Go on an exciting 8-day tour in the Philippines, from the scenic mountains and heritage sites of North Luzon’s highlands to Cebu’s urban spots and famous Kawasan Falls. This tour, which includes hotels, breakfast, transportation, entrance fees, and guides, is a must-book for travelers who want to explore the stunning sights in the country while also trying exciting outdoor activities.
On Day 1, your guide will pick you up from Ninoy Aquino International Airport and take you on a day tour of Intramuros in Manila. This fortified district is well-known for its old-world elegance and abundance of well-preserved and iconic Spanish-era landmarks. You will then fly to Ilocos, where you will visit more heritage sites in and around the towns of Laoag and Vigan. Among the myriad of interesting destinations on your itinerary is Calle Crisologo, Vigan's postcard-worthy cobbled-stone street.
From Ilocos, your guide will drive you to the City of Pines, Baguio, to see some of its historical attractions and lush parks, including Camp John Hay. This well-known recreational area was previously a US military base before it was converted into a multi-purpose site with food vendors, a shopping center, and a museum. You will then head south and trek up Tarlac's Mt. Pinatubo, where its famous crater lake awaits you.
From there, you will then spend your next three days in Cebu. Known as the Queen City of the South, this bustling town is packed with numerous sites to see. Among those you will visit are the Temple of Leah, Sirao Flower Farm, and Kawasan Falls.
Both the Temple of Leah and the Sirao Flower Farm stand on a hill, providing you with a panoramic view of Cebu. Meanwhile, Kawasan Falls, which is tucked away in the woods of Badian, features turquoise natural spring waters. On Day 8, you will fly back to Manila, signifying the end of your trip.
Immerse yourself in Ilocos, Baguio, Sagada, and Cebu with this 8-day package from Manila. Check availability by choosing a date.
The tour vehicle will pick you up at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and transport you to your hotel along Roxas Boulevard in Manila. After settling in, you can begin your day with a tour of the famous walled district of Intramuros.
A National Historical Landmark since 1951, Intramuros is well-known for its numerous well-preserved architectural and historical monuments. Fort Santiago is one of them. This old Hispanic stone fortress is part of a historical park that features the memorabilia of national hero Jose Rizal and other well-preserved legacies from the Spanish Colonial Period.
A short stroll from the fort can lead you to Plaza Roma, the heart of Intramuros. Enjoy the open-air scenery here before you visit Bahay Tsinoy and Casa Manila, both of which showcase important pieces of Philippine history. Following that, you'll stroll through San Diego Gardens and Baluarte De San Diego. This bastion that dates to the 16th century is now surrounded by gardens, landmarks, monuments, and fountains.
From there, you'll visit the San Agustin Church and Museum, the only church that earned a UNESCO World Heritage Site title in Manila. Before leaving the walled district, you will drop by Manila Cathedral to see its ornate bronze carvings and stained glass windows.
It's time to leave Manila and take a flight to the northern city of Laoag in the Ilocos Region. Here, your guide will treat you to a full-day tour, beginning with a visit to Paoay's Malacañang of the North.
Formerly the official residence of late President Ferdinand Marcos and his family, this two-story museum features a mix of Spanish and Ilocano architecture. Visitors are invited to stroll around the mansion and along the adjacent Paoay Lake.
From there, your guide will drive you 10km south to the Saint Augustine Church or Paoay Church, as it is more commonly known. The cathedral has a distinctive baroque architecture with a three-story coral stone bell on the side. Offer a short prayer here before heading to see two of the region's most important museums: the Marcos Museum and the Juan and Antonio Luna Museum.
You'll then travel to Vigan, which is host to the Earthquake Baroque St. Paul's Cathedral. Another notable church in the city is Bantay Church, famous for its Neo-Gothic design mixed with pseudo-Romanesque elements. Some 2km south of the church is Pagburnayan, where you will learn how the local people make their pottery.
Following that, visit the Burgos Museum, the National Museum, and the Crisologo Museum to learn more about Ilocos' culture and background. Your guide will then transport you to Baluarte for some safari experience. You'll end your day with a stroll on the cobblestone streets of Calle Crisologo.
On the early morning of Day 3, you will embark on a country ride from Vigan to the rural location of Sagada in the Cordillera Mountains. There are more than 60 caves in this rustic place, the most interesting being your first stop: Sugong Cave. You will find this cave close to the town center, just beyond the cemetery of Sagada. Well-known for the coffins dangling from the calcareous peaks, Sugong Cave never fails to leave its visitors in awe.
You will then enjoy the green scenery enclosing Echo Valley. This gorge sits just before the cave and is surrounded by limestone mountains and thick forests. Don't pack away your outdoor equipment just yet, as you will head to Sumaguing Cave next.
Sumaguing, which sits about an hour's walk from the City Hall of Sagada, is also known as the Big Cave and treats visitors to a two-hour course through its rocky tunnel. The inside of the cave is peppered with various rock formations with different shapes, including a bear, turtlehead, and elephant.
Before retreating to your hotel in the downtown area, you will stop by the Bontoc Tribal Museum. This museum preserves the history of the Ifugao people through artifacts and photographs. You will also find a recreation of an Ifugao village behind the building.
From Sagada, you will enjoy a quick stopover at the town of Kiangan on your way to Baguio City. You'll drop by the Ifugao Museum here, which celebrates the history and traditions of the northern Philippines' Ifugao people. Aside from the museum, you will also visit General Yamashita's surrender site in this town.
You will then go to Baguio to see the Philippine Military Academy. This prestigious institution trains Filipino cadets and maintains picturesque grounds complete with antique tanks and other historical military arms. You will then go to The Mansion, the Philippine President's official summer home. Although visitors are not typically allowed inside, you can always take a selfie in front of its gates that look similar to the Buckingham Palace gates in London.
From there, you will head to Camp John Hay. Previously a US military rest and recreation site, this site is now home to some hotels, a shopping center, and a convention center. You will also find a Historical Core here, complete with a museum, amphitheater, and butterfly sanctuary.
Following that, visit Mines View Park, Wright Park, and Centennial Park to see some of Baguio's calming scenery. Before retiring to your hotel, stop by the Good Shepherd Convent to purchase some delectable sweets to take home as a souvenir.
After checking out of your hotel in Baguio, you will make your way to Mt. Pinatubo for a trekking tour. This active volcano, located some 87km from the country's capital, is well-known for its disruptive eruption in 1991, the second-biggest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century.
You will head to the drop-off point at Sta. Juliana, where you will board a 4x4 jeep that will carry you through Crow Valley's moon-like scenery. This trip should take less than an hour but expect a bumpy ride. At the end of the route, you will dismount at the base of the mountain and begin your climb on foot.
The journey usually takes about one hour and 1.5 hours. You'll pass some rare volcanic rocks created by the volcano's 1991 eruption along the way. Once you hit the summit, you will be greeted by the turquoise pool of Mt. Pinatubo's Crater Lake. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy the calming landscape and savor your lunch here. Take as many pictures as you like before starting your descent and heading to your Manila hotel for some well-deserved rest.
It's time to depart Manila and board a plane bound for Cebu in the Visayas. You will jumpstart your trip in this city with a visit to the Taoist Temple. Tucked away in a private subdivision in Lahug, this temple is the center of Taoism worship in Cebu. You can find a chapel, library, souvenir shop, and a wishing well here.
Your guide will then transport you to the Minore Basilica Del Santo Nino. This Roman Catholic Church was founded in 1565, making it one of the oldest of its kind in the country. While here, be sure to visit Magellan's Cross, which is situated just outside the chapel.
Following that, you'll visit the Heritage of Cebu Monument, a tableau of sculptures commemorating the province's most significant historical events. Across the street from the memorial is the Yap-San Diego Ancestral House. Built around 1680, this wood and coral stone ancestral home has been converted into a museum featuring religious art, furniture, and antiquities.
You'll then make your way to the Temple of Leah located on top of a hill in the town of Busay. Here, you will see an overlooking view of Cebu from the courtyard. Before heading to your hotel in Mandaue, you will stop for a photoshoot in the colorful flower plots of Sirao Flower Farm.
Your next destination will be Kawasan Falls, tucked in the mountains of Barangay Matutinao in Badian, Cebu. Kawasan Falls is composed of several waterfalls, the first being the biggest and the most crowded. Enjoy dipping in its cold and refreshing waters before you head to Moalboal, famous for its white beaches.
You will board a boat here that will take you to the coast to Pescador Island. This tiny, rocky island sits in the Tañon Strait and is an excellent snorkeling location. From there, you will also visit Turtle Point, where you will swim with sea turtles.
After that, you'll return to the mainland and see the famed sardine run at Panagsama Beach. When you arrive at the beach, a guide will brief you on the activity and provide you with the required gear. Don your equipment before heading out a few meters into the sea.
Wait for a few seconds to witness millions of sardines congregate in front of your eyes. This sport is open all year and draws many international divers from all around the world. Make sure to grab your camera and snap plenty of photos. After you've had your fill of the water, you'll return to Mandaue and your hotel.
Your 8-day holiday is finally over. In the morning, you will check out of your Mandaue hotel before you make your way to Mactan-Cebu International Airport. You will board your plane here and arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport after around an hour and 25 minutes of flight time.
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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.