Pamilacan Island beach in Bohol

11-Day Heritage, Scenic Highlands & Trekking Tour to Mt. Pinatubo, Ilocos & Bohol Pamilacan Island

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

Discover the top heritage sites and scenic highlands across Mt. Pinatubo, Ilocos, and Bohol Pamilacan Island with this hassle-free 11-day vacation package. For your convenience, this package already includes roundtrip flights from Manila, land/ferry transfers, and accommodation.

Stroll along the cobblestone streets of Intramuros, one of the oldest districts in Manila. You will travel back in time while visiting century-old churches, citadels, and museums. Afterward, you will continue your museum-hopping escapade at Malacañang of the North in Ilocos Norte. It serves as the grand presidential museum for former President Marcos.

Then, you will witness giant wind turbines facing the sea at Bangui Windmills. Up next, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan, where you will see Spanish-built houses along the iconic Calle Crisologo. 

Your scenic tour continues up north at the breathtaking Banaue, home to the world-class rice terraces. Then, you will proceed to Banaue Museum, an ethnic museum featuring vintage photographs and treasured artifacts of the Ifugao tribes.

Savor the cool breeze at the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio City. You can try adventure activities at Camp John Hay, a former US military base. Then, you will go up the view deck of Mines View Park to capture the breathtaking Benguet mountain ranges. Afterward, you will go trekking to Mount Pinatubo’s majestic crater lake.

You will also fly off to the Visayas via Panglao International Airport. Your Bohol adventure will take place at Cambuhat Village, where you will learn about oyster farming. Then, you will go on an island-hopping tour to Pamilacan Island, home to sea turtles and dolphins.

Wander across the majestic spots and historical attractions in the Philippines when you book this 11-Day Heritage, Scenic Highlands & Trekking Tour to Mt. Pinatubo, Ilocos & Bohol Pamilacan Island from Manila. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

10 nights accommodation (budget category)
10 days breakfast
10 lunch
All flights with 20kgs baggage allowance
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 to 4 - Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur (Ilocos Region)
Day 5 to 7 - Sagada, Banaue and Baguio Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 8 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 9 to 10 - Bohol Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 11 - Back to Manila
All transportation to and from included activities and destinations
All environmental fees, port fees, and all other applicable taxes

Activities

Sightseeing and Walking
City Tours
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Attractions

Manila Cathedral
Casa Manila
Bahay Tsinoy
Mt. Pinatubo
Philippine Military Academy
The Mansion
Camp John Hay
Mines View Park
Wright Park
General Yamashita Surrender Site
Ifugao Museum
Tappiya Waterfalls
Bontoc Village Museum
Syquia Mansion Museum
Pagburnayan Jar Factory
National Museum of the Philippines Ilocos Complex
Crisologo Museum
Bantay Church Bell Tower
Cambuhat Village
Calle Crisologo
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
Malacañang of the North
Paoay Church
St. William Cathedral
Sinking Bell Tower
Intramuros
Fort Santiago
San Agustin Church
Banga-an Village
St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral
Marcos Museum & Mausoleum or Balay Ti Ili
Bangui Windmills
La Paz Sand Dunes
Museo Ilocos Norte
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
Patapat Viaduct
Centennial Park
Good Shepherd Convent
Sumaguing Cave
Echo Valley
Pamilacan Island
Baluarte de San Diego
Plaza Roma
Banaue Museum
Cambuhat Oyster Farm
Paraiso ni Anton
Agua Grande
Aurora Park
Baluarte Ilocos
San Diego Gardens
Batad
Pasuquin Salt Stand
Cambuhat River

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Manila Cathedral inside Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

On Day 1, your van will fetch you at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will proceed to your hotel in Manila or near Roxas Boulevard.

You will head to your first destination, the Spanish-built district of Intramuros.

Old fortifications are surrounding this historic walled city. Your first stop is Fort Santiago, a former prison cell for resistance fighters during the Spanish era.

You will proceed to Plaza Roma, which is considered the center of Intramuros. In 1854, the Spanish government installed the statue of King Charles IV of Spain at the center of the plaza.

Your heritage tour continues at Bahay Tsinoy. which features lifelike dioramas depicting the Chinese and mestizo lifestyle. At Casa Manila, you will get a glimpse of the life of an Illustrado during the 19th century.

Then, you will gaze at the beautifully manicured landscapes of San Diego Gardens. You will also see Baluarte De San Diego, an old Spanish fortification. Another highlight of your Intramuros itinerary is the San Agustin Church and Museum, the oldest stone church in the country.

Your last stop is Manila Cathedral, the first basilica in the Philippines. It also serves as the episcopal throne of the Archbishop of Manila.

Day 2
Facade of Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte

Day 2: Laoag Tour

On your second day, you will board a direct flight to Laoag Airport from Manila. Your private van awaits you at the airport terminal. Once you are all settled, your private van will drive you to your Laoag accommodation.

Laoag, known as the Sunshine City, serves as the provincial capital of Ilocos Norte. As its name implies, Laoag came from an Ilocano word, “Lawag” or bright light. The city boasts remarkable structures featuring Baroque and Italian Renaissance architecture.

First, you will visit St. Williams Cathedral. You will come across the Sinking Bell Tower, which sinks at least an inch every year. Then, you will visit Museo Ilocos Norte to learn about the region’s flourishing culture over the years.

Standing near St. Williams Cathedral is the Aurora’s Park, home to the 19th-century Tobacco Monopoly Monument. You will also visit the Malacañang of the North, the grand presidential museum for former President Marcos. It also served as the official residence of the Marcoses.

Marcos Museum will be your second to the last destination in Laoag. It features the cenotaph of the late President Marcos. Lastly, you will drop by the Juan and Antonio Luna Museum to see the Luna brothers’ notable works.

Day 3
Bangui Windmills in Ilocos

Day 3: Pagudpud Tour

On Day 3, you will leave early from your Laoag hotel to explore the beautiful coastal towns of Burgos and Pagudpud. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is your first destination. It stands majestically on top of Vigia de Nagpartian Hill overlooking the West Philippine Sea.

Then, you will proceed to Bangui Bay. Here, you will admire 20 giant wind turbines overlooking the sea. Before you head to your next destination, you will pass by Pagudpud’s scenic coastal bridge, known as the Patapat Viaduct. You will proceed to Agua Grande. It has a cold stream that flows to Pasaleng Bay.

Your fun-filled tour continues at Paraiso ni Anton. Beside the grotto, you can find water that is believed to miraculously heal the sick. Then, you will drop by the Burgos coastline to discover the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, a stunning rock attraction facing the sea.

Meanwhile, don’t miss out on the chance to buy local treats. Before concluding your tour, you can pass by Pasuquin Salt Stand to purchase the best-tasting salt-preserved food in town. Cap off your tour by booking an add-on 4x4 ride for 4 pax to La Paz Sand Dunes, an 85 square kilometer coastal beach and desert in Ilocos Norte.

Day 4
Cobblestone streets of Calle crisologo in Ilocos

Day 4: Vigan Tour

Your 4th day of vacation will take place at the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan. You will leave early from your accommodation. The first destination is the National Museum Ilocos Regional Complex.

Browse through historical artifacts and learn about the flourishing culture of the region. After marveling at the museum, you will visit Bantay Church and Bell Tower. Witness the whole Bantay district and a portion of the nearby province of Abra on top of the tower.

Your next stop is Syquia Mansion Museum. It is a 19-century stone mansion that exhibits symbolic heirlooms of the Syquia family. Then, you will head to Pagburnayan Jar Factory to learn how to make traditional pots. Afterward, you will see the antique furniture and belongings of Congressman Floro S. Crisologo and his family at Crisologo Museum.

If you want to witness more ancestral structures, you can stroll on the iconic Calle Crisologo. It features several beautifully preserved houses during the Spanish colonial period. Then, you will pay a short visit to St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral. It is right across the dancing fountain at Plaza Salcedo.

Your last stop is Baluarte mini zoo. You can take photos behind life-size dinosaur statues.

Day 5
Sumaguing Cave in Sagada

Day 5: Sagada Tour

On Day 5, you will wait for your private van to fetch you from your hotel. Your destination is the rustic town of Sagada. You will drive along Halsema Highway, one of the highest roads in the Philippines.

Beneath the rolling hills and mountain ranges, Sagada boasts over 60 caves. First, you will visit Sugong Cave. It has an underground river with water coming from Bokong Falls. The water also flows straight to the Kapay-aw Rice Terraces.

Then, you will trek to Echo Valley. It has a path leading to the famous coffins hanging on the cliffside. The people of Sagada follow sacred and unique burial traditions. Some of the coffins are more than 2,000 years old. However, these practices are slowly dying because the younger generations have converted into Christians.

Your cave exploration in Sagada continues at Sumaguing Cave, a perfect spelunking spot up north. You will discover ancient stalactites and stalagmites along with natural pools and streams. Prepare to get wet during your adventure.

Your last destination in Sagada is the Bontoc Tribal Museum. Browse through traditional costumes, hunting weapons, and farming tools. You will learn more about Ifugao tribes and their traditions in the Mountain Province.

Day 6
Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue

Day 6: Banaue Tour

Prepare to leave early from your Sagada accommodation on your 6th day of vacation. Your destination will be the scenic town of Banaue in Ifugao.

To get to your first destination, you will head to the town of Batad. Banaue Rice Terraces or Hagdang-Hagdang Palayan is a National Cultural Treasure and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Over 2,000 years ago, the Ifugao ancestors carved the paddy fields by hand to create a sustainable landscape for planting rice.

At Batad Banaue Viewpoint, you can capture the best view of the terraces. You may also opt to trade Batad Banaue Viewpoint for a visit to the Tappiya Waterfall. After passing by muddy and slippery trails, an enchanting waterfall awaits you on the side of the valley. Upon arrival, you can take a refreshing dip into the cold waters.

Your next stop is Banga-an Village, a laid-back village consisting of cogon-made houses with a ground floor for domesticated animals. The community shelters around 30 families. They get their source of living from livestock farming.

Cap off your tour at Banaue Museum, a two-story ethnic museum. It depicts the life of Ifugao tribes through vintage photographs, treasured jewelry, traditional headdress, weaponry, and artifacts.

Day 7
Camp John Hay in Baguio City

Day 7: Baguio Tour

Your 7th day of vacation continues at the City of Pines, Baguio. For those who like to enjoy the cool breeze, this destination up north is perfect for you! Here, you can take a refreshing vacation away from the city noise.

Your van will take you to your first stop, the Ifugao Museum. You will learn about Ifugao’s ancient traditions while browsing through historical artifacts. Then, you will visit the Surrender Site of General Yamashita, which honors Yamashita’s act of surrendering.

Your next stop is the Philippine Military Academy, a premier institution for aspiring military officers in the country. Then, you will explore Fort De Pilar, which occupies 373 hectares of land. Afterward, you will drop by the ornamental iron gate at The Mansion or the official summer residence of the Philippine President.

Up next is Camp John Hay, a former US military base that turned into a forest watershed reserve in Baguio. At Mines View Park, you will see old Itogon mines. Afterward, you can go horseback riding and sightseeing at Wright Park and Centennial Park.

Before leaving Baguio, don’t forget to drop by the Good Shepherd Convent. Purchase local treats, including their best-selling ube jam or purple yam.

Day 8
Viewing area at Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 8: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

On Day 8, you will prepare for a heart-pounding adventure to Mount Pinatubo. You will reach the volcano’s majestic crater lake. To get there, you will ride a 4x4 vehicle and trek toward the mountain’s deck.

Mount Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano nestled between Tarlac, Pampanga, and Zambales. It currently holds the place for being the world’s largest volcanic eruption in the past 100 years.

After its massive eruption in 1991, the place has been transformed into a famous hiking attraction. The eruption is also believed to have downgraded the world’s temperature by a few centigrade.

You will ride a van to reach the base camp in Tarlac’s Barangay Sta. Juliana. You will soon arrive at the base camp. Then, you will switch to a 4x4 vehicle. The terrain is a bit challenging, so you have to prepare for a rough and bumpy ride.

While riding a 4x4 jeep, you will pass through the Crow Valley. Once you reach the jump-off point, you will get off the vehicle and trek toward the mountain’s deck. You will be rewarded with a majestic view of Mt. Pinatubo’s crater lake at the end of the trail.

Day 9
Boats in Cambuhat Village in Bohol

Day 9: Bohol Cambuhat Tour

From Manila, you will be flying off to Bohol via Panglao International Airport. At the terminal, your private van awaits you. You will proceed to your accommodation in Panglao, Bohol.

For your first activity, you will immerse yourself in the laidback village of Cambuhat River Community. There are nipa huts and lush mangroves on the side of the river.

After paddling through the river, you will arrive at the community. Oyster farming is the main livelihood of the village people. Cambuhat Oyster Farm is nestled at the far end of the river. Aside from oyster farming, the locals also create hand-woven crafts. You can purchase these items as souvenirs.

To preserve the beauty of the river, the Cambuhat locals ensure to protect their natural resources by implementing eco-friendly practices. While immersing yourself inside the community, do not forget to respect their customs and traditions.

You will also indulge in the serene and simple life inside the community. While getting to know the community’s practices, the locals will also offer you mouthwatering seafood or shellfish lunch freshly cooked from their oyster farm.

After your amusing tour in Cambuhat River Community, you will paddle back and ride a van to your hotel.

Day 10
Beach in Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 10: Pamilacan Island Tour

The last leg of your Bohol adventure continues in Pamilacan Island. You will leave early from your Panglao accommodation. You will take a 16km-long boat ride to reach the heart of the Bohol sea.

Pamilacan Island sits calmly in the middle of the sea. It is home to colorful exotic fishes and a variety of marine species. There are less than 1,500 residents on the island.

Back in the 90s, the locals relied on whale and manta ray hunting for their livelihood. The government banned this illegal practice, which made them rely on the island’s local tourism.

On the way to the island, you will spot some whales and dolphins that may pop out of the water.

Once you get there, you can go snorkeling or diving into the vast seascape and rich underwater sanctuaries.

Pamilacan Island is a world-class dive spot in Bohol. It shelters different marine species, including bucket sponges, moray eels, sea snakes, and sea turtles. After your sea exploration, you can sink your feet on the white sand beach.

You can also find the 300-year-old Pamilacan watchtower along the coast. Many centuries ago, it used to be a place where Spaniards watched out for pirates.

Day 11
Manila sign near the airport

Day 11: Departure to Manila

Wait for your private van to pick you up from your hotel in Panglao, Bohol. You will proceed to the Panglao International Airport. Then, you will board a direct flight to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will head back to where you started, Manila.

What to bring

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

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.

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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