Bambikes outside Casa Manila in Intramuros

11-Day Scenic Countryside, Heritage & Islands Tour to Puerto Princesa, Bohol, Cebu & North Luzon

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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 some of the best scenic, heritage, and island attractions in the Philippines with this 11-day package. This tour will take you to the historical sites of Manila and Ilocos, the peaks and valleys of Sagada, Benguet, and Tarlac, and the beautiful shores of Bohol, Cebu, and Puerto Princesa. This package already includes accommodations, daily breakfast, transfers, entrance fees, and the service of guides.

Upon arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, a guide will pick you up and accompany you to the walled district of Intramuros. Next, you will fly to the northern region of the Philippines and arrive in Ilocos. Here, you will stroll along the famous Calle Crisologo in Vigan and visit the Marcos Museum.  

Following your time in this historical hotspot, you will make your way up to the highlands. Your first stop is in the province of Sagada then will continue to Benguet. Then you will drop by the famous strawberry farm to try your hand at strawberry picking. 

From there, you will head back down and go on a day hike up Mt. Pinatubo in Tarlac. After this, you will return to Manila to catch a flight to Bohol. 

Upon landing, you will get on the popular Loboc River Cruise. From here, your guide will also take you to the iconic Chocolate Hills. Following your time here, you will head to Cebu to visit the regal Temple of Leah. Another stop in Cebu is the colorful Sirao Flower Farm.

Next, you will take a plane to Palawan. Here, you will go island hopping in Honda Bay and take a cruise through the Underground River in Puerto Princesa. On the last day, you will fly back to Manila.

Take a 12-day tour to some of the top spots in the Philippines with this package. 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 - Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur (Ilocos Region)
Day 3 to 4 - Sagada and Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 5 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 6 to 8 - Bohol and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 9 to 10 - Puerto Princesa Tour (Palawan)
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
Island Hopping
City Tours
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Attractions

Chocolate Hills
Manila Cathedral
Casa Manila
Bahay Tsinoy
Mt. Pinatubo
Starfish Island
Luli Island
Cowrie Island
Underground River
Butterfly Conservatory
Baclayon Church
Magellan's Cross
Temple of Leah
Sirao Flower Farm
Bontoc Village Museum
Pagburnayan Jar Factory
National Museum of the Philippines Ilocos Complex
Crisologo Museum
Bantay Church Bell Tower
Taoist Temple
Bilar Forest
Calle Crisologo
Malacañang of the North
Paoay Church
Paoay Lake National Park
Honda Bay
Baker's Hill
Intramuros
Fort Santiago
San Agustin Church
St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral
Marcos Museum & Mausoleum or Balay Ti Ili
Loboc River Cruise
Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño
Heritage of Cebu Monument
Strawberry Farm
Sumaguing Cave
Echo Valley
Tarsier Conservation Area
Crocodile Farm
Mitra's Ranch
Plaza Cuartel
Pamilacan Island
Baluarte de San Diego
Yap-San Diego Ancestral House
Plaza Roma
Northern Blossom Flower Farm
Puerto Princesa City Baywalk Park
Manila
Sagada
Baluarte Ilocos
Museo nina Juan at Antonio Luna
San Diego Gardens
Atok Sakura Flowers
2nd Highest Point

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Spanish style structure of Casa Manila

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

On your first day, a guide will pick you up at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will then be escorted to your hotel in Manila.

The rest of the day is for a trip inside Intramuros. This walled district is known for housing historical structures from the Spanish era. The first stop will be Fort Santiago, a citadel where our national hero Jose Rizal was imprisoned during the 19th century.

After the fortress, you will walk to Plaza Roma. This public square was known for hosting bullfights and other events. Today, it has been converted into a beautiful garden. You will then visit Bahay Tsinoy, which exhibits the early relationship between Filipinos and ethnic Chinese.

Next, you will proceed to Casa Manila. This museum is located within an old Spanish home and showcases the lives of Filipinos in the Spanish colonization. Your next stop is the lovely San Diego Gardens, which leads to the Baluarte De San Diego.

Finally, you will visit two historic churches inside the district. First is the San Agustin Church and Museum, which is regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will then enter the Manila Cathedral before returning to your hotel.

Day 2
Paoay Church in Laoag

Day 2: Laoag and Vigan Tour

On Day 2, you will board a plane bound for Ilocos in the northern region of the country. When you arrive, a van will take you directly to your hotel in Laoag City.

Then, you will make your way to the Malacanang of the North. This museum is known for previously housing the late Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. Next is another van ride to see the grand Paoay Lake and the Paoay Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After this, you will visit the Marcos Museum, which houses the former president’s wax replica and his memorabilia. Following your time here, you will head to another cultural center called the Juan at Antonio Luna museum. It showcases the artworks of the two brothers who played major roles in the fight for the Philippines’ independence during the Spanish era.

Your next destination is the Pagburnayan Jar Factory before visiting the Burgos, National, and Crisologo Museums. After learning of the heritage of Ilocos, you will get to see a variety of animals up close at Baluarte Zoo.

Finally, you will end your day on Calle Crisologo. This cobblestone street is lined with old Spanish homes that are filled with different shops and restaurants.

Day 3
Echo Valley in Sagada

Day 3: Sagada Tour

Your third day will begin with an early departure from Laoag via van to reach Sagada. This town is nestled in the mountains of the Cordillera Region and is home to over 60 caves. The road here can get bumpy so it's best to prepare for a rough ride.

Upon your arrival, you will be taken to your hotel in the downtown area. Then, you will kick off the day with a trek through Sugong Cave. You will also see one of the town’s unique traditions, the hanging coffins, here. Locals have been practicing this burial tradition for over 2,000 years.

Following your time in the cave, you will now journey through the Echo Valley. It is named as such since you can hear echoes throughout the valley whenever someone shouts. The next natural wonder on the list is the Sumaguing Cave. It is the biggest cave in Sagada and contains several rock formations and groups of bats.

The last stop for the day is the Bontoc Tribal Museum, where you can learn about the history of the province’s different indigenous groups. After immersing yourself in their heritage, you will be guided back to your hotel.

Day 4
2nd highest point, known as Halsema Highway

Day 4: Benguet Tour

Following your time in Sagada, a van will then take you to the region of Benguet. This area is also known as the “Salad Bowl of the Philippines” due to its farms that grow varieties of fruits and vegetables. Once you’ve checked into your hotel in Baguio, you will go to see cherry blossoms in Atok.

The Atok Sakura Flowers is a park with 30 Sakura trees that the Japanese government gifted to the province in 2016. Another popular spot for flowers is the Northern Blossom. When you arrive here, you will be greeted by a huge selection of flowers such as roses and sunflowers. This spot also gives you a stunning view of the nearby mountain ranges.

Next, you will head to the 2nd Highest Point viewing deck. It sits at 7,400 feet above sea level, which is the second-highest altitude in the country. It is located along the Halsema Highway that connects Sagada and Benguet.

After this, your guide will lead you to the Spanish Trail. It stretches for almost 3km and goes through cave-like tunnels. Finally, you will go strawberry picking at the famous La Trinidad Strawberry Farm before heading back to your hotel in Baguio.

Day 5
Signage of entrance site in Mt. Pinatubo

Day 5: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

After your journey through Benguet and Sagada, you will take a van to Tarlac province. Here, you will hike up Mt. Pinatubo to get a glimpse of its vast crater lake. This active volcano is known for its historical eruption back in 1991.

When you arrive in Tarlac, you will first make your way to the mountain’s base camp in Barangay Sta. Ana. From here, you will trade your van for a 4x4 vehicle that is better suited for the rough landscape leading up to the mountain.

You will then cross the Crow Valley to reach the starting point of the climb to the volcano’s crater lake. The trail is approximately 5.4 km and features lava sand deposits from the 1991 eruption. At the end of the designated trail, you will finally get a close look at its large crater lake.

Feel free to take in the view of its turquoise waters as you will have time to enjoy a meal here as well. After taking photos and eating, you will begin your descent before heading back to Manila via a van. When you return to the city, you will also be escorted to your hotel in Manila.

Day 6
Tarsier Sanctuary in Bohol

Day 6: Bohol Countryside Tour

After a night in the capital city, you will fly to Panglao International Airport to continue the tour. Upon landing, a van will take you to your accommodation in Panglao. Your trip around Bohol’s countryside will then start with a visit to the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary.

After your experience with one of the world’s smallest primates, your guide will bring you to the Loboc River. Here, you will hop on the Loboc River Cruise and be treated to a buffet lunch of local cuisine as you sail across the river. The staff also performs popular Filipino songs to entertain you as you feast.

Following the cruise, you’ll drop by the Baclayon Church. This church is a National Cultural Treasure and is decorated with a crystal chandelier and an altar with carvings inlaid with gold. Next, you will go to the Butterfly Conservatory, where butterflies are bred and cared for.

The next stop is the man-made Bilar Forest, where you can take photos of among its mahogany trees. Lastly, you will travel to the famed Chocolate Hills before going back to your hotel. This group of hills turns from green to brown in the summer, giving the impression of mounds of chocolate.

Day 7
Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 7: Pamilacan Island Tour

On your seventh day, a van will escort you to a port in Baclayon for the Pamilacan Island tour. You will first board a boat and sail across the Bohol Sea to reach the island that sits 12.5km from the mainland.

On the boat ride there, you may also get the chance to spot some sea animals such as dolphins gliding through the water. After you get off the boat, you will immediately feel the island’s soft and pristine white sand.

Aside from its stunning shoreline, snorkeling in its surrounding waters will bring you close to a colorful array of marine life. Your guide can show you popular diving spots around the island as well, for a more intimate encounter with the schools of fish and groups of coral below the surface.

When you decide to step out of the sea, you can then walk up towards a Spanish fort on the island’s northeast coast. It is 200 years old and was initially used as an observatory to spot any pirates that may have targeted the community. Today, it has been recognized as a National Cultural Treasure.

Finally, you will return to the mainland and your accommodation in Panglao.

Day 8
Yap-San Diego Ancestral House in Cebu

Day 8: Cebu City Tour

From Bohol, you will ride a ferry to Cebu. Once you enter the city, a guide will drop you off at your hotel in Mandaue via van. The first stop for this tour is the Taoist Temple. The complex houses tall towers and an entrance inspired by the Great Wall of China. It also sits on a hillside, offering a panoramic view of Cebu City.

Next is a visit to the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Philippines. Outside the church stands the Magellan’s Cross, another important historical site. It was planted by explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521.

You will then make your way to the Heritage of Cebu Monument. This attraction displays integral events in Cebu’s history such as the Battle of Mactan. After this, you will visit the Yap - San Diego Ancestral House. This home was built in the 17th century and exhibits antique furniture.

From there, you will drop by the Temple of Leah. This regal temple was created in 2012 for the wife of a local. You will then end your day at the Sirao Flower Farm, which is also called the “Little Amsterdam of Cebu” due to its vibrant flowers.

Day 9
Starfish Island in Palawan

Day 9: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

After a night in your Mandaue hotel, you will fly to Puerto Princesa Airport. When you land, you will be brought to your hotel in Sabang before starting your island-hopping tour.

First, you will board a boat to explore the best islands in the gorgeous Honda Bay. The first one on the list is Star Fish Island. It gets its name thanks to the large population of starfishes that call its sandbar home. Along with the starfish, a quick snorkeling session will show even more marine life such as pufferfish and yellowtail snappers.

Next, you will travel to Cowrie Island. This shell-shaped isle is also the largest one within Honda Bay. It is also a safe place for swimming and other water activities since the locals have netted off an area to keep jellyfish away. Visitors may also enjoy a delicious meal here as it features spaces for picnics and dining.

As you end the day, you will make your way to Luli Island. It is best known for its disappearing sandbar that you can only walk along during low tide. After this, you will return to the shore and a van will bring you to your Sabang hotel..

Day 10
Underground river of Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 10: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

Following a day on beaches, the tenth one will be spent in freshwater and the city proper. To start your day, a van will take you to Sabang Wharf. Here, you will ride a boat to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. This area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to lively animals and plants.

Once you enter the park, your guide will take you on a cruise on the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River. The cave that the river runs through features grand limestone formations.

After the cruise, you will sail back to the mainland to take a van to Baker’s Hill. Known for its local pastries, you can buy some to take home with you. The next destination is Plaza Cuartel, which holds a restored garrison that dates back to World War II.

Next, you will come close to crocodiles in the Crocodile Farm. This animal conservation center cares for and breeds different species of crocodiles. Following your time with the reptiles, you will travel to Mitra’s Ranch. Since it sits on a hilltop park, it also offers a great view of the city. Finally, your day ends with a stroll along Puerto Princesa Baywalk..

Day 11
Terminal 1 of NAIA

Day 11: Departure to Manila

On the last day of your vacation, a van will come to pick you up from your Sabang hotel. It will then escort you to the Puerto Princesa International Airport. You will then board a plane headed for Ninoy Aquino International Airport back in the capital city of 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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