14-Day Philippines Nature Spots Trip to Cebu Island, Puerto Princesa Islands & Luzon Highlands

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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

Set off on a 14-day holiday to the Philippines' nature spots, countryside, and islands with this vacation package. Taking you from Luzon to the Visayas, this tour will let you explore the unspoiled landscape of Cebu City, the historical landmarks of the Ilocos region, and the pristine white-sand islands of Puerto Princesa City. This package will also pre-arrange your accommodations with daily breakfast, transfers, entrance fees, and the service of guides to make it more convenient for you.

To kick off your tour, you will visit the walled district of Intramuros. During the Spanish rule, this one-of-a-kind area in Manila City functioned as the country's administrative center. You will then travel to Ilocos Norte in northern Luzon to see some of the region's best-kept historical landmarks. These include the grand palace of Malacanang of the North and the 70-meter tall turbines of Bangui Windmills.

You will also visit Ilocos Sur to stroll along the cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo in Vigan City. From northern Luzon, head to the highlands next. While here, you will drop by Banaue Museum in Banaue and The Mansion and Wright Park in Baguio City. Your guide will also drive you to the Strawberry Farm in the Benguet highlands, where you will experience harvesting strawberries.

Afterward, you will climb up Mt. Pinatubo to witness its spectacular crater lake before traveling to Cebu Island in the Visayas. While here, you will visit the Temple of Leah and Sirao Flower Farm in the highlands, as well as the Kawasan Falls in the town of Badian. You will end your tour with a trip to Puerto Princesa City to see the picturesque islands across Honda Bay and the UNESCO World Heritage Site called the Underground River.

See the beauty of Manila, Ilocos, Sagada, Banaue, Benguet, Tarlac, Cebu, and Puerto Princesa with this 14-day vacation 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 - Cebu 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
Rock structure of Baluarte de San Diego in Manila

Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour

The tour will begin with a visit to the walled district of Intramuros, located in the center of Manila City. This district used to be the administrative center of the country during the Spanish reign. Today, it serves as one of the top educational hotspots in the city.

Once you arrive in Intramuros, the first attraction you will visit is Fort Santiago, a Spanish stone fortress dating back to 1593. The fort, which served as national hero Jose Rizal's prison, is now utilized for picnics and an open-air theater. Following your visit to the fortress, your tour guide will bring you to Plaza Roma, said to be the heart of Intramuros. You will then go to Bahay Tsinoy, around 350m from the square.

This museum is divided into 12 sections, highlighting the early Chinese people's contributions to Filipino culture. After your museum tour, you will visit Casa Manila, an ancestral home commissioned by former First Lady Imelda Marcos.

From there, you will head next to the southwestern tip of Intramuros to see San Diego Gardens and Baluarte De San Diego. Built in the shape of an ace of spades, this bastion serves as one of Intramuros' first stone walls. You will then drop by the San Agustin Church and Museum and the Manila Cathedral before leaving for your hotel.

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Day 2
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paoay Church in Laoag

Day 2 - Day 2: Laoag Tour

You will fly to Laoag Airport after leaving your accommodation in Manila. From the airport, you will make your way to Laoag City, where you will see the St. Williams Cathedral. This church serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Laoag and is known for its Italian Renaissance style. Offer a short prayer inside the church before heading next to the 150-foot Sinking Bell Tower. This is the city's highest historical tower and the only one that strangely sinks an inch every year.

You will then visit Museo Ilocos Norte to learn more about the local culture and way of life. After your museum tour, proceed to Aurora Park, where a multi-tiered obelisk was constructed in 1881. Your guide will then bring you to the Malacanang of the North, located in the town of Paoay.

During Ferdinand Marcos' administration, he and his family lived at this presidential museum. Enjoy exploring the mansion's vast interiors before heading to Paoay Church. This church is both a National Cultural Treasure and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it one of the region's frequently visited attractions. Before heading to your hotel, you will drop by the Marcos Museum, dedicated to the former president's political career.

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Day 3
Beautiful roadside view at Patapat Viaduct in Ilocos

Day 3 - Day 3: Pagudpud Tour

On Day 3, you will begin exploring Pagudpud coastal town with a visit to the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. This lighthouse dates back to the Spanish Colonial era but is still operational today. You will then travel to the well-known Bangui Windmills of Ilocos Norte. These windmills, made up of 26 70-meter-tall wind turbines, line up along Bangui Bay's 9km beachfront and provide over 40% of Ilocos Norte's power.

You will head next to the 1.3-km-long Patapat Viaduct. This coastal bridge, known as the country's fifth-longest bridge, was finished and opened to the public in October 1986. After seeing the bridge, you will make your way south to Agua Grande, where you can take in the park's natural beauty. Your next destination will be Paraiso ni Anton, home to what residents claim is a miraculous mountain stream.

After your grotto tour, you will visit the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation that features milky white, streamlined limestones. You will then stop at Pasuquin Salt Stand, where locals sell freshly created sea salt, before returning to your Laoag accommodation. If you want to end your day on a high note, feel free to add a 4x4 trip of the La Paz Sand Dunes to your itinerary.

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Day 4
Bantay Bell Tower in Vigan

Day 4 - Day 4: Vigan Tour

After leaving your Laoag hotel, your guide will bring you to Vigan City, where you will visit the National Museum Ilocos Sur Complex. This set of museums highlights the antiques and memorabilia of two major personalities in Philippine history: Padre Jose Burgos, one of the three martyr priests from the Spanish colonization, and Elpidio Quirino, the Philippines' 6th President.

The Bantay Church and Bell Tower will be your next stop. This church, also known as the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, is built in a Neo-Gothic style with pseudo-Romanesque materials. Offer a short prayer inside the church before proceeding to the Syquioa Mansion Museum, a presidential museum devoted to Elpidio Quirino.

Following your museum tour, you will go to the Pagburnayan Jar Factory to see how the local people make their beautiful pots. You may also try your hand at pottery creation while you're here. From there, you will drop by the Crisologo Museum, an ancestral mansion owned by former Ilocos Sur Representative Floro Crisologo. You will then take a walk along Calle Crisologo to see the centuries-old Spanish homes lining this cobblestone street.

Afterward, you'll visit the St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for Vigan. Finally, before returning to your Calle Crisologo lodging, your guide will take you to Baluarte for more safari fun.

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Day 5
A group of tourists going around Sumaguing Cave

Day 5 - Day 5: Sagada Tour

You will leave Calle Crisologo early in the morning and proceed to Sagada town in the Cordillera Mountains. Located around 186km from Vigan, this little village is well-known for its frigid temperatures and terrain with approximately 60 caves. Sugong Cave, one of the most interesting of these caverns, is your first destination. Locals use this cave as a burial site. But rather than burying the coffins, they hang them on the side of the cave's limestone cliffs.

You will proceed to Echo Valley next. Sitting close to Sugong Cave, this gorge is named after the fact that whenever visitors shout here, the echoes can be heard throughout the area. After admiring the splendor of Echo Valley, you will continue to Sumaguing Cave. Sumaguing, also known as the Big Cave, is about an hour's walk from Sagada City Hall. Inside, it has a variety of rock formations as well as stalactites and stalagmites.

Following your spelunking expedition, you will visit the Bontoc Tribal Museum. This museum houses a collection of antiques reflecting the culture of the Ifugao people. You can also find a model of an Ifugao village behind the building. After you've finished seeing the museum, your guide will bring you back to your hotel.

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Day 6
Breathtaking view of Batad Rice Terraces

Day 6 - Day 6: Banaue Tour

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Sagada and take you south to the Banaue highlands. This village in the province of Ifugao is well-known for its rice terraces that were created some 2000 years ago. One of these staircase-like rice paddies is located in Batad village. Listed as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Batad Rice Terraces offers a unique and sophisticated rice farming method indigenous to the Ifugao people.

You will travel to the Batad Banaue Viewpoint next. This view deck, sitting about a half-hour walk from the main road, provides visitors with a unique view of the amphitheater-style rice field. If you don't wish to stop at the viewpoint, you can proceed to the Tappiya Waterfall instead.

You may also skip the waterfalls and head straight to Banga-an Village. This tiny agricultural settlement is home to several native Ifugao homes. While you're here, you will also learn about the residents' way of life.

You will finish your day by visiting the Banaue Museum. This museum houses an extensive collection of ancestral relics from ancient Igorot tribes. Aside from the items, there is a portion of the museum dedicated to the capture of Japanese Imperial Army General Tomoyuki Yamashita.

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Day 7
Sunset over Mines View Park in Baguio

Day 7 - Day 7: Baguio Tour

After leaving your Banaue hotel, you will travel to Kiangan town to see the Ifugao Museum. This museum displays artifacts from the Ifugao people, including bulol (wooden rice guardians), old household items, and headhunting machetes. While in town, you will also pay a visit to General Yamashita's surrender site.

Afterward, you will make your way to Baguio City to drop by the Philippine Military Academy. Take a walk around the well-manicured grounds of this prestigious institution and see the old tanks and other antique military equipment kept here. From there, you'll go to The Mansion. Built in 1908, this structure first served as a summer retreat for US governors-general before becoming the Philippine President's official summer house.

Your guide will take you to Camp John Hay next. The US Army used this 246-hectare location as a military rest and relaxation center. Today, the site is an entertainment complex that features a museum, retail space, and a convention center.

Afterward, you will proceed to Mines View Park, where you can catch a glimpse of Itogon's mining village. You will also go to Wright Park and Centennial Park to enjoy the city's scenic beauty. Finally, your guide will drop you off at the Good Shepherd Convent, which sells local delicacies like ube jam and butter cookies.

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Day 8
Sunflowers in Atok Benguet

Day 8 - Day 8: Benguet Tour

For Day 8, you will visit some of Baguio's nearby towns, starting with La Trinidad in the Benguet highlands. This town is best known for the Strawberry Farm, owned and administered by Benguet State University. While at the farm, you may pick strawberries and buy strawberry-related items such as wine, crinkles, and jam.

Following your strawberry harvesting adventure, you will go to Atok to visit the Atok Sakura Flowers. This property has around 30 Sakura trees, donated to Benguet by the Kochi Prefecture in Japan in 2016. After a brief photo-op at the park, you will head to the Northern Blossom. You can find numerous rows of rare and bright flowers here, as well as a distant vista of Mt. Pulag and Mt. Timbak.

From there, you will travel to the 2nd Highest Point, located in the Barangays of Cattubo and Paoay. This site is 7,400 feet above sea level, making it the Philippines' second-highest point on the highway system. Finally, your tour guide will take you to the Spanish Trail, a man-made path built during the Spanish era. By the end of the day, you will return to your Baguio City hotel.

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Day 9
Viewing area of Mount Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 9 - Day 9: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

From your Baguio hotel, your guide will drive you south to Tarlac province, where you will hike Mt. Pinatubo. This active volcano stands 4,757 feet tall and is located on the tripoint border of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga. It rose to prominence following a disastrous eruption in 1991 that caused around ten billion pesos in damages. Despite its horrific past, Mt. Pinatubo's beauty continues to astound visitors.

After arriving at the province, you will head straight to Sta. Juliana Tourism Center, where a 4x4 vehicle will be waiting for you. Your guide will then take you across Crow Valley to the mountain base. This location is famous for its panoramic sand cliffs and rough, sandy landscape. After about an hour, you will arrive at the jump-off location and start your ascent of the volcano.

The hiking path is around 5.5km long and takes hikers between one and two hours to complete. You'll most certainly come across some lava sand formations left behind from the volcano's 1991 eruption along the way. Once you reach the peak, you will be met by the crater lake's turquoise waters. Pose by the lake and enjoy your lunch before commencing your descent and heading to your hotel in Manila

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Day 10
Magellan's Cross in Cebu

Day 10 - Day 10: Cebu City Tour

After leaving Manila, you will fly to Cebu City, the Queen City of the South. One of the spots you will visit here will be the Taoist Temple. Featuring Chinese-style architecture, this temple serves as the center of Taoism worship in the province. It also boasts a huge balcony with a view of the city and a library, a souvenir store, and a wishing well on the premises.

Your next destination will be the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino. Founded in 1565, this 16th-century Roman Catholic Church has a facade that combines Muslim, Romanesque, and Neoclassical elements. From there, you will head to the Magellan's Cross, located directly outside the church.

You will then continue the tour to the Heritage of Cebu Monument. Created by local artist Eduardo Castrillo, this sculpture depicts the province's major historical events. A short distance from the monument is the Yap-San Diego Ancestral House, considered the first Chinese house erected outside China.

Following your tour of the lowland sights, you will go to the Temple of Leah on top of a hill in the town of Busay. There's an art gallery, a museum library, and a bar here, as well as a large patio. Your day will conclude with a visit to Sirao Flower Farm, commonly known as Cebu's Little Amsterdam. You will then check into your Mandaue hotel.

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Day 11
Town of Moalboal in Cebu

Day 11 - Day 11: Kawasan Falls & Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

From your hotel in Mandaue, your guide will bring you to Badian, home to the 40-meter high Kawasan Falls. Take a dip in the falls' inviting spring waters and enjoy exploring its numerous cascades before leaving for Moalboal. This town's pristine white-sand beaches will surely leave its visitors in awe. Feel free to pose for some photos by the beach and go on a quick swim while you're here.

Afterward, you will board a boat and sail to Pescador Island. Because of its brilliant blue oceans and thriving corals of various colors and sizes, this little, rocky island in the Tanon Strait is well-known as one of the best snorkeling destinations in the region.

You will then proceed to Turtle Island to swim with sea turtles. Then it's back to the mainland for the epic Panagsama Beach sardine run. Thanks to its year-round availability, this aquatic sport attracts local and international divers from all over the world.

Once you arrive at the beach, you will be given a quick briefing before wearing your equipment. Your guide will then walk you a few meters out into the ocean, where you will await the arrival of millions of sardines. You'll return to your Mandaue hotel after the sardine run.

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Day 12
Luli Island in Puerto Princesa Palawan

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

It's time to fly out of Cebu and head to Palawan Island. Once you arrive at the province, your guide will transport you to Honda Bay, home to a wide variety of marine creatures and a long span of pristine white beaches. You will hop aboard a boat here to start your full-day island-hopping experience.

Your first destination from the coast will be the crescent-shaped Starfish Island, known as the home of hundreds of starfish on the beaches and in the sea. Aside from these five-pointed marine critters, there are various other fish species living in the island's waters. This made Starfish Island one of the top snorkeling places in Palawan.

Your boat will then take you to Cowrie Island. Cowrie, the most developed island in Honda Bay, provides a variety of beach activities, such as snorkeling, jet-skiing, and banana boat rides. You may also dine at one of the several restaurants that line the beach or relax in one of the cabanas.

Luli Island will be the final destination on your island-hopping excursion. The island's white sandbars disappear at high tide and reappear during the low tide. Take your time swimming and snorkeling here before your boat brings you back to the shore.

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Day 13
Tour of the Puerto Princesa Underground River

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

From your hotel in Sabang, you will make your way to Sabang Wharf on Day 13. Here, you will ride a boat that will sail you to the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River. This 8.2km subterranean river was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. It has a variety of stalactites and stalagmites formations, as well as a healthy flora and fauna.

Following your river ride, you will return to the mainland and begin your Puerto Princesa city tour with Baker's Hill. This bakery is located on top of a hill and sells a variety of baked goods, such as hopia, crinkles, and egg pies. You will proceed to Plaza Cuartel next, a former military post with an antique Spanish garrison and tunnels. Today, it serves as the site of an open-air war museum and monument.

Your next stop will be the Crocodile Farm, where you can find living crocodiles and an exhibit of crocodile bones, skeletons, and bone formations. Following that, you will visit Mitra's Ranch in Sta. Monica Heights. This property offers an observation deck from which you can get a bird's-eye view of Puerto Princesa City. Before returning to your Sabang accommodation, you will explore the city's promenade, the Puerto Princesa Baywalk.

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Day 14
A plane flying over a Manila sign near the airport

Day 14 - Day 14: Departure to Manila

It's time to bid Palawan farewell and travel back to Manila. Before departing for Puerto Princesa International Airport, you can take advantage of your leisure time by taking some last-minute pictures and shopping for souvenirs. Afterward, you will fly to Ninoy Aquino International Airport and arrive in Manila after about two hours.

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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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