8-Day Baguio Highlands to Cebu City Scenic Sightseeing Philippines Itinerary Tour from Manila
Explore the scenic countryside and the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines with this 8-day vacation package. See the capital city of Manila and the popular and hidden natural attractions in Cebu and Baguio. This Philippine vacation package already comes with seven nights of accommodations at comfort-level hotels, transfers, and daily breakfast. It also comes with tours that are inclusive of entrance fees and the service of guides. You may also add optional tours to this Philippine tour package to make your experience more memorable.
When you arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, a driver will pick you up and bring you to your hotel in Manila. You can stay in your hotel or explore the nearby areas on your own. You also have the option to book a walking tour of the walled city of Intramuros. Here you’ll find Spanish colonial structures that are significant in the country’s history. If you wish to go on a tour, you can go on either a morning or night tour.
Another historical place in your itinerary is Camp John Hay in Baguio. While this location used to be a US military base, it has become a top tourist destination as it now offers various activities, including trekking and shopping. You will head to Baguio on your second day via land transfers.
While here, you can enjoy a complimentary tour of the top attractions in the city, including Mirador Hill and Lourdes Grotto, Diplomat Hotel, Camp John Hay, The Mansion, Mines View Park, and the Baguio Botanical Garden. You will also have the option to book an add-on tour to immerse yourself in the arts and culture of Baguio City.
After touring some of the top destinations in Luzon, you will head to Visayas. You'll go from Baguio to Cebu, the Queen City of the South. The fascinating Temple of Leah and Sirao Flower Farm are among the best attractions in the city.
You can also join add-on tours that will explore the natural attractions of South Cebu, including islands, waterfalls, and a shape-shifting sandbar. You’ll also get the chance to see whale sharks and sea turtles.
Book this 8-day Philippine holiday package to see some of the main attractions of Cebu, Baguio, and Manila, from Spanish colonial establishments to paradise-like islands. Check the availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Day 1: Arrival in Manila + Check-in
After arriving at Manila Airport, you need to meet up with your driver. From the airport, you will make your way to your comfort-level accommodations in Metro Manila. Check in to your room and explore the hotel, its facilities, and its surroundings, or go on an add-on tour to Manila’s famous walled city, Intramuros.
You can choose to go on a morning walking tour or a night walking tour. A morning tour will take you to spots like Fort Santiago, Plaza Moriones, the Manila Cathedral, and Casa Manila. A night tour will also allow you to visit Fort Santiago and Casa Manila, but it will focus more on the dark side of Intramuros, including the atrocities done here during the war.
Day 2 - Day 2: Arrival in Baguio + Check-in
After checking out of your Manila accommodations, you will travel north to visit Baguio, the Summer Capital of the Philippines. The city earned such a title because of its temperatures that seldom go over 26 degrees Celsius, so make sure to pack sweaters for this trip. Upon arrival at Baguio, you will check in at your hotel.
Once you are settled in your room, you can enjoy the facilities of the hotel or explore the city on your own. Remember, though, that you have a complimentary tour of Baguio’s top city attractions the next day, so reserve some energy for that.
Day 3 - Day 3: Baguio City Top Attractions Private Day Tour with Transfers
Your driver will pick you up from your hotel so you can go on your first complimentary tour that is part of this Philippine tour package. Mirador Hill and Lourdes Grotto is your first stop. Then, you’ll head to Diplomat Hotel, which many believe to be haunted. During this tour, you will also visit Camp John Hay, where you can take photos of its postcard-worthy sceneries or just enjoy the fresh air. You will also visit the Baguio Country Club, The Mansion, Wright Park, Mines View Park, and the Baguio Botanical Garden on this tour.
Day 4 - Day 4: Free & Easy + Optional Tours
Today is a free day, but you can explore more Baguio attractions by booking an optional tour to add to your Philippine itinerary. You can either go on a tour of the museums in the city or visit the cultural sites. Both tours are private and come with transfers from and to your hotel.
If you choose to go on the art museums half-day tour, you will visit the BenCab Museum, the Woodcarvers’ Village, the Victor Oteyza Community Art Space (VOCAS), and Ili-Likha. You can visit the Igorot Stone Kingdom, the Tam-Awan Village, the Easter Weaving Room, Museo Kordilyera, and Burnham Park if you book the cultural tour.
Day 5 - Day 5: Arrival in Cebu City + Check-in
You will leave Luzon and travel to the Visayan Region to the province of Cebu. It is the oldest city in the Philippines and is dubbed the Queen City of the South. From your accommodations, your van will transport you to the airport so you can catch your flight to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. After landing, you will be dropped off at your standard-level hotel in Cebu City. Check in and rest, as you will have a complimentary tour of the city tomorrow, but if you still have the energy to explore, feel free to visit the restaurants near your hotel and sample some local delicacies.
Day 6 - Day 6: Cebu City & Highlands Vista Private Tour with Lunch & Transfers
You’ll continue your tour of the Philippines today. You will visit some of the top attractions of Cebu City and its nearby areas, including the Sirao Flower Farm, where you can take pictures with rows upon rows of colorful flowers. You will also visit the Temple of Leah, which has a Roman-inspired architectural shrine.
Other sites you will visit on this tour include Tops Lookout (where you will be treated to panoramic views of Cebu City), Magellan’s Cross (a wooden cross encasing the original cross that Magellan and his crew planted when they landed in Cebu), and Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño (one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in the country). You will also see the Heritage of Cebu Monument, the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, the San Pedro Calungsod Church, and the Capitol Site.
Day 7 - Day 7: Free & Easy + Optional Tours
You can choose to stay in Cebu City and continue exploring its sights on your own, or you can book an add-on tour of the attractions in South Cebu. You can go to Oslob to see whale sharks, the Sumilon Sandbar, and Tumalog Falls. Another option is a tour of Moalboal’s aquatic attractions. Both tours come with lunch and transfers from and to your hotel.
If you choose to tour Oslob, you will first go out to the open waters to get close to whale sharks. Seeing them is never guaranteed, but it is highly likely. If you do spot them, you can swim near these majestic creatures, but don’t touch or disturb them for everyone’s safety. You will also visit the Sumilon Sandbar, a picturesque sandbar that changes shape depending on the weather and tide, and Tumalog Falls, a stunning attraction known for its several cascades.
On the other hand, if you choose to visit Moalboal, you will be able to visit Pescador Island, snorkel near a massive sardine wall, and get the chance to see sea turtles in Turtle Point.
Day 8 - Day 8: Departure + Check-out
On the last of your 8 days in the Philippines, you are scheduled to return to Manila. Before checking out of your accommodations is Cebu, you are free to explore the neighborhood and scout for souvenirs or try more local delicacies. Head back to the hotel and then check out. When you are ready, your driver will bring you back to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport for your flight, officially ending your multi-day tour.
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Tours and Itinerary - Please wear appropriate clothing based on the itinerary. Please also be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better. For any services i.e. meals, sightseeing etc. not utilized on your tour package, we, unfortunately, cannot offer refunds.
Other Important Notes - Bring cash as not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.
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Government Guidelines - This tour is subject to community guidelines mandated by the Philippine Government and Local Government Units. Travel requirements and COVID restrictions might change anytime without any notice.
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Comfort - 2-3 star accommodations offer the basic necessities of a bed and bathroom and limited amenities, like a television, phone, and closet. Front desk services, along with daily housekeeping and breakfast are also available. 2-3 star accommodations are usually located near major intersections, public transportation centers, and affordable tourist attractions.
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