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9-Day Philippines Natural Wonders Vacation 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

Experience a relaxing escapade around the Philippines’ top cultural and natural attractions with this ultimate 9-day vacation package to Luzon Highlands and Bohol. Explore various famed spots in the Philippines on this tour with roundtrip flights from Manila, land and boat transfers, and accommodation with breakfast. 

Your first destination is the walled city of Intramuros in Manila. You can learn about the Spanish colonial period when you stroll in its notable landmarks, century-old museums, and churches.

Your journey continues in your second destination, Mt. Pinatubo. Hop on a 4x4 vehicle and trek to the volcano’s crater lake. Most of the breathtaking attractions are in the uppermost region of Northern Luzon. You can go sightseeing in Sagada or capture the spectacular Ifugao rice terraces in photos. To get a better view, you can hike up to the Batad Banaue viewpoint.

You will also drop by Atok, Benguet, where you can find the Northern Blossom Flower Farm, a majestic flower carpet underneath a sea of clouds. Another highlight of your trip is a visit to the City of Pines, Baguio. Favored for its cool climate, local and international travelers go up here to relax and unwind. 

Before you head out to Manila, you will be capping off your last day in Bohol, home to the famous Chocolate Hills, Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, Bilar Forest, and Pamilacan Island. Your countryside tour also includes a lunch cruise along Loboc River. Then, you’ll drop by the iconic structure of Baclayon Church.

Discover both well-known attractions and hidden gems around the Philippines with this 9-day vacation package to Luzon Highlands and Bohol from Manila. Marvel at the natural and historical wonders of Intramuros, Mt. Pinatubo, Benguet, and Bohol. 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 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 3 to 6 - Banaue, Sagada and Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
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
Sunset over Intramuros in Manila

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

You will be staying at a hotel in Manila, where a private van will fetch you for your first day tour. The first destination on your itinerary is the walled city of Intramuros.

You’ll head to Fort Santiago, a defense fortress back in 1590. Next is Plaza Roma, a public square with the statue of King Charles IV of Spain. Plaza Roma also houses another historic building, Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center.

The two upcoming attractions, Bahay Tsinoy and Casa Manila feature Chinese ethnicity and the Philippine lifestyle during the Spanish era. You can also relax on the pergolas and gazebos at San Diego Gardens. The garden is right across Baluarte De San Diego, a National Cultural Treasure that has survived earthquakes and wars.

The last two attractions that you'll visit in Intramuros are century-old churches. Deemed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The San Agustin Church and Museum is the oldest stone church in the Philippines. Featuring a Baroque architectural design, the San Agustin Church has detailed murals and paintings on its walls. Lastly, your tour ends once you enter the marvelous facades, interiors, and multi-layered arches of the 400-year-old Manila Cathedral.

Day 2
Beautiful view of Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake

Day 2: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

On the second day of your vacation, you will go on a hiking trip and trekking adventure to Mt. Pinatubo. You can find this scenic volcano between Tarlac, Pampanga, and Zambales. Being an active stratovolcano, Mt. Pinatubo had a massive eruption in 1991.

To reach the base camp in Tarlac’s Barangay Sta. Juliana, you have to get in a van. From there, you will be switching to a 4x4 vehicle. Due to Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption, the terrain has been filled with lahar. Fasten your seatbelts because this will surely be a rough and bumpy ride. The terrain is challenging, but it is worth it once you get to the rainbow’s end.

For your safety and protection, you have to wear proper hiking gear. You will ride a 4x4 jeep, which will take you through Crow Valley. However, you can only reach the mountain’s deck on foot. You have nothing to worry about because the terrain going up the deck is beginner-friendly. By the end of the tour, all of your hard work will pay off when you reach the breathtaking view of the volcano’s crater lake.

After your trip, you’ll then head to Ifugao, home to the Banaue rice terraces.

Day 3
Bright green environment in Batad Rice Terraces

Day 3: Banaue Tour

For your third day, you will head up north to the province of Ifugao. This highland province in Cordillera Administrative Region is home to the breathtaking Banaue. Here, you can find two rice terraces that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. Set around 85km away from Sagada, Banaue boasts amphitheater-like rice terraces and paddy fields.

To get a better view of the terraces, you can trek to the Batad Banaue Viewpoint. Meanwhile, you can also trade Batad Banaue Viewpoint for a visit to the Tappiya Waterfall. After the long and tiring journey, the majestic waterfalls will greet and invite you to take a dip in its refreshing waters.

You will then head to Banga-an Village, a small community with less than 30 families. The small community consists of traditional hut-like houses with cogon roofing. On the ground floor, you can find various livestock and farm animals. You will 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 the life of people in Ifugao. The museum takes good care of their treasured jewelry, weaponry, Igorot artifacts, traditional clothing, and mountain baskets.

Day 4
Aerial view of Echo Valley

Day 4: Sagada Tour

On your fourth day, you will leave early from Banaue to Sagada via van transfer. The town of Sagada is a perfect destination for travelers seeking a relaxing escape away from the city noise. When exploring Sagada, you need to prepare yourself for long treks and walks to steep slopes and uphill routes.

Sugong Cave is the first destination on your itinerary. Featuring an underground river, Sugong Cave has water from Bokong Falls, which will then irrigate the rice fields of Kapay-aw. Next up is Echo Valley, with a path leading to the famous hanging coffins of the Mountain Province. 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. The largest among them is Sumaguing Cave, which boasts natural rock formations. It also features ancient stalactites, stalagmites, natural pools, and streams.

Finally, you will visit Bontoc Tribal Museum. Here, you can learn more about the history and culture of the indigenous tribes in the Mountain Province. At the end of your tour, your van will take you to your hotel in Sagada.

Day 5
Orange flowers at Northern Blossom Flower Park

Day 5: Benguet Tour

Your fifth day starts in the province of Benguet. La Trinidad Strawberry Farm is the first stop on your itinerary. Set around 8km away from Baguio City, the 79-hectare farm brings approximately 1,775 metric tons of strawberries per harvest.

For your second destination, you will be heading to Atok Sakura Flowers. The Sakura Farm showcases beautiful cherry blossom trees. In 2016, the Japanese government donated hundreds of cherry blossom seedlings to Atok, Benguet. Every year, there are already more than 30 Sakura trees that bloom in the area.

Your third destination is Northern Blossom Flower Farm. This three-hectare flower plantation boasts distinct and vibrant flowers. You’ll find annual and perennial flowers such as cabbage roses, sunflowers, snapdragons, marigolds, and Peruvian lilies. You can also strike a pose with the rolling mountain ranges of Mt. Timbak and Mt. Pulag as your backdrop.

Before you leave Atok, make sure to drop by the 2nd Highest Point and the Spanish trail. Set along the Halsema Highway, the 2nd Highest Point offers the best view on top of the rolling mountain ranges. Lastly, you will traverse the Spanish Trail’s cave-like tunnels, which will lead you to a spectacular view.

Day 6
Pine trees in Baguio

Day 6: Baguio Tour

It’s time to visit the City of Pines on your sixth day. Baguio has numerous attractions, and you’ll explore nine of them. First, you’ll go to the Ifugao Museum that features a great collection of Ifugao’s artifacts. Up next is the Surrender Site of General Yamashita, a historic site to honor Yamashita’s act of surrendering during World War II.

Then, you’ll proceed to the Philippine Military Academy, a premier educational institution for aspiring military officers in the country. Up next is Fort De Pilar, which occupies 373 hectares of land. Then, you’ll proceed to The Mansion. You can take a photo at its ornamental ironwork main gate.

The next destination on 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, featuring an observation deck overlooking the Itogon mines.

After Mines View Park, you’ll explore Wright Park and Centennial Park. You can go horse-back riding and explore art galleries and gardens.

Your last destination is the Good Shepherd Convent. It has a store that sells best local treats and delicacies in the city. Don’t miss out on their best-selling ube jam or purple yam.

Day 7
Aerial view of Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Day 7: Bohol Countryside Tour

Your seventh day will take place in Bohol. From your Panglao accommodation, your van will take you to Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. In this wildlife relief sanctuary, you’ll find the Bohol Tarsier, one of the smallest primates. When taking photos, do not use cameras with flash because tarsiers have huge yet sensitive eyes.

You will then have a relaxing lunch cruise while traversing the blue-green waters of the Loboc River. You can enjoy the river’s enchanting views while enjoying your lunch in the floating restaurant. Up next, you’ll head to Baclayon Church. Despite having massive earthquake damages in 2013, the church stands tall and remains a National Cultural Treasure.

Your countryside tour continues in Bilar town. The first attraction is Bohol’s first butterfly breeding and conservation site, the Butterfly Conservatory. The second is Bilar Forest, an impressive 2km man-made forest planted with mahogany trees. You can strike a pose in the middle of the road with the tall and majestic trees as your backdrop.

For your final destination, you’ll be visiting the famous Chocolate Hills. This geological formation consists of over 1,000 hills. During the dry season, the vegetation covering this remarkable natural attraction turns into brownish and chocolate-like color.

Day 8
White sand beaches of Pamilacan Island

Day 8: Bohol Pamilacan Island Tour

Your Bohol adventure continues in Pamilacan Island. It is set in the middle of the Bohol Sea, which is about 10km away from the mainland.

During the boat ride to the island, you’ll catch a few sightings of sea creatures like whales or dolphins. Back in the 90s, Pamilacan Island’s main source of living was whale and manta ray hunting. However, the local government has prohibited the illegal hunting of these marine creatures. At present, the locals have focused on promoting local tourism on the island.

You can find pristine white-sand beaches once you get to the island. Pamilacan Island is a great snorkeling spot for those who like to see its rich marine sanctuary. It is also a popular dive site where you can spot bucket sponges, sea turtles, moray eels, and sea snakes.

Pamilacan Island is quite small with less than 1,000 residents, which makes it easier for travelers to explore its attractions. Lastly, you can check out the remains of a historical tower on the island. Back then, Spaniards have used this 200-year-old observation post to watch out for pirates.

After your Pamilacan Island Tour, you will return to your accommodation in Panglao.

Day 9
Sunset over a plane in Manila Airport

Day 9: Departure to Manila

Wait for your van to pick you up and take you to Panglao International Airport. You’ll be heading back to where you started, Manila. Then, you will be boarding a direct flight to the 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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