Embark on this 14-day vacation package that will take you on a countryside, trekking, and snorkeling adventure in the Philippines. With this tour, you will visit the picturesque landscape of Cebu and Bohol, the breathtaking crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo, and the historical and scenic landmarks of North Luzon. The package also includes accommodations, daily breakfast, transfers, entrance fees, and the service of guides.
To begin your trip, you will make your way to the heart of Manila, Intramuros. This walled district dates back to the Spanish colonial period and serves as a hotspot for educational tours today. From the capital, you will fly to the Ilocos region in north Luzon. Here, you will visit the presidential museum called Malacanang of the North and the Bangui Windmills in Ilocos Norte. You will also head to Calle Crisologo in Ilocos Sur.
After exploring the north, your guide will bring you to the highlands, where you will see the Banaue Museum in Banaue, the Camp John Hay and Mines View Park in Baguio, and the Strawberry Farm in Benguet. You will then head south to Tarlac for a day hike up Mt. Pinatubo.
Following your Luzon trip, you will fly from Manila to Bohol to explore the province’s countryside. Here, you will experience the Loboc River Cruise and see the Hershey’s Kisses-shaped Chocolate Hills. Afterward, you will board a ferry to the neighboring island of Cebu.
This province is well-known for its pristine white sand islands and thriving marine life. So while here, you will discover Cebu’s scenic countryside attractions, including Kawasan Falls and Pescador Island. You will also head to the highland to see the Roman-inspired Temple Of Leah and the “Little Amsterdam of Cebu” called Sirao Flower Farm.
Experience the beauty of Manila, Ilocos, Sagada, Banaue, Benguet, Tarlac, Bohol, and Cebu with this 14-day vacation trip in the Philippines. Check availability by choosing a date.
After landing in Manila, you will visit the walled city of Intramuros. This is the only section in Manila that is completely encircled by walls, making it the most distinctive of the city's 16 administrative districts. During the Spanish colonial period, Intramuros served as the country's center of government, so expect to feel an old-world vibe upon arriving in the area.
Your first destination inside the walled district will be Fort Santiago, a Spanish stone castle erected in 1593. The fort, well known as national hero Jose Rizal's jail, is currently 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 make your way next to Bahay Tsinoy.
This museum is split into 12 parts that highlight the early Chinese people's contributions to Filipinos. After exploring the museum, you will go to Casa Manila, a fully furnished house-turned-museum where you will learn more about the country's history.
From there, 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 earliest stone defenses. Your Intramuros tour will end with a visit to the San Agustin Church and Museum and the Manila Cathedral.
After leaving Manila, you will get on a flight bound for Laoag Airport. Your guide will then drive you to Laoag City to visit St. Williams Cathedral. This Roman Catholic church features Italian Renaissance architecture and a distinctive solemn atmosphere. In addition to the church, you will also see the 150-foot Sinking Bell Tower in the same area. It is the highest historic structure in Laoag City and the only one that mysteriously sinks an inch every year.
From there, you will go to Museo Ilocos Norte, a museum showcasing a collection of artifacts about the local culture and way of life. Following your tour to the museum, you will proceed to Aurora Park, where a multi-tiered obelisk was constructed in 1881. Afterward, you will take a van to Paoay to visit the Malacanang of the North.
This presidential museum was home to former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his family. After exploring the Malacanang of the North, you will go to the Paoay Church, constructed in 1710. The tour will conclude with a stop at the Marcos Museum, dedicated to the former President's political activities. The museum also houses Marcos' cenotaph, as well as some of his mementos.
On Day 3, your guide will pick you up from your Laoag hotel and take you to Burgos, where the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is located. This Spanish Colonial-era lighthouse is well-known not only for its history but also for its panoramic view of the picturesque Cape Bojeador.
From the lighthouse, you will make your way to the Bangui Windmills of Ilocos Norte. Composed of twenty-six 70-meter-tall wind turbines, this attraction is found along the 9km coast of Bangui Bay. You will then stop at the Patapat Viaduct, a coastal bridge that connects the Ilocos Region to the adjacent province of Cagayan Valley.
After visiting the bridge, your guide will take you south to Agua Grande to enjoy Pagudpud's natural splendor. Your next stop will be in Paraiso ni Anton, where you will find a mountain stream that locals believe can miraculously heal.
Following your grotto tour, you'll go to the picturesque Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and its milky white and sleek limestone. You will drop by Pasuquin Salt Stand to buy some bags of fresh-made sea salt before returning to your Laoag hotel. If you want to end the day on a high note, feel free to squeeze in a 4x4 drive through the La Paz Sand Dunes to your schedule.
You will check out of your accommodation in Laoag and go to Vigan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arriving in the city, you will head first to the National Museum Ilocos Sur Complex to learn about Ilocos culture and heritage. You will proceed to the Bantay Church and Bell Tower next. Home to the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Charity, this church features a Neo-Gothic style mixed with pseudo-Romanesque materials and elements.
You will then make your way to the Syquioa Mansion Museum on Quirino Boulevard. Dating back to 1830, this presidential museum is dedicated to Vigan native Elpidio Quirino, the sixth president. Following your museum visit, you'll go to the Pagburnayan Jar Factory to learn how the locals create their exquisitely crafted pots. While you're here, you may also try your hand at pottery making.
Your next location will be the Crisologo Museum. Former Ilocos Sur Representative Floro Crisologo once owned this ancestral house until it was converted into a museum of the family's relics. Afterward, enjoy strolling along Calle Crisologo, a cobblestone lane dotted with centuries-old Spanish homes.
From there, you'll go to the Vigan Cathedral, also known as the St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral. Finally, before driving you to your accommodation on Calle Crisologo, your guide will take you to Baluarte for some safari fun.
After checking out of your hotel on Calle Crisologo, you will travel to Sagada, a small community in the Cordillera Mountains. This town is well-known for its scenic mountainscape and sea of clouds. Upon arriving in the town, you will head first to Sugong Cave, one of the 60 caverns found in Sagada. This cave serves as the burial spot for the locals, but instead of burying the coffins, they hang them on the limestone walls.
On your journey back to town, you will pass through Echo Valley's beautiful surroundings. Enjoy a quick break here while taking in the town's natural splendor. Afterward, you'll travel to Sumaguing Cave. Commonly referred to as the Big Cave, Sumaguing is located about an hour's walk from Sagada City Hall. Here, you will go on a two-hour tour of the cave's rocky passage. Expect to see a variety of rock formations inside, as well as stalactites and stalagmites that have formed through time.
You will then visit the Bontoc Tribal Museum after your spelunking trip. The museum is home to images and artifacts depicting the culture of the Ifugao people. There is also a replica of an Ifugao village behind the museum. After exploring the facility, your guide will take you to your accommodation.
Your guide will take you south from Sagada to Banaue on Day 6. Upon arriving in the town, you will head to Batad Rice Terraces, one of the most popular and often visited sights here. These amphitheater-like terraces are part of Banaue's UNESCO World Heritage Site and feature a unique and complex rice farming process.
After posing for some photos at the terraces, you will drop by the Batad Banaue Viewpoint to see a better view of the rice terraces. This view deck is about a 30-minute walk from the main road. If you don't wish to stop at the viewpoint, you can proceed directly to Tappiya Waterfall.
You may also bypass the waterfalls and go to Banga-an Village instead. This tiny farming community, located below the Batad intersection, is home to several original Ifugao homes. You will also learn about the way of life of the natives while you are here.
Before heading to your hotel, you will make your way to the Banaue Museum. The facility houses a collection of ancestral relics from old Igorot tribes. A section of the museum is also dedicated to the capture of Japanese Imperial Army General Tomoyuki Yamashita.
After leaving your hotel in Banaue, you will go to Kiangan, home to the Ifugao Museum. This facility is dedicated to the culture and customs of the Ifugao people of the northern Philippines. You will also visit General Yamashita's surrender site while in this town.
From there, you will explore Baguio, starting with the Philippine Military Academy. This prominent school features scenic grounds with vintage tanks and other historical military weapons. Following your campus tour, you will go to The Mansion in the city's eastern section. This was initially constructed in 1908 as a summer residence for US governors-general. It is now the official summer home of the Philippine President.
Afterward, your guide will bring you to Camp John Hay, a former US military rest and relaxation facility. The 246-hectare property has since been turned into an entertainment complex with a museum, a shopping center, and a convention center.
From there, you will visit Mines View Park that overlooks the mining town of Itogon. You will also head to Wright Park and Centennial Park to take in the natural beauty of Baguio. Before you check into your hotel, stop by the Good Shepherd Convent to buy some tasty treats like ube jams and butter cookies.
For Day 8, you will explore Baguio’s neighboring towns, starting with La Trinidad in Benguet. This landlocked town is home to a famous Strawberry Farm, owned and operated by the Benguet State University. While here, you can harvest strawberries and purchase strawberry-made products, such as wine, crinkles, and jam.
Following your strawberry picking session, you will go to Atok to see the Atok Sakura Flowers. This is where Benguet planted the 30 Sakura trees it received as a gift from Kochi Prefecture in Japan in 2016. After posing for some photos at the park, you will proceed to the Northern Blossom. Featuring rows of rare and bright flowers, this two-hectare property will also provide you with a glimpse of Mt. Pulag and Mt. Timbak from a distance.
After admiring the Northern Blossom flowers, you will go to the Barangays of Cattubo and Paoay to visit the 2nd Highest Point. The location was named as such since it stands at an elevation of 7,400 feet above sea level, making it the second-highest point on the Philippine highway system. Finally, you will visit the Spanish Trail, a man-made path constructed during the Spanish period. Afterward, your guide will return you to your accommodation in Baguio City.
Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Baguio and bring you to Tarlac, where you will go hiking up Mt. Pinatubo. Sitting over 170km from Baguio, this active volcano is well-known for its disastrous eruption back in 1991. The aforementioned eruption was dubbed the second-largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century, destroying nearly 8,000 homes and amounting to 10 billion pesos in damages.
When you arrive in the province, you will head first to the Sta. Juliana Tourism Center to transfer to a 4x4 vehicle. Your guide will then take you to the jump-off point at the mountain's base. To get there, you will travel across the uneven and dusty terrain of Crow Valley, known for its panoramic sand walls. After about an hour, you will disembark and begin your ascent of the volcano.
Mt. Pinatubo's hiking trail is about 3.4 miles, taking hikers between an hour and two hours to finish. Along the way, you will likely come across some lava sand formations left behind from the volcano's 1991 eruption. When you finally reach the peak, you will be greeted by the crater lake's turquoise waters. Take a lot of photos by the lake and enjoy your lunch here before beginning your descent and returning to your Manila hotel.
After leaving your hotel in Manila, you will fly to Bohol to see its vibrant countryside. One of the spots you will visit here is the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, where you will find a considerable tarsier population. There is also a library, a tarsier-related research center, conference facilities, and a visitor's complex here.
Following your visit to the sanctuary, you will board the Loboc River Cruise and enjoy a delectable buffet lunch. The locals onboard this floating restaurant will entertain you with native Filipino music and dances while you cruise through the river's emerald streams.
After returning to the dock, you will go to Baclayon Church, famous for its coral stone walls and pillars. Afterward, you will visit the Butterfly Conservatory, home to around 200 different varieties of butterflies. From there, your guide will take you to the Bilar Forest, a man-made mahogany grove.
Your excursion will conclude with a visit to Chocolate Hills, the province's most famous attraction. It is made up of 1,268 to 1,776 symmetrical hills that resemble Hershey's Kisses in form. Your guide will then take you to your Panglao hotel once you've got your fill of the sights.
For this day, you will sail to Pamilacan Island for an off-the-beaten-path excursion. This island, situated about 45 minutes from Baclayon, is a sanctuary for whales and dolphins. In fact, marine creatures such as Bryde's whales and sperm whales have been spotted in the vicinity in the past years. That said, keep an eye out for these gentle giants as you sail to the island.
Besides being home to various marine creatures, Pamilacan is also populated by about 240 households. Thankfully, the residents know how to preserve the island's natural beauty, making it as clean and beautiful as ever. As soon as you get on the island, feel free to plunge into the waters right away.
Bring your snorkeling gear, too, so you can fully explore the island's diverse underwater habitat. When snorkeling here, you could spot sea turtles and a variety of fish species. Your guide can also take you to the diving spots around Pamilacan if you want a more adrenaline-pumping experience on the island.
You can then take a short stroll to the island's 200-year-old Spanish fort once you've had your fill of the beach. This National Cultural Treasure was used by locals before to keep an eye out for Moro pirates. You will then return to your Panglao hotel at the end of the day.
Your guide will pick you up from your Panglao hotel and transport you to the port, where you will ride a ferry to Cebu. Once you arrive in the province, you will head to Badian, home to the famous Kawasan Falls. Take a dip in the falls' inviting spring waters and explore Kawasan's many cascades before proceeding to Moalboal.
This town features a long stretch of sandy white beaches with abundant marine life. After taking photos at the beach, you will board a boat and travel to Pescador Island. Due to its azure blue seas and thriving corals of all colors and sizes, this little, rocky island in the Tañon Strait is one of the top snorkeling spots in the region.
You will then go to Turtle Island to swim with sea turtles afterward. From there, it's back to the mainland for the epic Panagsama Beach sardine run. This water activity draws local and international divers from all over the world because of its year-round availability.
Before donning your gear, you must first attend a briefing. You will then swim a few meters out into the water and wait for millions of sardines to swim across the area. Afterward, you'll return to your Mandaue hotel.
After your guide picks you up at your hotel, you will travel to Cebu City, the Queen City of the South. Cebu, the Philippines' oldest city, is home to several historical attractions, including the Taoist Temple. This temple dates back to 1972 and features a spacious balcony overlooking the city.
Your guide will take you to the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino next. Constructed during the 16th century, this Roman Catholic Church comes with a facade featuring Muslim, Romanesque, and Neoclassical architecture. Outside the church, you'll also see the Magellan's Cross that is believed to be planted by Portuguese sailor Ferdinand Magellan.
From there, you will drop by the Heritage of Cebu Monument, a set of sculptures reflecting the province's major historical events. Another landmark you will visit in the area is the Yap-San Diego Ancestral House, located just across the street from the monument.
After sightseeing in the lowlands, you will go to the mountains of Cebu to see the Temple of Leah. This Roman-inspired architectural shrine comprises 24 chambers with an art gallery, museum library, and bar. Afterward, your guide will take you to the Sirao Flower Farm, known as Cebu's Little Amsterdam. You will then return to your Mandaue hotel.
It’s time to leave Cebu and return to Manila. Make the most out of your extra time in the province with some last-minute picture taking and souvenir shopping. Afterward, you will head to the Cebu Airport and catch a flight to Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
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