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Manila: Historical Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros

1. 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!

Manila: Old & New 4-Hour City Tour

2. 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: Philippines or Asia eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

3. Manila: Philippines or Asia eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

Scan a QR code to access a high-speed data network via eSIM on your trip to the Philippines. Choose the option for 22 countries if you are traveling in Asia, and stay in close contact with your family and friends during your travels. Top up if you run out of data. First, check to see that your device is compatible with eSIMs. Then, purchase the product. Receive a QR code, then connect your smartphone to the internet via Wi-Fi, and scan the code to start using the data plan. Use the troubleshooting guide if you have any problems connecting. Select the 22 countries option to use it in Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macao, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Japan, and South Korea.

The Philippines: eSIM Data Plan

4. The Philippines: eSIM Data Plan

Make your trip to the Philippines hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in the Philippines. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. All iPhone model launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. Data plan information- APN (Access Point Name): internet Local operator: Globe

From Manila: Taal Volcano Island & Pagsanjan Falls Day Tour

5. From Manila: Taal Volcano Island & Pagsanjan Falls Day Tour

Following pickup from your hotel in Manila, head straight to the Taal Volcano ridge in Tagaytay City for the Taal Volcano eruption sightseeing tour. Taal Volcano suddenly erupted at 2:36 PM on Sunday, January 12, 2020, forcing all to flee from the island. For the next 24 hours, ashes coming from the crater traveled all the way to Metro Manila and nearby areas as 150,000 people fled from their homes. Taal Volcano is now considered the most active volcano complex after this eruption. See the devastation firsthand and take in dramatic views of Taal Lake and the steaming Volcano Island from the ridges of Tagaytay City. Visit the front view at the ridge, in the center where the Taal Volcano steams. Enjoy an optional boat ride around the island volcano. Set off on another drive over to the Pagsanjan Falls. From there, your driver will assist you in getting to the paddle raft, which will be manned by two local guides. Experience a multiple-rapid adventure as you continue toward the falls. Swim to the cave that lies within the magnificent Pagsanjan Falls, feeling refreshed by the cold water. Pagsanjan Falls Rapids is weather dependent and if not passable during heavy rains, an alternative of Vertical Trekking to the Main Falls is provided. Enjoy lunch at your own expense at the oldest restaurant in town.

Manila: Guided Sunset Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros

6. 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: Pagsanjan Falls Day Tour

7. From Manila: Pagsanjan Falls Day Tour

Join an adventure from Manila to Pagsanjan Falls and travel like a local. Meet a community living between the old train tracks, reminiscent of the colonial era. Have a taste of their famous coconut pie. Go on a thrilling canoe ride with skilled boatmen, that will paddle upstream to Pagsanjan Falls. Witness the beauty of nature as the waterfalls unveil, the reason why multiple filmmakers chose this location. Upon arrival, a bamboo raft can take you "behind the scenes" of the cascading waterfalls. Itinerary: 07:30 - Pick up from Abraham Manila - https://goo.gl/maps/uZtkBrw3DszHgvBU7 09:00 - Trolley ride experience in Los Banos, Laguna 09:45 - Head from Los Banos to Pagsanjan 10:40 - Arrive at Pagsanjan 11:00 - Start of canoe ride to Pagsanjan Falls 13:00 - End of canoe ride, lunch 14:30 - Depart to Abraham Manila 16:00 - Arrive at Abraham Manila

Manila: Sightseeing and Food Walking Tour with Tastings

8. Manila: Sightseeing and Food Walking Tour with Tastings

Learn about Manila’s rich past and present through the local markets (including the world’s first Chinatown), the historical landmarks of Intramuros, and the local cuisine on the Manila City Tour. This journey offers a unique glimpse into the heart of Manila, showcasing its cultural heritage and culinary scene. Departing from Abraham Manila, you will first arrive at the Quinta Market by a local ferry (ferry is subject to availability) ride. Explore the Quinta and Quiapo Markets, and enjoy local dishes and snacks on a tasting tour at the Binondo Market, the world’s first Chinatown. From Binondo, you will head to Intramuros, where you will explore the home of many historical landmarks.

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

9. 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: Mount Pinatubo 4X4 & Hiking Trip

10. Manila: Mount Pinatubo 4X4 & Hiking Trip

See with your own eyes the Philippines’ “Beautiful Disaster” as popularized by a local film. Located in the north of Metro Manila is the ever-active and famous volcano, Mount Pinatubo. The volcano was famous for two reasons– its hypnotizing beauty and its disastrous eruption in 1991 that was felt worldwide as the “lahar” or mudflow wiped out the locals’ livelihood and negatively impacted the tourism industry in the area. Safely back on track, a challenging trek will unquestionably complete your Mount Pinatubo experience. The thrilling journey will start with a scenic 4 x 4 ride to the hike’s starting point. Be prepared to cross tiny rivers under the sweltering sun as it won’t be simple, but that adds to the beauty of trekking in Mount Pinatubo… it will be undoubtedly remarkable! Along the way we will have a glimpse into the live of the Aeta people, which have been established as one of the first indigenous communities to migrate to the Philippines, Mount Pinatubo has served as their haven for thousands of years and this is the perfect opportunity to immerse in their culture and way of life. 00:15 - Departure from Abraham Manila 05:45 - Arrive in Camp Kainomayan, Botolan, the starting point of the tour 06:00 - Short Introduction to the local guide and briefing 06:15 - Start the 4X4 drive 09:00 - Get off the 4X4, hike to the crater starts 10:00 - Arrive at Mt. Pinatubo Crater, free time and brunch 11:30 - Start the hike downhill 12:30 - Arrive back to the 4x4 vehicle 16:30 - Arrive back in Camp Kainomayan, bathroom break and rest 17:00 - Start heading back to Manila 22:30 - Arrive back in Abraham Manila, Makati NB: All times are approximate

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(182 reviews)

Mari did such a beautiful job at bit only showing the city and Intramuros but also telling so much about the history of Philippines. I loved the fact that you can see a lot of places and have few experiences through this tour and do not worry about payments, cash, etc - I had a layover in Manila and I did not want to bother myself with cash, so that was helpful, Mary took care of it all and the price includes access to all places she takes you to, even the drive

was really fun! The short tour is really short, you can easily do the long one, there are enough breaks, you can do it. For people who can ride my bike themselves, they have a car that you can ride in (for children or something like that). The guide was super good! English was great, at the end there was ice cream

Was a nice adventure and way to learn about some of the Philippines history. Touring and exploring Intramurous was one of our better experiences in Manila.

fantastic tour guide, Steven. he was so knowledgeable and funny. I'd recommend it to a friend. very good value for money 🌄🇵🇭

An excellent and relaxed tour of Manila’s historical old town. Our guide Johnathan was fantastic!