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Ilocos

Plaza del Norte
Plaza del Norte
Bangui Windmills
Bangui Windmills
The Heritage Village
The Heritage Village
Laoag CIty
Laoag CIty
Bells of Bantay Tower
Bells of Bantay Tower
Vigan Cathedral
Vigan Cathedral
Plaza del Norte
Plaza del Norte
Paoay Church
Paoay Church
Plaza del Norte
Plaza del Norte
4 Days / 3 Nights Ilocos Package
Facing the South China Sea, the Ilocos Region is made up of two provinces, namely Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. Laoag, Vigan and Pagudpud are among the fantastic destinations to visit in this region. Laoag is the capital city and the very heart of the Ilocano culture where the rich flavors of its local authentic delicacies and dishes originated. The city of Laoag is everyone's start off point to every tour in Ilocos. Located in the west central part of Ilocos Norte is a province that highlights the life during the Spanish era. Laoag is truly a treasured place to behold. Vigan is among the world's oldest Spanish colonial towns. This capital city of Ilocos Sur is famous for its classic European architecture that perfectly blends with the Oriental designs. Pagudpud is a coastal town in Ilocos Norte that boasts amazing waters and a long stretch of white sand beach. Pagudpud is the ultimate tropical destination in Northern Luzon, along with its many nearby natural attractions like rock formations, falls and lagoons.
Overview
Travel to the picture-perfect sites of the 16th-century towns in Vigan via kalesa (horse-drawn carriages) and be captivated by classic Spanish settlements that dot its many streets. Get acquainted with Vigan's famed personalities at the Juan Luna Shrine and Syquia Mansion. Enjoy the grasslands and animal encounters in Baluarte or perhaps take a leisurely stroll to Plaza Burgos and Calle Crisologo. See the Philippines' very own version of windmills - Bangui Windmills, gaze upon Pagudpud's magnificent shorelines and indulge in nature by taking a dip in the cool waters of the Blue Lagoon. Experience all these with our Ilocos packages, complete with roundtrip airport transfers in Laoag, daily breakfast and accommodation.
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Location: Manila to Ilocos

Travel: (Manila-Ilocos) One (1) hour via air travel

Approximate Travel Time

  • MNL-LAO (NAIA to Laoag Airport): 1 hour

Must Try

  • 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, Paoay Church
  • Sandboarding or riding ATV at La Paz Sand Dunes
  • Shopping Fruit Market and Aldenvinco Shopping Center
  • A historical tour to Heritage Village, Juan Luna Shrine and Bantay Belltower
  • 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 - Miraculous Black Crucifix
  • 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

Must See

  • Gameng (last week of January) and Pamulinawen Festivals (Feb 10)
  • Batac Marcos Museum and Mausoleum - the current resting place and houses all the memorabilia 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 - 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 dessert that offers tourist a various of activities like trekking, sandboarding, and riding the ATV.
  • 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 on 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.

Local Eats

  • 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.

Day 1

Arrive in Laoag after your flight with Philippine Airlines. From the airport, you’ll be picked up and transferred to your hotel, Plaza del Norte. Check-in and enjoy a little relaxation time to get yourself rested for tomorrow.

Day 2

You’ll be picked up from the Hotel around 8am to make your way to Vigan City courtesy of A & A Express Travels. Enjoy a hearty lunch before proceeding to the Vigan Tour where you can catch sights like a PINILI GARLIC STAND, the JUAN LUNA SHRINE, the SINAIT MIRACULOUS CHURCH and the BANTAY BELL TOWER. From there, check out a bit of nature in the Vigan Zoo and resort, BALUARTE NI CHAVIT. Afterwards travel to the HIDDEN GARDEN RESTAURANT where it's recommended you have a taste of the Vigan empanada and ukoy. Moving on, you can check out the PAGBURNAYAN, a place where the local pottery is molded and hardened. Close to the end of your trip, visit CALLE CRISOLOGO, a rustic district filled with Spanish-styled houses where you can purchase some fun pasalubong to take home or take a ride around the area through an old-school calesa. End the day by going through PLAZA SALCEDO and PLAZA BURGOS before saying a prayer in the ST. PAUL CATHEDRAL. From there, leave Vigan City and arrive back in the hotel at around 6pm.

Day 3

Wake up at 8am to get started on your PAGUDPUD TRAVEL TOUR. Have your lunch there to replenish your energy for the other activities of the the day. Visit PASUQUIN BISCOCHO, a local bakery known for their hard and soft bread variants, and discover how salt making is done in the area. Make your way through other sites and attractions like the BURGOS LIGHTHOUSE, a cultural heritage structure, KAPURPURAWAN, a beautiful rock formation, BANGUI WIND FARM, which utilizes wind as a natural energy source, and KABIGAN FALLS, a chilly waterfall surrounded by nature. Continue your trip through some of the area’s other well-known attractions like the PATAPAT VIADUCT, PARAISO NI ANTON, The BLUE LAGOON, TIMMANTANG ROCK, BANTAY ABOT CAVES and ending it with a look at the DOS HERMANOS ISLANDS. Leave Pagudpud and arrive back at the hotel around 7pm.

Day 4

Get up, check out of the hotel and start the last day of your tour with a LAOAG CITY TOUR. Have your lunch within the city before exploring places like the PAOAY SAND DUNES, the perfect place to rent and ride on some sand boards (PHP 2,500 = 1 hour good for 5 pax/jeep), MALACAÑANG OF THE NORTH, the old president Ferdinand Marcos’ resthouse, and PAOAY CHURCH, a UNESCO World Heritage site.Take a break and enjoy Batac miki and empanada, one of the most recommended foods to try in the area. After you’re done feasting head over to the next few sights: the MARCOS MUSEUM, the SINKING BELL TOWER, the ST. WILLIAM’S CATHEDRAL and the STA. MONICA PARISH CHURCH (SARRAT). Around 3pm, you will be dropped off at the airport to catch your Manila-bound flight.

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Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice due to availability and weather conditions.

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  • Seats are based on lowest economy fare
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  • Valid until March 31, 2019 only (except convention, high/peak, and super peak seasons)
Fort Ilocandia Resort (Laoag City)
Duration: 4 Days /3 Nights Package Inclusions:
  • Roundtrip airfare (Manila-Laoag-Manila)
  • Complimentary roundtrip airport transfers in Laoag
  • Three (3) nights hotel accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Guided Half-day Laoag City Tour
  • Guided Whole Day Vigan Tour with lunch
  • Guided Whole Day Pagudpud Tour with lunch
from
USD589
per person
Hotel Luna (Vigan City)
Duration: 4 Days /3 Nights Package Inclusions:
  • Roundtrip airfare (Manila-Laoag-Manila)
  • Roundtrip airport transfers in Laoag
  • Three (3) nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Guided Half-day Laoag City Tour
  • Guided Whole Day Vigan Tour with lunch
  • Guided Whole Day Pagudpud Tour with lunch
from
USD709
per person