Chocolate Hills in Bohol

13-Day Philippines Countryside & Heritage Tour to Bohol Island, Apo Island & Luzon Highlands

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

Visit the Philippines to explore its stunning countryside wonders and heritage destinations with this 13-day vacation package. On this trip, you'll know the history of Manila, visit tourist destinations like Baguio and Ilocos, and see the top attractions of Bohol and Cebu. This vacation package will cover your entrance fees, daily breakfast, accommodations, transportations, and the service of guides.

On your first day in the Philippines, you'll have a historic tour inside Intramuros, a walled city in Manila. Between its walls are several buildings and forts dating back to Spanish colonization. Your next destination is Ilocos Norte, where you'll visit several museums like the Marcos Museum. The fascinating Bangui Windmills are also included in your itinerary.

Then, you'll proceed to Ilocos Sur, home to the picturesque Calle Crisologo lined with Spanish ancestral homes. You will also pay a visit to Banaue Museum, where you'll find artifacts representing the indigenous tribes in the Cordillera Region. From Banaue, your guide will drive you to Baguio, also called the City of Pines. The Mansion and Wright Park will be some of your stops.

On this 13-day trip, you'll also get to enjoy a strawberry-picking activity at Strawberry Farm in Benguet. Hiking up Mt. Pinatubo in Tarlac is another exciting activity prepared for you. At the summit, you'll be rewarded with an excellent view of the volcano's Crater Lake.

You will also spend a few days in the Province of Bohol. Your tour includes a relaxing Loboc River Cruise and a visit to Chocolate Hills. You will also explore the neighboring Province of Cebu, which houses more splendid attractions like the Temple of Leah and Sirao Flower Farm.

Come along on this 13-day tour to Manila, Ilocos, Sagada, Banaue, Benguet, Tarlac, Bohol, and Cebu to make the most of your vacation in the Philippines. Check availability by choosing a date.

 

Included

12 nights accommodation (budget category)
12 days breakfast
12 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 8 - Sagada, Banaue and Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 9 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 10 to 12 - Bohol and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 13 - 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

Chocolate Hills
Manila Cathedral
Casa Manila
Bahay Tsinoy
Mt. Pinatubo
Butterfly Conservatory
Baclayon Church
Magellan's Cross
Temple of Leah
Sirao Flower Farm
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
Taoist Temple
Bilar Forest
Calle Crisologo
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
Malacañang of the North
Paoay Church
St. William Cathedral
Sinking Bell Tower
Intramuros
Fort Santiago
Banga-an Village
St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral
Marcos Museum & Mausoleum or Balay Ti Ili
Bangui Windmills
La Paz Sand Dunes
Loboc River Cruise
Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño
Heritage of Cebu Monument
Museo Ilocos Norte
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
Patapat Viaduct
Strawberry Farm
Centennial Park
Good Shepherd Convent
Sumaguing Cave
Echo Valley
Tarsier Conservation Area
Pamilacan Island
Baluarte de San Diego
Yap-San Diego Ancestral House
Plaza Roma
Banaue Museum
Northern Blossom Flower Farm
Paraiso ni Anton
Agua Grande
Aurora Park
Baluarte Ilocos
San Diego Gardens
Batad
Atok Sakura Flowers
2nd Highest Point
Pasuquin Salt Stand

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Manila Cathedral in Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

Your first tour will take place in the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila. But before that, you'll head to your hotel in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard to check in after you arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Intramuros is the oldest district in Manila, having been founded in 1571 when Spaniards conquered the city. It has a defensive fortress named Fort Santiago. Its dungeons were utilized during World War II and are now open for the public to visit.

The walled area also has three public squares, one of which is Plaza Roma. Three important landmarks surround the site. You will next visit Bahay Tsinoy, a museum that tells about the contributions and influences of the Chinese settlers in the Philippines' evolution.

You will proceed to Casa Manila to get a better picture of how locals lived during Spanish colonization. Your guide will then lead you to the southwest corner of Intramuros, where San Diego Gardens and Baluarte De San Diego are situated.

Next, you'll drop by the San Agustin Church and Museum, the country's oldest stone church. The Manila Cathedral, which houses a massive organ with 4,500 pipes, will be the last stop of your tour.

Day 2
Paoay Church in Ilocos

Day 2: Laoag Tour

You will leave Manila and fly to Laoag City in Ilocos Norte. Your plane will take you from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Laoag International Airport. Upon arrival, your guide will take you to the top attractions of Laoag City and the nearby towns.

First, you'll check out the St. Williams Cathedral, famed for its Italian Renaissance architectural style. A few meters away is the popular Sinking Bell Tower that has a height of roughly 150 feet.

Next, your guide will transport you to the Museo Ilocos Norte. Here, you'll find various traditional clothing, ceremonial objects, household utensils, and more, representing the Ilocanos and indigenous tribes of Igorot and Itneg. You will then drop by Aurora Park, where the historical Tobacco Monopoly Monument is located.

After that, you will be on your way to visit the attractions in the town of Paoay, beginning with the Malacanang of the North, which features complex designs and a mix of Ilocano and Spanish architecture. Next is the Paoay Church, a baroque church declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Before retreating to your Laoag hotel, you'll stop by the Marcos Museum to see the memorabilia and cenotaph of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Day 3
Bangui Windmills in Ilocos

Day 3: Pagudpud Tour

On the third day, you will head to the northernmost part of Luzon to explore the attractions of Pagudpud and the surrounding towns. Your guide will first bring you to Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, set on a hill in the town of Burgos. It was erected during Spanish colonization and still functions at present.

Your next stop is the well-known Bangui Windmills of Ilocos Norte. This attraction comprises 20 wind turbines that stand at 70 meters and are arranged at a single line along a shoreline. The following attraction is Patapat Viaduct, a bridge connecting the Ilocos Region to Cagayan Valley.

Your guide will then drive you to Agua Grande, an ideal place for picnicking and swimming. Next is the Paraiso ni Anton, where you'll find a grotto and a stream of cold waters that are said to provide healing. You will also visit the spectacular Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. Afterward, you'll head to the Pasuquin Salt Stand, which sells salt and salt-preserved food.

Before officially ending the tour, you may choose to either go directly to your Laoag hotel or experience a 4x4 ride in Lapaz Sand Dunes. This activity is ideal for those looking for an adrenaline-pumping activity.

Day 4
Calle Crisologo in Vigan

Day 4: Vigan Tour

In the morning, you'll get ready for your departure to Vigan in Ilocos Sur, just south of Ilocos Norte. You will stay at a nice hotel along the renowned Calle Crisologo while you're in the city.

The first attraction in your itinerary is the National Museum Ilocos Sur Complex, where you'll find multiple museums that display the region's history, culture, and heritage. Next, you'll head to the nearby town to visit the Bantay Church and Bell Tower. You can enjoy a unique perspective of Vigan and the town of Bantay at the tower.

Your next stop will be the 19th-century Syquia Mansion Museum, representing the architecture of a typical bahay na bato (house of stone). Then, your guide will bring you to Pagburnayan Jar Factory to witness locals create beautiful jars with their bare hands. You will then stop by the Crisologo Museum, which features architecture depicting the old local city.

You will also get the chance to tour around Calle Crisologo, a street noted for its cobblestone pavement and Spanish ancestral houses. Next, you'll marvel at the Baroque architectural design of the St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral. Your tour will conclude at a zoological park called Baluarte.

Day 5
Sumaguing Cave in Sagada

Day 5: Sagada Tour

On Day 5, you'll travel south to discover the distinct attractions of Sagada in the Mountain Province. The rural town is abundant in caves, one of the popular ones being Sugong Cave. Besides its underground river, this natural gem has coffins hanging from the rugged cliffs, which have become quite famous.

From Sugong Cave, you will head over to Echo Valley. This natural area is teeming with towering trees and lavish vegetation, plus limestone mountains enclose the place. You may choose to take a trail up to the viewpoint, where you can view the Hanging Coffins.

Next, you'll go spelunking inside the famous Sumaguing Cave. Also known as the Big Cave, Sumaguing connects all the 60 caves found in the town and is adorned with millions of ancient rock formations, stalactites, and stalagmites. Be prepared to get wet as the cave also has natural pools of cold waters.

At your final stop, you'll further understand the history and heritage of the indigenous people in the Cordillera Region. Bontoc Tribal Museum displays artifacts and photographs and has a replica of an Ifugao village behind it. Your guide will then drive you to your Sagada hotel at the end of the tour.

Day 6
Tappiya Waterfalls in Banaue

Day 6: Banaue Tour

The sixth day will be for visiting the best attractions in the town of Banaue. Several awe-inspiring rice terraces can be found in the place, including the popular Batad Rice Terraces that resemble an amphitheater. Believed to be over 2,000 years old, this man-made attraction is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You can have a better view of the terraces from the Batad Banaue Viewpoint. It will take 30 minutes to get to the site on foot. If you seek other natural scenery, you may choose to go directly to Tappiya Waterfall instead of trekking to the viewpoint. The waterfall is characterized by a strong current and cold waters.

Another option you have is going around the serene Banga-an Village. Less than 30 families occupy this small community, which features typical Ifugao houses with livestock on the ground floor. You may interact with the locals and learn about their livelihood.

A visit to the Banaue Museum will mark the end of your tour. Inside the building, you will find indigenous artifacts that represent the Igorot tribes, as well as displays illustrating some historical events. At the end of the tour, you will make your way to your Banaue hotel.

Day 7
Sunset over Mines View Park in Baguio

Day 7: Baguio Tour

From your hotel in Banaue, you will travel to Baguio, which is noted for its pine trees, cool breezes, and verdant mounds. It's best to bring sweaters to keep you warm during the tour.

Your guide will first take you to the Philippine Military Academy on Loakan Road. Known for its quality education, this institution has been a top choice for aspiring military officers. Your second stop will be The Mansion, the Philippine President's summer retreat whose main gate resembles the Buckingham Palace gates in London.

Your next stop is Camp John Hay, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Baguio. While here, you may drop by the shopping center or the golf course, head to the Bell House, or have a hearty meal at eating establishments. You will then head over to Mines View Park, where you can view abandoned mines, mountain ranges, and Amburayan Valley.

Afterward, your guide will lead you to two more parks: Wright Park and Centennial Park, where you can appreciate more of Baguio's natural beauty. Your final stop will be the Good Shepherd Convent, an excellent place for buying souvenirs like peanut brittle, jams, and more. Then, you'll head to your Baguio hotel.

Day 8
Sunflowers in a flower farm in Benguet

Day 8: Benguet Tour

You will spend the eighth day of your tour package visiting the stunning attractions located in the neighboring towns of Baguio. The first one is the well-known Strawberry Farm at La Trinidad. You will have enough time to pick fresh strawberries that you can take home. You may also purchase strawberry products from close-by stalls.

From La Trinidad, you will be on your way to the town of Atok, which is known for the beautiful Atok Sakura Flowers. This park is filled with about 40 Japanese Sakura trees that are expected to bloom per year soon. The Japanese government of Kochi Prefecture gave these trees as gifts to Benguet in 2016 when they celebrated their 40th anniversary of friendship.

After that is the two-hectare Northern Blossom, famed for its myriad of vibrant flowers, some of which are rare ones like cabbage roses, delphiniums, dusty miller, and snapdragons. When taking pictures, the picturesque Mt. Pulag and Mt. Timbak will be excellent backdrops.

Next in your itinerary is the 2nd Highest Point in the Philippine highway system, situated along the Halsema Highway. You will make your final stop at the Spanish Trail before heading back to your Baguio hotel.

Day 9
Crater lake at the peak of Mt. Pinatubo

Day 9: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

On the ninth day, you are scheduled to go on a day hike up Mt. Pinatubo, which is located in Tarlac near Botolan, Zambales. This active stratovolcano has become quite popular for hiking a few years after its disastrous eruption back in 1991.

Your guide will drive you to the tourism center in Barangay Sta. Juliana, which serves as the starting point for visiting Mt. Pinatubo. You will hop on a 4x4 jeep and travel across the lahar-covered and craggy area of Crow Valley. From there, you will begin your trek that takes at least one to two hours.

On the way to the summit of the volcano, you will pass by several odd volcanic rocks shaped after the destructive eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. As soon as you reach the peak, the volcano's marvelous Crater Lake will be the one to welcome you. Marvel at its calm turquoise waters surrounded by green crater walls.

You will spend the remaining time of your tour digging into your sumptuous lunch and taking great photos of Mt. Pinatubo's Crater Lake. Afterward, you will return to the tourism center and be on your way to your Manila hotel around the Baywalk area.

Day 10
Scenic view of Bohol's Chocolate Hills

Day 10: Bohol Countryside City

On Day 10, you will check out of your Manila hotel and board a plane at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Your destination will be the Province of Bohol. Once you arrive at Panglao International Airport, your guide will take you to the splendid attractions in the countryside of Bohol.

Your first stop will be the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, a vast forest patch where a number of tarsiers reside. Besides observing these small creatures up in trees, you may also visit the library, mini-cafeteria, and exhibition area. Take note that flash photography is prohibited in the place.

You will continue your tour with a Loboc River Cruise. This cruise involves riding a floating restaurant where you'll get to dig into a delectable buffet lunch while locals entertain you with native Filipino songs and dances. Once you head back to land, you will proceed to the 16th-century Baclayon Church, which stands next to an old convent that houses a museum.

Next, you'll make stops at the Butterfly Conservatory and Bilar Forest in the town of Bilar. You will wrap up your tour with a visit to the world-famous Chocolate Hills. Your guide will then drive you to your hotel on Panglao Island.

Day 11
Blue waters of Pamilacan Island

Day 11: Pamilacan Island Tour

On the eleventh day, you will take a boat trip to the paradisiac Pamilacan Island, which sits in the heart of the Bohol Sea. It is a go-to destination for catching sight of dolphins and whale sharks. On the way to the island, you might spot these sea creatures, so it's best to keep your eyes on the water.

In addition to dolphins and whale sharks, Pamilacan Island is also home to nearly 2,000 locals, who keep the island clean all the time. Hence, you can expect to find a pristine beach and clear blue waters surrounding the island. The whole day is dedicated to Pamilacan Island, so you'll have lots of time to relax and have fun under the sun.

Apart from swimming and sunbathing, snorkeling is another great way to make the most of your time on the island. Underwater, you will discover various marine animals and plants, including anemones, bucket sponges, unicornfish, moray eel, pufferfish, and sea turtles.

Before returning to the mainland, you may head to the Spanish fort first. It sits on the northeast side of the island for over 200 years. By the end of the day, you'll travel back to your Panglao hotel.

Day 12
Taoist Temple in Cebu

Day 12: Cebu City Tour

On the morning of Day 12, you will leave Bohol and ride a ferry to the neighboring province of Cebu. You will head over to Cebu City upon your arrival. Considered the oldest city in the Philippines, Cebu is the first capital and birthplace of Christianity in the Far East.

During your visit to Cebu, you will drop by several historical locations, starting with the Taoist Temple. It was established in 1972 atop a hill, which offers a scenic view of the city. Your next stop is another religious structure: Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino. Founded during the 16th century, this Romantic Catholic Church is the oldest one in the country.

Outside of the basilica is a small chapel that houses the historic Magellan's Cross. From there, your guide will bring you to the Heritage of Cebu Monument, which portrays the significant past events in the province. Just a short walk away is the country's oldest residence, called Yap-San Diego Ancestral Home.

You will also visit the Temple of Leah, which boasts classical Greco-Roman architecture. Afterward, you'll stop by the Sirao Flower Farm to see an array of gorgeous blossoms. Your van will then bring you to your Mandaue hotel.

Day 13
A plane flying over a signage of Manila near the airport

Day 13: Departure to Manila

Day 13 is the last leg of your tour package. Your van will wait for you outside your Mandaue hotel and then transport you to Mactan-Cebu International Airport after you check out. From there, your plane will take you back to Manila. Your destination will be Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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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