Explore the historic highlights and attractions of Cebu City and Mactan Island on this private guided day trip around the twin cities. If you are traveling to Cebu, then this is the tour to book, as it offers a good opportunity to learn about the beginning of the Philippines' chronicled history.
After being picked up from your Cebu City or Mactan accommodation, you will head to Lapu-Lapu City, where two of the area’s historic attractions are found, the Lapu-Lapu Monument and Magellan’s Shrine. Both landmarks commemorate the Battle of Mactan, the first invasion of Spain in the country that led to the 300-year colonization of the Philippines. The 20-meter high bronze Lapu-Lapu Monument was built in the battleground to honor local chieftain Lapu-Lapu’s heroic victory to resist the Spanish invaders. The Magellan’s Shrine, on the other hand, is a dedication to Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who led the Spanish invasion and introduced 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 City to continue the rest of the excursion. 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 drop by the Basilica Minore Del Sto. Niño de Cebu, home of the oldest Catholic relic in the country. Roughly a kilometer away from the church are the Heritage of Cebu Monument and the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, both of which contributed to the city’s culture. From there, you will head to the Taoist Temple which dates back to the early 1970s. You can also opt to drop by the highly-popular 10,000 Roses Cafe for a minimal charge.
Learn more about Cebu’s past with a visit to the twin cities of Cebu and Mactan. Check availability by choosing a date.
- All our guides speak English.
- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.