Cebu City Historical Tour with Simala Shrine

Cebu City Historical Tour with Simala Shrine
Cebu City Historical Tour with Simala Shrine
Cebu City Historical Tour with Simala Shrine
Magellan's Cross
Cebu City Historical Tour with Simala Shrine
Magellan's Cross Exterior
Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

Explore the rich heritage of the Queen City of the South by joining this guided tour that will take you to major landmarks in Cebu. From places of worship to historic attractions, this private day trip is perfect for those who want to get a deeper insight on the city's cultural roots.

After being picked up from your hotel in Cebu or Mactan, you will head to Simala Shrine, a popular pilgrimage site located in the town of Sibonga. This church, also known as the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist, was built on a hill believed to be the site of miracles. Hundreds of Catholic devotees come here every day to pray and lift up their petitions.

Non-devotees can explore the area, too, to marvel at its unique architecture that's somewhat reminiscent of European structures with its spires and life-sized statues of saints from the roof. 

From Simala Shrine, you will go back to Cebu City to visit Magellan’s Cross, a historic site containing the wooden cross planted by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in the archipelago in 1521. It symbolizes the birthplace of Roman Catholicism in the country. You will also see the Basilica Minore Del Sto. Niño de Cebu, the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Philippines. It is where the oldest Catholic relic in the country, the Sto. Niño de Cebu, can be found.

Afterwards, you will go to the Cebu Heritage Monument where you can see a collection of sculptures depicting significant events and people in the history of Cebu. You can see carvings of the Basilica Minore Del Sto. Niño and the statue of the recently canonized St. Pedro Calungsod.

You will continue on with the tour to the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, a structure considered to be one of the oldest surviving houses in the country. It is also said to be the oldest Chinese house located outside of China. Finally, you will check out the Taoist Temple that's popular for its beautiful exteriors and great views overlooking the city.

Hop on and join this guided day tour to learn about Cebu’s colorful past. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing and Walking, City Tours, Culture, Arts and Historical Tour
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Magellan's Cross, Cebu, Taoist Temple, Fuente Osmeña Circle , Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño, Heritage of Cebu Monument , Simala Shrine , Colon Street, Yap-San Diego Ancestral House
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:00.

Pickup 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

  • Entrance Fees to Taoist Temple Cebu

  • Entrance Fees to Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño

  • Entrance Fees to Simala Shrine

  • Lunch

  • Water

  • Airport Transfer

  • Tips/Gratuities

What to bring:
  • Camera

  • Water

  • Personal Medicine

  • Jacket or Umbrella (During Rainy Season)

  • Extra Towel

Good to know:

- All our guides speak English.

- Please show respect to religious sites and dress appropriately for this tour. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders or midriff, or short shorts.

- 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