Luzon Escapade

10 Days / 9 Nights

Day 1

Arrival in Manila

Meet and greet by our representative upon arrival in Manila at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA 1)
Transfer to your hotel for check- in. Overnight at Hotel in Manila.

[ – / – / – ]

Day 2

Manila

Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up at hotel lobby for your manila city tour. Intramuros is the oldest district and historic core of Manila, seat of the Spanish government during the Spanish colonial period. Upon arrival in Intramuros you will board a ‘Calesa’ (horse carriage) to tour you around, visiting Casa Manila (a museum reproduction of a Spanish era “Illustrado” home), very old churches such as San Augustin Church and Manila
Cathedral etc., as well as Fort Santiago within the Walled City of Intramuros Overnight at Hotel in Manila

[ B / – / – ]

Day 3

Manila – Banaue

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, transfer to the central areas of Luzon, reaching Banaue area. Arrival and check in at Banaue Hotel.

[ B / – / – ]

Day 4

Banaue

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast,we will tour the spectacular area Banaue rice fields, a route that involves some intense circuit hike in the mountains and terraces. The Terraces of Banaue (area declared a World Heritage Site) are, with an age of 2000 years, a real feast for the eyes, were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by ancestors of the indigenous peoples. It is commonly thought that the terraces were built with minimal equipment, mostly by hand. The terraces are located approximately 1500 meters average height and cover 10,360 square kilometers of the mountainside. Local people to this day still plant rice and vegetables on the terraces, although more and more younger Ifugaos do not find farming appealing, often opting for the industry leaving the terraces. The result is a gradual erosion of the “steps” characteristic, which need constant reconstruction and care. Another problem is the drought, which can be represented in many erosion and destruction of some terraces, although large areas today are kept and maintained in favor of not losing this authentic world heritage. Return to hotel and overnight at Banaue Hotel.

[ B / – / – ]

Day 5

Banaue – Sagada

Breakfast at the hotel. Prepare for mountain road to Sagada, “mountain city”, where we visit the famous Bontoc Museum, a good example of the indigenous reality in the area. Sagada has become known in the world thanks to flashy funeral rite practiced by their ancestors. And no wonder, since Kankanaey tribesmen, originally from the area, hanging coffins of the dead on the slopes of the cliffs. This curious tradition originated for more than 2000 years, when the Indians decided that to preserve the spirit of the deceased, and to enable them more easily ascend to heaven, it was convenient to leave them on high. Moreover, in this way avoiding the bodies were victims of wild animals and landslides. Check-in and overnight at Rock Inn and Café.

[ B / – / – ]

Day 6

Sagada

Breakfast at the hotel On this day, we will make a spectacular trekking circuit around Sagada areas. Nestled between high mountains and steep slopes, the city has traces of ancient settlements and burials, we will know in our circuit. The road is rather demanding, because the points and some steep trails, accompanied by our local guide will always route to a slow start on the basis of intentions certainly a worthy journey. Overnight accommodation at Rock Inn and Café.

[ B / – / – ]

Day 7

Sagada – Vigan

Breakfast at the hotel. Moving up the road from the west coast of Luzon, in the province of Ilocos Sur, which will take us to the historic town of Vigan. Check in and overnight at Hotel Salcedo De Vigan

[ B / – / – ]

Day 8

Vigan

Breakfast at the hotel. Get ready to experience vigan city tour. Built in the sixteenth century, Vigan City is a living testimony of 400 years of Spanish rule in the Philippines, and currently is the bestpreserved Spanish colonial town in Asia, so it deserves its reputation as UNESCO World Heritage. However, the city was originally a settlement of Chinese merchants, which gave the area its current name, “Bigan” meaning beautiful beach. With the Spanish conquest, the town was called Villa Fernandina, in honor of Prince Ferdinand, the firstborn son
of King Philip II of Spain. As the city grew, it was renamed the “City Fernandina de Vigan”, name that arrives today. All this has created a unique architectural style in the far east, merging the local architecture with European colonial Spanish and other from China. Overnight accommodation at Hotel Salcedo De Vigan.

[ B / L / – ]

Day 9

Vigan – Laoag – Manila

Breakfast at the hotel. During the first part of the day, enjoy a circuit through the area near Vigan Laoag-Pagudpud (1 hour of Vigan). Laoag:Long before the Spanish arrived, there was already a large region consisting of the present provinces of Ilocos Norte,Ilocos Sur, Abra and La Union, famous for its gold mines. Merchants from Japan and China often visit the area to trade gold with beads, ceramics and silk. The people of the region, which are thought of Malay origin, called their place “samtoy,” from “sao mi itoy” which literally means “this is our
language.” In the city include the Cathedral of San Guillermo and other heritage items (colonial buildings, splendid Baroque churches, ..). Meanwhile, Pagudpud area (in the area of Ilocos Norte, the last point “urbanized” Luzon) known for its spectacular beaches and tropical coast, also known as the Boracay of the North, with its pristine environment and blue, is a hidden paradise and a perfect place for surfers, a good end to our circuit in Luzon. Laoag airport transfer and flight back to Manila. Upon arrival at Domestic airport,pick up and transfer to
Traders Hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Manila.

[ B / L / – ]

Day 10

Depart Manila

Breakfast at the hotel. Free at leisure and pick up at hotel lobby and transfer to Ninoy International Airport( NAIA1) .

[ B / – / – ]