Explore the natural wonders, islands, and heritage of the Philippines with this 17-day tour package. From Manila, you will see the historical and cultural landmarks of Ilocos and Cebu and the breathtaking natural wonders of Bohol and Puerto Princesa. This package has pre-arranged accommodations, daily breakfast, transfers, entrance fees, and the service of guides for your convenience.
On your first day in the country, you will explore the walled district of Intramuros in Manila. There are several Spanish-era landmarks housed in this historic area, one of which is the iconic Fort Santiago. From the capital, you will then fly to northern Luzon and visit the Malacanang of the North, Marcos Museum, and Bangui Windmills in Ilocos Norte. Your guide will also bring you on a walk down the cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo in Vigan.
After your Ilocos trip, you will proceed to the highlands and explore the primary hotspots here, including the Sumaguing Cave in Sagada. You will also go to Banaue Museum in Banaue, Camp John Hay and Mines View Park in Baguio, and the Strawberry Farm in Benguet. Following this, you will go hiking in Mt. Pinatubo to see its stunning crater lake.
From Luzon, you will board a plane to Bohol, where the Tarsier Sanctuary and Chocolate Hills are located. Enjoy exploring the countryside of this province before jumping on a ferry to see Apo Island in Dumaguete.
Afterward, you will head to the neighboring island of Cebu for some wet activities in Kawasan Falls and Pescador Island and a highland adventure at Temple Of Leah and Sirao Flower Farm. You will then cap off the trip at Puerto Princesa in Palawan. Here, you will go on an island-hopping across Honda Bay and a cruise down the Underground River.
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Among the attractions you will visit here is Fort Santiago, a Hispanic stone fortress commissioned by the Spanish governor Miguel López de Legazpi in the early 1590s. You will also drop by Plaza Roma, sitting just outside the fort. This square is believed to be the center of Intramuros.
From there, you will take a short walk to Bahay Tsinoy, a museum exhibiting the contributions of early Chinese to the Philippine culture. You will also go to Casa Manila, a fully furnished museum depicting the lifestyle of the Filipinos in the Spanish Colonial period.
You will then have a relaxing stroll in the southwest corner of Intramuros, where you can find the San Diego Gardens and the Baluarte De San Diego. This age-old bastion is one of the oldest stone fortifications in the walled city.
After walking around the bastion, you will proceed to the San Agustin Museum, the oldest stone church in the country. Your tour will end with a visit to Manila Cathedral, the episcopal seat of the Archbishop of Manila.
From there, go to Museo Ilocos Norte next, where you can see a collection of Ilocos Norte's heritage and crafts. After visiting the museum, your guide will take you to Aurora Park. This square is dedicated to Spanish King Alfonso XII for ending the Tobacco Monopoly.
You will then travel from Laoag to Paoay to visit the Malacanang of the North. This is the former residence of Ferdinand Marcos, the Philippines' tenth president. Following your visit to the presidential museum, you will proceed to Paoay Church, a Roman Catholic church built in 1710 and is noted for its distinctive architecture.
To round out the trip, pay a visit to the Museum Marcos. This facility houses the late President Marcos' memorabilia, from his stint in the armed forces down to his presidency. The former President's cenotaph is also located here.
You will also see the popular Bangui Windmills of Ilocos Norte. These 20 wind turbines that stand 70 meters high form a single line along the 9km shoreline of Bangui Bay. From there, you will visit the Patapat Viaduct next. This is a coastal bridge connecting Maharlika Highway from Ilocos Region to the neighboring Cagayan Valley province.
Following your visit to the bridge, your guide will drive you south to Agua Grande. Take in the scenic beauty of this picnic park before you walk to the nearby Paraiso ni Anton, a grotto known for its miraculous waters.
From there, you will stop by the picturesque Kapurpurawan Rock Formation for some photos before ending your tour at the Pasuquin Salt Stand to buy bags of freshly made sea salt. If you have more energy to spare, you can squeeze in a 4x4 ride at the La Paz Sand Dunes. Here, you will explore the 85-square-kilometer coastal and desert beach in Ilocos Norte before returning to your Laoag hotel.
You will then go to the Bantay Church and Bell Tower, home to the miraculous portrait of the Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Charity. From there, you will visit the Syquia Mansion Museum, which tells the life story of Elpidio Quirino, a Vigan native and the Philippines' sixth president. Following your visit to the presidential museum, you will go to the Pagburnayan Jar Factory to learn about the city's pottery industry.
The Crisologo Museum is less than a ten-minute walk from the pottery. This is the ancestral home of former Ilocos Sur Representative Floro Crisologo and his family. However, it has been converted into a museum containing the family's memorabilia. From there, proceed to Calle Crisologo, where you can see the Spanish houses that line the cobblestone street.
Your next stop will be the St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as the Vigan Cathedral. Before returning to your hotel in Calle Crisologo, you will drop by Baluarte for a safari experience.
You'll walk through Echo Valley on your way back to town, which is densely forested with towering trees and greenery. This gorge was named for the echoing shouting that could be heard throughout the valley. Prepare for a spelunking adventure as you go to Sumaguing Cave, Sagada's largest cavern, next.
This is the biggest cave in any of the ones found in the town. Marvel at this natural wonderland that features ancient stalactites and stalagmites, as well as rare geological shapes. Additionally, there are ice water natural ponds inside the cave.
The Bontoc Tribal Museum will be your last stop. A Belgian nun established this museum to conserve the indigenous cultures of the Cordillera region's heritage and traditions. Traditional objects representing the Ifugaos' culture and heritage are on display here. You'll then board a van to your hotel in Sagada.
This view deck sits about a half-hour trek away from the jump-off point in the main road. If you’re looking to get a clearer view of the terraces, this is the best place to go. However, if you’ve already had your fill of the terraces, you can skip the viewpoint and go trekking to Tappiya Waterfall instead.
You can also visit the peaceful village of Banga-an if you prefer not to go trekking. At this small and charming farming community, you will see some typical Ifugao houses and learn about the locals’ livelihood, their school, and their method of farming the terraces.
You will then cap off your tour at the Banaue Museum. Here, you will see numerous indigenous artifacts from the ancient tribes of the Igorots. There is also a portion of the museum dedicated to the capture of General Tomoyuki Yamashita, the Imperial Army general who led all Japanese troops in the Philippines during World War II.
You will then travel to Baguio and visit the Philippine Military Academy, where you can watch Filipino cadets training. You will also visit The Mansion, the Philippine President's official summer residence built in 1908. During the American occupation, this was the summer residence of the US governors-general.
From there, you will go to Camp John Hay. This recreational area was originally a US military rest and fitness center until being turned into a mixed-use development with restaurants, a shopping center, and a convention center. Visit Mines View Park next to get a view of the Amburayan Valley and the Cordillera Mountains.
Wright Park and Centennial Park will treat you to more of Baguio's serene scenery. You will stop by these parks to take in the landscape before visiting Good Shepherd Convent. You can purchase some delectable treats here to carry back to your Baguio hotel.
Your guide will then bring you to the town of Atok, where you will find the Atok Sakura Flowers. To commemorate its 40-year friendship with Benguet, the Japanese government of Kochi Prefecture presented the province with over 30 Sakura trees in 2016. The trees were then planted in Atok and are supposed to bloom soon.
When you visit the Northern Blossom, you will see more rare and colorful flowers. This two-hectare estate, blanketed with rare flowers, will steal your breath away. Take lots of photos of the colorful flowers before continuing to the 2nd Highest Point.
Sitting at 7,400 feet above sea level, this site was named as such since it is the second-highest point on the Philippine highway system. It is located in the barangays of Cattubo and Paoay in Atok. Following your visit to the 2nd Highest Point, you will go to the Spanish Trail before heading to your hotel in Baguio.
When you arrive in the province, you will board a 4x4 trip at the Sta. Juliana Tourism Center and make your way to the mountain base. You'll travel the bumpy and sandy Crow Valley, renowned for its moon-like landscape. After about an hour's drive, you'll exit the jeep and begin hiking up the volcano.
The trail to Mt. Pinatubo is a 3.4-mile point-to-point route. Along the way, you will come across several odd lava sand formations from the 1991 eruption. After roughly an hour and a half, you will reach the summit and be greeted by the turquoise waters of the crater lake. You'll have plenty of time to savor your lunch here while taking in the tranquil surroundings. Take several souvenir photographs before descending and heading to your Manila baywalk hotel.
You will then experience the Loboc River Cruise next. From Corella, you will head to the riverside and board a floating restaurant. While onboard, you will dig into a hearty lunch buffet as you sail through the river's emerald streams. Throughout the trip, several locals will perform Filipino native songs and dances, as well.
After returning to the port, you will proceed to Baclayon Church. It was built in 1595 out of coral-stone walls and pillars. There is a crystal chandelier within the church, a silver tabernacle, and an altar with gold-inlaid carvings.
Your tour guide will then take you to the Butterfly Conservatory, where you will discover how locals breed various varieties of butterflies. You will then drop by the Bilar Forest, a 2-km strip of mahogany trees, before concluding your tour at the famed Chocolate Hills. You will then retire to your Panglao hotel.
When you arrive at Pamilacan, the cool, inviting seas will be the first to welcome you. Feel free to go swimming here as soon as you dock. Be sure to prepare your snorkeling equipment as well, since Pamilacan's aquatic paradise is well worth discovering. Starfish, seagrasses, crinoids, Gloria Maris seashells, and other aquatic creatures pepper the island's waters. If you're looking for a more exciting activity, there are diving spots nearby that you can visit.
After your beach adventures, you might want to take a short stroll to the 200-year-old Spanish Fort on the island's northeast side. This fort is a National Cultural Treasure that has served as a defense against Moro pirates. At the end of the day, you'll return to your Panglao hotel for some well-deserved relaxation.
This unspoiled paradise became a famous destination after being named one of the best dive spots in the Philippines. It is located on the southeast end of Negros Island and is teeming with marine life.
After you disembark on the island, your guide will take you to the Turtle Sanctuary. You will dive and snorkel with the tortoises here. This place also has a vibrant reef garden with a plethora of colorful fish. In addition to exploring Apo Island's marine paradise, you are welcome to sunbathe on the powdery beach.
You may also hike to the Apo View Deck or the Apo Island Lighthouse. There are three paths to choose to trek here: the 600m Habagat Eco-Trail, David's Trek, and Witchy's Trail. Each route will reward you with a panoramic view of Negros Island and its surrounding seascape. You will then board your boat and travel to your Dumaguete hotel at the end of the day.
This town has built a reputation for itself as the location of pristine white-sand beaches. After enjoying the seascape, you will board your boat and sail to Pescador Island. This water-locked paradise is just about a half-hour boat trip from the mainland and is recognized as one of the finest snorkeling places in the province.
Before sailing back to the mainland, you will stop at Turtle Island to swim and snorkel with the turtles. As soon as you dock on the shore, your guide will take you to Panagsama Beach for the popular sardine run. You will first attend a short briefing on the activity before donning your equipment and heading out to the waters. Wait a few minutes for the millions of sardines to pass by the area and assemble before your eyes. After that, you will return to your hotel in Argao.
You will then go to the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino. This 16th-century Roman Catholic Church features a facade that incorporates elements of Muslim, Romanesque, and Neoclassical architecture. You will also drop by the Magellan Cross, sitting next to the basilica. The Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan had planted this Christian cross as a sign of the propagation of the Roman Catholic faith in the country.
Following that, you will make your way to the Heritage of Cebu Monument, which features a set of sculptures depicting the province's main historical events. You will then visit the Yap-San Diego Ancestral Home, the first Chinese house built outside of China.
After seeing the attractions in the lowlands, you'll proceed to the Temple of Leah, dubbed Cebu's Taj Mahal. Your guide will then drive you to the Sirao Flower Farm to see the vibrant Celosia fields before escorting you to your Mandaue hotel.
From the shore, your first stop will be at Starfish Island. As its name implies, this island is densely populated with starfish, both on the beach and in the sea. When snorkeling, you'll also come across some bloating pufferfish and rainbow parrotfish.
Cowrie Island will be your next destination. Cowrie is named for its form, which is similar to that of a seashell. Known as Honda Bay's largest island, Cowrie features various restaurants serving a range of delectable seafood and local dishes. Additionally, banana boat and jet ski rentals are available for rent here.
Luli Island will be the last destination on your island hopping trip. Luli is well known for its vanishing sandbars, but it's also a great snorkeling spot. You will then return to the mainland and check into your hotel in Sabang.
You will return to the mainland following your cruise and begin your city tour of Puerto Princesa. Baker's Hill will be your first stop. This bakery/theme park sells a variety of baked goods that you can take home as souvenirs. Additionally, there are restaurants, a garden, and several picture-perfect locations on this theme park.
From Baker's Hill, you will head to the iconic Plaza Cuartel. It previously served as a military base, complete with an old Spanish garrison and tunnels. The property has since been turned into a city park.
Following your visit to the park, you will proceed to Crocodile Farm, located about a 30-minute drive from the plaza. It is somewhat similar to a zoo, except that it houses endangered animal species. Your guide will then take you to Mitra's Ranch, where you will be treated to a panoramic view of Puerto Princesa. The trip will end with a trip along the Baywalk in Puerto Princesa.
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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.
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