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Iloilo City, San Joaquin, Miagao, Guimbal History and Heritage Tour with Lunch & Transfers

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Iloilo, Philippines
Duration
10 hours
Difficulty:
Easy
Languages:
English
Available:
All year
Minimum age:
None

Discover the historical and cultural sites of Iloilo City in this day tour that will leave you with rich stories to tell when you return home. If you want to get an in-depth understanding of Iloilo City's history by visiting attractions like San Joaquin Church and cemetery, Garin Farm, Millionaire's Row, Jaro Cathedral, and more, this tour is perfect for you.

Your driver will first pick you up at your hotel in Iloilo City and take you to San Joaquin Church, a Roman Catholic Church built in 1869. It separates itself from different worship houses because of its facade portraying the Spanish triumph over the Moroccan powers amid the Battle of Tetuan.

Nearby is the San Joaquin Cemetery or the Campo Santo, one of the best-preserved cemetery that sits on a hill overlooking the sea. Following that is a visit to the Garin Farm of San Joaquin where you can experience a unique spiritual journey.

You'll hop on your transfer service again for the rolling tour of the Millionaire's Row of Jaro where you will see the mansions of the old rich families of Iloilo. You'll also pass through Jaro Cathedral Church or the Church of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. This is considered an all-male church because of the accumulated collection of male saints inside, except the statue of Nuestra Senora de Candelaria (Lady of Candles) displayed on a glass sanctum in front of the church. 

You will next be taken to Casa Mariquit, a 216-year-old Spanish ancestral house. After that, you'll be taken to Biscocho Haus for a quick souvenir shop, a relaxing stroll at Esplanade, then you'll try barquillo-making at the Deocampos. 

Your next stop is Calle Real, named after national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. This historic street is home to some of Iloilo's significant structures. After that, you'll visit another famous boulevard in Iloilo, General Luna Street. 

After a hearty lunch in some of the best restaurants in Iloilo, you will be taken to Mama's Kitchen and Sinamay House famous for their cookies that you can buy as souvenir. 

Next, you will be taken to the Guimbal Church, built in 1774 by Father Campos. Its steeple is four stories high and was turned into a watchtower during the Spanish occupation to guard against the Moro pirates. Then you'll head to Taytay Boni, a stone extension built in 1854 initially intended to be utilized by horse-drawn carriages. 

Next, you will visit the Latin American-style Tigbauan Church. The congregation was developed in 1575 but was crushed amid a seismic tremor in 1948. After that, your tour will continue to Miag-ao Church or the Church of Saint Thomas of Villanova. Finished in 1797, the congregation is renowned for its masterful sculptural relief carved on its facade. 

The visit will finish at Camiña Balay Nga Bato, a 150-year-old stone house in Molo transformed into a café. It is the ideal spot to relax for a quick snack while learning more about Iloilo's history told by the fourth generation of the Camiña family. Remember to taste the rich and thick Pancit Molo with the famous Molo dumpling. 

Join this tour to learn about Iloilo City's heritage. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Included

Air-Conditioned Vehicle
Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off within Iloilo City
English - Speaking Guide
Water
Lunch
Snacks
Entrance Fee to Camiña Balay Nga Bato
Entrance Fee to Garin Farm

Activities

Sightseeing and Walking
Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

What to bring

Camera
Personal Medicine
Jacket or Umbrella (During Rainy Season)
Extra Towel

Good to know

- All our guides speak English.

- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.

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