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12-Day Scenic Countryside, Falls, Farms & Heritage Tour to Bohol, Cebu, Ilocos & Benguet from Manila

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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

Description

Explore the scenic countryside attractions, lush farms, and heritage sites across Bohol, Cebu, Ilocos, and Benguet with this 12-day vacation package. This trip includes roundtrip flights from Manila, land/ferry transfers, and accommodation.

Travel back in time while strolling on the cobblestone streets of Intramuros. Your heritage tour will take place across the iconic landmarks and historical structures, including Fort Santiago. Then, you will go on a museum-hopping tour to Ilocos Norte. You will visit Malacañang of the North, the grand presidential museum for former President Marcos.

Next, you will witness the ancestral houses at Calle Crisologo in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan. Your jam-packed escapade continues up north in Benguet. You will go sightseeing at the 79-hectare La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. 

Before you return to Manila, you will go on a trekking adventure to Mount Pinatubo’s scenic crater lake. Afterward, you will be flying off from Manila to Bohol via Panglao International Airport.

Immerse yourself at the Cambuhat Village in Bohol and learn about oyster farming. You will also go island-hopping to Pamilacan Island, where you can see occasional sightings of whales and dolphins. 

At Bohol countryside, you will visit the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary or the home of one of the smallest primates. Then, you will discover the stunning geological formation at the famous Chocolate Hills. 

Your Visayas tour continues at the Temple of Leah, known as Cebu’s Taj Mahal. Then, you will see colorful blooms at Sirao Flower Farm. You will also go on a canyoneering adventure to the three-tiered Kawasan Falls.

Discover the hidden wonders in the Philippines with this 12-Day tour to Bohol, Cebu, Ilocos & Benguet from Manila. Check availability by choosing a date.

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Included

11 nights accommodation (budget category)
11 days breakfast
11 lunch
All flights with 20kgs baggage allowance
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 to 3 - Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur (Ilocos Region)
Day 4 to 5 - Sagada and Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 6 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 7 to 11 - Bohol and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
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

Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Fort Santiago in Manila

Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour

On Day 1, your van will fetch you at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will head to your accommodation in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard. Your van will take you to the walled city of Intramuros.

You will explore the iconic structures surrounding the cobblestone streets of Intramuros. First, you will visit Fort Santiago, an old citadel that served as a prison cell for political prisoners and resistance fighters, including our national hero Jose Rizal.

At Plaza Roma, you will see the statue of King Charles IV of Spain. It is built in honor of the successful introduction of the smallpox vaccine to the Philippines. Then, you will head to Bahay Tsinoy, where you can learn about the ethnic Chinese community.

Up next is Casa Manila, a historic replica of Bahay-na-bato that features the extravagant Illustrado lifestyle. Then, you will drop by the gazebos and pergolas in San Diego Gardens. It is right across a 16th-century bastion known as Baluarte De San Diego.

At the end of your tour, you will visit The San Agustin Church and Museum, the country’s oldest stone church. Meanwhile, Manila Cathedral is a 300-year-old church that serves as the episcopal throne of the Archbishop of Manila.

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Day 2
Paoay Church in Laoag

Day 2 - Day 2: Laoag Tour

From Manila, you will board a plane to Laoag Airport on the second day of your vacation. Alight at the terminal. Your private van will then take you to your accommodation in Laoag.

Known as the provincial capital of Ilocos Norte, Laoag City’s name is home to beautifully preserved Italian Renaissance and Baroque-inspired architecture. Also called the Sunshine City, Laoag derived its name from an Ilocano word, “Lawag” which means bright and light.

Your first destination in Laoag is St. Williams Cathedral. The Sinking Bell Tower is just across the cathedral. Every year, the bell tower sinks at least an inch into the ground. Afterward, you will browse through historical artifacts at Museo Ilocos Norte.

Up next is the 19th-century Tobacco Monopoly Monument, which stands at the heart of Aurora’s Park. It was built to commemorate the lifting of the tobacco monopoly in the Philippines. You will also visit the Malacanang of the North, the grand presidential museum for former President Marcos.

In the town of Batac, you will visit the Marcos Museum to see the cenotaph of the late President Marcos. Lastly, you will learn about the life of the famous Luna brothers at the Juan and Antonio Luna Museum.

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Day 3
Streets of Calle Crisologo in Vigan

Day 3 - Day 3: Vigan Tour

Travel back in time to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan on the 3rd day of your vacation. You will leave early, and your van will take you to your first stop, the National Museum Ilocos Regional Complex.

While browsing through historical artifacts, you will have a glimpse of the region’s culture and heritage at the museum. Then, you will proceed to Bantay Church and Bell Tower. Here, you will witness the whole Bantay district and a portion of the nearby province of Abra.

Up next is Syquia Mansion Museum, a 19-century stone mansion featuring symbolic heirlooms of the Syquia family. Afterward, you will learn how to make traditional pots at Pagburnayan Jar Factory. You will also visit Crisologo Museum to see the antique furniture and belongings of Congressman Floro S. Crisologo and his family.

Your heritage tour in Vigan continues at Calle Crisologo. You will marvel at various ancestral houses and structures along the historic street. Then, you will step inside St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as Vigan Cathedral. It serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia.

You will also explore Baluarte mini zoo to see wild animals and life-size dinosaur statues.

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Day 4
View of Echo Valley in Sagada

Day 4 - Day 4: Sagada Tour

On Day 4, you will leave early from your accommodation in Vigan. Your destination is the rustic town of Sagada. You will drive along Halsema Highway, one of the highest roads in the Philippines.

Sugong Cave will be your first destination. It has an underground river with water coming from Bokong Falls. Meanwhile, the nearby Kapay-aw Rice Terraces have the same water source.

Your Sagada adventure continues in Echo Valley. You will traverse the path leading to the famous hanging coffins, which serve as part of the burial traditions in Mountain Province. The Ifugao people honor their dead ancestors by hanging their remains on the side of the cliff.

Sagada is known as a perfect spelunking spot for those who love cave explorations. The rustic town boasts more than 60 caves. The largest among them is Sumaguing Cave, which features ancient stalactites and stalagmites. There are also natural pools and streams inside the cave. Prepare to get wet during your cave exploration.

After your expedition to Sumaguing Cave, you will visit Bontoc Tribal Museum. It features vast artifact collections, including traditional costumes, hunting weapons, and farming tools. Here, you will get a glimpse of the culture and traditions in Mountain Province.

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Day 5
Northern Blossom Flower Farm in Benguet

Day 5 - Day 5: Benguet Tour

On your 5th day, your scenic highlands tour continues in the Benguet province. From Sagada, your van will take you to your first destination, the 79-hectare La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. Back in the 19th century, Spaniards brought the production of strawberries to La Trinidad. Since then, the farm has been producing 1,775 metric tons of strawberries per harvest.

Your second stop is at Atok Sakura Flowers, which showcases around 30 beautiful cherry blossom trees. The cherry blossom seedlings were a gift to the municipality of Atok from the Japanese government.

For your third destination, you will admire a majestic flower carpet underneath the clouds. Northern Blossom Flower Farm is a three-hectare flower plantation that cultivates snapdragons, Peruvian lilies, and other exotic blooms from Japan. You can also take pictures behind the rolling mountain ranges of Mt. Timbak and Mt. Pulag.

Before leaving Atok, you will drop by the 2nd Highest Point along Halsema Highway. Here, you can witness the breathtaking view of the nearby mountains. You will see Mt. Timbak, one of the highest mountains in Luzon. Then, you will pass by the Spanish Trail. You will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the surrounding mountain ranges at the end of the trail.

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Day 6
Trail to the peak of Mount Pinatubo

Day 6 - Day 6: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

On Day 6, you will ride a 4x4 vehicle and go trekking to Mount Pinatubo. This active stratovolcano is situated between the provinces of Tarlac, Pampanga, and Zambales.

In 1991, Mt. Pinatubo erupted and destroyed hundreds of houses, buildings, and structures. It is the world’s largest volcanic eruption in the past 100 years. The lahar flow reached Pampanga households and even washed out the Clark Air Base at the foot of Zambales mountains.

After three decades, Mount Pinatubo is now a famous hiking spot for adventure-seekers. Many travelers like to visit Mount Pinatubo because of its scenic landscape.

To get there, you will ride a van to reach the base camp in Tarlac’s Barangay Sta. Juliana. Upon arrival at the jump-off point, you will switch to a 4x4 vehicle. Prepare to experience a rough and bumpy ride while passing by a challenging terrain going to the majestic crater lake.

For your safety, you have to wear proper hiking gear. The 4x4 jeep will be traversing through the Crow Valley. Soon enough, you will get off the vehicle to go trekking toward the mountain’s deck. By the end of your thrilling adventure, you will finally reach Mt. Pinatubo’s postcard-worthy crater lake.

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Day 7
Fresh oysters from Cambuhat Oyster Village

Day 7 - Day 7: Bohol Cambuhat Tour

From Manila, you will be flying off to Bohol via Panglao International Airport on the 7th day of your vacation. Once you arrive at the terminal, your private van will take you to your accommodation in Panglao, Bohol.

For your first activity, you will immerse yourself in the laid-back village of Cambuhat River Community. You will paddle through the Cambuhat River, where you can see nipa huts and the lush mangroves on the side of the river.

You will soon arrive at the Cambuhat River Community. First, you will head to the community center. Oyster farming serves as the main livelihood of the people in the community. At the far end of the river, you can find the Cambuhat Oyster Farm.

The Cambuhat locals aim to protect and preserve their natural resources. While you’re in the community, you will learn about the people’s culture and traditions, including their eco-friendly practices. Aside from oyster farming, the locals create hand-woven crafts that you can also purchase as souvenirs.

You will experience the simplicity of life inside this laid-back community. The locals are very friendly and accommodating to their guests. Before leaving, you may request them to serve you shellfish or seafood lunch.

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Day 8
Beach in Pamilacan Island Bohol

Day 8 - Day 8: Pamilacan Island Tour

On the 8th day of your vacation, you will explore Pamilacan Island. You will leave early from your Panglao accommodation to take a short boat ride to the island.

Pamilacan Island is home to hundreds of marine species. It also boasts a rich and pristine seascape, featuring a wide variety of aquatic creatures like bucket sponges, moray eels, and sea snakes. Some whales and dolphins may occasionally pop out of the water on your way to the island. You may even get a rare opportunity to swim with green sea turtles.

At present, only less than 1,500 residents are inhabiting Pamilacan Island. In the 90s, the locals rely on whale and manta ray hunting as their source of livelihood. However, the government banned this illegal practice, so they have decided to develop and promote local tourism on the island.

Snorkeling and diving are some of the must-try activities in Pamilacan. Dive into the deep blue waters of the island to discover its underwater sanctuaries. By the end of your tour, you can catch the sunset at the Pamilacan Watchtower. During the Spanish era, it was used as a lookout tower to check if there are pirates nearby.

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Day 9
Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Day 9 - Day 9: Bohol Countryside Tour

Your Bohol escapade continues at its countryside attractions. You will proceed to your first destination, the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, a wildlife relief sanctuary for Tarsiers, one of the smallest primates. Tarsiers are highly sensitive to light, so you should avoid using the flash of your cameras.

Afterward, you will have a relaxing cruise along the jade-green waters of the Loboc River. You will hop aboard a floating restaurant, where you will indulge in a mouthwatering lunch while the folk singers serenade you with classic love songs.

Then, you will marvel at Baclayon Church, a National Cultural Treasure founded in the 17th century. It is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. According to the locals, the structure was built with corals and egg whites, allowing it to withstand previous disasters.

At Bilar town, you will head to the Butterfly Conservatory, Bohol’s first butterfly breeding and conservation site. Your second stop is Bilar Forest, a 2km-long forest with hand-planted mahogany trees.

Finally, you will visit a stunning geological formation at the Chocolate Hills. Here, you will witness over 1,000 hills. During the summer months, the vegetation turns dry and brown. It changes back to green during the rainy season.

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Day 10
Sirao Flower Farm in Cebu

Day 10 - Day 10: Cebu City Tour

On Day 10, you will board a plane to Cebu City. Your private van will fetch you and take you to a nice hotel in Mandaue City.

Your Cebu City tour starts at Taoist Temple, a peaceful temple on top of a hill. It features beautifully preserved Chinese architecture, including a replica of the Great Wall of China and dragon statues. You can also purchase rare items at the souvenir shop on-site.

Then, you will proceed to downtown Cebu. You will drop by Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, the country’s oldest Roman Catholic church. There is a chapel a few meters away from the church. Here, you can find the historic Magellan’s Cross.

At Heritage of Cebu Monument, you will learn about Cebu’s rich cultural heritage. It showcases Spanish galleons and other relevant symbols that represent historical events, including the Battle of Mactan. It also features well-known figures like Sergio Osmena, the 4th President of the country.

Afterward, you will visit Yap-San Diego Ancestral House, a 17th-century Chinese settlement. You will then marvel at the Temple of Leah’s majestic structure. Lastly, you will head to Sirao Flower Farm, Cebu’s little Amsterdam. You can take photos behind the colorful flower gardens.

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Day 11
People jumping during the canyoneering tour at Kawasan Falls

Day 11 - Day 11: Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

On your 11th day, you will explore the laid-back towns of Badian and Moalboal in Cebu. You will leave early from Mandaue City to go canyoneering at Kawasan Falls. Prepare to scramble and crawl through rocky edges along the beautiful gorges and river canyons of Badian River.

You will soon arrive at the cascading three-staged falls. Make the most of your canyoneering adventure and jump off the cliff as high as 30 feet. Afterward, you will find yourself taking a refreshing dip into the emerald-blue waters. There are also natural pools and lagoons surrounding the falls.

Afterward, you will ride a boat to the beautiful coast of Moalboal. It boasts world-famous diving spots with stunning coral gardens and a wide variety of marine species.

At Pescador Island, you will witness the magnificent sardine run. You will swim with countless sardines merging in perfect unison. Dive beneath the vast seascape and see colorful and bountiful underwater sanctuaries. Pescador Island is also near Panagsama Beach, where you can catch the sunset.

You will also dive and snorkel at Turtle Island. Here, you will swim with sea turtles and other marine creatures. After your escapade, you will head back to your hotel.

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Day 12
PAL aircraft at NAIA

Day 12 - Day 12: Departure to Manila

Conclude your 12-day vacation and wait for your private van to fetch you from your hotel in Cebu. Then, you will board a direct flight from Mactan-Cebu International Airport to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will head back to where you started, Manila.

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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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