SAVE THE DATE: History, food and a little bit of the sun
Hi Everyone! Sorry for the late advise - Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to everyone! PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE UP TO PUSHING THROUGH WITH THIS SO I CAN START COUNTING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE GOING! :)
I'm still finalizing the costing, preparations, etc for this. Initially, the easiest way to about it is to hire a tour operator from Manila to Ilocos but because of the because people will not want to stay cramped in a van both ways and stay in not so nice accommodations, we are opting for a more difficult coordination at a bit higher cost. :)
Anyway, again, this is not yet final and a bit bloated but we are getting final costing from my contacts in Ilocos - Prices mentioned below are per head.
Transportation - super deluxe bus two way. Super deluxe is a reclining seat / similar to a lazy boy type of seat (Php Protected content (10 pax per van) for going around Ilocos (Php 1,500 for the 3 days). I'm also looking at possibly doing bus commute going to Ilocos and a bit roomier van going back... This is to ensure that we would be back by the evening of Sunday, else, if we wait for the nicer bus back - we might get back to Manila Monday morning.
Accommodation - bloated costing is at 1,500 per head per night*2 = Php Protected content . (Of course we are looking for a lesser priced hotel that is still better than a homestay). And this is for 2 in a room. 1st night will be in Laoag and 2nd night will be in Pagudpud (beach). Possible options - Isabel suites (for laoag) and Hannah's or Kapuluan Vista Resort (for Pagudpud). They may not have space so we are looking at a place which can accomodate us.
Tours - 1st day will be in Vigan and Laoag; 2nd day to morning 3rd day will be to Pagudpud. 3rd day afternoon - we will try to head back to Manila. Entrances (not including cost for ATV and sand dune surfing) will be around Php Protected content head.
Food - breakfast for the 2nd day may be included in the accommodation. We may want to just pitch in for the food or it can just be on a per pax account. suggest to have about max of Protected content for the food for the 3 days.
In total about Php 9,500.00 per head. Again, as I mentioned, we are looking at possibly lowering this further depending on the final costing that we will be able to haggle and final count of participants.
The last tour I did around Protected content ago was about Php 6,000 per head (all included) and people didn't love the accommodations we stayed at as we were 10 and staying in 2 rooms. Likewise, the transportation was very much cramped as this was a van the entire way. :)
The rooms I'm looking at for this trip is 2 per room.
I'll advise the final costing as soon as possible. Please do confirm if you are ok with this.
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