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Vigan adds a Historic dimension to your itinerary and can be reached by one of the most remarkable, scenic sights via the Cervantes Road. It’s best to take a pre-packed lunch from Bontoc or Sagada and enjoy amazing panoramic views on the way. We will pass by the Bessang Pass, National Park, and a memorial for the Filipinos and Americans who participated in the three long years of war of resistance against the Japanese occupation forces. Bessang Pass was the last stronghold of the Japanese imperial forces under Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita.
The town of Vigan is the capital of Ilocus Sur, with its cobblestone streets, it is the best preserved Spanish colonial town in Asia. Vigan was originally a settlement of traders coming from China.
The town is also a listed Unesco World Heritage side and best enjoyed on foot. Plaza Burgos is the center of the town where locals gather. Most of the sights can be enjoyed by taking a Calesa ride(horse and carriage) and includes Vigan Burgos and Crisologo Museum, Syquia Mansion, the house of former Philippine President Marcos, Hidden Gardens, pottery factories, St Paul and Bantay Church.
The overnights are best in newly renovated old Spanish boutique hotels, also perfect for a romantic dinner. Another very interesting monument in the area is the Santa Maria Church which is also a listed Unesco World Heritage side. From Vigan, in the afternoon we take a detour to Laoag, which is famous as the home of the former dictator Marcos. Beside Paoay Church and the sand dunes, the most interesting places to visit are the Marcos Museum, Marcos ancentral home, the so called Malacanang Palace of the north, the opulent former residence of the Marcos family.
Instead of driving back to vigan for your overnight stay you can opt to take a one hour flight from Laoag back to Manila. If you have time you can stay at the best beach in Luzon at Pagudpud. On the way to Pagudpud, an old Spanish light house and Bangui windmills can be seen. After your stay in Pagudpud you can choose to fly back to Manila from Laoag.
The drive to manila from Vigan is around 10 hours, so in order to break up the long journey, we recommend choices of overnight stops at Hundred Islands, La Union, Angeles City or Tarlac.
You may also choose to add on the Mount Pinatubo, Subic, Angeles City, or World War 2 tours after One Hundred islands National park.
This is half way from Vigan to Manila and 2 hours travel by car from Baguio. The Lucap wharf in Alaminos is the entrance to the National Park. The islands are believed to be about two million years old. We stay overnight in Lingayen, a 45 min ride from the 100 islands entrance.
The limestone islands, with their distinctive mushroom shape are scattered in Lingayen Gulf and only three of them are popular with local tourists: Governor Island, Quezon Island and Children’s Island. We prefer however, to visit the undeveloped islands which are quiet and more scenic. The snorkeling here is also much better and we may possibly see some giant clams.
Departs (Pick up/Drop off)
– Roundtrip transportation by luxury air-conditioned vehicle: Manila-Banaue-Manila (Free WIFI onboard, subject to service availability) with English speaking driver guide.
– Fuel, toll fees, parking fees & registration fee.
– 6 Nights best available run of the house accommodation with hot water shower incl. 6 breakfasts, local taxes & service charges.
– All tours incl. entrance fees, guide and transfers as mentioned in itinerary.
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