Exploring Old Manila
All museum entrance fees; Private air-conditioned vehicle; One way ‘calesa’ ride; Services of a professional English-speaking guide.
Expenses which are personal in nature, and tips or gratuities.
Hours of operation
Available: Daily; Departs between 8:30am-9:00am. *The museums are closed on Monday.
Approximately five (5) to six (6) hours.
Tour departs from and returns to guest hotel.
The tour commences with a visit to Rizal Park for a brief picture stop before proceeding to the Walled City of Intramuros to visit the remnants of Spain’s conquistadores. Visit Fort Santiago, an old Spanish fortress where great moments in Philippine history occurred, San Agustin Church, which has a museum that exhibits a wide collection of religious relics, and Casa Manila, a reproduction of 19th century that is house equipped with oriental and European décor, as well as Philippine antique furniture.
Then board a horse drawn carriage called ‘calesa’ and trot off to Chinatown in Binondo, crossing the Pasig River, and onto an alley that leads you to Binondo Church another historical landmark built by the Spaniards in 1596. From here, walk towards Ongpin, the main street where a leisurely walk brings you to numerous jewelry shops, Chinese medicinal shops, grocery stores and restaurants.
At the end of Ongpin, stop briefly at Sta. Cruz Church, built in 1608 by the Jesuit priests, and then walk towards Escolta, was once used as a convoy route by the British Navy from 1762 to 1764, and the shopping center of the elite during the Spanish and American regimes. Today, what is left of what was once known as the “Queen of Streets’ are a few notable pre-World War II buildings, some of which are of neo-Classical and art deco architecture. Spend some time exploring the area before returning to your hotel.
Wear light, comfortable clothing, walking shoes or sandals. The summer months can be hot and humid, thus sunscreen, a sun hat, sunglasses are a must; during wet season when rain showers may be more frequent than usual, an umbrella and a light rain jacket will come in handy.
Children ages 6 and below are discouraged from joining the tour.
Children ages 7 to 11 years old must travel with two adults to avail of the child rate; if travelling with only one adult, then the child will be charged the adult rate.
**2 Passenger Minimum Required per Booking**
The tour is operated on private basis.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.
**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**