South Iloilo Sightseeing Day Tour With Lunch & Transfers from Iloilo City

Stairway leading to Garin Farm, Iloilo City
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Tour starts
Iloilo, Philippines
Duration
9,5 hours
Difficulty:
Easy
Languages:
English, Tagalog
Available:
All year
Minimum age:
None

Description

Hop on this journey to the southern countryside of Iloilo and witness the province’s iconic architecture and history with this private land tour. Taking you from century-old churches to various heritage sites, this full-day adventure is perfect for history buffs visiting the region. The tour also includes 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 add a tour guide accredited by the Department of Tourism for an additional cost. 

After picking you up within Iloilo City, you will be taken to San Joaquin Church in the town of San Joaquin; a Roman Catholic Church built in 1869. It distinguishes itself from other churches with its facade depicting the Spanish victory over the Moroccan forces during the Battle of Tetuan. Next, you will be taken to one of the oldest churches in the country, the Guimbal Church, built in 1774 by Father Campos. This church is made of yellow sandstones, adobe stones called igang, and coral stones quarried from Guimaras. 

After exploring the Guimbal Church, you will visit a Latin American-style church next, the Tigbauan Church. Its facade is in Mexican plateresque, and at the center is an Augustinian order seal surrounded by a retablo-like floral frieze. Offer a small prayer here before moving on to Campo Santo, one of the best-preserved cemeteries in the entire province and sits on a hill overlooking the sea. Before going to the cemetery, you also have the option to go on a detour to Garin Farm at an additional fee. The farm is an inland resort less than two kilometers from the cemetery.

From Campo Santo, you will have a short stopover for lunch at a local restaurant. After the meal, you will make your way to Taytay Boni, a stone bridge built in 1854. It was constructed using large yellow, coral stone slabs called tablea from the mountain of Iqbaras and held together using lime. You will then have the option to visit Camina Balay Bato but will have to pay the entrance fee separately. This 150-year-old stone house in Molo turned into a restaurant to serve Iloilo’s best heirloom dishes like Pancit Molo.

You can then buy your pasalubong (souvenir) treats at Mama’s Kitchen and Sinamay House. The tour will then end at the majestic Miag-ao Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Completed in 1797, the church is famous for its artistic sculptural relief carved on its facade. 

Appreciate Iloilo’s heritage sites with this private day trip from Iloilo City. Check availability by choosing a date.

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Included

South of Iloilo City day tour
Visit San Joaquin Church, Guimbal Church, Tigbauan Church, Garin Farm, Campo Santo, Taytay Boni, Camiña Balay na Bato, Mama’s Kitchen & Sinamay House, and Miag-Ao Church
Complimentary lunch at Camiña Balay Bato, Breakthrough, or Tatoy’s
Complimentary snacks and bottled water
Local driver guide
Free hotel pick-up and drop off within Iloilo City

Activities

Culture, Arts and Historical Tour
Food and Culinary
Sightseeing

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 face mask
Covid-19 vaccination card and valid ID

Good to know

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 8:30 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.

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