Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, offers several popular tourist attractions just within the metropolis. There are several historical sites, museums and fun activities you can do while in Manila. You can book a Manila City day tour so you can explore what the city offers. With so many locations to visit, you may need more than one day to see them all.
Once you book a city tour, a vehicle of your choice will pick you up at your home or hotel and bring you to all the locations in your tour itinerary. Usually tours will assign a guide along with a driver. The tour guide can give you historical insights to make these locations more interesting and relevant.
Some tours may be a walking tour which means, in one location like Intramuros, you will be required to walk all throughout the activity. There is also a food tour where you will do the rounds of restaurants in one location like Binondo. The list below are the usual places that are included in a Manila City tour itinerary. Some of the locations are closed on Mondays, so you have to choose your itinerary well. Most of the tours will demand for the full payment upfront before the activities commence.
After the tour, you will be brought to your specified drop off place.
City of Intramuros
The historical walled city has a lot of significant sites to see relevant to Manila and Philippine history. There are at least 3 ancient churches built way back from the Spanish era. The ruins of the old Ateneo University are still there to be seen. Inside is Fort Santiago where the national hero Jose Rizal was incarcerated and a museum that showcases his literary works and artefacts.
Rizal Shrine Museum
The museum is located inside the walled city of Intramuros. It is dedicated to the history and life works of Jose Rizal, the national hero whose death triggered the Philippine revolution against Spanish colonization. It is a two storey exhibit of his clothing, literary works, paintings, tools he used when he was a doctor and letters he wrote while he was in jail.
The museum can be found in Intramuros. It is located inside the building of the Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center. The museum is an exhibit of the lives and history of the Chinese and how they contributed to Philippine history.
This is also a museum located inside Intramuros walls. It is a magnificent wood and stone structure that is reminiscent of the elite houses during the 1850s. It was built in 1980 and modelled after Spanish colonial architecture.
Light & Sound Museum
Rizal’s Bagumbayan Light and Sound Museum is among many of the stellar attractions Intramuros offers. It is a showcase of Philippine History and their journey in gaining back their freedom. There are hundreds of mannequins that represent the pre-Spanish times up to Jose Rizal’s veneration as a hero. This unique museum uses special effects of lights and sounds to make the walk thru tour incredibly real.