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14-Day Scenic Countryside, Islands & Heritage Tour to Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Bohol & Baguio

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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

Explore the scenic countryside attractions, breathtaking islands, and heritage spots across Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Bohol, and Baguio with this 14-day vacation package. It includes roundtrip flights from Manila, land and ferry transfers, and accommodation. 

Travel back in time to the walled city of Intramuros in Manila. Here, you will learn about the Spanish colonial period. Then, you will go on a historical tour to Ilocos Norte. Discover the opulent lifestyle of the Marcoses at Malacañang of the North, the grand presidential museum for former President Marcos. 

At Bangui Windmills, you will see giant wind turbines overlooking the sea. After exploring Ilocos Norte, you will explore the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan in Ilocos Sur. Here you will marvel at ancestral houses at Calle Crisologo. 

Your fun-filled trip continues at La Trinidad Strawberry Farm in Benguet, where you can pick fresh strawberries. Then, you will head to Camp John Hay, a former US military base in Baguio. You can also go horseback riding at Wright Park.

This trip also includes round-trip flights to the Visayas. You will board a floating restaurant along the blue-green waters of the Loboc River in Bohol. Then, you will admire the stunning Chocolate Hills.

Go canyoneering at the enchanting Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu. Then, marvel at the Temple of Leah or Cebu’s Taj Mahal. Afterward, you will visit the Sirao Flower Farm or Cebu’s Little Amsterdam.

You will also experience a tropical getaway to Puerto Princesa. At Honda Bay, you will explore Cowrie Island, Starfish Island, and Luli Sandbar. Then, you will cruise along the Puerto Princesa Underground River, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Escape to the top attractions in the Philippines with this 14-Day Scenic Countryside, Islands & Heritage Tour to Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Bohol & Baguio from Manila. 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 7 - Sagada and Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 8 to 11 - Bohol and 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
Casa Manila inside Intramuros

Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour

On your 1st day, you will arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Your private van will take you to your accommodation in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard. You will head to your first destination, the walled city of Intramuros.

Explore various museums, iconic landmarks, and notable structures in the oldest district of Manila. Your first stop is at Fort Santiago, an old prison cell for resistance fighters back in the late 1500s. The Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal was also imprisoned here before his execution on December 30, 1898.

Intramuros also preserved some of its structures that represent its vibrant business scene. You will marvel at Plaza Roma, a major public square and trade center during the Spanish colonial period. Then, you will visit Bahay Tsinoy to learn about the contributions of the ethnic Chinese.

At Casa Manila, you will discover the affluent lifestyle of Illustrados during the 19th century. On your way to Baluarte De San Diego, you will pass by gazebos at San Diego Gardens.

Afterward, you will marvel at the oldest stone church in the Philippines, The San Agustin Church and Museum. Your Intramuros tour ends at Manila Cathedral, the episcopal throne of the Archbishop of Manila.

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Day 2
Sinking Bell Tower in Laoag

Day 2 - Day 2: Laoag Tour

On Day 2, you will take a historical tour in Ilocos Norte. From Manila, you will board a direct flight to Laoag Airport. Your private van will fetch you and take you to your Laoag accommodation.

Known as the Sunshine City, the name Laoag came from the Ilocano word “Lawag” which means bright and light. Laoag serves as the provincial capital of Ilocos Norte. It is packed with cultural attractions and secluded beaches.

Your first stop is St. Williams Cathedral. Here, you will find the Sinking Bell Tower. Every year, the belfry tower sinks at least an inch into the ground. Then, you will visit Museo Ilocos Norte to discover Laoag’s colorful history.

Up next is Aurora’s Park, where you will see the 19th-century Tobacco Monopoly Monument. Your historical tour continues at Malacañang of the North, the grand presidential museum for former President Marcos. This two-story mansion is a former holiday residence of the Marcoses.

At Batac town, you will go on a museum-hopping tour. You will visit Marcos Museum to see the cenotaph of the late President Marcos. Lastly, you will learn about the life and works of the famous Luna brothers at the Juan and Antonio Luna Museum.

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Day 3
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Ilocos

Day 3 - Day 3: Pagudpud Tour

On the third day of your vacation, you will head to the vibrant coastal town of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. From your Laoag accommodation, your van will drive you to the nearby towns of Burgos and Pagudpud.

Your first stop is Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, the highest lighthouse in the Philippines. It offers a panoramic view of the scenic coastline. Up next, you will drop by the Bangui Windmills. It features 20 giant wind turbines overlooking the sea.

On your way to other majestic attractions, you will stop by Pagudpud’s scenic coastal bridge, known as the Patapat Viaduct. Your next destination is Agua Grande, which features a cold stream perfect for taking a dip.

Next, you will visit Paraiso ni Anton. The residents believe that the water beside its grotto has miraculous healing power. Your trip continues at Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, a stunning attraction along the shoreline in Burgos, Ilocos Norte.

Your trip to Ilocos Norte won’t be complete without purchasing the best salt in Pasuquin Salt Stand. If you still have the energy for an adventure, you may book a 4x4 ride for 4 pax to La Paz Sand Dunes, an 85 square kilometer coastal beach and desert in Ilocos Norte.

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Day 4
Calle Crisologo in Vigan

Day 4 - Day 4: Vigan Tour

On Day 4, you will explore the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan. From Laoag, you will leave early to reach your first destination, the National Museum Ilocos Regional Complex. Here, you will learn about the rich and flourishing history of Vigan.

Travel back in time and marvel at the 18th-century Bantay Church and Bell Tower. You will go up the old wooden staircase of the tower where a panoramic view of the whole Bantay district awaits you. You can also see a portion of the Abra province.

Up next is Syquia Mansion Museum, a 19-century stone mansion showcasing the artifacts of the Syquia family. Afterward, you will learn how to make pots at Pagburnayan Jar Factory. At Crisologo Museum, you will check out the antique furniture of Congressman Floro S. Crisologo and his family.

In the afternoon, you will stroll along the iconic Calle Crisologo. You will admire the beautifully preserved architecture of ancestral houses and structures. Then, you will pay a short visit to St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral near Plaza Salcedo. Lastly, you will see an array of animals at Baluarte mini zoo.

After your fun-filled heritage tour, you will head back to your accommodation in Calle Crisologo.

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Day 5
Echo Valley in Sagada

Day 5 - Day 5: Sagada Tour

From Vigan, you will head up north to the rustic town of Sagada on the 5th day of your vacation. Your van will drive you along Halsema Highway, one of the highest roads in the Philippines. Sagada is a go-to destination for travelers seeking peace and tranquility away from the city.

Apart from breathtaking mountain ranges, Sagada is also home to impressive cave systems. For your first activity, you will explore Sugong Cave. It has an underground river with water irrigating Kapay-aw Rice Terraces. The water also directly comes from Bokong Falls.

Then, you will continue your trek to Echo Valley. You will soon reach the famous hanging coffins, which serve as part of the burial traditions in Mountain Province.

Up next is Sumaguing Cave, the largest among the 60 caves in Sagada. It is a famous spelunking spot in Sagada. The trail is divided into three narrow and slippery paths. You will get wet as you pass through natural pools and streams.

After your cave exploration, you will visit Bontoc Tribal Museum. Here, you will see treasured jewelry, traditional costumes, hunting weapons, and farming tools. You will learn about the customs and traditions of the tribes in Mountain Province.

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Day 6
Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad Benguet

Day 6 - Day 6: Benguet Tour

On Day 6, you will head to another breathtaking destination up north. You will leave early from Sagada to reach the Benguet province. Your first stop is at the 79-hectare La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. Every year, the farm produces about 1,775 metric tons of strawberries per harvest. Don’t miss out on the chance to pick fresh strawberries.

Up next is Atok Sakura Flowers. It showcases around 30 beautiful cherry blossom trees. As a symbol of friendship, the Japanese government gave these cherry blossom seedlings to the municipality of Atok.

Then, you will visit a stunning flower carpet in Northern Blossom Flower Farm. This three-hectare flower plantation cultivates snapdragons, Peruvian lilies, and other exotic blooms that came from Japan. You can also take a photo behind the rolling mountain ranges of Mt. Timbak and Mt. Pulag.

Before leaving Atok, you will drop by the 2nd Highest Point along Halsema Highway. It features a panoramic view of the nearby mountains. You will see Mt. Timbak, one of the highest mountains in Luzon. Then, you will pass by the Spanish Trail. You will appreciate the breathtaking scenery at its end.

After your Benguet trip, you will head to your hotel in Baguio.

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Day 7
Horses in Wright Park Baguio

Day 7 - Day 7: Baguio Tour

It’s time to visit Baguio City on the 7th day of your vacation. The Summer Capital of the Philippines, also known as the City of Pines, is popular among travelers who like to escape from the noise and chaos in the metro.

Your first destination is Ifugao Museum. Inside the museum, you will learn about Ifugao’s ancients traditions and customs. Afterward, you will visit the Surrender Site of General Yamashita, a historic site to commemorate Yamashita’s act of surrendering during World War II.

Up next, you will visit the Philippine Military Academy, an educational institution for aspiring military officers in the country. Then, you will explore the 373-hectare Fort De Pilar. You will also drop by The Mansion, the official summer residence of the Philippine President.

Next, you will explore another leisure spot in Baguio. Aside from being a former US military base, Camp John Hay is also an adventure hub for thrill-seekers. Afterward, you will witness the breathtaking mountain ranges at the view deck of Mines View Park.

Then, go sightseeing and horseback riding at Wright Park and Centennial Park. You will cap off your Baguio tour by purchasing the famous ube jam at the Good Shepherd Convent.

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Day 8
Bilar Manmade Forest in Bohol

Day 8 - Day 8: Bohol Countryside Tour

On Day 8, you will fly off to Bohol via Panglao International Airport. Upon arrival, your van will take you to your Panglao accommodation. You will explore the countryside attractions in Bohol.

Your first stop is the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, a wildlife relief sanctuary that shelters one of the smallest primates. When taking pictures of the tarsiers up-close, you should turn off the flash of your cameras because they’re highly sensitive to light.

Next, you will have a relaxing cruise along the blue-green waters of the Loboc River. You can capture a panoramic view of the river while enjoying your mouthwatering lunch. Then, you will visit Baclayon Church, a National Cultural Treasure and the oldest Christian settlement in Bohol.

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

Finally, you will visit the famous Chocolate Hills, a stunning geological formation with over 1,000 hills. The best time to visit the hills is during the summer months. It’s the time when it turns dry with a chocolate-like color. During the rainy season, the vegetation turns greenish again.

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Day 9
White sand beach of Pamilacan Island

Day 9 - Day 9: Pamilacan Island Tour

Your Bohol adventure continues in Pamilacan Island. You will leave early from your Panglao accommodation. To reach Pamilacan Island, you will take a short boat ride toward the heart of the Bohol sea.

Pamilacan Island is one of the top diving destinations in the Philippines. It features stunning marine sanctuaries and a wide variety of aquatic creatures. To protect the island, the locals have vowed to maintain its cleanliness. They focus on promoting tourism programs for the development of the island.

On your way to Pamilacan, you will spot a few whales and dolphins roaming around the sea. Upon reaching the island, you can go snorkeling or diving into its deep and pristine seascape.

You will find different exotic fishes, including bucket sponges, moray eels, and sea snakes. If you’re lucky, you can even swim with sea turtles.

Afterward, you can rest a bit and lounge on the white sand. You can also hike up Pamilacan watchtower, a 300-year-old watchtower used during the Spanish era. The Spaniards used this tower to watch out for pirates.

Before leaving Pamilacan Island, you can still purchase local handicrafts to bring to your friends back home. Afterward, you will head back to your hotel.

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Day 10
Kawasan Falls in Cebu

Day 10 - Day 10: Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

On Day 10, you will head to the laid-back towns of Badian and Moalboal. From Bohol, you will ride a ferry and van to reach Cebu province. First, you will go canyoneering to the three-tiered Kawasan Falls. You will crawl and scramble through sharp edges and slippery rocks to reach the beautiful gorges and river canyons of the Badian River.

At the end of the trail, you can plunge into the crystal blue waters of the cascading falls. There are also natural pools and lagoons surrounding the falls. You can even jump off a cliff as high as 30 feet.

After your canyoneering adventure, you will visit the beautiful coastal town of Moalboal. It is famous among local and international divers because of its rich and flourishing marine sanctuaries.

At Pescador Island, you can witness the all-year-long sardine run. You will swim with a school of sardines merging in perfect unison. Up next is Turtle Island. Here, you can have a rare opportunity to swim with hawksbill and green sea turtles. You will also discover an array of marine species like nudibranchs, eagle rays, and ghost pipefishes.

After your fun-filled adventure, you will head back to your hotel in Mandaue.

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Day 11
Magellan's Cross in Cebu

Day 11 - Day 11: Cebu City Tour

On your 11th day of vacation, you will visit the city attractions in Cebu. You will have an early departure from your Mandaue accommodation. Your first stop is Taoist Temple. It stands on top of a hill featuring Chinese-inspired architecture with a replica of the Great Wall of China and dragon statues. There is also a souvenir shop within the temple complex.

Then, you will head over to Cebu’s downtown attractions. You will visit Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, the country’s oldest Roman Catholic church. Right across the church is the famous Magellan’s Cross. This iconic statue commemorates Ferdinand Magellan’s exploration in 1521.

At Heritage of Cebu Monument, you will learn more about Cebu’s colorful history. It showcases relevant symbols like the Spanish galleon, the historical Battle of Mactan, and well-known figures like Sergio Osmena, the 4th President of the country.

Afterward, you will visit the 17th-century Chinese settlement known as Yap - San Diego Ancestral House. Then, you will marvel at the Temple of Leah, a husband’s symbol of undying love for the late Leah Albino-Adarna. This majestic structure is also deemed as the Taj Mahal of Cebu. Your last stop is at Cebu’s Little Amsterdam, the Sirao Flower Farm.

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Day 12
Honda Bay in Palawan

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

On Day 12, you will board a plane to Palawan via Puerto Princesa International Airport. Alight at the terminal and wait for your van to pick you up. You will proceed to your accommodation in Lio Properties. Then, you will take a short boat ride to reach the breathtaking islands dotting Honda Bay.

Palawan is a world-class beach and diving destination. Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa is a famous tropical paradise that is home to three breathtaking islands.

For your first destination, you will visit Starfish Island. As the name implies, it features different kinds of starfishes, including the perfectly symmetrical five-armed orange starfish. You can also discover other marine species, including pufferfishes and yellowtail snappers.

In your 2nd stop, you will explore the largest island in Honda Bay, Cowrie Island. This boomerang-shaped island is perfect for snorkeling and banana boat riding. If you get tired of swimming, you can also relax on the cabanas and huts throughout the bay.

Lastly, you will discover the hidden powdery white sandbar at Luli Island. The name Luli came from the phrase “Lulubog-Lilitaw”. During low tide, the sandbar submerges and reappears again at high tide. There are also floating hammocks on the island.

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Day 13
Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan

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

Your Palawan adventure continues at the famous Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Sabang Boat Terminal, you will take a short boat ride to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

The 8km-long underground river covers around 22,000 hectares. Here, you can witness stunning cave systems. The longest underground river in the Philippines already received international awards and distinctions, including a place in the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

After your cruise, you will proceed 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 head to Plaza Cuartel. It is a former Spanish garrison and penal colony that has become a leisure park.

Afterward, you will head to Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, research center and breeding facility. You can see crocodiles and even get a chance to feed them. Then, you will head over to Mitra’s Ranch and Puerto Princesa Baywalk.

At Mitra’s Ranch, you can capture a 360-view of Puerto Princesa. This scenic hilltop park is one of the highest points in the city. Before ending your tour, you can still catch the sunset at Puerto Princesa Baywalk.

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Day 14
Terminal 1 in NAIA

Day 14 - Day 14: Departure to Manila

It’s time to leave Palawan on the 14th day of your vacation. Pack up and wait for your private van 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.

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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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