Iloilo City Heritage & Historic Churches Tour with Lunch & Transfers
Get introduced to the city that's known for its food, fiestas, and culture in this 9-hour heritage tour of Iloilo City. If you're a history buff who also wants to dig into the culture and cuisine of Iloilo, then this activity is just what you need. This tour is inclusive of lunch, snacks, bottled water, the service of a local driver guide, and free hotel pick-up and drop-off within Iloilo City. You may also request a Department of Tourism-accredited guide at an additional fee.
Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Iloilo City at 8 AM and take you to the district of Jaro. On the way there, you will pass by the Iloilo Business Park, the city's central business district. Your next stop is Casa Mariquit. This well-preserved over 200-year-old Spanish ancestral house showcases Ilonggo architecture and the story of the rich Ilonggo families of the Javellanas and Lopezes.
From there, you will be dropped off at the Jaro Cathedral Church. You will find a collection of images of male saints inside, save for the statue of Nuestra Senora de Candelaria or the Lady of Candles. Her statue, perched on a glass shrine on the facade, is made from limestone that is said to be continuously growing, making her container need constant adjustment.
You will then enjoy a running tour of the Millionaire's Row of Jaro, where you will see houses of the country's richest families. From there, you will head to Casa Real, a building that once served as the seat of government of Iloilo. You'll also check out Fort San Pedro, the Muelle Loney, and one of Iloilo's most beautiful streets, General Luna.
A little over three kilometers from the street is Molo Mansion. Built in the 1920s, it has been transformed into a museum that houses several arts and crafts from various Ilonggo artists. You will also drop by Molo Church, known for its red spires crowning its tall bell towers. Next, you will make your way to the Esplanade for a quick stroll before enjoying a snack and souvenir shopping at the Biscocho Haus.
In the afternoon, you'll head to San Joaquin Church. This declared Natural Culture Treasure is known for the military scene portrayed on its facade. You will also visit Guimbal Church and Tignauan Church. The former is one of the oldest churches in the country, while the latter is known for its unique Churrigueresque architecture. Afterward, you'll have the option to drop by Garin Farm for an additional fee. This farm resort is best known for its Pilgrimage Hill, which depicts different Bible stories.
Your next stops are Campo Santo, a well-preserved cemetery that overlooks the sea. From there, you'll stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Following your meal, you'll visit Taytay Boni, a historic stone bridge made from corals. You will then have the option to visit Camiña Balay nga Bato at your own expense. This famous heritage home also serves as a museum, a restaurant, and a chocolate shop.
You'll have more time shopping for snacks and souvenirs at Mama's Kitchen & Sinamay House, your next stop. Finally, you'll explore Miag-ao Church, a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site known for the relief sculptures on its facade.
Go on a private tour of Iloilo City and learn about its rich culture and heritage. Check the availability by choosing a date.
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This is a private tour. Lunch and snacks will be served during the tour. Activities not indicated are to be paid on site should guests want to avail themselves. Garin Farm's availability may vary, in any case that it is closed and you booked the extra cost for the entrance you will be refunded after the tour.
Children Friendly: Children 0-3 are free of charge but are not included in the complimentary lunch. Parents may share their meal or pack food for their children.
Pet Friendly: No. Please understand that this is for your fur baby's safety.
Senior Citizen/PWD Friendly: There are no extreme activities included in this experience.
Pick-up time is at 8:00 AM Philippine Standard Time from any hotel within the vicinity of Iloilo City. To change the pick-up time and location please request in advance so our operator may check if the itinerary will fit as we may need to move the pick-up time if the location is far and additional fee may apply.
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. Schedule cancellation requests must be made 24 hours before your original subject to approval.