DAY TOURS FROM MANILA

Manila Old & New City Tour

Duration: 4 Hours

Revisit Philippine history with a glimpse of Manila’s past and present. This fully guided sightseeing tour of Manila starts right in the heart of the country’s financial center, the City of Makati. Stops include Nielson’s Tower along Ayala Boulevard, Forbes Park (an exclusive residential enclave fittingly dubbed as “Millionaire’s Row”) and the American Cemetery and Memorial.

Continue to the old City of Manila via the scenic Roxas Boulevard passing through Luneta (also called Rizal Park) on your way to the “walled city” of Intramuros. Inside the city fortress are ancient walls, church ruins and other relics of the Spanish Conquistadors era.

Then travel through the cobblestone streets to San Agustin Church, the oldest stone church in the country. End at Fort Santiago, a Spanish fortress where Dr. Jose Rizal, the country’s national hero, spent his last days in incarceration and wrote his famous “My Last Farewell.”



Panoramic Tagatay Ridge Tour

Duration: 8 Hours

Sit back, relax and enjoy a picturesque drive up to the city of Tagaytay. Located on a ridge 2,200 feet above sea level, the city offers a panoramic view of Taal Lake and Volcano. Savor this awe-inspiring vista from atop the Palace in the Sky, one of the rest houses of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

On the way up, visit San Jose Church in Las Pinas to see the world famous Las Pinas Bamboo Organ. Built in the 19th century by Spanish priest Fr. Diego Cera, the organ is made up of over 800 bamboo pipes.

We’ll then visit a local “jeepney” assembly plant for an inside look at how these popular modes of transport, unique to the Philippines, are built.

Time permitting, we’ll stop by a pineapple or coffee plantation to sample the local produce or by one of the local wood carving shops dotting the roadside.



Subic Bay Adventure

Begin this adventure with an early morning drive to the former US naval facility in Subic, Zambales, 75 miles northwest of Manila.

Known as the Subic Naval Base, it was America’s largest naval facility in the Pacific region until the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991 led to its abandonment. The area has since been converted into a modern free port and tourism zone.

Witness the aftermath brought by Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption (considered the strongest volcanic eruption in the last century) while passing through the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga. Then visit a JEST Camp (Jungle Environmental Survival Training Camp) where indigenous people called Aetas demonstrate survival skills in a tropical rain forest. Experience a Zoobic Safari with its ride-through tiger enclosure (the only one of its kind in the Philippines.)



Majestic Pagsanjan Falls

Duration: 8 Hours

Embark on a full day excursion to the town of Pagsanjan, Laguna located two and a half hours south of Manila.

Your destination is the majestic Pagsanjan Falls. Take a scenic boat ride on a native dugout canoe (banca.) As the boat is skillfully maneuvered upstream by two boatmen, the landscape diversifies with beautiful boulders, steep gorges and lush tropical vegetation.

Return downstream by “shooting the rapids” as expert boatmen steer past huge boulders in churning waters at top speeds. With its booming waters cascading down the cliff 900 feet below, this is truly an exhilarating, spine-tingling, adrenaline-pumping ride!



Villa Escudero Coconut Plantation Tour

Duration: 8 Hours

This convenient, refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life is your chance to recharge your batteries. Enjoy a variety of fun filled activities in the rural setting of the Escudero Coconut Plantation. About a two hour drive south of Metro Manila, this quaint, historic villa is set amidst a pastoral grove inside a coconut plantation, a picturesque showcase of old plantation life. Guests will tour the plantation on board a carabao drawn cart while serenaded by a native band.

This resort villa also has its own museum which houses the family’s vast collection of historic, religious and cultural artifacts, some dating back to pre-Hispanic times. The highlight of the day is sitting down to a sumptuous lunch served beneath a man made dam. Feel free to immerse your feet in the cool rushing waters from a nearby lagoon. A swim in Villa Escudero’s spring-fed pools will complete this memorable visit.



A Night of Philippine Culture, Dinner & Dance

Duration: 3 Hours

Experience the hospitality that Filipinos are known for as you partake in a sumptuous feast of exotic local dishes and delicacies in a traditional “barrio fiesta” atmosphere.

The highlight of the evening is a special presentation of folk dances performed by graceful maidens and dashing lads in authentic native costumes. These symbolic ceremonial dances of the northern mountain tribes offer romantic Spanish-influenced reels, as well as the expressive tribal dances of the Muslim south.

Enjoy a showcase of Filipino soul presented through dance. Towards the end of the evening, you will have an opportunity to show that you too can perform as guests are invited to participate.

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