19-Day Countryside, Islands & Historical Tour to Palawan, Cebu, Bohol & Ilocos from Manila
Discover the Philippines’ top countryside, islands, and historical attractions in this 19-day vacation. You will get to visit the historic and iconic locations of Ilocos and Cebu, the breathtaking countryside of Bohol, and the unspoiled islands of Palawan from Manila. This package also comes complete with accommodations, daily breakfast, entrance fees, transfers, and the service of guides.
After arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you will head to Intramuros in Manila, where you will visit the capital's historical Spanish-era landmarks. From there, you will then fly to northern Luzon, particularly to the Ilocos Region, for an in-depth tour to historical attractions. Here, you will visit the Malacanang of the North, a former presidential residence that now serves as a museum.
You will also see the Bangui Windmills in Ilocos Norte and walk the cobbled-stone street of Calle Crisologo in Vigan. Following this, your guide will drive you to the highlands, where you will drop by Banaue Museum in Banaue, Camp John Hay in Baguio, and the Strawberry Farm in Benguet. Next, prepare your hiking gear as you make your way to Tarlac to hike Mt. Pinatubo.
After having your fill of Luzon, you will fly to Bohol to hop aboard the Loboc River Cruise. You will also see symmetrical mounds of the Chocolate Hills and the abundant underwater paradise of Pamilacan Island while in the province. Your guide will then bring you to the City of Gentle People, Dumaguete, for a city tour. Here, you will visit Silliman University and Apo Island.
Another province you will explore is Cebu, where you will see the Kawasan Falls, Moalboal, Temple Of Leah, and Sirao Flower Farm. Your tour will then end with a visit to Palawan. You will indulge in the islands of Honda Bay, the UNESCO World Heritage Site called the Underground River and the idyllic Big Lagoon in El Nido.
Visit the Philippines with this 19-day vacation from Manila to Ilocos, Sagada, Banaue, Benguet, Tarlac, Bohol, Dumaguete, Cebu, and Palawan. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour
You will meet your tour guide at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where they will pick you up and escort you to your hotel either in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard. After you prepare for your tour, they will transport you to Intramuros, also known as the walled city.
Intramuros is the religious, educational, and economic center during the Spanish colonization days. It features Fort Santiago, a Hispanic stone fortress that served as the prison for the national hero Jose Rizal since 1593 before his execution in 1896.
You can take a brief walk from the fort, and you'll end up in Plaza Roma, deemed as the heart of the walled district. You rest and enjoy the view here before heading into Bahay Tsinoy, where you will get to experience the Chinese influence on the region through its collection of Chinese artifacts, displays, and photographs.
After a short visit here, you will go to another museum, Casa Manila. Through the exhibitions, you will learn about the local's life during the Spanish Colonial Era. Subsequently, you will stroll around San Diego Gardens and Baluarte De San Diego. Finally, you will tour San Agustin Church and Museum and the Manila Cathedral as an end to your trip.
Day 2 - Day 2: Laoag Tour
You will ride a plane from Manila to Laoag International Airport. Just 10 kilometers from the airport is Laoag City, which is home to St. Williams Cathedral. It was reconstructed from a wooden church in 1612. Just a short distance away is the Sinking Bell Tower, famous for sinking an inch every year due to the sandy ground it rests on.
After that, you'll go to Museo Ilocos Norte to learn more about the region's rich culture, heritage, and history. You will then go to Aurora Park to see the park's most notable attraction, the 19th-century Tobacco Monopoly Monument. You will head to Paoay next after visiting Laoag City.
Here, you will stop by the Malacanang of the North. This is where Ferdinand Marcos, the Philippines' 10th president, used to live. You will be able to see the president's actual office and residence here. After that, your guide will bring you to Paoay Church, one of the country's Baroque churches with exclusive architecture. The tour will end with a visit to the Ferdinand E. Marcos Presidential Center, also known as the Marcos Museum. You can witness several displays of Marco's political activities and memorabilia here.
Day 3 - Day 3: Pagudpud Tour
Your guide will pick you up from your Laoag hotel on the third day and take you to Burgos. Your first stop is Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, built during the Spanish Colonial period and is still operational to date. Ilocos Norte's popular Bangui Windmills will also be on your itinerary. These 20 70-meter-tall wind turbines are arranged in a single line along the shoreline of Bangui Bay, stretching out to nine kilometers. The next stop is the Patapat Viaduct, a long bridge that links the Ilocos Region and the Cagayan Valley.
Then there's Agua Grande, a famed picnic spot in the area. A stream runs through it and into Pasaleng Bay. Not far away is Paraiso ni Anton, where you will see a grotto. You will also visit the picturesque Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. Pose for a couple of photos here before heading to the Pasuquin Salt Stand in the coastal town of Pasuquin. You can buy salt and salt-preserved foods here as souvenirs.
If you want to end your tour on a high note, include a 4x4 ride to the La Paz Sand Dunes in your itinerary. Challenge yourself on this thrilling trip through Ilocos Norte's 85-square-kilometer coastal beach and desert across narrow and steep hills.
Day 4 - Day 4: Vigan Tour
Your itinerary for Day 4 is focused on the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan and the town of Bantay. Your trip will begin with the National Museum Ilocos Sur Complex, where it features exhibitions that help tourists understand the region's history, culture, and heritage. Then, you will proceed to the close-by-town to visit Bantay Church and Bell Tower situated atop a hill and serves as a watchtower.
Following that, you will visit the 19th-century Syquia Mansion Museum, which features preserved furniture. You will then learn about the pottery and witness the impressive handcrafted jars industry at Pagburnayan Jar Factory. Your next stop will be the Crisologo Museum, the ancestral house of the Crisologo political family. From there, you will walk down the cobbled streets of Calle Crisologo.
After that, you will visit St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as Vigan Cathedral. This Earthquake Baroque is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Signaling an end to your day, you will visit Baluarte, a zoological park where you can spot some wildlife species. You will then head to your hotel along Calle Crisologo to get a good night's rest for tomorrow's next adventure.
Day 5 - Day 5: Sagada Tour
As per schedule on Day 5, you will leave early in the morning to travel from Vigan to the Cordillera Mountains, particularly to the rural area of Sagada. Situated in this rustic location are about 60 caves, one of which is Sugong Cave. This cave is just beside the town center and beyond the cemetery of Sagada. It never fails to fascinate visitors with the coffins suspended from the limestone peaks.
From there, you will enjoy the breathtaking view of Echo Valley. This gorge sits just before the cave and is surrounded by limestone mountains and thick forests. Prepare your outdoor equipment as you will journey into Sumaguing Cave next.
Sumaguing, which sits about an hour's walk from the City Hall of Sagada, is also known as the Big Cave. Here, you will enjoy a two-hour course through its rocky tunnel. When you get inside, you will be surrounded by various rock formations with different shapes, including a bear, turtlehead, and elephant.
Before retreating to your hotel in the downtown area, you will stop by the Bontoc Tribal Museum. This museum showcases the history of the Ifugao people through artifacts and photographs. There is also a recreation of an Ifugao village just behind the building.
Day 6 - Day 6: Banaue Tour
From Sagada, you will head south toward the town of Banaue, which is famous for its stunning rice terraces. One of the go-to attractions in Banaue is the amphitheater-like rice terraces located in the village of Batad. You can also find plenty of paddy fields in the area. This location is proclaimed as a National Cultural Treasure of the country and is known for its elaborate and creative farming system.
To get a better view of the terraces, you will take a 30-minute hike to get to Batad Banaue Viewpoint. Stay here for a while to take pictures and enjoy the panoramic view of the mountainside. If you are looking for something more thrilling, you can embark on a trek to get to Tappiya Waterfall instead of dropping by the viewpoint. However, if you prefer a more laid-back route, you may visit the peaceful Banga-an Village. It is a small community of fewer than 30 families. You will witness traditional houses with livestock occupying the rustic village.
After visiting your preferred location, you'll end your tour at the Banaue Museum. You'll have the opportunity to learn more about the region's tribes here. The exhibitions inside the building vary from the jewelry used by the tribes to the tools used by warrior hunters.
Day 7 - Day 7: Baguio Tour
After your Banaue adventure, you will stop at the town of Kiangan on your way to Baguio City. You will have the chance to view displays that celebrate the history and traditions of the northern Philippines' Ifugao people in the Ifugao Museum. Aside from the museum, you will also visit the surrender site of General Yamashita in this town.
When you arrive in Baguio, your first stop is at the Philippine Military Academy. This prestigious institution trains Filipino cadets and maintains picturesque grounds. You can also see antique tanks and other historical military arms scattered across the campus. After that, you will go to The Mansion, the Philippine President's official summer home and is said to have gates that look similar to the Buckingham Palace gates in London. Although visitors are not usually allowed inside, you can always take pictures in front of its front side along the gates.
From there, you will make your way to a former US military rest and recreation site, Camp John Hay. It is now an entertainment center featuring hotels, a shopping center, and a convention center. Then, you will head to Mines View Park, Wright Park, and Centennial Park to take in Baguio's fresh nature scenery. Before heading to your hotel, make sure to stop by the Good Shepherd Convent to purchase delectable sweets to take home as a souvenir.
Day 8 - Day 8: Benguet Tour
From your Baguio hotel, you will travel to nearby provinces in Benguet situated just on the outskirts of Baguio. Your first stop is in La Trinidad. This peaceful town is home to the widely popular strawberry farm and is among the most visited locations in the highlands. You are allowed to personally hand pick strawberries by yourselves and buy strawberry-generated products such as wine, crinkles, and jam.
After that, you will head to Atok. Here, you will get to experience Japan at the Atok Sakura Flowers. The 30+ Sakura trees planted here were a gift from the Japanese government to Benguet in 2016. To see more vibrant blooms, you will visit the Northern Blossom, a two-hectare farm scattered with rare and vibrant flowers. This destination is the perfect spot to take pictures.
Following your photoshoot at the Northern Blooms, your next stop will be the 2nd Highest Point in the Philippine highway system. This is located in Barangays Cattubo and Paoay in Atok, sitting at 7,400 feet above sea level. Finally, before heading back to your hotel in Baguio, you will end your trip with a visit to the Spanish Trail.
Day 9 - Day 9: Mt. Pinatubo Tour
After your highland adventure, it's now time to travel down to the lowlands in Tarlac for a day hike up Mt. Pinatubo. This is an active volcano that has caused the destructive eruption in 1991, deemed the second-largest eruption of the twentieth century. The site itself is located about 172 kilometers from Baguio.
Once you reach the province, your guide will drop you off at Sta. Juliana Tourism Center, where you will board a 4x4 jeep. You will embark across the bumpy and dusty terrain of Crow Valley from the center, with a landscape similar to that of the moon. Prepare for a very bumpy ride before you dismount at the mountain's base at the end of the trail. Here, your guide will lead you up the volcano.
Typically, the trek requires between one and 1.5 hours. Along the way, you will witness intricate lava sand formations formed by the volcano's 1991 eruption. When you reach the summit, you will be met by Mt. Pinatubo's Crater Lake's turquoise waters. You will have sufficient time to appreciate the majestic scenery and eat your lunch here. You can utilize this time to take photos before beginning your trek back to the mountain base and travel back to your Manila hotel.
Day 10 - Day 10: Bohol Countryside Tour
As per your Day 10 schedule, you will check out of your Manila hotel to travel to Panglao International Airport and explore Bohol's spectacular countryside. Your first stop is visiting the adorable tarsiers in Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, located in the town of Corella. You are permitted to take as many photos of these adorable creatures; just make sure to turn off your flash.
After visiting these cute primates, you will get to eat in a floating restaurant in Loboc River Cruise. You will also witness locals onboard performing native Filipino songs and dances during the trip. Once you get back on land, you will proceed to Baclayon Church, dubbed as the second-oldest stone church after San Agustin Church in Manila. It was constructed in 1595 with walls and pillars made of coral stones.
After that, your guide will escort you to the Butterfly Conservatory, where they preserve and keep various species of colorful butterflies. Then, you will go to the Bilar Forest to admire the two-kilometer stretch of mahogany trees before finally heading to Bohol's treasure, the world-famous Chocolate Hills. Your guide will bring you to your Panglao hotel after your tour.
Day 11 - Day 11: Bohol Pamilacan Island Tour
Your 11th-day itinerary is exploring Bohol's Pamilacan Island. This is located about 12.5km from the mainland, in the center of the Bohol Sea. It is renowned for being home to whale sharks and dolphins, so the chances are that you will get a glimpse of the creatures while traveling to the island.
Despite Pamilacan Island currently housing approximately 2,000 inhabitants, the locals are successful in maintaining its natural beauty. Once you dock, you will witness the island's pristine white sand and blue seas. You will enjoy your stay here as there are numerous beach activities to indulge in.
You can choose to explore the underwater world and appreciate the abundance of marine life here. You can opt to go diving for a more thrilling experience. When you get tired of the sea, you can lay in the powdery sand and take in the beauty of the surroundings.
After your underwater adventures, you can take a short trip on the northeast side of the island to the 200-year-old Spanish fort. This observatory was utilized as a lookout for Moro pirates, but now it is considered a National Cultural Treasure. At the end of the day, you will be returning to your Panglao hotel for some well-deserved rest.
Day 12 - Day 12: Dumaguete City Tour
It is now time to depart from Bohol to Dumaguete, also known as the City of the Gentle People. Upon arriving, you will first visit the country's first American and Protestant-founded institution of higher learning, Silliman University Campus. From there, you will proceed to Dumaguete's promenade, Rizal Boulevard, to enjoy a stroll along the shore.
Your next destination will be the Cathedral of St. Catherine de Alexandria. This Roman Catholic church, built in 1754, is located next to the Visayas' oldest bell tower Dumaguete Campanario. After that, you will also stop by the Dumaguete Public Market, the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park, and the Claytown Pottery before buying some souvenirs at Sidlakang Negros Village.
You will then take a break for lunch at Lab-as Seafood then continue your journey to a mountain resort in Valencia, the Forest Camp. Subsequently, you will head to Cata-al War Museum, where you will see several World War II artifacts like Nazi German artifacts, unfired ammunition, unexploded bombs and mortars, knives, machine guns, bones, uniforms, helmets, and even teeth. Finally, you will drop by the town of Bacong to visit the century-old San Agustin Church and the Negros Oriental Arts & Heritage Center before going back to your hotel in Dumaguete to get some rest.
Day 13 - Day 13: Apo Island Tour
You will travel to Malatapay Boat Terminal, located about 24km away from your Dumaguete hotel. This is where your Apo Island tour will officially commence. Apo Island is proclaimed one of the best dive spots in the Philippines, being quite popular among local and international visitors. It is located at the southeast end of the island of Negros and houses a sea reserve with numerous marine critters.
Once you dock, your guide will lead you to the island's turtle habitat, where you can have the opportunity to go swimming and snorkeling with the turtles. You will also spot an enormous reef garden that houses several fish species. If you would like to take a break from the underwater adventures in Apo Island, you can go and rest while admiring the coastline.
When you are fully satisfied with your underwater adventure, you may also choose to trek to Apo Island Lighthouse or the Apo View Deck. You can take the 600m Habagat Eco-Trail, Witchy's Trail, and David's Trek here, all of which will you with a majestic view of the island of Negros and its surrounding beauty. After your tour, you will board your boat and return to your hotel in Dumaguete.
Day 14 - Day 14: Kawasan Falls & Moalboal Sardine Run Tour
You will make your way to the town of Badian after boarding a ferry from Dumaguete to Cebu. This is where a 40-meter high fall called Kawasan Falls is located. To reach the falls, you will trek for 1.5 kilometers from the jump-off spot. You will then be rewarded with the refreshing atmosphere of the falls.
From there, you will proceed to Moalboal, a popular location abundant in white beaches. You can enjoy the scenic atmosphere of the place before you ride a boat that will transport you off the coast to Pescador Island. This breathtaking island is only a half-hour ride from the mainland and is an ideal spot for snorkeling.
After that, you can swim with sea turtles in Turtle Point, then return to the mainland and visit Panagsama Beach for the famous sardine race. Before heading into the water, a guide will brief you on the activity and provide you with your equipment.
You will then go out a few meters to the sea and witness millions of sardines assemble before your eyes. You don't have to worry about missing out since this activity is available all year long, attracting many foreign divers from across the world. After your experience with the sardines, you will head back to your hotel in Argao.
Day 15 - Day 15: Cebu City Tour
On Day 15, you will leave Argao hotel and go to Cebu City, also referred to as the Queen City of the South. Additionally, Cebu City is considered the oldest city in the Philippines; thus, you will visit numerous historical locations here. First, you will go to the Taoist Temple, the center of Taoism in the province.
From there, your guide will escort you to the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, which goes back to the 16th century and features a facade with a blend of Muslim, Romanesque and neo-classical architecture. Located directly outside the chapel is another historic landmark, the Magellan's Cross.
Your next destination is the Heritage of Cebu Monument. It features a set of sculptures representing the province's main historical events. Across the street from the monument is an ancestral house-turned-museum made of wood and coral stones called the Yap-San Diego Ancestral Home.
Afterward, you will go to the highlands to visit the Temple of Leah and see its Roman-inspired architectural shrine. Your guide will then bring you to the Sirao Flower Farm, where you'll spend the remainder of the day surrounded by its colorful flowers. To end the trip, your van will then transport you back to your Mandaue hotel.
Day 16 - Day 16: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour
Once you have checked out of your Mandaue hotel, you will fly to Puerto Princesa Airport. Upon your arrival, your guide will bring you to the province's eastern coast, where Honda Bay is located. A boat will greet you there and take you to your island-hopping adventure.
From the coast, your first stop is at Starfish Island. You will have the opportunity to snorkel and swim here to witness the abundance of marine creatures living in its waters. Particularly, you will spot dozens upon dozens of starfish on the beach and in the sea.
After that, you will sail to Cowrie Island. Cowrie's shape is said to resemble a seashell, hence its name. It is the largest island in Honda Bay and is the best place for swimming. Not only that, but there are numerous eating establishments on the island for you to get a taste and savor the yummy seafood and local dishes.
Before you put this tour to an end, you will head to Luli Island. Luli has a diving platform, hammocks, and a snorkeling spot, but it is well known for its disappearing sandbars at high tide. After savoring a full day at the beach, you will return to the mainland and check into your hotel in Sabang.
Day 17 - Day 17: Puerto Princesa Underground River & City Tour
Early in the morning, on your 17th day, your guide will guide you to Sabang Wharf to board a boat that will take you on a water adventure in the world-renowned Puerto Princesa Underground River. This destination is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While inside, you can appreciate the jaw-dropping stalactites and stalagmites formations lining the cave.
After your river cruise, you will return to the mainland right to embark on a land adventure in Baker's Hill in Barangay Sta. Monica. You can purchase a variety of baked goods for souvenirs. You can also choose to dine in several restaurants, visit a garden, and utilize the picture-perfect spots there.
After strolling around, you will visit the historic Plaza Cuartel next, formerly used as a Spanish garrison that the Americans and Japanese took over. It was transformed into an entertainment spot, currently operating as a city park.
Just a few minutes away from the plaza sits the Crocodile Farm, where you will experience some wildlife encounters with crocodiles and other endangered mammals and reptiles before making your way to Mitra's Ranch. Mitra's Ranch also offers fun activities like horseback riding and ziplining while letting you enjoy the panoramic view of the city. To end the tour, you will relax at the city's promenade, the Puerto Princesa Baywalk.
Day 18 - Day 18: El Nido Island Hopping Tour
Your itinerary for Day 18 will be focused on the natural attractions of El Nido. After leaving your hotel, you will head to Bacuit Bay, where you will ride a boat to the first stop of the day, the Big Lagoon. You will go through a narrow and shallow entrance to reach this large lagoon surrounded by limestone cliffs. To make the most of the experience, you will be kayaking across the bright blue waters.
After that, your boat will proceed to Miniloc Island that features white sand beaches, limestone mountains, and lush greenery. Enjoy the relaxing ambiance of the place before heading to the Secret Lagoon. You will go through a small hole in the limestone wall to get to this natural pool.
Then, you will head back to the mainland to get to Seven Commandos Beach. Feel free to relax on the white sand or swim in the clear waters here. Before putting your tour to an end, you'll go to Shimizu Island. This place is deemed the go-to snorkeling spot in Bacuit Bay, owing to its breathtaking corals and marine life. Finally, your van will bring you back to Lio hotel to conclude this tour.
Day 19 - Day 19: Departure to Manila
After your exciting adventures in Palawan, you will now return to Manila to conclude this tour. You will check out of your hotel in Lio before departing for the Puerto Princesa Airport. You will arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila in approximately two hours, signaling the end of your 19-day tour around the country.
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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.
In El Nido island hopping tour mandatory environmental fee and/or user’s see is to be paid directly in cash to the service provider in El Nido, The tour itinerary is subject to change based on weather and tidal conditions. Tours will start only once operators are given permission to sail by the Local Government Unit (LGU) and the Philippine Coast Guard. Delays in start of tours or cancellation of tours affected by this is beyond the service providers’ control.
Limitation to the number of tourists, boats, kayaks and time of stay in El Nido lagoons are strictly enforced by the PAMB. Secret Beach, Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon are no longer allowed to be toured on the same day as part of the policies of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of El Nido.
A mandatory user fee of PHP 200 per person is collected by PAMB for every entry to the Secret Beach, Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon.
Single use-plastics are banned in El Nido island tours. Please bring reusable water bottles or tumblers. All visitors are required to bring their own trash back to the boats.
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.
Private rooms with private bathrooms in guesthouses or small hotels with basic amenities.
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.
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.