See the best highlands attractions of the Philippines' North Luzon with this 10-day vacation package. Accommodations with breakfast, entrance fees, and all transfers are already included in the package. Experienced tour guides will also be with you during the tours.
This vacation will let you discover the hidden gems of the country. You’ll learn about the different cultures and tribes of the mountain regions as well as the rich history of the Philippines. What’s more, you’ll be able to visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites during this trip.
Your journey will start in Manila where the walled Intramuros is located. You’ll get to visit museums and solid fortifications built during another century. After Manila, you’ll spend the rest of your vacation in North Luzon. You’ll get to travel to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan where you will walk through, and even stay, at the famed Calle Crisologo street.
In Baguio, you’ll find Camp John Hay has long passed its days of being a military base. It is now a tourist destination that offers excellent facilities, from a history trail to a picnic site and more. Meanwhile, in Benguet, you’ll go to La Trinidad Strawberry Farm where you’ll get a chance to pick fresh strawberries.
After exploring the mountains in the country, your trip concludes with a visit to an active volcano. Going to Mt. Pinatubo will definitely be the cherry on top of your 10-day vacation. Be sure to pack comfortable shoes for hiking when you go on your trip.
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You’ll start your 10-day trip with a tour of Intramuros. It is a walled area within the City of Manila with historical sights, museums, and parks. Your first stop will be Fort Santiago, a National Historical Landmark. Then you will go to the former plaza mayor, Plaza Roma.
At Bahay Tsinoy, you will find the Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center. This museum has everything you need to know about the Ethnic Chinese, their lives, history, and how they have contributed to the Philippines throughout the years.
You’ll get a glimpse of the Spanish Colonial era at Casa Manila. This museum has a collection of preserved furniture and artifacts plus it’s housed in a 19th-century grand Spanish mansion. The well-maintained San Diego Gardens is a refreshing park within Intramuros. It is right in front of Baluarte De San Diego, Manila’s oldest stone fort.
The 16th-century San Agustin Church and Museum boasts Baroque-style architectural design. It comes with a monastery that was completed during the 17th century and was then rebuilt into a museum in the 1970s.
The last stop for the Manila Tour is the Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. This religious building is also known as the Manila Cathedral and is the country’s premier church.
On the second day of your trip, you’ll be taking a flight from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Laoag Airport which will take an hour. You’ll get to visit the wonderful attractions of Ilocos Norte, from Laoag City to the towns of Paoay and Batac.
First up is St. Williams Cathedral, a 17th-century religious building. It has an accompanying belfry that is said to be sinking into the ground, aptly called the Sinking Bell Tower. At Museo Ilocos Norte, you’ll come upon an impressive collection of artifacts of the Ilocanos as well as the Itnegs and the Igorots. Then at Aurora Park, you’ll see the monument dedicated to the abolition of the Tobacco monopoly in 1881.
The next part of the tour will take place in Paoay town. First, you will make your way to the Malacanang of the North, a grand mansion turned presidential museum. Then you will visit Paoay Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1710. This striking Baroque church has 24 buttresses and a belfry.
The next town you will visit is Batac, the site of the Marcos Museum. Aside from showcasing memorabilia of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, this museum was also the former site of his mausoleum and presently, his cenotaph.
Day 3 of your tour, you will be heading further north, to the tip of Luzon. You’ll visit both historical and modern structures as well as natural sites. To start your Ilocos Norte Pagudpud Tour, you will pass by the town of Burgos. It’s the site of the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, which has been operational since the late 1800s.
You’ll then visit the modern Bangui Windmills that help power up Ilocos Norte. This turbine project was completed in 2008. The scenic Patapat Viaduct is the country’s 4th longest bridge. It has been connecting the region of Ilocos to the Cagayan Valley since 1986.
At Agua Grande, you can take a little breather and relax. This picnic park has natural pools with water coming from the mountains and going to Pasaleng Bay. Your next destination is both a religious and natural site. Paraiso ni Anton has a grotto with a statue of the Virgin Mary that is right beside a cascading spring.
On the way back to Laoag, you will pass by the geological Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and the Pasuquin Salt Stand. If you don’t want your day to end just yet, you can add the Lapaz Sand Dunes to your itinerary. You’ll get to ride a 4x4 jeep and get to try sandboarding.
After exploring Ilocos Norte, you will now head down to Ilocos Sur. You will check out of your hotel in Laoag City and move to a hotel in Vigan’s famed Calle Crisologo. The first stop for the day is the National Museum Ilocos Sur Complex, which is the site of the Burgos House and the former Ilocos Sur Provincial Jail.
You will then head to the town of Bantay, which is just about 2km away. You will find one of the oldest churches of the region, Bantay Church and Bell Tower. After that, you’ll visit Syquia Mansion Museum, a heritage building from the 19th century. Then, you’ll go to the Pagburnayan Jar Factory where you can learn about the pottery industry.
At the Crisologo Museum, you can find out how the Ilustrados, or the educated class, lived during the Spanish Colonial period. Calle Crisologo is the top attraction in Vigan City. This cobblestone street was the residence of the rich and until today a lot of the buildings are still preserved in their grandeur.
St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral is Vigan’s main church. It is included under the UNESCO World Heritage designation along with the rest of the town. Your last destination is Baluarte, an expansive zoo home to numerous animals, including rare ones like the Bengal Tiger.
On day 5 of your tour, your next destination is the town of Sagada in the Cordillera Mountains. It’s about 1,500m above sea level and has a very cool climate as compared to other locations in the country. It’s best to have the right gear for this day as you will also go hiking and spelunking.
Sagada is well-known for its intricate cave system. There are dozens of caves in the area and you’ll get to visit a few. The first one is Sugong Cave, which is the site of the hanging coffins. The locals of Sagada practice this burial tradition where coffins are hung on the side of the mountain.
The next site you will visit is Echo Valley. It is named as such because you will indeed hear an echo if you scream or yell. At Sumaguing Cave, be prepared to be mesmerized with wonderful geological formations. Sumaguing Cave is Sagada’s largest cave and is inhabited by animals like bats.
You can learn more about the people of Sagada and of the Cordillera region at the Bontoc Tribal Museum. The collection includes everything from farming and hunting tools to traditional clothing and more.
Day 6 is for exploring the wonderful village of Batad. You will leave Sagada and head to the town of Banaue where the famous rice terraces are located. If you want to get the best view of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you need to go to Batad Banaue Viewpoint. This location requires a 30-minute hike.
You do have the option to go elsewhere if you don’t feel like going to the viewpoint. You can instead visit the Tappiya Waterfall. It made the list of the 20 best waterfalls in the entire world back in 2019. This location also requires trekking, however, you can get a refreshing reward by taking a swim at the pool underneath the falls.
Another option you may choose is to visit the quiet Banga-an Village. You can know more about the livelihood and culture within the village. There are also a few souvenir shops where you can purchase local handicrafts.
You will make one last stop before ending your Banaue Tour. Banaue Museum has an impressive collection of tribal artifacts and even books written by the country’s Father of Anthropology, Otley Beyer. After visiting the museum, your van will take you to your accommodation in Banaue.
After exploring Banaue, you will now go to the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Baguio City is one of the most visited destinations in the country, thanks to its cool climate and amazing views. You’ll get to visit cultural attractions, historical sites, and relaxing parks on the Baguio Tour.
At the Ifugao Museum, you can learn about ancient traditions and see priceless artifacts of the indigenous tribe. Then, you will go to the Surrender Site of General Yamashita, where an important WWII event transpired.
Baguio City is home to several important buildings of the country. This includes the Philippine Military Academy and The Mansion, which is the summer residence of the serving Philippine President.
Camp John Hay is a tourist destination with hotels, shopping establishments, and restaurants. It also has a forest watershed reservation. Then at the busy Mines View Park, you’ll find dozens of souvenir shops. If you want to go horseback riding, you can do so at Wright Park. The last park you’ll visit is the Centennial Park, which has a sculpture centerpiece surrounded by lush plants.
Before going back to your Baguio hotel, you’ll stop over at Good Shepherd Convent. This is one of the most popular tourist shopping sites for edible Baguio goods.
On Day 8 of your trip, you will be exploring Benguet, aptly nicknamed the Salad Bowl of the Philippines. You will make your way to La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. The farm is almost 80 hectares and produces over 1,500 metric tons of strawberries every year. If the fruits are in season, visitors are allowed to go strawberry picking.
Atok Sakura Flowers is a cherry blossom park in the town of Atok. Back in 2016, the Japanese embassy sent cherry blossoms as a gift to Benguet. About 40 seeds of two sakura trees were planted, one that blooms white flowers and the other the pink variety.
The day for flowers isn’t over yet, your next destination is Northern Blossom. This expansive flower farm makes for a dramatic view. The colorful flowers pop out, thanks to the backdrop of green and lush mountains.
You’ll get to experience being on the second-highest point in the country. On the Halsema Highway, you will be 2,300m above sea level. The 2nd Highest Point of Atok, Benguet used to be the highest but was knocked off the top spot in 2019.
The last attraction on the Benguet Tour is the Spanish Trail. This trail is about 2km to 3km-long and has 3 caves or tunnels. You’ll be doing a bit of hiking but it’s nothing a beginner can’t do. Besides, the wonderful views are worth it.
It’s time to go down the mountains and pay a visit to a volcano. Your van will pick you up from your Baguio hotel and take you to the province of Tarlac. The base camp of Mt. Pinatubo is in Barangay Sta. Juliana.
Although Mt. Pinatubo caused the second-largest eruption in the world during the 1900s, it has now turned into a popular tourist destination. On this day, you’ll get to see its crater lake. The trip though can be a bit bumpy due to the lahar. To reach the trail heading to Mt. Pinatubo’s crater lake, you’ll ride a 4x4 vehicle.
After the ride, you will begin your hike. The hike is easy enough for beginners but it’s still important to wear the proper attire. You’ll be walking in open terrain and there won’t be any shade.
Once the tour is done, your van will pick you up and take you to your hotel in Clark.
Your exploration of the best attractions of the highlands in Luzon has come to an end. On this day you will be going back to Manila. After you have checked out of your accommodation in Clark, your van will pick you up. The distance from Clark to Metro Manila is just under 100km.
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