8-Day Cultural, Historical, Island Hopping Package to Baguio, Bohol & Puerto Princesa from Manila

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

Description

Learn about the rich culture and history of the Philippines and explore some of its best islands with this 8-day vacation package. Visit historical and cultural spots in Manila and Baguio and discover the top natural wonders in Cebu and Puerto Princesa. This tour package already covers your accommodation, roundtrip flights, entrance fees, land and sea transportations, and the service of guides.

Manila City’s Intramuros will be your first destination. This historic walled area encloses an old district, which was once considered the whole City of Manila during Spanish colonization. In North Luzon’s Baguio, you will also visit Camp John Hay, another significant attraction in the country’s history. This camp was initially built for the US army during the war between the Filipinos and Americans.

Your guide will also take you to the Strawberry Farm in Benguet. Here you can grab the chance to have an enjoyable strawberry-picking. From Luzon, you will fly to the Visayas, particularly in the Province of Cebu. You will explore the stunning attractions dotting Cebu’s metropolitan area, including the majestic Temple of Leah.

Your guide will also bring you to Sirao Flower Farm in Cebu. Plus, you can either go canyoneering or simply swimming at Kawasan Falls. This package will show you some of the Philippines’ best islands, as well. You’ll visit three island destinations at Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Expect to see white-sand beaches, crystalline waters, and a rich marine ecosystem.

You also get to explore the world-renowned Puerto Princesa Underground River on this tour. Be amazed at the numerous rock formations as you cruise along the river.

Embark on this 8-day tour package that will introduce you to some of the natural wonders and historical and cultural places of Manila, Benguet, Cebu, and Puerto Princesa. Check availability by choosing a date.

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Included

7 nights accommodation (budget category)
7 days breakfast
7 lunch
All flights with 20kgs baggage allowance
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 to 3 - Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 4 to 5 - Cebu Tour (Central Visayas Region)
Day 6 to 7 - Puerto Princesa (Palawan)
All transportation to and from included activities and destinations
All environmental fees, port fees, and all other applicable taxes

Activities

Island Hopping
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Facade of Manila Cathedral in Manila

Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour

Your plane will land at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, where your guide will pick you up. Your van will first take you to your Manila accommodation, around or along Roxas Boulevard, to check-in.

You will then proceed with your tour at Intramuros. This walled area measures 0.67sq.km and encloses numerous notable structures. Your first attraction is Fort Santiago, which was established in 1593. It was used as a defense fortress but now serves as a venue for picnics and an open-air theater.

You will next see the Plaza Roma. It is considered the center of Intramuros and features a statue of Charles IV of Spain. Then, you’ll stop by a museum called Bahay Tsinoy, where you can learn about the influence and contributions of the ethnic Chinese in the Philippines’ evolution. Another museum you’ll visit is Casa Manila. Exhibits depicting the way of life during Spanish colonization are displayed.

Then, you’ll see the San Diego Gardens and the 16th-century bastion next to it, called Baluarte De San Diego. Your last two attractions are historical and religious structures: San Agustin Church and Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Manila Cathedral.

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Day 2
Beautiful view of Baguio City from Mines View Park

Day 2 - Day 2: Baguio Tour

On the second day, you will check out of your Manila accommodation and make your way to Baguio, the Summer Capital of the Philippines. A cool climate, foggy hills, gorgeous flowers, and panoramic views are among the things you can expect in Baguio City.

The first attraction in your itinerary is the Philippine Military Academy. It is a national historical landmark and also a leading military institution in the country. You will next visit the official summer palace of the Philippine President, The Mansion.

Camp John Hay is another go-to attraction in Baguio. The camp, which was once a US military base, has become a tourist attraction for trekking, picnics, food trip, and more. You will also drop by the Mines View Park, where you’ll get to dress in full Cordillera regalia and enjoy beautiful sceneries.

At Wright Park, you will find towering pine trees and an elongated pond, plus facilities for horseback riding. Meanwhile, Centennial Park features big statues representing various indigenous tribes in the province.

Your tour ends at Good Shepherd Convent, where you can purchase various tasty treats, like peanut brittle, Ifugao coffee, and ube jam. Your van will then transport you to your Baguio hotel.

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Day 3
Flower Farm in Atok Benguet

Day 3 - Day 3: Benguet Tour

Your schedule for this day is to visit the top attractions in Benguet located north of Baguio City. Your first stop is La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. This site offers a unique bonding activity for families and other groups of people. Nearby are souvenir shops that sell strawberry and non-strawberry-related products.

You will also visit Atok Sakura Flowers. About 40 Sakura trees are planted at the park, and they are yet to completely bloom. The site also features nipa huts to relax in. After that, you’ll see another farm with lovely flowers. Northern Blossom, which occupies over a two-hectare wide plantation, features everything from the usual roses and sunflowers to rare ones like snapdragons and delphiniums.

Your guide will then take you to the 2nd Highest Point. The place is at 2,255 meters above sea level, becoming the second-highest altitude in the Philippines. Located along Halsema Highway, the area offers splendid views of vegetable farms, mountain ranges, and a sea of clouds.

Your final stop is the Spanish Trail, which dates back to the Spanish colonial era. The site is known for its three long man-made tunnels. After your Benguet Tour, you will travel back to your Manila hotel.

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Day 4
Colorful flowers in Sirao Flower Farm in Cebu

Day 4 - Day 4: Cebu City Tour

The tour for this day will show you the top attractions in Cebu City. You’ll be checking out of your accommodation in Manila and be heading to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. From there, your plane will fly to Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

The Taoist Temple is the first attraction on your itinerary. It was established in 1972 and has since been the center of Taoism worship in Cebu. Your second stop is the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino. The structure boasts a façade that is a mixture of Muslim, Romanesque, and neo-classical features. Outside the basilica is Magellan’s Cross, which symbolizes the propagation of the Roman Catholic faith on the land.

Next, you’ll see the Heritage of Cebu Monument at Parian Park. It illustrates Cebu’s rich history, beginning from the fight between Lapu-Lapu and Ferdinand Magellan. You’ll also stop by the Yap-San Diego Ancestral House, where you can find antiques, religious art, furniture, and more.

Your next attraction is the Temple of Leah. Sitting atop a hill, it is a Roman-inspired architectural shrine. Finally, you’ll visit the Sirao Flower Farm filled with a variety of flowers. You’ll then head to your Mandaue hotel.

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Day 5
Aerial view of Pescador Island in Cebu

Day 5 - Day 5: Kawasan Falls & Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

On the fifth day, you will be visiting more attractions on the island of Cebu. Your van will take you from your accommodation in Mandaue to the town of Badian, where your first attraction is located. You will spend some time at Kawasan Falls, noted for its three cascades, natural springs, and pools. For a more exciting experience, you may include a canyoneering activity in your scheduled plans.

Next, you will travel to the coastal town of Moalboal. It offers visitors a chance to see fishes, whale sharks, and other various marine animals up close. There are also multiple dive shops where visitors can purchase diving equipment. Moalboal is also where you’ll ride a boat to your next destinations.

At Pescador Island, you will get to see stunning corals of varied colors and types. You can also spot exotic fishes around the place. Your next stop will be Turtle Island, where you get to swim along with sea turtles. You can also enjoy lots of beach activities on the island.

Lastly, you will go to Panagsama Beach to witness the magnificent Sardine Run, which features millions of sardines swimming together. You will then head back to your Mandaue hotel.

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Day 6
Honda Bay in Palawan

Day 6 - Day 6: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

Day 6 of your tour package will take you to one of the most stunning islands in the world, Palawan. After checking out of your accommodation in Mandaue City, you’ll ride a plane to Puerto Princesa International Airport.

Your tour will begin in Puerto Princesa’s Honda Bay. Here you will experience the beauty of the marine ecosystem of the city. White-sand beaches, coral reefs, and stunning landscapes are among the other sights to see in the place.

You will visit some of the islands in Honda Bay. The first one is the Star Fish Island. You can expect to find starfishes of different sizes and colors. You can go snorkeling to see the abundant marine life and corals close to the shore.

Next, you’ll sail to the biggest and most well-known island in the bay, Cowrie Island. Treat yourself to a hearty meal or drink from the stores on the island. The place also offers various activities, including snorkeling, banana boat riding, and beach volleyball, among others.

The last attraction for this day is Luli Island. Featuring cream-colored sand, this sandbar appears and submerges depending on tides. After the tour, your van will drive you to your Sabang hotel.

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Day 7
Baker's Hill in Puerto Princesa

Day 7 - Day 7: Puerto Princesa Underground River & City Tour

On Day 7, you will explore more of Puerto Princesa. The first attraction on your list is the Puerto Princesa Underground River. Your van will fetch you at your accommodation in Sabang and transport you to Sabang Boat Terminal.

A boat will then take you to Puerto Princesa Subterranean Underground River Park, home to various flora and fauna. You will also find limestone cliffs along the way. Inside the 8km underground river, you will see plenty of natural rock formations.

Your Puerto Princesa City Tour comes next. You will first go to Baker’s Hills, a famous stop-over, to buy goodies or souvenirs. There’s also a theme park where you can take photos. Afterward, you will visit the historic Plaza Cuartel. It served as a military base during World War II.

At the Crocodile Farm, also called the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, you’ll get to see crocodiles and other endangered animal species. Then, you’ll head to Mitra's Ranch, which offers not only a splendid view of the city but also lots of outdoor activities. Before you travel back to your Sabang hotel, you will make a stop at Puerto Princesa Baywalk, where you can relax.

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Day 8
Window seat view in an airplane going to Manila

Day 8 - Day 8: Departure to Manila

Once you have checked out of your accommodation in the village of Sabang, you’ll make your way to Puerto Princesa International Airport via van. A plane will then take you back to Manila. You will arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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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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