Make the most of your trip to the Philippines with this 9-day tour that will take you to top attractions in Luzon Highlands and the islands of Bohol and Cebu. This vacation package includes accommodation with daily breakfast land/sea transportation, entrance fees, and roundtrip flights. So if you're a traveler wanting to see historical sites and natural spots, this holiday trip is the perfect opportunity for you.
For nine days, you will explore the highlands and islands of Luzon and Visayas. Your tour will begin in the country's capital city, Manila. Here lies the historic walled city of Intramuros, where you will find multiple museums, campuses, historic buildings, and public squares.
This package also includes going to Calle Crisologo in Vigan, widely known for its well-preserved structures that date back to the Spanish colonial period. You will also be touring around Baguio City to see Camp John Hay and several other attractions. From Baguio, you will head south to the province of Tarlac and hike up Mt. Pinatubo to see its crater lake.
After exploring Luzon, you will fly to the Visayas to explore two beautiful island provinces of Cebu and Bohol. In Cebu, you will see a local's gesture of love to his late wife at the Temple of Leah, find different vibrant blossoms at Sirao Flower Farm, and have a refreshing swim at Kawasan Falls.
Meanwhile, in Bohol, you will experience the well-known Loboc River Cruise, where you will go down the jade-green river while you enjoy a mouthwatering buffet of local dishes. Next, your tour vehicle will drive you to the sea of marvelous Chocolate Hills.
Take home wonderful memories from this 9-day tour in the Philippines, from Luzon Highlands to the provinces of Bohol and Cebu. Check availability by choosing a date.
The first day will be your arrival in the Philippines. The plane will land at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where your van will be there waiting for you. You will then be on your way to your hotel in Manila around or along Roxas Boulevard.
On this day, you will explore Manila's popular historic walled area, Intramuros. You will be stopping by the 16th-century citadel, Fort Santiago, a defense fortress during the Spanish Empire. A public square called Plaza Roma is another attraction you'll see inside. It features a large green space and the King Charles IV monument.
Bahay Tsinoy, which houses the Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center, will give you an idea about ethnic Chinese. More stories from the past await you at Casa Manila, which presents the country's lifestyle during Spanish colonization.
Your next stop will be a natural attraction: San Diego Gardens, which boasts well-arranged plants and flowers. After enjoying the gardens, you will head to Baluarte De San Diego next door, one of the oldest stone fortifications in Intramuros. The San Agustin Church and Museum is another ancient attraction you'll be visiting. Your Intramuros Tour will then end at Manila Cathedral, the country's foremost church and throne of Manila's Archbishop.
Your second day will be a trip to Luzon's northern part, particularly to the cities of Laoag and Vigan. It will take a little over an hour to get from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Laoag Airport. Upon arriving in the region, you will begin your tour at the Malacanang of the North in the town of Paoay, the Marcos presidential family's official residence in the north.
You'll next visit the town's horseshoe-shaped Paoay Lake and the Spanish Colonial-era baroque church, Paoay Church. From there, you will see the cenotaph and memorabilia of late President Ferdinand Marcos at Marcos Museum in the City of Batac.
You will learn more history, specifically about two of the country's heroes, at Juan at Antonio Luna Museum. Afterward, your tour vehicle will drive you to Vigan City, where you will drop by two beautiful religious structures: St. Paul Cathedral and Bantay Church.
The tour will also take you to Pagburnayan Factory, where you'll learn about traditional pottery before heading to Burgos Museum, National Museum (Ilocos Regional Complex), and Crisologo Museum to dive into more history lessons. To wrap up the tour, you will spend time at Baluarte and Calle Crisologo for some photo-ops and relaxation.
On Day 3, you will leave the City of Vigan early in the morning to travel to the Mountain Province. There, you will explore the town of Sagada. This trip involves trekking and spelunking, so make sure to bring plenty of water and dress comfortably.
Your Sagada tour will begin with a visit to the Sugong Cave. This natural attraction features an underground river, which supplies the Kapay-aw rice fields with water. The river's water comes from Bokong Falls. Next, you will go on a trek through Echo Valley, where shouts will reverberate in the area. This trail will lead you to the province's famous hanging coffins.
You will then proceed to another amusing cave, the Sumaguing Cave. This is the biggest of its kind in Sagada and has natural pools and streams. Take note that the water is freezing cold. Moreover, you will discover fascinating geological formations within the cave.
And finally, you will pay a visit to the Bontoc Tribal Museum. Locals built this to preserve the history and heritage of the indigenous tribes of the Cordillera region. You will find here artifacts and artworks. After browsing the displays, your van will take you to your hotel in Sagada.
This day will be dedicated to the City of Pines, Baguio. Situated 1,470m above sea level, this city is known for its cool climate that earns the title "Summer Capital of the Philippines." Baguio City offers plenty of attractions, and you'll be visiting nine of them.
The first spot in your itinerary will be the Ifugao Museum, which exhibits the ancient traditions and artifacts of the Ifugao. Your second stop will be the Surrender Site of General Yamashita, where the Japanese general Tomoyuki Yamashita formally surrendered to the Allied forces during World War II.
You'll also get to see the Philippine Military Academy, the leading educational institution for locals wanting to become military officers. From there, you'll head to The Mansion to check out its presidential memorabilia museum. You'll also explore Camp John Hay, a former US military base that now has historic structures, hotels, and gardens.
After this, you will get to relax in a few of Baguio's alluring parks. Mines View Park offers panoramic views of mountains, while Wright Park has spectacular scenery of pine trees and a horseback riding activity. Centennial Park is another perfect place to unwind. Before heading back to your Baguio hotel, you will stop by the Good Shepherd Convent, where you can purchase goodies and souvenirs.
Your fifth day in the Philippines will be an exciting hike to Mt. Pinatubo in the province of Tarlac. This volcano is infamous for its 1991 eruption that was considered the second-largest one in the world during the 20th century. Although it affected too many locals at that time, a magnificent natural wonder emerged from the disaster.
Be sure to wear something comfortable on this day since you will be going up and down mountains. At the base camp in Barangay Sta. Juliana, you'll get on a 4x4 jeepney. Expect a bumpy ride as the terrain has become rugged due to the eruption.
The 4x4 jeepney can only take you as far as it can go, and you will need to ascend to the view deck on foot. The trail is a bit long, but even beginners can complete it. After a tiring hike, you will be rewarded with a marvelous view of Mt. Pinatubo's crater lake that boasts pristine turquoise waters. It is an Instagram-worthy backdrop, so take as many photos as you want.
Afterward, you will head back to the base camp, and then your van will take you to your hotel in Manila along the Baywalk area.
On your sixth day, you will be traveling to Cebu City via plane from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Your van will be awaiting you at the airport and will then bring you to your accommodation in Mandaue City.
A visit to the Taoist Temple will mark the start of the tour. Located in an elevated area, this vibrant multi-layered temple offers a sweeping view of downtown Cebu. From there, you will visit the 16th-century Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, the country's second-oldest Roman Catholic Church. Just outside the church is another important religious and historic site, Magellan's Cross.
Nearly 2km away is the Heritage of Cebu Monument, which depicts significant historical events in Cebu, including the Battle of Mactan. Not far from here is Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, Cebu's oldest residence that is now a museum.
You'll also see the Temple of Leah in Barangay Busay. It was built in 2012 as a grand gesture of love from a Cebuano to his late wife. Sirao Flower Farm is the last attraction for this day's tour. This is an 8000-square meter uphill land that features different types of flowers, but celosia is the main flower grown.
Day 7 will be for the province of Bohol and its historical and natural attractions. After your tour vehicle picked you up at your hotel in Mandaue City, you'll head to a port, where you'll board a ferry that will take you across the sea towards Bohol.
Your van will first take you to Corella Tarsier Sanctuary, where you'll see the world's smallest primate. Be sure not to use flash photography as tarsiers have sensitive eyes. Next, you'll go on a Loboc River Cruise. While cruising across the jade-green river, expect some cultural presentations and a sumptuous buffet of local dishes.
The Neoclassical Baclayon Church will be your next stop. This National Cultural Treasure is the second-oldest church in the Philippines, following San Agustin Church. You'll also pay a visit to the Butterfly Conservatory, which houses dozens of butterfly species, as well as vibrant blossoms.
Next is Bilar Forest, an artificial mahogany forest that stretches up to two kilometers long along Loboc and Bilar towns' border. Last but not least, you'll get to see the world-famous Chocolate Hills, comprising over 1,000 mounds. After a fun day around Bohol, you will have a well-deserved rest at a Panglao Island hotel.
For your Day 8, you will be leaving Bohol and heading back to Cebu via ferry. The tour for this day will focus on Cebu's natural attractions. Kawasan Falls in the town of Badian will be the first stop. This multi-layered waterfall system features turquoise waters as well as pools and lagoons.
For adventure-seekers, you can add canyoneering at Kawasan Falls to your tour. Throughout this activity, you will be trekking, swimming, going down natural water slides, and jumping off of waterfalls. You'll then make your way to the coastal town of Moalboal. This place is one of the Visayas' best reef diving sites, thanks to its excellent coral ecosystem.
Moalboal is also the jump-off point for the next part of your tour, island hopping. The first island you'll visit is Pescador Island, home to one of the most beautiful dive sites where visitors can find exotic fishes as well as soft and hard corals.
Next is Turtle Island, where you'll get to see sea turtles up close. Your last stop will be at Panagsama Beach, where the Sardine Run is a sight to behold. After a great day underwater, you will have a peaceful sleep at a Mandaue Hotel.
On the last day of the vacation package, you'll be checking out of your accommodation in Mandaue City and heading to Mactan-Cebu International Airport to board a flight going to Manila. From there, it will take slightly over an hour to land at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City.
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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. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.
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.