy. In the next museum you will visit, Casa Manila, you'll see what it was like to live during the Spanish Colonial period.

At San Diego Gardens, you will come upon a well-landscaped park. It even has a display of an old Japanese canon. The Baluarte De San Diego is believed to be the base of a tower that didn't reach completion. This bastion dates back to 1586.

San Agustin Church and Museum is the country's oldest church. It is also a World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO. Meanwhile, the Manila Cathedral is the country's premier church.

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Day 2
Open field in Camp John Hay in Baguio

Day 2 - Day 2: Baguio Tour

The City of Baguio is one of the top summer destinations in the Philippines. It is known as the City of Pines, thanks mainly to the abundance of that tree in the city. You'll be visiting a lot of green spaces and parks during your tour.

The Philippine Military Academy is the country's premier service school. It's set on 373 hectares of land in Baguio City. You'll be able to see a museum, the shaku landmark, gardens, and sometimes even cadets in training.

At The Mansion, you can expect to find a grand building with an expansive garden. This is the Philippine President's official palace during the summer. It also has an ornate gate that resembles the one in London's Buckingham Palace.

Camp John Hay is one of the most visited locations in the city. It has hotels, restaurants, and shops, but back in World War II, it was used as a military base by the US. Mines View Park is littered with souvenir stalls and tourist shops. But the park's main attraction is its view deck, which overlooks an old mining town.

You can enjoy more of the fresh air and natural sites of Baguio in the following parks you'll visit: Wright Park and Centennial Park. At the Good Shepherd Convent, you can purchase the famous ube jam and other treats.

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Day 3
Northern Blossom Flower Farm in Baguio

Day 3 - Day 3: Benguet Tour

With most of the produce supply coming from Benguet, it has been nicknamed the Salad Bowl of the Philippines. During your tour, you will be able to see a real farm in the province of Benguet. For that, you need to go to its main town of La Trinidad.

La Trinidad Strawberry Farm produces over 1,500 metric tons of the fruit every year. The town also has a Strawberry Festival every March. Visitors can handpick strawberries during harvest season, which occurs from November to May.

The cherry blossom tree is more commonly associated with Japan, and it might be surprising to find one in the Philippines. But you can find white and pink cherry blossoms at Atok Sakura Flowers. The cherry blossom trees were a gift to the Benguet Province from the Japanese government.

At Northern Blossom, you will come upon an expansive flower plantation. You will be able to see colorful blooms here and amazing views of the surrounding mountains.

For years, the Halsema Highway was the country's highest altitude highway. But in 2019, it was replaced, and its tourist attraction is now known as the 2nd Highest Point. The last stop for the day is the Spanish Trail, which runs parallel to the Halsema Highway.

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Day 4
Stunning view of the Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 4 - Day 4: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

Mt. Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano located in Northern Luzon. It's in the Zambales Mountains and can be accessed from the Province of Tarlac. During your Mt. Pinatubo Tour, you will be able to see the effects of the volcano's massive eruption in 1991.

The surrounding terrain of Mt. Pinatubo has become very sandy and rough. This is mainly due to the amount of lahar from the volcano. It also didn't help that a monsoon came soon after the eruption. However, a good thing came out of these events. When Mt, Pinatubo erupted, a caldera was formed, and it began filling with water due to the rain. Now, the volcano has a crater lake, and that's what you will visit on your tour.

In the village of Santa Juliana, Tarlac, you will ride a 4x4 jeep. It will take you across Crow Valley. After that, you will complete the rest of the tour on foot. Not to worry, as beginners can do hiking up the crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo. You will find a wonderful sight at the summit of the volcano.

After your Mt. Pinatubo tour, your van will take you to your hotel near the Manila Baywalk.

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Day 5
Tarsier Sanctuary in Bohol

Day 5 - Day 5: Bohol Countryside Tour

The island province of Bohol is located in the Visayas Islands. Its airport is on the outlying island of Panglao. On Day 5 of your tour, you will ride a plane to Panglao International Airport. You will then head to the main island of Bohol to explore its beautiful countryside.

You will meet the world's smallest primate, the tarsier. At Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, you will be able to see them up close. Be sure to follow the rules, such as no flash photography, as tarsiers are very sensitive animals.

The next site you will visit is the Loboc River. The 1.5km river starts in the town of Carmen and then leads to the Mindanao Sea or the Bohol Sea. You will go on the Loboc River Cruise and be treated to wonderful views of nature. You might even spot the Loboc church during your ride.

The nearby town of Baclayon is Bohol's oldest Christian settlement. It is the site of the Baclayon church, which started as a parish in 1717. Sadly, the church sustained major damage during an earthquake in 2013. However, it was restored in 2017.

The rest of your tour is dedicated to more natural sites of the province. You'll visit the Butterfly Conservatory, Bilar Forest, and finally, the famous Chocolate Hills.

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Day 6
Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 6 - Day 6: Bohol Pamilacan Island Tour

The province of Bohol has over 70 outlying islands. On this day, you will be able to visit one of them, Pamilacan island. It is situated in the middle of the Bohol Sea, about 10km away from the mainland. The island is part of the municipality of Baclayon.

Only a few hundred families are living on Pamilacan Island. Back in the 90s, hunting was their main source of living. They would hunt manta rays, whales, and dolphins. Hunting has since been banned, and the locals focused on tourism instead.

When you visit Pamilacan Island, it's possible to spot dolphins and whales swimming in the area. You can see different types of fish if you go snorkeling at the island's sanctuary.

Visitors need to know that Pamilacan is a remote island. Electricity and fresh water are limited. If you plan on buying souvenirs, you need to bring cash.

Besides simply swimming in the waters or relaxing on the beach, you can also explore the island. Its coastline is only 4.5km long. Be sure to keep an eye out on a former watchtower at the beach north of the island. This used to be a fort that dates back over 200 years.

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Day 7
Sea turtle in Apo Island

Day 7 - Day 7: Apo Island Tour

Apo Island is one of the best dive sites in the country. It is situated near the island of Negros and is part of the province of Dumaguete. From Bohol, you will ride a ferry to Dumaguete City and then head to the town of Dauin. You will take a smaller boat to reach Apo Island.

Take note that the boat will not directly dock on the shore of the island. You will be crossing the water to reach the beach, so be sure to wear sandals and clothes that can get wet. Apo Island has stunning rock formations and clear, blue waters. It also has beaches with powdery, white sand.

Since a marine reserve surrounds the island, you can expect to see colorful fish and corals when you go swimming or snorkeling. There's even a spot on the island where you will find sea turtles. The sights from the land shouldn't be forgotten too. You can go trekking to the view deck of Apo Island to see its amazing surroundings.

This volcanic island is quite small and only has a few hundreds of inhabitants. Once you finish up your tour of Apo Island, you will go back to Dumaguete City.

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Day 8
Sardine run in Moalboal Cebu

Day 8 - Day 8: Kawasan Falls & Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

The island province of Cebu is the world's 126th largest island. On the 8th day of your tour, you will be exploring the countryside of Cebu. You will ride a ferry from Dumaguete to reach it.

The first attraction you will visit is Kawasan falls. It is located in a forest and has jungle trails and natural pools. It is a popular site for canyoneering that involves jumping off of waterfalls and swimming through rivers. On your visit, you will go to one of the three waterfalls in the area. It has a refreshing pool that you can wade or swim in.

You will visit the town of Moalboal, which is the gateway to Panagsama Beach and nearby islands. A boat will take you to Pescador Island, which is an excellent spot for snorkeling. You'll get to see different corals and fish swimming about in the area. Next, you will visit Turtle Island, and here you will get to see turtles.

One of the most popular attractions of Moalboal is its Sardine Run. Millions of sardines swim together close to the shore of Panagsama Beach. It's possible to see this natural phenomenon without getting into the water. After your tour, your van will take you to Mandaue City.

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Day 9
Pillars of the Temple of Leah

Day 9 - Day 9: Cebu City Tour

Cebu City is the oldest city in the Philippines, and it was also the first Spanish settlement. On your tour, you will get to know Cebu's rich history and see some interesting spots.

The Taoist Temple is a highly ornate structure that embodies Chinese architecture. It was built during the 70s by the Chinese community in Cebu. The next attraction you will visit is also another religious site. Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino is the country's oldest Roman Catholic church. It was established in 1565.

Just a few steps from the church is a small chapel. It houses the Magellan's Cross, which is the cross that Ferdinand Magellan planted in Cebu back in 1521. At the Heritage of Cebu Monument, you'll be able to see a large artwork that depicts important events, symbols, and people of the city and the region.

Yap - San Diego Ancestral House was built in 1690, making it one of the country's oldest residential houses. It is also said to be the first Chinese home built outside of the country of China.

The next spots you will visit are on the hills of Cebu City. The first is the Temple of Leah, a Roman-style temple, and the second is Sirao Flower Farm.

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Day 10
PAL plane in NAIA

Day 10 - Day 10: Departure to Manila

After your visit to Luzon and the islands of Visayas, your tour is finally complete. It's time to go back to Manila. Your van will pick you up from your hotel in Mandaue City and take you to Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu City. You'll catch a flight back to Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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What to bring

Facemask and Face shield
Extra Clothes
Passport (Valid for 6 months from date of departure)
Swimwear and sunblock
Personal Medicine

Good to know

Please bring appropriate clothing. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.

All our guides speak English. For other languages, contact us for availability and rates.

Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.

The season for dolphin watching in Dumaguete is from March to October and is subject to weather and wind conditions. If off-season or on days when the northeast monsoon is strong, dolphin watching may not be possible. During Habagat/ Southwest monsoon Season (June-October), boat ride to Apo Island may be rough.

Accommodation

See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. All accommodation levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double, and odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur.

For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. Guide to the Philippines will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level.

We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.

Budget

Private rooms with private bathrooms in guesthouses or small hotels with basic amenities.

Comfort

Private Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels or resorts located in the city center, in close vicinity, or near the beach area. Breakfast is included and with basic room amenities and toiletries.

Quality

Rooms at four-star to a five-star hotel in the city center or beachfront resort with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations with the best amenities, facilities, and services.

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