14-Day Philippines Nature Sightseeing Tour Package to Islands of Cebu, Bohol & Highlands of Luzon

Church inside Silliman University in Dumaguete
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Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
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at 09:00
Duration:
14 days
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Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Languages:
English
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Easy
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All year
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None

See the Philippines’ countryside, natural wonders, and islands in this 14-day vacation package. This tour will let you experience the breathtaking landscape of Cebu and Bohol, the off-the-coast beauty of Dumaguete, and the cultural and historical landmarks of Ilocos and Manila. Complete with accommodations, daily breakfast, transfers, entrance fees, and the service of guides, this package will make your trip hassle-free. 

You will spend your first day in the Philippines exploring the Spanish-era attractions at the walled district of Intramuros in Manila. You will then discover more interesting historical locations in northern Luzon, specifically in the Ilocos region. Here, your guide will bring you to the Marcos Museum in Ilocos Norte and the Calle Crisologo in Ilocos Sur.

After your quick trip to the past, you will make your way to the highlands and visit the Strawberry Farm in Benguet. You will also trek up Mt. Pinatubo in Tarlac to see its remarkable crater lake. Following your visit to Luzon, you will ride a plane to Bohol, where you will drop by the quaint Cambuhat Village, the Tarsier Sanctuary, and the world-famous Chocolate Hills. 

From there, you will board a ferry bound for Dumaguete, home to the prestigious Silliman University and the diving hotspot of Apo Island. Apart from Apo Island, you will also see another water-locked paradise called Pescador Island in Cebu. The province also offers other interesting must-see destinations like the Sardine Run in Moalboal and the Temple of Leah and Sirao Flower Farm in the highlands. After having your fill of Cebu, you will then return to Manila on Day 14.

Set off on a 14-day vacation trip in the Philippines with this package that will take you from Manila to Ilocos, Sagada, Benguet, Tarlac, Bohol, Dumaguete, and Cebu. 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 3 - Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur (Ilocos Region)
Day 4 to 5 - Sagada and Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 6 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 7 to 13 - Bohol, Dumaguete and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
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
City Tours
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour
Outdoor Activities

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Facade of Manila Cathedral inside Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

After arriving in Manila, you will visit the walled city of Intramuros. This is the only place in Manila that is entirely enclosed by walls, making it the most distinctive of the city's 16 administrative districts. When you arrive in Intramuros, you will find a plethora of Spanish-era attractions that dot the area.

Fort Santiago, a Spanish stone fortress founded in 1593, is one of the landmarks you'll find here. It is best known as national hero Jose Rizal's jail, but it is now used for open-air theater and picnics. Following your tour of Fort Santiago, your guide will take you to Plaza Roma, one of Intramuros' three main squares. You will then make your way to Bahay Tsinoy from there.

This museum is divided into 12 parts that depict the early Chinese people's contributions to the Filipinos. Following your visit to the museum, you will proceed to Casa Manila, a house-turned-museum that features Spanish colonial furniture and art.

Afterward, you will stroll through San Diego Gardens and Baluarte De San Diego. This 16th-century bastion in Intramuros' southwest corner is one of the district's oldest stone fortifications. Your trip will then conclude with a visit to the San Agustin Church and Museum and the Manila Cathedral.

Day 2
Clear blue skies in Paoay Church in Laoag

Day 2: Laoag Tour

You will fly from Manila to Laoag International Airport after checking out of your hotel. Your guide will then take you from the airport to Laoag City, home to St. Williams Cathedral. Built in 1612, this Roman Catholic church is well-known for its Italian Renaissance architecture. Apart from the church, you will also see the Sinking Bell Tower in the same area. This 150-ft-tall structure mysteriously sinks an inch every year.

You will then go to Museo Ilocos Norte, a museum containing a collection of artifacts that depict the life and culture of the locals. Following your visit to the museum, you will travel to Aurora Park, where you will find a multi-tiered obelisk built in 1881. Afterward, you will ride a van from Laoag to Paoay to see the Malacanang of the North.

Before it was converted into a museum, former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his family lived in this building. Here, you will find his office, as well as some of his personal effects.

After visiting the Malacanang of the North, you will proceed to Paoay Church. Established in 1710, this Roman Catholic church became well-known for its distinctive architecture. The tour will conclude with a stop at the Marcos Museum, devoted to the former President's political activities. In addition to some of Marcos' memorabilia, the museum also houses his cenotaph.

Day 3
Calle Crisologo in Vigan

Day 3: Vigan Tour

On Day 3, your guide will take you south to Vigan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you will visit the National Museum Ilocos Sur Complex to learn more about Ilocos history and heritage. Your next stop will be the Bantay Church and Bell Tower, a Neo-Gothic church designed to be reminiscent of Spanish architecture.

Following your visit to the church, you will explore the Syquioa Mansion Museum on Quirino Boulevard. Constructed in 1830, it has been converted into a presidential museum honoring Elpidio Quirino, the Philippines' sixth president. Afterward, you will head to the Pagburnayan Jar Factory to learn how the locals make their exquisitely handcrafted vases and pots. You can also try making pottery yourself while you're here.

You will then walk for about ten minutes to the Crisologo Museum. This ancestral home, once owned by former Ilocos Sur Representative Floro Crisologo, is now a museum displaying family memorabilia. Continue your walk to Calle Crisologo, lined with centuries-old Spanish buildings. From there, you'll visit the St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as the Vigan Cathedral. Finally, your guide will take you to Baluarte for some safari fun before dropping you off at your hotel on Calle Crisologo.

Day 4
Sumaguing Cave in Sagada

Day 4: Sagada Tour

You will spend your fourth day traveling through the countryside from Vigan to the remote town of Sagada in the Cordillera Mountains. This rural area is home to more than 60 caves, the most interesting of which is your first stop: Sugong Cave. Located near the town center and beyond the town cemetery, this cave is well-known for the coffins that hang from its limestone cliffs.

On your way back to the town, you will pass through the scenic grounds of Echo Valley. This gorge, situated just before Sugong Cave, is ideal for relaxing since it is surrounded by limestone mountains and thick forests. Following your quick break at the valley, you will proceed to Sumaguing Cave.

Sumaguing, also known as the Big Cave, is about an hour's walk from Sagada City Hall. Here, your guide will lead you on a two-hour tour of the cave's rocky tunnel. Expect to see various rock formations inside and age-old stalactites and stalagmites.

Afterward, you will go to the Bontoc Tribal Museum before heading to your downtown hotel. This museum showcases the Ifugao people's history through an exhibit of images and artifacts. You will also find a replica of an Ifugao village behind the museum.

Day 5
Fresh strawberries from La Trinidad Strawberry Farm

Day 5: Benguet Tour

On Day 5, your guide will take you to the towns of Benguet province, beginning with Atok. This town is home to the Atok Sakura Flowers, also referred to as the Benguet-Kochi Sisterhood Park. Back in 2016, the Japanese government of Kochi Prefecture donated over 30 Benguet Sakura trees to the province as a token of their 40-year friendship. The trees were later planted in the Atok park.

You will then go to Northern Blossom to see more vibrant blooms. With its field of unusual flowers, this two-hectare farm will surely steal your breath away. Expect to see some snapdragons, dusty millers, and cabbage roses while exploring the area.

Take as many photographs as you want before going to the 2nd Highest Point in Barangays Cattubo and Paoay. Standing at 2,255 meters above sea level, this spot is named the second-highest point on the Philippine highway system. Following your visit there, you will walk along the century-old Spanish Trail, used by locals prior to the building of the Halsema Highway.

From there, the tour will come to an end at the La Trinidad Strawberry Farm, one of the most popular attractions in highland Luzon. You will go strawberry picking and souvenir shopping here before returning to your Baguio hotel.

Day 6
Trail going up Mt. Pinatubo

Day 6: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

hike up Mt. Pinatubo. This active volcano, located more than 170 kilometers from Baguio, became infamous for its 1991 disastrous eruption. The said eruption is considered the 20th century's second-largest terrestrial eruption, destroying over 8,000 homes and causing approximately ten billion pesos in damages.

When you arrive in the province, you will transfer to a 4x4 jeep at the Sta. Juliana Tourism Center. Your guide will then accompany you to the mountain's base. Along the way, you will pass through Crow Valley's bumpy and dusty landscape. After approximately an hour, you will disembark and begin your ascent of the volcano.

The walk takes about an hour to two hours, even for beginners. While on your way, you might come across some lava sand formations produced by the volcano's 1991 eruption. Finally, you will reach the summit and marvel at the crater lake's turquoise waters. Feel free to take several souvenir photographs by the lake and enjoy the relaxing scenery. You will also have your lunch beside the lake before beginning your descent and making your way to your accommodation in Manila.

Day 7
Fresh Oysters in Cambuhat Oyster Village

Day 7: Bohol Cambuhat Tour

You will travel to the province of Bohol on the seventh day. After leaving your accommodation in Manila, you will fly to Panglao International Airport to start your Bohol tour at Cambuhat Village. This tranquil spot is located in the town of Buenavista and is considered the pride of the municipality because of its beautiful and appealing natural wealth.

After arriving at the airport, you will make your way to Daet Bridge, where you will board a boat and begin your journey to Cambuhat Village. You will travel through the beautiful Cambuhat River, bordered by mangroves and nipa palms.

You will then disembark at the Cambuhat Oyster Farm, one of the village's primary sources of income. While here, you will learn about oysters, including how to harvest, process, and breed them. You will also drop by the humble visitor's center on the river's edge.

Following your tour of the oyster farm, you will be treated to a hearty lunch of oysters. Locals will entertain you with a traditional dance called the Buri dance as you dine. Afterward, you will see how locals weave goods on native looms. At the end of the day, you will make your way to your accommodation in Panglao.

Day 8
Beach in Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 8: Bohol Pamilacan Island Tour

On Day 8, you will enjoy Bohol's off-the-beaten-path paradise with a visit to Pamilacan Island. This tiny island in the Bohol Sea is about 12.5 kilometers from the mainland. It is a well-known whale shark and dolphin refuge, so keep an eye out for them on your way to the island.

Despite its population of 240 families, the island's inhabitants have continued to maintain its natural beauty. In fact, you will only see pristine white beaches and crystal blue waters on Pamilacan for miles on end.

As soon as you dock on the island, you can immediately dip into the water. Additionally, bring your snorkeling gear to explore the island's vibrant underwater paradise better. While snorkeling, you might come across some sea turtles and a variety of fish species here. You should also visit the diving spots around Pamilacan if you're looking for a more adrenaline-pumping time on the island.

After the beach activities, you can take a short stroll to the island's 200-year-old Spanish fort. This observatory, which has been designated a National Cultural Treasure, was once used to keep an eye out for Moro pirates. You will then return to your Panglao hotel at the end of the day.

Day 9
Boats in Loboc River Cruise

Day 9: Bohol Countryside Tour

After leaving your hotel in Manila, you will fly to Panglao International Airport in Bohol. From there, your guide will drive you through the province's vibrant countryside to the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. This woodland patch in the town of Corella is home to a sizable population of tarsiers. Apart from the tarsier woodland, this site also includes a library, a tarsier-related research center, meeting rooms, and a visitor's complex.

Following your encounter with the adorable primates, you will proceed with the Loboc River Cruise. While cruising you through the river's emerald waters, this floating restaurant will treat you to a sumptuous buffet meal. The locals aboard will also perform some famous Filipino songs and dances for your entertainment.

After returning to the dock, you will briefly stop at Baclayon Church before proceeding to the Butterfly Conservatory. This area is home to about 200 species of butterflies. From there, your guide will take you to the Bilar Forest, a man-made mahogany forest.

You will spend the remainder of the day at Chocolate Hills, the province's most famous attraction. It is a geological structure composed of 1,268 to 1,776 almost symmetrical hills resembling Hershey's Kisses. Following your scenic tour, your guide will transport you to your Panglao hotel.

Day 10
Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete

Day 10: Dumaguete City Tour

After checking out of your hotel in Bohol, you will take a ferry to Dumaguete for a full-day city tour. Your first destination will be Silliman University, established in 1901 as a boys' elementary school. Following the school tour, you will proceed to Dumaguete's promenade, Rizal Boulevard, to admire the city's beachscape.

The St. Catherine de Alexandria Cathedral will be your next stop. This church, commonly called Dumaguete Cathedral, is well-known for its ornately decorated altarpieces and elegant chandeliers. The Dumaguete Campanario, the oldest bell tower in the Visayas, is located next to the cathedral.

From there, you will stop by the Dumaguete Public Market to pick up some souvenirs before continuing to the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park, and Clayton Pottery. Following your visit to the pottery, you will proceed to Sidlakang Negros Village, known as a one-stop shop for the best of Negros Oriental's arts, crafts, and delicacies.

Afterward, you will stop for lunch at Lab-as Seafood before continuing to Valencia's Forest Camp. Because of its large open space, this mountain resort is a popular camping destination for locals. You will also visit the Cata-al War Museum to see some World War II artifacts. Before returning to your hotel, you'll stop by the century-old San Agustin Church and the Negros Oriental Arts & Heritage Center.

Day 11
Diving in Apo Island Dumaguete

Day 11: Apo Island Tour

Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Dumaguete and drive you to the Malatapay Boat Terminal, where your tour boat will be waiting. After you've settled in, you will depart for Apo Island, Dumaguete's diving paradise. This water-locked haven at the southeast end of Negros is well-known for its flourishing aquatic world teeming with colorful and diverse marine animals.

When you arrive on the island, you will first go to the turtle sanctuary to get up close and personal with the local turtles. Swim and snorkel with these friendly sea creatures while admiring the area's massive coral garden. You might also come across a school of fish swimming across the coral.

Aside from visiting Apo Island's underwater paradise, feel free to just lounge on the beach and take plenty of souvenir shots. You might also like to see the Apo Island Lighthouse or the Apo View Deck. If so, your guide will take you on the 600m Habagat Eco-Trail, David's Walk, or Witchy's Trail, all of which will reward you with a sweeping view of the Negros' seascape. Before the sun sets, you will board your boat and head to the mainland, and back to your hotel in Dumaguete.

Day 12
Aerial view of Kawasan Falls in Cebu

Day 12: Kawasan Falls & Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

You will now depart from your hotel in Dumaguete and take a ferry to Cebu. After arrival at the port, your guide will drive you to Badian, home to the world-famous Kawasan Falls. Feel free to soak in the falls' tempting spring waters and explore Kawasan's multiple cascades before making your way to Moalboal.

This town is well-known for its sandy white beaches. After taking in the seascape, you will board a boat and sail to Pescador Island. This tiny, rocky island in the Tañon Strait is one of the best snorkeling destinations in the province due to its cobalt blue waters and breathtaking corals in different colors and sizes.

Following your snorkeling at Pescador, you will travel to Turtle Island to swim with sea turtles before returning to the mainland for the world-famous Panagsama Beach sardine run. Due to its year-round availability, this aquatic sport attracts domestic and international divers from across the region.

You will first attend a quick briefing before donning your equipment. Once you're good to go, you will swim a few meters out into the sea and wait for millions of sardines to pass through the area. You will then return to your Argao hotel afterward.

Day 13
Sirao Flower Farm in Cebu

Day 13: Cebu City Tour

From your hotel in Argao, you will travel to Cebu City, the Queen City of the South. Cebu, the oldest city in the Philippines, is home to several historical sites, one of which is the Taoist Temple. This temple was built in 1972 and had been the province's center for Taoism worship.

Your guide will drive you to the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, a Roman Catholic church built in the 16th century. Its facade is a synthesis of Muslim, Romanesque, and Neoclassical elements. Additionally, you will see the Magellan's Cross directly outside the church. The Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan planted this cross as a sign of the propagation of the Roman Catholic faith in the Philippines.

You will then drop by the Heritage of Cebu Monument before exploring the age-old Yap-San Diego Ancestral House. After visiting the city's lowland attractions, you will make your way to the mountains to see the Roman-inspired architectural shrine of the Temple of Leah.

Following your visit to the temple, your guide will take you to the Sirao Flower Farm. Referred to as Little Amsterdam of Cebu, this farm features fields of unusual flowers such as Celosia, aster, and chrysanthemum. Afterward, you will retreat to your Mandaue hotel.

Day 14
Waiting area in NAIA

Day 14: Departure to Manila

It's time to bid Cebu goodbye and head back to Manila. Before leaving for Cebu Airport, you will check out of your Mandaue hotel. You will then arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in less than two hours, marking the end of your 14-day excursion.

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.

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.

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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