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8-Day Philippines Vacation Package to Luzon Highlands, Dumaguete & Apo Island from Manila

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Tour starts
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Starting time
at 09:00
Duration
8 days
Ending place
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Languages:
English
Difficulty:
Easy
Available:
All year
Minimum age:
None

Description

Embark on this eight-day excursion to see some of the major attractions in the Philippines. With this package, you will see not only the natural attractions and historical sites in Luzon highlands but also the main highlights of Dumaguete in the Visayas. Your accommodation, transportation, entrance fees, and tour guide are already part of this vacation package.

Once you arrive in the Philippines, you will first visit historical landmarks and other notable structures in Manila, particularly in the historic walled area called Intramuros. This is where old fortifications can be found, as well as museums, churches, notable landmarks, among others.

This package also includes hiking at Mt. Pinatubo in Central Luzon. Infamous for its 1991 eruption that affected the weather worldwide, Mt. Pinatubo is now a tourist destination because of its breathtaking crater lake.

You will then go to the popular Strawberry Farm in the town of La Trinidad in Benguet. Here, you will get the chance to pick fresh strawberries while enjoying the refreshing view. Feel free to try the homemade strawberry ice cream that locals are selling here, as well. From there, you will then head to Baguio to see its many destinations, including Camp John Hay. The camp is a former US military base that was used during World War II.

After exploring Luzon, you will fly to Dumaguete in the Visayas, located in the province of Negros Oriental. The city has lots to offer, including Silliman University that features historical buildings and museums. Spending a day on Apo Island is also one of your agendas. This island is home not only to beautiful corals but also to various aquatic animals such as manta rays, and hammerheads, among others.

Take home memorable moments with this 8-day vacation package to fascinating attractions in Luzon highlands and the City of Dumaguete. Check availability by choosing a date.

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Included

7 nights accommodation (budget category)
7 days breakfast
7 lunch
All flights with 20kgs baggage allowance
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
Day 3 to 5 - Benguet and Sagada Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 6 to 7 - Dumaguete Tour (Central Visayas)
Day 8 - Back to Manila
All transportation to and from included activities and destinations
All environmental fees, port fees, and all other applicable taxes

Activities

Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Moat in Fort Santiago, Intramuros

Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour

The first day of your vacation package is when you will arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines. A van will be waiting for you at the airport. Your guide will then take you to your accommodation in Manila around or along Roxas Boulevard.

Your tour for this day will be at Intramuros, a historic walled area in Manila that encloses numerous structures, public squares, gardens, and more. Your guide will first show you a citadel called Fort Santiago. This historical landmark was established in 1593 and was used as a fortress and a prison.

You will make your way to Plaza Roma afterward. It is a public square where locals conducted different events during Spanish colonization, including bullfights. Bahay Tsinoy comes next, and it is where you’ll learn about the ethnic Chinese that lived in the Philippines.

You’ll also visit Casa Manila, a museum portraying the Philippine lifestyle during the Spanish colonial era. From there, your guide will take you to San Diego Gardens and the Baluarte De San Diego near the gardens.

Your last two stops are San Agustin Church and Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Manila Cathedral, the episcopal seat of Manila’s Archbishop.

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Day 2
Tourists exploring Mt. Pinatubo

Day 2 - Day 2: Mt. Pinatubo Tour

On Day 2, you will be going north toward Mt. Pinatubo, which is noted for its 1991 eruption that was considered the largest one during the 20th century. Make sure you dress up appropriately for hiking on this day.

Mt. Pinatubo lies in the provinces of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga, but your van will head straight to Tarlac as this is where the base camp is located. Once you reach the base camp, you’ll get on a 4x4 jeepney. The ride could get bumpy as you will cross a craggy terrain filled with lahar caused by Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption.

The vehicle will bring you as far as it can go, and then you will have to start trekking. The trek is easy enough, and beginners won’t have trouble along the way. The trail will lead you to a view deck where you can thoroughly enjoy a marvelous view of Mt. Pinatubo’s crater lake.

You can take pictures as many times as you want since the day tour is only dedicated to Mt. Pinatubo. Afterward, you’ll ride the 4x4 jeepney back to the base camp, and then you’ll travel to Baguio, where you will move into a new hotel.

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Day 3
Freshly picked strawberries in a farm in Benguet

Day 3 - Day 3: Benguet Tour

For your third day, you will be visiting the attractions of the Province of Benguet. This location is one of the primary sources of fresh vegetables of the country; hence, it’s nickname the Salad Bowl of the Philippines.

From your Baguio accommodation, your van will take you to La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. Strawberry-picking at the farm is one of the must-try activities in Benguet. Another highlight of the province is Atok Sakura Flowers, a park with over 30 cherry blossom trees.

The next stop of your day tour is Northern Blossom, another farm that will leave you in awe at its beautiful flowers. The site will show everything, from lovely roses and cabbage roses to colorful snapdragons and vibrant sunflowers.

After that, you will head to the 2nd Highest Point. This attraction is named as such since it boasts the second-highest altitude in the Philippines. It is set along the Halsema Highway, which extends from Benguet to the Mountain Province.

The Spanish Trail is the last attraction you will visit for this day before going back to your Baguio hotel. This 3km man-made trail was established during Spanish colonization, and residents used the track up to this time.

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Day 4
Hanging Coffins in Sagada

Day 4 - Day 4: Sagada Tour

On Day 4, this package will take you outside of Benguet and bring you to the Mountain Province. Here you will visit Sagada and discover its unique attractions. You’ll be going through a few zigzag roads on the way since the town is set in a valley. Also, make sure to wear appropriate attire for spelunking and hiking on this day.

Sagada offers more than 60 caves, and you’ll be visiting two of them. The first one is Sugong Cave, one of the two caves in the town with an underground river. The river irrigates Kapay-aw rice fields. Once you get out of the cave, you will proceed to the Echo Valley. One of these valley’s trails will lead you to the hanging coffins, the most iconic attraction in Mountain Province.

The second cave you will visit in the town is Sumaguing Cave. This is the largest one in the town, and inside it are spectacular rock formations, as well as streams and pools. Your last stop is the Bontoc Tribal Museum, which presents a collection of arts and artifacts of the province’s indigenous tribes. After your day tour, your van will take you to your Sagada hotel.

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Day 5
Pine trees in an open field in Baguio

Day 5 - Day 5: Baguio Tour

On the fifth day, you will be exploring the Philippines’ Summer Capital of the Philippines, the City of Baguio. After checking out of your accommodation in Sagada, your van will take you directly to your first stop in Baguio, the Philippine Military Academy. It is the top educational institution for aspiring military officers in the Philippines.

Your guide will next show you The Mansion, the official summer palace of the Philippine President. You can find presidential memorabilia in its museum. Then, you’ll pay a visit to Camp John Hay, which is the most popular attraction in Baguio. It is a former military base of the United States during World War II.

You’ll make a stop at Mines View Park to check out Itogon’s abandoned gold and copper mines. Up next is Wright Park, which abounds in pine trees and offers horseback riding rentals. Centennial Park is also part of your itinerary, and it features a bronze sculpture, lush gardens, and more.

To wrap up your tour, you’ll be given a chance to shop at Good Shepherd Convent, which sells jams, ube, peanut brittle, and more. You will then head back to the metropolitan area. Your van will take you directly to your accommodation in Manila.

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Day 6
Benches in Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete

Day 6 - Day 6: Dumaguete City Tour

On Day 6, you’ll take a flight to Dumaguete at Ninoy Aquino International Airport; then, your plane will land at Dumaguete Airport. Your tour will begin at Silliman University, the Philippines’ first-ever American college.

You will go to Rizal Boulevard afterward. Locals and international tourists alike visit this seafront promenade to unwind. Lying less than a kilometer away are St. Catherine De Alexandria and Dumaguete Campanario, which were both established during the 18th century.

A few meters away is the busy Dumaguete Public Market, which sells fresh produce, local delicacies, seafood, and more. After that, you’ll visit the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park, where local festivals and events are usually held.

At Claytown Pottery, you will find handcrafted clay pots. Meanwhile, the Sidlakang Negros Village has plenty of Dumaguete arts and handicrafts. You will also stop by Lab-as Seafood, a restaurant that serves fresh seafood dishes. Your guide will then take you to a resort called Valencia Forest Camp, as well as to Cata-al War Museum.

The San Agustin de Hippo Church in Bacong town is also included in your itinerary. After dropping by the Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage Center, your van will bring you to your Dumaguete hotel.

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Day 7
Beach in Apo Island, Dumaguete

Day 7 - Day 7: Apo Island Tour

Your 7th vacation day in the Philippines is dedicated to Apo Island, located 10km away from mainland Negros Oriental. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Dumaguete and bring you to the town of Dauin, where you will hop aboard a boat.

Apo Island features a marine sanctuary where a variety of sea animals reside, such as tuna, hammerheads, manta rays, and more. About 400 species of corals also occupy the area around the island. Make sure to wear a swimsuit if you wish to see these unique creations.

One of the most favorite snorkeling sites on the island is Turtle Point. You’ll get the chance to see and even swim with sea turtles. If you need to recharge afterward, the beaches on Apo Island are serene and boast fine, white sand, ideal for relaxation.

You also have the option to go trekking. At the southern end of the island is a 600-meter trail called Habagat Eco-Trail. It will lead you to a viewpoint where you can appreciate incredible rock formations and a sweeping view of the sea. Once you return to the mainland, you will go back to your Dumaguete hotel via van.

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Day 8
Inside one of the many airports in the Philippines

Day 8 - Day 8: Departure to Manila

You will be checking out of your accommodation in Dumaguete on the last day of your vacation package. It’s time for you to travel back to the City of Manila. Your van will bring you to Dumaguete Airport, where you will board a flight straight to Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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What to bring

Face mask and Face shield
Extra clothes
Passport (Valid for 6 months from date of departure)
Swimwear and sunblock
Personal medicines

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.

The season for dolphin watching in Dumaguete is from March to October and is subject to weather and wind conditions. If off-season or on days when the northeast monsoon is strong, dolphin watching may not be possible. During Habagat/ Southwest monsoon Season (June-October), boat ride to Apo Island may be rough.

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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