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Before heading off to the numerous island paradise of the Philippines, spend a day to discover the rich culture, history and architectural gems of Old and New Manila on a five- or ten-hour sightseeing tour with The Manila Driver-Guide. Choose from a morning (0700-1200H), afternoon (1300-1800H) or a full-day (0700-1700) sightseeing tour to enjoy every bit of experience in this vibrant city, as well as partake on an authentic Filipino cuisine at a local restaurant.

The Manila Private Tours begin either in Manila or Makati. Depending on your pickup point (Manila or Makati area), The Manila Driver Guide will drive you through the ever-changing metropolis to explore the new yet bustling present and the old yet colorful faces of Manila. Whichever route and whatever point of origin, you'll surely gain bits and pieces of Philippine history.

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For our Private Tours, you choose your own preferred date and time. Our Private Tours are available to single traveler, groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Reservations are subject to availability of accommodation and services. We will contact you during our next business day to begin the booking process.

10-hour manila (old and new) private tour


This is a ten-hour rolling-and-walking tour to introduce you to Manila and its suburbs. It starts at 7 am and terminates at 5 pm. You have the option to dine and have a taste of Philippine cuisine at lunch time.

Highlight

Interesting highlight of this tour includes a leisurely walk with longer stops to the establishments inside the Walled City of Intramuros (1591-1593), Fort Santiago; The Rizal Park & Monument; and The American Cemetery & War Memorial. It also includes a rolling tour of the the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, the reclaimed portion of Manila Bay, and the Central Business District of Makati.

10-hour manila (old and new) private tour


Your ten-hour tour begins with a pickup from your hotel (your home, sea- or airport). On our first stop, you get off your modern vehicle to begin our walking tour to cobblestoned paths within the ancient community of massive bulwarks and stone walls from the Spanish colonial era. This is Intramuros, Manila's original "walled city" and former seat of government; now a premier attraction for thousands of local and foreign tourists.

Long before the modern buildings, the busy streets and the hurtling jeepneys, Intramuros was once upon a time the nerve center of Las Islas Filipinas. Founded by the Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in 1571, Intramuros was, in fact, the center of Castilian influence in the far east. Because of the need to defend the city from pirates and foreign armies, a 4.5-kilometer wall was built around its borders, enclosing much of the empire's cultural, religious and political power. Not surprisingly, this city bore witness to over 300 years of Philippine history, from the 1898 revolution to the Spanish-American and Second World wars.

One of the oldest fortifications in the city, Fort Santiago used to be the headquarters of the Spanish, Japanese and American armies in the period ranging from the 1600s to the 1940s. Today, it houses the beautifully restored fort ruins, along with spacious gardens and an open-air Rajah Sulayman theater. Within the grounds can also be found a shrine dedicated to Dr. Jose Rizal, the country's national hero.

Opposite Fort Santiago is Plaza Roma, which faces the 400-year-old Manila Cathedral ~ one of the grandest in the Philippines. Further along the road is the UNESCO World Heritage-listed San Agustin Church, one of the country’s Baroque and oldest surviving stone churches in the Philippines that has withstood earthquakes and World War II. Constructed by Chinese workers from 1599 to 1606 for the glory of Spain, San Agustin doubles up as a museum, which houses a huge collection of exquisite centuries-old statues, frescos, carvings, furniture and a collection of impressive liturgical garments as well as Hispanic-Filipino religious art. A crypt of framed Filipinos and Spaniards can be found within the church's intricate Baroque interiors, including the remains of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the last Spanish conquistador. Presently, the Agustinian order uses San Agustin as a seminary. Facing the structure is Casa Manila, an authentic recreation of a typical upper-class Filipino home. A walk further leads to Baluarte de San Diego, another restored colonial-era fort surrounded by a well-manicured garden.

We wrap up our Intramuros walking tour and The Manila Driver-Guide takes you on a rolling tour (with several quick stops at historical landmarks) to the following:

  • Manila City Hall welcome to manila

  • National Museum

  • Manila Bay, famous for its spectacular sunsets

  • Roxas Boulevard (formerly Dewey Boulevard), passing through Luneta or Rizal Park, execution site of Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.

  • (STOPOVER. WALKING TOUR) Located in the park, the Rizal Monument is one of the most famous sculptural landmarks in the Philippines.

  • Rajah Sulayman Park/Malate Church

  • Metropolitan Museum of Manila

  • Central Bank of the Philippines

  • Manila Yacht Club

  • Cultural Center of the Philippines

  • Philippine International Convention Center

  • Coconut Palace

  • World Trade Center

  • Mall of Asia

  • Casino Area (Solaire, Okada, City of Dreams)

  • Makati Business District. Nielson Tower, where the Filipinas Heritage Library collection is kept.

  • Dubbed as the Millionaire's Row, Forbes Park is an exclusive residential neighborhood.

  • (FINAL STOP. WALKING TOUR) American Cemetery and War Memorial. Reputed to be the largest and most beautiful of American memorials outside the United States, the American Cemetery and War Memorial holds the largest number of US soldiers (including soldiers from the Philippines and other Allied nations) killed in WWII.

Your 10-hour tour terminates with a drop-off at your hotel, your home, sea- or airport. Arrangements may be made if you opt to buy souvenirs prior to the termination of the 10-hour city tour.

Inclusions

  • PRIVATE air-conditioned roundtrip transfer;

  • Convenient pick-up from and drop off at any hotel within Makati, Taguig, Malate, Ermita and Pasay. If within the areas mentioned, home pick-up and drop off may also be arranged. Additional charges apply for transfers to and from locations not mentioned;

  • English-speaking and experienced driver guide;

  • Fuel/Petrol, Toll & Parking Fees.

Exclusions

  • Meals and drinks;

  • Tips and gratuities;

  • Personal expenses and optional activity costs not mentioned in the Inclusions.




5-hour manila (old and new) private tour


This is a five-hour rolling tour to introduce you to Manila and its suburbs. You may choose to leave at either 7 am (terminating at 12nn) or 1 pm (terminating at 5pm).

Highlight

Interesting highlight of this tour includes quick stops to some establishments inside the Walled City of Intramuros (1591-1593), Fort Santiago; and The American Cemetery & War Memorial. It also includes a rolling tour of Rizal Park and Monument, the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, the reclaimed portion of Manila Bay, and the Central Business District of Makati.

5-hour manila (old and new) private tour


Your five-hour tour begins with a pickup from your hotel (your home, sea- or airport). On our first stop, you get off your modern vehicle to begin our walking tour inside Fort Santiago, one of the oldest fortifications in the city used to be the headquarters of the Spanish, Japanese and American armies in the period ranging from the 1600s to the 1940s. Today, it houses the beautifully restored fort ruins, along with spacious gardens and an open-air Rajah Sulayman theater. Also found within the grounds is a shrine dedicated to Dr. Jose Rizal, the country's national hero.

We wrap up our Intramuros walking tour and The Manila Driver-Guide takes you on a rolling tour (and time permitting, with quick stops at historical landmarks) to the following:

  • Plaza Roma

  • Manila Cathedral

  • San Agustin Church and Museum

  • Manila City Hall

  • National Museum

  • Manila Bay, famous for its spectacular sunsets

  • Roxas Boulevard (formerly Dewey Boulevard), passing through Luneta or Rizal Park, execution site of Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.

  • (QUICK STOP) Rizal Monument, one of the most famous sculptural landmarks in the Philippines.

  • Rajah Sulayman Park/Malate Church

  • Metropolitan Museum of Manila

  • Central Bank of the Philippines

  • Manila Yacht Club

  • Cultural Center of the Philippines

  • Philippine International Convention Center

  • Coconut Palace

  • World Trade Center

  • Mall of Asia

  • Casino Area (Solaire, Okada, City of Dreams)

  • Makati Business District. Nielson Tower, where the Filipinas Heritage Library collection is kept.

  • Dubbed as the Millionaire's Row, Forbes Park is an exclusive residential neighborhood.

  • (FINAL STOP. WALKING TOUR) American Cemetery and War Memorial. Reputed to be the largest and most beautiful of American memorials outside the United States, the American Cemetery and War Memorial holds the largest number of US soldiers (including soldiers from the Philippines and other Allied nations) killed in WWII.

Your 5-hour rolling tour terminates with a drop-off at your hotel (your home, sea- or airport). Arrangements may be made if you opt for a mall drop-off to terminate the 5-hour city tour.

Inclusions

  • PRIVATE air-conditioned roundtrip transfer;

  • Convenient pick-up from and drop off at any hotel within Makati, Taguig, Malate, Ermita and Pasay. If within the areas mentioned, home pick-up and drop off may also be arranged. Additional charges apply for transfers to and from locations not mentioned;

  • English-speaking and experienced driver guide;

  • Fuel/Petrol, Toll & Parking Fees.

Exclusions

  • Meals and drinks;

  • Tips and gratuities;

  • Personal expenses and optional activity costs not mentioned in the Inclusions.





are you organizing a tour for a group of 5 or more pax?

E-mail your requirement to maniladriverguide@gmail.com and we'll send you a quote and/or customize a day tour to your specific liking.



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