Bacolod City, The Ruins & Heritage Houses History Tour with Lunch & Transfers

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Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines
8 hours
English, Tagalog
All year
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Explore the colorful heritage of Bacolod and nearby towns in Negros with this history tour. This tour is perfect for those who are interested in heritage houses and century-old churches, along with the many stories they contain in their history. This tour is inclusive of private car transfers, primary entrance fees, complimentary chicken inasal lunch, and services of a guide.

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Bacolod and you will travel to the Provincial Capitol Lagoon. Its large open space is perfect for a quick stroll, art appreciation, or a picnic. 

Next, you will go to Negros Museum. It is a small exhibition featuring cultural and historical items from Negrense, as well as art and vintage regional toys. You will then proceed to San Sebastian Cathedral. This holy site, also known as the Bacolod Cathedral, is made of coral stones and oak. 

The Pope John Paul II Tower, a 7-story structure commemorating the late Pope's meeting with Bacolod elders, is your next stop. You'll walk alongside Millionaire's Row next, a long line of grand residences dating back to the 1930s. 

You will then proceed to the New Government Center. The famed New Government Center in Bacolod City, an all-white stately structure built on a big former sugarcane field, not only houses the most important local administration offices, but it also features broad lawns and a massive fountain, making it a popular hangout for locals.

Neighboring Silay City is the next destination, a town famed for its many preserved heritage houses including mansions, a pink house, and grand haciendero (plantation owner) houses turned into museums. All these structures depict an era when the sugar industry was at its peak and the region at its richest. 

Next, you will pay a visit to San Diego Pro Cathedral. It is the only church with a dome in the entire Negros Occidental region. Balay Negrense, on the other hand, is a historical mansion that was once held by a sugar magnate and is now a well-kept museum. 

You will also go to Hofileña Ancestral House. The late Manuel Severino Hofileña and his family resided at this ancestral house. Learn about the historic value of this house before heading to The Ruins. 

Located in nearby Talisay town, The Ruins cannot be missed when traveling to Bacolod. Once an opulent mansion built by a sugar baron for his wife and family, The Ruins hold a tragic story which you'll learn on this tour. The Ruins is what its name suggests: a structure of remaining pillars and walls after it was burned down during the war, albeit well-maintained to still stand in all its grandeur. Take photos before heading to Pasalubong Centers and buy some souvenirs.

Relive the rich cultural and religious history of Bacolod with this tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

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Free pick-up and drop-off within Bacolod City
Chicken Inasal lunch
Tour Itinerary: Visit Provincial Capitol Lagoon, Negros Museum, San Sebastian Cathedral, Pope John Paul II Tower, Millionaires Row, New Government Center, Silay Heritage Houses, San Diego Pro Cathdral, Balay Negrense, Hofilena Ancestral House, The Ruins, and Pasalubong Centers
Private Negros History Tour with private car transfers
Primary entrance fees
DOT-accredited Tour Guide
Not Included: Other activities onsite, Tips and Gratuities


Culture, Arts & Historical Tours
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What to bring

Camera, phone, charger, power bank
Extra money in Philippine Peso Currency
Personal drinking water and or snacks
Personal medicine
Extra clothes
Personal sanitizing alcohol and face mask
Covid-19 Vaccination card and valid ID

Good to know

This is a private tour. Vehicle type may vary depending on number of guests. A 300 pesos surcharge will apply if the tour surpasses 8 hours.

Children Friendly: Yes! 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: Yes!

Senior Citizen/PWD Friendly: Yes!

Pick-up time is at 8:30 AM Philippine Standard Time and pick-up location covered is only within Bacolod 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 48 hours before your original subject to approval.

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