8-Day Vivid Sagada & Banaue Rice Terraces in Northern Philippines
Tour Route: Manila - Bacolor - Baguio - Sagada - Banaue - Manila
- Tour Code: ODY-PH-003
- Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
- Travel Date: Private tour with flexible travel date
- Price Inclusions: All transportation mentioned in the itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
- Day by Day
- Guides & Cars
- Day 1: Welcome to Manila
On arrival in Manila, meet your private guide and driver and then be escorted to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to discover this dynamic city.
- Day 2: Seeing the Sights in Manila
Manila is the capital of the Philippines, which is the home to many significant architectural and cultural landmarks of the country.
Your full-day private tour today will show you to the Casa Manila Museum and the San Agustin Church. After that, take a ‘calesa’, a horse-drawn carriage which is still being used as a form of public transport, to the Manila Cathedral. Walk to Fort Santiago and Rizal Shrine. Continue the tour to see the bizarre Chinese Cemetery, the oldest district of Manila-Quiapo and the vibrant Binondo in Chinatown. The rest of the day is on your own to explore this city or relax.
- Day 3: Hitting the Highlights of Baguio
Today, you will head to Baguio with a short stop at Bacolor. Bacolor town is among hundreds of towns and villages, which have been devastated by Mt. Pinatubo's eruption in June 1993. Proceed to Baguio (about 4 hours' drive), the summer capital of the Philippines and the gateway to the Cordillera, 1,500 km high up in the Cordillera Mountains.
This afternoon, you will visit Burnham Park, Mines View Park, Camp John Hay, Baguio Cathedral, Tam-Awan Village with reconstructed Ifugao and Kalinga huts and also a venue for art exhibits and workshops, Woodcarver's Village, Saint Louis Filigree Shop.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
- Day 4: Scenic Driving to Sagada
Depart for Sagada via the La Trinidad Valley. Stops can be made at Bell Church were on request you get your fortune told by one of the priests. The scenic drive along the Halsema mountain highway will give you breathtaking views of the vegetable terraces farmed by Benguet tribes.
Arrive in Sagada. Explore this quaint little town with its towering pine trees, hanging coffins, subterranean caves used as burial grounds by the natives, eminent limestone cliffs and nearby scenic falls. Other stunning destinations are Bomod-ok and Bokong Falls, Danom Lake and Weaving Shops. Hike through simple trails which lead to some picturesque summits. Dinner and overnight at your lodging.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
- Day 5: Mountains Terrace Field in Banaue
In the early morning, you will be driven to Bontoc along the winding mountain trail. Bontoc is the mountain province's capital and crossroads. Your private tour today will show you the Bontoc Museum, which was founded by the Belgian sisters who have been active in the area for decades.
Afternoon, drive to Banaue. The spectacle is breathtaking. Whole chains of mountains terraced from top to bottom for the cultivation of rice sculptured and curved from the steep mountainside by the Ifugaos with their bare hands and crude stone implements centuries ago.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
- Day 6: Banga-an Village Tour in Banaue
You will head to the village of Banga-an with a stop at viewpoint by jeepney this morning. 2 km further at the junction is leading to Batad, and then meet the Ifugao Village folks. In the afternoon, you may want to trek to Banga-an Village from your hotel to visit the wet market and witness a typical Ifugao market day.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
- Day 7: Driving Back to Manila
You will depart Banaue for Manila in the morning via the Philippine-Friendship Highway, passing through the Central Plains of Luzon, the biggest rice farming province in the Philippines. Arrive and check-in at the booked hotel.
- Day 8: Manila, Departure
Enjoy your breakfast and free time before the private transfer to the airport for onward flight.
Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey
It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.
We pick hotels for you based on:
Location: most of the properties we selected are either located in the downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.
Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance in accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedback from our previous clients as well.
Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes, and cultural backgrounds.
3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower, and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pickup. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.
4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.
5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.
Normally Indochina Odyssey Tours includes two meals each day during the tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.
It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.
Lunches are usually set menu at the handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.
Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.
If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Private Guide & Transfer
You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility
All tour guides of Indochina Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.
Private Tour Guide
You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for the best photos.
If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.
Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver
With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.
Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.
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