Once known as The Pearl of the Orient, Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, is a sprawling metropolis of over 13 million inhabitants. The city's convenient location in the south pacific has made it one of the busiest and most diverse places in the world. From Spanish colonial architecture and horse-drawn carriages to modern architectural marvels and an exciting nightlife, Manila has everything you're looking for.…
Top 21 Things to do in Manila, Philippines
Your tour begins with a ride from your hotel to the idyllic town of Angono, home to some of the Philippines' most famous visual artists. Stop at the Nemiranda Arthouse and Blanco Family Art Museum to view exquisite artworks of renowned painter Nemi Miranda and the Blanco family.
Continue to the Tiamson Art Gallery and see works displaying Orville Tiamson's famed usage of vivid colors and striking designs. Afterwards, visit the residence of late Carlos "Botong" Francisco and marvel at the mural paintings and self-portraits made by the iconic Philippine national artist.
Next, admire petroglyphs dating from the Neolithic Era in the spectacular Angono Caves. Wonder at the 127 detailed engravings featuring human and animal figures on a rock shelter. Take time to appreciate the intricate inscriptions and learn about the life of ancient Filipinos.
After a day full of discovery, dine on a sumptuous Filipino cuisine at Balaw-Balaw Restaurant before returning to your hotel.
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Your tour begins with a morning ride from your hotel to the ferry dock, then across Manila Bay to Corregidor Island – the first line of defense for Filipino and American soldiers during the World War II.
Once you arrive, ride the tramvia (a pre-World War II streetcar) to Malinta Tunnel. Formerly a hospital and bomb shelter, the tunnel now hosts an audiovisual presentation detailing the chronology of the war on the island.
Continue your tour by exploring the Mile-Long Barracks, which served as the quarters for over 2,000 American soldiers, and pass by the famous mortar pits at Battery Way and Battery Geary. Climb atop the Corregidor Island Lighthouse for spectacular views of Manila Bay and the South China Sea.
Break for a delicious buffet lunch at Corregidor Inn before visiting the Pacific War Memorial and Filipino Heroes Memorial, built to honor the Filipino and American soldiers who participated in conflicts from the 15th century through World War II.
After a day full of adventure, return by ferry for a transfer back to your hotel. Read More close
Your evening begins with pickup from your Manila hotel. Arrive at the traditional Zamboanga theater and restaurant and enjoy a delicious feast, nibbling on local and exotic delicacies.
Then, sit back and watch a cultural performance that showcases the diverse traditions of the northern and southern regions of the islands. As the dancers whirl across the stage, admire their colorful costumes, move to the traditional rhythms of Filipino music, and discover the rich folklore of this fascinating nation.
Be captivated by the symbolic ceremonial dances of the northern mountain tribes and the exotic dances of the Muslim-populated southern regions. Don't miss the opportunity to showcase your own hidden talents as guests are invited onstage toward the end of the show. After you've enjoyed a memorable evening, your transfer brings you back to your hotel.
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Your tour begins with a morning hotel pickup and drive past the majestic Mall of Asia, the Coconut Palace—a mansion uniquely made using hardwood and coconut shells—and the beautiful Rizal Park, which commemorates the Philippine national hero José Rizal.
Next, explore Intramuros, the oldest quarter of Manila. Continue your tour to Casa Manila—a remnant of Manila's colonial past and museum depicting the Spanish "Ilustrado" lifestyle. Then pay a visit to the San Agustin Church and Museum—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and marvel at its architectural designs and unique trompe-l'oeil murals on its ceilings and walls.
Break for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before heading to bustling Makati City. Pass by Nielson Field—once an airfield for the United States Army Air Forces—and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which dates back to the late 16th century.
Your last stop is at the Ayala Museum, which houses ethnographic and archaeological exhibits with more than 60 delicately handcrafted dioramas highlighting Philippine arts, culture and heritage. After a full day of exploration, your transfer brings you back to the hotel.
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Get started with a ride from your hotel to the American Cemetery & Memorial, dedicated to more than 17,000 soldiers who lost their lives during World War II. After paying your respects, drive through the vibrant Makati business district, passing through the iconic Cultural Center of the Philippines complex.
Next, walk along scenic Rizal Park and view the Rizal Monument, built in commemoration of Philippine national hero José Rizal. Then visit Intramuros, the oldest quarter of Manila, and stroll past ancient walls and ruins dating back to the late 16th century.
Continue your tour at the San Agustin Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the church's architectural designs and unique trompe-l'oeil murals on its ceilings and walls.
End your tour with a sunset dinner cruise aboard the MV Spirit of Manila. Breathe in the refreshing sea air and indulge in a sumptuous dinner with Filipino cuisine accompanied by live music as the sun sets.
After dinner, take time to admire the city's skyline and the sparkling lights of Roxas Boulevard before heading back to your hotel. Read More close
Your tour begins with a hotel pickup in the morning passing by the majestic Mall of Asia—one of the largest malls in Southeast Asia. Continue with a visit to the Coconut Palace, a mansion of the Philippine Government uniquely made using hardwood and coconut shells situated in the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Next, stroll through the beautiful garden landscapes of Luneta (Rizal Park) and view the Rizal Monument, built to commemorate the Philippines' national hero, José Rizal. Continue your tour to Casa Manila—a reproduction of a Spanish Ilustrado home, and stroll through the ancient walled-city of Intramuros—a remnant of Manila's colonial past.
Afterwards, visit the San Agustin Church Museum, home to the richest collection of religious art in the Philippines. Marvel at the church’s architectural designs and unique trompe l'oeil mural on its ceilings and walls.
Your last stop is at the historic National Museum. Find rare and important artifacts displayed in the many exhibits. Learn about the Philippines' maritime past and view ancient relics recovered from sunken Spanish galleons. As the tour ends here, take time to explore the city at your own pace.
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Your tour begins with a hotel pickup in the morning and visit to the American Cemetery and Memorial, dedicated to more than 17,000 soldiers who lost their lives during World War II. Then journey through the Philippines' financial capital in bustling Makati City, passing grand building structures and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Next, stroll through the beautiful garden landscapes of Rizal Park and view the Rizal Monument, built to commemorate Philippine national hero José Rizal.
Continue your tour by exploring Intramuros, the oldest quarter of Manila. Stroll past ancient walls and ruins dating back to the late 16th century. While there, stop by Fort Santiago—once a Spanish defense fortress and now a national historical landmark.
Your last stop is at the world-class Manila Ocean Park. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch at Liquid Pool Lounge before encountering more than 5,000 varieties of marine life, with its fascinating multimedia jellyfish exhibit and entertaining sea-lion show.
As the tour ends, take time to explore this spectacular oceanarium in your own pace. Read More close
Begin your day with a pickup from your hotel and a short drive to the Hidden Valley Springs Resort—situated between Mt. Makiling and Mt. Banahaw in a 300-foot (91. 44-m) crater of an extinct volcano. Breathe in the fresh air, take a walk and marvel at rare wild orchids and lush greenery in this volcanic crater. Look out for distinctive plants indigenous to the Philippines and admire marvelous views of the Hidden Waterfall.
After a day of exploration, take your time to relax and unwind in the naturally heated, volcanic hot-spring bath, a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. Break for a delicious buffet of Filipino cuisines before returning to your hotel.
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Sit back and relax on a drive from your hotel through the bustling Makati city. Pass by grand building structures, iconic sites, and Nielson Field, once a United States Army Air Forces airport control tower.
Continue your tour with a visit to the century-old Makati Museum and learn about this vibrant city’s cultural heritage and history through unique paintings, murals, and interesting exhibits. Then visit the historical Parish Church of Saints Peter and Paul. Wonder at the intricate architectural designs of this Spanish colonial-era church, built in the late 15th century.
Stop by the famous Parish Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, known as the "Guadalupe Ruins," and proceed to the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, dedicated to more than 17,000 soldiers who lost their lives during World War II.
Your tour concludes at the contemporary Ayala Center. From here on, you have time to explore this premier shopping complex for great shopping opportunities. Alternatively, visit the Ayala Museum showcasing exhibits on Philippines history and art (at additional cost). Read More close
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After being picked up from your hotel, sit back and relax as you journey through the idyllic countryside to Bataan and arrive at the one-of-a-kind Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar—an open-air museum and heritage park. Marvel at the majestic architectural grandeur of Casa Hidalgo, Casa Bizantina, and Casa Lubao, featuring exquisite Spanish colonial designs. Brought here from all over the Philippines, appreciate the cultural heritage of these ancient buildings.
Next, walk along the village's cobblestone streets or ride on a traditional caruajes (horse-drawn carriages) around this area. As you stroll through, take in panoramic views of mountains, expansive rice fields, and a flowing river.
Break for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before continuing your journey to lava-sunken San Guillermo Parish Church, half-buried when Mount Pinatubo erupted in 1991. Wonder at the rich decorations and baroque style of the church. After a full day of exploration, your transfer brings you back to your Manila hotel. Read More close
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From your hotel, take a relaxing and vivid drive through the city. Pass by grand building structures, iconic sites, and Nielson Field, once a United States Army Air Forces headquarters. Continue on to Makati Museum, located in a century-old building, and learn about the city's cultural and historical evolution. Next, visit the iconic Ayala Museum and explore the ethnographic and archaeological exhibits of Filipino culture, art, and history.
Stop by the historical Parish Church of Saints Peter and Paul. Built in the late 15th century, this Spanish colonial-era church boasts wonderfully intricate architectural designs. Your last stop is the Ayala Center, a shopping haven. Choose to end your tour here for great shopping opportunities or return to your hotel. Read More close
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Be picked up from your hotel and travel to the Cultural Center of the Philippines where your cruise awaits you. Receive a warm welcome onboard as you are greeted by the friendly crew members.
Leave the shore behind you as you cruise into the open sea. Breathe in the refreshing sea air and marvel at the picturesque ocean views. Onboard, indulge in a sumptuous Filipino dinner accompanied by live music.
The sample dinner menu includes an appetizer of your choice, picadillo soup, choice of seafood paella, chicken barbecue, or beef with mushroom, and a lovely dessert.
After dinner, watch the blue sky take on shades of orange, purple, and red (Sunset Cruise), or take time to admire the city’s skyline and the lights of Roxas Boulevard (Night Cruise) before heading back to Manila. Read More close
Be picked up from your hotel, sit back, and relax as you journey through the mountainside to the Juliana base camp. Next, make your way to the 4x4 explorer tour vehicle, where your friendly guide awaits you.
After a safety briefing, climb into the rugged 4-wheel-drive vehicle and journey through a rugged volcanic trail. Take the opportunity to drive the vehicle, or sit in the passenger seat and enjoy the adventurous ride as you ascend to the base of Mount Pinatubo.
Continue your hike on foot into the dense forest towards the edge of Mount Pinatubo's caldera. Pass by scenic natural wonders such as volcanic rocks and valley streams as you make your way to the summit.
At the end of your hike, climb the stairway to the top and marvel at the 360-degree view of Mount Pinatubo's the emerald-green crater lake and its spectacular surroundings.
Take time to absorb this remarkable sight before descending back to the base of Mount Pinatubo where your 4x4 vehicle awaits to bring you back to the base camp.
After a full day of adventure, enjoy Filipino cuisine at a local restaurant near the base camp before returning to your Manila city hotel. Read More close
Be picked up from your hotel and head to vibrant Makati City. Pass by grand building structures, the former US air base at Nielson Field, and the luxurious community of Forbes Park—the Philippines' own Bel Air.
Continue to the American Cemetery and Memorial, with the graves of more than 17,000 soldiers who lost their lives during World War II. After paying your respects, walk along scenic Rizal Park and view the monument honoring the Philippine revolutionary hero José Rizal.
Next, explore Intramuros—the oldest city quarter in Manila. Stroll through ancient walls and ruins dating back to the late 16th century to reach San Agustin Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the church’s Baroque architecture and unique trompe-l'oeil murals on its ceilings and walls.
Stop at Fort Santiago, once a Spanish fortress and now a national historical landmark. Tour around the fort and see historical landscapes before returning to your hotel. Read More close
Be picked up from your hotel, sit back and relax as you travel to the town of Pagsanjan. Along the way, stop at a traditional village and taste local delicacies like the balut (fertilized duck egg) and coconut wine.
Upon arrival, your experienced boatmen greet and equip you for your courageous adventure. First, take a scenic boat ride in a native dugout canoe (banca) with your skillful boatmen as you ride the calm upriver. See picturesque waterfalls and idyllic tropical surroundings as you journey through the Pagsanjan Gorge.
Reach the majestic Pagsanjan Falls and marvel at its natural beauty. Afterward, ride a bamboo raft and discover the Devil's cave behind the waterfall. In here, sit down, relax, and watch as the water cascades down the falls.
Continue your adventure with a thrilling trip downstream as your expert oarsman maneuvers the canoe through a series of rocky rapids at top speeds for a truly adrenaline-pumping experience. After a day of adventure, enjoy a delicious Filipino buffet with a live music performance by a local band before returning to your hotel.
The sample buffet lunch menu includes clam soup, salad, a choice of fried chicken, pork adobo, and fish fillet and selection of fresh fruits.
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After being picked up from your hotel, sit back and relax as you journey inland through the idyllic countryside. Enjoy scenic views of Mount Pinatubo as you pass the town of Bacolor in Pampang and see remnants left by the volcanic eruption.
Next, visit the historic Subic Naval Base and join a guided tour to learn about past war histories of the Pacific region. Afterward, watch a survival skills demonstration by the Aetas, an indigenous tribe of the Philippines. Break for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before your adrenaline-pumping adventure at Zoobic Safari begins. Ride through a tiger enclosure in a covered vehicle for a truly heart-pounding experience.
After a full day of discovery and adventure, take time to stroll around the duty-free shops inside the Subic Freeport Zone before returning to your hotel. Read More close
Be picked up from your hotel, sit back, and relax as you journey inland through the idyllic countryside into the mountains. Enjoy the scenic views at Taal Lake and break for a delicious lunch at Lago De'taal.
The sample lunch menu includes pumpkin soup, vegetable salad and a choice of roasted chicken, grilled tilapia and pork barbecue and a lovely dessert.
Then take a short boat ride across the lake and enjoy breathtaking vistas of the beautiful natural surroundings. Upon arrival at Volcano Island, embark on a horseback ride across spectacular black lava flows.
Next, pass by rugged lava terrain and trek up to the summit of Taal Volcano. Marvel at the landscapes of Taal Lake and Vulcan Point, and don't miss the opportunity to take some pictures to capture this memorable scene.
After a full day of adventure, head back to Taal Lake, where your return transfer awaits you. Read More close
In Tagaytay, a visit to the Palace in the Sky, the "rest house" of former President Ferdinand Marcos, presents breathtaking views of Taal Lake and the volcano. Stop for a brief lunch in one of the local restaurants to sample cuisine and delicacies popular in the region. While you dine, admire the famous panoramic views and prepare for the trip back to Metro Manila.
Your half-day tour of Manila starts with a visit to the Manila American War Memorial and Cemetery. Experience the hustle and bustle of Makati as you head to the country's capital city, Manila, via the scenic Roxas Boulevard. Pass through Rizal Park on the way to the "Walled City" of Intramuros and travel back in time on cobbled streets to San Agustin Church before a stop at Fort Santiago. Read More close
Sit back and relax on the ride from your hotel, and enjoy picturesque views of natural surroundings as you ascend to more than 2,200 feet (670 m) above sea level. On your way, stop by historic Las Pinas Church and see the unique Bamboo Organ, whose pipes are made almost entirely from bamboo.
When you arrive at the city of Tagaytay, explore People's Park in the Sky—a converted mansion of former President Ferdinand Marcos built on top of Mount Gonzales. Take in the fresh mountain air and awe-inspiring vista of bluish-green Taal Lake and majestic Taal Volcano.
Continue your journey with a visit to a local manufacturing plant and watch the production process of the jeepney—a popular mode of transport that has become a symbol of Philippine art and culture.
After working up an appetite, break for a delicious lunch at Taalena Restaurant, serving traditional Filipino cuisines. Then, visit a local pineapple or coffee plantation on the way back to your hotel. Read More close
Relax as you roam through the countryside to the Villa Escudero Plantation, a quaint, popular villa showcasing the agricultural history and culture of the Philippines. After you climb aboard a traditional carabao cart, your guide shares the history of this exquisite coconut plantation and a local band plays.
At the plantation’s museum, see the Escudero family’s historic artifacts, antique furniture, and World War II relics. Break for a delicious buffet lunch with the cascading Labasin Dam waterfalls in the background, then stroll through the villa or swim in the spring-fed pools.
The sample buffet lunch menu includes chicken tanola soup, vegetable salad and a choice of roasted chicken, beef calderata, grilled tilapia and pork barbecue and a lovely dessert. Read More close