The Charms of Old Manila
City Tour, Local Sightseeing, All
USD USDPrice between $51-$100
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Discover Manila, the Philippines' capital city and premier gateway to the country. Start your tour with a visit to historic Rizal Park and the old walled city of Intramuros, built during the Spanish colonial period.
The first stop on your walking tour is at Fort Santiago, which served as headquarters of the military might of the Spanish, American and Japanese colonizers until its destruction in 1945.
Next up is the Manila Cathedral -- a magnificent architectural feat with its intricate stone carvings, stained-glass mosaics and rosette windows -- and Casa Manila, a reconstructed 19th-century mansion replete with 16th- to 19th-century furniture and furnishings. You'll walk across the street to San Augustin Church, the oldest structure in the Philippines, which dates back to 1571. The return trip takes you under the Quiapo Bridge where a veritable treasure of authentic local handicraft products is found in the form of a market.
There will be no stop at the local handicraft market (Quiapo) -- it is a drive through the street under Quiapo Bridge. Casa Manila is closed Mondays. San Agustin Church may be crowded during wedding celebrations. Wear comfortable walking shoes.