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Travel back in time and explore the best of Ilocos Region with its centuries-old chuches, heritage towns, sand dunes, waterfalls, mouthwatering delicacies and other attractions, the Provinces of Ilocos will definitely not disappoint. Here is a suggested three days and two nights itinerary from Laoag to Vigan and beyond for those who want to experience or re-experience the timeless charm of Ilocandia.

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Vigan’s Calle Crisologo at blue hour

Ilocos Itinerary

Day 0: Departure

2000H: Depart by bus from Cubao

Day 1: Laoag

0800H – 0830H: Arrive in Laoag / Proceed to hotel to leave bags0830H – 0930H: Breakfast at Cuisine de Iloco0930H – 1200H: Stroll in and around the historic plaza: see the sinking bell tower, St. William’s Cathedral, Provincial Capitol, Tobacco Monopoly Monument and Museo Ilocos Norte1200H – 1300H: Lunch at Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant1300H – 1500H: Rest at hotel / Waash-up1500H – 1800H: La Paz Sand Dunes1800H – 1900H: Back at hotel / Wash-up
2000H onwards: Dinner at Kahel de Luna / Socials / Lights off

Day 2: Paoay and Santa Maria

0600H – 0800H: Call time / coffee / pack-up / check-out / proceed to jeepney terminal0800H – 0830H: Laoag to Paoay0830H – 1000H: Explore Paoay Church / Breakfast at Herencia Cafe1000H – 1200H: Proceed to Bus Stop / Paoay to Vigan1200H – 1300H: Check-in at hotel / Rest1300H – 1400H: Lunch in Cafe Leona1400H – 1800H: Proceed to Santa Maria Church and Pinsal Falls1800H – 1900H: Return to hotel / Wash-up
1900H onwards: Dinner at Lampong’s Restaurant / Night walk at Calle Crisologo, Socials /Lights off

Day 3: Vigan

0500H – 0600H: Blue hour at Calle Crisologo0600H – 0730H: Breakfast! Empanada!0730H – 1200H: Vigan Cathedral, Calle Crisologo, Simbaan a Bassit, St. Augustine Chuch of Bantay, Crisologo Museum, Father Burgos Residence and Museum, Religious Museum, Leona Florentino Ancestral House, Fil-Hispanic Friendship Park, Buridek Museum, etc.1200H – 1400H: Lunch / Proceed to Bus Terminal
1400H: Departure for Manila

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St. William’s Cathedral of Laoag

How to Get to Ilocos

Manila to Ilocos

Laoag is a 6 to 8-hour ride from Manila while Vigan is 8 to 9 hours. Several bus lines serve the route including Florida Bus Line, Partas Liner, Baliwag Transit and Fariñas Transit. The trip is via North Luzon Expressway and Manila North Road passing through the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union and fare is around P400 – P700.

By air, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly to Laoag daily from Manila, travel time is an hour. From Laoag International Airport.

You can book your bus or plane ticket from Manila to Laoag and vice versa below.

Clark to Ilocos

For those coming from Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark Field, Pampanga, ride the shuttle or jeepney going to Dau Integrated Bus Terminal, fare is around P50. In Dau Terminal, look for buses going to Vigan and Laoag.

Baguio to Ilocos

There are numerous departures (buses and vans) daily from Baguio City Bus Terminal to Vigan and Laoag, travel time is not more than four hours, fare ranges from P200 – P300.

You can book your bus ticket from Baguio to Laoag and vice versa below.

Tuguegarao to Ilocos

If you’re coming from Tuguegarao, GMW Liner and Florida Liner operate buses to Laoag, fare is not more than P300.

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The old bell tower of Bantay Church

Where to Stay in Laoag & Vigan

Top Rated Hotels in Laoag

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Fort Ilocandia Resort HotelTown Proper, Laoag
Starts at 3,000 PHP

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Java HotelTown Proper, Laoag
Starts at 2,500 PHP

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Rivermount Hotel & ResortSan Nicolas, Laoag
Starts at 2,000 PHP

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Viven HotelTown Proper, Laoag
Starts at 2,000 PHP

Top-Rated Budget Accommodations in Laoag

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AA Travellers Pad HotelTown Proper, Laoag
Starts at 600 PHP

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Ilocos Rosewell HotelSan Nicolas, Laoag
Starts at 800 PHP

Top Rated Hotels in Vigan

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Hotel Veneto de ViganPantay Daya, Vigan
Starts at 2,000 PHP

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Hotel LunaPantay Daya, Vigan
Starts at 2,500 PHP

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Hotel FelicidadPantay Daya, Vigan
Starts at 2,000 PHP

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Ciudad Fernandina HotelTown Proper, Vigan
Starts at 2,000 PHP

Top-Rated Budget Accommodations in Vigan

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Escolta’s Homey LodgeTown Proper, Vigan
Starts at 700 PHP

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Hotel ni AmongPantay Daya, Vigan
Starts at 750 PHP

*Originally Published: 01-Jul-2012 | Updates: 26-Apr-2018; 09-Apr-2020

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