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12-Day Natural Wonders, Countryside & Heritage Tour to Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Bohol & North Luzon

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

Take a 12-day vacation in the Philippines to see some of the tops destinations with this package. Through this tour, you will visit cultural landmarks in Manila and Ilocos, and the beautiful outdoors of Benguet, Tarlac, Bohol, Cebu, and Puerto Princesa. This package comprises accommodations, entrance fees, roundtrip flights, land and sea transfers, and service of guides. 

Your first stop will be Intramuros, the walled district in the capital city of Manila. It was an integral part of the Spanish era in the Philippines where historical events took place. 

The second destination is Ilocos, a province with multiple historical sites. Among these are the Marcos Museum that contains the wax replica of the late Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, and Calle Crisologo, a cobblestone street lined with Spanish houses. 

Next are the highlands of Sagada and Benguet. In Benguet, you can visit its famous La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. You will then go to Tarlac, where you will climb the active volcano Mt. Pinatubo. After the hike, you will get a grand view of its crater lake. You will then head back to Manila to catch a flight to the sunny province of Bohol. 

Your tour in Bohol will take you to the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary and the famed Chocolate Hills. From there, you will travel to Cebu. You will be visiting attractions such as the Kawasan Falls, the regal Temple of Leah, and the vibrant Sirao Flower Farm. 

After Cebu, you will make your way to Puerto Princesa to go island-hopping in Honda Bay. This package also includes a boat ride through the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River, which has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Book this 12-day vacation package to explore iconic destinations in Manila, Ilocos, Benguet, Tarlac, Bohol, Cebu, and Puerto Princesa. Check availability by choosing a date. 

 

Included

11 nights accommodation (budget category)
11 days breakfast
11 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 9 - Bohol and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 10 to 11 - Puerto Princesa Tour (Palawan)
Day 12 - 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

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Casa Manila in Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

On the first day, you will land at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where your guide will meet you. You will then drive to your hotel along Roxas Boulevard in Manila.

This day's tour will take you inside Intramuros, a prominent walled district in Manila with many religious and cultural sites. Your first stop will be Fort Santiago. This fortress was built in the 16th century and is recognized as one of Manila's most significant historical sites.

Following this citadel is Plaza Roma. This public square has been the venue for various events such as bullfights. Then you will go to Bahay Tsinoy, where you will learn about the relationship between Filipinos and ethnic Chinese

You will then visit Casa Manila, a museum that exhibits artworks, artifacts, and other items that depict the Spanish Colonial lifestyle in the country. Next are the beautiful San Diego Gardens, which lead you to the 16th-century bastion, Baluarte de San Diego.

Your guide will then take you to the San Agustin Church and Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before leaving the district, you will also visit the Manila Cathedral. It was originally a parish church but has undergone several reconstructions through the years.

Day 2
Sinking Bell Tower in Ilocos

Day 2: Laoag and Vigan Tour

The next day, you will get on a flight from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Laoag International Airport. When you arrive, a van will take you to your hotel in Laoag City.

Your tour will then continue with a visit to the Malacanang of the North, a museum that has acted as former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos' previous residence. Following that, you will travel to Paoay Lake before entering the Paoay Church. This religious landmark has also been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Next, you will go to the Marcos Museum, which contains a wax copy of the former president as well as his memorabilia. Following your visit here, you will proceed to another cultural center known as the Juan at Antonio Luna museum. It displays the artworks of two brothers who were important figures in the struggle for Philippine independence during the Spanish period.

The Pagburnayan Jar Factory is your next stop, followed by the Burgos, National, and Crisologo Museums. After learning about Ilocos' history, you will be able to see different animals up close at Baluarte Zoo.

Finally, your day will end on Calle Crisologo. This cobblestone street is popular for its Spanish homes and variety of shops.

Day 3
Echo Valley in Sagada

Day 3: Sagada Tour

For Day 3, your tour will begin with an early van departure from Laoag to the highlands of Sagada. This town is located in the Cordillera Region's mountains and the ride on the way here can get rough, so be prepared for a bumpy trip.

When you arrive, you will be escorted to your hotel in the downtown area. The first thing on the itinerary in Sagada is a hike through Sugong Cave. The hanging coffins, one of the town's iconic customs, can also be found here. This burial tradition has been practiced by the locals for more than 2,000 years.

After spending time in the cave, you will now go across the Echo Valley. It gets its name from the fact that anytime someone screams, it can be heard all around the valley. The Sumaguing Cave is the next natural wonder on the list. It is Sagada's largest cave and has several rock formations, pools of fresh water, and bat colonies.

The historic Bontoc Tribal Museum is the day's last destination, where you can learn about the culture of the province's many indigenous communities. After the museum, your guide will escort you back to your hotel.

Day 4
Fresh strawberries from Benguet

Day 4: Benguet Tour

Following your stay in Sagada, a van will take you to the Benguet province. It is also called the “Salad Bowl of the Philippines” because of the various fruits and vegetables that grow from its farms. After checking into your hotel in Baguio, you will go to Atok to see some beautiful cherry blossoms from Japan.

The Atok Sakura Flowers Park is a park that features 30 Sakura trees. The Japanese government gave them to the province in 2016. Next is Northern Blossom, another well-known flowering location. When you get here, you will be greeted by fields of vibrant flowers, including roses and sunflowers. This location also has a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountain ranges.

After this, you will travel to an observation platform at 7,400 feet above sea level, the country's second-highest elevation. It is aptly named 2nd Highest Point and is located along the Halsema Highway that runs through Benguet and Sagada.

Your guide will then take you to the Spanish Trail. It is almost 3 km long and passes through cave-like tunnels. Finally, you will go strawberry picking at the famed La Trinidad Strawberry Farm before returning to your hotel.

Day 5
Entrance signage in Mt. Pinatubo

Day 5: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

A van will then bring you from Benguet to Tarlac on the fifth day, where you will climb Mt. Pinatubo. When you arrive in the province, you will first go to Barangay Sta. Ana before heading to the mountain. You will then disembark from your van and hop on a 4x4 vehicle that is well equipped to traverse the rough and sandy terrain of Crow’s Valley, which leads to the mountain’s jump-off point.

Lahar from the mountain's historic eruption in 1991 contributed to the valley's rugged terrain. Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption is also noteworthy for being one of the world's biggest explosions. You will begin hiking up a trail to the mountain's observation deck after crossing the valley.

While driving through the valley, you will also see lava sand formations left by the eruption. A breathtaking view of the mountain's crater lake awaits you at the top as you hike. Though it is not suitable for swimming or drinking, the lake is still a rewarding experience after the climb.

After reaching the end of the trail, you will have time to eat a meal by the crater lake before beginning your descent. Finally, your van will bring you to your hotel in Manila.

Day 6
Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Day 6: Bohol Countryside Tour

The day after, you will head to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for your plane ride to Bohol. A van will then pick you up once you land at the Panglao International Airport to bring you to your accommodation in Panglao. From there, you will travel to the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary to start your tour across the province’s countryside. Tarsiers are known for being one of the smallest primates in the world.

Then you will make your way to the Loboc River Cruise for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. This floating restaurant serves local cuisine as you sail down the Loboc River. Next, you will visit the historic Baclayon Church, which has been designated as a National Cultural Treasure.

The Butterfly Conservatory, where a variety of butterflies are bred and cared for, will be your next stop. After taking photos with the colorful animals, you will head to the man-made Bilar Forest. This area contains tall mahogany trees that were planted back in the 20th century.

Finally, you will go see the famous Chocolate Hills before returning to your hotel. In the summer, the grass on the hills changes from green to brown, making them resemble mounds of chocolate.

Day 7
White sand beach in Pamilacan Island Bohol

Day 7: Pamilacan Island Tour

For Day 7, a van will pick you up from your Panglao hotel and drop you off at a port in Baclayon. From here, you will take a boat to Pamilacan Island. It is located in the center of the Bohol Sea, about 12.5 km from Bohol Island. Certain parts of the island are still untouched by man-made buildings, and the whole island is home to less than 2,000 people.

When you head to the island, keep an eye out for marine life. Due to the bay's rich ecosystem, there have been sightings of dolphins and whale sharks. As soon as you arrive on the island, you will be greeted by its stunning white sands and waters.

To see more marine animals, you can go snorkeling in the nearby waters. You will also find the corals that house the schools of fish in the sea when you dip under the surface. In addition to snorkeling, you can simply relax on the coastline while soaking up some sunlight.

You can then visit the island's Spanish fortress after spending time on the beach. This 200-year-old structure was erected to keep watch of pirates that tried to dock on the island.

Day 8
Kawasan Falls in Cebu

Day 8: Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

You will then ride a ferry to Cebu, where you will spend your eighth day in the Philippines. After checking in to your hotel in Mandaue, your guide will lead you to Kawasan Falls. This spot features natural pools that you can take a dip in. You can also choose to go canyoneering here as an add-on experience.

Next, is a trip to Moalboal. Thanks to its vibrant coral habitat, this seaside town has become a well-known spot for divers. From here, you will ride a boat to Pescador Island. This destination is also home to schools of tropical fish and even more corals.

Following that, you will visit Turtle Island. It is named as such because travelers can get the chance to swim with sea turtles here. After spending time with these sea creatures, you will go to Panagsama Beach to experience the Sardine Run.

During this natural phenomenon, huge schools of sardines swim together. This event has become a popular attraction thanks to the sheer amount of sardines and how they resemble a sparkling silver wall when grouped together. To get a good view of this underwater event, you will snorkel off of the beach’s shoreline.

Day 9
Yap-San Diego Ancestral house in Cebu

Day 9: Cebu City Tour

Following a day of exploring Cebu’s beautiful waters, your guide will bring you to cultural sites in and around the city proper. The Taoist Temple will be the first stop on the list. Tall towers and an entrance inspired by China's Great Wall can be found in the complex. It is also perched on a ridge that offers a panoramic view of Cebu City.

Following that is a visit to the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, the Philippines' oldest Roman Catholic cathedral. Another significant historical site is the Magellan's Cross, which is just outside the cathedral. Explorer Ferdinand Magellan erected the structure in 1521.

You will then proceed to the Cebu Heritage Monument. This attraction depicts significant historical events in Cebu, such as the Battle of Mactan. The Yap - San Diego Ancestral House will be your next stop. This 17th-century house features antique furniture.

After that, you'll visit the Temple of Leah. This regal temple was built in 2012 for a local's wife. Finally, you will spend the rest of the day at the Sirao Flower Farm. It is also known as the "Little Amsterdam of Cebu" because of its fields of colorful flowers.

Day 10
Luli Island in Puerto Princesa

Day 10: Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

On Day 10, you will check out of your Mandaue hotel and board a plane bound for Puerto Princesa. Upon arriving at the Puerto Princesa Airport, a van will take you to your accommodation in Sabang. From there, your guide will accompany you to Honda Bay to start your island-hopping tour.

Your first boat ride from the bay will bring you to Star Fish Island. As its name suggests, many starfish call this isle home and can often be spotted along its sandbar. You can also go snorkeling to see groups of other aquatic creatures such as pufferfish and yellowtail snappers.

After that, you will sail to the shell-shaped Cowrie Island. It is also Honda Bay’s biggest island and is a great spot for swimming. To shield travelers from jellyfish, people on the island have placed nets around a section of the sea near the beach.

The last destination for the day is Luli Island. It is popular for its sandbar, which travelers can only walk on during low tide. The island-hopping tour will then end with a ride back to the mainland, where your guide will take you to your hotel.

Day 11
Underground River of Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 11: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

The next day, your guide will take you to the Sabang Wharf. From here, you will get on a boat to travel to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

After docking at the park, your guide will arrange a boat ride along the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River. This UNESCO World Heritage Site flows through a cave that features different rock formations and a colony of bats.

You will then head back to the mainland and board a van to Puerto Princesa City. The next destination is a popular tourist spot called Baker’s Hill. This hilltop complex houses different bakeries that offer scrumptious treats. After shopping here, you will drop by Plaza Cuartel. Here, you can visit its open-air military museum and view a restored World War II garrison.

Following that, you will continue to Crocodile Farm. The animal center cares for a variety of crocodiles and features exhibits about them. After spending time with the crocodiles, your guide will bring you to Mitra’s Ranch. This park is situated on a hill and offers a panoramic view of the cityscape.

The last stop for the day is the Puerto Princesa Baywalk. Enjoy snacks while you stroll along here before returning to your hotel.

Day 12
PAL plane at NAIA

Day 12: Departure to Manila

On the final day of your trip through the Philippines, a van will pick you up from your hotel in Sabang. You will then make your way to Puerto Princesa International Airport. Here, you will catch a flight back to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in 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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