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9-Day Philippines Adventure & Historical Tour Package to Luzon Highlands & Bohol Island from Manila

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Tour starts
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Starting time
at 09:00
Duration
9 days
Ending place
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Languages:
English
Difficulty:
Easy
Available:
All year
Minimum age:
None

Spend nine days in the Philippines visiting the tourist spots in Luzon and the island province of Bohol with this 9-day vacation package. This hassle-free 9-day vacation package includes accommodations with breakfast, transportation, and entrance fees. It is the best pick for travelers desiring to see the marvels of both Luzon and Visayas in just one booking.

After being picked up at your hotel along Roxas Boulevard in Manila, you will visit Intramuros, a historic walled area within the city. Located there are countless churches, museums, historic buildings, and many more. You will also head to the Spanish colonial town of Vigan in Ilocos Sur, where you will check out Calle Crisologo. With its old Spanish structures, you will feel like you have traveled back in time.

Camp John Hay in Baguio will be your other stop for this tour. It is one of the tourist-favorite attractions in the city because of its peaceful ambiance. You will also be seeing the magnificent crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo during this tour. You’ll ride a 4x4 vehicle and go on a trek before reaching it.

Afterward, you will take a flight from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Panglao International Airport in Bohol. You will go on a relaxing Loboc River Cruise while you enjoy mouth-watering Filipino cuisine. A visit to Bohol will not be complete without dropping by the marvelous Chocolate Hills.

Join this fun-filled 9-day tour to see the wonders dotting around Luzon Highlands and the beautiful island province of Bohol that will not only amaze you but will also teach all about the Philippines. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

8 nights accommodation (budget category)
8 days breakfast
8 lunch
All flights with 20kgs baggage allowance
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 - Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur Tour (Ilocos Region)
Day 3 to 5 - Sagada, Banaue and Baguio Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 6 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 7 to 8 - Bohol Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 9 - 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
City Tours
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Facade of Fort Santiago in Intramuros

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

From your hotel in Manila, you will travel to Intramuros. This walled area offers numerous structures that are important parts of the country’s history. One of these is the Italian-Spanish Fort Santiago, a defense fortress completed in 1593 and was used as a prison.

You will proceed to Plaza Roma, a public square where a monument in tribute to King Charles IV of Spain stands. This site is considered to be the center of Intramuros. You will then drop by two museums: Bahay Tsinoy and Casa Manila, both of which will teach you more about Manila’s history.

San Diego Gardens will be your next stop, a park with pergolas and gazebos is situated. This space is available for rent in holding special occasions. A few minutes away is Baluarte De San Diego, a bastion that used to be a tower.

Another interesting spot to visit is the San Agustin Church and Museum. It is the oldest stone church in the country and offers a collection of Spanish-period artifacts, paintings, furniture, and more. Lastly, you’ll get to see the country’s major church, the Manila Cathedral, which serves as the seat of the city’s archbishop.

Day 2
Streets of Calle Crisologo at night

Day 2: Ilocos Laoag & Vigan Tour

Day 2 will be dedicated to exploring both Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. You will board a plane at Ninoy Aquino International Airport and fly to Laoag International Airport. From the airport, you will be driven to your hotel in Laoag City.

Your tour will start at the Malacanang of the North, which is the previous home of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. Nearby is Paoay Lake, which is the largest of its kind in Ilocos Norte. You’ll also see Paoay Church, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From Paoay, you will travel to the town of Batac to visit Marcos Museum, as well as to Badoc to see Juan and Antonio Luna Museum. You will later head south to Ilocos Sur. Your first two stops here are St. Paul Cathedral and Bantay Church and Bell Tower.

The next attractions will give you more knowledge about the Philippines’ history and culture: Pagburnayan Jar Factory, Burgos Museum, National Museum (Ilocos Regional Complex), and Crisologo Museum. Near the museum is Calle Crisologo, a cobble-stoned street lined with Spanish houses. Your last stop will be Baluarte, a zoological park with various animals like Bengal tigers, leopards, deer, ostrich, and more.

Day 3
Wide view of Echo Valley in Sagada

Day 3: Ilocos Norte Pagudpud Tour

Early in the morning, you’ll be picked up at your hotel in Laoag City and travel south toward Sagada. Located in the Cordillera regions, this town thrives in natural wonders that make it popular for numerous activities like trekking, hiking, spelunking, and more.

One of the famous spots is Sugong Cave, which is where the hanging coffins can be found. Locals have practiced this traditional way of burying people for thousands of years. Neighboring countries like Indonesia and China also practice this.

Before heading to Sugong Cave, you’ll get to see Echo Valley first. This natural area is packed with pine trees and limestone and offers a breathtaking panorama of the mountain range. This site is called as such because loud noises bounce back to the source.

Another cave you’ll visit is the Sumaguing Cave. It has the biggest chamber out of more than 60 caves located beneath the town. Inside it are various rock formations shaped by nature.

Before returning to your hotel in Sagada, you’ll head to Bontoc Tribal Museum. Displayed there is an extensive collection of artifacts from each of the region’s tribes, including musical instruments, everyday tools, and headhunter axes, among others.

Day 4
Lush green landscape of Batad Rice Terraces

Day 4: Ilocos Sur Vigan Tour

On the fourth day, you’ll be traveling south once again, going to Banaue. This lovely town is home to prominent rice terraces carved on the mountains about 2,000 years ago by the Ifugao people. The village of Batad will be your first destination where you’ll find the amphitheater-like rice terraces, which is listed as one of the UNESCO Heritage Sites in the world.

For a better perspective of the terraces, you may head to the Batad Banaue Viewpoint. You can reach this site after a 30-minute hike. If you prefer to see another natural wonder in Batad, you can go directly to Tappiya Waterfall instead. You will need to go on a trek to get there.

If you’re more into interacting with the locals and learning about their daily life, visiting Banga-an Village is perfect for you. This small community is home to less than 30 families, with most of the houses built traditionally.

To wrap up your tour for the day, you’ll drop by Banaue Museum, where you’ll be able to learn more about the tribes that have inhabited the region. It features a collection of antique items such as weapons, furniture, baskets, clothes, and more.

Day 5
Pines trees in Baguio

Day 5: Baguio Tour

You will travel in a van or jeepney from your hotel in Banaue going to the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio. Situated 1,470m above sea level, this city gives off a cool climate that makes it a perfect place to beat the summer heat. Out of its many attractions, you’ll be visiting nine of them the whole day.

Your first stop is the Ifugao Museum that displays priceless artifacts and ancient traditions of Ifugao. The Surrender Site of General Yamashita is your next destination. This memorial commemorates the submission of the Japanese army during World War II.

Next on your itinerary is the Philippine Military Academy, which is the top choice for aspiring military officers. You’ll then proceed to The Mansion, where the President stays while in the city, and to Camp John Hay, a previous military base. You will also stop at Mines View Park. It offers fascinating mountain views and a defunct mining town.

Wright Park is another recreational area you’ll visit. This site offers a great horseback-riding experience. At Centennial Park, you can simply relax in the Igorot huts or stroll around the place. Finally, you’ll visit Good Shepherd Convent, where you can purchase goodies or souvenirs.

Day 6
Blue waters at Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 6: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

On Day 6, you will be hiking the infamous Mt. Pinatubo in the province of Tarlac. This active stratovolcano is notorious for its 1991 eruption that has been considered the second-largest eruption of the 20th century as its effects were felt across the globe. Out of this tragedy also emerged a natural marvel, now a must-visit attraction in the province.

This day tour involves hiking, so be sure to wear comfortable clothes. From Baguio, you will travel to the base camp near Mt. Pinatubo. You will then be transferred to a 4x4 jeep, which will take you as far as it can. The ride will be quite bumpy as the terrain has become ragged due to the eruption.

After a 4x4-jeep ride, you will have to climb up the volcano toward the crater lake. The trail is somewhat long, but beginners won’t have trouble reaching the destination. On the way, you can enjoy the place’s tranquility and fresh air.

As soon as you reach the end of the trail, you can expect a marvelous view of an emerald lake enclosed by the crater. After the Mt. Pinatubo tour, you will return to your hotel in Manila along Baywalk.

Day 7
Chocolate hills in Bohol during summer

Day 7: Bohol Countryside Tour

On your 7th vacation day, you will be exploring the province of Bohol. You will be picked up at your hotel in Manila and brought to the airport. It only takes a little over an hour to get to Panglao International Airport. Your tour will start at Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. When taking pictures of the tarsier, you must take note that flash photography is not allowed.

You will next have a Loboc River Cruise. You will board a floating restaurant, where you can feast on mouth-watering Filipino dishes while going down the pristine river. You will be taken to the popular Baclayon Church afterward. Beside the church is its old convent, which has been turned into a museum.

Butterfly Conservatory will also be part of your Bohol countryside tour. Not only will you find numerous butterfly species at the site, but you will also learn more about the vibrant, winged insect. You will next visit Bilar Forest, which is a man-made, 2-kilometer stretch of mahogany trees.

Last but not least, you will see the world-renowned Chocolate Hills. This attraction seems like a never-ending sea of hills. During the dry season, the grass turns brown, making the hills appear like chocolates.

Day 8
White sand beach of Pamilacan Island

Day 8: Bohol Pamilacan Island Tour

On your last day in Bohol, you will go off the shore of the mainland to see Pamilacan Island. It is more or less 10km away and lies in the middle of the Bohol Sea. During the boat ride, you may be able to see sea creatures like dolphins or whales.

The island is small, so you can tour around the place with ease. Locals residing on the island are more or less a thousand. You may interact with them or stroll around the small community. There’s also a 200-year-old fort on the island, but only its remains stand today. Spaniards previously used it as a watchtower.

Other than that, expect to see fine white pristine sand covering the beach area of the island. Also, the atmosphere is calming, making Pamilacan Island the best spot to escape the bustling cities. Other than that, the blue waters surrounding the place are filled with colorful and rich marine life. Sea turtles, sea snakes, bucket sponges, and moray eels are among the aquatic creatures that abound in a certain area on Pamilacan Island.

After enjoying your time on the island, you will head back to your accommodation in Panglao Island.

Day 9
Manila Airport waiting area

Day 9: Departure to Manila

The ninth day marks the end of your vacation package. You will be picked up at your hotel in Panglao Island and be dropped off at the airport. The flight from Panglao International Airport to Manila is less than two hours. The plane will land 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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