The Paoay Church of Ilocos Norte, built by the Augustinians in 1596, has an architecture that looks like a cross between a Javanese temple and a European church, made more distinctive by its enormous buttresses on the sides of the building. It is a Philippine interpretation of the European Baroque Architecture, adapted to the seismic condition of the country. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
Please note that Hotel accommodation and Tours subject to availability.
Day 1: Arrive Laoag
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Day is free at leisure.
Day 2: Laoag/Vigan Tour
Laoag is the capital of Ilocos Norte. The Laoag Tour includes visits to the Malacañang of the North—a museum which was originally former President Marcos’ official residence in Ilocos, Paoay Church— a combination of Gothic, Baroque and Orien-tal architecture, Batac Museum, Sinking Bell Tower, Tobacco Monopoly Monument, St. William’s Cathedral and the Laoag Market.
In the afternoon, proceed to Vigan, a World Heritage Site. It is famous for its Mestizo District, or the Mena Crisologo Street. Known as “Ciudad Fernandina” from 1758 to the late 19th century, Vigan is the oldest surviving Spanish Colonial City in the country. The tour includes visits to the Juan Luna Shrine, Miraculous Virgin Church, Pinili Garlic Stands, Burgos Muse-um, Pagburnayan—a pottery center, Crizologo Museum, and Plaza Burgos / Heritage Village.
Return to hotel late afternoon.
Day 3: Laoag / Pagudpud
Reputed for its golden-white sand and picturesque coasts, Pagudpud is about 2 hours’ drive from Laoag. A place with rolling waves and strong winds, Pagudpud is a popular destination for surfing.
Day 4: Depart Laoag
Check-out and depart Laoag for your return or onward journey.
3 Nights accommodation in Laoag
Tours as stated in the itinerary
Applicable entrance fees
Government taxes and service charge
Minimum of two persons
Rates are per person
Rates are in USD
Rate are valid until March 31, 2017 except Peak Season