13-Day Philippines Natural Wonders & History Tour Package to Bohol Island & Cordillera Highlands

Aerial view of Pamilacan Island in Bohol
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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

Embark on this 13-day vacation package to see the Philippines’ rich countryside, highlands, and heritage locations. Traveling from Luzon to the Visayas, this trip will show you the unspoiled beauty of Bohol Island, historic buildings in the Ilocos region, and lush parks in Baguio City. This package will also take care of your accommodation, entrance fees, daily breakfast, transportations, and the service of guides.

To begin your tour, you’ll visit the walled area of Intramuros in Manila City. This historic district houses several landmarks and buildings dating back to Spanish colonization. From the Philippines’ capital, you will board a plane to Ilocos Norte province to see its numerous unique attractions, including the Marcos Museum and Bangui Windmills.

You will then travel south toward Ilocos Sur province, where you can find the must-visit cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo. Another museum in your itinerary is the Banaue Museum, which houses artifacts of the ancient tribes in the Cordillera Region. Then, you’ll make your way to Baguio City, home to The Mansion, the Philippine President’s summer retreat. Your guide will also take you to three beautiful parks, including Wright Park.

Besides Baguio, you’ll also explore the other mountain towns in Benguet province. One of these is La Trinidad, where you’ll find the famous Strawberry Farm. You will also climb up Mt. Pinatubo and see its jaw-dropping Crater Lake.

From Luzon, you’ll fly to the Visayas to explore the Province of Bohol. You will also spend an entire day in Cambuhat Village oyster farm, as well as on the paradise-like Pamilacan Island on a separate day. Your Bohol tour also includes the Loboc River Cruise and a visit to the world-famous Chocolate Hills.

Book this 13-day tour package and see the Philippines’ incredible attractions, from Manila to Ilocos, Sagada, Banaue, Benguet, Tarlac, and Bohol. 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 - Sagad, Banaue and Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 9 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 10 to 12 - Bohol 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

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Pasig River view from Fort Santiago in Manila

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

Once your plane lands at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines, your guide will drive you to your hotel in Manila City or along Roxas Boulevard, a famous waterfront promenade facing Manila Bay. After checking in, you’ll travel to the main location of your tour, Intramuros.

Intramuros, a National Landmark since 1951, was considered the center of religion, education, and economy back in the Spanish colonial days. One of the notable parts of this walled area is Fort Santiago, the oldest Hispanic stone fortress in the country.

You will next stop by Plaza Roma, a public square surrounded by three important landmarks. Later on, you’ll head to Bahay Tsinoy. Inside this museum, you’ll discover how the early Chinese settlers influenced and contributed to the evolution of the Philippines.

Another museum on your itinerary is Casa Manila, which showcases the interior design and architecture of the late Spanish era. You’ll also visit the well-preserved San Diego Gardens. In the garden is a 16th-century bastion called Baluarte De San Diego.

Your guide will then bring you to two religious and historic buildings: San Agustin Church and Museum, completed in 1607, and Manila Cathedral, the episcopal seat of the Archbishop of Manila.

Day 2
Blue waters of Paoay Lake in Ilocos

Day 2: Laoag Tour

You will board a plane and travel from Manila to Ilocos Norte province. Once you arrive at Laoag International Airport, you’ll make your way to Laoag City for another day-tour. Your first attraction will be St. Williams Cathedral, a two-floor building whose exterior looks very luxurious but has a unique and sacred ambiance on the inside.

You will make your second stop at the Sinking Bell Tower. Standing 150 feet tall, the bell tower is considered the tallest historic edifice in Laoag. You will next visit the Museo Ilocos Norte, where you’ll find exhibits showcasing the province’s history, culture, and heritage. You will then see an important landmark at Aurora Park – the Tobacco Monopoly Monument that goes back to the 19th century.

Your guide will later show you the attractions in Paoay town. The firs

t one will be Malacanang of the North, which displays facts and accomplishments of Ferdinand Marcos, the 10th President of the Philippines. Next is the Paoay Church, which is a baroque church with a National Cultural Treasure title.

Before you proceed to your Laoag hotel, you’ll drop by the Marcos Museum. It houses a wax replica of the late President Marcos, as well as his memorabilia.

Day 3
Beautiful view of Kapurpurawan Rock formation in Ilocos

Day 3: Pagudpud Tour

On Day 3, you will travel to the northernmost part of Luzon Island to explore several towns, starting with Burgos. This peaceful location is where you’ll find the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse that sits atop a hill and offers a splendid sea view.

Your guide will next show you the Bangui Windmills, one of the top attractions in Ilocos Norte. Forming a single line along a shoreline, these 20 wind turbines supply electricity to the province. You will then stop by the Patapat Viaduct, the fifth-longest bridge in the Philippines. Afterward, you’ll head to Agua Grande. Besides picnicking, the place is also ideal for swimming.

The Paraiso ni Anton comes next. It has a small grotto and a stream of clean waters that are believed to provide healing. You will also drop by the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, another must-visit attraction in the province. Finally, you will drop by the Pasuquin Salt Stand, which sells salt-preserved food, and other local products.

For those seeking a more exciting activity to end the tour, you may include La Paz Sand Dunes with a 4x4 ride in your itinerary. Enjoy an extreme ride in the protected sandy coastal desert that features small and steep hills.

Day 4
Bantay Bell Tower in Ilocos Sur

Day 4: Vigan Tour

The itinerary of your tour today includes the attractions in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan. Located in Ilocos Sur province, the city is renowned for its well-preserved Spanish Colonial town. During your visit, you will lodge a hotel along Calle Crisologo, one of the city’s popular attractions.

Your first stop will be the National Museum Ilocos Sur Complex, which houses multiple museums, including the ancestral house of priest patriot Fr. Jose Burgos. You will head over to Bantay Church and Bell Tower, which was used as a watchtower for invaders during World War II.

Next, you’ll enter the popular Syquia Mansion Museum and look at the significant heirlooms and artifacts that show the wealth of the Angco-Syquia family during Spanish colonization. Your guide will next bring you to the Pagburnayan Jar Factory, which is deemed the most photographed spot in the city.

Another museum you’ll visit is Crisologo Museum. Here, you can find antiques and memorabilia of the Crisologo political family. You will proceed to Vigan’s famous cobblestone street, called Calle Crisologo. You will then drop by St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, which boasts a Baroque architectural design. Finally, you’ll get to have an interactive wildlife experience at Baluarte.

Day 5
View of the town propert of Sagada

Day 5: Sagada Tour

On Day 5, you’ll have an early departure from Vigan to the rural town of Sagada in Mountain Province. This rustic place has a cool temperature, so it’s best to bring sweaters or jackets to keep you comfortable during your stay.

You will kick off your tour with a visit to Sugong Cave, one of the 60 caves in Sagada. It has an underground river whose water comes from Bokong Falls. Apart from this, Sugong Cave is well-known for the Hanging Coffins, the most iconic attraction in the province.

Surrounded by limestone mountains, Echo Valley is a natural area with lavish greenery, as well as several trails and caverns. You may trek up to the viewpoint, which offers a better view of the Hanging Coffins – the locals’ traditional way of burying people. Afterward, you’ll explore the inside of the Sumaguing Cave, also called the Big Cave. Admire the unusual rock formations and ancient stalagmites as you go through the cave.

Lastly, you’ll visit the Bontoc Tribal Museum. You’ll get to learn about the history and heritage of the Ifugao people as you look at the photographs, artifacts, and traditional items. Your guide will then drive you to your Sagada hotel.

Day 6
Scenic sight of Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue

Day 6: Banaue Tour

After checking out of your hotel, you will embark on a trip to Banaue town in Ifugao province. The place is renowned for the jaw-dropping rice terraces carved into the mountains. One of the must-visit attractions is the Batad Rice Terraces in Batad town. These are noted for looking like an amphitheater. Unlike other terraces, these have stone walls rather than mud walls.

You may ask your guide to lead you to Batad Banaue Viewpoint, where you can enjoy a more fascinating view of the rice terraces. It typically requires 30 minutes of trekking before you reach the site. If you prefer to proceed to a different attraction, you may head to Tappiya Waterfall. It offers a refreshing pool where you can swim and wash off the sweat from the long hike.

Another option you have is the Banga-an Village. In addition to a few typical Ifugao houses, you will also find a church in the middle of the community and a handicraft center. Your tour will then conclude with a visit to the Banaue Museum, where you can find more facts about the province’s indigenous tribes. In the late afternoon, your guide will drive you to your Banaue hotel.

Day 7
A horse in wright park Baguio

Day 7: Baguio Tour

The seventh day is dedicated to the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio City. On your way to the city, you’ll first head to Kiangan town. Your guide will take you to the Ifugao Museum, where you can learn about the history and ancient traditions of the Ifugao people. Then, you’ll drop by the historic Surrender Site of General Yamashita.

Once you reach Baguio, the Philippine Military Academy will be your first destination. This well-known institution has vintage tanks and other military arms displayed on its grounds. Your next stop will be The Mansion, the official summer home of the Philippine President.

Your guide will next transport you to Camp John Hay, which served as a military base of the American soldiers during World War II. It is now a mountain resort where you can indulge in food and various activities. Then, you’ll head to Mines View Park, which offers views of a valley, mountain ranges, and abandoned mines.

You’ll get to appreciate more of Baguio’s natural beauty at the following attractions: Wright Park and Centennial Park. Before retreating to your Baguio hotel, drop by the Good Shepherd Convent to buy some local sweets like peanut brittle and butter cookies.

Day 8
Sunflowers facing the sky in a flower farm in Benguet

Day 8: Benguet Tour

On Day 8, your guide will take you to more top attractions in the Province of Benguet. Your tour will kick off at the La Trinidad Strawberry Farm, nearly a half-hour drive from Baguio. After your strawberry-picking activity, you may head to the nearby souvenir shops and purchase strawberry and non-strawberry-inspired products.

From La Trinidad town, you will make your way to Atok town, where the rest of your stops will take place. Your guide will transport you to Atok Sakura Flowers, a park filled with Sakura Trees planted back in 2016. Benguet got these trees from the Japanese government of Kochi prefecture when they celebrated their 40 years of friendship.

Next is the Northern Blossom, where you can also spend your time in the middle of vibrant blooms. This two-hectare plantation is loaded with not only common flowers but also rare ones, including cabbage roses, snapdragons, and dusty miller.

You will then proceed to the 2nd Highest Point in the Philippine highway system. Marvel at the marvelous view of the mountain ranges and cloud formations before you head to your final stop: Spanish Trail. From the trail, you will return to your hotel in Baguio.

Day 9
Popular view of Mount Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 9: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

It’s time to head up Mt. Pinatubo and discover what natural gem sits atop this active volcano. You will check out of your Baguio hotel and travel south toward Tarlac province. Back in 1991, Mt. Pinatubo made a destructive eruption that has been regarded as the second-largest terrestrial eruption across the globe during the 20th century.

The Sta. Juliana Tourism Center in Tarlac will be the starting point for your hike. There, you’ll transfer from your van to a 4x4 jeep. Once everything is set, you will head over to Crow Valley, filled with lahar formations and volcanic sand.

After nearly an hour-long ride, you will reach the foot of the volcano and then begin your ascent to the summit. The trek usually lasts for one to 1.5 hours, but your effort will pay off once you get to the end of the trail as you’ll get to see an awe-inspiring view of Mt. Pinatubo’s Crater Lake. This natural spot is deemed the “wide jewel of blue and green.”

While on top of the volcano, you will have your lunch and picture-taking. You will later travel to Manila and check into your hotel around the Baywalk area.

Day 10
Shucking fresh oysters in Cambuhat Oyster Farm

Day 10: Bohol Cambuhat Tour

The tenth day will mark the start of your exploration in Bohol province. After checking out of your Manila hotel, you’ll ride a van to Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where you’ll hop on a plane heading to Panglao International Airport.

On this day, you will visit one of the hidden attractions of Bohol: Cambuhat Village. This tranquil community lies in the town of Buenavista. Your guide will drop you off at Daet Bridge, which is the jump-off point to the village. Aboard a paddleboat, you’ll traverse the vast Cambuhat River. You will notice some mangroves and nipa palms lining the river.

Your boat will sail towards the Cambuhat Oyster Farm, one of the locals’ primary sources of livelihood, the other one being fishing. While at the farm, you will get an in-depth understanding of oysters and how they are bred and harvested.

You will later head to the river bank for a hearty lunch of seafood, including oysters. Your lunch break comes with entertainment – village women will present a traditional dance, called the Buri dance. You will go around the village and witness the locals create woven products. Afterward, your van will bring you to your accommodation on Panglao Island.

Day 11
Deep blue waters of Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 11: Pamilacan Island Tour

On Day 11, you will sail off the coast of mainland Bohol toward Pamilacan Island. It lies in the heart of the Bohol Sea and is known to host various sea creatures, including dolphins and whale sharks. You may spot some of these along the way, so better keep your eyes on the water.

As the boat gets near Pamilacan Island, you’ll quickly notice the white-sand beach and crystal-clear waters. You will also see some boats on the shore and several houses amidst numerous trees. Feel free to lie on the sand and take a dip in the water as soon as your boat docks.

While the surface is already stunning, wait until you jump into the water for snorkeling. The blue waters of Pamilacan Island abound in rich and colorful marine life. You will spot not only gorgeous corals and anemones but also schools of fish and sea turtles.

In addition to the houses adorned with bones of marine mammals, another interesting structure on the island is the 200-year-old Spanish fort. It stood on the northeast side of the island and was used as a watchtower for enemies. In the late afternoon, you will return to your Panglao hotel.

Day 12
Aerial view of Loboc River in Bohol

Day 12: Bohol Countryside Tour

Day 12 will be for discovering numerous attractions lying in the rich countryside of Bohol. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to Corella town, where you can find the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. You may observe the Bohol tarsiers up in the trees or drop by the library, mini-cafeteria, or souvenir shop.

After meeting one of the world’s smallest primates, you’ll enjoy a Loboc River Cruise onboard a floating restaurant. You’ll get to indulge in a buffet lunch and admire the natural beauty of the surroundings. Some locals onboard will put up a performance of native Filipino songs and dances.

Following that, you’ll head over to Baclayon Church. This National Cultural Treasure has walls and pillars made of coral stones. Next is the Butterfly Conservatory, where you’ll get to spend time in the garden with butterflies of different species.

Your guide will then drive you to the Bilar Forest. This man-made forest is a 2-kilometer stretch of mahogany trees. To complete your Bohol tour, you’ll stop by the world-renowned Chocolate Hills. Marvel at this geological formation comprising over 1,000 hills, and take as many photographs as you can before you head back to your accommodation.

Day 13
Sunset view from Manila airport

Day 13: Departure to Manila

Your 13-day tour package will end today, so you will travel back to Manila. Once you have everything ready for departure, you will check out of your hotel and head to Panglao International Airport. Your plane will arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport after less than two hours of flight.

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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