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14-Day Islands, Natural Wonders & Heritage Tour to Puerto Princesa, Bohol & Ilocos from Manila

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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

Visit the natural wonders, breathtaking islands, and heritage spots across Puerto Princesa, Bohol, and Ilocos with this 14-day vacation package. It includes roundtrip flights from Manila, land and ferry transfers, and accommodation. 

Go on a heritage tour to the century-old churches, fort ruins, and museums at Intramuros in Manila. Then, you will be flying off to Ilocos Norte, where your historical tour continues. Marvel at Malacañang of the North, the grand presidential museum for former President Marcos. 

You will visit Bangui Windmills, where you can find giant turbines. Afterward, you will explore Calle Crisologo in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan. Your escapade continues at the breathtaking Banaue, where you will see Ifugao artifacts at the Banaue Museum.

Explore more scenic attractions at the City of Pines, Baguio. You will visit Camp John Hay, a former US military base. Then, you will see the official summer residence of the Philippine President at The Mansion. Continue your adventure at Mt. Pinatubo in Zambales and trek to reach its crater lake.

This trip includes roundtrip flights to the Visayas. You will see one of the smallest primates at Corella Tarsier Sanctuary in Bohol. Then, you will marvel at Chocolate Hills. You will also visit Cebu to see its scenic attractions. Explore Cebu’s own Taj Mahal, known as the Temple of Leah. Then, witness colorful blooms at the Sirao Flower Farm.

You will also fly off to Puerto Princesa. Your island-hopping tour in Honda Bay includes visiting the boomerang-shaped Cowrie Island, the largest among all the islands in Puerto Princesa. Then, you will cruise along Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Explore the top attractions across the Philippines with this 14-day islands, natural wonders, and heritage tour to Puerto Princesa, Bohol, and Ilocos from Manila. Check availability by choosing a date.

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 7 - Sagada, Banaue and Baguio Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 8 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 9 to 11 - Bohol and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 12 to 13 - Puerto Princesa (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

Sightseeing and Walking
Island Hopping
City Tours
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour
Outdoor Activities

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Bikes outside of Casa Manila in Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

On your first day of vacation, you will arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Expect your private van to fetch you and take you to your hotel in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard. Your first stop is the oldest district of Manila, Intramuros.

You will walk on the cobblestone streets of the walled city. You will explore Fort Santiago, a former defense fortress that served as a prison cell for resistance fighters back in the Spanish era.

Then, you will visit Plaza Roma. It houses the statue of King Charles IV of Spain. Aside from being a major public square, it also served as a trade center. Afterward, you will marvel at Bahay Tsinoy, where you can learn about the cultural contributions of the ethnic Chinese.

Up next is Casa Manila, an iconic landmark that features the affluent lifestyle of the Illustrados in the 19th century. Afterward, you will pass by San Diego Gardens. It is right across Baluarte De San Diego, a 16th-century bastion.

Lastly, you will visit two century-old churches. The San Agustin Church and Museum is the oldest stone church in the Philippines. Meanwhile, the Manila Cathedral serves as the episcopal throne of the Archbishop of Manila.

Day 2
Sinking Bell Tower in Laoag

Day 2: Laoag Tour

On Day 2, you will explore the historical attractions in Laoag, Ilocos Norte. From Manila, you will fly off to Laoag Airport. Your private van will fetch you and take you to your Laoag hotel.

Laoag City is the provincial capital of Ilocos Norte. Also known as the Sunshine City, Laoag came from the Ilocano word “Lawag”, which means bright and light. This historical city features beautifully preserved architecture as shown in its century-old churches and historical landmarks.

Your first stop is at St. Williams Cathedral. It boasts impressive stone-walled architecture. Right across the cathedral, you can find The Sinking Bell Tower. It sinks at least an inch into the ground every year.

At Museo Ilocos Norte, you can find historical artifacts that represent Laoag’s rich culture. Then, you will head to Aurora’s Park. Here, you will find the 19th-century Tobacco Monopoly Monument.

You will also visit the grand presidential museum for former President Marcos, known as Malacañang of the North. Continue your museum-hopping escapade at Marcos Museum. It showcases the cenotaph of the late president Marcos.

At Juan and Antonio Luna Museum, you will learn about the historical contributions of former General Antonio Luna and Filipino painter Juan Luna.

Day 3
Patapat Viaduct in Ilocos

Day 3: Pagudpud Tour

On your third day, you will explore the beautiful coastal town of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. Your van will pick you up from your Laoag accommodation. Then, you will proceed to the nearby towns of Burgos and Pagudpud.

Your first stop is Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, the highest lighthouse in the Philippines. It sits on top of Vigia de Nagpartian Hill overlooking the West Philippine Sea. Up next, you will visit the Bangui Windmills. Here, you will find 20 giant wind turbines facing the Bangui coastline.

Afterward, you will pass by Pagudpud’s scenic coastal bridge, the Patapat Viaduct. Then, you will see a refreshing stream at Agua Grande.

You will also visit a famous healing grotto at Paraiso ni Anton. Your trip continues at Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, a majestic rock attraction along the Burgos coastline.

If you are looking for the best-tasting salt-preserved food in Ilocos, you can drop by Pasuquin Salt Stand to buy the best salt in town. For thrill-seekers and adventure-goers, you may also book an optional 4x4 ride for 4 pax to La Paz Sand Dunes, an 85 square kilometer coastal beach and desert in Ilocos Norte.

After exploring the coastal town, you will head back to Laoag.

Day 4
Calle Crisologo in Ilocos

Day 4: Vigan Tour

On Day 4, you will head over to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan. You will have an early departure from your Laoag accommodation. Your first stop is the National Museum Ilocos Regional Complex, where you will learn about the rich culture and history of Vigan.

Then, you will go up to the Bantay Church and Bell Tower. Before it turned into a belfry tower, it was first used as the town’s watchtower. On top of it, you will see the whole Bantay district and a portion of Abra province.

Up next is the Syquia Mansion Museum, a 19-century stone mansion featuring the significant belongings of the Syquia family. Then, you will learn how to make traditional pots at Pagburnayan Jar Factory. You will also visit Crisologo Museum to learn about the life and works of Congressman Floro S. Crisologo. It also exhibits the antique furniture and heirlooms of the Crisologo family.

While strolling along the iconic Calle Crisologo, you can witness several ancestral houses and historical structures. Afterward, you will visit St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral. Here, you can see beautiful Baroque-inspired domes. Lastly, you will visit Baluarte mini zoo to see life-size dinosaur statues and exotic animals up-close.

Day 5
Sumaguing Cave in Sagada

Day 5: Sagada Tour

It’s time to head up north to the rustic town of Sagada on your fifth day. Your van will pick you up early from your hotel in Vigan. To get there, you will drive along steep slopes. You will also pass through Halsema Highway, one of the highest roads in the Philippines.

Sagada is a go-to destination for travelers who like to go sightseeing and soul-searching. The rustic town boasts spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Aside from breathtaking sceneries, Sagada is also a perfect spot for spelunking. It also features more than 60 caves.

Your first stop is the Sugong Cave. It has an underground river that comes from Bokong Falls and goes directly to Kapay-aw Rice Terraces. Afterward, you will pass through the Echo Valley to reach the hanging coffins, one of the burial traditions in Mountain Province.

Up next is Sumaguing Cave, the largest cave in Sagada. Here, you have to pass by three stages. Be mindful of your steps and expect to get wet on your cave exploration.

Then, you will head to Bontoc Tribal Museum. This ethnic museum exhibits various Ifugao artifacts representing the customs and traditions of the indigenous tribes in Mountain Province.

Day 6
Sunset over Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue

Day 6: Banaue Tour

On Day 6, you will explore the picturesque town of Banaue, home to the famous rice terraces. Upon arrival, you will witness amphitheater-like rice terraces that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage list.

To get there, you will head over to the town of Batad. Take note that Batad is less accessible because no direct roads are leading to the community.

You will visit the post-card perfect view of Banaue Rice Terraces. It is a priceless creation of the Ifugao ancestors around 2,000 years ago. Also known as “Hagdang-hagdang Palayan”, these earliest-made terraces are a sight to behold.

You may also trade Batad Banaue Viewpoint to visit the Tappiya Waterfall. Before the trek, make sure to bring swimming gear and packed lunch. When you get there, you can take a refreshing dip into its cold waters.

Next, you will visit Banga-an Village. It comprises 30 families living in cogon-made houses. The community also does livestock farming as their main source of livelihood.

Immerse yourself in the community and learn about Ifugao’s customs and traditions. Afterward, you will visit Banaue Museum. This ethnic museum exhibits Ifugao life through vintage photographs. You can also find treasured jewelry and Igorot artifacts.

Day 7
Camp John Hay in Baguio

Day 7: Baguio Tour

Your journey up north continues at the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio. It is a famous spot for many travelers seeking peace and tranquility near the metro. Aside from breathtaking attractions, it also features historic sites and leisure spots.

First, you will visit the Ifugao Museum. It displays Ifugao artifacts depicting ancient traditions. You will also drop by the Surrender Site of General Yamashita, a historic site commemorating Yamashita’s act of surrendering during World War II.

Then, you will head to the Philippine Military Academy, an institution for aspiring military officers. You will also explore Fort De Pilar, which occupies 373 hectares of land. You can also take a photo behind the grand ornamental gate at The Mansion, the Philippine President’s official summer residence.

Afterward, you will visit Camp John Hay, a former US military base. Up next is Mines View Park, where you can gaze at Baguio’s majestic scenery. Then, you can go horseback riding at Wright Park. You can also witness the beautiful gardens at Centennial Park.

Before leaving Baguio, don’t miss out on the chance to taste Baguio’s best-selling delicacies. You can drop by the Good Shepherd Convent to purchase the famous ube jam or purple yam.

Day 8
Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 8: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

On Day 8, you will ride a 4x4 vehicle to Mt. Pinatubo’s majestic crater lake. This active stratovolcano is located between Tarlac, Pampanga, and Zambales provinces. To get there, you have to reach the base camp in Tarlac’s Barangay Sta. Juliana by riding a van.

In 1991, Mt. Pinatubo had a destructive eruption, considered the world’s largest volcanic eruption in the past 100 years. After 30 years, Mt. Pinatubo is now a go-to destination for those seeking adventures.

Upon arriving at the jump-off point, you will switch to a 4x4 vehicle. You have to prepare for a rough and bumpy ride. Make sure to wear comfortable trekking shoes and proper hiking gear for your safety. You should pack light and bring water if ever you get thirsty throughout the trek.

Then, you will pass through the Crow Valley. Afterward, you will get off the vehicle to walk on foot toward the mountain’s deck. The hike to the deck is around 2.5 hours. At the end of your tour, you will be rewarded with a picturesque view of the crater lake. The water at the lake changes its color from blue-green to deep blue depending on the season.

Day 9
Tarsier in Bohol

Day 9: Bohol Countryside Tour

On your 9th day, you will head over to the Bohol countryside attractions. From Manila, you will take a short flight to Panglao International Airport. Upon your arrival at the terminal, your van will take you to your Panglao accommodation.

Your first destination is the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, a wildlife relief sanctuary that is home to Tarsiers, one of the smallest primates. When taking photos of tarsiers, make sure to turn off the flash of your cameras because they are highly sensitive to light.

Your eco-adventure continues along the jade-green waters of the Loboc River. Gaze at the picturesque scenery of the river while enjoying your mouth-watering lunch and listening to classic love songs. Then, you will visit Baclayon Church, one of the National Cultural Treasures in Bohol.

Your countryside tour continues in Bilar town. First, you will drop by the Butterfly Conservatory, Bohol’s first butterfly breeding and conservation site. Your second stop is Bilar Forest, a 2km-long mahogany forest.

Finally, you will visit the famous Chocolate Hills, a stunning geological formation having more than 1,000 hills. During summer, the vegetation becomes dry. Its color changes to green during the rainy season.

Afterward, you will return to your hotel.

Day 10
Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 10: Pamilacan Island Tour

On Day 10 of your vacation, your Bohol adventure continues in Pamilacan Island. From your jump-off point in Panglao, you will take a 16km-long boat ride to reach the heart of the Bohol sea, where the Pamilacan Island sits calmly.

Pamilacan Island consists of less than 1,500 residents. Back in the 90s, the locals relied on whale and manta ray hunting for their livelihood. However, the government banned this illegal practice, so they have resorted to promoting local tourism on the island.

On your way to the island, you will spot whales and dolphins that may occasionally pop out of the water. Once you get there, you can go snorkeling or diving into the rich underwater sanctuaries.

Pamilacan Island is known for its flourishing marine biodiversity. It is one of the world-class dive spots in Bohol that shelters different marine species, including bucket sponges, moray eels, and sea snakes. You can even swim with sea turtles.

After your fun-filled underwater exploration, you can relax and rest a bit on the white-sand beach. Right across the coast, you can find a 300-year-old watchtower. During the Spanish era, this tower used to be a place where Spaniards watch out for pirates.

Day 11
Taoist Temple in Cebu

Day 11: Cebu City Tour

Your heritage tour continues in the Queen City of the South, Cebu City. Upon arrival, your private van will take you to your hotel in Mandaue City.

Your first stop is at Taoist Temple, a hilltop temple featuring majestic Chinese-inspired architecture. Here, you can see a replica of the Great Wall of China and dragon statues. There is also a souvenir shop within the temple complex.

You will proceed to downtown Cebu. First, you will visit Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, the country’s oldest Roman Catholic church. Another heritage attraction in Cebu is the Magellan’s Cross, which is only a few meters away from the church. It is built in commemoration of Ferdinand Magellan’s exploration in 1521.

Up next is the Heritage of Cebu Monument. Here, you can learn about Cebu’s colorful history. It showcases relevant symbols, well-known figures, and historic events. You will learn about the Spanish galleon, the Battle of Mactan, and the 4th Philippine President Sergio Osmena.

Your next stop is the 17th-century Chinese settlement known as Yap-San Diego Ancestral House. Then, you will gaze at Cebu’s Taj Mahal or the Temple of Leah. Your final destination is Cebu’s own Little Amsterdam, the Sirao Flower Farm.

Day 12
Luli island in Palawan

Day 12: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

On Day 12, you will head to Palawan via Puerto Princesa International Airport. Upon arrival, your private van will take you to your accommodation in Lio properties. You will go island-hopping to the majestic islands dotting Honda Bay.

Puerto Princesa is a beautiful coastal city that showcases white-sand beaches and impressive cave systems, including the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. It also features breathtaking islands and flourishing marine sanctuaries.

First, you will explore Starfish Island. As the name implies, the island is home to different kinds of starfishes, including the perfectly symmetrical five-armed orange starfish. You can also swim with exotic fishes like pufferfishes and yellowtail snappers.

Second, you will stroll on the boomerang-shaped Cowrie Island. It is the largest island in Honda Bay. You can snorkel or ride a banana boat to explore the surrounding waters. Apart from trying out water activities, you can rent cabanas and huts on the island.

Lastly, you will discover Luli Island’s hidden white sandbar. It reappears depending on the shifting tides. The name Luli came from the phrase Lulubog-Lilitaw, which means sink and arise. You can also rest on the floating hammocks throughout the bay. Afterward, you will return to your hotel.

Day 13
Underground River in Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 13: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

On your 13th day, you will cruise on the famous UNESCO World Heritage, Puerto Princesa Underground River. From Sabang Boat Terminal, you will ride a boat to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

The 8km-long underground river is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature that sprawls over 22,000 hectares. It boasts spectacular limestone cliffs, natural rock formations, and stunning cave systems.

After the underground river cruise, you will head to the city proper. Your first stop is at Baker’s Hill, where you can purchase some baked goodies and local pastries. Then, you will visit Plaza Cuartel. It is a former Spanish garrison and penal colony that has become a leisure park.

Up next is Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, a research center and breeding facility. Here, you can see saltwater and Philippine crocodiles up-close. Afterward, you will go sightseeing at Mitra’s Ranch and Puerto Princesa Baywalk.

Capture a panoramic view of the city on top of Mitra’s Ranch. This hilltop park is located on one of the city’s highest points. Before you end your tour, you can still catch the sunset at Puerto Princesa Baywalk. After your fun-filled escapade, you will head back to your hotel.

Day 14
PAL Aircraft in NAIA

Day 14: Departure to Manila

You will leave Puerto Princesa on the last day of your 14-day vacation. Wait for your private van service to pick you up from your hotel in Lio Properties. Then, you will board a direct flight to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will head back to where you started, Manila.

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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