Get introduced to the historic highlights of Cebu province in this family-friendly seat-in-coach tour. Covering important sites in both Cebu City and Mactan, this trip is perfect for those who are interested in the history and culture of the two towns.
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Cebu City in the morning. If you’re staying in Mactan, you will meet your guide at Starbucks Marina Mall. From there, you will head to two of Mactan’s most important landmarks: Lapu-Lapu Monument and Magellan’s Shrine. These sites commemorate the Battle of Mactan, where a native chieftain, Lapu-Lapu, defeated the Spanish colonizers led by Ferdinand Magellan.
After admiring the shrine, you will then head to Alegre Guitar Factory, a family business that has been producing world-class guitars for generations. Observe the skilled craftsmen here as they make these musical instruments from scratch. Make sure to buy one of the guitars to take home, too.
Then, depending on the size of the group, you will make your way to either the Taoist Temple or Pedro Calungsod Chapel. The Taoist Temple sits at an elevation of 110 metres above sea level, making it an excellent view deck. You will see a replica of the Great Wall of China upon entering the temple, along with a chapel, a souvenir shop, and a wishing well. The Pedro Calungsod Chapel, on the other hand, is a chapel dedicated to the great Roman Catholic Filipino saint – San Pedro Calungsod. The structure of the chapel is unlike anything you have seen before as it features 100 walls of different heights and widths.
After admiring the site, you will have a stopover at the Heritage Monument, which depicts important events in the history of the province through sculptures. Just across the street from the monument is the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House. This structure is said to be the oldest Chinese house built outside China.
Another landmark you will see is Magellan’s Cross, which celebrates the birth of Catholicism in the country. Magellan brought the cross with him in 1521, when the Spanish arrived in the Philippines. From there, you will go to Basilica Minore Del Sto. Niño, the oldest Roman Catholic church in the country. This place of worship houses the Sto. Niño de Cebu, the oldest Catholic relic in the Philippines. You will then end your day with a running tour around Colon Street, Fuente Osmena Circle, and Capitol Site.
Hop on this shared day tour of Cebu City and Mactan and get to know Cebu’s rich history and heritage. Check availability by choosing a date.
08:00 Hotel Pick up
09:30 Mactan Shrine and Lapu-lapu Monument. The Mactan Shrine located in Mactan Island,
Cebu is dedicated in honor of Lapu-Lapu, Ferdinand Magellan, and the Battle of Mactan.
10:30 Alegre Guitars Factory. Cebu is known as home of the best guitar craftsmen in the
Philippines. Not only are the guitars delicately crafted, they are exceptionally durable,
affordable, and of great quality.
11:30 Buffet Lunch
13:00 Cebu Taoist Temple. Taoist temple located in Beverly Hills Subdivision of Cebu City,
Philippines. The temple is built by Cebu's substantial Chinese community in 1972.
13:30 Running Tour
Cebu Provincial Capitol. Located at the north end of OsmeÃ±a Boulevard in Cebu City. It
was designed by Juan M. Arellano, a known Filipino architect.
Fuente Osmena Circle. In the heart of uptown Cebu City is a rotunda park with a
picturesque fountain in the center. This is the famous Fuente OsmeÃ±a Circle, which is a
focal landmark for the Queen City of the South.
Colon Street. A historical street in downtown Cebu City that is often called the oldest and
the shortest national road in the Philippines.
13:40 Heritage of Cebu Monument. The Heritage of Cebu Monument is a tableau of sculptures
made of concrete, bronze, brass and steel showing scenes about events and structures
related to the history of Cebu.
13:50 Yap- Sandiego Ancestral House. Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House was built sometime
between 1675 and 1700. It was originally owned by a Chinese merchant named Don Juan
Yap and his wife, Dona Maria Florido.
14:00 Basilica Minore del Santo Nino. The oldest Roman Catholic church in the country, it is built
on the spot where the image of the Santo Nino de Cebu was found during the expedition
of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.
Magellan's Cross. Magellan's Cross is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese and Spanish
explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines on
March 15 , 1521.
14:30 End of Tour
15:00 Drop off Hotel
- Drop Off Location will be in Ayala Center Cebu.
- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.