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8-Day Nature Sightseeing, Adventure & Historical Tour to Bohol, Cebu, and Baguio from Manila

Beautiful scenery at Chocolate Hills Park in Bohol
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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

Explore some of the best natural attractions in the Philippines with this 8-day excursion that will bring you from Manila to Luzon Highlands like Baguio, to Visayas destinations of Cebu City and Bohol. You will get to visit some of the country's best natural tourist spots, but you'll also learn about its rich history and do some exciting outdoor activities. 

This vacation package starts with a tour in Intramuros, Manila. This historic walled area is located in the capital of the Philippines and was constructed in the late 16th century to protect the city from invaders. Your itinerary also includes visiting natural wonders, including Mt. Pinatubo. This stratovolcano is notorious for its tremendous eruption back in 1991, which is considered the second-largest eruption of the 20th century.

Your guide will also take you to places with a cool climate in North Luzon. The first one is Benguet, known for the Strawberry Farm. Situated in the town of La Trinidad, this farm is visited by thousands of tourists every year. The other one is Baguio, which is home to Camp John Hay. The American soldiers made use of this camp as their military base.

From the Luzon highlands, you'll head down to the beautiful provinces in the Visayas region. Your first destination is Cebu, the largest island in the Visayas. You will visit here the spectacular Temple of Leah and the Sirao Flower Farm, to name a few.

Then, you will board a ferry to Bohol. You'll get to experience the famed Loboc River Cruise, where you can enjoy sceneries while consuming local dishes. You won't be leaving Bohol without seeing the world-renowned Chocolate Hills.

Make your vacation in the Philippines fun and exciting with this 8-day vacation package that will take you from Luzon to the Visayas. 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 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 3 to 5 - Benguet and Sagada Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 6 to 7 - Cebu and Bohol Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 8 - Back to Manila
All transportation to and from included activities and destinations
All environmental fees, port fees, and all other applicable taxes

Activities

Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Daily itinerary

Day 1
San Agustin Church inside Intramuros

Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour

Your plane will land at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where your guide will pick you up. You will check into your hotel in Manila before you start your day tour.

The City of Manila has a lot of fascinating attractions to offer, and one of these is the historic walled area of Intramuros, which is the main highlight of the tour for this day. Your tour guide will lead you to Fort Santiago first. During Spanish colonization and World War II, this citadel was used as a fortress and prison.

You will make your next stop at Plaza Roma, a public square that features green spaces and a King Charles IV Monument. The following attraction is Bahay Tsinoy, where you will learn about the ethnic Chinese who influenced the lives of Manila residents. Meanwhile, Casa Manila exhibits the lifestyle of the Philippines during Spanish colonization.

After that is San Diego Gardens, which boasts well-manicured lawns, this site will lead you to the 16th-century bastion named Baluarte De San Diego. Your last two stops are both religious and historical structures: San Agustin Church and Museum and Manila Cathedral.

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Day 2
Beautiful view of Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 2 - Day 2: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

On the second day, you are scheduled to go north to visit Mt. Pinatubo. It is noted for its 1991 eruption, which was the second-biggest one during the 20th century. After the catastrophe, a natural site was formed, and it's now a must-visit attraction in the Philippines.

Mt. Pinatubo sits in the boundaries of Tarlac, Pampanga, and Zambales provinces. You'll go directly to Tarlac as the base camp is located there. The camp is at Barangay Sta. Juliana, where you will switch from your van to a 4x4 jeepney. The ride might get bumpy as the eruption caused the terrain to get rocky and full of lahar.

Your 4x4 ride will only be until the end of Crow Valley, so the ascent to the view deck will be done on foot. Not to worry, the trek can be completed even by beginners. Once you reach the edge of the trail, Mt. Pinatubo's breathtaking crater lake will be the one to greet you.

You can spend the rest of your time at the site taking pictures of the clean emerald waters surrounded by limestone cliffs. At the end of the day, your van will take you to your accommodation in Baguio.

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Day 3
Halsema Highway in Benguet

Day 3 - Day 3: Benguet Tour

The third day will be the start of your exploration in Northern Luzon. Your van will pick you up at your Baguio hotel and take you to your first stop, the La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. This 79-hectare land is open to tourists who want to pick fresh strawberries that they can take home.

Your next attraction is Atok Sakura Flowers. This farm has over 30 Sakura trees, which the Japanese government gifted in 2016 as a sign of friendship. The cherry blossoms will soon sprout each year.

Northern Blossom is another destination in Benguet that attracts visitors with beautiful flowers. This two-hectare vast plantation is filled with both known and rare flowers, such as roses, sunflowers, cabbage roses, and snapdragons.

After that, you will head to the 2nd Highest Point. This site holds the record of having the second-highest altitude in the Philippines. It is located along Halsema Highway, which covers towns in Benguet and Mountain Province.

Your last location before returning to your accommodation in Baguio is the Spanish Trail. Extending up to 3km long, this man-made trail was constructed during Spanish colonization with tunnels resembling caves.

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Day 4
Echo Valley in Sagada

Day 4 - Day 4: Sagada Tour

On the fourth day, you will continue your tour around Northern Luzon. From Benguet, you will now go to the neighboring Mountain Province. Your tour for this day is particularly dedicated to the town of Sagada. Getting there, you will go through a few zigzag roads, plus you'll get to enjoy a magnificent view of mountain ranges.

Your first stop is Sugong Cave, which is one of Sagada's more than 60 caves. Coming from Bokong falls, the waters of the cave's underground river descend to Barangay Ambasing and further flow to the rice fields of Kapay-aw.

Next, you'll be trekking through the Echo Valley, which has lush greenery and caverns. Within the lush valley, you will find the famed hanging coffins of Sagada. Locals hang coffins on the side of a cliff as part of their traditional burial.

You will visit another cave, the Sumaguing Cave, the biggest one in Sagada. It has several pools, and streams so expect to get wet while you explore inside. You'll wrap up the tour with a visit to the Bontoc Tribal Museum, where artworks and artifacts of the province's indigenous tribes are displayed. Your van will then take you to your Sagada hotel.

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Day 5
Pine trees in Baguio City

Day 5 - Day 5: Baguio Tour

This will be your last day in Northern Luzon before you head back to the metropolitan area. You'll be touring the City of Baguio, which is known for its cool climate and unique attractions. Your first stop is the Philippine Military Academy. This premier military institution occupies 373 hectares of land. You'll next see the Philippine President's summer palace, which is called The Mansion. Inside the building is a presidential museum.

Camp John Hay will be your third stop. You can find numerous shopping, dining, and entertainment facilities on this popular site, which was once a US military base. You will then head to Mines View Park, which has a view deck overlooking Itogon town's defunct gold and copper mines.

You'll be visiting two more parks. The first one is Wright Park, where you can go horseback riding or simply stroll around the place. The other one is Centennial Park, which features a bronze sculpture, an art gallery, towering pine trees, and more.

Your Baguio Tour will end at Good Shepherd Convent. This location sells a variety of products such as jams, purple yam, peanut brittle, and others. Afterward, you will be on your way to your Manila hotel.

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Day 6
Ceiling of Magellan's Cross in Cebu

Day 6 - Day 6: Cebu City Tour

Your sixth day will be your departure to the island province of Cebu in the Visayas region. After checking out of your accommodation in Manila, you will travel straight to Ninoy Aquino International Airport via van. You will then board a direct flight to Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

Your city tour will start at Taoist Temple. Set on a hill, this multi-tiered temple was established by the Chinese community and offers a splendid view of downtown Cebu. Your next stop is another religious structure, the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino. It was constructed during the 16th century, becoming the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines.

A few steps away is Magellan's Cross, another important religious and historical site, which Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan planted in 1521. After that, you'll visit the Heritage of Cebu Monument, which shows historical events that occurred in Cebu.

You'll then proceed to the Yap - San Diego Ancestral House, the oldest residence in Cebu, and Temple of Leah, which was established as a tribute to a Cebuano's wife. Your final stop will be the Sirao Flower Farm, which boasts various lovely blossoms. After touring the city, your van will bring you to your Mandaue hotel.

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Day 7
Aerial view of Loboc River in Bohol

Day 7 - Day 7: Bohol Countryside Tour

On Day 7, you'll leave Cebu and head to its neighboring province, Bohol. From your accommodation in Mandaue, you will ride a van to a pier where you will board a ferry. Once you reach Bohol, you'll explore its rich countryside.

Your first location is the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. The tarsier is one of the smallest primates in the world. This creature has big, sensitive eyes, so take note of turning off your camera's flash before taking photos. After that, you'll ride a floating restaurant and go on a Loboc River Cruise. While onboard, you can enjoy various local dishes and cultural performances.

You will later go to Baclayon Church. This neoclassical church is declared a National Cultural Treasure. Next is the Butterfly Conservatory, which houses a variety of butterfly species that fly around a garden full of vibrant flowers. You'll make your next stop at Bilar Forest. Planted with mahogany trees, this site is man-made and was created during the mid-20th century.

To complete your Bohol Tour, you'll drop by the world-famous Chocolate Hills. This natural attraction comprises over 1,000 hills sitting side by side. At the end of the day, your guide will take you to your Panglao hotel.

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Day 8
Plane at a runway in NAIA

Day 8 - Day 8: Departure to Manila

This is the last day of your vacation package, and it's time to head back to Manila. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation on Panglao Island and bring you to Panglao International Airport. From Bohol, the flight to Ninoy Aquino International Airport is usually no longer than two hours.

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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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