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7-Day Philippines Nature & Heritage Trip to Ilocos Province, Benguet Mountains & Mt. Pinatubo Trek

Wind turbines lined up along the coast of Ilocos Norte called Bangui Windmills
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Tour starts
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Starting time
at 09:00
Duration
7 days
Ending place
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Languages:
English
Difficulty:
Easy
Available:
All year
Minimum age:
None

Explore the amazing highlands of the Philippines on this 7-day tour. This package offers the very best attractions of Northern Luzon. Starting from Manila, you will be able to travel to historic sites and natural wonders. This 7-day package already includes accommodations with breakfast and land and air transfers for a hassle-free vacation. Knowledgeable tour guides will be with you throughout your entire journey.

Your trip starts off at the very heart of the country, the capital city of Manila. You can see ruins and forts and even a UNESCO World Heritage in the walled city of Intramuros. 

You’ll then fly to the north and come upon amazing structures of both the present and the past. Gaze upon the large Bangui Windmills of Pagudpud, both functional and aesthetically pleasing. You’ll then walk through the preserved cobblestones of Calle Crisologo in Vigan that will give you a glimpse of the Spanish era. 

The Philippines may be a tropical country but this package will have you visiting locations in a much cooler climate. Experience the relaxing ambiance of Camp John Hay in Baguio. This green tourist destination boasts lush lands and tall pine trees. 

You’ll then be whisked away to the famous La Trinidad Strawberry Farm in Benguet where you can get a taste of the luscious fruit. To top it all off, your trip will end with a thrilling ride to Mt. Pinatubo. You’ll be able to bask at the amazing topography of the active volcano. 

Expect to see and visit dozens of highland attractions in 7 days with this superb package. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

6 nights accommodation (budget category)
6 days breakfast
6 days lunch
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 to 4 - Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur (Ilocos Region)
Day 5 to 6 - 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

Activities

Sightseeing and Walking
City Tours
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Daily itinerary

Day 1
A horse-drawn carriage inside Intramuros Manila

Day 1:Intramuros Tour

As soon as you arrive in Manila, your van will pick you up at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will be taken to your Manila accommodation at the Roxas Boulevard area.

The entire day will be for exploring Intramuros, the walled and historic city of Manila. You will first come upon an 18th-century defense fortress, Fort Santiago, then make your way to a public square. Plaza Roma was used for hosting various events during the Spanish era.

At Bahay Tsinoy, you can learn about the ethnic Chinese and the progression of their relationship with the Filipinos through the years. The next museum, Casa Manila, is all about the Spanish Colonization and what the Filipino lifestyle was like during the time.

San Diego Gardens is a wonderfully landscaped green space. This garden will lead you to the next site on the itinerary, Baluarte De San Diego. This Spanish Colonial fortification features three concentric circles.

San Agustin Church and Museum is more than just a religious building. The church was founded in 1571 and has withstood earthquakes and wars, thus earning it a world heritage site designation. The Manila Cathedral, however, was not as structurally sound. This Neo-Romanesque building has been rebuilt several times since the 1500s. The Manila Cathedral that stands today was built in 1958.

Day 2
Paoay Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ilocos Norte

Day 2: Ilocos Norte Laoag Tour

It’s time to leave the city of Manila and head to Northern Luzon. Your van will pick you up from your Roxas Boulevard accommodation and take you to the airport. It’s only about an hour and a half flight from NAIA to Laoag International Airport.

After settling in your hotel in Laoag, it’s time to start the tour of Ilocos Norte. St. Williams Cathedral, also known as Laoag Cathedral, has an Italian Renaissance architecture style. It had a few renovations throughout the years but its foundation was first made in 1612. Nearby is its belfry, known as the Sinking Bell Tower. This structure is said to be sinking at a rate of 1 inch per year.

Museo Ilocos Norte is an ethnographic museum with an excellent collection of ceremonial objects, traditional clothing, and household items of the Igorot, Itneg, and Ilocano. It also has a nice souvenir shop. At the center of Laoag City Hall, St. William Cathedral, and other important government buildings is Aurora Park. This park is also the site of the 19th-century Tobacco Monopoly Monument.

In the next part of the trip, you will be leaving Laoag City and heading to the town of Paoay. You will first get to explore the Malacanang of the North, which was the former residence of late President Ferdinand Marcos. Then, you will go to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Paoay Church.

After Paoay, you will go to the town of Batac. You can learn more about the late President’s life at the Marcos Museum. Once your day 2 tour ends, your van will take you back to your hotel in Laoag.

Day 3
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Ilocos Norte

Day 3: Ilocos Norte Pagudpud Tour

On the third day of your vacation, you’ll get a good mix of man-made and natural sites. Your van will pick you up from your Laoag hotel and take you further north, to the very tip of Luzon.

First, you’ll be making a stop in Burgos and come upon the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. This National Cultural Treasure has been a functional lighthouse since 1892. After that, you’ll go to Bangui Windmills, wind turbines that supply the electricity needs of 40% of Ilocos Norte.

Patapat Viaduct is a 1.3km bridge that connects Cagayan Valley and Ilocos. At one end of the bridge is the location of your next destination. Agua Grande is a relaxing picnic park with natural pools. At Paraiso ni Anton, you’ll find a grotto beside a cascading spring.

The wondrous Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is on the coast of Burgos. This natural site also has a good view of Bangui Bay. At Pasuquin Salt Stand, you can learn about the salt-making industry of the town as well as the uses of salt for preserving food.

If you still want to see more of Ilocos Norte, you may add the La Paz Sand Dunes with 4x4 Ride to your trip. Experience an exciting ride on a 4x4 jeep through sand dunes and even try to go sandboarding.

Day 4
Bantay Watch Tower on a sunny day in Ilocos Sur

Day 4: Ilocos Sur Vigan Tour

On Day 4, you will be leaving Ilocos Norte and heading to Ilocos Sur. You will check out of your Laoag Hotel and move to a new accommodation in Vigan City on Calle Crisologo.

Your tour will start off at the National Museum Ilocos Sur Complex. It houses the Padre Burgos House and the Ilocos Sur Provincial Jail, which has a collection of memorabilia of Elpidio Quirino, the 6th President of the Philippines. The next attraction is in the neighboring town of Bantay. Bantay Church and Bell Tower are historic structures, the latter was even used as a watchtower during the Spanish Colonial era.

At Syquia Mansion Museum, you’ll have a better grasp of the Spanish colonization and how Filipinos lived during that time. Meanwhile, at Pagburnayan Jar Factory, you can learn about traditional pottery, an industry in the area that has existed even before the Spanish arrived in the country.

You’ll be able to enter a genuine ancestral house during the tour. Crisologo Museum was owned by the political family of the same name. The museum houses their memorabilia and furniture. You’ll get to see more well-preserved houses and structures at the historic Calle Crisologo.

Before the tour ends, you’ll also get to visit St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral. This Earthquake Baroque church is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Vigan. The last site for the day is Baluarte, an expansive zoo that houses even rare cats like the Bengal Tiger and the Leopard.

Day 5
Relaxing view of pine trees from Camp John Hay

Day 5: Baguio Tour

After visiting the region of Ilocos, it’s time to head up to the mountains. You’ll check out of your hotel in Vigan and go to the City of Pines, Baguio. It’s slightly colder in Baguio City as compared to other locations in the country, so be sure to bring a sweater.

At the Summer Capital of the Philippines, you’ll get to visit the Ifugao Museum. It has an excellent exhibit on various artifacts of the Ifugao. You’ll also go to the historic Surrender Site of General Yamashita, where an important event during World War II occurred.

Up next is the Philippine Military Academy, the country’s premier educational institution for the army. It was established during the 19th century. The City of Baguio is also home to The Mansion, it is the Philippine President's summer palace.

Next, you’ll go to Camp John Hay. This mixed-use development has hotels, shops, and restaurants. Aside from being a tourist destination, it is also a forest watershed reservation. You’ll get to visit more green spaces and interesting tourist spots during your stay in Baguio. The itinerary includes Mines View Park, Wright Park, and Centennial Park.

At the last stop of the day, Good Shepherd Convent, you’ll get a chance to purchase some of Baguio’s best goods. This includes ube, peanut brittle, and coffee.

Day 6
Feel like on top of the world at 2nd Highest Point in Benguet

Day 6: Benguet Tour

It’s another day to explore the mountains but this time, you will be heading to Benguet. Your van will pick you up from your Baguio hotel and take you to La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. At this expansive farm, you can even get a chance to pick strawberries if they are in season.

Atok Sakura Flowers is the site of the cherry blossom trees. These trees were a gift from Japan and they were planted in 2016. The next destination also has to do with blooms. Northern Blossom is an amazing farm with roses, marigolds, and sunflowers. Apart from the beautiful view of fauna, this flower farm also boasts a view of the surrounding mountains.

At the 2nd Highest Point, you will be, as its name implies, at the second-highest location in the Philippines. This point can be found at Halsema Highway, the road that links the Mountain Province to Benguet.

The last destination will require a little bit of hiking. The Spanish Trail is about 3km but it is an easy hike. The trail itself has been paved and made with concrete. Interestingly, this trail has so-called caves or rather tunnels that go through the mountain. After the hike, your van will take you back to your Baguio accommodation.

Day 7
4x4 ATV parked at the foot of Mt. Pinatubo

Day 7: Mt. Pinatubo Tour + Departure to Manila

After visiting mountains, your last day will have you going to an actual volcano. Once you have checked out of your Baguio hotel, your van will take you to the province of Tarlac. This is the site of the base camp for Mt. Pinatubo.

Mt. Pinatubo is an active volcano that had a massive eruption in the 90s. Now, it is a must-visit tourist destination. Once you are at the base camp, you will ride a 4x4 vehicle and cross the Crow Valley. The lands surrounding Mt. Pinatubo is filled with lahar and is easier to navigate with a 4x4 vehicle.

The hike going up the view deck will then be done on foot. It’s a rather short hike and an easy one that beginners can do. Once at the deck, you’ll get to see the crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo. Once the tour ends, your van will bring you back to Manila.

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.

Accommodation

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.

Budget

Private rooms with private bathrooms in guesthouses or small hotels with basic amenities.

Comfort

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.

Quality

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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