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9-Day Philippines Heritage & Highlands Trip to Ilocos Region, Cordillera Mountains & Mt. Pinatubo

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

Description

Make the most of your time in the beautiful island of Luzon, Philippines with this 9-day vacation package. You will see multiple top attractions and learn about the culture and history of the Philippines. This exciting holiday package includes accommodation, roundtrip transportation, and all necessary fees. This package is the best pick for travelers who would like to visit Luzon’s great marvels in the most convenient way.

By booking this package, you’ll be given a chance to explore the city of Manila. At some point, you will stop by the city’s prominent Intramuros, a historic walled area where you will find a lot of green spaces, museums, churches, monuments, and more. You’ll also be taking a flight to Laoag to see the city’s Bangui Windmills. These towering wind turbines are lined up in a single row on the long stretch of shoreline facing the West Philippine Sea.

You will also head to Vigan City, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and is home to numerous tourist spots like Calle Crisologo. This place offers not only well-preserved Spanish structures but also a rich history. Moreover, the package includes a visit to Camp John Hay. It is one of the go-to destinations in Baguio, where visitors can either relax or try various activities.

A trip to the northern Luzon will not be complete without dropping by the La Trinidad Strawberry Farm in Benguet. Here, you are given a chance to pick fresh strawberries that you can consume while on vacation or bring home. You will go to Mt. Pinatubo that boasts a beautiful crater lake that was created after its infamous eruption.

See the natural wonders and historic places that makeup Luzon’s list of must-visit attractions with this 9-day vacation package. Check availability by choosing a date.

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Included

8 nights accommodation (budget category)
8 days breakfast
8 lunch
Day 1 - Intramuros Tour (Manila)
Day 2 to 4 - Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur Tour (Ilocos Region)
Day 5 to 8 - Sagada, Banaue and Benguet Tour (Cordillera Region)
Day 9 - Mt. Pinatubo Tour
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
Sunset in Intramuros

Day 1 - Day 1: Intramuros Tour

For your first day in Luzon, you will explore the capital city of the Philippines, Manila. Your tour will take place in Intramuros, a walled area that houses many attractions, including a defense fortress called Fort Santiago. Built back in 1590, it is amongst the significant historical sites in Manila.

You will proceed to Plaza Roma, where the monument dedicated to King Charles IV of Spain is established. Erected in 1824, the monument was replaced in 1960 with a Gomburza statue but was later reinstalled in 1981. More historical places are up next: Bahay Tsinoy and Casa Manila. The former emphasizes the ethnic Chinese while the latter depicts the Spanish Colonial period.

At San Diego Gardens, there’s a park with pergolas and gazebos. Just across it is the Baluarte De San Diego, an old stone fort that was initially a tower and has survived wars and earthquakes throughout the centuries.

The San Agustin Church and Museum is another centuries-old attraction within Intramuros. It is the oldest stone church in the country, standing since 1607. The Manila Cathedral, the seat of the city’s archbishop, will be your last stop for this tour.

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Day 2
Laoag letters at a park in Ilocos Norte

Day 2 - Day 2: Ilocos Norte Laoag Tour

You will take an hour-long flight from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Laoag International Airport. Only 10km away from the airport is Laoag City, where St. Williams Cathedral is located. It was initially a wooden chapel and was reconstructed in 1612. Just a short walk away is the Sinking Bell Tower, which is believed to be sinking an inch a year because of the sandy land it is standing on.

You will drop by Museo Ilocos Norte to learn more about not only the history of the region but also its rich culture and heritage. Additionally, an important historical landmark can be found at Aurora Park – the 19th-century Tobacco Monopoly Monument.

After Laoag City, you will next see the attractions in the town of Paoay. You will first visit the Malacanang of the North, which is the previous residence of Ferdinand Marcos, the 10th President of the Philippines. Afterward, you will be brought to Paoay Church, one of the baroque churches in the country famous for its unique architecture.

To wrap up the tour, you will pay a visit to Marcos Museum, also called Ferdinand E. Marcos Presidential Center. Here, you will find the memorabilia of the late president Marcos.

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Day 3
Sunrise over Kapurpurawan Rock Formations in Laoag

Day 3 - Day 3: Ilocos Norte Pagudpud Tour

For your third day, you will be picked up at your hotel in Laoag and be taken to the town of Burgos. Your first stop is Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, built during the Spanish Colonial era yet remains functional at present.

You will also see Ilocos Norte’s famous Bangui Windmills. These 20 70-meter-tall wind turbines form a single line along a nine-kilometer shoreline facing Bangui Bay. Next is the Patapat Viaduct, a long bridge that links the Ilocos Region to Cagayan Valley.

Next is a picnic park called Agua Grande. It boasts running water that flows to Pasaleng Bay. Not too far is Paraiso ni Anton that has a grotto. A stream of cool waters beside it is believed to provide healing. You will also stop by the picturesque Kapurpurwan Rock Formation. Your final stop is Pasuquin Salt Stand. Salt and salt-preserved food can be purchased in the coastal town of Pasuquin.

Those looking to end the tour excitingly can add La Paz San Dunes with a 4x4 ride to your itinerary. Challenge yourself with this thrilling ride as you go over small and steep hills on an 85 square kilometer coastal beach and desert in Ilocos Norte.

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Day 4
Calle Crisologo in Vigan

Day 4 - Day 4: Ilocos Sur Vigan Tour

Your Day 4 will be focused on the attractions of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan and its neighboring town of Bantay. Your accommodations will be at a nice hotel along Calle Crisologo, a street popular for its old Spanish structures.

You will kick off your tour with a visit to The National Museum Ilocos Sur Complex, where you can get a better understanding of the region’s history and heritage. You will later head to Bantay Church and Bell Tower in the close-by town. Sitting atop a hill, the bell tower originally served as a watchtower.

At your next stop, you will be in awe at the stunning architecture of the 19th-century Syquia Mansion Museum, which houses preserved furniture. You’ll then see the beautifully handcrafted jars, as well as know about the pottery industry, at Pagburnayan Jar Factory. You will also be paying a visit to the Crisologo Museum, an ancestral house of the Crisologo political family.

Next in your itinerary is St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as Vigan Cathedral. This Earthquake Baroque is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour ends at Baluarte, which is a zoological park where you can interact with various animals.

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Day 5
Hanging coffins in Sagada

Day 5 - Day 5: Sagada Tour

On Day 5, you will travel early from your hotel in Vigan City to Sagada. Going to this tranquil town in the Cordillera regions may get a bit bumpy, but it will be worth it once you reach your destination.

Sagada has lots of natural attractions to offer, from scenic mountain valleys and limestone caves to seas of clouds and refreshing waterfalls. One of these is the Sugong Cave, where you’ll see hanging coffins. Locals have been practicing this traditional burial for thousands of years. Such a unique burial is also done in nearby countries like Indonesia and China.

On your way to the hanging cliffs, you will pass by a natural area boasting lavish foliage and caverns. This pleasant sight is called Echo Valley, which is named as such since loud noises can echo throughout the area. Up next is Sumaguing Cave, the biggest among more than 60 caves underneath Sagada. Inside the cave are countless rock formations. Natural pools of crystal clear, cold water also thrive inside.

Finally, you will see an extensive collection of native artifacts at the Bontoc Tribal Museum. These displays reflect the history and heritage of the indigenous people of the Cordillera region, generally called Ifugao.

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Day 6
Beautiful landscape of the Batad Rice Terraces

Day 6 - Day 6: Banaue Tour

From Sagada, you will head south toward the town of Banaue, which is famous for its stunning rice terraces. One of the go-to attractions in Banaue is the amphitheater-like rice terraces that are located in the village of Batad. Plenty of paddy fields can also be found in the area.

If you would like to have a better view of the terraces, you can head to the Batad Banaue Viewpoint. This site can be reached by a 30-minute hike. If you seek a little bit of adventure, you can directly head to Tappiya Waterfall instead of dropping by the viewpoint. To get there, you will have to go on a trek.

If you prefer to do something else, you may visit the peaceful Banga-an Village. It is a small community that is made up of less than 30 families. There, you will find some traditional houses with livestock occupying the ground floor.

After visiting your preferred second stop, you’ll conclude your tour at the Banaue Museum. You’ll get the chance to have an in-depth understanding of the region’s tribes. Displays inside the building vary from the jewelry used by the tribes to the tools and prizes earned by warrior hunters.

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Day 7
Sunset at Mines View Park in Baguio

Day 7 - Day 7: Baguio Tour

Day 7 will be a tour in the City of Pines, Baguio. This city is among the favorite destinations of locals, especially during summer, because of its cool climate. Myriad attractions can be found here, and you’ll visit nine of them.

The first one is the Ifugao Museum, which exhibits a varied collection of Ifugao artifacts. Afterward, you will go to the Surrender Site of General Yamashita. Baguio has witnessed the start and end of World War II in the country.

The Philippine Military Academy is also located in the city. It is excellent for aspiring military officers. You’ll then see The Mansion, a place where the President lodges while staying in the city. Next is Camp John Hay, which is a former military base of the United States armed forces.

At Mines View Park, you can enjoy scenic mountain views and see the defunct mining town. Next is Wright Park that has towering pine trees and offers horseback riding facilities. Next is Centennial Park is a quieter space with lots of fauna and flora.

For souvenirs and goodies, you will be taken to the Good Shepherd Convent. Peanut brittle and ube jam are some of the shop’s best-sellers.

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Day 8
Halsema Highway, the second highest elevation in the Philippines

Day 8 - Day 8: Benguet Tour

Your eighth tour day will be in the beautiful landlocked province of Benguet. You will start with a visit to the La Trinidad Strawberry Farm, which offers an exciting activity – strawberry picking! Every year, the 79-hectare farm manages to provide 1,775 metric tons of strawberries. The next stop will be at Atok Sakura Flowers. This place has more than 30 Sakura trees whose blossoms are yet to bloom every year.

Northern Blossom is another attraction full of various vibrant flowers. Set on rolling fields, the farm has everything from lovely roses to bright sunflowers. What’s more, this attraction in Benguet also offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

You will then head to a highway with the second-highest altitude in the Philippines, which is called 2nd Highest Point. This site is situated along the Halsema Highway that links Benguet to the Mountain Province.

The last location you will visit is a man-made trail created during the Spanish period, which is called Spanish Trail. This has cave-like tunnels and extends up to 3km long. It rewards visitors with views of the Halsema Highway and the Cordillera Mountains. After the Benguet tour, you will head back to your hotel in Baguio City.

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Day 9
Summit of Mount Pinatubo

Day 9 - Day 9. Mt. Pinatubo Tour + Departure to Manila

You will travel to the province of Tarlac to see Mt. Pinatubo next. From the drop-off point, you will hop aboard a 4x4 vehicle that will take you to the foot of the mountain, where your hike starts. Once you reach the viewpoint, you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the crater lake. Afterward, your van will drop you off at your hotel in Manila.

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What to bring

Face mask and Face shield
Extra clothes
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.

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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