13-Day Philippines Nature Tour Package to Puerto Princesa Countryside, Cebu Island & Luzon Highlands
Enjoy your holiday in the Philippines for 13 days and see the fascinating islands, falls, and scenic countryside with this tour package. From Manila City, this tour will take you to the paradise-like islands of Puerto Princesa City, historic locations in Cebu province, heritage sites in the Ilocos Region, and peaceful parks in Baguio City. This all-inclusive package comes with pre-arranged accommodations, daily breakfast, entrance fees, transportation, and the service of guides.
On your first day in the country, you will visit Intramuros, an important walled area in Manila City. It comprises a century-old district with ancient buildings, scenic gardens, and more. You will then fly to northern Luzon, specifically Ilocos Norte, to visit the province’s unique treasures. During your visit, you will stop by the Malacanang of the North and the 70-meter tall Bangui Windmills.
You will proceed to Ilocos Sur, just south of Ilocos Norte. You will find here the well-known cobblestone street, named Calle Crisologo. After that, you will visit the Banaue Museum to see the artifacts associated with the indigenous tribes in the Cordillera Region. Your next destination will be the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio City. While here, you will drop by Camp John Hay and Mines View Park.
Your itinerary also includes Mt. Pinatubo in Tarlac province. You will hike up the volcano to see its breathtaking Crater Lake. Then, you’ll fly to Cebu province to see several city attractions, including the Temple of Leah and Sirao Flower Farm. Additionally, your guide will take you to the beautiful town of Moalboal and Kawasan Falls. Next is Puerto Princesa City in Palawan Island, where you will find Honda Bay and the world-renowned Underground River.
Book this 13-day holiday package and embark on an action-packed adventure from Manila to Ilocos, Sagada, Banaue, Baguio, Tarlac, Cebu, and Puerto Princesa. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour
You will board a plane bound for Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines. Upon arriving, your guide will transport you to your accommodations at a nice hotel in Manila City or along Roxas Boulevard, a famous waterfront promenade along the Manila Bay.
From the hotel, you will head to Intramuros for your first tour. Your guide will first show you the 16th-century defensive fortress called Fort Santiago. Check out the dungeons of the fort before going to Plaza Roma. A monument of Charles IV of Spain is erected in the middle of this public square.
Next, visit Bahay Tsinoy, a museum that tells the harmony and understanding shared by the Filipinos and ethnic Chinese. Then, you will drop by another museum, called Casa Manila. It showcases the lifestyle during the Spanish colonial days. Your guide will bring you to the picturesque San Diego Gardens, which is only a few meters from Baluarte De San Diego.
The San Agustin Church and Museum is next on your itinerary. Take a look at the religious statues and artwork before you proceed to your last stop, the Manila Cathedral. It houses a huge organ featuring 4,500 pipes made in the Netherlands.
Day 2 - Day 2: Laoag Tour
Onboard a plane, you will travel from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Laoag International Airport. You will explore Laoag City and its close-by towns on this day. Once your plane lands, you will ride a van to the city and start your tour. Your guide will first take you to the St. Williams Cathedral. Admire the Italian Renaissance architecture of the church before heading to the nearby Sinking Bell Tower. This is Laoag’s tallest historic building.
The Museo Ilocos Norte will be the following stop. You will find out about the heritage and craftsmanship of the people of Ilocos Norte province. You will then drop by Aurora Park to see the historic Tobacco Monopoly Monument. Afterward, your guide will drive to the Malacanang of the North in Paoay town. It was once the home of the late Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos that has been converted into a museum.
Your guide will take you to Paoay Church next. It is one of the Philippines’ baroque churches declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, you will stop by the Marcos Museum, which exhibits the political doings of the late President Marcos. Your guide will then drive you to your Laoag hotel.
Day 3 - Day 3: Pagudpud Tour
Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to the northernmost part of Luzon. Your first destination will be Burgos town, where the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is located. Built during the Spanish colonization, the lighthouse has stood there for over 100 years.
Your second stop will be the fascinating 70-meter tall Bangui Windmills, which supply over 40% of Ilocos Norte’s electricity. Next is the 1.3kilometer-long bridge called Patapat Viaduct. Then, you will visit Agua Grande, which features cold, clear water running from the mountains to the sea.
Not too far from the park is the Paraiso Ni Anton, which offers a stream of water that is safe to drink. You will then proceed to the magnificent Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. Take as many pictures as you can before traveling to your final stop: Pasuquin Salt Stand. Situated in Santiago de Pasuquin town, you will find locals here selling salt, beautiful ceramics, and delicious Biscocho.
If you seek a more exciting experience, you may choose to include La Paz Sand Dunes in your itinerary. In this sandy coastal desert, you will ride a 4x4 truck and go around the area dotted with small and steep hills.
Day 4 - Day 4: Vigan Tour
On Day 4, you will tour the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan in Ilocos Sur province. You will be staying at a comfortable hotel along Calle Crisologo while you’re in the city.
Your tour will begin with a visit to the National Museum Ilocos Sur Complex. You will find here plenty of exhibits, including oil paintings, historical records, old books, furniture, and more. You will next head to the Bantay Church and Bell Tower, which is reminiscent of Spanish architecture.
Later on, your guide will transport you to the Syquia Mansion Museum, which dates back to the 19th century and houses important family artifacts and heirlooms. You will then pay a visit to the Pagburnayan Jar Factory, which produces beautifully handcrafted jars. You will also drop by the Crisologo Museum, an ancestral house belonging to the well-known Crisologo family.
Afterward, you’ll proceed to Calle Crisologo, a well-preserved cobblestone street with plenty of Spanish buildings, most of which are Spanish houses. Your guide will next show you the St. Paul Metropolitan, a baroque church that features neo-Gothic, pseudo-Romanesque, and Chinese craftsmanship. Lastly, you’ll stop by a zoological park called Baluarte, where you can interact with a range of animals.
Day 5 - Day 5: Sagada Tour
You are scheduled to visit the rural town of Sagada on this day, so you will have an early departure from Vigan. Located in the Cordillera Mountains, Sagada is home to more than 60 caves, some of which are open to the public for visiting. One of these is Sugong Cave, which lies close to the town center. It boasts an underground river and houses the Hanging Coffins, the most iconic attraction in the town.
You will later proceed to Echo Valley, a natural area named after the fact that if visitors shout, the screams will echo throughout the valley. You may choose to follow a trail that will lead you to a viewpoint, from where you can see the coffins dangling from limestone cliffs.
Another magnificent cave is included in your itinerary, and it is called Sumaguing Cave. As the largest cave in Sagada, this natural wonder can be explored for at least two hours and offers countless stalactites, stalagmites, and old rock formations.
Finally, you will drop by the Bontoc Tribal Museum, where you can gain insight into traditional items that reflect the Ifugao culture. After the tour, you’ll make your way to your Sagada hotel.
Day 6 - Day 6: Banaue Tour
After checking out of your Sagada hotel, you’ll embark on a trip to the Banaue highlands. You can find several stunning rice terraces in the town, and one of these is located in Barangay Batad. The Batad Rice Terraces, which are said to be created 2,000 years ago, are renowned for their amphitheater-like appearance.
Batad also has a Batad Banaue Viewpoint, which offers a more spectacular view of the rice terraces. You will need to trek for half an hour to get there. For a different experience, you can go directly to Tappiya Waterfall without stopping by the viewpoint. The fall has shallow and deep parts and is surrounded by a lavish forest.
Besides visiting the waterfall, you also have the option to go around Banga-an Village. Only less than 30 families live here, so expect to find a few houses. You can make a quick stop at the handicraft center, which houses various hand-made items, including baskets, Ifugao clothing, and trinkets.
You will end your tour at the Banaue Museum. Displays, ranging from the jewelry used by tribes to traditional outfits, are spread over two floors. By the end of the day, you’ll head to your Banaue hotel.
Day 7 - Day 7: Baguio Tour
Your guide will drive you south to Baguio City, also known as the City of Pines. On the way, you will have a quick stop in Kiangan town to see the Ifugao Museum, which presents valuable artifacts and ancient traditions of the Ifugao people. Next is the Surrender Site of General Yamashita.
In Baguio, you will first go to the Philippine Military Academy. Inside the property, you can find vintage tanks and other old military weapons on the campus grounds. You will next visit The Mansion, which was established in the early 1900s. Snap photos in front of its stunning main gate, which is said to be the most photographed portion of the property.
Your next attraction will be Camp John Hay, a mountain resort originally a rest and recreation facility for the United States army. You will also visit Mines View Park to enjoy the remarkable scenery. Later on, your guide will drive you to two more parks: Wright Park and Centennial Park.
To wrap up your tour, you’ll drop by Good Shepherd Convent, which sells all sorts of delectable goodies, including jams and peanut brittle. You will then be on your way to your Baguio hotel.
Day 8 - Day 8: Mt. Pinatubo Tour
The eighth day will be for hiking up Mt. Pinatubo in Tarlac province. Located near Botolan, Zambales, the active volcano caused the second-largest terrestrial eruption in the world during the 20th century. A few years after it erupted, the volcano has become a popular destination for trekking and hiking.
From your Baguio hotel, you will head directly to Sta. Juliana Tourism Center in Tarlac. Your 4x4 jeeps will be on standby there. Upon arriving, you will begin your trip to Crow Valley, which exudes a moon-like atmosphere because of its grey sand.
You will then dismount the 4x4 jeep once you reach the mountain’s base. From here, the trek up to the volcano will last for at least two hours until you reach the summit. You can find several peculiar rocks created by the 1991 eruption along the trail. Once you get to the top, Mt. Pinatubo’s breathtaking Crater Lake will be the only sight you’ll see.
The remaining time of the day will be for savoring your lunch and taking photographs of the marvelous Crater Lake. In the late afternoon, you will start your descent and travel to Manila. You will check into your hotel around the Baywalk area.
Day 9 - Day 9: Cebu City Tour
You will leave Manila and head to Cebu province. Onboard a plane, you will travel from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Once you arrive, you will make your way to Cebu City, the oldest city in the Philippines.
Your city tour will begin at the Taoist Temple, which comprises two temples, but only one is accessible to worshippers and non-worshippers. Your next stop is the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino. Dating back to the 16th century, the church houses the country’s original and oldest religious relic, the Holy Child Jesus.
The following attraction is the historic Magellan’s Cross, which sits just outside of the basilica. Then, you will head to the Heritage of Cebu Monument. It is a tableau of sculptures displaying the main events and structures connected with the history of Cebu.
Next is the Yap-San Diego Ancestral Home, which is believed to be the first-ever Chinese residence established outside China. Your guide will take you up to the Temple of Leah, consisting of 24 chambers with a museum, a library, an art gallery, and a bar. Before heading to your Mandaue hotel, you will see the vibrant flowers of the Sirao Flower Farm.
Day 10 - Day 10: Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Sardine Run Tour
On Day 10, you will discover more of Cebu’s natural wonders. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to Badian town for an enjoyable swim at Kawasan Falls. If you seek an action-packed adventure, you may add canyoneering to your lineup of activities for today.
You will continue your tour with a visit to Moalboal town, home to many white beaches and stunning corals. Off the coast of the town, there lies a few islands, including Pescador Island. The surrounding waters of the place host corals of various types and colors, as well as a wide range of fish, including snappers, groupers, lionfish, and reef fish.
You will head over to Turtle Island next. As its name implies, the island is a haven for turtles. You will return to the mainland once you have had enough swimming with the sea creature. You will make your way to Panagsama Beach to see the famous Sardine Run face to face.
Your guide will provide a briefing on the exercise and your equipment before you dive into the water. Under the sea, you will see millions of sardines forming different shapes as they swim in unison.
Day 11 - Day 11: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour
Day 11 will be the start of your exploration of Palawan Island. You will check out of your Mandaue hotel and ride a plane bound for Puerto Princesa International Airport. Once you arrive, you will ride a van to Honda Bay for an island-hopping trip. You will board a boat and sail off to the middle of the sea.
Your first stop will be Starfish Island, which is also called Tabuan Island. This water-locked land abounds in starfishes of varied sizes and colors. A myriad of fish also inhabits the island, including yellowtail snappers and rainbow parrotfish. Explore the place’s underwater paradise before you head to Cowrie Island.
Cowrie got its name from its form that resembles a seashell. It is the most popular island in Honda Bay as it offers a variety of activities like jet-skiing and banana boat riding. You may also play beach volleyball or savor local dishes and drinks from the restaurants and bars.
The last leg of your island-hopping tour will be Luli Island, where you will find crystal-clear waters and cream-colored sand. The place also offers hammocks, a snorkeling spot, and a diving platform. Afterward, you will travel to your hotel in Sabang village.
Day 12 - Day 12: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour
On the morning of Day 12, your van will transport you to Sabang Wharf, the starting point for visiting the world-renowned Puerto Princesa Underground River. You will enter the UNESCO World Heritage Site aboard a boat. The inside of the cave is filled with remarkable stalactites and stalagmites.
From the underground river, you will return to mainland Palawan and start your city tour of Puerto Princesa. Your guide will first bring you to Baker’s Hill. Here, you can find numerous bakeries where you can purchase an array of baked goods. The place also has a park and a restaurant.
Next is the Plaza Cuartel that goes back to World War II. The site is now a city park with an open-air museum and a shrine to American prisoners during the war. Then, you will pay a visit to the Crocodile Farm, which is also a research center where Palawan’s endangered species, including crocodiles, are being conserved and studied.
Your guide will then drive you up a hill toward Mitra’s Ranch. In addition to a view deck that has an incredible view of Puerto Princesa, the ranch offers outdoor activities. Finally, you will have a quick stopover at Puerto Princesa Baywalk.
Day 13 - Day 13: Departure to Manila
Day 13 will be the last leg of your vacation package. It’s time to head back to Manila. After checking out of your Sabang hotel, your van will transfer you to Puerto Princesa International Airport. The trip going to Ninoy Aquino International Airport will last for less than two hours.
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Private rooms with private bathrooms in guesthouses or small hotels with basic amenities.
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