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Ilocos tour package, itinerary and accommodation reviews

I have been to Ilocos many times for different reasons: from personal trips to a holiday getaway and even as a venue for an international conference on tourism. 

But I must say that I still have not had enough of what Ilocos has as a destination. I still would like to visit this place over and over again. A trip 
here is like going on a one - stop shop because for 3 days and 2 nights, you can have a good combination of nature, heritage,, outdoor activities and food all together!  

Located in the northwest of Luzon, it only takes approximately 10 hours to get here from Manila by land and 45 minutes by air. If you think you don't have the patience to travel via bus or private vehicle for 10 hours, the most ideal time of departure is around 9pm of the night before your trip so that you can just sleep away for the whole duration and reach Ilocos as you wake up in the morning of around 7am.

The Hidden Garden of Vigan

Ilocos is the place up North I have visited thrice already. The most recent happened  last October was a free trip. I also brought my mom with me to tour her for 3 days and 2 nights. 

I have majestic photos of Ilocos captured when I went there last year, if you want to check it out, you may click here

Having said this I decided to share  to my readers the places of Ilocos that I keep on coming back and also inviting them to see these places themselves too. 

Bantay Church, Bell Tower and its Hidden Chapel by the Ruins

Ilocos is the place up North I have visited thrice already. The most recent happened  last October was a free trip. I also brought my mom with me to tour her for 3 days and 2 nights. 

I have majestic photos of Ilocos captured when I went there last year, if you want to check it out, you may click here

Having said this I decided to share  to my readers the places of Ilocos that I keep on coming back and also inviting them to see these places themselves too. 



Ilocos Tour Package Itinerary and Details



Ilocos Tour Package is 3 days and 2 nights duration to Laoag, Pagudpud and Vigan. There are two options including accommodation: via Van  (up to 12 pax) and via Tricycle to Laoag and Pagudpud and Calesa to Vigan. 



For more information please contact
0919-893-7236 
or email mariaronab@gmail.com





My Laoag, Pagudpud and Vigan Tour Package: Need Contacts, Suppliers and Tour Operator Partners

Late January I and a friend went to see Laoag, Pagudpud and Vigan in Ilocos for three days and two nights. Early of February I uploaded the photos on Facebook and few days after made a blog post about it. In no time my friends start ‘liking’ the photos, commenting like crazy asking how to go there and how much I spent. The blog post that I wrote with keywords Laoag, Pagudpud and Vigan was ranked Page one on Google. If these keywords are searched separately on Google, each of them is on Page 2, 3 or 4. 


Update: I am now selling local tour packages.


For complete itinerary, rates and details please let me know.
For more information please contact 0919-893-7236 or email mariarona.beltran@yahoo.com

Let us know:
1. how many people are joining
2. date of travel 




My Google analytics is also showing me a significant traffic this blog post is giving to me that I had a “light bulb moment”. There must be something more! So I added “offers tour package” and took a one day crash course how to setup local tour packages with a DTI accredited tour operator. Most of the traffic I get is from organic searches on search engines. It did not take long that I started receiving emails, SMS and phone calls along with the question they always ask me “Are you the girl on the photos?” which I answer “Yeah. *blush* *blush*”

I Am Now Officially Selling Local Tour Packages!

Not even in my dreams I ever thought of promoting tour packages! LIke when I started this blog I don't know what I wanted to blog about. But after two years I realized that my calling is a bout heritage and tourism so I started writing and sharing about anything related to these topics. Then I found myself reading quality blogs that don't just "brag" but use it as a medium to inspire others.

The Philippines  is a very, very rich country in terms of natural resources and tourism. I am not saying it is the best but we have the best spots ever! We should see our country. Just a tip: never go back without learning something when you see a place for the first time. We learned pottery making and hand weaving when we went to Ilocos. With so many airfare promos, we have no reasons to say that only rich can do this! So I took an  introduction to setting up a "Home - based and How to Put up an Online Tour Packages" and pushed a friend to take the "How to Compute and Sell Tour Package" just to make sure we have a little background of what we are doing. Reason why I had her do it is I am not free that time and any time that I need her for "professional help" I can have her.

Below is the screenshot of the very first inquiry I received through email. I become inspired more after a few is asking me about our Laoag, Pagudpud and Vigan tour. I also inspired three of my officemates to go to these places I mentioned. By the way they are going there on Apr. 14 -17 for 3 days and 2 nights for only p4, 888. They are also looking for 3 to 6 people to join them. This is not including the mode of transportation from Manila to Laoag and Laoag back to Manila, However the hotels you will stay for the rest of these days are included. If you are not available at these dates we can also make another itinerary suitable to your preferred dates.

 For the itinerary you may click hereLet me know if you are interested please text me at 0919-883-5984  or mariaronab@gmail.com is my email address.


Affordable Local Tour Packages and Summer Escapades









Don't know where to go this Holy Week? I’ve got a list of local tour packages and summer escapades you might wanna try. However if you can’t make it at these dates let me know, we can fix an itinerary for you.

Highly recommended! Check our blog post about Laoag, Vigan and Pagudpud  

Day 0 Apr 4 Wed 10pm Manila to Vigan            
Day 1  Apr 5 Thur St. Augustine Parish Church of Bantay & Bell Tower
                               Calle Crisologo Walking Tour,   St. Paul's Cathedral & St. Paul's Bell Tower & Plaza Salcedo, Paburnayan Pottery Making, Paoayan Loom Weaving
                               LUNCH
                               Burgos Museum, Vigan Public Market, Baluarte ni Chavit
                               Check in Laoag
  Day 2 Apr 6 Fri  7am Wake up, Breakfast, Check Out
                               Wind mills, Bagui View Deck, Kapurpuran Rock For Burgos Light House, Kabigan      ________________Waterfalls                    
                               Check in Pagudpud
                               Timangtan rock formation, Bantay Abot Cave,   Patapat bridge, Aqua Grande Paraiso ni Anton
                               Beach bumming

Day 3 Apr 7 Sat 7am Wake up, breakfast and Check out
                       11 am Singking bell tower, Marcos Museum in Batac, Fort Ilocandia (if u r checked in Fort ilocandia)  Malacanang of the North, Sand Dunes (Temptation Island Shoot) ,   Paoay Church
                       8 pm Board the bus back to Manila

Day 4 Apr 8 Sun 5 am ETA Manila

Package Rate
P 5,249/pax (Quad Sharing)
P 5,499/pax (triple Sharing)

Inclusive of
• Round Trip Aircon Bus
• 3days/2night Accommodation
• 3 Breakfast
• Vigan Museum Entrances
• Giant Empanada Snack
• Malacanan of the North Entrance
• Beach Entrance
• Pinakbet Pizza
• Service of Tour Shepherds
Not included are the lunch and dinners so you can do food trip adventure and eat at your own budget, take more photos while waiting for the food to be cooked and served.

FOR Inquiry or Temporary Reservation
• 50% First Come First Serve Reservation
• 50% Confirmation on March 27 Tuesday 6pm

Visita Iglesia 2012

Laguna Visita Iglesia
April 5, 2012 Thursday


St. Gregory Church (Majayjay Catholic Church) Reputedly one of the oldest churches in the Philippines built in 1575 using forced labor. Antique relief statues of saints, which were brought by the Spaniards, are preserved in this church. Its belfry houses four small bells and one big bell – which are probably the oldest in the country.

St. James The Apostle Church (Paete Church) Like many of the churches in the province, the Paete Church was built during the early Spanish period. But the novelty of this church lies in the fact that all the religious images found here were carved and/or painted by the residents of Paete long ago.
San Pedro De Alcantara Church (Pakil Church) Completed in 1767 after 35 years of construction, the architectural design of the Pedro de Alcantara Parish Church is reminiscent of the Corinthian and Ionic styles. In 1788, the Virgin of Turumba was enshrined in this church. Through the years, the church has survived great calamities. Along with the rectory, it was burned in 1851 but was repaired the same year; it survived two earthquakes, one in 1881 and the other in 1937.
And MORE


ITINERARY
5 AM Point of Pick 5AM Quezon Ave, 5:15AM StarMall, Pasig
5:30AM Buendia, Makati 5: 45AM Alabang
6am Pick Up Light Breakfast at SLEX (pax Account)
1. San Antonio de Padua Church in Pila
2. St. Mary Magdalene Church; Magdalena
3. St. James Parish Apostle; Paete
4. St. Gregory The Great Parish; Majayjay
5. St. Peter of Alcantara Parish Church; Pakil;
6. St. John The Baptist Parish Church; Liliw;
7. St. Bartholomew Parish; Nagcarlan;
8 pm Estimated Time of Arrival Back to Manila
PROMO Package Rate P 888 if paid in January
P 999/pax if paid in February
P 1,199/pax if paid in March
P 1,399/pax if paid in April
More Promo: 7pax plus one FREE
Inclusive
• Round Trip Aircon Vehicle
• Healthy Buffet Lunch
• Bottled Water
• Afternoon Halo Halo in Liliw
• Service of Tour Coordinator
• Religious Souvenir to reflect on
Not included : Breakfast, am snack, tip to the local coordinator/


Bulacan Visita Iglesia
Friday, April 6, 2012
5:00am until 6:00pm
Bulacan
Bulacan Visita Iglesia
April 6, 2012 Bulacan
1. San Pascual Baylon Church in Obando is one of the oldest and most historic churches in the Philippines. St. Pascual Baylon, St. Claire of Assisi and the Our Lady of Salambao, a celebration that was mentioned by Jose Rizal, the Philippine national hero, in the pages of his Spanish-language novel, the Noli Me Tangere
2. Divine Mercy National Shrine in Marilao
3. Basilica Minore de Immaculada Concepcion in Malolos City
This historic church was in 1896 the seat of power of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo—the first president of the Republic of the Philippines. Located in front of the Basilica Minore is a century-old tree known as the Kalayaan Tree (Tree of Freedom) which was planted by Pres. Aguinaldo during a lull in the historic Malolos Convention. It is presently the seat of the Diocese of Malolos, and has been the bastion of faith for the past centuries.
4. Barasoain Church in Malolos City
A national shrine, the historic Barasoain Church is the site of the Constitutional Convention of the first Philippine Republic, making the Philippines the very first Asian Government to promulgate a Constitution. It was the Seat of the First Philippine Republic on Sept. 15, 1898 to the last week of Feb. 1899 under the presidency of Pedro Paterno. In its convent the Universidad Literaria Cientifica de Filipinas was first housed.
5. Plaridel Catholic Church in Plaridel A 400-year old Parish Church
6. St. Martin of Tours Church in Bocaue
7. Assumption of Our Lady of Bulacan, Bulacan
ITINERARY
5:00 am Alabang
5:15 am Makati
5:30 am Pasig
6:00 am Quezon City
Chruch Tour
12:00 nn Healthy Lunch
Finish the Church Tour
6:00 pm Estimated Time of Arrival in Manila
PROMO Package Rate
P 1,199/pax if paid in February
P 1,399/pax if paid in March
P 1,599/pax if paid in April
More Promo: 7pax plus one FREE
Inclusive
• Round Trip Aircon Vehicle
• Healthy Buffet Lunch
• Bottled Water
• Afternoon Halo Halo in Barasoin
• Service of Tour Coordinator
• Religious Souvenir to reflect on
Not included : Breakfast, am snack, tip to the local coordinator/

We also have one for Banawe, Batad and Bontoc and Best of Bicol Holy Week Tour Package. Send me email at mariaronab@gmail.com or contact me 09198835984. Again if you guys not available on these dates just tell us the dates and we'll create another itinerary for you.

Tours courtesy of Nature Awareness & Conservation Club, Inc. (NonStock, NonProfit NGO)

Day 3: Vigan Tour

From Pagudpud, we went back to Laoag city thru bus for 60. From there you can take a bus ride to Vigan for P120 - famous for  its old houses. We went to learn how to do pot-making for free at  RG Jar Factory. Then we went to lola Virginia Quiteviz house (Lola's Homeweaving since 1929 - Home of native Abel Iloco in Naguilian) and  learned weaving this time also for free. The feeling of learning these crafts are liberating. I urge anyone going to any place to not to see the place alone but learn something! We also went to Syquia mansion and Burgos museum - if you want to see old stuff from past you can go there for only P20 eantrance 

Calle Crisologo is perhaps the most beautiful street in the Philippines. Why? It takes back anyone how it feels like to be in the streets of our great-great-grandparents before! We ate at Leona's cafe , a fine dining restaurant. You may try their bagnet - it resembles the lechon kawali version or try poque - poque. I suggest you go their late afternoon or evening because it looks very rrrroooomantic (yeah I guess!) and colorful when the lights are on like you wished you were walking here with someone doing hhww(holding-hands-while-walking). Shut up Rona! This is the best place to buy local handicrafts - the best if not the finest for pasalubong (to bring home and give as gift). Mind you there is a club along Calle Crisolog Street! So if you are a party rat. You're indeed lucky there is one here in a heritage site. Or if you have time as well you may see Vigan in river in a heritage cruise for only P150 every 8AM  and 4PM only.

Lyn my buddy had to go to Manila after and I had to stay in Vigan Hotel for a night. There is wifi everywhere! Unlike other hotels there that only in the lobby you can go online. A must try for breakfast is the durong pandesal - pandesal with flavor of malunggay. I hope they open a store here in Manila soon! What is good thing about Vigan, is their  Tourism council office is located in the heart just a few walk away from Leona's cafe. You may go there if you have questions want to check them out ask where is the affordable place to stay or where to go they have the answers! Just ask any of the tricycle drivers.

Cafe Leona



Old jeep 
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Day 2: Pagudpud Tour

From Laoag to Pagudpud which is also part of Ilocos Norte, take a 2-hour bus ride for P60. This place is quite far from the centro. What is known here are homestays. Homestays are like the local version of Roomorama where a tourist can stay to a family. What is different is you get to talk to them, feel their family atmosphere and of course they cook for you lutong bahay style! The fried lobster was unforgettable. I ate with my bare hands! We stayed at Hannah Lou Homestay which is very cheap P250 per night per person and as low as P50 is their home-made meals. Now what is cool about this is Mang Ruben, the father also offers two tours for P600 with his tricycle! Now this is a different kind of road trip. He first let us see hundreds if not thousands of wild ducks (wild ducks can fly!) in a swamp near to his house, the lovely Bangui wind mills, the Kapurpurawan rock (uniqure limestone formation like you are walking in a desert) and the Cape Bojeador lighthouse that has been operating since the 18th century! We are blessed we have a sunny weather, bring a hat and be ready to walk and walk and walk!




No these are NOT birds flying. These are WILD DUCKS. Yes they can fly!


Bangui Wind Mills



Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
View from Kapurpurawan Rock the South China Sea
Cape Bojeador Light house since 1872 
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Day 1: Laoag Tour

Laoag City is the the capital city of Ilocos Norte, and the province's political, commercial, and industrial hub. We started here since this is where the Ilocos region's only commercial airport is based.

Laoag to Batac 
Riding in a jeep for only P10, we visited Marcos Museum and Mausoleum where former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos' stuff is housed telling his biography and also his waxed dead body. Entrance to museum is only P50. We also tasted their local delicacy that Ilocos is know for - empanada for only P45. You may also try Tinubo, it is cheese, butter & sugar melt inside a bamboo cane that you need to smash first before you eat.
Marcos Museum 


Batac to Paoay
Another jeepney ride for P10, we visited Paoay Church which is a UNESCO Heritage site. Just adjacent to the church is the Herencia Cafe, a fine dining restaurant that has a very good view of Paoay Church. You can try their Poque - poque pizza and pinakbet. The best!

Paoay Church
Herencia Cafe


Tryke Tour
Just by walking to the nearby blocks of Herencia Cafe, you may approach tricycle drivers and ask them for a Tryke Tour. Itinerary is Paoay Lake, Malacanang of the North, Fort Ilocandia hotel and Sand Dunes.
Paoay Lake
Fort Ilocandia
Saramsam Ylocano Resto
Poque - poque Pizza

Don't forget also to drop by at Saramsam Ylocano Resto at Laoag City - another fine dining restaurant. Known for putting a little twist on every Ilocano dishes they offer. Try their Poque-poque pizza and their malunggay ice cream that you may need to spray a calamansi to make it tastier.  Weird!



Malacañang of the North


Paoay Sand Dunes
Madre De Cacao 
Lots of lovely madre de cacao trees we saw! 

Ilocos Tour: Laoag, Pagudpud and Vigan

For four nights and four days, I and Lyn a friend took a Laoag, Pagudpud and Vigan tour. We started in Ilocos Norte where we visited Laoag City and Pagudpud. Then we went to Ilocos Sur in Vigan. Our favorites are the Paoay Church - one of the most photographed  and UNESCO protected church in the world,  the  Bangui Wind Mills at Pagudpud. Oh boy! We screamed the very first time we saw it from a distance while we are still inside a bus. Heck the people were looking at us! Oh of course who would not fall in love with Vigan - with those old houses that anyone walking there will feel like they've been transported back to our great-great-grandparents days. 

If you need assistance and complete itinerary where to go and where to stay CONTACT US we offer an Laoag, Vigan and Pagudpud Tour Package ANYTIME we will provide you the options where to stay and where to go. Just tell us WHEN is the date.



Day 1: Laoag Tour
Day 2: Pagudpud Tour
Day 3:  Vigan Tour



Bangui Wind Mills


Kapurpurawan Rocks 





Saud Beach

Paoay Church


Inside Herencia Cafe 

Cape Bojeador Light House




Vigan Cathedral

Along Calle Crisologo Street

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