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Northern Philippines Adventure

With over 6,000 islands contained within its borders, the Philippines is one of the largest archipelagos in the world. While we cant possibly show you all of them in just nine days, this journey through the countrys northern half will feel more than comprehensive enough. Up here, youll discover the arresting inland beauty of Luzon, known for world-famous (and incredibly picturesque) terraced rice paddies. Learn about colonial history and life in tiny villages. Looking for the road less travelled? It runs through here.


Duration: 9 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife, Trekking, Beer Tasting Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 144990
Starts: Manila, Philippines Finishes: Manila, Philippines
You will visit
  • Manila
  • Manila

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Manila

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Manila/Banaue (1B)

Travel through the stunning mountainous landscape to Banaue. Stop en route for lunch and photo ops. Visit the Provincial Museum in Bayombong to learn more about Luzon. After the long drive, stretch your legs on a short hike to the rice terrace viewpoint and the nearby village of Tam-an.

Included Activities:
Provincial Museum Visit
Tam-an Village Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))

03

Day 3: Banaue/Sagada (1B)

Hop into a local Jeepney and visit the rice terraces of Hapao. In the afternoon, continue on to Sagada with a visit to the Museum of Mountain Culture in Bontoc.

Included Activities:
Museum of Mountain Culture Visit
Rice Terraces Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

04

Day 4: Sagada (1B)

Explore the outdoor paradise of Sagada. Opt to hike or visit caves, the hanging coffins, or waterfalls set into the lush green landscape.

05

Day 5: Sagada/Vigan (1B)

Travel via Cerventes to Vigan, a beautifully preserved Spanish colonial town. In the evening, opt to visit the World Heritage-listed Santa Maria Church or to view the dancing fountain.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))

06

Day 6: Vigan (1B)

Spend a free day exploring this lovely city. Opt to visit the pottery shop and local handloom weavers or take a horse drawn carriage tour.

07

Day 7: Vigan/Laoag (1B)

Continue on north to Laoag, visiting the World Heritage-listed Paoay Church and a scenic lake on the way. In Laoag, opt to visit the La Paz sand dunes, the sinking bell tower, or the local market.

Included Activities:
Paoay Church Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

08

Day 8: Laoag/Manila (1B)

Take a guided tour to the oldest part of the city — the area known as Intramuros, or 'between the walls'. Within this protective enclave, were 15 churches and 6 monasteries, including the imposing Roman Catholic Cathedral.

Opt to join the group for a final dinner together in the evening.

Included Activities:
Manila City Tour

Transport:
Plane (1.00 hour(s))

09

Day 9: Manila (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Bayombong museum visit
    • Ancient rice terraces visit (Banaue)
    • Museum of Mountain Culture (Sagada)
    • World heritage-listed Paoay Church visit
    • Manila city tour
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (8 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 8 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 0 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, Jeepney, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit remote villages and friendly locals
  • Explore World Heritage rice terraces
  • Soak in the colonial charm of Vigan
  • Savour Filipino cuisine