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Jewels of the North

6-Day Roundtrip Package | Northern Luzon, Philippines

Take a 6-day excursion to the north of the Philippines! You'll be astounded by the UNESCO-listed rice terraces, meet the locals, and stroll through the colonial alleyways. It's the ideal combination of natural beauty and culture, so you'll have a fantastic time touring the northern Philippines.

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An Overview of Your Adventure

Day 1

Start your journey from Manila and head north for 360 km. Make your way along the roads and highways until you get to Bagabag, which is located in the northern part of the country. Then, take a hike up to 1300 meters and make your way to Banaue – a charming town that’s nestled in the mountains of Cordillera. Spend the night there for an unforgettable experience.

Day 2

A short jeepney ride takes you to Bangaan’s native village, which is a short downhill hike from the town’s main road. Once you’re there, you’ll get a taste of local culture before heading to a vantage point, where you’ll be able to take in the views of the ancient rice terraces. Visit the public market in Banaue, brimming with indigenous handicrafts.

Day 3

Take a scenic drive to the town of Bontoc where you will visit the museum founded by the Belgian sisters, where you will learn about the local history. Later, you will visit the mysterious burial caves of the Ifugao people in the town of Sagada, where you will meet the indigenous people who inhabit this place. Spend the night in Sagada.

Day 4

Take a scenic drive through mountain passes with panoramic views of the Cordillera mountains, deep valleys, and steep canyons to reach the town of Cervantes, then continue on to Bessang pass, which was the site of an important battle during World War II. On the way, pass idyllic farming towns, tobacco curing stables, and green fields, and finally arrive at the charming city of Vigan on the Abra river. Spend the night in Vigan.

Day 5

Explore Vigan’s cobbled streets lined with colonial-era houses, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Syquia mansion. A short ‘calesa’ horse drawn carriage brings you to a jar factory which Vigan is well noted for called Pagburnayan – a centuries old industry where carabao is used to trample the clay. Watch a clay-throwing demonstration before heading to Paoay’s UNESCO-listed church, St. Augustine. Check-in to your accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6

Begin your day in Laoag by visiting Museumo Iloko located which is housed in the historical Tabacalero building. You’ll also visit town attractions such as Abolition of Tobacco Monopoly Monument, St Williams Cathedral and Sinking Bell tower. End your trip with a return flight to Manila.

Highlights of This Journey

A quick overview to make the most of your stay.

  • Explore Banaue’s ancient rice terraces, which are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Explore the colonial streets of Vigan and experience the rich culture of the Philippines.
  • Visit the UNESCO-listed St. Augustine Church in Paoay, an architectural masterpiece steeped in colonial history.

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