8-Day Philippines Vacation Package to Baguio, Ilocos, Dumaguete City & Apo Island from Manila
Embark on an 8-day trip to the famed spots of North Luzon’s Baguio and Ilocos and Visayas destinations, including Dumaguete City and Apo Island, with this hassle-free vacation package. This package includes roundtrip flights from Manila, land and ferry transfers, and accommodation.
In Manila, you will go on a day tour of the walled city of Intramuros. You will wander around the iconic structures and notable landmarks. You will learn about the historical events that took place within the fort ruins and century-old churches. Marvel at Baroque and Neo-Romanesque architecture of the structures.
From Manila, you will be flying off to Laoag Airport. You will discover the hidden wonders of the coastal towns of Laoag and Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte. Along the beautiful shoreline of Bangui Bay, you will see the giant wind turbines at Bangui Windmills.
After your exhilarating escapade in Ilocos Norte, you will head to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan. You will admire the beauty of the ancestral houses and landmarks along Calle Crisologo, an iconic and vibrant street in Vigan that showcases historical structures.
Your journey continues up north in the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio City. At Camp John Hay, you will enjoy the cool breeze and appreciate the scenic views. From being a former US military base, it is now a famous leisure spot in Baguio.
This vacation package also includes roundtrip flights to the Visayas, starting with Dumaguete, known as the University town. You will visit the vast and serene campus of Silliman University. It exhibits an anthropology museum, a university zoo, and a research center. Then, you will head to the southern tip of Negros Island to discover the marine sanctuaries at Apo Island.
Explore the top attractions and scenic spots in Baguio, Ilocos, Dumaguete City, and Apo Island when you book this ultimate 8-day vacation package. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour
Upon your arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you will wait for your van to fetch you and take you to your hotel in Manila or near Roxas Boulevard. Your first stop is the walled city of Intramuros.
While wandering around the cobblestone streets, you will revisit Manila’s glorious past inside the historical spots and notable landmarks in Intramuros. You will first drop by the defense fortress at Fort Santiago. Our national hero Jose Rizal used to stay here before his execution on December 30, 1896.
Your second destination is Plaza Roma. Inside the plaza, you will find the statue of King Charles IV of Spain. Next, you will visit Bahay Tsinoy. It showcases the contributions of the ethnic Chinese to Filipino traditions.
At Casa Manila, you will learn about the colonial lifestyle of the gentry during the Spanish era. Then, you will drop by San Diego Gardens. The lush greenery is right across Baluarte De San Diego, a 16th-century bastion.
The last two destinations in your itinerary are century-old churches. You will see impressive interiors at the country’s oldest stone church, San Agustin Church and Museum. Finally, you will marvel at the grand facades of the 400-year-old Manila Cathedral.
Day 2 - Day 2: Laoag Tour
On Day 2, you will ride a plane to Laoag Airport from Manila. Wait for your private van to fetch you from the terminal. Then, you will proceed to your Laoag hotel.
The city of Laoag features several historical attractions, and you will get to visit St. Williams Cathedral first. This 16th-century church houses the iconic Sinking Bell Tower. As the name itself suggests, the belfry sinks an inch into the ground every year.
Your historical tour in Laoag continues at Museo Ilocos Norte. Inside the museum, you will get a glimpse of the region’s culture and heritage. Afterward, you will drop by Aurora’s Park, where you can find the 19th-century Tobacco Monopoly Monument.
Your next destination is the Malacanang of the North, a grand presidential museum for former President Marcos. You will also visit Paoay Church. Back in the Spanish era, the Katipuneros and Filipino Guerrillas used the church as a former observation post.
Then, you will head to the town of Batac. At Marcos Museum, you will find the cenotaph of the late president. Finally, you will marvel at Juan at Antonio Luna Museum. The museum is composed of six galleries featuring the life and works of the Luna brothers.
Day 3 - Day 3: Pagudpud Tour
On your third day, your van will take you to the town of Burgos and Pagudpud. Your first stop is at Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. It stands majestically on top of a hill facing the West Philippine Sea.
Then, you will head to the coastline of Bangui Bay, which features the Bangui Windmills. The wind farm has 20 giant turbines overlooking the sea. Next, you will drive along Pagudpud’s scenic coastal bridge, known as the Patapat Viaduct. You will then travel to Agua Grande, where you can dip your toes into a cold stream that flows to Pasaleng Bay.
Up next is Paraiso ni Anton. The locals believe that the water flowing beside the grotto provides healing. Then, you will drop by Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, a stunning natural attraction off the coast of Burgos, Ilocos Norte.
If you’re looking for local treats to bring back home, you can head to Pasuquin Salt Stand to purchase the best-tasting salt-preserved food in town. You can also level up your adventure in Pagudpud by adding La Paz Sand Dunes to your itinerary. Ride a 4x4 vehicle and go over small and steep hills on an 85 square kilometer coastal beach and desert in Ilocos Norte.
Day 4 - Day 4: Vigan Tour
On Day 4, you will explore the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan. Your van will take you to your first stop, the National Museum Ilocos Regional Complex.
Spend your fun-filled day marveling at historical artifacts as you learn about the region’s culture and heritage. Then, you will proceed to Bantay Church and Bell Tower. A breathtaking view of the whole Bantay district awaits you on top of the belfry tower. Here, you can also see a portion of the nearby province of Abra.
Then, you will visit Syquia Mansion Museum. This 19-century stone mansion exhibits symbolic heirlooms of the Syquia family. After your historical tour, you will learn traditional pottery making at Pagburnayan Jar Factory. Then, you will pay a short visit to Crisologo Museum. It showcases the well-preserved belongings of Congressman Floro S. Crisologo, including the antique furniture of his family.
Next, you will walk along the iconic Calle Crisologo. Here, you will admire the majestic architectural design of various ancestral houses and structures. You will also visit St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral. There is a dancing fountain at Plaza Salcedo near the church. Lastly, you will see different exotic animals at Baluarte mini zoo.
Day 5 - Day 5: Baguio Tour
On your 5th day, you will continue your journey up north in the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio City. It is one of the famous destinations in Northern Luzon because of its cool breeze and breathtaking landscapes.
First, you will visit Ifugao Museum. You will see several ethnic artifacts depicting Ifugao’s ancient traditions. Another historic site you will visit is the Surrender Site of General Yamashita in honor of Yamashita’s act of surrendering during World War II.
Then, you will head to the Philippine Military Academy, a premier institution for aspiring military officers in the country. Then, you will visit Fort De Pilar, which occupies 373 hectares of land.
You will also visit The Mansion, featuring a grand ornamental ironwork gate perfect for your photo backdrop.
Next, you will try different outdoor activities at Camp John Hay. Then, you will witness a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains on top of Mines View Park. Afterward, you can go horseback riding, see art galleries, and admire picturesque flower gardens at Wright Park and Centennial Park.
At the Good Shepherd Convent, you can purchase local treats to bring home. Don’t miss out on the chance to try their best-selling ube jam!
Day 6 - Day 6: Dumaguete City Tour
Your sixth day continues in Dumaguete, also known as the City of Gentle People. From Manila, you will board a plane to reach this beautiful coastal town.
Dumaguete is also called the University Town. Being the center of education in Visayas and Mindanao, it is home to various universities, including Silliman University. The campus features a research center, anthropology museum, and university zoo. Right beside the university is the seaside promenade of Rizal Boulevard.
In downtown Dumaguete, you will visit the historic stone church of St. Catherine De Alexandria and the iconic Dumaguete Campanario. Then, you will go shopping at Dumaguete Public Market. Next, you will explore the Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park.
At Claytown Pottery, you can shop handmade pots. While inside Sidlakang Negros Village, you can purchase novelty items. Afterward, you will drop by Lab-as Seafood to enjoy a mouthwatering lunch.
Then, you will savor the cool breeze at the Valencia Forest Camp. Next is the Cata-al War Museum, where you will see a vast collection of World War II-era artifacts. Then, you will visit San Agustin de Hippo Church in the town of Bacong. Lastly, you can purchase souvenirs at the Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage Center.
Day 7 - Day 7: Apo Island Tour
The last leg of your trip continues in Apo Island, a world-class diving spot on the southern tip of Negros Island. You will take a short boat ride to reach the famous diving and snorkeling site.
Apo Island is famous among divers because of its rich aquatic life and beautiful coral gardens. It boasts over 400 coral species and 650 documented fish species. You can also see bountiful marine sanctuaries and abundant biodiversity in Apo Island.
The locals make sure to protect and preserve the beauty of the island. They strictly implement marine conservation programs for the tourism and development of the island. Visitors should follow the island protocols to ensure their safety.
Once you get there, you can plunge straight into its vast and pristine seascape. You will witness exotic fishes like tuna, manta rays, and hammerheads. Apo Island is home to different marine species, and you will get to swim with sea turtles at Turtle Point. After your underwater exploration, you can relax on the white-sand beach.
Next, you will hike up the 600-meter Habagat Eco Trail to see a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and natural rock formations. After your jam-packed adventure, you will head back to your hotel in Dumaguete.
Day 8 - Day 8: Departure to Manila
On the last day of your vacation, you will wait for your van to pick you up from your hotel. Then, you will proceed to Dumaguete Airport. From there, you will be boarding a short plane ride to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You will return to where you started, Manila.
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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.
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.