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14-Day Scenic Countryside, Natural Wonders & Islands Tour to Puerto Princesa, Cebu, Bohol & Ilocos

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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

Explore the scenic countryside, natural wonders, and islands of the Philippines with this 14-day vacation package. From Manila, you will visit the pristine white beaches of Puerto Princesa, the breathtaking countryside of Cebu and Bohol, and the historical attractions of Ilocos. This tour also comes complete with accommodations, daily breakfast, transfers, entrance fees, and the service of guides.

You will kick off your tour with a visit to Intramuros in Manila. Known as the only walled district in the city, Intramuros is home to landmarks dating as far back as the Spanish colonial period. Afterward, you will fly to northern Luzon to visit Marcos Museum in Ilocos Norte and Calle Crisologo in Ilocos Sur. 

From the lowlands, your guide will bring you to the highlands of Luzon, where you will see the Strawberry Farm in Benguet. You will also trek Mt. Pinatubo in Tarlac to get a glimpse of its breathtaking crater lake. After your Luzon escapade, you will fly to the scenic province of Bohol. Here, you will embark on the famous Loboc River Cruise and see the Hershey’s Kisses-like mounds of Chocolate Hills.

Following your Bohol trip, you will board a ferry to Dumaguete to drop by the century-old Silliman University and the diving haven of Apo Island. Another province you will visit in the Visayas is Cebu, home to the 40-meter high Kawasan Falls, the Roman-inspired Temple of Leah, and the “Little Amsterdam of Cebu,” Sirao Flower Farm. You will then cap off your tour in Palawan, where you will go on an island-hopping tour of Honda Bay and a jaw-dropping cruise of the Underground River. 

Witness the marvels of the Philippines with this 14-day tour from Manila to Ilocos, Sagada, Benguet, Tarlac, Bohol, Dumaguete, Cebu, and Puerto Princesa. 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 - Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur (Ilocos Region)
Day 3 to 4 - Sagada and Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 5 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 6 to 11 - Bohol, Dumaguete 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

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

Attractions

Chocolate Hills
Manila Cathedral
Casa Manila
Bahay Tsinoy
Mt. Pinatubo
Starfish Island
Luli Island
Cowrie Island
Underground River
Butterfly Conservatory
Baclayon Church
Magellan's Cross
Temple of Leah
Sirao Flower Farm
Bontoc Village Museum
Pagburnayan Jar Factory
National Museum of the Philippines Ilocos Complex
Rizal Boulevard
St. Catherine of Alexandria Church
Apo Island
Kawasan Falls
Taoist Temple
Bilar Forest
Calle Crisologo
Malacañang of the North
Paoay Church
Paoay Lake National Park
Honda Bay
Baker's Hill
Intramuros
Fort Santiago
San Agustin Church
St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral
Marcos Museum & Mausoleum or Balay Ti Ili
Loboc River Cruise
Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño
Heritage of Cebu Monument
Pescador Island
Strawberry Farm
Sumaguing Cave
Echo Valley
Moalboal
Tarsier Conservation Area
Crocodile Farm
Mitra's Ranch
Plaza Cuartel
Pamilacan Island
Sardine Run
Baluarte de San Diego
Yap-San Diego Ancestral House
Plaza Roma
Northern Blossom Flower Farm
Puerto Princesa City Baywalk Park
Manila
Cata-al World War 2 Museum
Baluarte Ilocos
Museo nina Juan at Antonio Luna
Lab-as Seafood Restaurant
Sidlakang Negros Village
Valencia Forest Camp
San Agustin Church Dumaguete
Negros Oriental Arts & Heritage
San Diego Gardens
Atok Sakura Flowers
2nd Highest Point
Siliman University
Dumaguete Public Market
Claytown Pottery
Dumaguete Campanario

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Fort Santiago in Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

After arriving in Manila, you will spend your first day in the country in the walled city of Intramuros. This is the only area in Manila enclosed by walls, rendering it the most distinct of the city's 16 administrative districts. When you arrive in Intramuros, you will be greeted by cobblestone streets and Spanish-era attractions scattered around.

Fort Santiago, a Spanish stone fortress founded in 1593, is one of the landmarks you will visit here. Well-known as national hero Jose Rizal's prison, the fort now serves as a venue for open-air theater and picnics. Your guide will then take you from the fortress to the nearby Plaza Roma, one of Intramuros' three main squares. Take a brief break here to take in the scenery before moving on to Bahay Tsinoy.

This museum is divided into 12 parts that represent the cultural and historical history of the Chinese and Filipinos. Following your visit to the museum, you will proceed to the fully furnished house of Casa Manila to learn more about the country's past.

You will then go on a stroll through San Diego Gardens and Baluarte De San Diego. This bastion on the southwestern corner of Intramuros dates back to the 16th century, making it one of the oldest stone fortifications in Intramuros. To cap off your tour, you will drop by San Agustin Church and Museum and Manila Cathedral.

Day 2
Paoay Church in Vigan

Day 2: Laoag and Vigan Tour

It's time to leave Manila and fly to Laoag. From the airport, you will make your way to the town of Paoay to start your full-day city tour at the Malacanang of the North. This two-story museum once served as the official residence of late President Ferdinand Marcos and his family. Visitors are welcome to take a walk around the mansion and see the nearby Paoay Lake.

Your guide will then take you 10km south to the Saint Augustine Church, also known as the Paoay Church. The cathedral is distinguished by its baroque style and the three-story coral stone bell standing next to it. From there, you will visit two of the region's most important museums: the Marcos Museum and the Juan and Antonio Luna Museum.

Afterward, you will continue your tour at Vigan, home to the St. Paul's Metropolitan Cathedral. This Roman Catholic church follows a Baroque architectural design with neo-Gothic, pseudo-Romanesque, and Chinese craftsmanship. Bantay Church, known for its Neo-Gothic style with pseudo-Romanesque elements, is another notable church you will visit in the area.

From there, you will make your way to Pagburnayan, where you will learn how the locals make pottery. To learn more about Ilocos culture and history, you will visit the Burgos Museum, the National Museum, and the Crisologo Museum next. Your guide will then take you to Baluarte for some safari fun. You will finish your day with a stroll along the cobblestone streets of Calle Crisologo before returning to your hotel in Laoag.

Day 3
Sumaguing Cave in Sagada

Day 3: Sagada Tour

On the third day, you will take a countryside trip from Laoag to the rural town of Sagada in the Cordillera Mountains. This rustic location houses over 60 caves, the most interesting of which is your first stop: Sugong Cave. This cave is located near the town center, just beyond Sagada's cemetery. It is famous for the coffins hanging from its limestone cliffs, an age-old tradition that the locals practice until today.

You will then take in the lush landscape that surrounds Echo Valley. This gorge, located just before Sugong Cave, is the perfect spot to rest in as limestone mountains and dense woodland surrou,d it. From there, you will make your way to Sumaguing Cave next.

Sumaguing, located about an hour's walk from Sagada City Hall, is also known as the Big Cave. Here, you will go on a two-hour tour through the cave's rocky tunnel that is peppered with numerous rock formations like a squirrel, turtlehead, and elephant.

You will then visit the Bontoc Tribal Museum before returning to your downtown hotel. Featuring an exhibit of photos and artifacts, this museum preserves the heritage of the Ifugao people. It also features a recreation of an Ifugao village behind the building.

Day 4
Fresh strawberries in Benguet

Day 4: Benguet Tour

On Day 4, your guide will take you to the towns in Benguet province, starting with Atok. This town is home to the Atok Sakura Flowers, formally known as Benguet-Kochi Sisterhood Park. As a token of their 40-year friendship, the Japanese government of Kochi Prefecture donated over 30 Benguet Sakura trees to the province in 2016. The trees had since been planted in the Atok park.

From there, you will head next to Northern Blossom to see more colorful blooms. This two-hectare farm will take your breath away with its field of rare flowers. Here, you will spot snapdragons, rice flowers, dusty millers, alstroemeria, and cabbage roses.

Feel free to take as many photos as you wish before moving on to the 2nd Highest Point in Barangays Cattubo and Paoay in Atok. Sitting 2,255 meters above sea level, this place is dubbed the second-highest spot in the Philippine highway system. Afterward, you will stroll through the century-old Spanish Trail that locals used before constructing the Halsema Highway.

From there, you will then cap off your tour at La Trinidad. This tranquil town is home to the well-known Strawberry Farm, one of the most famous attractions in highland Luzon. During your visit, you can go strawberry picking and souvenir shopping before proceeding to your Baguio hotel.

Day 5
Rocky path going to the peak of Mt. Pinatubo

Day 5: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

After checking out of your hotel in Baguio, you will make your way to Tarlac for a day hike up Mt. Pinatubo. This active volcano, located more than 170km from Baguio, is well-known for its destructive eruption back in 1991. The said eruption is regarded as the second-largest terrestrial eruption of the twentieth century after destroying over 8,000 homes and costing about ten billion pesos in losses.

When you arrive in the province, you will stop by Sta. Juliana Tourism Center to transfer to a 4x4 jeep. Your guide will then bring you on a trip to the mountain base. On the way to the mountain base, you will cross the Crow Valley. This area is well-known for its moon-like setting because of its bumpy and dusty terrain. After about an hour’s ride, you will get off the jeep and hike up the volcano.

The trek typically takes between an hour and two hours. Along the way, you can see lava sand formations formed by the volcano’s 1991 eruption. You will then be welcomed by the turquoise waters of the crater lake once you reach the summit. Take plenty of souvenir photos by the lakeside and enjoy your lunch here before beginning your descent and returning to your Manila hotel.

Day 6
Loboc River Cruise in Bohol

Day 6: Bohol Countryside Tour

On Day 6, you will check out of your Manila hotel and board a plane to Panglao International Airport in Bohol. From there, you will make your way across Bohol's vibrant countryside to the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. This woodland patch in the town of Corella is home to a large tarsier community. You can also find a library, a research center related to tarsiers, conference rooms, and a visitor's complex here.

After you've had your fill of these googly-eyed primates, you will go on your Loboc River Cruise. Savor your sumptuous buffet lunch on this floating restaurant as you cruise down the river's emerald streams. The locals aboard will also entertain you with popular Filipino songs and dances while you dine.

After returning to the dock, you will stop by Baclayon Church for a quick prayer before heading to the Butterfly Conservatory. This location houses and breeds a wide range of colorful butterflies. You will then drop by the Bilar Forest, a 2km stretch of mahogany trees.

Before the end of the day, you will travel to Chocolate Hills, the most celebrated destination in the province. It is a geological formation composed of 1,268 to 1,776 almost symmetrically shaped hills that somewhat look like Hershey's Kisses. After enjoying the view, your guide will drop you off at your Panglao hotel.

Day 7
Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 7: Bohol Pamilacan Island Tour

For this day, you will see more of Bohol's off-the-beaten-path paradise with a visit to the island of Pamilacan. This remote island sits about 12.5 kilometers from the mainland in the middle of the Bohol Sea. It is considered a haven for whale sharks and dolphins, so keep an eye out for these marine creatures on your way to the island.

Even though Pamilacan is inhabited, the locals still manage to conserve the island's natural beauty. In fact, its white beaches remain as pristine as ever, and its crystal waters never fail to amaze its visitors.

After docking on the island, you can immediately go swimming. Make sure to have your snorkeling gear prepared, as well, so you don't lose out on the island's vibrant underwater world. Expect to see some sea turtles and a variety of fish species here. If you're up for a more adrenaline-pumping adventure, there are also diving spots near Pamilacan you can visit.

When you've had your fill of the ocean, you can take a quick stroll to the 200-year-old Spanish fort on the island's northeast coast. Once used to keep an eye out for Moro pirates, this observatory is one of the province's National Cultural Treasures. You will head to your Panglao hotel at the end of the day.

Day 8
Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete

Day 8: Dumaguete City Tour

After leaving your Panglao hotel, you will board a ferry to Dumaguete, where you will go on a full-day city tour. Your first destination here will be the Silliman University, the country's first university founded by an American and a Protestant. Following your tour around the campus, you will proceed to Dumaguete's promenade, Rizal Boulevard, for a stroll along the beach.

The St. Catherine de Alexandria Cathedral will be your next stop. Commonly referred to as Dumaguete Cathedral, this church is known for its elaborately designed altarpieces and exquisite chandeliers. You will also find the oldest bell tower in the Visayas, the Dumaguete Campanario, next to the church.

From there, you will drop by the Dumaguete Public Market for a quick souvenir shopping before proceeding to the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park and Clayton Pottery. Afterward, you will head to Sidlakang Negros Village, considered a one-stop-shop of Negros Oriental's finest arts, crafts, and delicacies.

You will then dig into your lunch at Lab-as Seafood before continuing to Valencia's Forest Camp. Because of its large open space, this mountain resort is one of the locals' favorite spots for camping. From there, you will visit the Cata-al War Museum to see some artifacts from World War II. Before retreating to your hotel, you will drop by century-old San Agustin Church and the Negros Oriental Arts & Heritage Center.

Day 9
Aerial view of Apo Island in Dumaguete

Day 9: Apo Island Tour

Your guide will pick you up from your Dumaguete hotel and take you to the Malatapay Boat Terminal, where your tour boat will be waiting. Once you've settled in, you will set out for Dumaguete's diving paradise, Apo Island. This water-locked haven, located at the southeast end of Negros, is well-known for its thriving underwater world teeming with vibrant and varied marine species.

Upon docking on the island, you will first visit the turtle sanctuary to get up close and personal with the local turtles. Feel free to swim and snorkel with the gentle sea creatures and enjoy the area's huge reef garden. You might also spot a plethora of colorful fish swimming in the reef.

Aside from exploring Apo Island's aquatic paradise, you can also relax on the beach and take lots of souvenir photos while you're at it. You might want to see Apo Island Lighthouse or the Apo View Deck, as well. Your guide can lead you through the 600m Habagat Eco-Trail, David's Walk, or Witchy's Trail, all of which can provide you with a panoramic view of the Negros' seascape. You will then board your boat before the sun sets and return to the mainland and your Dumaguete hotel.

Day 10
Moalboal Island in Cebu

Day 10: Kawasan Falls & Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

You will now leave your Dumaguete hotel and ride a ferry to Cebu. After arriving at the port, you will travel to the town of Badian, where you can find the famous Kawasan Falls. Your guide will give you ample time to enjoy the falls' enticing spring waters before you make your way to Moalboal.

This town is well-known as the home to Cebu's pristine white beaches. From there, you will board a boat and travel off the coast to Pescador Island. Because of its cobalt blue waters and breathtaking corals of various colors and sizes, this island is one of the best snorkeling spots in the province.

Afterward, you'll go to Turtle Island to swim with sea turtles before returning to the mainland for the famous sardine race at Panagsama Beach. Since it is open all year, this aquatic activity attracts divers from all over the world. You will first attend a quick briefing before donning your equipment. Once you're all settled, you will swim a few, meters out into the sea and wait for millions of sardines to swim by the area. Following your sardine run experience, you will return to your Argao hotel.

Day 11
Temple of Leah in Cebu

Day 11: Cebu City Tour

You will leave the countryside and make your way to the Queen City of the South, Cebu City. As the Philippines' oldest city, Cebu is home to many historical sites, one of which is the Taoist Temple. This temple serves as the province's center of Taoism.

Your guide will then lead you to the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, a 16th-century Roman Catholic Church. Its facade features the combined elements of Muslim, Romanesque, and Neoclassical architecture. You will also see the Magellan's Cross right outside the church. This cross is believed to have been planted by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan.

From there, you will proceed to the Heritage of Cebu Monument, where you can find sculptures depicting the province's main historical events. Across the street from the monument is the Yap-San Diego Ancestral House, a wood-and-coral stone ancestral home turned into a museum.

After seeing the lowland sights, you will travel to the mountains to visit the Temple of Leah and its courtyard overlooking Cebu City. Afterward, your guide will lead you to the Sirao Flower Farm, where you will see fields of uncommon flowers such as Celosia, aster, and chrysanthemum. You will then return to your Mandaue hotel.

Day 12
Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 12: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

It's time to board a flight from Cebu to Puerto Princesa International Airport in Palawan. After arriving at the airport, you will travel to Honda Bay to board a boat and begin your full-day island-hopping adventure.

Your first stop from the coast will be Starfish Island. This crescent-shaped island, known as the home of hundreds of starfish, is one of the best locations for snorkeling due to its diverse marine life. While snorkeling here, you can spot some bloating puffers and rainbow parrotfish swimming around.

You will then sail from Starfish Island to your next stop, the seashell-shaped Cowrie Island. Cowrie is the most developed island in Honda Bay and the best spot to swim. You can also go snorkeling, jet skiing, and banana boat riding here. Aside from the water activities, you enjoy some local food at the many restaurants dotting Cowrie's shoreline.

Luli Island will be the final stop of your island-hopping adventure. Luli is famed for its disappearing sandbars at high tide, but it also has a great snorkeling spot. Make the most of your time swimming and snorkeling here before you board your boat back to the mainland and retreat to your hotel in Sabang.

Day 13
Underground River Tour at Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 13: Puerto Princesa Underground River & City Tour

Your guide will drive you from your hotel to Sabang Wharf, where you will board a boat to the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River. This UNESCO World Heritage Site contains some of Asia's most significant forests and a complete 'mountain-to-sea' ecosystem. Aside from the diverse flora and fauna, the underground river will also amaze you with its century-old stalactites and stalagmites formations.

Following your cruise, you will return to the mainland and begin your Puerto Princesa city tour with Baker's Hill. This bakery also serves as a theme park with many spots for photo-ops. Make sure to buy some of the baked goods here before you make your way to Plaza Cuartel. This park, which once served as a military base with an old Spanish garrison and tunnels, now houses an open-air war museum and shrine.

You will then proceed to the Crocodile Farm, a wildlife research facility that houses various crocodile bones, skeletons, and bone structures. From there, you will visit Mitra's Ranch in Sta. Monica Heights. This spot features a view deck with a panoramic view of Puerto Princesa. To cap off the tour, you will drop by the city's promenade, the Puerto Princesa Baywalk, and return to your Sabang accommodation.

Day 14
Plane near Manila Airport

Day 14: Departure to Manila

After your exciting tour of Palawan, you will check out of your Sabang hotel and make your way to Puerto Princesa International Airport. You will board a plane here bound for Ninoy Aquino International Airport. After about two hours, you will land in Manila, ending your 14-day vacation package.

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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