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The Best Philippines Family Tour for Unspoiled Islands Discovery

Following the convenient and classic route from Mania to Cebu, this 9-day tour is a mix of exciting island hopping experiences and pleasant city sightseeing, suitable for tourists of all ages.

Starting with the culture exploration in Manila, you will visit the Rizal Park, San Agustin Church and more landmarks. Then travel to Bohol to explore famous Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Sanctuary and cruise along Loboc River, and also go to see dolphins and swim to spot sea turtles in Balicasag Island. After that, head to Cebu, where you will further get to know the history and culture of the country, and cruise to Mactan Island to discover rich corals and fish species underwater.
Travel Route: Manila - Bohol - Cebu
Day: 9
Best for: First-timers
Tour Type: Escorted private tour with personal tour guide and vehicle
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The specialist who designs this trip have lived in this country for several years, in some cases, born here. Our first-hand knowledge will help you have an authentic experience, making the most of your vaction.
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We guarantee 100% deposite refund during the pandemic, and provide 24/7 emergency service during the trip.


Discover the top sights of Manila city

Visit landmarks of the capital city, including Rizal Park, San Agustin Church, Manila Cathedrall, Fort Santiago, Casa Manila Museumand etc.

Enjoy a relaxing sightseeing in Bohol

Spend one day exploring the top sights of Bohol, including Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Sanctuary etc, and enjoy a leisurely Loboc River cruise.

See dolphins and see turtles in Balicasag Island

Spot some dolphins near Balicasag Island with a fun dolphin-watching session, enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and discover various beautiful corals and even sea turtles.

Visit the stunning islands of Mactan with island-hopping tour

Take a side trip to Mactan Island from Cebu and cruise to three beautiful islands, where you can explore corals, numerous fish species, snorkel, dive and so on.


Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Manila Arrival
Welcome to Manila!
Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at Ninoy Aquino International Airport and escort you to your hotel to check in. The rest of the day you are able to go to Manila Bay for a walk and enjoy the beautiful bay scenery.
Stay overnight in Manila.
Day 2: Manila City Tour
Today, you will spend a full day exploring the city of Manila.
In the morning, you will first visit Rizal Park, also known as "Luneta". Dedicated to the Philippines' national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, Rizal Park has gardens, historical monuments, a 3D map of the Philippines, picnic grounds, a grand stadium, and an open-air concert hall.
Next, you will head to visit Manila Cathedral. It is the main building of the Catholic archdiocese of Manila, founded in 1581, the church's appearance is very solemn style, the front wall is carved with six white religious figures and all kinds of exquisite decorations, and the top is carved with two lovely little angels and solemn cross, sending out a strong religious atmosphere and classical charm.
Then, you will explore San Agustin Church which was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993. It is one of the country’s oldest churches. You are able to get a closer look at the old walls, church ruins, and other remains from the Spanish colonial era.
After visiting San Agustin Church, you will visit the Chinese Museum. The museum is the world's first Chinese history museum founded by a private group, recreating nearly thousands of years of Chinese Filipinos.
Later, you will visit Fort Santiago, one of Manila's most important historical sites. It was built by the Spanish in the late 1500s and surrounded by a wooden fence. In the 16th century, the Spanish governor transformed the city village into a stone city.
Your final leg is to explore Casa Manila Museum. This museum is a replica of a Spanish colonial mansion in 19th-century Manila. It recreates the rich merchant’s way during the Spanish colonization, showcasing period furniture coming from Chinese, European, and Philippine origins. It also shows the Philippines, Austria, Malacca, France, Britain, the Qing Dynasty, and other colonial antiques, including furnishings and furniture.
Stay overnight in Manila.
Manila San Agustin Church
Day 3: Manila to Bohol
Today, you will head to Manila airport for the flight to Bohol. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Stay overnight in Bohol.
Day 4: Bohol Countryside Tour
In the morning, you will first visit the Blood Compact Shrine, which is a monument made to honor the first international treaty between the Philippines and Spain. It symbolizes the historical traces of the Philippines' changing international status.
Then go to visit the Baclayon Church, one of the oldest stone churches in the Philippines. It was the first church built by the Spanish in the Philippines.
Next, you will take a wildlife trip to the Tarsier Sanctuary, where you can see tarsier in its natural habitat. Tarsier is the smallest primate and a kind of endangered species in the world. Please make sure not to use flash photography or make too much noise to avoid startling the cute animals.
Later move to Loboc River, where a delicious lunch is waiting for you in one of its floating restaurants. Relax and enjoy the sights as you cruise along the river while the locals present a folk performance for your entertainment.
In the afternoon, you will head to Bilar Man-made Forest, which comprises thousands of mahogany trees stretching more than 2 kilometers between the towns of Bilar and Loboc.
After that, continue to the Bohol Butterfly Conservation Center to get close contact with hundreds of butterfly species.
Finally, you will visit the Chocolate Hills, which is one of the most popular tourist spots not only in Bohol but in the whole the Philippines. Thousands of green and brow-open hillocks dot the landscape as far as the eyes can see, truly a natural wonder that can only be seen in Bohol.
Stay overnight in Bohol.
Tarsier is the smallest primate in the world.
Day 5: Dolphins Watching & Balicasag Island Tour
In the morning, you will go to Dolphin Playground to watch dolphins, keeping an eye out for wild dolphins jumping up and down through the water. Please take note that seeing dolphins is not guaranteed. If you’re lucky, you might see these creatures jumping up close.
Then, you will go to Balicasag Island which is an incredible marine sanctuary for snorkelers and sea lovers. Here, you are able to freely soak up the crystal clear turquoise waters around the island where you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and diving.
You will see different species of fish, various beautiful corals in shallow and deep waters, and even sea turtles. If you’re lucky enough, you might see the funny dolphins that usually follow the boats and play in the wild!
In the late afternoon, return to your hotel to rest or arrange your own activities.
Stay overnight in Bohol.
Dolphin watching in Pamilacan Island
Day 6: Bohol to Cebu
In the morning, you are free to explore the Alona Beach of Bohol.
After lunch, you will leave Bohol and travel to Cebu. You will first be transferred to the pier, and then take a fast ferry to Cebu. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Stay overnight in Cebu.
Day 7: Cebu City Tour
Today you will spend the full day exploring the landmarks of Cebu city. First go to visit the Museo Sugbo,which is the Cebu Provincial Museum located in the former Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC), four blocks from Plaza Independencia.
Then, go to the Heritage of Cebu Monument, also known as the Parian Monument.It is a representation and illustration of sculptures depicting significant and symbolic events in the history of Cebu back from the time of Rajah Humabon to the recent beatification of the Cebuano martyr, Pedro Calungsod.
Next, you will visit Yap Sandiego Ancestral House.Dating back to the Spanish colonial era of the 1600s, the Yap Sandiego Ancestral House is a museum that sheds light on the Chinese settlements of the city.
After that, you will move to Magellan’s Cross which is housed in a chapel. It is believed to be a Christian cross planted by the Portuguese and Spanish explorers headed by Ferdinand Magellan, on their arrival day of March 15, 1521. That day also marked the birth of Christianity in the land.
Then continue to visit the Basilica Minore Del Sto. Nino,which is the oldest church in the Philippines, built in 1565, and the world-famous "El Nino image" is stored here.
Also visit the Sirao Flower Farm,where you can see all sorts of flowers neatly arranged and in various colors. The flower farm is also called as "The Little Amsterdam of Cebu".
At the end of the day, you will visit the Temple of Leah. It is a beautiful Romanesque architectural shrine, also known as the Taj Mahal of Cebu. It is the hometown of the grandmother of Filipino actress Ellen Adana.
Stay overnight in Cebu.
Visit Magellan’s Cross
Day 8: Mactan Island Hopping Tour
Today you will take a side trip to Mactan Island, which is a few kilometers east of Cebu Island. Mactan Island is a paradise with pristine waters and beautiful white sandy beaches that make this place famous all over the world.
Upon arrival, you will go on a wonderful island hopping tour to Gilutungan Island, Caohagan Island, and San Vicente in Olango Island. All three islands have marine reserves where you can explore the rich coral and hundreds of tropical fish species. With the help of boatmen, you can also snorkel, dive, and even take nice pictures of these islands.
After the island hopping tour, return to Cebu from Mactan Island.
Stay overnight in Cebu.
Mactan Island
Day 9: Cebu Departure
Say goodbye to the Philippines.
You are free to arrange your time until the guide transfer you to the airport.
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Service Included

Private English-speaking tour guide
All entrance ticket fees for sightseeing listed in the itinerary
Private van for land transportation
Meals as specified in the itinerary
Hotel accommodation
Governmental taxes

Service Excluded

International air tickets
Visa Handling fee, visa stamp fee
Meals as not listed in the itinerary
Tips and gratitude to the guide and driver
Surcharge for public holidays (if any)
Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, etc.

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