Ilocos Sur Local Produce, Weaving & Empanada-Making Tour with Transfers from Vigan

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Ilocos Norte, Philippines
8 hours
English, Tagalog
All year
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Learn about the culture and heritage of Ilocos Sur with this sightseeing tour. This package already comes with air-conditioned van transfers, the assistance of a tour guide, and hotel pick-up and drop-off from Vigan, Bantay, and San Vicente, so all you have to do is enjoy the tour. 

You’ll be picked up at your hotel in Vigan, Bantay, and San Vicente in the morning. If you are staying in a different area, you need to meet up with your guide and driver at an agreed-upon spot. You’ll then head to your first stop, Sta. Maria. Here, you’ll visit the local producers of muscovado, balicucha, and sukang Iloko. Muscovado is a type of brown sugar that is stickier than regular. Balicucha is a sweet treat made from sugarcane juice. It can be eaten like candy or mixed into coffee or tea to substitute for sugar. Sukang Iloko is vinegar made from fermented sugarcane.

In Sta. Maria, you’ll get a glimpse of how these local products are made and maybe have a taste of them. You’ll also visit Sta. Maria Church, one of the four churches in the Philippines that UNESCO has deemed World Heritage Sites, thanks to their Baroque design.

You’ll have a meal at a local Ilokano restaurant at your own expense before heading to Calle Crisologo. In this iconic street in Vigan, you’ll see how locals weave looms and make Ilocos empanada. Traditional Ilocos weaving is a special process that involves beating the fabric with sticks to produce what is called inabel. Meanwhile, Ilocos empanada is famous for its unique orange and crisp shell.

Before you end your trip, you’ll drop by Cafe Leona where you’ll enjoy a meal of Ilocano Cuisine at your own expense. After you’ve had your fill, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel. 

Immerse yourself in the culture and food of Ilocos Sur when you book this package. Check the availability by choosing a date.

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Free Hotel Pick-up and Drop Off within Vigan, Bantay, and San Vicente City Only
Private Ilocos Sightseeing Tour with Tour Guide Assistance and Airconditioned Van Transfers
Visit Local Producers of Muscovado, Balicucha, Vinegar or Sukang Iloco in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur
Visit Santa Maria Church
Stop-over at a Local Ilocano Restaurant
Check-out Loom Weaving and Empanada-Making at Calle Crisologo
Street-dining at Cafe Leona Featuring Ilocano Cuisine
Not Included: other activities, tips and gratuities


Culture, Arts and Historical Tour

What to bring

Camera, Phone, Charger, and Power Bank
Extra Money in Philippine Peso Currency
Personal Drinking Water and or Snacks
Personal Medicine
Personal Sanitizing Alcohol and Facemask
Covid 19 Vaccination Card and Valid ID

Good to know

There is no minimum age to join this tour but children and senior citizens must be attended by an adult at all times. For tour guide services of other languages than Tagalog and Filipino, please request in advance so we can send the quotation of the additional fee. Lunch is excluded but may be availed as an add-on.

Van capacity is at 6pax per van, for guests larger than 6 people per group quotation will follow the costing per van.

Peak seasons December 23 to January 2 and Holy Week will yield an additional 15% surcharge on top of the total amount per group.

The operator may cancel the tour in case of force majeure or unforeseen circumstances like weather conditions. In this case, you will be given the option to reschedule or request a full refund. Note that being late by 15-30 minutes without any advice is considered a no-show. Tour cancellation requests must be made 48 hours before your scheduled tour subject to approval.

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