Discover the Philippines' nature spots, islands, and parks with this 13-day vacation package. This tour includes historical spots of Manila and Ilocos and the breathtaking natural attractions in Cebumany, Bohol, and Dumaguete. The package also comes complete with daily breakfast, accommodation, entrance fees, transportation, and the service of guides.
The walled area of Intramuros in Manila will be your very first destination. It is the city's oldest district that features Spanish colonial houses and ancient centuries-old churches. You will find more historical places in Ilocos Norte, which is also home to the Marcos Museum. This museum showcases the memorabilia of the late Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos.
Just south of Ilocos Norte is Ilocos Sur, where the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan is located. In the city, you will find Calle Crisologo, famed for its well-preserved cobblestone pavement. You will then head to Benguet for a strawberry-picking activity at the famous Strawberry Farm.
You will also dedicate an entire day to Mt. Pinatubo, known for its 1991 catastrophic volcanic eruption that formed a stunning Crater Lake. Afterward, you'll fly to the Province of Bohol to visit Cambuhat Village, famed for oyster farming. You will also experience dining in a floating restaurant during your Loboc River Cruise. On top of that, you will stop by the world-renowned Chocolate Hills.
From Bohol, you will sail to Dumaguete for an adventure on Apo Island. This tiny island is a go-to destination for snorkeling and diving. Next, you'll travel to the neighboring province of Cebu. Here, you will visit a mix of historic sites, natural attractions, and more, including Kawasan Falls, Temple of Leah, and Sirao Flower Farm.
Book this 13-day vacation package to experience the beauty of Manila, Ilocos, Sagada, Benguet, Tarlac, Bohol, Dumaguete, and Cebu. Check availability by choosing a date.
Your first day in the Philippines will be for visiting Intramuros, a historic walled area in Manila. But before you begin your tour, your guide will take you first to your hotel in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard once you land at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Inside Intramuros are many old but well-preserved structures, one of which is Fort Santiago, a defensive fortress. It was constructed in 1593 to prevent the pirates from invading the city. Your guide will next show you Plaza Roma, one of the three major public squares in the walled area.
Then, you will visit Bahay Tsinoy, which features 12 sections representing the history between the ethnic Chinese and Filipinos. The following stop of your tour is also a museum called Casa Manila. You get to have a better understanding of how locals lived during Spanish colonization.
After that, you'll stop by San Diego Gardens and continue to Baluarte De San Diego, a 16th-century bastion that stands next to the garden. Your guide will then take you to San Agustin Church and Museum, the only church in Manila declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, you'll head to Manila Cathedral, the very first cathedral in the city.
The second day will be your departure to Ilocos Norte, where you'll explore Laoag and the nearby towns. You will check out of your Manila hotel and catch a flight to Laoag Airport. Upon your arrival, you will travel to Laoag City to visit St. Williams Cathedral, where you will see a large candle statue and a portrait of the city's patron saint.
From the cathedral, you'll go to the Sinking Bell Tower. It is the tallest historic building in Laoag, standing at nearly 150 feet. You will then visit Museo Ilocos Norte to grasp the history of Ilocos, as well as its culture and heritage. Aurora Park will be your next stop, and it is only a short walk away from the museum. There, you will find a multi-tiered obelisk that was built in 1881.
The following attraction in your itinerary is Malacanang of the North, situated in the town of Paoay. This presidential museum has an intricate design and a blend of Spanish and Ilocano architecture. Afterward, your guide will bring you to an 18th-century Roman Catholic Church called Paoay Church. You will make your final stop at Marcos Museum before heading to your Laoag hotel.
On Day 3, you will set off on a trip to Vigan in Ilocos Sur. It is well-known for its well-preserved Spanish colonial town, historical locations, and food. You will be staying in a nice hotel along Calle Crisologo, a prominent street that depicts Vigan's image.
The first stop of your tour is the National Museum Ilocos Sur Complex, which is a five-minute drive from your accommodation. It is a set of museums where you get to learn about the region's history and heritage. You will next visit Bantay Church and Bell Tower, which boasts Neo-Gothic designs blended with pseudo-Romanesque components.
Next in your itinerary is one of Vigan's oldest Bahay na Bato ("house of stone"), named Syquia Mansion Museum. Then, you will visit Pagburnayan Jar Factory to learn about the pottery industry and experience creating an earthenware jar. Your guide will later take you to Crisologo Museum, the former home of the well-known Crisologo political family.
You will proceed to the picturesque Calle Crisologo and then to St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, the center of the Catholic faith in the north. The remaining time of your tour will be for Baluarte, a zoological park housing a plethora of animals.
The fourth day will focus on the attractions of Sagada. Early in the morning, you'll check out of your hotel along Calle Crisologo; then, you'll begin your trip to the town. Your tour for this day will involve a colder climate and spelunking, so remember to bring necessary outfits and outdoor equipment.
Sagada is recognized for having more than 60 caves, and one of these is your first stop: Sugong Cave. Located near the town center, the cave features an underground river and is mainly visited for the coffins dangling from limestone cliffs.
You will later start your trek to Echo Valley. The place got its name from the fact that screams will echo throughout the area. Surrounded by limestone mountains and filled with lush forests, the valley offers a viewpoint where you can see the hanging coffins from afar.
Spelunking inside Sumaguing Cave will also be part of your tour. Also called the Big Cave, the attraction is adorned with millions of old rock formations. It typically takes two hours to complete the activity. Before traveling to your Sagada hotel, you will make your final stop at Bontoc Tribal Museum to learn about the indigenous tribe of the Cordillera region.
You will leave Sagada and head south toward Benguet, a province known for its huge production of fresh vegetables, hence, earning the title of "Salad Bowl of the Philippines." To kick off the tour, your guide will take you to the prominent Strawberry Farm in the town of La Trinidad. Feel free to pick fresh strawberries or purchase strawberry products from close-by stalls.
You will next visit the attractions of the town of Atok, starting with Atok Sakura Flowers. As its name suggests, you can expect to find the famous Japanese Sakura trees at the park. These trees served as gifts to Benguet from the Japanese government of Kochi Prefecture during the celebration of their 40 years of friendship.
The following stop is another attraction in Atok popular for its vibrant flowers. Northern Blossom is a picturesque farm where you can take pictures with an array of blooms, including cabbage roses, marigolds, sunflowers, snapdragons, Peruvian lilies, and many more.
Your guide will drive you to the 2nd Highest Point in the Philippine highway system afterward. It sits along Halsema Highway at 7,400 feet above sea level. You will then stop by the Spanish Trail before retreating to your Baguio hotel.
The sixth day will be for a day hike up to Mt. Pinatubo, famed for its catastrophic eruption in 1991. This disaster was regarded as the second-largest terrestrial eruption that occurred during the twentieth century. After you check out of your hotel in Baguio, you will ride a van to Barangay Sta. Juliana in Tarlac, where the tourism center is located.
At the Sta. Juliana Tourism Center, you will be transferred to a 4x4 jeepney that will bring you across the rugged and lahar-filled terrain of Crow Valley. You will dismount the vehicle once you get to the volcano's base, and from there, you will start your ascent to the peak. The way to the top of Mt. Pinatubo is filled with several uncommon volcanic rocks formed by the 1991 eruption.
As soon as you get to the summit, the volcano's Crater Lake will amaze you with its breathtaking natural beauty. Marvel at this beautiful scenery while you enjoy your lunch. While here, take as many pictures as you can.
In the late afternoon, you'll begin your descent and return to the tourism center. Your guide will then drive you back to your hotel in Manila around the Baywalk area.
On the seventh day, you will travel to the Province of Bohol. You will check out of your Manila hotel and be on your way to Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where you'll take a flight to Panglao International Airport.
In Bohol, you will tour Cambuhat, a tranquil village within the town of Buenavista. It is known for its bountiful natural resources. Your guide will transport you to Daet Bridge, where you will hop on a paddleboat. Observe the surroundings while you cruise along the Cambuhat River that is lined with nipa palms and mangroves.
In Cambuhat Village, you'll visit the Cambuhat Oyster Farm, one of the residents' main sources of livelihood. Your guide will tell you about how oysters are bred and raised while you traverse the river. After that, you will head to the community center, where you will take a short break for your lunch.
Savor various seafood, including oysters, while you watch the village women present a traditional dance called the Buri dance. Once you finish your meal, your guide will lead you to the village to observe the locals make woven products. At the end of the day, you'll head to your Panglao hotel.
On Day 8, you'll get to have an adventure off the coast of Bohol. You will visit Pamilacan Island, which sits in the heart of the Bohol Sea, some 12.5km from the mainland. It is a go-to place for watching dolphins and whales, so better keep an eye out for these marine animals during the boat trip.
Pamilacan Island is home to roughly 2,000 inhabitants, which have established a small community. You can walk around the village, where you'll see several houses adorned with bones of whale sharks and other marine mammals. You may go for a swim in the clear waters to escape the heat.
Pamilacan Island is also an excellent place for snorkeling as it hosts magnificent corals, bucket sponges, a variety of fish, and sea turtles. There are diving sites you can visit here, as well, if you seek a more thrilling experience.
After exploring the underwater paradise of Pamilacan Island, you can choose to go for a short trek to the northeastern side to see the 200-year-old Spanish fort. This observatory, which is now a National Cultural Treasure, was used for looking out for Moro pirates. You will then return to your Panglao hotel before dark.
On the ninth day, your guide will take you to the vibrant countryside of Bohol to discover the other beautiful attractions of the province. Your first stop is the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, which is situated in the town of Corella. It is an area full of trees where the Bohol tarsiers reside. There's also a library and a research center related to tarsiers.
Next, you will experience the popular Loboc River Cruise. You get to feast on buffet lunch and watch locals perform Filipino songs and dances while in a floating restaurant. Following the cruise, you will make your way to Baclayon Church, the second-oldest stone church in the Philippines. Its notable features include its pillars and walls made of corals.
Your guide will then drive you to the town of Bilar to visit two more attractions. The first one is the Butterfly Conservatory, where you get to observe butterflies of varied species and colors in an open-landscaped garden. The other one is the picturesque Bilar Forest, a man-made stretch of mahogany trees.
Your tour will end with a visit to Chocolate Hills, a popular attraction among local and international visitors. Your guide will later take you back to your Panglao hotel.
You will embark on a trip to Dumaguete in Negros Oriental. You will head to a port to board a ferry after checking out of your hotel on Panglao Island, Bohol. Once you arrive in Dumaguete, you'll make your way to Malatapay Boat Terminal, where you will transfer to a boat that will take you off the coast toward Apo Island.
Situated in the southeast end of Negros Island, Apo Island has become well-known among local and international visitors because of its marine sanctuary. Sea turtles are among the sea creatures inhabiting the place, and you'll get to swim with them during your visit. You will also discover numerous colorful fish as you snorkel around the reefs.
Apart from the underwater paradise, Apo Island also boasts a beautiful white beach, ideal for relaxing. Trekking to Apo View Deck or Apo Island Lighthouse is another great way to make the most of your time on the island.
You may also take either David's Trek, Habagat Eco-Trail, or Witchy's Trail to get a spectacular view of the Negros Island from afar. You will head back to the mainland at the end of the day for some well-deserved rest at your Dumaguete hotel.
On Day 11, you'll visit another province in the Visayas, Cebu. You will check out of your hotel in Dumaguete and ride a ferry to Cebu. The tour for this day will include falls and islands, so remember to bring your swimwear.
Once you arrive in Cebu, your guide will bring you to the town of Badian for a refreshing swim at Kawasan Falls. This 40-meter high fall comprises three waterfalls with cold waters. Along the way, you will find souvenir shops where you can purchase accessories and T-shirts.
You will next head to the town of Moalboal, where you can find gorgeous corals and white-sand beaches. This will be the jump-off point to your following destinations. Aboard a boat, you'll sail to Pescador Island, where you can enjoy snorkeling as stunning corals and different kinds of fish can be found here.
Your boat will then take you to Turtle Point, where you can spend time swimming with sea turtles. The place also has coral reefs and rich marine life. You will later return to the mainland to witness the jaw-dropping Sardine Run near Panagsama Beach. By the end of the day, you will proceed to your hotel in Argao.
On the twelfth day, you will tour around Cebu City, also known as the Queen City of the South. As the oldest city in the Philippines, Cebu has lots of historical places to offer, one of which is your first stop: Taoist Temple. The structure boasts Chinese-style architecture and an entrance looking like the Great Wall of China.
Next in your itinerary is Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, a Roman Catholic Church founded in 1565 and has a façade featuring a mix of Muslim, neo-classical, and Romanesque elements. You will then head outside the basilica to check out Magellan's Cross, housed in a small chapel.
From there, your guide will drive you to the Heritage of Cebu Monument to learn about the province's key historical events. You will next drop by Yap-San Diego Ancestral Home, which features a design combining Chinese and Spanish architectural influences.
After that, you will visit the Temple of Leah, which offers not only a panoramic view of the city but also a Roman-inspired architectural shrine, art gallery, and more. Before going to your hotel in Mandaue, you will spend some time at Sirao Flower Farm, which showcases a plethora of flowers.
On the last day, you will take a flight back to Manila. Once you're all set for departure, you will check out of your Mandaue hotel and head to Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Your plane will arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport after a trip of not more than two hours.
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The season for dolphin watching in Dumaguete is from March to October and is subject to weather and wind conditions. If off-season or on days when the northeast monsoon is strong, dolphin watching may not be possible. During Habagat/ Southwest monsoon Season (June-October), boat ride to Apo Island may be rough.
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.
Private rooms with private bathrooms in guesthouses or small hotels with basic amenities.
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.
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