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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."

From Manila: Majestic Pagsanjan Falls Adventure

2. From Manila: Majestic Pagsanjan Falls Adventure

"Shoot the Rapids" in dugout canoes and experience nature’s wonder. Drive two and a half hours south of Metro Manila through the countryside to beautiful town of Pagsanjan, Laguna. Be prepared to board a native banca (canoe) skillfully driven by two boatmen and maneuvered upstream through rocks and boulders amidst steep gorges and lush tropical vegetation. Your destination - Majestic Pagsanjan Falls. Take a swim or board a bamboo raft through the falls into a cave behind the veil of water. This is an exhilarating, spine-tingling, adrenaline-pumping, two hour boat ride from the Bumbungan River to Pagsanjan Falls whose booming water cascades down from high atop a cliff to the river 300 feet below. Your ride downstream is an exciting rush through the same rocks and boulders you passed on your way upriver.

From Manila: Bataan Historical Landmarks Tour with Transfer

3. 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.

Manila: Filipino Street Food Walking Tour with Tastings

4. Manila: Filipino Street Food Walking Tour with Tastings

Embark on a street food walking tour around Manila and taste traditional cuisine loved by locals. Eat at many spots around a neighborhood that will have your taste buds jumping for joy. Start your tour with a quick orientation at the meeting point, then take a short ride on a tricycle to the start of the food tour. Eat a wide selection of classic Filipino street food, from steamed dumplings to grilled meat on skewers, to deep-fried savory treats, to warm soups and sizzling delights. Wash it down with juice and/or beer. If you are lucky and come across the Balut man, have a taste of this infamous street food. End your experience with a delicious sweet treat before heading back to the starting point.

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What people are saying about Manila

Great experience, the ride to the falls on the boat is just amazing. Guide and boatmen were very friendly and helpful. The only point that could improve is the lunch, mushroom soup was really nice, good spring rolls but the fish and the chicken were a very small portion and we didn't like the vegetables.

I thank all the staff, very nice experience in a natural paradise aboard a canoe among steep, waterfalls, lianas, dragonflies, iguanas. the typical Filipino lunch at the end of the excursion is also very well organized. not too far from manila at 4 already back to the hotel. all really friendly

Our boat men were fantastic. The scenery was beautiful. Like something out of a movie. Everyone we came in contact with was very friendly. Would definitely do it again.

Friendly guide! He helped us with everything we needed.

Very informative and tour guide is very knowledgeable