From: ₱ 29,400.00 per person, based on 2 persons sharing 1 room
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
* Roundtrip airconditioned transportation Manila – Ilocos- Pagudpud- Vigan- Baguio –Manila, fuel, toll & parking fees.
* Services of English speaking driver
* 2 nights standard room accommodation with daily buffet breakfast at Fort Ilocandia Hotel, Laoag.
* Full day Pagudpud beach tour with seafood lunch, incl entrance fee plus hut rental Day 2
* Paoay Church, Batac and Vigan walking tour incl 2 hours Kalesa rental Day 3
* 1 night standard room accommodation with breakfast in Baguio at El Cielito Inn
* Baguio City tour : strawberry fields and Balatoc Mines underground tour Day 4 incl admission fees and tourguide in the mines.
Exclusions: Domestic airfare.
It is possible to fly in on Day 1, rather than drive up (driving allowing you to weave in a Mt Pinatubo Volcano Trek) . Airfare one way is roughly Php 3,500 per person (subject to change). The same tour itinerary will be followed. The package rate, based on 2 persons sharing 1 room will become Php 28,500 per person instead + your flight cost.
See all the ‘’Treasures of the North’’ in this all –inclusive 4 Days tour. You can even tailor make this tour up to your liking by choosing from the alternatives. Witness the remnants of the lahar torn towns of the province Pampanga and Tarlac, as you drive on to Pangasinan, the municipalities along the coastline of La Union to finally reach the historic province Ilocos Norte. Laze at Pagudpud beach dubbed “Boracay of the North”. Visit the baroque architecture Paoay Church, inscribed into UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites List and Batac, the hometown to former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos plus the old Spanish town Vigan and finally Baguio city where you visit the strawberry fields and go underground in Baguio’s Balatoc mInes.
Day 1_ MANILA TO LAOAG, ILOCOS NORTE (OR OPTION TO CHOOSE ALTERNATIVE NR. 2)
At 07.30 am we come to pick you up in one of our airconditioned cars from your hotel or home in Manila for your roadtrip from Manila to the old Spanish town Laoag. This is quite a long journey, expect about 10 hours depending on weather and traffic conditions. Of course, the driver will stop for your lunch and / or snacks anytime you want, same for a scenic photostop if you wish. Along the route, you witness the remnants of the lahar torn towns of the province Pampanga and Tarlac, as you drive on to Pangasinan, the municipalities along the coastline of La Union to finally reach the historic province Ilocos Norte.
Check in at your hotel for your 2 nights stay in Laoag.
Evening free to enjoy a stroll and your dinner.
Day 2_ LAOAG AND PAGUDPUD BEACH
07.30 am Buffet breakfast in your hotel. Today you drive further North in Ilocos Norte reaching its Northern most tip of Pagudpud for you to swim, stroll and laze the beach dubbed “Boracay of the North”. In the afternoon, after your seafood lunch, you resume driving passing by local salt-making businesses back to Laoag where you will tour Laoag’s sinking Bell tower of Saint William’s Cathedral, Ilocos Museum and Malacanang of the North.
Back to your hotel and evening free for dinner.
Day 3_ LAOAG TO VIGAN AND ON TO BAGUIO (OR OPTION TO CHOOSE ALTERNATIVE NR. 1)
Get ready for check-out. 07.30 am Buffet breakfast in your hotel.
First after breakfast, you visit the baroque architecture Paoay Church, inscribed into UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites List. Then onto the city of Batac, the hometown to former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, with stop at its Marcos Museum & Mausoleum (subject to availability).
Proceed to Vigan by road . Once in old Spanish town Vigan you will walk to visit the Vigan Museum, pass by ancestral houses and antique shops. Visit the “Pagburnayan”, a local pottery making factory.
Once back in the car, you leave Vigan and after 5 to 6 hours driving you arrive in the mountain city Baguio, loved by residents of Manila for its generally cooler weather and pine trees.
Check in for your overnight stay in Baguio.
Day 4_ BAGUIO TO MANILA
Breakfast in hotel. Check out. 07.30am Proceed to a brief tour of Baguio city to visit the strawberry fields and an underground experience in Baguio’s Balatoc mInes.
After lunch you depart Baguio for Manila. Depending on traffic and weather expect 6 to 7 hours drive with an estimated early evening arrival in Manila.
ALTERNATIVE Nr. 1: STAY IN VIGAN AND SKIP BAGUIO
For those who want to experience more of Vigan for the same rate, you can opt to stay overnight on day 3 with dinner of well sought local cuisine. Your Day 4 itinerary will thus adjust to : Breakfast at the Vigan hotel, Check out and 10:00 am departure from Vigan to Manila. Early evening arrival in Manila.
ALTERNATIVE Nr. 2 : HIKE MT PINATUBO AND SEE ITS CRATERLAKE
For those who prefer less driving and instead hike the spectacular lahar formations of Mt Pinatubo Volcano. Your Day 1 itinerary will thus adjust to : 3 am pick up from hotel or home in Manila. Depart Manila to hike the spectacular lahar formations of Mt Pinatubo Volcano. The hike is roughly 5.5 km (2 hours walking) each way with a total ascent of 300 metres. The terrain is relatively flat until the last 20 minutes where you ascend to the rim of the Crater Lake using a single trail. In the afternoon we continue driving another 5 hours to Baguio, where you will stay overnight. Day 2 you will follow the itinerary, however, in reversed order.