Meeting Point: Hotel pick-up
Duration: 5 hours
Available: daily at 09:00
Metro Manila is the urban capital of the Philippines. Comprised of several bustling cities, it is the country’s bastion of modernity and cosmopolitan appeal. Manila is the premier gateway to any destination in the country. It serves its own menu of attractions and activities. Located in the heart of Manila, the old historical town of Intramuros or the “walled city” is the best place to view Spanish colonial architecture that was built in 1571. It is one of the best preserved medieval cities in the world.
One of Manila’s newest hotspots, Harbour Square, is located inside the CCP Complex adjacent to the Cultural Center of the Philippines. It houses numerous modern restaurants and establishments as well as a night market for those who want to go shopping or experience a sunset cocktail cruise.
This historic fort is part of the structure of the walled city. It is where Jose Rizal, the country’s national hero, was detained before his execution. The former fortress houses several memorabilia of the 300-year Spanish rule in the Philippines.
San Agustin Church and Museum
Built in 1571, it is the oldest stone church in the Philippines. It houses a private museum of rare and ancient religious artifacts and is the site of a centuries-old crypt that houses the mausoleum of Spanish conquistador, Miguel Lopez de Legaspi. It is one of the five Philippine baroque churches inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With its intricate stone carvings, stained glass mosaics and rosette windows, the Manila Cathedral is a favorite venue for grand weddings. The seat of the Archdiocese of Manila, the church looks like a giant cross when viewed from the air.
A 19th century establishment that specializes in Spanish and native dishes, Barbara’s is where tourists can enjoy romantic serenades by talented Filipino singers set in a place with an old world charm.
From the intricate wood carvings of the North to the charming shell products of the South, this shop carries an extremely wide selection of Philippine made products masterfully crafted from native raw materials such as acacia, coconut wood, raffia, pineapple fibers and shells. Take a step back in time as you discover the charms of Manila.
09:00 - Pick up time from the hotel
09:45 - Running tour of SM Mall of Asia, CCP Complex and Rizal Park
10:00 - Tour of Fort Santiago
10:40 - Shopping for souvenir and local products at Mananzan Handicrafts
11:00 - Tour of San Agustin Church and Museum
11:30 - Buffet lunch at Barbara’s Restaurant
12:30 - Depart from Intramuros
13:00 - Expected time of arrival at the hotel
- Tour facilitator
- Pick up and drop-off services at partner hotels
- San Agustin Museum entrance fee on Mondays
- Buffet lunch on weekdays (Monday to Friday)
- Fort Santiago entrance fee
- Bottled water or soda
- Meals and drinks unless specified
- Personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities
- Optional activity costs
- Casual wear such as jeans, shorts and shirt is recommended.
- Be sure to wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes or sandals.
- Bring enough local currency. Not all establishments have credit card facilities.
- This tour requires a minimum of 2 participants.