Explore some of the best natural attractions and islands of the Philippines in this 8-day tour package from Manila that will take you to the highlands of Baguio, Bohol countryside, and Cebu’s Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Island. Complete with accommodations, daily breakfast, transfers, entrance fees, and the service of guides, this trip is perfect for travelers wanting to make the most out of their stay in the Philippines.
Upon your arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, your guide will pick you up and take you on a historical tour around Intramuros, the walled district of Manila. It is famous not only as a home to Spanish-era landmarks but also as an excellent place for taking an afternoon break for picnics.
From there, your guide will drive you north to the City of Pines, Baguio. Here, you will enjoy visiting its many exciting parks and historical destinations, including the famous Camp John Hay. This 690-hectare property used to be a recreational site for American soldiers before it was converted into a multi-purpose park.
Another location you will visit in Luzon's highlands is the Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad, Benguet. Enjoy picking fresh strawberries and eating locally made strawberry ice cream here before flying to the province of Bohol. Your guide will bring you on a two-day trip here to experience the Loboc River Cruise and see the world-famous Chocolate Hills.
After you've had your fill of Bohol, you'll ride a ferry to Cebu. You will spend an entire day visiting the city, admiring the Temple of Leah's architecture and seeing the Sirao Flower Farm's vibrant blooms. You will also experience dipping into Kawasan Falls' turquoise waters before leaving for Manila on your last day.
Spend nine days in the Philippines traveling to the best attractions of Baguio, Benguet highlands, Bohol countryside, and Cebu with this 8-day hassle-free package from Manila. Check availability by choosing a date.
You will arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where your guide will be waiting. They will take you first to your hotel in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard before making your way to the walled district of Intramuros.
A National Historical Landmark since 1951, Intramuros features an old-world charm with its Spanish-era landmarks, one of which is Fort Santiago. This Hispanic stone fortress is believed to be one of the oldest in the country, as it dates back to 1593.
A quick walk from the fort will then take you to one of Intramuros’ three major public squares, Plaza Roma. Pose for some photos here before diving into the past with a visit to two museums in the district: Bahay Tsinoy and Casa Manila.
You will then enjoy a quiet stroll through San Diego Gardens and Baluarte De San Diego. Tucked away in the southwestern corner of Intramuros, this bastion shaped like an Ace of Spades is now a popular spot for special occasions like weddings and family parties.
You will then head to San Agustin Church and Museum to admire the religious artwork and statues here. Before leaving the walled city, you will stop by Manila Cathedral, the episcopal seat of the Archbishop of Manila.
Your guide will bring you from Manila to the Luzon highlands, particularly to the cold town of Baguio. Referred to as the City of Pines, Baguio sits at about 5,200 feet above sea level, so make sure to bring your jackets with you on this trip.
The first destination you will visit here will be the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). Located some 10km from the downtown area, this premier institution trains Filipino cadets and features a museum and a scenic ground with vintage tanks and other historical military weapons.
You will then visit The Mansion next. Built in 1908 as summer homes for US governors-general, The Mansion now houses the Philippine Presidents whenever they visit Baguio. After posing for photos here, you'll then stop by Camp John Hay. This mountain resort comes complete with a world-class competition Jack Niclaus-designed golf course, hotels, a shopping center, and a convention center.
Mines View Park, Wright Park, and Centennial Park are the next stops on your itinerary. You will enjoy Baguio's beautiful views here before heading to Good Shepherd Convent to conclude your day. The resident nuns at this convent sell various souvenirs and goodies, including purple yams, peanuts, and butter cookies.
You will get to see some more of the highlands of Luzon with this next visit to the Province of Benguet. The province is as cold as Baguio, so don't pack away your jackets just yet. Upon arriving here, you will head straight to La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. This 79.49-hectare property boasts a myriad of strawberries available for picking.
You'll go next to Atok Sakura Flowers. Locals planted 30 Sakura trees on this site in 2016, offering tourists a taste of Japan. You will see more colorful blooms when you visit the Northern Blossom, sitting roughly 3km away from the Atok Sakura Flowers. A two-hectare land dotted with rare flowers, this property will surely leave you in awe.
Your guide will then take you to the 2nd Highest Point, named as such for being the highest point on the Philippine highway system. It sits 7,400 feet above sea level and has a view deck, where you can see the area's panoramic mountain range.
Before retreating to your hotel in Manila, you will stop at the Spanish Trail. The pathway, which stretches up to 3 kilometers, dates back to the Spanish colonization and is still used by locals even after constructing the Halsema Highway.
On Day 4, you will board a plane from Manila and travel to Panglao International Airport to discover the vivid countryside of Bohol. Your first stop in the province will be the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. This attraction, which houses a vast forest devoted to tarsiers, will allow you to see these googly-eyed primates up close. Feel free to take lots of photos of the adorable tarsiers, but make sure not to use any flash.
Following your visit to these tiny creatures, you will hop aboard a floating restaurant for the Loboc River Cruise next. A sumptuous lunch will be served for you here while you cruise along the river's emerald waters. Locals will also hold ethnic performances for your enjoyment.
At the end of the cruise, you will make your way to Baclayon Church. This Neoclassical Church is the second oldest stone church in the country, the first being San Agustin Church in Manila. Offer a small prayer inside or visit the museum next door that houses an ivory statue of Christ.
From there, your guide will drive you to the Butterfly Conservatory next to see a garden filled with these colorful insects. You will then head to the man-made Bilar Forest, a 2km strip of mahogany trees that separates the towns of Bilar and Loboc. Before returning to your Panglao Island hotel, you will drop by the world-famous Chocolate Hills for some photos.
On your fifth day, you'll see more of Bohol as you visit the paradise-like island of Pamilacan. Pamilacan is tucked away in the center of the Bohol Sea, some 12.5km from the mainland. It is a popular hangout spot for whale sharks and dolphins, so you will most likely see these marine animals on the journey to the island.
Despite the fact that Pamilacan Island is home to approximately 2,000 inhabitants, the locals work hard to protect the island's natural beauty. In fact, the island will leave you in awe of its sandy white sand beaches and crystal blue seas.
You will have plenty of time here to dip in the waters and sunbathe. Be sure to go snorkeling as well, as the island is peppered with excellent snorkeling and diving spots. Expect to see some bucket sponges, sea turtles, and numerous schools of fish here.
Once you've finished with the beach activities, you can enjoy a quick trek to the 200-year-old Spanish fort on the island's northeastern shore. This watchtower was used as a lookout post for Moro pirates and is now a National Cultural Treasure. At the end of the day, you'll be back at your Panglao hotel.
It's time to leave Bohol and board a ferry to the neighboring island of Cebu. Called the Queen City of the South, Cebu is also the oldest city in the Philippines. You will visit several historical locations here, starting with the Taoist Temple. There are two temples on this hill, although only one is accessible to the public.
From there, your guide will then transport you to the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino. This Roman Catholic Church goes back to the 16th century and features a facade with a blend of Muslim, Romanesque and neo-classical architecture. While here, you will also stop by the Magellan's Cross located directly outside the chapel.
You will visit the Heritage of Cebu Monument next, a set of sculptures representing the province's main historical events. Across the street from the monument is the Yap-San Diego Ancestral Home, an ancestral house-turned-museum made of wood and coral stones.
You will then travel to the mountains to the Temple of Leah to see its Roman-inspired architectural shrine. From there, your guide will bring you to the Sirao Flower Farm, where you'll spend the remainder of the day surrounded by its colorful flowers. Your van will then transport you to your Mandaue City hotel.
You will travel from your Mandaue hotel to the town of Badian, where Kawasan Falls is situated. This 40-meter high fall is around a 1.5-kilometer hike uphill from the jump-off spot, but the effort will pay off once you dip your toes in its cold natural spring waters.
From there, your guide will bring you to Moalboal, famed for its many white beaches. Enjoy the scenic atmosphere of the place before you hop on a boat that will take you off the coast to Pescador Island. This island is only 30 minutes from the mainland and is an ideal spot for snorkeling.
You can also head to Turtle Point, where you will have the opportunity to swim with sea turtles. After that, you'll return to the mainland and visit Panagsama Beach for the famous sardine race. When you arrive at the beach, a guide will brief you on the exercise and provide you with your equipment.
Then you'll go out a few meters to the sea and witness millions of sardines assemble before your eyes. This activity is available all year long and frequently attracts many foreign divers from across the world. Once you have had your fill of the plethora of sardines, you will head back to your hotel in Mandaue.
Your 8-day vacation has officially come to an end. You will be checking out of your accommodation in Mandaue before your guide brings you to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. You will board your plane here and arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila after a flight of about an hour and 25 minutes.
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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.
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