Discover the beauty of the southern section of the Ilocos region on this full-day sightseeing tour around its famed landmarks. This tour best appeals to families and friends looking to know the history behind some of the most iconic places in the province aboard the convenience of a private vehicle.
The tour will start in the morning when you are picked up from your hotel and taken to your first destination — Paoay. Upon arrival at the town, you will head straight to the Malacañang of the North. This became the residence of the presidential family during the term of former President Ferdinand Marcos. The mansion is now converted into a museum featuring the highlights of the former president’s term.
From there you will head to Paoay Lake, the largest lake in the province, and Paoay Church, which is also known as Saint Augustine Church. Before going to Vigan for lunch, you will first get a taste of the famous Ilocos empanada at the Batac Empanadahan. You will also be visiting the Marcos Museum in this town to learn more about the life of the former president.
From there, you will dig into your lunch in Vigan, then set off to see the historic sites in the city, including St. Paul’s Cathedral (also known as Vigan Cathedral), Bantay Church, and Baluarte (a zoological park). You will also be dropping by the Pagburnayan Pottery to experience making your own earthen jar. After the pottery making session, you will be brought to the Burgos Museum, the ancestral home of martyr Father Jose Burgos, and the Crisologo Museum, the former residence of politician Floro S. Crisologo. For an extra fee, you can also opt to visit the Syquia Mansion, a century-old mansion owned by the former President Elpidio Quirino.
Your trip to Ilocos Sur will not be complete without heading to Calle Crisologo, where you can find old and well-preserved Spanish-era houses. Enjoy strolling along these cobblestone streets and try riding the kalesa (horse-drawn carriage), as well. The tour will close with a spectacular show courtesy of the Ilocos Sur dancing fountain before you head back to Laoag.
Experience the best of Ilocos Sur on this whole-day seat-in-coach tour of Paoay, Batac, and Vigan. Check availability by choosing a date.
- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.
- This tour is available every Saturday.