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The North Philippines Adventure with Rice Terraces Trekking

Spend 13 days exploring fantastic destinations, including Cebu, Tagaytay, Manila, Vigan, Sagada, and Banaue in the Philippines for adventurers.

Begin your trip with one day Cebu city tour before getting the once-in-a-lifetime experience to swim with the friendly whale sharks and jump, and swim at Kawasan falls. Then, move to Tagaytay to see the Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, and also explore the old heritage town of Taal. At last, this Philippines adventure tour will focus on the northern places of the Philippines. Explore the cobbled Spanish colonial towns of Vigan and the mysterious burial caves and ancient hanging coffins in Sagada. Moreover, enjoy a short day trek to discover the incredible Banaue Rice Terraces 2000 which are UNESCO-listed 2000-year-old rice terraces built by the Ifugao people.
Travel Route: Cebu - Manila - Tagaytay - Manila - Laoag - Vigan - Sagada - Banaue - Manila
Day: 13
Best for: First-timers
Tour Type: Escorted private tour with personal tour guide and vehicle
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The specialist who designs this trip have lived in this country for several years, in some cases, born here. Our first-hand knowledge will help you have an authentic experience, making the most of your vaction.
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Sightseeing in the buildings and historical sites of Cebu

Visit Museo Sugbo, Heritage Monument, Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, Magellan’s Cross, etc. to get a glimpse of its history and culture.

Experience a lifetime canyoneering adventure

Swim with the Whale Sharks in Oslob, cool down in the refreshingly cool water of Tumalog Falls, and be fascinated by the Kawasan Falls.

Adventure to Tagaytay, one of the most beautiful places of Philippines

Hike on the secret trail to Taal Volcano; see the highlights of the old heritage town of Taal, including Leon Apacible Museum, Gregorio Agoncillo House, and the Galleria Taal.

Explore the northern parts of the Philippines

Soak in the colonial charm of Vigan; explore the outdoor paradise of Sagada; enjoy a short trek and Marvel at the beauty of Banaue Rice Terraces.

Philippines Tour with Banaue Trekking
Philippines Tour with Banaue Trekking
Philippines Tour with Banaue Trekking

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Cebu Arrival
Welcome to Cebu!
Upon arrival, our guide will meet you at Mactan Cebu International Airport and take you to your hotel.
The rest of the day is for you to take a good rest or freely explore the surroundings.
Stay overnight in Cebu.
Day 2: Cebu City Tour
Today, you will start your journey to visit Museo Sugbo, also known as Sugbo Museum, which is for tourists, history buffs, students, and all citizens of Cebu to learn about the glorious history of this island.
Then, move to the Heritage of Cebu Monument, also known as the Parian Monument. This monument is a tableau showcasing the important events in Cebu City’s history and is also one of the highlights of the town.
Next, you will visit Yap Sandiego Ancestral House. It is one of the oldest residential structures in the Philippines. This house has managed to withstand centuries’ worth of destructive forces – wars, financial collapse, and natural disasters. Now it operates as a museum and as a party and shoots venue.
After that, you will continue to visit Magellan’s Cross which is housed in a chapel and planted on April 21, 1521, by Portuguese and Spanish explorers.
In the afternoon, you will go to Basilica Minore Del Sto. Nino. It is the oldest church in the Philippines, built in 1565, and the world-famous "El Nino image" is stored here.
Later, you will explore Sirao Flower Farm which was given the moniker “Little Amsterdam of Cebu”. Before transferring back to your hotel, you will head to visit the Temple of Leah. This temple is a beautiful Roman-inspired architectural shrine that is also known as the Taj Mahal of Cebu. It's home to the treasures and memorabilia of the late Leah Albino Adarna, the grandmother of Filipina actress Ellen Adarna.
Stay overnight in Cebu.
Visit Magellan’s Cross
Day 3: Whale Shark Watching & Canyoneering Adventure
Today, you will have the chance to experience both worlds and the uplifting magnificence of nature. After being picked up from your accommodation at 4:00 am. A 3-hour drive will take you to the town of Oslob, home of the gentle giants.
Upon arrival, you will take a boat to the interaction area and swim with the whale sharks for 30 minutes. After that, you'll be given time to enjoy breakfast at your preferred restaurant in the area.
Aftewards, you will transfer to Tumalog Falls to cool down before going to Badian for your next exciting adventure.
Later, you will head to Badian for a canyoneering adventure. Upon arrival at the canyoneering station, you'll be provided with safety gears and tour guide before heading to the starting point. You may ride the optional 1 kilometer zipline to shorten the hike from the entrance to the jump-off point to 10 minutes instead of 30 minutes. The tour culminates at Kawasan Falls, a three-stage cascading waterfall and one of the most beautiful falls in the Philippines.
At the end of the tour, you will be escorted back to your hotel in Cebu.
Stay overnight in Cebu.
Swim with the Whale Sharks in Philippines
Day 4: Cebu to Manila
Today, you will fly to Manila from Cebu Airport.
Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at Ninoy Aquino International Airport and escort you to your hotel to check in. The rest of the day you are able to go to Manila Bay for a walk and enjoy the beautiful bay scenery.
Stay overnight in Manila.
Day 5: Manila to Tagaytay; back to Manila
In the early morning, you will drive to the resort city, Tagaytay to visit Taal Volcano, and the old heritage town of Taal.
Upon arrival, you will board a traditional outrigger boat for around 30 minutes to the Taal Volcano Island in the middle of Taal Lake. This volcano is said to be the smallest active volcano in the world.
You'll hike uphill through the hardened black lava on the rim of the crater and enjoy stunning views here and find many endemic species. Later, back to the shore and enjoy your lunch.
In the afternoon, you will explore the old heritage town of Taal, which is well-known for the restored beautiful houses dating to the 18th and 19th centuries. In the old town, you will also see its famous hand-embroidered fabrics and hand-made knives. Then, you will visit the Leon Apacible Museum, Gregorio Agoncillo House, and the Galleria Taal.
After the tour, drive back to Manila.
Stay overnight in Manila.
Philippines Taal Volcano
Day 6: Manila to Laoag; Laoag to Vigan
Today you will take the flight to Laoag which is known as “The Sunshine City”.
Upon arrival, you will be picked up from the airport and escort you to Vigan, which is a well-preserved Spanish colonial town.
On the way, you will visit the World Heritage-listed Paoay Church, also known as Saint Augustine Church, which is a Roman Catholic church in Paoay. With a massive pediment and complementary bell tower standing imposingly on an expansive plain, the church is famous for its architecture that blends baroque, gothic, Chinese, and Javanese.
After arriving at Vigan, you will enjoy your free time exploring the town.
Stay overnight in Vigan.
Saint Augustine Church
Day 7: Vigan Sightseeing


In the morning, you will visit Santa Maria Church, which is on the World Heritage List. This church is one of the best examples of Baroque-style architecture that was popular in the Spanish colonial era.
Although the interior of the church is fairly simple, the surroundings of the church make it a popular destination among tourists. The church also has a lot of open space surrounding it, perfect for leisurely walks and quick photos!
The rest of the day is free for you to explore the town. You can visit some local pottery shops and the local handloom weavers. Or take an optional horse-drawn carriage tour in the town.
Stay overnight in Vigan.
Vigan Sightseeing
Day 8: Vigan to Sagada
Today, you will drive to Sagada which will take about 5.5 hours. After arriving, you will be escorted to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Stay overnight in Sagada.
Day 9: Sagada
Today, you will head to visit nearby Echo Valley to see the mysterious hanging coffins and Lumiang Burial Cave. The indigenous population has been burying their dead in coffins perched high on cliff faces for over 2000 years. It is believed to both keep the preserved bodies safe from wild animals and take them one step closer to heaven.
In the afternoon, you can free explore the town to know more about its culture and history.
Stay overnight in Sagada.
Explore hanging coffins in Sagada
Day 10: Sagada to Banaue
In the morning, you will make your way to Bontoc, a bustling market town and former capital of the Cordillera region. You will visit the Bontoc Museum, the small museum that has a number of interesting exhibits about the region's indigenous communities.
After that, you will continue your trip to Banaue, a town on the Cordillera mountain range in the north of the island of Luzon, in the Philippines.
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day you can have a good rest in the hotel or free explore the town.
Stay overnight in Banaue.
Day 11: Day Trek to Batad Rice Terraces
Today, you will start your Batad adventure to trek to Batad Rice Terraces which is one of the five inscribed clusters declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites alongside Nagacadan Rice Terraces, Hungduan Rice Terraces, Mayoyao Rice Terraces, and Bangaan Rice Terraces.
You'll first ride a jeepney to Sadel, the starting point of your trek to the Batad and Banga-an Rice Terraces. After arrival, you will start your walk through the village and you can walk across the rice terrace walls.
The trek takes you along the terraces and up to a viewpoint that overlooks the terraces. From here you can look out into the vast emptiness with the blue sky and lush greenery stretching before you.
Stay overnight in Banaue.
Visit Batad Rice Terraces
Day 12: Banaue to Manila
After breakfast, you will drive back to Manila. It will take about 8-9 hours to drive from Banaue to Manila. You'll stop en route for lunch and photo ops.
Upon arriving in Bayombong, you will stop to visit the Provincial Museum and learn more about Luzon. If time permits, you can also explore the local market in downtown Banaue.
After arriving at Manila, you will be escorted to your hotel.
Stay overnight in Manila.
Day 13: Manila Departure
Say goodbye to the Philippines.
You are free to arrange your time until the guide transfer you to the airport.
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Service Included

Private English-speaking tour guide
All entrance ticket fees for sightseeing listed in the itinerary
Private van for land transportation
Meals as specified in the itinerary
Hotel accommodation
Governmental taxes

Service Excluded

International air tickets
Visa Handling fee, visa stamp fee
Meals as not listed in the itinerary
Tips and gratitude to the guide and driver
Surcharge for public holidays (if any)
Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, etc.

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