8-Day Philippines Vacation Package to Luzon Highlands, Bohol & Apo Island 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

Discover the Philippines' stunning attractions and rich history on this 8-day excursion. From the highlands of Luzon to the countryside of Bohol and Apo Island in the Visayas, you will visit a mix of historical sites, museums, caves, and parks, among others. With this package, your accommodation, entrance fees, transportation, and services of tour guides will be taken care of before the tour starts.

Your eight-day trip will start in Manila, particularly in Intramuros. Located in the heart of the Philippines’ capital city, this historic walled district dates back to the Spanish colonial period. It encloses several historic structures and landmarks, some of which you will visit during the tour. 

You will also be visiting Mt. Pinatubo in Tarlac, located some 125km from Manila. Notorious for its large eruption back in 1991, the active volcano also produced a breathtaking crater lake out of this catastrophe. You will trek up the volcano to see this impressive view.  

From there, you will head further north to stop by the Strawberry Farm in Benguet. It is one of the most-visited sites in the province as visitors get to pick fresh strawberries that they can bring home.

Camp John Hay in Baguio is also part of the itinerary. The United States armed forces used this site as a military base during World War II, but the place is now a top tourist attraction packed with hotels, dining sites, and others.

After your tours in Luzon, you will travel to the Visayas via plane. Here, you will experience some of the best attractions of Bohol, including the Loboc River Cruise and the world-renowned Chocolate Hills. You will also be spending a fun day exploring the marine life of Apo Island.

Make the most out of your vacation with this 8-day package that will bring you to the top attractions in Luzon highlands, Bohol, and Apo Island. 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 Baguio Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 6 to 7 - Bohol and Dumaguete 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
Facade of Fort Santiago in Intramuros

Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour

A day tour at the historic Intramuros is your schedule for this day. You'll get to see some of the oldest buildings and fortifications in the Philippines. Once you reach Ninoy Aquino International Airport, your guide will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation in Manila before beginning your Intramuros tour.

The first attraction you'll visit in the walled district will be Fort Santiago. Erected in 1593, this historical landmark has prisons used during the Spanish colonial period and World War II. Another site that locals used during Spanish colonization is Plaza Roma. Here, you'll see a King Charles IV monument.

Next, you'll head to Bahay Tsinoy. It houses a museum called Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center that shows the lives and contributions of the ethnic Chinese to the country. Casa Manila is another museum you'll visit. The building displays materials depicting Filipinos' lifestyle during the Spanish colonial era.

You will then stop by the stunning San Diego Gardens, as well as the Baluarte De San Diego that stands close to the gardens. Following this, your guide will bring you to San Agustin Church and Museum, the Philippines' oldest stone church. Lastly, you'll see the Manila Cathedral that was initially a parish church founded in 1571.

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Day 2
4x4 ATV vehicle in Mt. Pinatubo

Day 2 - Day 2: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

On the second day, you'll be going on a hike to Mt. Pinatubo, so it's best to wear proper hiking attire. After you check out of your Manila hotel, you'll be on your way to Central Luzon, where Mt. Pinatubo is. This attraction is known for its 1991 eruption, one of the largest ones during the 20th century.

Mt. Pinatubo is situated on the boundaries of three provinces: Tarlac, Pampanga, and Zambales, but the base camp is located in Tarlac. The jump-off point of your tour is at Barangay Sta. Juliana, where you'll get on a 4x4 vehicle. The ride is quite bumpy as the terrain is rocky and filled with lahar because of Mt. Pinatubo's 1991 eruption.

After you cross Crow Valley, you'll begin your trek to Mt. Pinatubo. The trail is a bit long, but even beginners can complete it. Once you reach the end, you will be greeted with an incredible view of the volcano's crater lake. The calm emerald lake is surrounded by lush foliage and craggy cliffs.

You will then return to the base camp via 4x4 jeep and ride a van going to Baguio. You will head directly to your Baguio hotel.

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Day 3
Aerial view of a strawberry farm in Benguet

Day 3 - Day 3: Benguet Tour

Day 3 of your vacation package will focus on the attractions dotting Benguet. This province is dubbed the Salad Bowl of the Philippines as it produces large amounts of fresh vegetables each year. Your tour for this day will start in the town of La Trinidad, which boasts its 79-hectare Strawberry Farm. Visitors have the option to go strawberry-picking at the site.

Up next is Atok Sakura Flowers, where more than 30 cherry blossom trees are planted. The Japanese government gifted these trees to Atok, Benguet back in 2016, and the Sakura trees are expected to bloom yearly soon.

Your next stop will also amaze you with its vibrant flowers. The two-hectare Northern Blossom is filled with various flowers like cabbage roses, sunflowers, snapdragons. Offering sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, the site also makes for an ideal background for photos.

You will then visit the 2nd Highest Point, which is located along Halsema Highway. It has the second-highest altitude in the Philippines. After that, you'll head to your last stop, the Spanish Trail. This 3km trail is man-made and features cave-like tunnels.

After an enjoyable day in Benguet, your van will bring you back to your accommodation in Baguio.

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Day 4
Echo Valley in Sagada

Day 4 - Day 4: Sagada Tour

On this day, you'll be heading to Mountain Province to visit the town of Sagada. Expect some zigzag roads and fascinating mountain views on the way to Sagada. The tour for the day includes hiking and spelunking, so make sure to wear the proper outfit.

To start the tour, you will visit Sugong Cave. Here, you will find an underground river inside the cave. Its waters come from Bokong Falls and go down to the Kapay-aw Rice Terraces, irrigating the plants.

Your second destination will be Echo Valley. The valley has trails that will lead you to the Mountain Province's most iconic attraction, the hanging coffins. Locals hang coffins on the face of mountains as part of their traditional burial.

Next, you will go spelunking in Sumaguing Cave, also known as the Big Cave, as it is the largest one among more than 60 caves in Sagada. Inside the cave are centuries-old rock formations, natural pools, and streams.

You will make your last stop at Bontoc Tribal Museum. Here, you will find a collection of artifacts and art that reflect the culture of the region's indigenous tribes. Once you finish the tour, your van will drive you to your Sagada hotel.

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Day 5
Pine trees in Baguio City

Day 5 - Day 5: Baguio Tour

For your 5th day, it's time to head to Baguio. Baguio has been named the City of Pines because it boasts countless pine trees. It's also considered the Summer Capital of the Philippines because lots of people visit Baguio in summer due to its cool climate.

The Philippine Military Academy is your first stop. Since it was established in 1898, this educational institution has trained aspiring military officers in the country. Your guide will take you to The Mansion next. The Philippine President resides here during a visit to the city.

After that is a visit to Camp John Hay, which is the most popular attraction in Baguio. It was once a US military base used during World War II, and now it is packed with hotels, gardens, shopping facilities, and more.

You will then stop by Mines View Park, which offers stunning views of mountain ranges and Itogon's old gold and copper mines. Meanwhile, you can enjoy horseback riding or a stroll at Wright Park. You'll also go to Centennial Park to see its lush gardens and art gallery. Before you return to your accommodation in Manila, you'll stop by Good Shepherd Convent, where you can purchase tasty local treats like jams and peanut brittle.

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Day 6
Loboc River Cruise in Bohol

Day 6 - Day 6: Bohol Countryside Tour

Your sixth day will cover the top attractions in the Province of Bohol. You'll board a plane at Ninoy Aquino International Airport and land at Panglao International Airport. Upon your arrival, you will ride a van that will take you to your Panglao accommodation.

From your hotel, you'll go to Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, which houses one of the smallest primates in the world, the tarsier. This creature has large and sensitive eyes, so be sure to turn off your camera's flash before taking pictures.

The next part of your tour is a Loboc River Cruise. You will get on a floating restaurant that will course the pristine Loboc River. You can enjoy great views as well as local dishes while onboard. From there, you'll drop by the neoclassical Baclayon Church. This National Cultural Treasure was destroyed during a 2013 earthquake and was restored in 2017.

You will travel to the town of Bilar and visit two attractions. Your guide will take you to Butterfly Conservatory, home to various butterfly species. The second one is the Bilar Forest, a remarkable man-made forest of mahogany trees. Your final stop is the world-famous Chocolate Hills, comprising over 1,000 hills sitting side by side.

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Day 7
Sea turtle in Apo Island, Dumaguete

Day 7 - Day 7: Apo Island Tour

On Day 7, you will go to Dumaguete and have an enjoyable time on Apo Island, one of the world's most famous dive sites. From your Panglao hotel, you will travel to Dumaguete via van and ferry. Your guide will then take you to the town of Dauin, which is the starting point to Apo Island.

Located 10km from Dauin, Apo Island is a marine sanctuary home to different sea creatures like manta rays, hammerheads, and tuna. It also has about 400 species of corals. Make sure to wear your swimsuit to better experience the island's beauty.

One of the most-visited sites on Apo Island is Turtle Point. You will get the chance not only to spot sea turtles but also to swim beside them. Apart from swimming and snorkeling, you can also take the time to relax on the shore.

Apo Island also offers a trekking opportunity. Located at the southern part of the island is a 600-meter trail called Habagat Eco-Trail. At the end of the trail, you can have a better viewpoint of the sea and rock formations. Once you return to mainland Dumaguete, your van will bring you to your Dumaguete hotel.

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Day 8
Lounge area in NAIA

Day 8 - Day 8: Departure to Manila

On the last day of your vacation package, you will leave the City of Dumaguete and head back to Manila. Once you check out of your hotel, your van will drive you to the airport. The flight usually takes less than two hours from Dumaguete to 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.

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.

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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