Discover the Philippines’ scenic countryside attractions, falls, farms, and heritage sites across Cebu, Ilocos, and Cordillera region with this 12-day vacation package. This trip includes roundtrip flights from Manila, land/ferry transfers, and accommodation.
Learn about the country’s glorious past in Intramuros, a Spanish-built district in Manila. You will explore its museums, citadels, and century-old churches. Then, you will head to Ilocos Norte, where you will marvel at Malacañang of the North or the grand presidential museum for former President Marcos.
Afterward, you will witness 20 giant turbines at Bangui Windmills. Your Ilocos tour won’t be complete without exploring the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan. You will stroll along the Calle Crisologo to discover ancestral houses and historic buildings. Then, you will go up north to Banaue Museum, featuring Ifugao artifacts.
Appreciate the scenic views and enjoy the cool breeze at the City of Pines, Baguio. You can try some outdoor activities at Camp John Hay, a former US military base. Then, you will witness old Itogon mines at Mines View Park. Afterward, you will go sightseeing at the 79-hectare La Trinidad Strawberry Farm.
Then, you will go on a trekking escapade to Mount Pinatubo’s crater lake. This trip will also fly you to the wonders of Cebu province in the Visayas. Marvel at the Temple of Leah, known as Cebu’s Taj Mahal.
At Sirao Flower Farm, you will see colorful gardens. You will also go canyoneering to Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu. Then, you will discover stunning marine sanctuaries at Moalboal’s world-class diving spots.
Witness the majestic sights with this 12-Day Scenic Countryside, Falls, Farms & Heritage Tour to Cebu, Ilocos & Cordillera from Manila. Check availability by choosing a date.
On Day 1, your van will pick you up at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will proceed to your hotel in Manila or along Roxas Boulevard. Your van will take you to Intramuros, an old district in Manila.
You will revisit the Spanish era inside the walled city of Intramuros. First, you will visit Fort Santiago, an old fortress that served as a prison cell for resistance fighters back in the late 1500s.
At Plaza Roma, you will see the statue of King Charles IV of Spain. It is one of the three major public squares and trade centers in Intramuros. Then, you will head to Bahay Tsinoy, where you can learn about the cultural contributions of the ethnic Chinese.
Up next is Casa Manila, an iconic structure that features the affluent colonial lifestyle of the gentry and Illustrados. Afterward, you will gaze at the lush greenery in San Diego Gardens. It is located across a 16th-century bastion known as Baluarte De San Diego.
Lastly, you will step inside century-old churches in Intramuros. One of which is The San Agustin Church and Museum, the country’s oldest stone church. Meanwhile, Manila Cathedral is a 300-year-old church with grand facades and arches.
On the second day of your vacation, you will board a plane to Laoag Airport from Ninoy Aquino International Airport. At the terminal, your private van will fetch you and take you to your Laoag accommodation.
Deemed as the capital of Ilocos Norte, Laoag City is also named the Sunshine City. Laoag derived its name from an Ilocano word, “Lawag” which means bright and light. The city is home to Italian Renaissance and Baroque-inspired architecture.
Your first stop in Laoag is St. Williams Cathedral. You can find the Sinking Bell Tower across the cathedral. From the name itself, the bell tower sinks at least an inch into the ground. Afterward, you will see historical artifacts and heirlooms at Museo Ilocos Norte.
Up next is the 19th-century Tobacco Monopoly Monument, which stands right in the middle of Aurora’s Park. The monument commemorates the lifting of the tobacco monopoly in the Philippines in 1881. Up next is the Malacanang of the North, the grand presidential museum for former President Marcos.
You will visit Marcos Museum in Batac to see the cenotaph of the late President Marcos. Finally, you will check out the Luna brothers’ notable works at Juan and Antonio Luna Museum.
On Day 3, your private van will pick you up from your Laoag hotel to visit the nearby towns of Burgos and Pagudpud. Your first destination is Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. It stands majestically on top of a hill overlooking the West Philippine Sea.
Your next destination is nestled along the coast of Bangui Bay. Here, you can find the famous Bangui Windmills, a wind farm with 20 giant turbines overlooking the sea. Then, you will pass by Pagudpud’s scenic coastal bridge, known as the Patapat Viaduct. Up next is Agua Grande, where you can dip your toes into a cold stream that flows to Pasaleng Bay.
Your next destination is Paraiso ni Anton. Beside the grotto, you can find water that is believed to miraculously heal the sick. Then, you will witness the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, a stunning rock attraction off the coast of Burgos, Ilocos Norte.
Before leaving Ilocos Norte, you can pass by Pasuquin Salt Stand to purchase the best-tasting salt-preserved food in town. Your adventure doesn’t end here. You may still opt to book an add-on 4x4 ride for 4 pax to La Paz Sand Dunes, an 85 square kilometer coastal beach and desert in Ilocos Norte.
Wander around the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan on the 4th day of your vacation. You will leave early, and your van will take you to your first destination, the National Museum Ilocos Regional Complex.
Browse through historical artifacts and have a glimpse of the region’s culture and heritage at the museum. Afterward, you will proceed to Bantay Church and Bell Tower. Here, you can capture the whole Bantay district and a portion of the nearby province of Abra.
Up next is Syquia Mansion Museum, a 19-century stone mansion featuring symbolic heirlooms of the Syquia family. Then, you will learn how to make traditional pots at Pagburnayan Jar Factory. You will also visit Crisologo Museum to see the antique furniture and belongings of Congressman Floro S. Crisologo and his family.
Your Vigan tour continues at the iconic Calle Crisologo. The cobblestone street is lined with various ancestral houses and structures. Then, you will pay a short visit to St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as Vigan Cathedral. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia.
Plaza Salcedo is right across the church. Lastly, you will explore Baluarte mini zoo to see life-size dinosaur statues.
On Day 4, you will leave early from your hotel in Vigan. Your destination is the rustic town of Sagada. To get there, you will drive along Halsema Highway, one of the highest roads in the Philippines.
Your first stop is at Sugong Cave. It has an underground river with water coming from Bokong Falls. The nearby Kapay-aw Rice Terraces also obtain its source of irrigation from the falls.
Afterward, you will go trekking to Echo Valley. You will traverse the path leading to the famous hanging coffins, which serve as part of the burial traditions in Mountain Province.
Sagada is known as a perfect spelunking spot. Apart from scenic mountain ranges, it also boasts more than 60 caves. The largest among them is Sumaguing Cave, which features ancient stalactites and stalagmites. There are also natural pools and streams inside the cave. Expect to get wet during your cave exploration.
After your cave exploration, you will visit Bontoc Tribal Museum. It showcases vast artifact collections, including traditional costumes, hunting weapons, and farming tools. Here, you will get a glimpse of the people’s culture and traditions in Mountain Province.
At the end of your tour, your will return to your hotel.
Your private van will fetch you early from your Sagada accommodation on the 6th day of your vacation. You will head to the breathtaking Banaue, famous for its UNESCO World Heritage rice terraces.
To get to your first destination, you will proceed to the town of Batad. You will visit one of the earliest-made rice terraces, The Banaue Rice Terraces. Many centuries ago, the Ifugao ancestors carved these terraces for their main rice plantation. The stunning creation remains intact up to this day.
If you want to capture the best view of the terraces, you can go up the Batad Banaue Viewpoint. You may also opt to trade Batad Banaue Viewpoint to visit the Tappiya Waterfall. After a long journey, you can reward yourself by taking a refreshing dip into its cold waters.
Up next is Banga-an Village, a laid-back village consisting of cogon-made houses with a ground floor for domesticated animals. Around 30 families are inhabiting the community. Livestock farming is one of their main sources of livelihood. As you immerse yourself in their community, you must also respect their customs and traditions.
Then, you will visit Banaue Museum, an ethnic museum exhibiting the life of Ifugao tribes through vintage photographs.
The seventh leg of your vacation continues at the City of Pines, Baguio. From Sagada, your private van will take you to the Summer Capital of the Philippines. It is famous for its cool breeze and scenic landscapes.
Your first stop is at Ifugao Museum, featuring Ifugao artifacts depicting the customs and traditions of indigenous tribes. Then, you will visit the Surrender Site of General Yamashita, a historic site to commemorate Yamashita’s act of surrendering during World War II.
Up next is the Philippine Military Academy, a premier institution for aspiring military officers in the country. Then, you will head to Fort De Pilar, which occupies 373 hectares of land. Afterward, you will visit The Mansion, known as the official summer residence of the Philippine President.
You will also drop by Camp John Hay, a former military base that turned into a famous adventure hub. Head next to Mines View Park and capture the rolling mountain ranges from afar. Then, you can go horseback riding at Wright Park and go nature-tripping at the flower gardens in Centennial Park.
Finally, you will drop by the Good Shepherd Convent to purchase local treats, including the famous ube jam or purple yam.
Your scenic tour up north continues in the Benguet province. From Baguio, your van will take you to your first destination, the 79-hectare La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. The production of strawberries in Benguet dates back to the 19th century. Every year, the farm has been producing about 1,775 metric tons of strawberries per harvest.
Your second destination is Atok Sakura Flowers. You will gaze at 30 beautiful cherry blossom trees. The cherry blossom seedlings were a gift to the municipality of Atok from the Japanese government.
At your next stop, you will witness a majestic flower carpet in Northern Blossom Flower Farm. This three-hectare Benguet flower plantation cultivates sunflowers, snapdragons, Peruvian lilies, and other colorful blooms from Japan. You can also see the rolling mountain ranges of Mt. Timbak and Mt. Pulag behind the lovely and captivating flower fields.
Before leaving Atok, you will drop by the 2nd Highest Point along Halsema Highway. Here, you can capture a panoramic view of the nearby mountains. One of which Mt. Timbak, one of the highest mountains in Luzon. Then, you will pass through the Spanish Trail. At the end of the trail, you will admire lush landscapes and scenic mountain ranges.
On Day 9, you will prepare for an adrenaline-rushing 4x4 ride and trekking escapade to Mt. Pinatubo’s emerald-green crater lake. This active stratovolcano is located between Tarlac, Pampanga, and Zambales.
Mt. Pinatubo erupted in 1991. This massive volcanic eruption destroyed hundreds of houses, buildings, and structures. In fact, it is deemed as the world’s largest volcanic eruption in the past 100 years.
Three decades ago, the destructive mudflow reached Pampanga households and washed out the Clark Air Base at the foot of Zambales mountains. The beauty of Mount Pinatubo covers a tragic past. Some may even refer to it as a beautiful disaster.
To get there, your van will drive you to the base camp in Tarlac’s Barangay Sta. Juliana. Upon arrival, you will switch to a 4x4 vehicle. The terrain going up is a bit rough and challenging. Don’t worry because your guide will accompany you throughout the trek.
For your safety, you have to wear proper hiking attire. The 4x4 jeep will be traversing through the Crow Valley. Upon arrival, you will get off the vehicle to trek on foot toward the mountain’s deck. By the end of your tour, you will witness Mt. Pinatubo’s majestic crater lake
From Manila, you will travel to Cebu City via plane. Your van awaits you at Mactan-Cebu International Airport. You will be staying in a nice hotel in Mandaue City.
Your Cebu tour begins at Taoist Temple. This hilltop temple features beautifully preserved Chinese architecture, highlighting the Great Wall of China’s replica with dragon statues. You can also buy souvenirs at the temple’s shop.
At downtown Cebu, you will drop by Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino, the country’s oldest Roman Catholic church. You can find the iconic Magellan’s Cross a few meters from the church. It was built to honor Magellan’s expedition to Cebu in 1521.
Learn more about Cebu’s colorful history at the Heritage of Cebu Monument. Here, you will see Spanish galleons and other relevant symbols. It also commemorates significant events in history, including the Battle of Mactan. Well-known figures like Sergio Osmena, the 4th President of the country, are also shown here.
Up next is Yap-San Diego Ancestral House, a 17th-century Chinese settlement. You will also marvel at the Temple of Leah or Cebu’s Taj Mahal. Finally, you will explore Sirao Flower Farm to see colorful blooms. This beautifully landscaped garden is also known as Cebu’s Little Amsterdam.
The last leg of your vacation continues in Badian and Moalboal in Cebu. You will leave early from your Mandaue City accommodation to go canyoneering at Kawasan Falls. Prepare to scramble and crawl through the slippery rocks along the beautiful gorges and river canyons of Badian River.
Once you arrive at the crystal clear emerald falls, you will jump off the cliff as high as 30 feet. You can also plunge into the natural pools and lagoons surrounding Kawasan Falls.
After your canyoneering adventure, you will ride a boat to reach the world-class diving sites at Moalboal. You will dive into the vast seascape to see stunning coral gardens and a wide variety of marine species.
At Pescador Island, you will witness the magnificent sardine run. You will swim with countless sardines merging in perfect unison. The main point of interest for divers is the underwater cave, known as The Cathedral. You will swim through cave exits as deep as 18 meters.
You can also lounge at the nearby Panagsama Beach. At Turtle Island, you will swim with sea turtles and other colorful aquatic creatures. After your fun-filled trip to Moalboal, you will head back to your accommodation in Argao.
Conclude your 12-day vacation in Cebu. Your private van to fetch you from your hotel and take you to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Then, you will board a direct flight to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will head back to where you started, Manila.
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