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Manila: Historical Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros

Manila: Historical Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros

Get on your bamboo bike made by local craftsmen to explore all major historical sites of Intramuros, the historical district of Manila. Start your tour by picking the best bambike that fits you. Start your tour with the guide by riding to Plaza San Luis, a complex inside Intramuros where you can find a Japanese cannon used in World War II. Spend time listening to your guide's explanation about Intramuros's history at Puerta Real Gardens, surrounded by local fauna. The next stop is Puerta Del Parian, one of the earliest gateways to Intramuros. You will then be directed to the Aduana Building, Manila Cathedral and Plaza de Roma, the historic center of Spanish colonial times of Manila. Refresh yourself with a cold towel and an ice cream after the tour!

Manila: Old & New 4-Hour City Tour

Manila: Old & New 4-Hour City Tour

Come along for a tour of Manila’s past and present. The tour starts right in the heart of the country’s financial center - the City of Makati. First stop is Nielsen’s Tower along Ayala Boulevard. Drive through Forbes Park, an exclusive residential enclave fittingly dubbed Millionaire’s Row on your way to our first stop – The American Cemetery and Memorial - reputed to be the largest and most beautiful of American memorials outside the Continental United States. Then proceed to the old city of Manila via scenic Roxas Boulevard (also known as Dewey Boulevard in the recent past), passing through Luneta Park (also called Rizal Park in memory of the country’s national hero) on your way to the "Walled City" of Intramuros. Here you will see ancient walls, church ruins and other relics of the Spanish Conquistadores. Travel through the cobbled streets to San Agustin Church, the oldest stone church in the country. Then we wrap the tour up with a visit to Fort Santiago, a Spanish fortress that watched over the entrance to Manila’s Pasig River. It was here that our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal spent his last days and where he wrote his famous "My Last Farewell."

Manila: Guided Sunset Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros

Manila: Guided Sunset Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros

Get on a bamboo bike made by local craftsmen to explore all the major historical sites of Intramuros, the historical center of Manila. Discover local sites like Fort Santiago, Plaza de Roma, and Puerta del Parian.  Start your tour by picking the best bambike for you and put on your helmet before you hit the streets. Follow your guide from Casa Manila, a museum focused on the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. Ride to the Japanese Cannon and learn about the city's World War II history. Listen as your guide explains Intramuros's history at Puerta Real Gardens, surrounded by local fauna. The next stop is Puerta Del Parian, one of the earliest gateways to Intramuros. Continue to the Aduana Building, the Manila Cathedral, and Plaza de Roma, the historic center of colonial Manila. Finally, stop at the Bayleaf Hotel Skydeck to watch the sunset before returning to the meeting point at around 6:30 PM. Refresh yourself with a cold towel and an ice cream after your tour.

Full-Day Manila City, Tagaytay Taal Volcano and Lake Tour

Full-Day Manila City, Tagaytay Taal Volcano and Lake Tour

The tour starts with a drive up to the picturesque City of Tagaytay. Located on a ridge 2,250 feet above sea level, the city offers panoramic views of Taal Lake and Volcano, the "lake within a volcano within a lake within a volcano". This view is best savored from atop the Palace in the Sky, rest house of late President Ferdinand Marcos. Enjoy a brief lunch stop at a local restaurant to enjoy some local cuisine and delicacies in an atmosphere designed for panoramic views. Then we start our drive back down to Metro Manila. First stop is the American War Memorial & Cemetery, the largest and most beautiful of American memorials outside the Continental U.S. Have a glimpse of Makati’s hustle and bustle as you drive through on your way to the capital city - Manila via scenic Roxas Boulevard (also known as Dewey Boulevard in the recent past) passing through Rizal Park (named in memory of the country’s national hero) on your way to the "Walled City" of Intramuros. Here you will see ancient walls, church ruins and other relics of the Spanish Conquistadors. Travel through old cobbled streets to San Agustin Church, the oldest stone church in the country. The tours wraps up at Fort Santiago, a Spanish fortress that once watched over the entrance to Pasig River. It was here that our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal spent his last days and where he wrote his famous "My Last Farewell."

⭐ Manila: Intramuros The Walled City Walking Tour ⭐

⭐ Manila: Intramuros The Walled City Walking Tour ⭐

Experience and learn Intramuros's rich history and culture on this guided walking tour. Discover Manila with a local guide by your side and marvel at the San Augustine Church, Manila Cathedral, and Fort Santiago, to name a few. Intramuros is known as the walled city because it was mainly built as a defensive curtain to defend the occupant from outside aggression. It has a compressed gauze-like system of streets and a central square surrounded by government offices. The city was predesigned on a compact framework of streets encompassed by dozens of cannons, and a couple of moats, and safeguarded by bulwarks and ravelins. As the years go by, Intramuros is home to several churches, parks, schools, plazas, and monasteries. Experience the fascinating historical place of the Old Fortified City of Intramuros. Visit the National Historical Landmark Church designated as Unesco's world heritage Get to see the most recent version of the long-standing Church of Manila, the Manila Cathedral In this historical tour, your guide will tell you all about the famous Intramuros. YouTube Collaboration: Harry Jaggard Tech Travel Eat by Sujith Bhakthan Alina Mcleod BackPackYourLife with Catalin Follow me: Facebook: Travel Philippines Instagram: @manilaexperience @flameexplorer YouTube: Flameexplorer

Manila: Intramuros Historical Walk Tour

Manila: Intramuros Historical Walk Tour

Start your day of adventure by meeting your guide a Fort Santiago. Enjoy a brief meet and greet with your guide before you set off to explore the oldest stone fort of the walled city. Enjoy a fun and informative 3-hour tour which spans a total distance of 1.5 km. During your tour the guide will acquaint you with many of the city's most interesting historical landmarks, whilst providing informative commentary along the way. Learn more about WW2 under The Dungeon and hear the stories about Dr. Jose Rizal and the Filipino revolution inside Rizal Shrine. Listen to the guide's stories about the Spanish influence on Plaza Roma. Visit the Manila Cathedral, walk through Wall and visit the hidden gems of Old Manila, and explore the UNESCO world heritage Church of San Agustin. Be transported back in time inside Casa Manila.

Manila: Filipino Historic Walking Tour in Intramuros

Manila: Filipino Historic Walking Tour in Intramuros

Meet your guide and dive into the history of the Philippines, beginning with the oldest stone church in the country. Hear about how and why the Spanish ended up on this side of the world, as well as the everlasting marks they left after over 300 years of occupation. Next, cross the street and enter an expertly restored, 19th-century aristocrats' home and marvel at the furnishings and design, located at the point where east and west influences meet. Make your way toward a rarely visited part of the historic wall of Intramuros and catch a glimpse into its marvelous past.  Then, step into the history museum, which offers further insight into Manila's old city and its history intertwined with the Catholic Church. Continue onward through the narrow streets, making a quick stop at the WWII memorial to hear about the role of the Philippines in the war. Another quick stop at the Cathedral that represents the seat of the Catholic Church in the Philippines Then we learn about the Filipino's fight for independence at the old military garrison.

Manila: Rich History of Intramuros Private Tour

Manila: Rich History of Intramuros Private Tour

Discover the historic district of Intramuros on a private guided tour. See Spanish-era landmarks like Fort Santiago, with a large stone gate and a shrine to national hero José Rizal, and the ornate Manila Cathedral’s bronze carvings and stained glass windows Admire the San Agustin Church Museum’s religious artwork and statues and Casa Manila Museum's Spanish colonial furniture and art. Then, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage (kalesa) ride through the area’s cobblestone streets. Finally, visit Rizal Park to explore its attractions, such as the Rizal Monument, the Central Lagoon, and the National Museum Complex, or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll and picnic in the picturesque green spaces.

Manila: Old Manila Intramuros Area Walking Tour

Manila: Old Manila Intramuros Area Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the captivating history of Old Manila, also known as Intramuros, on a guided walking tour. Learn about the fascinating history of the oldest part of the city, and visit Fort Santiago, the Shrine to Jose Rizal, and the Casa Manila Museum. Begin your journey at the iconic Fort Santiago and explore its imposing citadel, wander through riverside areas, and delve into the haunting dungeons that echo centuries of stories. Head next to the onsite shrine of Jose Rizal, a poignant tribute to the Philippine hero, showcasing his prison cell and invaluable memorabilia. Stroll through the streets of Old Manila and marvel at the majestic Manila Cathedral, a timeless symbol of faith and heritage. Enjoy a delightful Kalesa or Tranvia ride, soaking in the sights, sounds, and scents of Intramuros. Pause at the Memorare-Manila 1945 monument, honoring the lives lost during a pivotal moment in the nation's history. See the San Agustin Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at its timeless beauty and significance. Conclude your tour at the Casa Manila Museum, where you'll step back in time to discover the lifestyle, architecture, and furnishings of Filipino families during the 19th century.

Manila One-on-One Walking Tour with Mobile Photography

Manila One-on-One Walking Tour with Mobile Photography

Experience the best of Manila on a personalized one-on-one walking tour with a professional mobile photo session. Explore the vibrant streets and iconic landmarks of Manila, capturing stunning images along the way. As your local guide, be led to the most significant spots, providing expert tips and tricks to help you capture memorable moments. Immerse yourself in Manila's rich culture, history, and beauty as we document your journey through images. Note: "Perfect for solo travelers, families, and groups seeking a travel guide and companion for the day. Let's explore various parts of Manila city and capture unforgettable moments through mobile photography."

Fort Santiago: Our most recommended tours and activities

Manila: Historical Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros

Manila: Historical Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros

Get on your bamboo bike made by local craftsmen to explore all major historical sites of Intramuros, the historical district of Manila. Start your tour by picking the best bambike that fits you. Start your tour with the guide by riding to Plaza San Luis, a complex inside Intramuros where you can find a Japanese cannon used in World War II. Spend time listening to your guide's explanation about Intramuros's history at Puerta Real Gardens, surrounded by local fauna. The next stop is Puerta Del Parian, one of the earliest gateways to Intramuros. You will then be directed to the Aduana Building, Manila Cathedral and Plaza de Roma, the historic center of Spanish colonial times of Manila. Refresh yourself with a cold towel and an ice cream after the tour!

Manila: Old & New 4-Hour City Tour

Manila: Old & New 4-Hour City Tour

Come along for a tour of Manila’s past and present. The tour starts right in the heart of the country’s financial center - the City of Makati. First stop is Nielsen’s Tower along Ayala Boulevard. Drive through Forbes Park, an exclusive residential enclave fittingly dubbed Millionaire’s Row on your way to our first stop – The American Cemetery and Memorial - reputed to be the largest and most beautiful of American memorials outside the Continental United States. Then proceed to the old city of Manila via scenic Roxas Boulevard (also known as Dewey Boulevard in the recent past), passing through Luneta Park (also called Rizal Park in memory of the country’s national hero) on your way to the "Walled City" of Intramuros. Here you will see ancient walls, church ruins and other relics of the Spanish Conquistadores. Travel through the cobbled streets to San Agustin Church, the oldest stone church in the country. Then we wrap the tour up with a visit to Fort Santiago, a Spanish fortress that watched over the entrance to Manila’s Pasig River. It was here that our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal spent his last days and where he wrote his famous "My Last Farewell."

Manila: Guided Sunset Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros

Manila: Guided Sunset Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros

Get on a bamboo bike made by local craftsmen to explore all the major historical sites of Intramuros, the historical center of Manila. Discover local sites like Fort Santiago, Plaza de Roma, and Puerta del Parian.  Start your tour by picking the best bambike for you and put on your helmet before you hit the streets. Follow your guide from Casa Manila, a museum focused on the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. Ride to the Japanese Cannon and learn about the city's World War II history. Listen as your guide explains Intramuros's history at Puerta Real Gardens, surrounded by local fauna. The next stop is Puerta Del Parian, one of the earliest gateways to Intramuros. Continue to the Aduana Building, the Manila Cathedral, and Plaza de Roma, the historic center of colonial Manila. Finally, stop at the Bayleaf Hotel Skydeck to watch the sunset before returning to the meeting point at around 6:30 PM. Refresh yourself with a cold towel and an ice cream after your tour.

Full-Day Manila City, Tagaytay Taal Volcano and Lake Tour

Full-Day Manila City, Tagaytay Taal Volcano and Lake Tour

The tour starts with a drive up to the picturesque City of Tagaytay. Located on a ridge 2,250 feet above sea level, the city offers panoramic views of Taal Lake and Volcano, the "lake within a volcano within a lake within a volcano". This view is best savored from atop the Palace in the Sky, rest house of late President Ferdinand Marcos. Enjoy a brief lunch stop at a local restaurant to enjoy some local cuisine and delicacies in an atmosphere designed for panoramic views. Then we start our drive back down to Metro Manila. First stop is the American War Memorial & Cemetery, the largest and most beautiful of American memorials outside the Continental U.S. Have a glimpse of Makati’s hustle and bustle as you drive through on your way to the capital city - Manila via scenic Roxas Boulevard (also known as Dewey Boulevard in the recent past) passing through Rizal Park (named in memory of the country’s national hero) on your way to the "Walled City" of Intramuros. Here you will see ancient walls, church ruins and other relics of the Spanish Conquistadors. Travel through old cobbled streets to San Agustin Church, the oldest stone church in the country. The tours wraps up at Fort Santiago, a Spanish fortress that once watched over the entrance to Pasig River. It was here that our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal spent his last days and where he wrote his famous "My Last Farewell."

⭐ Manila: Intramuros The Walled City Walking Tour ⭐

⭐ Manila: Intramuros The Walled City Walking Tour ⭐

Experience and learn Intramuros's rich history and culture on this guided walking tour. Discover Manila with a local guide by your side and marvel at the San Augustine Church, Manila Cathedral, and Fort Santiago, to name a few. Intramuros is known as the walled city because it was mainly built as a defensive curtain to defend the occupant from outside aggression. It has a compressed gauze-like system of streets and a central square surrounded by government offices. The city was predesigned on a compact framework of streets encompassed by dozens of cannons, and a couple of moats, and safeguarded by bulwarks and ravelins. As the years go by, Intramuros is home to several churches, parks, schools, plazas, and monasteries. Experience the fascinating historical place of the Old Fortified City of Intramuros. Visit the National Historical Landmark Church designated as Unesco's world heritage Get to see the most recent version of the long-standing Church of Manila, the Manila Cathedral In this historical tour, your guide will tell you all about the famous Intramuros. YouTube Collaboration: Harry Jaggard Tech Travel Eat by Sujith Bhakthan Alina Mcleod BackPackYourLife with Catalin Follow me: Facebook: Travel Philippines Instagram: @manilaexperience @flameexplorer YouTube: Flameexplorer

Manila: Intramuros Historical Walk Tour

Manila: Intramuros Historical Walk Tour

Start your day of adventure by meeting your guide a Fort Santiago. Enjoy a brief meet and greet with your guide before you set off to explore the oldest stone fort of the walled city. Enjoy a fun and informative 3-hour tour which spans a total distance of 1.5 km. During your tour the guide will acquaint you with many of the city's most interesting historical landmarks, whilst providing informative commentary along the way. Learn more about WW2 under The Dungeon and hear the stories about Dr. Jose Rizal and the Filipino revolution inside Rizal Shrine. Listen to the guide's stories about the Spanish influence on Plaza Roma. Visit the Manila Cathedral, walk through Wall and visit the hidden gems of Old Manila, and explore the UNESCO world heritage Church of San Agustin. Be transported back in time inside Casa Manila.

Manila: Filipino Historic Walking Tour in Intramuros

Manila: Filipino Historic Walking Tour in Intramuros

Meet your guide and dive into the history of the Philippines, beginning with the oldest stone church in the country. Hear about how and why the Spanish ended up on this side of the world, as well as the everlasting marks they left after over 300 years of occupation. Next, cross the street and enter an expertly restored, 19th-century aristocrats' home and marvel at the furnishings and design, located at the point where east and west influences meet. Make your way toward a rarely visited part of the historic wall of Intramuros and catch a glimpse into its marvelous past.  Then, step into the history museum, which offers further insight into Manila's old city and its history intertwined with the Catholic Church. Continue onward through the narrow streets, making a quick stop at the WWII memorial to hear about the role of the Philippines in the war. Another quick stop at the Cathedral that represents the seat of the Catholic Church in the Philippines Then we learn about the Filipino's fight for independence at the old military garrison.

Manila: Rich History of Intramuros Private Tour

Manila: Rich History of Intramuros Private Tour

Discover the historic district of Intramuros on a private guided tour. See Spanish-era landmarks like Fort Santiago, with a large stone gate and a shrine to national hero José Rizal, and the ornate Manila Cathedral’s bronze carvings and stained glass windows Admire the San Agustin Church Museum’s religious artwork and statues and Casa Manila Museum's Spanish colonial furniture and art. Then, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage (kalesa) ride through the area’s cobblestone streets. Finally, visit Rizal Park to explore its attractions, such as the Rizal Monument, the Central Lagoon, and the National Museum Complex, or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll and picnic in the picturesque green spaces.

Manila: Old Manila Intramuros Area Walking Tour

Manila: Old Manila Intramuros Area Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the captivating history of Old Manila, also known as Intramuros, on a guided walking tour. Learn about the fascinating history of the oldest part of the city, and visit Fort Santiago, the Shrine to Jose Rizal, and the Casa Manila Museum. Begin your journey at the iconic Fort Santiago and explore its imposing citadel, wander through riverside areas, and delve into the haunting dungeons that echo centuries of stories. Head next to the onsite shrine of Jose Rizal, a poignant tribute to the Philippine hero, showcasing his prison cell and invaluable memorabilia. Stroll through the streets of Old Manila and marvel at the majestic Manila Cathedral, a timeless symbol of faith and heritage. Enjoy a delightful Kalesa or Tranvia ride, soaking in the sights, sounds, and scents of Intramuros. Pause at the Memorare-Manila 1945 monument, honoring the lives lost during a pivotal moment in the nation's history. See the San Agustin Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at its timeless beauty and significance. Conclude your tour at the Casa Manila Museum, where you'll step back in time to discover the lifestyle, architecture, and furnishings of Filipino families during the 19th century.

Manila One-on-One Walking Tour with Mobile Photography

Manila One-on-One Walking Tour with Mobile Photography

Experience the best of Manila on a personalized one-on-one walking tour with a professional mobile photo session. Explore the vibrant streets and iconic landmarks of Manila, capturing stunning images along the way. As your local guide, be led to the most significant spots, providing expert tips and tricks to help you capture memorable moments. Immerse yourself in Manila's rich culture, history, and beauty as we document your journey through images. Note: "Perfect for solo travelers, families, and groups seeking a travel guide and companion for the day. Let's explore various parts of Manila city and capture unforgettable moments through mobile photography."

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4.3
(273 reviews)

The Edison guide was amazing! We visited several places in the city and took lots of photos. He explained to me about the history and showed me about the local culture. We tried the sweet toron, typical here and I loved it! I just have to thank you for the incredible day! I recommend the tour to everyone :)

I had booked a tour early in the morning to see Intramuros. Raymond brought me around by myself to all the different places in the city. He was informative going into details on the history. I would recommend this tour.

The tour was amazing and the tour was very good. I think his name is Roni. It was such an educational experience and a must to do if you want to know the history of the Philippines. Highly recommended!

Stephen the guide was super informative and knowledgeable , u could ride a little faster, as it's hard to balance the bike when u go so slow

Interesting and easy route, filled with comprehensive local knowledge introduction, definitely recommend it!