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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
Bantay Bell Tower, Ilocos Sur
Bantay Bell Tower, Ilocos Sur
Banaue Hotel
Banaue Hotel
Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces
10 Days / 9 Nights Northern Experience from $2,149 per person
The 10 Days / 9 Nights tour package is your ultimate vacation package in the Philippines. Inclusive of airfare, airport transfers, accommodations and tours -- discover the cultural heritage in Laoag and Vigan, the Philippines' large windmills and long white shores of Pagudpud, and Banaue's vast wonders with our Northern Experience Package.
To start off your Northern adventure, travel to Laoag, Ilocos Norte's capital city then head to Pagudpud, and see the breathtaking sites of this coastal town that includes the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Cape Bojeador Light House, Bangui Windmills, Patapat Viaduct and the Blue Lagoon. A whole day Vigan tour will take you to the popular landmarks that make Vigan one of the oldest living 16th century town in the country - Juan Luna Shrine, Syquia Mansion, Plaza Burgos and the renowned Calle Crisologo, old churches like St. Paul Cathedral, Bantay Bell Tower Sinait Church. Learn about the traditional jar making at the Pagburnayan and take a quick trip to Baluarte. Return to Laoag and continue your tour to its remarkable sites - Marcos Museum and Mausoleum, century-old churches like Paoay Church and Sta. Monica Church and heritage sites like Malacanang of the North and Sinking Bell. 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.

Location: Manila - Laoag - Vigan - Pagudpud - Banaue

Must Try


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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

Must See


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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

Day 1

Leave San Francisco/Los Angeles/Las Vegas aboard Philippine Airlines.

Day 2

Arrive in Manila at Centennial Airport Terminal 2. You will meet your guide who will assist you at the airport. Get transferred to the hotel via a private car or van for an overnight stay at Dusit Thani Manila.

Day 3

Have your breakfast at the hotel before you transfer to the domestic airport. From there, you will depart for Laoag via Philippine Airlines where you will meet and find assistance at the airport (c/o Plaza del Norte). Stay the night at the Plaza del Norte hotel.

Day 4

Eat your hotel breakfast before enjoying a WHOLE DAY PAGUDPUD TOUR with lunch included. Visit PASUQUIN BISCOCHO, a local bakery known for both hard and soft bread types. Discover the salt-making process in the area as well. Make your way through other sites and attractions like the BURGOS LIGHTHOUSE, a cultural heritage structure, KAPURPURAWAN rock formation, BANGUI WIND FARM, a natural wind 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. Once the tour is done, return to the Plaza del Norte hotel.

Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel.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. Overnight at Plaza del Norte

Day 6

Energize with some breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards, explore 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). Return to Plaza del Norte at the end of the day.

Day 7

Eat breakfast at the hotel then enjoy some time for free for leisure. Check out at the hotel and then depart from Laoag for Manila. At the airport. You will be met and assisted at the Manila International Airport by a guide towards Dusit Thani Manila, where you will stay for the night.

Day 8

Eat up your breakfast at the hotel before being picked up for the Banaue Tour. When you finish the tour, stay over at the Banaue Hotel.

Day 9

Have your breakfast at the hotel. From there explore the Rice Terraces and take the Village Tour. Return to the Banaue Hotel for a good night's rest.

Day 10

Energize with a hotel breakfast before your return to Manila. You will be staying at Dusit Thani Manila for the night.

Day 11

Enjoy breakfast at hotel before your transfer to Ninoy Aquino International Airport where you will depart for San Francisco/Los Angeles.

-End of Tour-

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

Rates are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to availability and change without prior notice. Valid until March 31, 2018 only. Other terms and conditions apply.

10 Days / 9 Nights Northern Experience
Duration: 10 Days /9 Nights Package Inclusions:
  • Roundtrip airfare Manila-Laoag-Manila via Philippine Airlines

Four (4) nights Ilocos package including:

  • Four (4) night accommodation at Plaza del Norte
  • Daily breakfast
  • Roundtrip airport transfers in Laoag City
  • Guided Half-day Laoag City Tour with lunch
  • Guided Whole day Vigan Tour with lunch
  • Guided Whole day Pagudpud Tour with lunch

Two (2) nights Banaue package including:

  • Private transportation to and from Banaue
  • Two (2) night accommodation in Banaue Hotel
  • Sagada, Bontoc, and Banaue Day Tours with lunch

Three (3) nights stay in Dusit Thani Manila with daily breakfast

Four (4) way airport transfers in Manila

per person