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Manila: Old & New 4-Hour City Tour

1. Manila: Old & New 4-Hour City Tour

Come along for a tour of Manila’s past and present. The tour starts right in the heart of the country’s financial center - the City of Makati. First stop is Nielsen’s Tower along Ayala Boulevard. Drive through Forbes Park, an exclusive residential enclave fittingly dubbed Millionaire’s Row on your way to our first stop – The American Cemetery and Memorial - reputed to be the largest and most beautiful of American memorials outside the Continental United States. Then proceed to the old city of Manila via scenic Roxas Boulevard (also known as Dewey Boulevard in the recent past), passing through Luneta Park (also called Rizal Park in memory of the country’s national hero) on your way to the "Walled City" of Intramuros. Here you will see ancient walls, church ruins and other relics of the Spanish Conquistadores. Travel through the cobbled streets to San Agustin Church, the oldest stone church in the country. Then we wrap the tour up with a visit to Fort Santiago, a Spanish fortress that watched over the entrance to Manila’s Pasig River. It was here that our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal spent his last days and where he wrote his famous "My Last Farewell."

Manila: Historical Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros

2. Manila: Historical Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros

Get on your bamboo bike made by local craftsmen to explore all major historical sites of Intramuros, the historical district of Manila. Start your tour by picking the best bambike that fits you. Start your tour with the guide by riding to Plaza San Luis, a complex inside Intramuros where you can find a Japanese cannon used in World War II. Spend time listening to your guide's explanation about Intramuros's history at Puerta Real Gardens, surrounded by local fauna. The next stop is Puerta Del Parian, one of the earliest gateways to Intramuros. You will then be directed to the Aduana Building, Manila Cathedral and Plaza de Roma, the historic center of Spanish colonial times of Manila. Refresh yourself with a cold towel and an ice cream after the tour!

Full-Day Manila City, Tagaytay Taal Volcano and Lake Tour

3. Full-Day Manila City, Tagaytay Taal Volcano and Lake Tour

The tour starts with a drive up to the picturesque City of Tagaytay. Located on a ridge 2,250 feet above sea level, the city offers panoramic views of Taal Lake and Volcano, the "lake within a volcano within a lake within a volcano". This view is best savored from atop the Palace in the Sky, rest house of late President Ferdinand Marcos. Enjoy a brief lunch stop at a local restaurant to enjoy some local cuisine and delicacies in an atmosphere designed for panoramic views. Then we start our drive back down to Metro Manila. First stop is the American War Memorial & Cemetery, the largest and most beautiful of American memorials outside the Continental U.S. Have a glimpse of Makati’s hustle and bustle as you drive through on your way to the capital city - Manila via scenic Roxas Boulevard (also known as Dewey Boulevard in the recent past) passing through Rizal Park (named in memory of the country’s national hero) on your way to the "Walled City" of Intramuros. Here you will see ancient walls, church ruins and other relics of the Spanish Conquistadors. Travel through old cobbled streets to San Agustin Church, the oldest stone church in the country. The tours wraps up at Fort Santiago, a Spanish fortress that once watched over the entrance to Pasig River. It was here that our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal spent his last days and where he wrote his famous "My Last Farewell."

Manila: Guided Sunset Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros

4. Manila: Guided Sunset Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros

Get on a bamboo bike made by local craftsmen to explore all the major historical sites of Intramuros, the historical center of Manila. Discover local sites like Fort Santiago, Plaza de Roma, and Puerta del Parian.  Start your tour by picking the best bambike for you and put on your helmet before you hit the streets. Follow your guide from Casa Manila, a museum focused on the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. Ride to the Japanese Cannon and learn about the city's World War II history. Listen as your guide explains Intramuros's history at Puerta Real Gardens, surrounded by local fauna. The next stop is Puerta Del Parian, one of the earliest gateways to Intramuros. Continue to the Aduana Building, the Manila Cathedral, and Plaza de Roma, the historic center of colonial Manila. Finally, stop at the Bayleaf Hotel Skydeck to watch the sunset before returning to the meeting point at around 6:30 PM. Refresh yourself with a cold towel and an ice cream after your tour.

From Manila: Bataan Historical Landmarks Tour with Transfer

5. From Manila: Bataan Historical Landmarks Tour with Transfer

Immerse yourself in the rich history of a meaningful WWII location in the Philippines. Join a guided day trip from Manila to the renowned Bataan province. Explore landmarks such as the Mount Samat National Shrine, the Bataan Surrender Site, and Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. Get picked up from your Manila accommodation and take in views of the countryside as you drive into the Bataan region. Notice the roadside memorial honoring the grueling Bataan Death March. Learn about this event, as well as the Bataan Peninsula's role during WWII, from your tour guide. Arrive at Mount Samat to visit the National Shrine, erected as a monument to the struggles and sacrifices of the soldiers who fought there. Step into the museum to sense the fury, fear, defeat, and humiliation experienced by the troops after their surrender. Up next, admire panoramic views of the vast countryside from an observation deck inside the tallest cross in the Philippines. Discover the Bataan Surrender Site, where the exhausted, sick and starving soldiers surrendered to the Japanese on April 9, 1942. Before heading back to Manila, enjoy a guided tour inside Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. Walk across villages and ancestral homes, all filled with centuries of history.

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What people are saying about Manila

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 182 reviews

Our guide Steven provided us very good and interesting overview of the history of Manila and Philippines. I really enjoyed this experience and I think it is the best way to get to know Manila’s history and to see historical part of it if you are staying in the city only for couple of nights, like it was in my case.

We had an excellent tour! Our guide was outstanding and we wish we brought more cash to give him a bigger tip! We loved all the stops and were particularly impressed by the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial. We have already recommend the tour to friends!

Steven was great at summarizing the fairly dark history of Manila and Intramuros. The bike ride was easy and are constantly safe. Highly recommend this tour if you want a fun way to explore the city.

Our guide Steven told us a lot about the history of the Philippines an Manila and answered all the questions with patience. It was a great tour and I'd definitely do it again! :)

It was awesome!!! They pick us up from our hotel, great driver n tour guide.