Manila is full of unique contradictions – ultra-modern and historic; local and international; glamour and poverty. Even though Manila usually serves as no more than a stepping stone to one’s vacation, the city itself offers a wealth of fun and adventure.
Our Manila travel agency offers personalized packages and tours, all built to match your unique needs and preferences. Pick one of our pre-made packages featured below, or create your own personal tour package with our help. All packages include airfare, hotels and guided tours. This page is constantly updated so you get to enjoy the best promos and deals.
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What to do in Manila?
We offer a wide variety of day tours within Manila and nearby sites. This vibrant city has a lot to offer and we carefully planned our tours to give you a taste of the Filipino hospitality and culture. All tours are available for couples, families and even solo travelers. We can provide a private guide but we encourage joining our groups to make new friends along the way.
Simply add any of these tours to your cart, and we will include it in your package. If there is anything you’d like to do and can’t find in our list of services, just contact us. We will add it into your package, offer some free advice and help with any necessary arrangements.
Manila city day tours
Intramuros is one of the most popular points of interest in Manila – the old fort founded by the Spaniards upon their arrival to the Philippines. Although largely destroyed during WW2, a walk around the old city’s walls is still a great way to see and learn about Manila’s complex history and culture.
Fort Santiago, the headquarters of Spanish occupation, is now a small museum attributed to the national hero José Rizal, who was incarcerated there prior to his execution.
Other notable landmarks include the San Agustín Church – an ancient religious complex housing a collection of precious relics and works of art; The Manila Cathedral – one of the city’s prominent religious sites, first built in 1581; and Casa Manila – the oldest building in the entire city and a great showcase of historic Filipino-Hispanic architecture.
Not far from Intramuros lies Rizal park, also known as Luneta. It serves as Manila’s version of Central park – where couples and families come to relax and watch shows and activities. The park is also home to several historic sites, most notably the Rizal monument, and also offers the beautiful Chinese and Japanese gardens.
The National museum is just outside the park – a 2 building complex where the senate used to sit. One building houses the National Museum of Fine Arts , while another holds the Anthropology and Natural History museums. They all offer a great chance to quench your thirst for knowledge, and learn about the land and its people.
Across the Pasig river, is where you will find Binondo – the world’s oldest Chinatown. It is a great place to witness a unique blend of Chinese and Filipino heritage. The Binondo church is a great example of Manila’s cultural mix, with a truly unique Pagoda bell tower.
Other Chinatown attractions include the Chinese cemetery – an ancient graveyard for those who were denied burial during the Spanish era. The site is home to truly fascinating tombstones and some truly extravagant ones as well – some tombs here even have a Jacuzzi installed inside! The Bahay tsinoy museum is a great way to wrap up your tour and learn about the deep influence Chinese have had on Filipino culture and history.
The main reason to visit Chinatown however, is its one of a kind culinary offering. Influenced heavily by the Hong-Kong style kitchen, the food here is so good you’d never want to stop eating. Take our Chinatown food tour , try all the favorite local delicacies and learn how to make them yourself.
Manila is also a shopping mecca with 3 of the 10 biggest shopping malls in the world. You can find thousands of branded products for a very low price. Manila Ocean Park is also a great, fun and educational place for kids and kids at heart. Here, you will find many marine species and enjoy different activities and programs.
Vacation near Manila
Subic bay is the local’s favorite when it comes to weekend getaways from the city. Merely a 3.5 hours bus drive from Manila, Subic is filled with luxury resorts overlooking the marvelous bay. The 2 main attractions here are the Ocean adventure, where you can swim with dolphins and watch aquatic shows, and the Zoobic safari – a one of a kind safari that allows you to feed all of its animals. including the tigers!
Mount Pinatubo, whose latest eruption in 1991 was the 2nd largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century is also near Manila. You can still witness the aftermath to this day, as the eruption changed the landscape considerably. Molten lava destroyed the old summit and created a crater. Rain waters filled the crater and formed the Philippines’ most picturesque landscape – the Pinatubo Lake/Crater.
You can reach the lake by a 4×4 vehicle or an hour-long trek, but we recommend booking the helicopter ride over the mountains as part of your tour package – it can be costly, but it’s an experience you will never forget. Read more about day tours to Mt. Pinatubo, and either join a group or book your own private tour.
Another popular destination is Tagatay – 2.5 hours’ drive to the south of Manila. The higher altitude allows for much cooler weather, but more importantly provides some breathtaking scenery. Located across the Tagatay ridge is the People’s Park in the Sky, designed to be a mansion for former infamous president Ferdinand Marcos. It now serves as a public park and offers a remarkable vantage point of Tagatay.
Viewed from Tagatay ridge is Taal Volcano Island – an active volcano located at the middle of Taal Lake. The boat to the volcano island takes roughly 30 minutes, and then another hour is needed if you wish to trek your way to the top. You could always do some horseback riding if you feel you don’t want to walk.
How does Manila fit into your travel plan?
Most tourists tend to overlook Manila and regard it as only a stop on their way to dreamy islands. Since you will be there no matter what, why not make the most out of it? We will help you plan your itinerary in the most sensible fashion – so your time in Manila can be spent at the beginning or the end of your holiday – whatever works best for you!
We offer tailor made Manila tour packages, certain to meet your expectations and leave you wishing you had more time to spend in the city. Our added value comes from strong local presence and client-oriented services.
Once you have added all desired items into your cart, simply click the ‘book now’ button and confirm your reservation. Your order will then be reviewed by our experts, who will offer their advice before any actual booking is made. We are happy to help organize your entire itinerary so that it will include all you have requested, and modify it in the best possible way to maximize value for your time and money.