Guided tour

Manila: Old & New 4-Hour City Tour

Guided tour

Manila: Old & New 4-Hour City Tour

From US$ 55 per person

A tour of Manila’s past and present including old city Manila, the American Cemetery and Memorial, historic Intramuros and Fort Santiago, and the bustling financial capital of Makati

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pick-up from hotels within Makati City and Bay Area. Please wait in your hotel lobby 10 minutes before your designated pickup time. The driver will either have a sign with your name or the hotel concierge will page you.


  • Enjoy a 4-hour guided sightseeing tour of Manila's past and present
  • Discover the City of Makati, the heart of the Philippines' financial centre
  • Drive past Forbes Park and the American Cemetery and War Memorial
  • Learn about the Spanish colonial period on a walk through the Intramuros district to Fort Santiago
  • Explore intricate Baroque architectural designs of UNESCO World Heritage-listed San Agustin Church
Full description
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."
  • Return hotel transfers (Makati and Bay area only)
  • All entrance fees
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Air-conditioned van
  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • You will receive an email with your exact pickup time and location. Please check your spam folder then contact the local partner if you have not received the email
  • Please leave your contact details so the local partner can give you a call to confirm hotel pickup details
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 143 reviews

Review summary

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  • Service
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The tour guide Rolando Javelone (RJ) was excellent. RJ made it a great tour as he is very knowledgeable with lots of fun and historical facts that made it a very enjoyable experience while learning much about key sights and events from Manila’s past and present. The tour was not rushed with time to take in all the sights

March 25, 2023

My colleagues and I had just one afternoon of free time to explore Manila during a weeklong work trip and we are so glad we spent it doing this tour. Our guide, Troy, was friendly, patient, and incredibly knowledgeable, truly a walking encyclopedia on the history, culture and politics of the country. I wish we had had more time in each location and perhaps an opportunity to grab a snack or drink; but we had arrived late to our meetup spot due to traffic and congestion in Manila is generally very intense so I understand why that probably wouldn't have been possible regardless.

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March 25, 2023

Met an fantastic guide Mr. Frank and other travelers from Canada and Spain in this afternoon trip, they really made my day, and I learned a lot from these guys. The only sad thing is that the trafic was extremely bad, you have to expect that there will be a long hour in the van. Luckily I had met those travelers and had a lot of meaningful chats:) Happy to be there and of course with no regret! Absolutely recommended!

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March 25, 2023

Product ID: 4169