9-Day Philippines Natural Attractions & City Tour to Luzon Highlands, Cebu City & Bohol Island
Witness the breathtaking attractions and historic sites across Luzon’s highlands and the top attractions of Cebu City and Bohol with this 9-day vacation package. It includes roundtrip flights from Manila, land and ferry transfers, and accommodation.
You’ll go on a heritage tour around the walled city of Intramuros in Manila. Visit the city’s historic structures, iconic sites, notable museums, century-old churches, and other cultural attractions. While exploring Intramuros, you can learn more about the Philippines during the Spanish colonial period.
Feel the adrenaline rushing through your body when you go on a thrilling adventure ride to Mt. Pinatubo. You’ll be going on a trekking escapade to reach the volcano’s crater lake.
Other destinations in your itinerary are located in the northernmost part of Luzon. Here, you can see postcard-worthy scenery in Sagada, Banaue, and Baguio. You can also try strawberry picking at the La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. Apart from lush greeneries, Baguio also has its own adventure hub in Camp John Hay.
After exploring Northern Luzon, you will be flying to the Visayas. Explore Cebu City’s notable attractions, including Magellan’s Cross and Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino. You can also unwind at the Temple of Leah and take pictures with colorful flowers as your backdrop in Sirao Flower Garden.
Lastly, you will be exploring Bohol’s countryside attractions. Bohol is home to famous attractions such as Chocolate Hills, Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, and Baclayon Church. You can cruise along the blue-green waters of the Loboc River while having lunch on board a boat cruise. You can also strike a pose behind the tall mahogany trees at Bilar Forest.
Explore fascinating sights and awe-inspiring attractions in Luzon Highlands, Cebu City, and Bohol countryside with this ultimate 9-day vacation package. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour
Once you arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you will proceed to your hotel in Manila or near Roxas Boulevard. A private shuttle service will pick you up and take you to Intramuros, your first destination.
The first attraction on your list is Fort Santiago, a defense fortress back in 1590. You will then visit another iconic landmark, the Plaza Roma. It is a public square featuring the statue of King Charles IV of Spain. Inside the plaza, you’ll find another historic building known as the Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center.
Your next destination will give you a glimpse of the Filipino-Chinese relationship during the Spanish era. Bahay Tsinoy and Casa Manila will give you a glimpse of the past in Manila. Afterward, you can relax on the pergolas and gazebos at San Diego Gardens. Right across is Baluarte De San Diego, one of the National Cultural Treasures in Intramuros.
Lastly, you will then proceed to two grandiose churches that stood the test of time. The San Agustin Church and Museum is the country’s oldest stone church featuring a Baroque architectural design. Meanwhile, the Manila Cathedral will make your jaw drop upon entering its grand facades, interiors, and multi-layered arches.
Day 2 - Day 2: Mt. Pinatubo Tour
You will ride a 4x4 vehicle on the second day of your vacation. You will hike and trek to reach Mt. Pinatubo’s crater lake. Mt. Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano located between Tarlac, Pampanga, and Zambales. The 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo is one of the most known eruptions in Philippine history.
To reach the base camp in Tarlac’s Barangay Sta. Juliana, you need to ride a van. From there, you will be switching to a 4x4 vehicle. The terrain is filled with lahar due to the previous eruptions. Get ready to experience a rough and bumpy ride as you pass by the challenging terrain.
Visitors should wear proper hiking gear to ensure their safety. The 4x4 jeep will take you through Crow Valley. To reach the mountain’s deck, you have to get off the vehicle and traverse the remaining path on foot. The terrain is beginner-friendly.
At the end of the tour, all your hard work will eventually pay off with the breathtaking view of the crater lake.
Day 3 - Day 3: Banaue Tour
You’ll then head up north to the province of Ifugao on your third day. Your trip will take place in the municipality of Banaue. Here, you can find rice terraces that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. Set around 85km away from Sagada, Banaue boasts staircase-like rice terraces and paddy fields.
To get a better view of the terraces, you can trek to the Batad Banaue Viewpoint. You also have the option to trade Batad Banaue Viewpoint to visit Tappiya Waterfall. After the long and tiring journey, you can plunge and take a dip in its refreshing waters.
Afterward, you will then head to Banga-an Village, a small community comprising around 30 families. The small community consists of traditional hut-like houses with cogon roofing. Livestock and farm animals occupy the ground floor of the houses. Learn more about the Ifugao tribe, their culture, and livelihood in this little village.
Finally, you will then proceed to Banaue Museum, which features vintage photographs depicting people’s lives in Ifugao. Here, you can find treasured jewelry, weaponry, Igorot artifacts, traditional clothing, and mountain baskets.
Day 4 - Day 4: Sagada Tour
You will leave your hotel in Banaue early to travel to Sagada in Mountain Province via van transfer on your fourth day. The rustic town of Sagada is perfect for those who like to have a quick escape away from the city noise. You will drive along steep slopes and uphill routes to reach the town.
Your first destination is Sugong Cave. It features an underground river with water coming from Bokong Falls, which irrigates the rice fields of Kapay-aw. Echo Valley is up next. It has a path leading to the famous hanging coffins. As part of the burial practices in Sagada, the people in Mountain Province hang their coffins at the side of the mountain.
With more than 60 caves, Sagada serves as a perfect spot for spelunking. You’ll get to explore the largest among them, the Sumaguing Cave. Inside the cave, you can explore its many natural rock formations and pools.
Lastly, you’ll visit Bontoc Tribal Museum. While browsing through treasured artifacts, you can learn more about the history and culture of the indigenous tribes in the Mountain Province. Your day ends when you go back to your hotel in Sagada.
Day 5 - Day 5: Benguet Tour
The fifth day of your journey continues in the province of Benguet. Your first stop is La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. The 79-hectare farm cultivates approximately 1,775 metric tons of strawberries per harvest.
Your next destination is Atok Sakura Flowers which features beautiful cherry blossom trees. In 2016, the Japanese government gave cherry blossom seedlings as a gift to the municipality of Atok. There are already more than 30 sakura trees that bloom in the area.
Then, you’ll proceed to the flower carpet of Benguet, the Northern Blossom Flower Farm. This three-hectare flower plantation cultivates flowers that are mainly from Japan. It houses cabbage roses, sunflowers, snapdragons, marigolds, Peruvian lilies, and many more. Behind the flower fields, you can find the rolling mountain ranges of Mt. Timbak and Mt. Pulag.
Before you leave Atok, you’ll be passing through the 2nd Highest Point, the Halsema Highway. It offers the best view on top of the rolling mountain ranges. Lastly, you will proceed to the Spanish Trail with cave-like tunnels leading to majestic scenery.
Day 6 - Day 6: Baguio Tour
You’ll visit the City of Pines on your sixth day. Known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio is favored for its cool climate and being just a few hours’ drive away from Manila. Ifugao Museum will be your first destination. Here, you’ll find plenty of Ifugaos artifacts.
Up next is the Surrender Site of General Yamashita, a historic site built to honor Yamashita’s act of surrendering during World War II. Another stop is the Philippine Military Academy, a premier educational institution for aspiring military officers.
For your fourth destination, you’ll visit Fort De Pilar, which occupies 373 hectares of land. Then, you’ll proceed to The Mansion’s grand ornamental ironwork main gate. Up next in your Baguio itinerary is Camp John Hay. From a former US military base, it is now a popular adventure hub.
You’ll then head to Mines View Park. It features an observation deck overlooking the Itogon mines. Afterward, you can go horse-back riding at Wright Park and explore art galleries and gardens in Centennial Park. Lastly, don’t miss out on the chance to buy local treats like strawberry jam and ube or purple yam at the Good Shepherd Convent.
Day 7 - Day 7: Cebu City Tour
For your 7th day, you’ll fly to Cebu via Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Your Cebu City tour starts once your private van fetches you from your hotel in Mandaue. The first destination is the Taoist Temple, which sits on top of a hill. It features a replica of the Great Wall of China and dragon statues. Apart from its Chinese-inspired architecture, the temple complex also has a souvenir shop.
Next, you will proceed to downtown Cebu to visit the country’s oldest Roman Catholic church. Founded in 1565, the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino underwent renovations until 1740. Just a few meters away from the church is a chapel that houses Magellan’s Cross in commemoration of Ferdinand Magellan’s exploration in 1521.
Learn more about Cebu’s colorful history at the Heritage of Cebu Monument. It depicts relevant events and symbols like the Spanish galleon and the Battle of Mactan. It also features well-known figures of Cebu like Sergio Osmena, the 4th President of the country. Then, you’ll visit the ancestral Yap - San Diego Ancestral House.
If you’re seeking peace and tranquility, the Temple of Leah is the perfect spot to take some quiet time. At the end of the tour, you’ll drop by Cebu’s own Little Amsterdam, the Sirao Flower Farm, cultivating colorful blooms each year.
Day 8 - Day 8: Bohol Countryside Tour
On your last tour day, you’ll be boarding a ferry from Cebu to Bohol. From your Panglao, Bohol accommodation, your van will take you to Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. This wildlife relief sanctuary is home to one of the smallest primates. When taking photos, do not use cameras with flash because tarsiers are highly sensitive.
Then, you will take a relaxing lunch cruise while traversing the blue-green waters of the Loboc River. You can witness the river’s enchanting scenery while enjoying your lunch in the floating restaurant. Up next, you’ll head to the historic and century-old Baclayon Church. It is a National Treasure that survived massive earthquakes in 2013.
Your countryside tour continues in Bilar town. You’ll proceed to The Butterfly Conservatory. Deemed as Bohol’s first butterfly breeding and conservation site, this colorful sanctuary is open to visitors who would like to have an up-close encounter with diverse species of butterflies.
Next in your itinerary is Bilar Forest, an impressive 2km man-made forest planted with mahogany trees. For your final destination, you’ll visit the famous Chocolate Hills. This geological formation consists of over 1,000 hills. During the dry season, the vegetation covering this remarkable natural attraction resembles chocolate-colored hills.
Day 9 - Day 9. Departure to Manila
Wait for your van to pick you up and take you to Panglao International Airport. Then, you will be boarding a direct flight to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You’ll be heading back to where you started, Manila.
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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.
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Private rooms with private bathrooms in guesthouses or small hotels with basic amenities.
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.
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.