Witness the marvels of the Philippines’ outdoor spots, caves, heritage destinations, and trekking spots with this 11-day vacation package. This tour will bring you to the unspoiled landscape of Cebu and the historical and cultural landmarks of Ilocos, Baguio and Manila. It also includes accommodations with daily breakfast, transfers, entrance fees, and guides to make your vacation stress-free.
You will spend your first day exploring the walled district of Intramuros. Located in the heart of Manila, Intramuros dates back to the 16th century when it was used as the center of the Spanish government in the Philippines. It now houses numerous historic sights, making it one of the city’s educational hotspots.
After walking the cobblestone streets of Intramuros, you will see more places of history when you fly to the Ilocos region. Here, your guide will take you to the Marcos Museum in Ilocos Norte, a museum housing the memorabilia of late president Ferdinand Marcos. You will also drop by Ilocos Norte’s Bangui Windmills and head to the Calle Crisologo in Ilocos Sur before making your way to the highlands of Luzon.
Among the sights, you will visit in the highlands are Banaue Museum in Banaue and The Mansion and Wright Park in Baguio. Following your visit to these cold spots, you will then prepare for a day hike to see Mt. Pinatubo and its beautiful crater lake.
Afterward, you will board a plane for Cebu, where you will indulge yourself in the province’s scenic countryside. You will drop by the overlooking courtyard of the Temple of Leah, the Celosia fields of Sirao Flower Farm, and the cool natural pool of Kawasan Falls. At the end of the trip, you will fly back to Manila.
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Your 11-day vacation will kick off with a tour of Intramuros, the walled district in the heart of Manila. This is Manila's only walled area, making it the most unique of the city's 16 administrative districts. When you first arrive in Intramuros, you will notice its old-world beauty depicted in its cobblestone streets and Spanish-era attractions.
You will begin your Intramuros tour with a visit to Fort Santiago, a Spanish stone fortress dating back to 1593. Your guide will then accompany you from the fort to Plaza Roma. Apart from being one of Intramuros' three major squares, Plaza Roma is also considered the heart of the walled district.
From there, you will head to two of Intramuros' most famous museums, Bahay Tsinoy and Casa Manila. Less than a ten-minute walk from Casa Manila will lead you to the San Diego Gardens and Baluarte De San Diego. During the Spanish colonial period, this medieval fortress was used as a drowning chamber. Today, it serves as a venue for weddings and family gatherings.
The San Agustin Church and Museum will be your next stop. This is the country's oldest stone church and the only church that earned a UNESCO World Heritage Site title in Manila. The tour concludes with a visit to the Manila Cathedral.
You will board a plane bound for Laoag International Airport after checking out of your Manila hotel. From the airport, you will then travel to Laoag City, where St. Williams Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Laoag, can be found. The 150-ft tall Sinking Bell Tower is also just a short walk away from the cathedral.
From there, your guide will drive you to Museo Ilocos Norte. This museum contains an extensive collection of objects that depict the life and culture of the people of the region. Following your visit to the museum, you will drop by Aurora Park, where you can find a multi-tiered obelisk erected in 1881.
You will then go from Laoag to Paoay to visit the Malacanang of the North. This structure was once the home of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his family. As you explore the building, you will find his office, as well as some presidential memorabilia stored here.
Following your visit to the Malacanang of the North, you will travel approximately 11km to Paoay Church. This Roman Catholic church, constructed in 1710, became well-known for its distinctive architecture. The trip will conclude with a visit to the Marcos Museum, devoted to the former President's political activities. Apart from some of Marcos' memorabilia, the museum also houses his cenotaph.
On the third day, your guide will transport you from your hotel in Laoag to the town of Burgos. The tour will start with a stop at the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, built during the Spanish Colonial era. The lighthouse is perched high on Vigia de Nagpartian Hill and provides a picturesque view of Cape Bojeador.
You will also see the popular Bangui Windmills of Ilocos Norte. Consisting of twenty-six wind turbines, each 70 meters tall, the windmills form a continuous line along the 9-km shoreline of Bangui Bay. From there, you will make your way to the Patapat Viaduct, a coastal bridge that connects the Ilocos Region to the neighboring province of Cagayan Valley.
Following your visit to the bridge, your guide will take you south to Agua Grande, where you can enjoy the unspoiled scenery of the picnic park. You will then walk to the nearby Paraiso ni Anton. This grotto is well-known among locals for its healing waters.
Afterward, you'll visit the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, popular for its creamy white and streamlined limestone formations. Your tour will then come to an end at the Pasuquin Salt Stand, where locals sell freshly produced sea salt during the off-season. If you are up for a more exciting activity, you can opt to go on a 4x4 ride through the La Paz Sand Dunes before returning to your Laoag hotel.
After checking out of your Laoag hotel, your guide will drive you south to Vigan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you will visit the National Museum Ilocos Sur Complex to learn more about the region's culture and heritage. Afterward, you will see the Bantay Church and Bell Tower, a Neo-Gothic church with pseudo-Romanesque materials and elements.
From there, you will go to the Syquia Mansion Museum. This museum is dedicated to the life of Elpidio Quirino, a Vigan native who served as the Philippines' sixth president. Following your visit to the presidential museum, you will visit the Pagburnayan Jar Factory. Here, the locals will demonstrate how they create beautifully handmade pots. You can also experience making pottery yourself.
The Crisologo Museum is about a ten-minute walk from the factory. Previously the ancestral home of former Ilocos Sur Representative Floro Crisologo, the house is now a museum featuring the family's memorabilia.
Then, continue to Calle Crisologo to see centuries-old Spanish houses lining the street before proceeding to the St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as the Vigan Cathedral. To end your trip, you'll visit Baluarte for a safari experience and check into your accommodation located along Calle Crisologo.
You will make your way to Sagada in the Cordillera Mountains after leaving your hotel on Calle Crisologo. This rural town is well-known for its picturesque mountain valleys, long stretches of rice fields, and sea of clouds. When you arrive, you will head straight to Sugong Cave, one of Sagada's 60 caves. It is situated a few kilometers beyond Sagada's cemetery and is famous for the coffins that locals hang from the limestone cliffs.
On the way back to town, you'll pass through Echo Valley, a heavily forested woodland area filled with tall trees and lush greenery. The valley got its name from the echoed shouts heard throughout the woods. Once you get back to the downtown area, you will proceed to a spelunking activity at Sumaguing Cave, Sagada's largest cavern.
This cave, also known as the Big Cave, is home to millions of ancient stalactites and stalagmites, as well as unusual geological formations. Inside the cave, there are also natural ice pools.
You will finish your tour with a visit to the Bontoc Tribal Museum. Founded by a Belgian nun, this museum is meant to preserve the Cordillera region's history and traditions. There are artifacts displayed here, alongside old photographs. Afterward, you will return to your hotel in Sagada.
After leaving Sagada, your guide will take you south to Banaue, famous for its stunning rice terraces. The amphitheater-style rice terraces in the village of Batad are one of the locations you can find here. This destination is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it the pride of the Luzon highlands.
You will then proceed to the Batad Banaue Viewpoint. This view deck is approximately a half-hour walk from the main road and the best site to visit if you want a better view of the terraces. However, you can also skip the viewpoint and go trekking to Tappiya Waterfall instead.
If you prefer not to hike in the woods, feel free to choose Banga-an Village as your second destination. This small and quaint farming village sits below the Batad junction and is home to some native Ifugao houses. You will also learn about the locals' way of life and their rice terrace farming technique while here.
To cap off your tour, you will visit the Banaue Museum, where you will find an extensive collection of indigenous artifacts from ancient Igorot tribes. Aside from the artifacts, the museum has a section dedicated to the capture of Japanese Imperial Army General Tomoyuki Yamashita.
You will check out of your Banaue hotel and travel to Baguio. Before reaching the City of Pines, you will first stop in Kiangan to visit the Ifugao Museum. This two-story ethnic museum features priceless Ifugao artifacts, including clothing and musical instruments. You will also see the General Yamashita Surrender Site while in the town.
From there, you will proceed to the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio, where you will watch how the Filipino cadets train. You will also go to The Mansion in the eastern part of the city. This is the official summer home of the Philippine President and is believed to be one of the most photographed spots in the city.
Afterward, your guide will bring you to Camp John Hay. This entertainment area was once used as a rest and recreation center for US military personnel before being turned into a mixed-use development with restaurants, a shopping center, and a convention center. Following that, continue your journey to Mines View Park and Wright Park, where you can admire Baguio's scenic scenery.
You will also visit Centennial Park, located less than a kilometer away from Wright Parks. This pine-filled area was once used as a zoo until it was converted into a popular location for tribal celebrations and ceremonies. Before retiring to your downtown hotel, you will visit the Good Shepherd Convent for some delicacy shopping.
After leaving your Baguio hotel, you will go to Tarlac for a day hike to Mt. Pinatubo. This active volcano, located more than 170 kilometers from the City of Pines, is well-known for its devastating 1991 eruption. It is considered the second-largest terrestrial eruption of the twentieth century, destroying over 8,000 homes and costing over ten billion pesos in losses.
Upon arriving in the province, your guide will take you on a 4x4 trip from the Sta. Juliana Tourism Center to the mountain base. You will pass through the bumpy and dusty Crow Valley, known for its lunar scenery. After roughly an hour of driving, you will disembark at the mountain base and begin the trek.
The trail to Mt. Pinatubo is a 3.4-mile moderately trafficked point-to-point walk. The summit usually takes about an hour and 1.5 hours to reach. Along the way, you'll come across some lava sand formations from the 1991 eruption.
Once you reach the end of the trail, the turquoise waters of the crater lake will be the first to greet you. You will have plenty of time to eat your lunch while admiring the tranquil scenery here. Make sure to take plenty of souvenir shots before starting your descent and returning to your Manila hotel.
You will leave your Manila hotel and fly to the Queen City of the South, Cebu. Being the Philippines' oldest city, there is a myriad of historical and cultural sites here, one of which is the Taoist Temple. This temple features Chinese-style architecture and a spacious balcony, where you can see a scenic view of the city.
From the temple, your guide will then drive you to the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, a 16th-century Roman Catholic Church. It has a facade that combines elements of Muslim, Romanesque, and Neoclassical architecture. You will also see the Magellan's Cross, located right outside the church.
Your next stop will be the Heritage of Cebu Monument, where you can see sculptures that depict the province's main historical events. Following your photo-op at the monument, you will cross the street and drop by the Yap-San Diego Ancestral House. This wood and coral stone building was previously an ancestral home before it was turned into a museum.
After seeing the lowland attractions, you will travel to the mountainous area of Cebu. Here, you will drop by the Temple of Leah, often referred to as the province's version of Taj Mahal. Your guide will also bring you to the Sirao Flower Farm that showcases a variety of flowers surrounded by pleasing aesthetics. You will then return to your Mandaue hotel afterward.
After leaving your hotel in Mandaue, you will travel to the town of Badian to visit the Kawasan Falls. This 40-meter high waterfall features a relaxing atmosphere and cold, natural spring waters, making it a perfect spot to beat the heat.
From there, you will continue your tour to Moalboal. This town is well-known as the home of Cebu's pristine white beaches. You will board a boat here and sail off the coast to Pescador Island. Featuring cobalt blue waters and stunning corals and marine life, this island is one of the best snorkeling destinations in the province.
Afterward, you will make your way to Turtle Island and go swimming with the sea turtles before sailing back to the mainland. Once you dock on the beach, your guide will take you to Panagsama Beach for the world-famous sardine run. This underwater activity draws both local and international divers from all around the world.
You will first attend a short briefing at Panagsama before donning your equipment. You will then swim a few meters out into the sea and wait for the millions of sardines to assemble in the area. Once you have had your fill of the sardine run, you will head back to your hotel in Mandaue.
It's time to say goodbye to Cebu and return to Manila. You will check out of your hotel in Mandaue before departing for the Cebu Airport. After less than two hours, you will arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, signaling the end of your 11-day tour.
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