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8-Day Scenic Countryside and Islands Tour to Puerto Princesa, Cebu & Baguio from Manila

Camp John Hay in Baguio
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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

Explore the scenic countryside and islands of the Philippines with this 8-day tour. See the historical places in Manila and the most popular and hidden natural attractions in Puerto Princesa, Cebu, and Baguio. This package comprises your accommodations, transfers, daily breakfast, entrance fees, and the service of guides.

Your excursion will kick off with a visit to Intramuros, a prominent walled area in the City of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Here you’ll find Spanish colonial structures and know what notable events took place within the place. Another historical place in your itinerary is Camp John Hay in Baguio. While this location used to be a US military base, it has become a top tourist destination as it now offers various activities, including trekking and shopping.

You will also visit Wright Park in Baguio, where you can experience horseback riding or enjoy the view of the pine trees. From Baguio, your guide will bring you to La Trinidad, Benguet, for some strawberry-picking at the town’s famous Strawberry Farm.

After touring some of the top destinations in Luzon, you will be on your way to the Visayas. Here you will visit Cebu, the Queen City of the South. The fascinating Temple of Leah and Sirao Flower Farm are among the best attractions in the city. There’s also this breathtaking 40-meter high Kawasan Falls that features natural pools of cool waters.

You will head back to Luzon for an island-hopping trip in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The islands are located in Honda Bay, which is home to abundant marine life. You will also be entering the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River.

Join this 8-day trip to see some of the main attractions of Puerto Princesa, Cebu, and Baguio, from Spanish colonial establishments to paradise-like islands. Check availability by choosing a date.

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)
Day 6 to 7 - Puerto Princesa Tour (Palawan)
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

Sightseeing and Walking
Island Hopping
City Tours
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour
Outdoor Activities

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Intramuros signage in Manila

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

On the first day of your tour package, you will arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where your guide awaits you. You will then ride a van to your hotel in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard. After checking in, you will start touring Intramuros.

Intramuros is a historic walled area with numerous old structures, including Fort Santiago. Erected in 1593, this defensive fortress features dungeons that the people can freely visit. Nearby is a public square called Plaza Roma. A monument of Charles IV of Spain stands in the middle of the public square.

Your next attraction is Bahay Tsinoy. Inside the museum, you will find exhibits that showcase the historical and cultural past between the ethnic Chinese and Filipinos. Your guide will then take you to another museum, called Casa Manila. Here you will learn the locals’ way of living during Spanish colonization.

After that, you will head to the well-landscaped San Diego Gardens, which sits beside Baluarte De San Diego, a bastion that dates back to the 16th century. You will stop by the San Agustin Church and Museum, the Philippines’ oldest stone church, before going to Manila Cathedral, which features stained glass windows and ornate bronze carvings.

Day 2
Mines view Park in Baguio

Day 2: Baguio Tour

After checking out of your Manila accommodation, you will travel north to visit Baguio, the Summer Capital of the Philippines. The city earned such a title because of its temperatures that seldom go over 26 degrees Celsius, so make sure to pack your sweaters for this trip.

Once you get to Baguio, you will first visit the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). Founded in October 1898, this institution houses a museum and historical military weapons. From there, you’ll proceed to The Mansion. This is no ordinary mansion as it serves as the official summer palace of the Philippine President.

Your guide will then bring you to Camp John Hay. It is a mountain resort with many hotels and restaurants and a shopping center, a golf course, and a convention center. Your following stops are Mines View Park, Wright Park, and Centennial Park. You can enjoy Baguio’s scenic natural beauty at these parks and try horseback riding or wearing the traditional attire of the Igorot locals.

Before you go to your Baguio hotel, you will stop by Good Shepherd Convent. Many local goodies are put on sale here, such as butter cookies, jams, peanut brittle, and Ifugao coffee.

Day 3
Northern Blossom Flower Farm in Benguet

Day 3: Benguet Tour

On Day 3, you’ll be touring the neighboring towns of Baguio. You will check out of your Baguio accommodation and ride a van to La Trinidad. Here, you will visit the famous Strawberry Farm, which is regarded as the most-visited tourist attraction in the Province of Benguet. Besides strawberries, there are also vegetables planted here.

You will next check out Atok Sakura Flowers in the Municipality of Atok. The Sakura trees here are gifts from the Japanese government of Kochi Prefecture to Benguet in celebration of their 40th anniversary of friendship. This park also has nipa huts where visitors can relax.

Your tour also includes the Northern Blossom, a two-hectare farm that boasts an array of vibrant flowers. Besides the usual sunflowers and roses, rare blooms, including cabbage roses, snapdragons, and delphiniums, can also be found here. While here, you get to see Mt. Pulag and Mt. Timbak from afar.

Afterward, you’ll go to the 2nd Highest Point in the Philippine highway system. It is situated along Halsema Highway and boasts an altitude of 7,400 feet above sea level. Your final stop is the Spanish Trail, which features three 10-meter tunnels. You will then travel back to your Manila hotel.

Day 4
Taoist Temple in Cebu

Day 4: Cebu City Tour

You will leave Manila and travel to Cebu. It is the oldest city in the Philippines and dubbed the Queen City of the South. From your accommodation, your van will transport you to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The plane will land at Mactan Airport.

To start your tour, you’ll head to the Taoist Temple, one of the historical sites in Cebu. It sits atop a hill and features a balcony that offers a scenic view of the city. Your next stop is the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino. Founded in 1565, this structure is one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in the country.

You will next see the Magellan’s Cross, which stands just outside of the basilica. A five-minute drive from the church is the Heritage of Cebu Monument, which illustrates the important events in Cebu’s history. Not far from here is Yap-San Diego Ancestral House. It is said to be the first Chinese house established outside of China.

You will also visit the Temple of Leah, which has a Roman-inspired architectural shrine. Before heading to your Mandaue hotel, you’ll spend the rest of the day at Sirao Flower Farm, where you can take pictures amid colorful flowers.

Day 5
Sardine run in Moalboal Cebu

Day 5: Kawasan Falls and Moalboal Sardine Run Tour

Day 5 is dedicated to more top attractions in the Province of Cebu. Your first attraction is the 40-meter high Kawasan Falls that is located in the town of Badian. You can simply go for a swim in its cool natural springs or go canyoneering to better appreciate the natural beauty of the falls.

Your next destination is Moalboal, a coastal town noted for its multiple white-sand beaches and healthy coral system. It is also the starting point for exploring the islands off the coast. From the mainland, a boat will take you to Pescador Island. Underneath its cobalt blue waters are stunning corals and various fishes, making the island ideal for snorkeling.

You will also drop by Turtle Point, where you can spend some time swimming with sea turtles. Then, you’ll visit Panagsama Beach, which is situated in mainland Cebu. Here you will witness the famous Sardine Run. A guide will first give you a briefing about the activity and hand your equipment.

Then, you’ll dive a few meters from the shore and enjoy watching the millions of sardines form various shapes. By the end of the day, your van will transport you back to your hotel in Mandaue.

Day 6
Honda Bay in Palawan

Day 6: Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

You will check out of your Mandaue accommodation and ride a plane at Mactan Airport. From there, you’ll travel to the Province of Palawan. You will arrive at Puerto Princesa International Airport. Your guide will then pick you up and drive you to Honda Bay, one of the popular tourist destinations in Puerto Princesa City.

Aboard a boat, you will go on an island-hopping trip. Your first stop is Starfish Island, which is abundant in starfishes of varied sizes and colors. It has colorful marine life and corals, which make it one of the best snorkeling sites. You will head to Cowrie Island next.

Aside from being the largest island in Honda Bay, Cowrie is also the most popular one. Feel free to visit the bars and restaurants and sample some local dishes and drinks. You can also go for a swim in the emerald waters or lie down on the fine white sand.

Luli Island will be the last stop of your tour. Also known as the sinking island, the site submerges during high tide and then reappears at low tide. Your guide will then take you back to the mainland and drop you off at your Sabang hotel.

Day 7
Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan

Day 7: Puerto Princesa Underground River and City Tour

On Day 7, you’ll get to know more of Puerto Princesa’s best attractions. You will first visit the world-renowned Puerto Princesa Underground River. Your guide will drive you to Sabang Wharf, where you’ll hop on a boat that will take you inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside this protected area, you will find awe-inspiring rock formations and even spot some bats.

After your underground river cruise is a city tour in Puerto Princesa. Once you return to the mainland, you will head Baker’s Hills. It is a great place to take great pictures and for purchasing souvenirs. Next, you will visit Plaza Cuartel, a famous historical tourist destination. This site depicts the important role of Puerto Princesa during World War II.

At your next stop, you will learn about the rare and endangered animal species, including crocodiles. You will also find here many skeletons, fossils, and bone structures of crocodiles. Your guide will take you to Mitra’s Ranch afterward. This place offers a sweeping view of the city, as well as multiple activities.

To wrap up your tour, you will stop by the city’s promenade, Puerto Princesa Baywalk. You will then have your well-deserved rest at your Sabang hotel.

Day 8
Terminal 1 of NAIA

Day 8: Departure to Manila

On the last day of your tour package, you are scheduled to return to Manila. You will check out of your accommodation in Sabang and ride a van to Puerto Princesa International Airport. The trip will take less than two hours before your plane lands at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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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