Excursions in Metro Manila
From the hotel, travel to the Cultural Center of the Philippines to board your cruise. Choose one of the following cruise options: a Sunset Cruisea Mid-evening Cruise; and a Night Cruise. When on board, savour in a delicious dinner of traditional Filipino cuisine and live entertainment. Exhilarating views of Manila Bay and the cityscape top off the night. Enjoy a truly unforgettable evening
A perfect alternative to a typical tour in the city, embark yourself on a journey along the Manila Bay. Historically speaking, this is where the first engagement between the Spanish-American War took place, and is currently considered as one of the best natural harbours in Southeast Asia, and one of the finest in the world. With daily afternoon sailing trips, enjoy a 1 hour and 15 minutes tour of the bay while relaxing with the live entertainment on board MV Spirit of Manila. Dinner on board will be served prior to docking.
Begin the day at Museo Ng Makati which showcases the citys most recent history. Then make a stopover at the famous Neilson Tower situated in the heart of the business district. This is where modern Makati took root. Next, explore the Ayala Museum with its dioramas depicting the most important events in the countrys history.
The verdant valley between Mounts Makiling and Banahaw boasts some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Philippines. These two sacred mountains have been for many years been a major staple for local myths and legends, while in the natural worlds, the area is home to an impressive collection of rare orchids and other exotic flora. Mount Makiling is considered a potentially active volcano while Mount Banahaw is classified as an active volcano.
Discover the majestic Pagsanjan Falls and see a little bit of heaven on Earth. Take a scenic boat ride on a native dugout canoe (banca). As the boat is skilfully manoeuvred upstream by two boatmen, the landscape diversifies with beautiful boulders, steep gorges and lush tropical vegetation.
Well collect you from your hotel and head to explore the hsitoric heart of Manila. Begin the day with a morning drive through the Mall of Asia Complex, the Coconut Palace (which as the names suggests, was constructed from coconut shells one table alone was made from 40,000 shells) the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Rizal Park, which is named after the nationalist hero Jose Rizal. And then, transfer back to your hotel.
The evening is highlighted by a special presentation of folk dances by graceful maidens and dashing lads in authentic native costumes. The presentation showcases the soul of the Filipino - from the symbolic ceremonial dances of the northern mountain tribes to the romantic Spanish-influenced reels and the expressive tribal dances of the Muslim south. At the end of the show, audience members are given the chance to prove that they, too, can perform.
What is now a modern freeport and tourism zone was Americas largest naval facility in the Pacific region until the eruption of the Mount Pinatubo in 1991. But such was the violence of the volcanic eruption that the US Navy pulled out and abandoned the Subic Naval Base.
Located on the edge of a 30km (19 mile) wide caldera, Tagaytay City is about an hour and half outside of Manila. The volcanic crater was created more than 100,000 years ago and the city provides breathtaking panoramic views of Taal Lake. You will enjoy a peaceful picnic on the lake shore before taking quick boat ride to Volcano Island. Riding on horseback over solidified black lava flows, you will reach the spectacular vantage point overlooking Crater Lake a stunning lake within a lake and Vulcan Point.
The Villa Escudero Plantation is about a two-hour drive south of Metro Manila. This quaint, historic villa is set amidst a pastoral grove inside a coconut plantation, a picturesque showcase of old plantation life. Guests will tour the plantation on board a cart drawn by carabao (a water buffalo native to the Philippines) while serenaded by a native band.
Angonos claim to fame is as the home to many famous visual artists including the legendary national artist Carlos Botong Francisco. Stop at the Nemiranda Arthouse, a gallery operated by renowned painter Nemi Miranda, who has won various awards and distinctions both locally and abroad. Also see the Blanco Family Museum and the residence of the late Carlos Botong Francisco.
In the morning depart from Manila for your flight to Tagbilaran, Bohol. Bohol is located east of Cebu is an island province that is naturally beautiful and historically rich. First stop is the Philippine Tarsier Foundation in the town of Corella, which serves as a refuge for the smallest primate in the world, the tarsier. Observe these rare, nocturnal creatures in their natural habitat and be amazed by their agility as they move about, leaping from one tree to the other, and swivel their heads nearly 360 degrees. Then proceed to Baclayon, make a short stop at the historical Blood Compact site, where Spains Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna, a native chieftain, sealed their friendship with a symbolic drink.
The tour starts in Makati City with a stop at the American Cemetery, the largest of its kind outside the continental United States. Next we will drive through the vibrant Makati Business District, passing through the emblematic Cultural Center of the Philippines complex. We will stop at the Rizal Monument before proceeding to the famous walled city of Intramuros. Here you can stroll through history at Fort Santiago and the Rizal Museum.
Begin the day with a drive to the picturesque city of Tagaytay. Located on a ridge 685 metres (2,250ft) above sea level, it offers stunning panoramic views of Taal Lake and Volcano. Then a visit to the Palace in the Sky, the country retreat of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, presents breathtaking views of the lake and volcano.
On the way up, visit San Jose Church in Las Piñas to see the world-famous Las Piñas Bamboo Organ. Built in the 19th century by Spanish priest Fr Diego Cera, the organ is made up of more than 800 bamboo pipes. It is a powerful symbol of Filipino Catholicism and has been declared a national cultural treasure.
Early breakfast then check out and depart for Pinatubo Development Center in Pampanga, for orientation and registration prior to your trek to Mt. Pinatubo. Afterwards, board a 4 x 4 vehicle for an hour and a half journey to the base area where you will begin your one hour trek to the volcano crater. Spend some time at the crater (with packed lunch) before trekking back to the base area.
Begin your tour with a morning drive past such sites as the Mall of Asia complex, the Coconut Palace, the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Rizal Park on the way to the old walled city of Intramuros. Our first stop will be Casa Manila, a reconstructed Spanish home dating back to the mid-19th century.
Corregidor Island lies at the entrance to Manila Bay, guarding the capital like a seaborne sentry. This tadpole-shaped island, nicknamed the Rock, provided the first line of defence for the Filipino and American soldiers from the invading Japanese forces during the World War II.
From the hotel, embark in a short drive through cobbled streets of Intramuros, passing by buildings and churches of Hispanic architecture, and stop at a typical Filipino restaurant for dinner and show. The show is a production of Filipino creativity and artistic expression of tradition and culture.
The tour will start at the American Cemetery, the biggest of its kind outside the continental United States, and take you to the bustling financial district of Makati City. Passing through the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex, you will then make a stop at the Rizal Monument, dedicate to the nationalist hero Jose Rizal, in Rizal Park. The city tour will conclude in the historic walled city of Intramuros and Fort Santiago.
Our first stop is the Nielson Tower along Ayala Avenue. Proceeding to the Museo ng Makati, we will see the citys glorious past is in full display through paintings, murals, film screenings, stage presentations, lectures, workshops and exhibits. The museum itself is housed in an old structure built in 1918 that served as the first town hall of the then municipality of Makati.
This fully guided sightseeing tour of Manila starts right in the heart of the countryÂ´s financial centre, the city of Makati. Stops include Nielson Tower along Ayala Boulevard, Forbes Park (an exclusive residential enclave fittingly dubbed as MillionaireÂ´s Row) and the American Cemetery and Memorial. Continue to the old city of Manila via the scenic Roxas Boulevard passing through Luneta (also called Rizal Park) on your way to the walled city of Intramuros