14-Day Philippines Heritage & Nature Trip to Luzon Highlands, Bohol Island & Puerto Princesa City

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

Description

Go on a 14-day vacation to the best destinations in the Philippines with this tour package. This vacation package will show you the rich history of Manila City and the Ilocos Region, the stunning sights in Sagada town, the highlands of Banaue and Benguet, Tarlac province, and the breathtaking beaches in Bohol Island and Palawan Island. It also includes transportation, accommodation, daily breakfasts, service of guides, and entrance fees to give you a hassle-free trip. 

You will meet your guide upon landing in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. Then, you will drive to Intramuros to explore the Spanish-era buildings inside this walled district. Afterward, you will get on a plane headed for Ilocos Norte.  This seaside province in the northwestern part of the country features the Malacanang of the North and the Bangui Windmills. 

From there, your guide will transport you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vigan City, where you can find the well-known Calle Crisologo. After strolling along this street lined with traditional Spanish homes, you will go to the Banaue Museum in the country’s highlands. 

You will then proceed to Baguio and visit Camp John Hay and Mines View Park, two must-visit attractions when you’re in this province. Next on the list is the La Trinidad Strawberry Farm in Benguet. From there, your guide will bring you to Tarlac so you can trek up Mt. Pinatubo. 

The itinerary also includes a flight to Bohol Island, where you will go on a cruise along the Loboc River then see the Chocolate Hills. Lastly, you will spend the remainder of your vacation in Puerto Princesa City, including its Honda Bay islands and the Underground River. 

Discover the interesting spots of Manila, Ilocos, Sagada, Banaue, Benguet, Tarlac, Bohol, and Puerto Princesa with this 14-day package. Check availability by choosing a date. 

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Included

13 nights accommodation (budget category)
13 days breakfast
13 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 11 - Bohol Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 12 to 13 - Puerto Princesa Tour (Palawan)
Day 14 - Back to Manila
All transportation to and from included activities and destinations
All environmental fees, port fees, and all other applicable taxes

Activities

Island Hopping
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Inside Fort Santiago in Intramuros

Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour

When you arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila City, you will be fetched by your guide. You will then proceed to your hotel in the city or along Roxas Boulevard. After checking in, your guide will drive you to Intramuros, the walled area that served as the Philippines' financial and administrative capital during the Spanish era. Your first visit inside is Fort Santiago, a fortification that initially served as a jail.

Then you'll head to Plaza Roma, a public plaza where bullfights and other significant events were once staged. Following that, you'll visit Bahay Tsinoy to learn more about the ties between the ethnic Chinese and Filipinos.

Next, you will visit Casa Manila, a historic Spanish mansion that now serves as a museum. You'll stroll through the San Diego Gardens to get to the Baluarte de San Diego from there. Finally, you'll see two great churches as part of your tour of this historic neighborhood.

The San Agustin Church and Museum is the first, with foundations dating back to the 15th century. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Manila Cathedral will be your next visit before heading back to your hotel.

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Day 2
Beautiful structure of Paoay Church in Laoag

Day 2 - Day 2: Laoag Tour

On the second day, your trip around the Ilocos region will begin. From Manila City, you will travel to Laoag City in Ilocos Norte via a plane. When you arrive, you will be escorted to your hotel in the city before seeing St. William's Cathedral. The Sinking Bell Tower, Laoag's highest structure, is located near the church. As its name suggests, locals believe that this 150-foot-tall building is said to sink one inch every year due to its sandy foundation.

After that, you'll travel to Museo Ilocos Norte. Inside this cultural center is a collection of artifacts reflecting the daily lives of the province's ancestors. Then it's on to Aurora Park, where you'll find the Tobacco Monopoly Monument, which was built in 1881. You'll next go to Paoay and pay a visit to the Malacanang of the North. Before it was transformed into a museum, this was the home of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos.

The Paoay Church will be your next destination. This church is a National Cultural Treasure and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also one of the most famous attractions in the province. A visit to the Marcos Museum, which is dedicated to the former president's political career, will round out your day.

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Day 3
Bangui Windmills in Ilocos

Day 3 - Day 3: Pagudpud Tour

For Day 3, you will explore nearby places such as Burgos, where the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse stands. Since 1892, this lighthouse has guided mariners to safety. Then it's on to Bangui Bay, where you can visit the famous Bangui Windmills. The twenty-six 70-meter-high wind turbines in Ilocos Norte supply power to the province's municipalities.

After that, you'll be driving on the Patapat Viaduct. This seaside pathway follows the curves of mountains and connects the Ilocos Region to the adjacent province of Cagayan Valley. You will then go to Agua Grande Park. This park provides a peaceful atmosphere as well as a freshwater stream.

You will then proceed to Paraiso ni Anton. Here, visitors will find a religious grotto as well as another stream which locals claim to have healing powers. From there, you will make your way to the Kapurpurawan Rock Formations. Travelers can also go horseback riding or trekking to come closer to these geological wonders.

Afterward, you'll stop by the Pasuquin Salt Stand before your guide transports you back to your hotel in Laoag. As an add-on experience, tourists may take a 4x4 excursion through the La Paz Sand Dunes.

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Day 4
Bantay Bell Tower, one of the oldest structures in Ilocos

Day 4 - Day 4: Vigan Tour

The next day, your guide will take you to Vigan City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first destination on your tour of the city will be the National Museum of Ilocos Sur Complex. Your next stop will be the Bantay Church and Bell Tower. Both buildings have undergone many repairs after being severely damaged during World War II. When the town was affected by the fighting, the belfry was temporarily converted into a watchtower.

After that, you'll go to the Syquia Mansion Museum, which is dedicated to Elpidio Quirino, a Vigan native who became the sixth Philippine President. Then it's on to the Pagburnayan Jar Factory, where you may build a red clay pot of your own. For decades, this art form has been a part of the culture of the province.

The Crisologo Museum is the next stop on the itinerary. Former Ilocos Sur Representative Floro Crisologo lived here, but his family turned it into a museum after he was murdered. From there, walk along Calle Crisologo and past the Spanish houses that line the street. Your next destination will be the St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as Vigan Cathedral. Finally, you will visit the Baluarte Zoo then return to your Calle Crisologo hotel.

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Day 5
Hanging Coffins in Sagada

Day 5 - Day 5: Sagada Tour

In the early morning, your guide will pick you up from your hotel and bring you to Sagada town. Expect a rough ride to this town in the Cordillera Mountains since the roads are small and twisting. It also has about 60 caves, making it a great place for people interested in spelunking. When you enter the province, your guide will then drop you off at your accommodation in town.

The first stop in this mountainous town is Sugong Cave. In the area of this cave, coffins may be seen hanging from the nearby rock walls and cliffs. The indigenous tribes have been hanging coffins as a funeral ritual for decades. You will go through Echo Valley on your route back to the town center. Then you will travel to Sumaguing Cave, the town's largest cave. It is about an hour's walk from the city hall.

Here, your guide will show you stunning stalactites and stalagmites that have formed over the years. Your final stop for the day is the Bontoc Tribal Museum, where you may learn about the indigenous Ifugao tribe's culture. A native Ifugao village has been reconstructed behind the center as well to give you an immersive experience.

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Day 6
Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue

Day 6 - Day 6: Banaue Tour

On Day 6, you will go to the Banaue highlands. When you get to the province, you will check into a hotel in the city proper. Following that, you will go to the world-famous Banaue Rice Terraces. People come from all over the globe to see the amphitheater-like agricultural system, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Rice terraces have been used by the natives for generations to cultivate rice. Your next stop will be the Batad Banaue Viewpoint. This observation point, about a 30-minute walk from the terraces, offers a panoramic view of the high rice fields. As an alternative to visiting this observation point, you can go to the Tappiya Waterfalls.

You may also choose to avoid the falls and go straight to Banga-an Village. In this peaceful community below Batad town, there are several Ifugao homes. Take your time visiting the neighborhood to learn more about the tribe's heritage.

Your day will end with a visit to the Banaue Museum. An impressive exhibition of Igorot tribal artifacts may be seen here. This cultural center also tells the story of how Japanese Imperial Army General Tomoyuki Yamashita was captured during World War II.

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Day 7
Horse in Wright Park in Baguio

Day 7 - Day 7: Baguio Tour

Your guide will take you to Baguio City on the seventh day. In the province, you'll first head to your accommodation in the city center. You'll next drive to Kiangan, where you'll find the local Ifugao Museum. This cultural center's exhibits include tribal antiquities, religious sculptures, and weapons like machetes. The site of General Yamashita's World War II surrender is included in the itinerary as well.

The Philippine Military Academy's Baguio campus will be your next stop. Vintage tanks and other military equipment are on display for visitors. The next destination is the Mansion, which was erected in 1908 as a summer house for US governors-general. It is currently the official summer vacation home of the incumbent Philippine president.

After that, you'll make your way to Camp John Hay. This famous vacation place began as a leisure center for the United States Army. A hotel, boutique shops, and a conference center now occupy the 246-hectare property.

From there, you'll travel to Mines View Park, which is a must-see spot in Baguio. You will then stop at Wright Park and Centennial Park before heading to the Good Shepherd Convent, your final destination. You may also buy delectable sweets like ube crinkles here.

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Day 8
Sunflowers in Atok Benguet

Day 8 - Day 8: Benguet Tour

You will then ride a van from Baguio to adjacent towns for today's tour. Your first stop will be the La Trinidad Strawberry Farm in Benguet. You may pick your own strawberries on the 79-hectare farm and bring them home. This farm has become a famous attraction in the area due to its delicious and high-quality strawberries.

After that, you'll go to Atok and see the Atok Sakura Flowers Park. Here, you can take photos of the 30 cherry blossom trees that arrived from Japan in 2016. The Japanese government presented the community with these lovely blossoms as a gift. Following your time here, you'll travel to the Northern Blossom Garden to see more vibrant flowers.

The 2nd Highest Point, an observation platform 7,400 feet above sea level, will be your next stop. It is situated along the Halsema Highway, which allows locals to travel between Benguet and the Mountain Province. Lastly, you'll head down the Spanish Trail. This scenic road offers great views of the mountain range. After taking in the picturesque scenes, your guide will bring you back to your hotel in Baguio.

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Day 9
Beautiful Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 9 - Day 9: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

You'll depart from the highlands the next morning and go to the province of Tarlac. You will climb up Mt. Pinatubo during your visit here. Despite the fact that it is an active volcano, it has not erupted since 1991. The explosion that year made headlines across the world and was one of the biggest eruptions of the twentieth century.

When you reach the province, you must first register at the Sta. Juliana Tourism Center before proceeding to the climbing. Then you'll board a 4X4 vehicle that will transport you to the mountain's base via the rough terrain surrounding the volcano. You'll also pass through Crow Valley on your way to the trek's starting site. After that, you'll make it to the top of the mountain on foot.

The path is roughly 5.4 kilometers long and takes around two hours to complete. You'll also come across lava sand formations from the 1991 eruption on your way up. At the summit, the crater lake's magnificent emerald waters will greet you.

After dining and resting at the lake's shore, you'll return to the tourist information center. Your guide will take you to your new hotel on Manila City's Baywalk from there.

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Day 10
Shucking an oyster in Bohol Cambuhat Village

Day 10 - Day 10: Bohol Cambuhat Tour

On the tenth day of your vacation package, you will board a plane from Manila City and fly to Bohol Island. When you land in the Panglao International Airport, your guide will come to fetch you then drop you off at your accommodation on Panglao Island.

The rest of the day will be spent in Cambuhat Village, which is considered a hidden gem in Bohol. The village of Buenavista is home to this tranquil community. To get there, you will take a boat from Daet Bridge and sail down the Cambuhat River. This pristine river is also lined with mangroves and nipa trees, making it a haven for different fish and birds.

Your boat will then take you to the Cambuhat Oyster Farm in Cambuhat Village. Your tour guide will explain oyster farming, which entails the breeding, raising, and harvesting these bivalve mollusks. Then you'll enjoy a wonderful meal of fresh oysters and other delicacies prepared by the locals.

Villagers will also perform the Buri dance, a traditional local dance, while you dine. Finally, you will visit the part of the village where the natives make woven goods with traditional looms.

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Day 11
Scenic view of Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Day 11 - Day 11: Bohol Countryside Tour

Your 11th day in the Philippines will be dedicated to a tour of Bohol Island's charming countryside. The Corella Tarsier Sanctuary is the first destination on the list. It's a forest reserve that cares for Bohol tarsiers, one of the world's smallest primates. A library, an exhibition area, a mini-café, and other facilities are also open to travelers eager to learn about these animals.

Following your meeting with the gentle animals, you will go on a Loboc River Cruise in a floating restaurant. You may sample a variety of Filipino food at the buffet while watching natives sing and dance on the boat. After that, you'll make your way to Baclayon Church. This stone church is the country's second-oldest chapel.

Your next stop will be the Butterfly Conservatory, where you may find butterflies of various colors and sizes. Then there's the 2 kilometer-long Bilar Forest, which was created by humans. Finally, a visit to the beautiful Chocolate Hills will bring your Bohol tour to an end. Afterward, your guide will then take you back to your accommodation on Panglao Island.

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Day 12
Luli Island in Honda Bay Palawan

Day 12 - Day 12: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to the Panglao International Airport, where you will board a plane to Palawan. You will arrive at the Puerto Princesa International Airport and then travel to Honda Bay on the province's eastern coast. This is where your island-hopping adventure will begin.

You'll set sail on a boat to Starfish Island, an island home to a large variety of little and large starfish, as well as other animals such as pufferfish and parrotfish. Because the island is free of jellyfish, swimming and snorkeling are both safe options for swimmers. After your underwater experience, unwind on the beautiful white sand of the island.

Cowrie Island, Honda Bay's most popular and biggest island, is your next stop. Aside from swimming and snorkeling, travelers can also ride banana boats and jet skis. There are restaurants here as well that provide wonderful seafood and regional specialties.

The last destination for the day is Luli Island. At low tide, this site is known for its sandbars, fine white sand, and crystal-clear waters. Make sure to dive under the waves to find schools of fish swim by. Finally, you'll return to your accommodation in Sabang Village after your island-hopping tour.

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Day 13
Boardwalk in Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 13 - Day 13: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

For Day 13, your guide will drive you to Sabang Wharf in the morning. Here, you will hop on a boat that will take you inside the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River. This natural treasure is home to one of the world's most popular cave systems. Inside the cavern are stunning formations of stalactites and stalagmites that look like famous statues.

When you return to Puerto Princesa's mainland, you will then start your city tour. Your guide will take you up to Baker's Hill first. You'll be able to buy baked goods at a bakery and snap wacky photos at a theme park while you're here.

Plaza Cuartel is your next stop, which is a historical tourist attraction. The Fort, which was formerly a Spanish garrison that was captured by Japanese and Americans during WWII, is now a municipal park. Then you'll go to the Crocodile Farm.

From there, Mitra's Ranch is the next stop. This hilltop park provides a breathtaking view of Puerto Princesa City. Aside from enjoying the view, tourists can also go horseback here. Your trip will end with a stroll along the Puerto Princesa Baywalk, which is a great spot for relaxing and sampling local street food.

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Day 14
Sunset view in NAIA

Day 14 - Day 14: Departure to Manila

Day 14 marks the end of your adventure across the Philippines. You will make your way to the Puerto Princesa International Airport and bid goodbye to Palawan Island as you board your plane. From there, you will fly back to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila City.

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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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