Duration: Depart Monday, return Sunday (=7 days/6 nights)
This SHARED tour departs only every Monday, in period December 1 – May 31.
Tour summary :
Manila – Banaue – Batad (*) – Banaue – Bontoc – Sagada – Vigan – Laoag – Vigan – Pangasinan – Hundred islands – Manila.
7 Days / 6 Nights SHARED Banaue, Sagada, Vigan & Hundred Islands / Baguio Round Tour. Departs only every Monday in period December 1 – May 31.
This extensive, shared 7 day tour leaves every Monday and is for those who enjoy road travel as part of their exploration and want to take in all the Northern Luzon highlights in one trip. The steep, narrow and winding Cervantes road, connecting Sagada to Vigan, is breathtaking in its scenic views, especially if you are lucky enough to see fog hanging over the valley!
The difference from our shared “5 Days / 4 Nights Cordillera Explorer Tour” is that you will also experience the historic Spanish towns Vigan & Laoag plus a half day island hopping among Lingayen’s Hundred Islands, breaking up the journey back to Manila, is built into this tour as well.
Monday: Manila- Banaue
06:30 – depart Manila for Banaue via Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya and stopping at San Jose for lunch. We then stop at one of the scenic lookout points along Dalton Pass followed by late afternoon arrival in Banaue.
Tuesday: Banaue – Batad Village – Banaue
08:00 – We have an early breakfast and then you depart with your English-speaking local guide. From Banaue Batad is approximately 16 kms away, the first 14 kms of which will be traveled by our privately chartered local jeepney. The rest of the distance is on foot using a mountain trail. The trip to Barangay Batad in Banaue, to witness the amphitheater shaped terraces located at 3600 ft., takes only a 30 minutes hike.
We stop at the panoramic Banaue viewpoint at 4800 Ft. that provides a perfect experience of the enormity & extent of the terraces, followed by a visit to the Banaue Museum. Banaue Museum features decades-old books by anthropologist Otley Beyer and Igorot artifacts collected by his son William. The museum is on two floors featuring weaponry, jewellery, traditional dress and photographs of Banaue 100 years ago.
Time permitting we can stop at the market and souvenir shop before dinner.
Wednesday: Banaue – Bontoc – Sagada
We hit the road and after a 2 hours drive we arrive at Bontoc’s charming Museum of Mt.Cultures. with artifacts and unique pictures from the mountain tribes.
Proceed to Sagada, an hour away, and check in at standard accommodation. You will meet with your local, English speaking, guide who will guide you to glimpse the Lumiang Burial Cave near Echo Valley which houses more than 100 coffins stacked in the entrance. The oldest is around 500 years old. Many of them have images of lizards carved on them which are symbols of fertility and long life. We then enter the impressive Sumaguing Cave, known for its rock formations and impressive chambers.
Evening free to mingle with the locals and see the world famous Masferre photos.
Thursday: Sagada – Vigan
After 07:00 am breakfast (advice to bring snacks/packed lunch) we board for a scenic mountain trail drive using the Cervantes road (approx 8 hours since partly unpaved) to Vigan offering spectacular views. Optional we can make a stop at the monument at the Bessang Pass where the Japanese forces makes their Last stand during WWII.
Check in at standard accommodation in Vigan for 2 nights stay.
Friday: Vigan – Laoag – Vigan
At 08:00 am after breakfast we depart for your guided Vigan tour. Part of this tour you will be driven around in a ”Calesa”, a horse-drawn carriage. Enjoy two different Vigan museums, visit an ancestral mansion and the “Pagburnayan”, a local pottery maker.
After lunch in a relaxing garden setting you will depart for Laoag, another old Spanish town. See Laoag’s Paoay Church, Bell Tower, Marcos Museum & Mausoleum and Malacanang of the North.
Saturday: Vigan – Pangasinan
After breakfast, proceed to Lingayen, Pangasinan for an overnight stay.
Sunday: Hundred Islands – Manila
After breakfast, we drive in 45 mins to Lucap Wharf, the entry point to Hundred Islands. Enjoy half day island hopping tour to major islands in a private boat.
Return trip to Manila (approx. 4 hrs). Drop off at your hotel / home in Manila estimated at 18:30 pm (depending on weather and traffic conditions).