Cebu and Mactan Historic Highlights | Private Day Tour With Lunch

Cebu and Mactan Historic Highlights | Private Day Tour With Lunch
Alegre Guitar Factory
Cebu Heritage Monument
Lapu-Lapu Shrine
Magellan's Cross Chapel
Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
Magellan's Cross

Explore the historic highlights and attractions of Cebu City and Mactan Island in this private guided day trip. Those traveling to Cebu should not miss this tour, as it is a good opportunity to learn about the beginning of the Philippines' chronicled history.

After being picked up from your Cebu or Mactan accommodation, you will head to Lapu-Lapu City where two historic attractions significant to the country’s past are found. The Lapu-Lapu Monument and Magellan’s Shrine commemorate the Battle of Mactan, the first invasion of Spain that led to the 300-year colonization of the Philippines.

In honor of local chieftain Lapu-Lapu’s heroic victory to resist the Spanish invaders, a 20-meter bronze statue was erected in the battleground. Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who led the Spanish invasion, is also honored for introducing Catholicism in the country.

After visiting these two landmarks, you will go to the Alegre Guitar Factory, a family-run guitar shop that has been in the business for decades. You will see how their skillful craftsmen build world-class guitars from scratch.

From Lapu-Lapu City, you will head to Cebu to see a few more historical sites. You will visit Magellan’s Cross, a shrine that houses what is believed to be the wooden cross brought by Magellan when he arrived in Mactan in the late 16th century. 

You will also visit the Basilica Minore Del Sto. Niño de Cebu, home of the oldest Catholic relic in the country, the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, and the Taoist Temple. All these sites provide a window into Cebu's past; your tour guide will tell you about each site's historic significance and how it has contributed to the city's culture.

Learn more about Cebu’s past by booking this private guided day tour. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing and Walking, City Tours, Culture, Arts and Historical Tour
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Cebu City, Magellan's Cross, Alegre Guitars, Cebu, Mactan, Taoist Temple, Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño, Yap-San Diego Ancestral House, Cebu Heritage Monument
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 09:00.

Pick Up and Drop-Off Location: Cebu City

To avoid delays, please be ready for pickup 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled departure.


  • English - Speaking Guide

  • Air-Conditioned Vehicle

  • Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off

  • Lunch

  • Water

  • Entrance Fees to Mactan Island

  • Entrance Fees to Magellan's Cross

  • Entrance Fees to Lapu Lapu Shrine

  • Airport Transfer

  • Tips/Gratuities

What to bring:
  • Camera

  • Jacket or Umbrella (During Rainy Season)

  • Personal Medicine

Good to know:

- All our guides speak English.

- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.

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Free cancellation
Free pickup
No credit card fees
No booking fees