8-Day Philippines Vacation Package to North Luzon Highlands & Bohol Countryside from Manila

Sunset over a rice field near Chocolate Hills 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

Escape to the scenic highlands of North Luzon and visit Bohol countryside attractions with this 8-day vacation package to the Philippines. This hassle-free vacation package includes roundtrip flights from Manila, land and ferry transfers, and accommodation. 

Take a walk along the streets of Old Manila in Intramuros. You will wander through the facades of various churches, well-preserved structures, plazas, and fort ruins. During the heritage tour, you will learn about the Spanish colonial period as you listen to engaging stories about rajas and conquistadors. You will learn compelling facts about historical wars and battles.

Your exciting journey continues in the North Luzon Highlands. From Manila, you will be flying to Laoag, Ilocos Norte. You will witness giant turbines facing the West Philippine sea at Bangui Windmills. The wind farm uses 20 windmills arranged in a single row along the 9km-long shoreline of Bangui Bay. 

You will also take a stroll in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan. Admire the beauty of ancestral houses as you traverse the vibrant Calle Crisologo. Then, you will go up to the coldest spot in the country, Baguio City. Gaze at pine tree forests and feel the cold breeze in Camp John Hay, a former US military base that became a famous adventure hub.

This vacation package includes roundtrip flights to the Visayas. You will explore different countryside attractions in Bohol. Experience a relaxing escapade while cruising along the calm jade-green waters of the Loboc River. Your eco-adventure in Bohol won’t be complete without witnessing the stunning geological formation at Chocolate Hills.

Explore the top sights and majestic attractions in North Luzon Highlands and Bohol Countryside when you book this ultimate 8-day vacation package. Make the most of your trip and explore Intramuros, Ilocos Norte, Vigan, Baguio, and Bohol. 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 4 - Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur (Ilocos Region)
Day 5 - Baguio Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 6 to 7 - 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
A moat in Fort Santiago in Intramuros

Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour

Once you arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you will wait for your van to fetch you and take you to your hotel in Manila or near Roxas Boulevard. Your first destination is Intramuros, the oldest district of Manila.

Intramuros features various historical sites and notable landmarks. You will visit many of them, but first, you will drop by Fort Santiago. In the late 1500s, this citadel used to be a prison cell for political prisoners.

Your second destination is Plaza Roma. Inside the plaza, you can find the statue of King Charles IV of Spain. It is in commemoration of his successful sending of the first batch of smallpox vaccine to the Philippines. Up next is Bahay Tsinoy. It depicts the relationship between ethnic Chinese and Filipino communities.

You will also visit Casa Manila to learn about the colonial lifestyle of Filipinos during the Spanish era. Then, you will drop by San Diego Gardens and Baluarte De San Diego. This 16th-century bastion sits between historical fort ruins and lush greeneries.

Next, you will marvel at the country’s oldest stone church, the San Agustin Church, and Museum. Lastly, you will admire the impressive facades, interiors, and arches of Manila Cathedral.

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Day 2
Sunrise over Paoay Church in Laoag

Day 2 - Day 2: Laoag Tour

On your second day, you will take a short flight to Laoag Airport from Manila. Alight at the terminal and wait for your private van to take you to your hotel.

Your first stop is at St. Williams Cathedral. The Sinking Bell Tower is one of the notable structures in this 16th-century church. As the name implies, the bell tower sinks at least an inch into the ground every year.

For your next activity, you will wander through the historical artifacts at Museo Ilocos Norte. Inside this ethnographic museum, you will learn about the colorful culture and heritage of the region. Then, you will drop by Aurora’s Park to see the 19th-century Tobacco Monopoly Monument.

Your Laoag journey continues at the Malacanang of the North, a grand presidential museum for former President Marcos. You will also visit the iconic Paoay Church. Back in the day, it was used as the former observation post of the Katipuneros and Filipino Guerrillas.

Afterward, you will proceed to the town of Batac. You will find the cenotaph of the late president at Marcos Museum. Your final stop is at the Juan at Antonio Luna Museum, which features the famous Luna brothers’ life and works.

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Day 3
Famous road of Patapat Viaduct in Ilocos Norte

Day 3 - Day 3: Pagudpud Tour

For your third day, your van will fetch you from your Laoag hotel and take you to the town of Burgos. Your first destination is Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, the highest coastline watchtower in the Philippines. It stands majestically on top of a hill overlooking the West Philippine Sea.

You will also witness gigantic turbines at Bangui Windmills. The wind farm comprises 20 wind turbines, forming a single line along Bangui Bay. Then, you will pass by Patapat Viaduct, a scenic coastal road bridge in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.

Next, you will visit a picnic park called Agua Grande. It has a cold stream with crystal clear running water that flows to Pasaleng Bay. You can find a grotto at Paraiso ni Anton. The locals believe that the water beside the grotto provides healing. You will also visit the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, a stunning attraction near the Burgos coastline.

Your final stop is Pasuquin Salt Stand, where you can buy the best salt and salt-preserved food in town. Those seeking an adventure can add a 4x4 ride at La Paz Sand Dunes. You will go over small and steep hills on an 85 square kilometer coastal beach and desert in Ilocos Norte.

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Day 4
Tour of Calle Crisologo while riding a Kalesa

Day 4 - Day 4: Vigan Tour

On Day 4, you will take a stroll around the historical landmarks and notable structures in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan. Your van will fetch you and take you to your first destination, the National Museum Ilocos Regional Complex.

You will begin your jam-packed day browsing through the significant artifacts, well-preserved relics, and treasured jewelry. Then, you will go to Bantay Church and Bell Tower. You will witness a panoramic view of the whole Bantay district and a portion of Abra province on top of the belfry tower.

Your jam-packed historical tour continues at Syquia Mansion Museum, a 19th-century stone mansion featuring symbolic family heirlooms of the well-known Syquia family during the Spanish era. You will pay a short visit to Pagburnayan Jar Factory and learn traditional pottery making.

Then, you will visit the Crisologo Museum, a former residence of Congressman Floro S. Crisologo and his family. It exhibits their notable memorabilia and furniture. Next, you will walk the vibrant street of Calle Crisologo to see ancestral houses and historical structures.

You will also visit St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral to witness impressive ceiling paintings and magnificent interiors. Lastly, you will see life-size dinosaur statues at Baluarte mini zoo.

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Day 5
Bridge in a botanical garden in Baguio

Day 5 - Day 5: Baguio Tour

Your journey continues up north in Baguio City on the fifth day of your vacation. The Summer Capital of the Philippines, also known as the City of Pines, is a go-to destination for those who want to enjoy the cool breeze and breathtaking sceneries.

First, you will visit Ifugao Museum. Inside the ethnic museum, you will browse through galleries depicting Ifugao’s ancient traditions and artifacts. Then, you will drop by the Surrender Site of General Yamashita. It is a historic site to commemorate Yamashita’s act of surrendering during World War II.

You will head to the Philippine Military Academy, a premier institution for aspiring military officers in the country. Then, you will visit Fort De Pilar, which occupies 373 hectares of land. The Mansion is your next destination. You can take a photo against the ornamental ironwork entrance.

Next, you will try adventure activities at Camp John Hay. Then, you will gaze at the rolling mountain ranges on top of Mines View Park. At Wright Park, you can go horseback riding. Afterward, you will see flower gardens and art galleries at Centennial Park.

Lastly, don’t miss out on the chance to try the best-selling ube jam at Good Shepherd Convent.

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Day 6
Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Day 6 - Day 6: Bohol Countryside Tour

On Day 6, you will head back to Manila and take a short flight to Bohol via Panglao International Airport. Your van will take you to your hotel in Panglao, Bohol. Then, you will go to your first destination, the Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. You will see tarsiers up close inside this wildlife sanctuary.

You will board a floating restaurant at the Loboc River. A live band will serenade you with classic love songs while the raft sails lazily through the blue-green waters. Gaze at the tranquil landscape and indulge in a mouthwatering Filipino cuisine on board.

Baclayon Church is your next destination. This historic church got devastated by an earthquake in 2013. Then, the structure underwent a complete renovation in 2018.

You will find the remaining countryside attractions in the town of Bilar. At the Butterfly Conservatory, you will see different kinds of butterflies. Then, your van will drive along the Bilar Man-Made Forest. You can take plenty of photos with tall mahogany trees as your backdrop.

Up next is the famous Chocolate Hills. You will witness over 1,000 hills that turn brown in summer. The vegetation is covering the hills shifts into a greenish color during the rainy season.

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Day 7
White sand in Pamilacan Island in Bohol

Day 7 - Day 7: Bohol Pamilacan Island Tour

The last leg of your Bohol adventure will take place in Pamilacan Island. Situated at the heart of the Bohol Sea, this remote island comprises only a thousand residents. Whale and manta ray hunting was their source of livelihood back in the 90s. However, they have turned to tourism after the government prohibited this illegal practice.

To reach Pamilacan Island, you will take a short boat ride. You might come across whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures that may occasionally pop out of the water. When snorkeling and diving into its pristine seascape, you will see beautiful corals and fish sanctuaries.

Pamilacan Island is a must-visit diving spot in Bohol that is home to bucket sponges, moray eels, and sea snakes. You might even get a rare opportunity to swim with sea turtles. If you ever get tired of swimming, you can relax on the beach.

The island also offers scenic attractions other than its majestic seascape. There is a 200-year-old Spanish fort on the island, the Pamilacan watchtower, which overlooks the island’s breathtaking view. Spaniards used this tower to watch out for pirates. The island also has a souvenir shop where you can purchase local handicrafts.

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Day 8
Waiting area at an airport in Manila

Day 8 - Day 8: Departure to Manila

On the last day of your vacation, your van will pick you up from your hotel in Panglao, Bohol. Then, you will proceed to Panglao International Airport. From there, you will take a short flight to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will be heading back to where you started, Manila.

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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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