Make the most of your vacation to the Philippines with this 9-day tour package that will bring you to some of the top attractions in Luzon and Visayas' islands. This package is inclusive of accommodation with breakfast, entrance fees, transportation, and service of guides. This is perfect for travelers who want to discover both natural spots and heritage sites in the Philippines.
Starting in the City of Manila, the Philippines' capital, this 9-day trip will teach you about the notable structures that lie within the city's historic walled area called Intramuros. During the tour, your knowledgeable tour guide will tell you the significant past events that happened within this walled city.
You will also head to Northern Luzon on this trip, including a visit to Camp John Hay in Baguio City. This destination is a former military base of the United States Armed Forces. Then, you will enjoy a strawberry-picking activity at the Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad.
After exploring the Luzon Highlands, you will fly off to the Visayas. You will visit Pamilacan Island in the province of Bohol. This attraction is surrounded by a reef home to various marine animals like starfishes, crinoids, and wrasses, among others.
You will also board a floating restaurant and go on a leisurely Loboc River Cruise in Bohol. Then, you will head to the world-famous Chocolate Hills. Exploring Dumaguete City is also part of the itinerary. You will tour around the Silliman University, which has a unique history to tell and lovely architecture to show. You will also sail to Apo Island, which is home to over 650 species of fish.
Spend your vacation in the Philippines in the most exciting way with this 9-day vacation package to Luzon Highlands, Bohol, and Dumaguete from Manila. Check availability by choosing a date.
Exploring the historic walled city of Intramuros will be your activity for the day. You will see some of the oldest stone fortresses in the Philippines. Upon your arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, your van will pick you up and drive you to your hotel in Manila.
After checking in to your hotel, you will start your day tour within Intramuros. Your first destination is Fort Santiago, a historical landmark constructed in 1593 and used as a prison during the Spanish Empire and World War II. Plaza Roma will be your second stop. This public square features green spaces and a monument King Charles IV erected in 1824.
At Bahay Tsinoy, you will learn about the long relationships between Filipinos and Ethnic Chinese. Next is Casa Manila, which illustrates Filipinos' lifestyle during the Spanish colonial era. San Diego Gardens will be another attraction you'll see in Intramuros, where you will spot pergolas and a fountain. Beside it is a 16th-century bastion called Baluarte De San Diego.
You will also see the oldest stone church in the country, San Agustin Church and Museum. Your last stop will be Manila Cathedral. It was initially built as a parish church in 1571.
The City of Baguio will be your destination for this day. It is one of the most-visited locations during summer and best known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines. For this day, you will visit historical sites and recreational parks.
Baguio City is home to the Philippine Military Academy, which is the top choice for Filipinos who dream of becoming military officers. Established in 1936, the academy is considered a national historic landmark.
You can also find The Mansion in the city. It is the official summer palace of the Philippine President and features a presidential museum inside. After a photo-op here, you will head to the popular Camp John Hay. Previously a U.S. military base, this location is now a top tourist attraction with shopping outlets, leisure spots, and more.
You will also visit the Mines View Park, which offers an overlooking view of the Itogon mining town and its abandoned gold mines. Next are Wright Park and Centennial Park, both great spots for unwinding and enjoying the fresh air.
To wrap up the tour, you will drop by the Good Shepherd Convent. This convent offers various goodies, including purple yam. Afterward, you will return to your Baguio hotel.
On Day 3, you will explore the province of Benguet, which is nicknamed the Salad Bowl of the Philippines because of its large production of vegetables. Be sure to wear warm clothes during the tour as Benguet has a cool climate.
The famous La Trinidad Strawberry Farm is located in the province. This 79-hectare farm allows tourists to pick and take home a basket of strawberries for a fee. Next, you'll make a stop at Atok Sakura Flowers. The 34 Sakura trees gifted by the Japanese government will soon bloom yearly.
You will also find lots of lovely flowers at the next stop. Set on rolling fields, Northern Blossom features a variety of flowers like snapdragons, cabbage roses, Matthiola, and more. The site also offers sweeping views of the surrounding mountains.
Then, you will head to the 2nd Highest Point, a location with the second-highest altitude in the Philippines. It sits along the Halsema Highway, which links Benguet with the Mountain Province.
The Spanish Trail will be the last stop of the day. It is a man-made trail that was created during the Spanish period. After your Benguet Tour, you will be on your way to your accommodation in Manila.
On the fourth day of this vacation package, you will fly to the province of Bohol. After checking out of your Manila hotel, you will head to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will then get on a plane and arrive at Panglao International Airport.
In Bohol, your tour will focus on Cambuhat, a serene location within the town of Buenavista. The jump-off point to Cambuhat Village is at Daet Bridge, where you'll switch from your van to a paddleboat. You will go through the vast and picturesque Cambuhat River that is lined with mangroves and nipa palms.
In Cambuhat Village, you will find the Cambuhat Oyster Farm, one of their primary livelihood sources. You will find out the way locals harvest oysters at this eco-friendly site. On the banks of the river stands a small visitor's center.
After visiting the farm, you will indulge in a hearty lunch of oysters. While dining, locals will entertain you with a traditional dance called the Buri dance. You will also see how locals make woven products using native looms afterward. By the end of the day, your van will take you directly to your accommodation in the beautiful Panglao Island.
On the fifth day, you will spend a whole day of fun on a paradisiac island in the province of Bohol. Your van will pick you up at your Panglao hotel and take you to the jump-off point. You will board a boat to Pamilacan Island, which sits 12.5km from the mainland.
Pamilacan Island is nestled in the middle of the Bohol Sea. It has an area of 1.75sq.km and a population of fewer than 2,000 people. During the boat ride, you may be able to spot dolphins jumping out of the water. Sightings of manta rays, sharks, and whales have also been reported.
Pamilacan is a coral island that has fossilized seashells preserved on the rocky hills. Some homes are decorated with jaws and other bones of marine mammals. The place also offers crystalline waters and white sand beaches. You may relax and sunbathe on the shore or go for a swim.
You can also go snorkeling to see the beautiful corals, schools of fish, sea turtles, and more. You may also want to visit the 200-year-old Spanish fort, which is located along the beach. You will head back to your hotel in Panglao Island after the tour.
It's time to explore the rich countryside of the province of Bohol. From your accommodation in Panglao Island, you will travel to Corella Tarsier Sanctuary. Here, you'll be able to see the smallest primates in the world face to face. Flash photography is not allowed at the site as tarsiers have large and sensitive eyes.
Next, you will experience the popular Loboc River Cruise. You will ride a floating restaurant where you will enjoy some local dishes while watching locals perform. Once you return to the land, you will head to Baclayon Church, a Natural Cultural Treasure. It is the oldest church in Bohol.
You will also visit the Butterfly Conservatory, which houses several species of butterfly. This conservatory also features a garden with vibrant flowers that attract butterflies. The Bilar Forest will be next on the itinerary. What makes this attraction different from other natural spots is that it is artificial. Situated in the border of Loboc and Bilar towns, this 2-km stretch is planted with mahogany trees.
To complete the tour, you will see one of Bohol's most iconic attractions, the stunning Chocolate Hills. More than 1,000 mounds make up this famous site, the highest of which is 120m.
On Day 7, you will visit another tourist destination in the Visayas, Dumaguete. After you check out of your Panglao hotel, your van will take you to a ferry terminal. You will hop aboard a ferry bound for Dumaguete in the province of Negros Oriental.
Dumaguete is known for its educational institution, Silliman University, where you'll find historical structures and museums. Next, you will stroll along the Rizal Boulevard and see the province's oldest stone church, St. Catherine De Alexandria. Outside the church is the 18th-century Dumaguete Campanario.
You will then visit the Dumaguete Public Market, which has local delicacies, fresh seafood, and more. You will also see the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park and the Claytown Pottery that has many clay shops. Right after that will be the Sidlakang Negros Village, a tourism center that presents the city's arts and handicrafts, among others.
On this tour, you will also dine in at Lab-as Seafood, go up to the Valencia Forest Camp, and see some World War II artifacts at the Cata-al War Museum. Your last two attractions will be the San Agustin de Hippo Church and Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage Center. Afterward, you will head back to your Dumaguete hotel.
The eighth day of your vacation package is dedicated to another famous island in the Visayas, the Apo Island. Not to mention, it is one of the most prominent dive sites in the world. Your van will drive you down to the town of Dauin, which is the starting point for your Apo Island Tour.
Lying 10km from the mainland, Apo Island has a spectacular marine sanctuary. Snorkeling is one of the fun activities to do while on the island. Besides schools of fishes, you'll also find various corals populated by marine animals like tuna, hammerheads, and manta rays.
One of the best diving spots on the island is Turtle Point. As its name implies, this site is where sea turtles are often spotted. In case you get tired of swimming, Apo Island has tranquil beaches with fine white sand, ideal for unwinding and getting some naps.
You can also go for a trek to the southern end of Apo Island. Habagat Eco-Trail extends up to 600 meters and leads to a site that offers a panoramic view of the sea. At the end of the day, you will make your way back to your Dumaguete hotel.
This is the end of your 9-day vacation package. Your van will bring you to the airport after you check out of your accommodation in Dumaguete. The flight from Dumaguete to Manila will not take more than two hours. The plane will land at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Please bring appropriate clothing. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.
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Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.
The season for dolphin watching in Dumaguete is from March to October and is subject to weather and wind conditions. If off-season or on days when the northeast monsoon is strong, dolphin watching may not be possible. During Habagat/ Southwest monsoon Season (June-October), boat ride to Apo Island may be rough.
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.