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Northern Experience

Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces
Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Norte
Hanging Coffins in Sagada
Hanging Coffins in Sagada
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, Ilocos Norte
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, Ilocos Norte
Bangui Windmills, Ilocos Norte
Bangui Windmills, Ilocos Norte
InterContinental Manila
InterContinental Manila
Pagudpud
Pagudpud
Bantay Bell Tower, Ilocos Sur
Bantay Bell Tower, Ilocos Sur
Banaue Hotel
Banaue Hotel
Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces
8 Days 7 Nights Northern Experience from $1,369 per person
Explore the beauty of the northern regions in the beautiful Philippine archipelago and give yourself and your companions a memorable experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Travel to Banaue and enjoy the cool climates and different countryside attractions that are a (literal) breath of fresh air. Escape from the stuffiness of your usual cycle and explore something fresh, new, and relaxing in the Philippine isles.
Overview
To start off your Northern adventure, travel to the Cordillera Mountains. Head to the mountain provinces of the Cordillera Region and see from the View Point one of nature's wonders - the Banaue town, the terraces and its mountains. Visit the village of Bangaan, where you can meet the Ifugao natives and learn about their livelihood and traditions. See the amazing sceneries of Bontoc on your way to Sagada and see its famous limestone caves and hanging coffins. Continue to Ilocos and visit various prominent attractions in its amazing cities - Vigan and Laoag, including the nearby Pagudpud. Visit the famous Manaoag Church in Pangasinan before proceeding to the historical Bataan that will cap off your journey across the north.
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Location: Manila - Laoag - Vigan - Pagudpud - Banaue

Must Try

Manila

  • Dining at Harbour Square
  • Shopping at SM Mall of Asia and Robinsons Ermita
  • Cultural shows at CCP Complex
  • Cultural heritage tour of Intramuros

Laoag

  • A visit to Batac Marcos Museum/Mausoleum, Tobacco Monopoly Monument, Sinking Bell Tower, Museo Ilocos, and Malacanang of the North
  • Pasalubong shopping at Laoag Market
  • Pilgrimage visit to Sta. Monica Church (Sarrat), Paoay Church
  • Sandboarding or riding ATV at La Paz Sand Dunes
  • Shopping at Laoag Market

Vigan

  • A historical tour to Heritage Village, Juan Luna Shrine (Badoc), and Bantay Bell Tower
  • A visit to Crisologo Museum, Vigan Plaza, Baluarte, Pagburnayan, Hidden Garden, Syquia Mansion, Plaza Salcedo, and Plaza Burgos
  • A pilgrimage visit to St. Paul Cathedral, Sinait Church

Pagudpud

  • Scenic tours at Cape Bojeador, Light House, Bangui Viewdeck, Bangui Windmills, Saud Beach Resort, Patapat Viaduct, Paraiso ni Anton, Timmangtang Rock, Bantay Abot Cave, and Dos Hermanos
  • Swimming at Blue Lagoon

Banaue

  • Sightseeing at Bangaan Villages
  • Explore the Bontoc and Sagada Caves
  • Discover traditional tattoo of Tinglayan

Must See

Manila

  • SM Mall of Asia - one of the biggest malls in Asia where one can find various cafes, local and international clothing outlets, and a variety of entertainment and dining options.
  • CCP Complex - venue for cultural and educational shows in Manila
  • Harbour Square - an entertainment and dining destination where one can find myriad options of local and international restaurants, bars and cafe situated across the Manila Bay
  • Rizal Park - Manila's famed historical landmark where the monument and remains of national hero Jose Rizal are located.

Laoag

  • Gameng (last week of January) and Pamulinawen Festivals (Feb 10)
  • Batac Marcos Museum and Mausoleum - the current resting place and houses all the memorablia of former president Ferdinand Marcos.
  • Tobacco Monopoly Monument - a statue erected to honor the lifting of tobacco monopoly in the Philippines. Tobacco is among the major products of the Ilocanos.
  • Sinking Bantay Bell Tower - another must-visit site of Laoag. It is said that back in olden days, the tower can fit a man on a horseback. But as years go by, it slowly shrunk little by little until one can’t enter the tower anymore without bending his body.
  • Museo Ilocos - filled with artifacts and relevant displays that showcase how its ancestors lived back in the olden days. Everything you need to know about the ancient history of Ilocos Norte is found here.
  • Laoag Market - public market that offers tourists local products such as longganisa, bagnet, dried fish, tobacco leaves, traditional delicacies like rice cakes.
  • Sta. Monica Church (Sarrat) - considered the oldest church in the entire region of Ilocos and has the longest aisle among all Philippine churches. Built in the 17th century, the Sta. Monica Church is constructed with red bricks in an ornate and neo-classical style.
  • Paoay Church - depicts Baroque, Gothic and Oriental architectural designs. This church is made of bricks and coral stones and was partially destroyed twice by earthquakes in the early 17th and 19th centuries. Sand Dunes - Philippines' version of desert safari. It is a vast land of desert that offers tourist several activities like trekking, sandboarding, and riding the ATV.

Vigan

  • Heritage Village/Calle Crisologo - a historical landmark that takes tourists back to Philippines' early colonial days through the Spanish settlements and calesas busily working their way through cobblestone streets of Vigan.
  • Juan Luna Shrine - a two-storey restored ancestral home made of clay bricks and molave. The shrine known as the biggest "colonial" house in Badoc, hometown of Juan Luna, one of the country's prominent painters. Pagburnayan (Jar making factory) - an educational destination for family and kids who wish to learn how the burnay, an earthenware jar, is skillfully crafted.
  • Syquia Mansion - a historical attraction that features the ancestral house of former president Elpidio Quirino's wife, former first lady Dona Alicia Quirino. It also houses the former president's memorabilia.
  • Baluarte - 80 hectares of land that features a mini zoo, resort and butterfly farm, owned by Governor Chavit Singson
  • Plaza Salcedo - a historical site where tourists can enjoy an early morning or afternoon stroll along its gardens. At the plaza's center, a monument was erected in honor of Spanish conqueror, Juan de Salcedo who established several other Hispanic settlements.
  • St. Paul Cathedral - also known as St. Paul's Metropolitan Church. It is among the many ancient churches in Ilocos that boasts intricate architectural designs.
  • Bantay Bell Tower - this historical attraction is among the popular sites to visit where tourists can get a chance to see a 360-panoramic view of Vigan.
  • Sinait Church - famed church that houses the Miraculous Black Crucifix.
  • Cape Bojeador Light House - also called Burgos Lighthouse was built during the Spanish era. The lighthouse offers a stunning view of Cape Bojeador and the vast China Sea. Towering 65-foot-tall (20cm), this octagonal stone tower was first lit in March 30, 1892. Bangui Viewdeck - offers an amazing view of the 20 windmills, mountain ranges, the endless sea, and the verdant of greeneries.
  • Bangui Windmills - the very first wind power plant in the Philippines, a group of 20 huge onshore wind turbines that supply 40% of Ilocos Norte’s electricity requirement.
  • Saud Beach Resort - a beachfront resort located along the long stretch of Pagudpud's white sandy beach.
  • Patapat Viaduct - a suspension bridge elevated 31 meters above sea level. It snakes through the town’s coastal mountains connecting the Maharlika highway from Laoag to the Cagayan Valley Region. The Patapat Viaduct measures 1.3km making it the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines.
  • Paraiso ni Anton - a natural attraction and considered as a hidden paradise. It is believed to have miraculous water that flows from the mountain stream.

Banaue

  • Banaue Rice Terraces - The amazing design and structure of the terraces that seem like a stair to heaven is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Banga-an Village - a portion of the rice terraces that offers tourists a scenic view of the plantation's amazing formations. Bangaan village has become an attraction as it features the Ifugao village where visitors can see the traditional lifestyle in the Mountain Province.
  • Bontoc and Sagada - a municipality of the Mountain Province that boasts spectacular geographical formations like underground caves with stalagmite formations, amazing lakes and waterfalls.

Local Eats

Manila

  • Sinigang Ulo ng Salmon - one of the favorite dishes in the Philippines. A tamarind-based soup mixed with vegetables such as water spinach, yardlong beans, okra, tomato, corn; and salmon head. Other popular variations are Pork and Shrimp Sinigang.
  • Kare-Kare - a traditional Filipino oxtail dish composed of blanched string beans, bokchoy, banana blossom and eggplant stewed in peanut butter sauce, best enjoyed with shrimp paste.
  • Kuhol sa Gata - escargot or edible snail cooked with coconut milk.
  • Relenong Bangus - Bangus or milkfish stuffed with meat, vegetables, few herbs and spices.

Laoag-Vigan-Pagudpud

  • Ilocos empanada - a crispy, deep-fried treat filled with egg, grated papaya, spices, and longganisa.
  • Vigan Longganisa - Ilocos’ local version of sausages, flavored with various spices.
  • Bagnet - Ilocanos’ twist on chicharon or deep-fried pork meat.
  • Sinanglaw - a steaming soup of beef innards and bile.

Banaue

  • Tapuy - a fermented rice wine produced in Apayao, Benguet, Kalinga and Mt. Province.

DAY 1

Depart for Banaue (travel time: approx. 10 hours) Overnight at Banaue Hotel

DAY 2

Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Bang-an Village Tour via private jeepney. Have hearty lunch before the start of Banaue Rice Terraces Viewpoint Tour. Return to Banaue Hotel.

DAY 3

Breakfast at the hotel then check-out and depart for Sagada (travel time: approx. 3 hours). Along the way drop by Bay-yo Rice Terraces for Picture Taking. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant upon arrival. Take on the three-hour Sagada Day Tour with Local DOT-accredited tour guide (visits to Echo Valley, Hanging Coffins, Burial Cave & Entrance of Sumaguing Cave). Conclude day three upon check-in at St. Joseph Resthouse

DAY 4

Hotel check-out after breakfast. Head to Vigan (travel time: approx. 5 hours) and take stops for photo taking along the way. Check in at hotel then enjoy free time exploring the attractions nearby such as The Heritage Village - Calle Crisologo, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Cap off the day with an overnight at Hotel Luna

DAY 5

After breakfast, begin Vigan & Laoag Tour, with visits Marcos Mausoleum, Paoay Sand dunes (excluding 4X4 ride), Malacañang of the North, Paoay Church, Juan Luna Shrine, St Paul Cathedral in Vigan, Criso- logo Museum, Burgos Museum, Syquia Mansion, Baluarte, Calle Criosolo, Bantay Church and Belltower, until lunch. Check-in for an overnight stay at Fort Ilocandia.

DAY 6

Enjoy a filling breakfast before starting your day with Pagudpud & Laoag Tour (St. Williams Cathedral, Museo Iloco, Kapurpurwan Rock Formation, Bangui Windmill, Burgos Lighthouse, Pagudpud Beach, Blue Lagoon). Conclude your tour with lunch. Head back to Fort Ilocandia for overnight stay.

DAY 7

Have breakfast at hotel before check out. Travel approximately 7 hours to Pangasinan to visit the Manaoag Church. Continue your journey to Bagac, Bataan after the church visit. Check-in at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar for overnight stay.

DAY 8

Delight in a filling breakfast then have a guided tour of the Heritages Houses with the hotel staff. After check-out, enjoy a side trip to Bataan Death March, Friendship Tower, and Mt. Samat on the way back to Manila.

-End of tour-

Rates are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to availability and change without prior notice. Valid until March 31, 2019 only. Other terms and conditions apply.

8 Days 7 Nights Northern Experience
Duration: 8 Days /7 Nights Package Inclusions:

Service of a private vehicle for the entire trip (based on the itinerary)

Accommodation in Banaue and Sagada

  • Two (2) nights stay in Banaue Hotel
  • Overnight accommodation at St. Joseph Resthouse in Sagada

Accommodation in Ilocos

  • Overnight accommodation at hotel Luna in Vigan
  • Two (2) night stay at Fort Ilocandia Hotel in Laoag

Overnight Accommodation at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan

Service of a Local Tour Guide on the following day tours: Banaue Rice Terraces, Sagada Tour, Vigan + Laoag City Combination Tour, Pagudpud + Laoag City Combination Tour

Daily breakfast

Lunch at local restaurants

Side-trip tour to Manaoag in Pangasinan and Death March Marker in Bataan

from
USD1369
per person