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7-day Philippines Adventure Tour to Historical Ilocos Region, Cordillera Mountains & Pinatubo Crater

Facade of Manila Cathedral inside Intramuros
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Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
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at 09:00
7 days
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Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
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Make the most of your trip in the Philippines with this 7-day vacation package. Within a week, you will be able to explore the wonderful highlands of the country. This package will take you to amazing sites in Northern Luzon. The service of tour guides is already included in the package as well as the convenience of pre-arranged accommodation with breakfast, land and air travel, and entrance fees. 

During your trip, you will see National Historical Landmarks of the country and even UNESCO World Heritage sites. Your journey will start off in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. You will visit Intramuros, home to fascinating structures including churches that have been tested by wars and earthquakes.

Your 7-day vacation package also includes a trip to one of the most picturesque streets in the country, Vigan’s Calle Crisologo. Aside from historical and cultural attractions, you will also come upon the natural beauty of the highlands. Go spelunking in Sagada’s Sugong Cave or go on a trek through the Banaue Rice Terraces.

Before your tour ends, you will be able to learn more about the history and culture of the Philippines. Relax at Baguio’s Camp John Hay today and go on a thrilling 4x4 ride at Mt. Pinatubo the next day.

Go on an amazing 7-day tour of Manila and Northern Luzon with this package. Check availability by choosing a date. 


6 nights accommodation (budget category)
6 days breakfast
6 days lunch
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 to 3 - Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur (Ilocos Region)
Day 4 to 6 - Sagada, Banaue and Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 7 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
All transportation to and from included activities and destinations
All environmental, port fees, and all other applicable taxes


Sightseeing and Walking
City Tours
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Daily itinerary

Day 1
San Agustin Church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which can be found inside Intramuros in Manila

Day 1: Intramuros Tour

On Day 1, you will arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport where a car or van will be waiting for you. Before your tour starts, you’ll check into your hotel at Roxas Boulevard first.

A day tour filled with history and culture lessons await you at Intramuros, the historic district of Manila City. You’ll pay a visit to the 16th-century Fort Santiago. It was the Spanish government’s premier defense fortress during their rule in the Philippines. The next attraction is Plaza Roma, the central public square of Intramuros.

After that, you’ll dive deep into the history of Manila and learn about its relationship with China at Bahay Tsinoy. At the next museum, Casa Manila, the main focus is the Spanish Colonization and how the city’s lifestyle has since changed.

At the San Diego Gardens, you’ll be greeted with manicured lawns and lush foliage. This park then leads to Baluarte De San Diego. It is one of Intramuros’ oldest stone fortifications.

The second to the last attraction on the itinerary is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Agustin Church and Museum is included in the list of Baroque Churches of the Philippines. Finally, you’ll make your way to the grand Manila Cathedral. It was first established during the 16th century but has since faced several reconstructions due to earthquakes and wars.

Day 2
Colorful skies illuminating the stunning architecture of Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte

Day 2: Ilocos Norte Laoag Tour

For Day 2, you will head up north to Ilocos Norte. Your van will pick you up from your hotel in Roxas Boulevard and take you to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You’ll then take a flight to Laoag International Airport.

St. Williams Cathedral, a 17th-century church, is the first attraction of the day. One of its most popular draws is its bell tower, which is said to be sinking. The Sinking Bell Tower is estimated to have been constructed during the 18th century and it used to have a large clock.

Museo Ilocos is the next stop on the itinerary. This museum is housed in a former red Tabacalera warehouse or cigar factory. It showcases ceremonial objects, traditional clothing, and other Ilocano artifacts. During the 16th century, Aurora Park was said to be the heart of the city. Now, it is in front of the Laoag City Hall and is home to the historic Tobacco Monopoly Monument.

The next location you will visit is Paoay town. It is the site of the Malacanang of the North, which was the former residence of the 10th President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos. You will visit the presidential museum, which exhibits historical events from the 60s to the 80s.

Also in the town of Paoay is Paoay Church. You will get to visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site as this church is also included in the collective Baroque Churches of the Philippines. The Ilocos Norte Tour will conclude at the Marcos Museum in Batac. This museum is the site of the late president’s cenotaph.

Day 3
Empty streets of Calle Crisologo at night

Day 3: Ilocos Sur Vigan Tour

On Day 3 of your trip, you will check-out of your Laoag hotel and move to your accommodation in the famous Calle Crisologo in Vigan City. Your Ilocos Sur Vigan Tour will take you to religious structures, historical sites, and even a zoo.

The first stop of the day is the National Museum Ilocos Sur Complex. You can view a wide array of cultural and historical objects like trade ceramics, wooden looms, textiles, and jars. The museum also has an exhibit on Father Burgos as well as his family.

The neighboring Bantay town is your next destination. It’s where you will visit the historic Bantay Church and Bell Tower. Bantay Church was first built during the 16th century, however, it sustained heavy damages during World War II and was rebuilt during the 1950s. On the other hand, its bell tower has remained intact to this day.

Back in Vigan City, you can learn about the lifestyle during the Spanish Colonial period at Syquia Mansion House. Then, you can know more about the tradition of pottery at the Pagburnayan Jar Factory.

For more information on the Philippine lifestyle during the Spanish era, the Crisologo Museum is a good place to visit. This ancestral house has well-preserved memorabilia of the political Crisologo family. The next stop is another UNESCO World Heritage site, Calle Crisologo. This picturesque street features old Spanish structures and cobblestone roads.

The St. Paul Cathedral is an 18th-century Earthquake Baroque Church. It has the country’s only Archbishop Palace that was built during the Spanish colonization. The last attraction on your Ilocos Sur Vigan Tour is Baluarte. This impressive zoo features endangered species and big cats.

Day 4
Popular hanging coffins in Sagada

Day 4: Sagada Tour

You’ll be leaving Vigan City early to go up to the mountains. The start of your Sagada Tour will be a long ride but definitely well worth the trip. It’s important that you are dressed comfortably for hiking for this tour day.

First up, you will go to Sugong Cave, which boasts an underground river. Next, you’ll be hiking through Echo Valley, which will lead you to one of the most popular sites in Sagada. Echo Valley is named as such because if you shout, you will hear an echo. At the end of the trek, you can view the famous hanging coffins. This burial practice is a tradition in the Mountain Province.

Sagada is known to have dozens of caves underneath its city. You’ll be able to explore Sumaguing Cave. It is the largest cave in the area and features amazing rock formations. It also has streams and natural pools—expect to get a little wet during spelunking.

The last stop of the day requires little physical effort. At Bontoc Tribal Museum, you will come upon numerous artifacts of indigenous tribes. You’ll get a deeper understanding of the culture and the traditions in Sagada and other areas of the Mountain Province.

Day 5
Gushing waters from the enchanting Tappiya Falls in Banaue

Day 5: Banaue Tour

After checking out of your Sagada hotel, your van will now take you to Banaue. This town is known for its popular rice terraces, a beautiful and efficient way of planting rice. You’ll get to see the expansive rice terraces of Batad, which somehow resembles an amphitheater. Once you have reached the town of Batad, it will be up to you what will be next on your itinerary.

The first option is for those who are up for a hike. Batad Banaue Viewpoint offers a rewarding sight. However, the hike up to the viewpoint is about 30 minutes long.

The second option is another physically rigorous activity. The trek to Tappiya Waterfall will have you crossing narrow paths, going up steep steps, and walking down muddy trails. At the very end, you’ll get to enjoy the refreshing Tappiya Waterfall, which also has a serene pool.

The third option is Banga-an Village. This farming community features quiet rice fields and traditional houses. There’s also a souvenir shop of sorts where you can purchase locally made products, such as woven baskets, knives, and carved wooden goods.

The last stop for the day is the Banaue Museum. This museum has an excellent collection of the Igorot’s traditional clothing, weaponry, headgear, and jewelry. The works of Henry Otley Beyer, the Father of Philippine Anthropology, can also be found at the Banaue Museum.

Day 6
Amazing view of Baguio City during sunset from Mines View Park

Day 6: Baguio Tour

On the 6th day of your tour, you will check-out of your Banaue accommodation and head to the City of Pines. Baguio City is the summer capital of the Philippines, well-known for its crisp, fresh air and rich culture.

You can learn about the cultural heritage as well as the history of Baguio and the mountain provinces at the Ifugao Museum. Next, you’ll get to see the Surrender Site of General Yamashita, an important event during World War II. After that, you can explore the premier institution of the Philippine Military Academy.

You’ll get to visit the summer house of the President of the Philippines, the Mansion. It features an ornate gate, which is one of the most photographed places in Baguio. Right in front of the property is a charming park. You can get to see more wonderful trees and flowers at Camp John Hay. This tourist destination has expansive gardens as well as hotels and dining establishments.

Another splendid tourist site is next on the list, Mines View Park. It features an observation deck that has an excellent view of the old mining town of Itogon. If you want to go for a ride on a horse, Wright Park has a riding stable. You’ll get to see more charming flora at Centennial Park, which is in the Botanical Gardens.

The Baguio Tour comes to a close at the popular Good Shepherd Convent. This convent has a shop that has been a popular stopover for tourists. It is best known for purple yam or ube.

Day 7
4x4 trucks parked at the foot of Mount Pinatubo

Day 7: Mt. Pinatubo Tour + Departure to Manila

For the final day of your 7-day vacation package, you are going on a trip to Mt. Pinatubo. This infamous volcano made one of the largest eruptions in the world back in the 20th century. Soon after, it became a popular tourist destination.

Your tour starts at the base camp in Tarlac’s Barangay Sta. Juliana. From your van, you need to switch to a 4x4 truck. It is the ideal vehicle for traveling through the craggy and bumpy roads of Mt. Pinatubo.

The 4x4 truck will take you to the bottom of the view deck. Then you will start your ascent. Not to worry, as the climb up can be done by just about everyone, from beginners to pros. You can then bask in the mesmerizing view of the crater of Mt. Pinatubo.

After your Pinatubo Tour, your van will take you to your hotel in Manila at the Baywalk area.

What to bring

Facemask and Face shield
Extra Clothes
Personal Medicine

Good to know

Please bring appropriate clothing. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.

All our guides speak English. For other languages, contact us for availability and rates.

Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.


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.

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