Aerial view of the beautiful Loboc River in Bohol

14-Day Scenic Nature Spots, Highland Parks & Heritage Tour to Bohol, Dumaguete, Baguio & Ilocos

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Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
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at 09:00
Duration:
14 days
Ending place
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Languages:
English
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Easy
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All year
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None

Discover the Philippines’ scenic nature spots, highland parks, and heritage destinations with this 14-day tour package. This tour will take you to the off-the-beaten-path locations in Bohol, the picturesque cityscape of Dumaguete and Baguio, and the historical attractions of Ilocos and Manila. This package also includes accommodations, daily breakfast, transfers, entrance fees, and the service of guides. 

After arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Day 1, you will start the tour with a visit to the century-old walled district of Intramuros in Manila. You will then explore more heritage and historical spots in Ilocos Region, including Marcos Museum and Bangui Windmills in Ilocos Norte and Calle Crisologo in Ilocos Sur. 

From northern Luzon, your guide will drive you to the highlands, where you will visit the Banaue Museum in Banaue. You will also drop by the scenic Camp John Hay and Mines View Park in Baguio and the open fields of the Strawberry Farm in Benguet. Afterward, you will head to Tarlac to go trekking up Mt. Pinatubo, infamous for its destructive eruption back in 1991. 

Following your visit to Luzon, you will embark on a Loboc River Cruise in Bohol. Your guide will also drive you to the popular Chocolate Hills to see the Hershey's Kisses-shaped mounds that change colors depending on the season. 

Afterward, you will board a ferry to Dumaguete, where you will spend the rest of your vacation. Here, you will visit the 62-hectare campus of Silliman University and head off the coast to the diving paradise of Apo Island. You will then return to Manila aboard a plane on Day 14. 

Explore the wonders of Manila, Ilocos, Sagada, Banaue, Benguet, Tarlac, Bohol, and Dumaguete with this 14-day vacation trip in the Philippines. 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 4 - Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur (Ilocos Region)
Day 5 to 8 - Sagada, Banaue, Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 9 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 10 to 13 - Bohol and Dumaguete 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

Attractions

Chocolate Hills
Casa Manila
Bahay Tsinoy
Mt. Pinatubo
Butterfly Conservatory
Baclayon Church
Philippine Military Academy
The Mansion
Camp John Hay
Mines View Park
Wright Park
General Yamashita Surrender Site
Ifugao Museum
Tappiya Waterfalls
Bontoc Village Museum
Syquia Mansion Museum
Pagburnayan Jar Factory
National Museum of the Philippines Ilocos Complex
Crisologo Museum
Bantay Church Bell Tower
Rizal Boulevard
St. Catherine of Alexandria Church
Apo Island
Bilar Forest
Calle Crisologo
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
Malacañang of the North
Paoay Church
St. William Cathedral
Sinking Bell Tower
Intramuros
Fort Santiago
San Agustin Church
Banga-an Village
St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral
Marcos Museum & Mausoleum or Balay Ti Ili
Bangui Windmills
La Paz Sand Dunes
Loboc River Cruise
Museo Ilocos Norte
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
Patapat Viaduct
Strawberry Farm
Centennial Park
Good Shepherd Convent
Sumaguing Cave
Echo Valley
Tarsier Conservation Area
Pamilacan Island
Baluarte de San Diego
Plaza Roma
Banaue Museum
Northern Blossom Flower Farm
Cata-al World War 2 Museum
Paraiso ni Anton
Agua Grande
Aurora Park
Baluarte Ilocos
Lab-as Seafood Restaurant
Sidlakang Negros Village
Valencia Forest Camp
San Agustin Church Dumaguete
Negros Oriental Arts & Heritage
San Diego Gardens
Batad
Atok Sakura Flowers
2nd Highest Point
Siliman University
Dumaguete Public Market
Claytown Pottery
Dumaguete Campanario
Pasuquin Salt Stand

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Manila Cathedral, one of the oldest church located inside Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

You will explore the walled city of Intramuros after you arrive in Manila. This is the only area in Manila surrounded by walls, making it the most unique of the city's 16 administrative districts. When you arrive in Intramuros, you will immediately notice its cobblestone streets and the myriad Spanish-era attractions dotting the district.

One of the landmarks you will see here is Fort Santiago, a Spanish stone fortress built in 1593. The fort, best remembered as national hero Jose Rizal's prison, now serves as a location for open-air theater and picnics. Following your stroll through Fort Santiago, your guide will lead you to the Plaza Roma, one of Intramuros' three major squares. From there, you will then make your way to Bahay Tsinoy.

This museum is divided into 12 sections that reflect the early Chinese contributions to the Filipinos. Following your visit to the museum, you will continue to Casa Manila, a completely furnished house-turned-museum where you will discover more about the country's history.

Afterward, you will take a walk through San Diego Gardens and Baluarte De San Diego. This bastion in Intramuros' southwest corner was built in the 16th century, making it one of the district's oldest stone fortifications. You will finish your tour with a visit to San Agustin Church and Museum and Manila Cathedral.

Day 2
Paoay Church, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Day 2: Laoag Tour

After checking out of your hotel in Manila, you will ride a plane to Laoag International Airport. Your guide will then transport you from the airport to Laoag City, where you can find St. Williams Cathedral. This Roman Catholic cathedral, built-in 1612, is well-known for its Italian Renaissance architecture. In addition to the church, the 150-ft Sinking Bell Tower can be found in the same location. It is the tallest historic building in Laoag City and the most unique because it sinks an inch every year.

You will then visit Museo Ilocos Norte, a museum that houses a collection of objects depicting locals' culture and way of life. Following your visit to the museum, you will make your way to Aurora Park, where a multi-tiered obelisk was built in 1881. Afterward, you will board your van to Paoay to see the Malacanang of the North.

Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his family lived in this house until it was turned into a museum. His office, as well as some of his memorabilia, is housed here. Following your visit to the Malacanang of the North, you will continue to the Paoay Church, which dates back to 1710. The trip will end with a visit to the Marcos Museum, dedicated to the former President's political activities. The museum still contains Marcos' cenotaph, in addition to some of his memorabilia.

Day 3
Patapat Viaduct in Pagudpud

Day 3: Pagudpud Tour

On the third day, your guide will drive you from your hotel in Laoag to the town of Burgos to see the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. This structure, sitting on Vigia de Nagpartian Hill, dates back to the Spanish Colonial era and overlooks the picturesque Cape Bojeador.

You will also see the popular Bangui Windmills of Ilocos Norte, which comprises twenty-six wind turbines, each 70 meters tall. The turbines form a continuous line along the 9km shoreline of Bangui Bay. From there, you will visit the Patapat Viaduct, a coastal bridge that connects the Ilocos Region to the neighboring province of Cagayan Valley.

Following your visit to the bridge, your guide will take you south to Agua Grande to enjoy the unspoiled scenery. Your next destination will be Paraiso ni Anton. This grotto is well-known among locals for its healing waters.

Afterward, you will visit the picturesque Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, known for its creamy white and streamlined limestone formations. Your tour will come to an end at the Pasuquin Salt Stand, where locals sell freshly produced sea salt during the off-season. If you want to end the day on a high note, you can take a 4x4 ride through the La Paz Sand Dunes before returning to your Laoag hotel.

Day 4
Cobblestone streets of Calle Crisologo

Day 4: Vigan Tour

Your guide will take you south to Vigan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on Day 4. Here, you will discover more about Ilocos' culture and heritage with a visit to the National Museum Ilocos Sur Complex. From there, you will proceed to the Bantay Church and Bell Tower, a Neo-Gothic church with pseudo-Romanesque materials and features.

Afterward, you will see the Syquioa Mansion Museum on Quirino Boulevard. It was originally built in 1830, but it is now a presidential museum dedicated to Elpidio Quirino, a Vigan native who served as the Philippines' sixth president. Following your visit to the Syquioa Mansion Museum, you will proceed to the Pagburnayan Jar Factory to learn how the locals create their exquisitely handcrafted pots. While you're here, you can also try your hand at pottery making.

From there, you will walk for about ten minutes to the Crisologo Museum. This ancestral home, which once belonged to former Ilocos Sur Representative Floro Crisologo, is now a museum showcasing the family's memorabilia. Continue your tour to Calle Crisologo, where you can see the centuries-old Spanish houses that line the street.

You will then drop by the St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as the Vigan Cathedral. Finally, your guide will bring you to Baluarte for some safari fun before dropping you off at your accommodation along Calle Crisologo.

Day 5
View of Echo Valley in Sagada

Day 5: Sagada Tour

On Day 5, you will leave Vigan early in the morning and make your way to the small town of Sagada in the Cordillera Mountains. More than 60 caves can be found in this rural area, the most interesting of which is your first stop: Sugong Cave. Located close to the town center and outside the town cemetery, this cave is well-known for the coffins that hang from its limestone cliffs.

On the way back to town, you will walk through Echo Valley's scenic grounds. With its limestone mountains and dense trees, this gorge is the perfect spot for relaxing. Following your brief stop in the valley, you will head to Sumaguing Cave next.

Sumaguing, also known as the Big Cave, is about one hour's walk from Sagada City Hall. Your guide will then take you on a two-hour tour of the cave's rocky passage. While inside, you can see a variety of rock formations, as well as age-old stalactites and stalagmites.

Following your spelunking trip, you'll visit the Bontoc Tribal Museum that exhibits photographs and artifacts depicting the Ifugao people's culture. You will also pose for a photo at the recreation of an Ifugao village behind the museum before retreating to your hotel.

Day 6
Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue

Day 6: Banaue Tour

After leaving Sagada, your guide will take you south to Banaue, famous for its spectacular rice terraces. One of the most popular and frequently-visited locations here is the amphitheater-style rice terraces in Batad village. Named as part of Banaue's UNESCO World Heritage Site, Batad Rice Terraces features a unique and complex way of farming.

Pose for a photo at the terraces before proceeding to the Batad Banaue Viewpoint. This observation deck is just a half-hour walk from the main road and has an excellent view of the amphitheater-style rice field. If you prefer not to drop by the viewpoint, you can hike to Tappiya Waterfall instead.

Meanwhile, if you don't feel like hiking, you can go to Banga-an Village as an alternative destination. This tiny quaint farming settlement, situated underneath the Batad junction, is home to many native Ifugao homes. Here, you will also discover the locals' way of life and their rice terrace farming strategy.

To cap off your tour, you will drop by the Banaue Museum, which houses a remarkable array of ancestral artifacts from ancient Igorot tribes. Aside from the artifacts, the museum has a section dedicated to the capture of Japanese Imperial Army General Tomoyuki Yamashita.

Day 7
Sunset over Mines View Park in Baguio City

Day 7: Baguio Tour

After exploring Banaue, you will make your way to the town of Kiangan, where you will visit the Ifugao Museum. This building showcases exhibits that celebrate the culture and customs of the northern Philippines' Ifugao people. In addition to the museum, you will also visit General Yamashita's surrender site in this town.

From Kiangan, you will proceed to the City of Pines, Baguio. Your first stop here will be the Philippine Military Academy, a prestigious institution that trains Filipino cadets for the army. Following your tour around the campus, you will visit The Mansion in the eastern part of the city. This was initially built in 1908 as summer homes for US governors-general. Today, it is the Philippine President's official summer residence.

You will then travel to Camp John Hay, a former US military rest and recreation site that has since been converted into an entertainment complex. It features a Historical Core with a museum, an amphitheater, and a butterfly sanctuary. From there, you will drop by Mines View Park, Wright Park, and Centennial Park to enjoy Baguio's natural scenery. Before checking into your hotel, swing by the Good Shepherd Convent to buy some delectable goodies.

Day 8
Fresh strawberries from La Trinidad Strawberry Farm

Day 8: Benguet Tour

From your Baguio hotel, your guide will bring you to the neighboring provinces in Benguet. Your first stop will be La Trinidad. This tranquil town is home to a strawberry farm owned and maintained by the Benguet State University. While on the farm, you will pick some strawberries and purchase strawberry items, such as wine, crinkles, and jelly.

Following your strawberry picking activity, you will travel to the town of Atok, where you can find the Atok Sakura Flowers. The 30 Sakura trees planted here were a gift from Japan to Benguet in 2016. From there, you will visit the Northern Blossom, a two-hectare farm filled with unique and colorful flowers. This location is the perfect spot for taking photographs, so make sure to pack your cameras.

After enjoying the blooms of Northern Blossom, you will proceed to the Atok Barangays of Cattubo and Paoay to drop by the 2nd Highest Point. The spot was named as such because it stands at 7,400 feet above sea level, making it the second-highest point in the Philippine highway system. Finally, you will drop by the Spanish Trail before making your way back to your hotel in Baguio City.

Day 9
Rocky trail going to Mt. Pinatubo

Day 9: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

After leaving your accommodation in Baguio, you will go to Tarlac for a day hike up Mt. Pinatubo. This active volcano, situated over 170 kilometers from Baguio, is famous for its catastrophic eruption back in 1991. The aforementioned eruption is known as the 20th century's second-largest terrestrial eruption, burning over 8,000 homes and causing damages of about ten billion pesos.

When you arrive in the province, you will first make a stop at the Sta. Juliana Tourism Center to board a 4x4 jeep. Your guide will then take you to the foot of the mountain. On the way, you will pass through the bumpy and dusty terrain of Crow Valley, well-known for its moon-like landscape. After roughly an hour, you will disembark and hike up the volcano.

The trek takes between an hour and two hours on average. Along the way, you will most likely see some lava sand formations created by the volcano's 1991 eruption. When you finally hit the summit, you will be greeted by the turquoise waters of the crater lake. Take many souvenir pictures by the lake and eat your lunch here before starting your descent and heading to your Manila hotel.

Day 10
Aerial view of Loboc River in Bohol

Day 10: Bohol Countryside Tour

On Day 10, you will check out of your Manila hotel and board a flight to Bohol's Panglao International Airport. From there, you will travel through the vivid countryside of the province to the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. This forest patch in Corella is home to a massive, tarsier population. Apart from the tarsier woodland, a library, a tarsier-related learning center, meeting facilities, and a visitor's complex have also been developed here.

After seeing the adorable primates, you will embark on your Loboc River Cruise. This floating restaurant will treat you to a sumptuous buffet lunch while you cruise along the river's emerald streams. While dining, the locals onboard will also entertain you with famous Filipino songs and dances.

Following your return to the port, you will stop by Baclayon Church for a brief prayer before moving on to the Butterfly Conservatory. This place hosts about 200 species of butterflies. Afterward, your guide will bring you to the Bilar Forest, a man-made forest of mahogany trees.

Before the end of the day, you will head to Chocolate Hills, the province's most popular attraction. It is a natural formation made up of 1,268 to 1,776 almost symmetrical hills that resemble Hershey's Kisses. After taking in the scenery, your guide will transport you to your Panglao hotel.

Day 11
Deep blue waters of Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 11: Bohol Pamilacan Island Tour

For this day, you will get a taste of Bohol's off-the-beaten-path paradise with a visit to Pamilacan. This small island, located in the middle of the Bohol Sea, is about 12.5 kilometers from the mainland. It is a known sanctuary for whale sharks and dolphins, so keep an eye out for them on your way to the island.

Despite the island being populated by 240 families, the locals have managed to preserve its natural beauty. In fact, its white beaches remain immaculate, and its crystal clear waters never cease to amaze visitors.

You can immediately go swimming as soon as you dock on the island. Prepare your snorkeling equipment, as well, to ensure that you do not miss out on the island's vivid underwater world. Here, you can expect to see some sea turtles and several fish species. If you're looking for a more adrenaline-pumping adventure, you can even explore the diving spots near Pamilacan.

After the wet activities, you can take a short walk to the island's 200-year-old Spanish fort on the northeast side. This observatory, which is now a National Cultural Treasure of the province, was once used to keep an eye out for Moro pirates. At the end of the day, you will return to your Panglao hotel.

Day 12
Anthropological Musuem at Silliman University in Dumaguete

Day 12: Dumaguete City Tour

After leaving your hotel in Bohol, you will board a ferry to Dumaguete for a full-day city trip. Your first stop here will be Silliman University, established initially as an elementary school for boys in 1901. After you tour the school, you will head next to Dumaguete's promenade, Rizal Boulevard, to enjoy the city's beachscape.

Your next destination will be the St. Catherine de Alexandria Cathedral. This church, also known as Dumaguete Cathedral, is famous for its intricately carved altarpieces and elegant chandeliers. Next to the church is the Dumaguete Campanario, the oldest bell tower in the Visayas.

Afterward, you will visit the Dumaguete Public Market to shop for some souvenirs before heading to the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park, and Clayton Pottery. Following your visit to the pottery, you will head to Sidlakang Negros Village, regarded as a one-stop-shop for Negros Oriental's finest arts, crafts, and delicacies.

From there, you will grab lunch at Lab-as Seafood before going on to Valencia's Forest Camp. This mountain resort is a favorite camping spot for locals due to its vast open area. Afterward, you'll go to the Cata-al War Museum to see some World War II artifacts. You will then visit the century-old San Agustin Church and the Negros Oriental Arts & Heritage Center before returning to your hotel.

Day 13
Apo Island aerial view in Dumaguete

Day 13: Apo Island Tour

On Day 13, your guide will pick you up from your Dumaguete hotel and transport you to the Malatapay Boat Terminal, where your tour boat will be waiting for you. After settling in, you will make your way to Apo Island, Dumaguete's diving paradise. This 74-hectare island at Negros' southeast tip is well-known for its thriving underwater world teeming with vibrant and varied marine life.

When you arrive on the island, your first stop will be at the turtle sanctuary, where you will get up close and personal with the island's turtles. Swim and snorkel alongside these friendly sea creatures while admiring the vast coral garden of Apo Island. While underwater, you might also encounter a school of fish swimming through the reef.

Apart from exploring Apo Island's aquatic paradise, you are welcome to relax on the beach and take several souvenir photos. Additionally, you can opt to visit the Apo Island Lighthouse or the Apo View Deck. If so, your guide will lead you on the 600-meter Habagat Eco-Trail, David's Walk, or Witchy's Trail, all of which provide panoramic views of the Negros' seascape. You will board your boat shortly before sunset, travel to the mainland, and return to your hotel in Dumaguete.

Day 14
PAL Aircraft in NAIA

Day 14: Departure to Manila

You will now return to Manila after your thrilling adventures in Dumaguete. Before leaving for the airport, you will check out of your hotel in Dumaguete. You will then arrive at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport in approximately two hours, bringing your 14-day tour of the country to a close.

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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