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16-Day Islands, Countryside & Adventure Tour to Bohol, Cebu, Puerto Princesa & Ilocos from Manila

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Tour starts
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Starting time
at 09:00
Duration
16 days
Ending place
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Languages:
English
Difficulty:
Easy
Available:
All year
Minimum age:
None

Discover some of the top natural attractions and historical places in the Philippines with this 16-day vacation package. See centuries-old fortifications and structures in Manila and Ilocos, and visit beautiful islands, farms, and other nature spots in Bohol, Cebu, and Puerto Princesa. This tour package comes complete with entrance fees, accommodation with daily breakfast, land and sea transportations, roundtrip flights, and service of guides.

On your first day in the Philippines, your guide will take you to Manila's walled area, called Intramuros. It houses old buildings and forts. From Manila, you'll travel to Ilocos Norte to see a presidential museum called Malacanang of the North and its picturesque Bangui Windmills. Vigan City also has a long history to tell, and it is known for its Calle Crisologo.

You will also visit the massive Sumaguing Cave in Sagada and Banaue Museum in Ifugao. Then, you'll explore higher places like Baguio, which is home to Camp John Hay and Mines View Park. The Province of Benguet also has a cool climate, and it offers a wide Strawberry Farm. You will also be hiking up Mt. Pinatubo, which is notorious for its 1991 eruption.

Your itinerary also includes the natural attractions in Bohol, such as Loboc River Cruise, Chocolate Hills, and Pamilacan Island. The Province of Cebu also offers a fun-filled activity at Kawasan Falls and Pescador Island, as well as breathtaking spots like the Temple of Leah and Sirao Flower Farm.

You will also see the natural beauty of Palawan. In Puerto Princesa, you'll explore Honda Bay that has multiple islands like Star Fish Island. The renowned Underground River in the city is also part of your tour.

Book this 16-day tour package to see a mix of attractions of Manila, Ilocos, Sagada, Banaue, Benguet, Tarlac, Bohol, Cebu, and Puerto Princesa, from historical structures to unspoiled islands. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

15 nights accommodation (budget category)
15 days breakfast
15 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 (Cordillera Region)
Day 9 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 10 to 13 - Bohol and Cebu Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 14 to 15 - Puerto Princesa Tour (Palawan)
Day 16 - 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
Outdoor Activities

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Fort Santiago in Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

Your guide will fetch you once you arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will first check into your hotel in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard before going to the city's historic walled area, called Intramuros.

Intramuros served as the seat of government of the Philippines' governor-general during Spanish colonization. Inside its walls are plenty of ancient structures, including Fort Santiago. This 16th-century fortress served as the prison for national hero Jose Rizal before he was executed in 1896.

A short walk away is Plaza Roma, which is considered the center of Intramuros. Take photos of the stunning building here or beside the monument of Charles IV of Spain. Next, you will visit Bahay Tsinoy, built to emphasize the relationship between the Filipinos and ethnic Chinese.

Your guide will take you to another museum, called Casa Manila. Inside the building is Spanish colonial furniture. You will then proceed to the beautiful San Diego Gardens and the 16th-century bastion, Baluarte De San Diego.

The walled district also houses San Agustin Church and Museum, the oldest stone church in the Philippines. Before retiring to your hotel, you will drop by Manila Cathedral. This Neo-Romanesque structure features ornate bronze carvings and stained-glass windows.

Day 2
Paoay Church in Laoag

Day 2: Laoag Tour

You will take a flight from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Laoag Airport. From there, your van will drive you to Laoag City, which is only 10km from the airport. In the city lies a religious structure called St. Williams Cathedral. Established in 1612, the cathedral is famed for its Italian Renaissance architectural style. A few meters away is the Sinking Bell Tower, which is said to be sinking into the ground because of the sandy spot it is standing on.

The next attraction is Museo Ilocos Norte. The museum houses a comprehensive collection of Igorot, Ilocano, and Itneg traditional attire, ceremonial objects, household utensils, and more. You will then head to Aurora Park, which features a multi-tiered obelisk that was erected in 1881.

Your van will then transport you from Laoag City to the town of Paoay, where the Malacanang of the North is located. It initially served as the residence of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. You will also visit the Paoay Church, one of the Philippines' baroque churches.

The last stop of your tour will be Marcos Museum. You will find here the memorabilia of the late president. Later on, you will head to your Laoag hotel.

Day 3
Scenic view of Patapat Viaduct in Ilocos Norte

Day 3: Pagudpud Tour

On the third day, your guide will pick you up at your Laoag accommodation and bring you to the town of Burgos. Here you'll find Bojeador Lighthouse. First lit in 1892, the lighthouse has been serving ships that enter the Philippine Archipelago for over 100 years.

You will next visit the renowned Bangui Windmills. These 20 wind turbines stand at 70 meters and are lined along a nine-kilometer shoreline fronting Bangui Bay. You will then head to Patapat Viaduct. Extending up to 1.3km, it is the fifth-longest bridge in the Philippines.

After that is Agua Grande, which is noted for its eco-friendly and non-carbon producing mini-hydro electric power plant. Less than a kilometer away is Paraiso ni Anton, a small grotto dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. Your guide will next show you the jaw-dropping Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. Finally, you will stop by the Pasuquin Salt Stand. The coastal town of Pasuquin offers salt and salt-preserved food for purchase.

To end the day more excitingly, you may add La Paz Sand Dunes with a 4x4 ride to your scheduled activities. Aboard the jeepney, you will go over small and steep hills. Your van will then take you to your Laoag hotel.

Day 4
Streets of Calle Crisologo at night

Day 4: Vigan Tour

You will check out of your hotel in Laoag and ride a van to Vigan City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll check into your new accommodation along Calle Crisologo, a famous street in Vigan because of its old Spanish structures.

Your tour will start at the National Museum Ilocos Sur Complex, where you will find a collection of Ilocano-Kankanay-Itneg material culture and old books and historical records. You will proceed to Bantay Church and Bell Tower afterward. The structure will amaze you with its Neo-Gothic design and pseudo-Romanesque materials and elements.

Next, you will visit the 19th-century Syquia Mansion Museum, which displays the family heirlooms and artifacts of the Syquia family. You'll then learn about the potter industry at Pagburnayan Jar Factory, plus you can experience making pots with your bare hands.

Your van will drive you to Crisologo Museum next. You can browse here antiques, memorabilia, and other important items of the Crisologo family. Later on, you'll have a stroll at the famous cobbled streets of Calle Crisologo. The following stop is St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, the center of the Catholic faith in Northern Luzon. Lastly, you will meet numerous animals at Baluarte.

Day 5
Rock formations inside Sumaguing Cave in Sagada

Day 5: Sagada Tour

Early in the morning, you will embark on a trip from your Calle Crisologo hotel to the rural town of Sagada in Mountain Province. More than 60 caves are lying underneath the location, and one of these is called Sugong Cave. Located near the town center, this natural attraction is renowned for the "hanging coffins," representing the residents' traditional burial.

On the way to Sugong Cave, you will walk through Echo Valley, teeming with lush towering trees and vegetation. The place got its name from the fact that any scream will echo throughout the valley. Limestone mountains are surrounding this natural area.

Your next attraction is the biggest cave in Sagada, named Sumaguing Cave. Having the biggest chamber, the cave has millions of old rock formations, stalactites, and stalagmites. Natural pools of cold water can also be found while exploring the cave.

Your final stop will be the Bontoc Tribal Museum. A Belgian nun founded the structure to preserve the history and heritage of the indigenous tribes in the Cordillera region. Traditional items depicting their culture are displayed inside. Afterward, you will make your way to your accommodation within the town of Sagada via van.

Day 6
Scenic view of Batad Rices Terraces in Banaue

Day 6: Banaue Tour

After checking out of your Sagada hotel, you will travel south toward the town of Banaue, which is recognized for its splendid rice terraces. Among these stunning rice terraces, one is situated in the village of Batad. The place also has a lot of paddy fields.

To get a better view of the terraces, you can go to the Batad Banaue Viewpoint. You will need to hike for 30 minutes to get there. If you prefer new scenery, you can head to the Tappiya Waterfall instead of stopping by the viewpoint. You will have to go on a trek to reach the attraction.

Your other option is to visit Banga-an Village. This peaceful small community has only less than 30 families. You will also find here typical Ifugao houses and a handicraft center where you will see samples of Ifugao craftsmanship.

Your last stop for this day is the Banaue Museum, which will introduce to you the Ifugao, Kalinga, and the Bontoc tribes inhabiting the town. Numerous artifacts are displayed throughout the museum. There are also books written by Henry Otley Beyer, the Father of Philippine Anthropology. After the tour, you will be on your way to your Banaue hotel.

Day 7
View from Mines View Park in Baguio City

Day 7: Baguio Tour

You will check out of your accommodation in Banaue and ride a van to Baguio, the Philippines' summer Capital. Prior to exploring Baguio, you'll head first to the town of Kiangan to visit the Ifugao Museum. Here you'll find out about the history and traditions of the Ifugao people. You will next visit the Surrender Site of General Yamashita, which commemorates the defeat of the Japanese army during World War II.

You will then proceed to Baguio and drop by the Philippine Military Academy. This prestigious educational institution builds the future officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Your next attraction is The Mansion, the official summer palace of the country's president.

Your guide will take you to Camp John Hay afterward. It initially served as the rest and recreation site for American soldiers. But now you can find many hotels, a golf course, a shopping center, and more here. Following that, you will stop by Mines View Park, Wright Park, and Centennial Park to enjoy a laid-back ambiance and beautiful scenery.

Before calling the day off, you'll make a stop at the Good Shepherd Convent, which sells tasty sweets you can bring home as a souvenir.

Day 8
Northern Blossom Flower Farm in Atok, Benguet

Day 8: Benguet Tour

From your hotel in Baguio, you will head a little further north toward Benguet. The first attraction in your itinerary is the well-known Strawberry Farm in the town of La Trinidad. While here, you'll get the opportunity to pick fresh strawberries, plus you can buy strawberry and non-strawberry-inspired products from nearby shops.

Your van will drive you to the town of Atok next. The rest of the attractions you'll visit are located here. The first one is a farm called Atok Sakura Flowers. More than 40 Japanese Sakura trees, which come from the Japanese government of Kochi Prefecture, are planted here and will soon bloom per year.

The next one is Northern Blossom. Occupying a two-hectare wide plantation, the farm has a variety of flowers, including dusty millers, snapdragons, cabbage roses, and more. You will then go to the 2nd Highest Point, which is officially recognized as the second-highest altitude in the Philippines. It sits at 7,400ft above sea level along the Halsema Highway.

Lastly, you will see the Spanish Trail, which was built during the Spanish colonial era. Residents of Atok constantly use the trail. You will travel back to your Baguio accommodation by the end of the day.

Day 9
ATV vehicles in Mt. Pinatubo

Day 9: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

On Day 9, you will check out of your hotel in Baguio City and travel to the Province of Tarlac. Your entire day will be dedicated to Mt. Pinatubo, an active volcano known for its catastrophic eruption in 1991. Being felt around the world, the blast is dubbed the second-biggest one of the 20th century.

In Tarlac, you will go straight to Sta. Juliana Tourism Center. A 4x4 jeepney will be waiting for you here. You will then cross the rugged and dusty terrain of Crow Valley. As soon as you reach the base of the mountain, you will begin your ascent with your guide.

While it takes one and 1.5 hours to get to the peak, the trek is easy enough even for beginners. The trail features unusual volcanic rocks that were formed by the 1991 eruption of the volcano. At the end of the hike, expect to see a spectacular view of Mt. Pinatubo's Crater Lake.

There is plenty of time for you to take photos with the beautiful scenery and enjoy your lunch. You will then go back to the tourism center and get your well-deserved rest at your Manila hotel.

Day 10
Baclayon Church in Bohol

Day 10: Bohol Countryside Tour

Once you have checked out of your Manila accommodation, your van will drive you to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Here you will get on a plane that will take you to Panglao International Airport in Bohol.

For this day, you will be exploring the countryside of Bohol. Your first attraction is the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, where you'll get up close with one of the world's smallest primates, the Bohol tarsiers. You may take pictures of these tiny creatures but make sure you turn off the flash first.

Next, you'll experience going on a Loboc River Cruise. You will board a floating restaurant where you can enjoy a delectable buffet lunch while cruising down the river. Some locals will present traditional songs and dances to entertain you during the trip.

Your itinerary also includes the Baclayon Church. This National Cultural Treasure was built back in 1595, becoming the Philippines' second oldest stone church. Then, you'll visit the Butterfly Conservatory, where you can learn more about the hundreds of various species.

Your guide will also bring you to Bilar Forest, a two-kilometer, man-made stretch of mahogany trees. Finally, you will stop by the famous Chocolate Hills before heading to your Panglao hotel.

Day 11
Deep blue waters of Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 11: Pamilacan Island Tour

On your eleventh day, your tour is meant for Bohol's beautiful island of Pamilacan. It lies around 12.5km from the mainland in the heart of the Bohol Sea. Inhabiting the place are several sea creatures like whale sharks and dolphins, so look out for these animals during the boat ride.

While a population of roughly 2,000 residents inhabits Pamilacan Island, you can still expect the place to boast natural beauty with a laid-back atmosphere. A pristine white-sand beach and clear waters will be the ones first to greet you.

Treat yourself to a refreshing swim in the waters or grab the chance to get a tan. The island also offers a great snorkeling experience as it is teeming with bucket sponges, sea turtles, and various kinds of fish. If you seek a more thrilling activity, you can head to Pamilacan's diving spots.

There's also a 200-year-old Spanish fort erected on the island, now a National Cultural Treasure. Head to the northeast side of the island and see this ancient structure, which the Spaniards used as a watchtower to look out for intruders. After your island tour, you'll return to the mainland and head directly to your Panglao hotel.

Day 12
Sardine run in Moalboal Cebu

Day 12: Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

You will be checking out of your accommodation on Panglao Island and head to a terminal, where you'll hop on a ferry going to the Province of Cebu. Upon arriving, your van will pick you up and take you to the town of Badian. Here lies the 40-meter high Kawasan Falls, which features cool natural springs. You may add canyoneering to your itinerary if you prefer a more adrenaline-pumping experience.

Following that, you will head to the coastal town of Moalboal. This location is now only known for its white beaches but also its healthy coral ecosystem. It will also be your jump-off point for visiting your two island destinations, one of which is Pescador Island. This tiny rock island in the Tañon Strait is abundant in stunning corals, becoming an excellent place for snorkeling.

The other one is Turtle Island. As the name suggests, you can spot many sea turtles here. You will then return to mainland Cebu and visit Panagsama Beach, where you can witness the famous Sardine Run. You will get the opportunity to see millions of sardines swimming and forming different shapes together. After an action-packed day, you'll proceed to your hotel in Mandaue City.

Day 13
Basilica Minore del Santo Nino Church in Cebu

Day 13: Cebu City Tour

On Day 13, your tour will take place in Cebu City, the capital of the Province of Cebu. Dubbed as the Queen City of the South, Cebu offers a long history. Your first attraction is the Taoist Temple, a multi-tiered attraction sitting atop a hill. There are two temples on the site, but only one is open to the public.

Your next stop is the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, which was founded in 1565. It is one of the Philippines' oldest Roman Catholic churches. Right beside the basilica is a small chapel that houses the famous Magellan's Cross.

You'll visit the Heritage of Cebu Monument next. It features sculptures that represent the primary historical events in the province. A short walk away is the Yap-San Diego Ancestral House, the previous home of a Chinese merchant and his wife, converted into a museum.

Following that, you'll make your way to the Temple of Leah, which boasts a Roman-inspired architectural shrine. It is adorned with life-sized statues of angels, lions, and Roman gladiators. Your last stop is the Sirao Flower Farm with a plethora of flowers, one of which is Celosia, the main flower grown here.

Day 14
Starfish Island in Palawan

Day 14: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

After checking out of your Mandaue accommodation, you'll travel from Mactan-Cebu International Airport to Puerto Princesa International Airport. Your guide will pick you up and bring you to the eastern coast of Palawan, where Honda Bay is situated. You'll then hop on a boat that will take you to some of the best islands in the province.

Your first destination will be Star Fish Island. It is one of the best snorkeling sites in Honda Bay as rich marine life, and stunning corals are found here. You'll get to see bloating puffers, rainbow parrotfish, and other fishes around the place. It is also home to a variety of starfishes.

Cowrie Island will be your next stop. Its shape resembles a seashell, hence its name. It is the largest island in the bay and is perfect for swimming as there's a netted area to prevent the jellyfish from going near the shore. You can also sample some local dishes at the eating establishments on the island.

The last stop of your island-hopping tour is Luli Island. It is a sandbar known for submerging into the water during high tide. By the end of the day, you'll head to your Sabang hotel.

Day 15
Underground river tour at Puerto Princesa Palawan

Day 15: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

From your accommodation in Sabang, you will head to Sabang Wharf to ride a boat that will bring you to the prominent Puerto Princesa Underground River. Its waters emerge directly into the sea and are declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the trip inside the cave, take notice of the fascinating stalactites and stalagmites.

After that, you will head back to the mainland and start your city tour of Puerto Princesa. First up, you will visit Baker's Hills. Nestled on top of a hill, this bakery/theme park offers an array of baked goods. You can also find multiple restaurants and a garden here.

You will next go to Plaza Cuartel. Formerly a Spanish garrison that the Americans and Japanese conquered, the location is now a city park with an open-air museum and shrine. At your following stop, you will get to see small and big crocodiles face to face. The Crocodile Farm also houses other rare and endangered animal species.

Your van will then drive you to Mitra's Ranch, where you can enjoy a jaw-dropping view of Puerto Princesa City and several outdoor activities. Your tour will wrap up with a visit to Puerto Princesa Baywalk for some relaxation.

Day 16
Terminal 1 at NAIA

Day 16: Departure to Manila

Your 16-day tour package concludes on this day. You will check out of your Sabang hotel and be on your way to Puerto Princesa International Airport. It commonly takes less than two hours of flight to get from Palawan to Manila. Your plane will land at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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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