Visit the heritage attractions of Ilocos including Vigan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with this tour from Laoag. This private half-day tour will take you to a cobblestoned street lined with Spanish Colonial houses, preserved and restored churches, and other historical structures.
You can choose between a morning tour with lunch or an afternoon tour with dinner to suit your schedule. This tour comes with entrance fees and private van transfers to and from your Laoag hotel as well as between attractions. You’ll also have a tour guide and a health kit. To top it all off, this tour allows you to experience a ride on a kalesa, a traditional horse-drawn carriage.
The private tour starts at Syquia Mansion, a preserved heritage house, which is also a museum of artifacts and family heirlooms. Originally built during the 1800s, this mansion is made without the use of common materials like cement or steel, but rather wood, brick and mortar, and stone.
The next tour destination has 3 astonishing sites. First is the Bantay Belfry, which was built in 1951. This bell tower sits atop a hill and was used as a watchtower. Now, it serves as an excellent spot to view Vigan.
The second is the Chapel by the Ruins, an open-air sanctuary surrounded by exposed brick and greeneries. It has benches in lieu of traditional pews and a simple altar with a tiny roof.
Finally, just a few steps away, is the Shrine of Nuestra Señora dela Caridad, also known as Bantay Church and St. Augustine Parish Church. It was built in 1590 and is one of the oldest churches in the region.
The next stop on the list of this half-day tour is another religious site, St. Paul Cathedral. It’s part of the historic town of Vigan and it was originally built during the 1600s. However, due to a few earthquakes, the current St. Paul Cathedral was rebuilt during the 1800s. Its architecture style is described as Earthquake Baroque with hints of Romanesque and Neo-Gothic elements.
After visiting churches, the next attraction you will visit is Calle Crisologo. It is one of the most popular tourist sites in Ilocos due to the number of preserved Spanish Colonial houses. To further preserve the history of the street, tricycles are not allowed at Calle Crisologo, you can go on a kalesa ride instead. To round up your tour, you’ll get to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner at Metro Vigan Cafe. This restaurant is known for its Ilocano delicacies like spring roll longganisa, sinanglao, and pinakbet.
See wonderful Ilocos heritage attractions and learn their exciting history with this day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
- All our guides speak English
- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs may be limited