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Manila: Historical Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros

1. 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

2. 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: Philippines or Asia eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

3. Manila: Philippines or Asia eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

Scan a QR code to access a high-speed data network via eSIM on your trip to the Philippines. Choose the option for 22 countries if you are traveling in Asia, and stay in close contact with your family and friends during your travels. Top up if you run out of data. First, check to see that your device is compatible with eSIMs. Then, purchase the product. Receive a QR code, then connect your smartphone to the internet via Wi-Fi, and scan the code to start using the data plan. Use the troubleshooting guide if you have any problems connecting. Select the 22 countries option to use it in Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macao, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Japan, and South Korea.

The Philippines: eSIM Data Plan

4. The Philippines: eSIM Data Plan

Make your trip to the Philippines hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in the Philippines. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. All iPhone model launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. Data plan information- APN (Access Point Name): internet Local operator: Globe

Manila: Guided Sunset Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros

5. 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.

From Manila: Taal Volcano Island & Pagsanjan Falls Day Tour

6. From Manila: Taal Volcano Island & Pagsanjan Falls Day Tour

Following pickup from your hotel in Manila, head straight to the Taal Volcano ridge in Tagaytay City for the Taal Volcano eruption sightseeing tour. Taal Volcano suddenly erupted at 2:36 PM on Sunday, January 12, 2020, forcing all to flee from the island. For the next 24 hours, ashes coming from the crater traveled all the way to Metro Manila and nearby areas as 150,000 people fled from their homes. Taal Volcano is now considered the most active volcano complex after this eruption. See the devastation firsthand and take in dramatic views of Taal Lake and the steaming Volcano Island from the ridges of Tagaytay City. Visit the front view at the ridge, in the center where the Taal Volcano steams. Enjoy an optional boat ride around the island volcano. Set off on another drive over to the Pagsanjan Falls. From there, your driver will assist you in getting to the paddle raft, which will be manned by two local guides. Experience a multiple-rapid adventure as you continue toward the falls. Swim to the cave that lies within the magnificent Pagsanjan Falls, feeling refreshed by the cold water. Pagsanjan Falls Rapids is weather dependent and if not passable during heavy rains, an alternative of Vertical Trekking to the Main Falls is provided. Enjoy lunch at your own expense at the oldest restaurant in town.

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

7. 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."

From Manila: Pagsanjan Falls Day Tour

8. From Manila: Pagsanjan Falls Day Tour

Join an adventure from Manila to Pagsanjan Falls and travel like a local. Meet a community living between the old train tracks, reminiscent of the colonial era. Have a taste of their famous coconut pie. Go on a thrilling canoe ride with skilled boatmen, that will paddle upstream to Pagsanjan Falls. Witness the beauty of nature as the waterfalls unveil, the reason why multiple filmmakers chose this location. Upon arrival, a bamboo raft can take you "behind the scenes" of the cascading waterfalls. Itinerary: 07:30 - Pick up from Abraham Manila - https://goo.gl/maps/uZtkBrw3DszHgvBU7 09:00 - Trolley ride experience in Los Banos, Laguna 09:45 - Head from Los Banos to Pagsanjan 10:40 - Arrive at Pagsanjan 11:00 - Start of canoe ride to Pagsanjan Falls 13:00 - End of canoe ride, lunch 14:30 - Depart to Abraham Manila 16:00 - Arrive at Abraham Manila

Manila: Sightseeing and Food Walking Tour with Tastings

9. Manila: Sightseeing and Food Walking Tour with Tastings

Learn about Manila’s rich past and present through the local markets (including the world’s first Chinatown), the historical landmarks of Intramuros, and the local cuisine on the Manila City Tour. This journey offers a unique glimpse into the heart of Manila, showcasing its cultural heritage and culinary scene. Departing from Abraham Manila, you will first arrive at the Quinta Market by a local ferry (ferry is subject to availability) ride. Explore the Quinta and Quiapo Markets, and enjoy local dishes and snacks on a tasting tour at the Binondo Market, the world’s first Chinatown. From Binondo, you will head to Intramuros, where you will explore the home of many historical landmarks.

From Manila: Panoramic Tagaytay Ridge Tour

10. From Manila: Panoramic Tagaytay Ridge Tour

About an hour and a half drive south of Metro Manila lies the picturesque City of Tagaytay. Located on a ridge 2,200 feet above sea level, it offers a panoramic view of Taal Lake and Volcano - a lake within a volcano. This awe-inspiring vista is best savored atop the Palace in the Sky - resthouse of former President Ferdinand Marcos. Explore Tagaytay’s freshest produce with a farm tour. See how vegetables, herbs, and coffee beans are grown and harvested. Savor this awe-inspiring vista from atop the Palace in the Sky, the abandoned “rest house” of the former President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos, where you can find breathtaking views of the lake and volcano. Enter the Museo Orlina Art Museum and take the chance to view an extensive collection of glass sculptures by renowned glass sculptor, Ramon Orlina. The tour includes lunch in one of the local restaurants where you can enjoy sumptuous Philippine cuisine and delicacies popular to the region. Time permitting, you will have a short visit of Talisay at the Pasalubong Center, showcasing the process of preparing Freshly Baked Buco Pie.

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based on 441 reviews

The evening Jack made me experience was simply fantastic. We were also accompanied by a group of French friends. So, we also communicated among ourselves in French, and thanks to Jack for being understanding towards the French who didn't speak English well. We started off slowly on the terraces of the tallest buildings in Manila in the Upper district. Then Jack took us to a more festive corner of the neighborhood where he could show his rock 'n' roll side 🎸🤘🏽 And finally, we ended up in a festive night spot. Thank you, and I highly recommend this tour!

The 2 hr walking tour with Jonas was truly enriching and captivating! Our colleagues from Europe enjoyed every bit of it and at one point also became emotional with the stories imparted. "Mahirap maging dayuhan sa sariling bansa" and that's why I'm really grateful for this experience we've shared with our foreign colleagues! Would definitely recommend this tour! Kudos to Jonas! We were his 3rd tour group for the day yet his energy all throughout was commendable. Please look for him if in case you would be availing of this tour. Sobrang sulit!

Jack did an amazing job. We had so much fun and it was so nice to hangout with a lot of fun people from around the world and experience Manila. Highly recommended from me:)) Thanks again!

Fernando was an excellent guide. It was very informative and entertaining.

Thank you for being on time and a comfortable ride.