This fascinating offshore island fortress, 40 kilometres west of Manila, is a treasure trove of information for history buffs.
Manila City Tour
Manila City Tour, The Philippines
Spend all day with your guide exploring Manila, using the public transport systems in the city. This avoids traffic jams that the city is well known for and allows the traveller more of an insight into lifestyles of the Filipino in Manila.
Highlights of the tour include Rizal Park, named after the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal and Intramuros (walled city) where you can see the remains of the Spanish conquistadores. You also go along the old cobbled streets to visit San Augustin Church, the oldest stone church in the country.
Museums on the tour include Casa Manila, a reproduction of a 19th century house equipped with Oriental and European decor, as well as Philippine antique furniture; and Fort Santiago, and Old Fortress which has been transformed into a landscaped park and a museum.
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These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.
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This is a unique way of getting to know about old Manila's history. You will ride through the streets on bamboo bikes, hand-made by village folk who make up Gawad Kalinga - a non-profit organisation whose mission is to end poverty in the Philippines.
Intramuros, located along the southern bank of the Pasig River. The tour includes a wander through the cobbled streets, a visit to Casa Manila (a reproduction of a 19th century house) as well as the country's oldest stone church. There is also the option to ride in a horse-drawn carriage.