Manila on a Private Tour, the thriving and thrilling New Age Mega City. While Manila has had its fair share of natural disasters, this City just keeps climbing back bigger and better, and this is noticeable when you see the spectacular view of the city skyline.
With a Private Tour, you can unlock the City’s many treasures from the many artisan markets and coffee shops to the mega shopping centres; this City is undoubtedly one cool place to visit.
There is so much to see and do in Manila that the time you spend, there will fly by but be sure to have your itinerary set as you don’t want to miss anything here.
The sightseeing is second to none with must see sights but if you come off the beaten track and explore you will find an exciting indie music scene and lots of edgy art galleries and exhibition studios where artists can show the diversity of their work and their beloved city Manila. Read More...
Take a Sightseeing Tour of Manila, the Mega City of the Philippines, Not Only Its Capital but a Thriving New Age City
With four of the largest shopping malls in the world, Manila is a shopper’s paradise and the central hub for all tourists visiting the Philippines. While a lot of travellers will come for the bargains, they will stick around for the culture to excellent on sightseeing tours and the infamous food scene.
On a Private Tour, you can start to explore the many cultural sites in the city, the Manila Ocean Park, the Malacanang Palace, and the Rizal Monument to name but a few. You will be mesmerised by the number of monuments and museums, but the huge shopping malls will just blow you away.
Go and visit Cebu City while in the Philippines, the cultural aspect of the City is displayed in the wonderful Museums and cultural centres.
Top 10 Things to Do in Manila
The oldest district in Manila, the Intramuros is the historical core of the Philippines. Called the Walled City it was the seat of government for many years. Inside the walls, there are Roman Catholic Churches and sights that will take your breath away. While the area has been reduced to rubble on many occasions, Intramuros still remains to be the best place in Manila so see and soak up the colonial history of the area.
With a Private Tour head to Corregidor Island (The Rock), where one of the most iconic battles of World War II took place. The island was the first line of defence for the Filipino and USA troops during the war. Come and see the Barrack ruins and secret passageways and stay for the Light and Sound show which gives tourists an idea of life at the time it is a once in a lifetime tour.
San Augustin Church
The only building left intact after WWII, The San Agustin Church was built between 1587 and 1606; it is the oldest registered church in the Philippines. With an elaborately ornate interior filled with objects of great cultural and historical merit. On a Private Tour, walk through and see the famous trompe l’oeil frescoes on the vaulted ceiling. Don’t leave without seeing the tropical cloisters and the lovely gardens at the back.
The only Basilicas in the Philippines
Manila Cathedral is known as the mother of all churches. On a Private Tour, this unique Church with its marble relief alters that depicts the souls in purgatory being assisted by the holy angles. This Basilica is truly a one off and a must see tour, pray at the famous alter and get a blessing from the priest as this is a working church prayer services are daily.
Manila Ocean Park
See the sharks and ray encounter area, swim like a mermaid (tail included), go to the Oceanarium, feed the penguins or go on an aquanaut voyage under the sea, are just some of the cool activities to see and do at the Ocean Park. This Park is a must do and with a Private Tour arranged, you will see and do it all. See the jellyfish do their thing, or head over to the fish spa to have an unusual pedicure, this Park has it all.
Manila Bay Cruise
With Private Tour arranged and an evening to remember take a Manila Bay Cruise. As the sun sets enjoy dinner with a romantic serenade and spend an enchanting evening with your loved one. Have one evening away from the hectic movement that is Manila and unwind on this one off trip. See the beautiful skyline at sunset and head across the Manila Bay while enjoying some live entertainment and romantic ambience on board.
Robinsons Place Mall
Robinsons Place Mall is the largest and most famous shopping mall in the Philippines.
For over 30 years the Robinsons Malls have maintained world-class standards of excellence for their service and facilities. This shopping Mall is a 'must do' for all your shopping needs which in Manila if you need it, they have it with a wide variety of shops, eateries, and services. This is your opportunity to shop.
Fort Santiago is located at the entrance of the Pasig River and has guarded this area for many years. Within the fort, there is an oasis of plazas, fountains and manicured gardens. Further in, is the Rizal Shrine Museum where the famous Dr Jose Rizal was incarcerated while he was waiting execution in the 1800’s. This Fort is a sight to see, and with a Private Tour, a must do, the photo opportunities are staggering here.
The National Museum in Manila is a scientific, educational and cultural institution that acquires and preserves documents, exhibits, and works of art. The specimens, historical and cultural artefacts that are presented here, are unique to the cultural heritage of these people and the natural history of the Philippines. Take a Private Tour and unlock its secrets and explore its unusual exhibits.
Manila’s Chinatown across from the Pasig River opposite the walled city Intramuros. While the tourists know this area as Chinatown, to the locals this area is known as Binondo or Chi Lai. As you take a leisurely stroll around this area and enjoy the sights of Chinatown, you will quickly know that you are in the Philippines
when you see the walls, take a Private Tour and check it out.
Travel Tips for Manila
Best Time To Visit
Manila is the perfect travel destination, January and February are the best times to travel there because the weather is cool. The hottest season is during March, April and May and the temperatures start hitting 36oC. The Tropical climate and diverse weather will dictate your requirements to travel to the Philippines. Try and book tours before you go and save money !
Accommodation in Manila run from very cheap to very expensive, with standards being a little too basic for many travellers so be prepared. Try a mid-priced Hotel to get a handle on exactly what you are looking for. Transportation is cheap, and a lot of the attractions are free, or they may look for a donation. By international standards, food prices are low but bear in mind that is for local food which may not be to everyone’s tastes. Pre-book your tours!
Know Before Visiting
Do your research and have a good idea of exactly where you want to go, use a Private Tour company where possible to book all the Tours for you. The traffic situation is organised chaos, so no J walking. There is a lot of security present in Manila which you must remember is for your own safety so don’t be surprised at seeing the Police heavily armed. The locals are a very conservative community, so just remember you are the visitor. Guides are fantastic!
Manila has a tropical climate and a monsoon weather system, so travellers beware and be prepared. The wet season is May to October and a dry season is in November – April. The best time to holiday in the Philippines is during the dry season, although during the wet season it doesn’t always rain and days can be hot and sunny but with intense downpours at night. Typhoon’s can hit as early as May, with July and August the wettest months.