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Cebu City Highlights with Simala Shrine Guided Day Tour

Come along this whole day guided tour of Cebu City’s top attractions and discover its rich history and cultural heritage. Covering the important sites of Cebu City with Simala Shrine, this trip is perfect for those who are into history and sight-seeing. The trip begins after your guide picks you up from your accommodation in Cebu City or Mactan Island. Make sure not to forget to bring your camera because you will witness picturesque views all throughout the trip. Your first stop is the Simala Shrine, a miraculous castle-like church in Cebu. Nestled in the uphill area of Lingdon Village in Sibonga, this scenic church is adored by both visitors and devotees because of its unique architecture. It is also known as the home of the miraculous Virgin Mary of Simala. After exploring and saying your prayers, you will be driven to Magellan’s Cross, a historic site in Cebu City. The large wooden cross symbolizes the arrival of Spanish and Portuguese explorers led by Ferdinand Magellan. Next site is the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, the oldest Roman Catholic church in the country. From there, you will be going to the Heritage of Cebu Monument, a tableau of sculptures made from concrete and steel that showcases different scenes from Cebu’s History. Next stop is the Yap-San Diego House, an ancestral home turned into a museum built in the 1600s. It was said to be the first Chinese house to be built outside of China. Afterwards, you will be heading to Museo Sugbo, Cebu City’s Provincial Museum located in the former Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center. This museum comprises of several galleries and houses a large collection of memorabilia from WWII. Your next stop is the Taoist Temple. Built in 1972 by the Chinese community of Cebu, the temple welcomes guests and worshippers alike. Situated on top of a hill, visitors can enjoy the scenic view of Downtown Cebu from the balcony of the temple. Explore the top attractions of Cebu City and learn about its history and culture with this whole day guided tour. Check the availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
10 hours
Available:
All year
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Cebu City Highlights with Sirao Garden & Temple of Leah Day Tour

Spend the day exploring the panoramic views of Cebu’s highlands and immersing in Cebu City’s top attractions in this guided day tour. This trip is perfect for travelers who want to see the best of what Cebu city has to offer. Your trip begins after your guide picks you up from your accommodation in Cebu City or Mactan Island. Then, your guide will explain the itinerary for the day. First, you will be heading to Sirao Flower Farm, also known as Cebu’s “little Amsterdam”. This lovely farm became popular because of its picturesque views and vast array of flowers. Enjoy capturing photos before moving to your next destination, the Temple of Leah. Also known as the Taj Mahal of Cebu, the Temple of Leah is a large mansion built in an elaborate Roman-style temple, a symbol of undying love from an architect to his late wife. Here, you’ll find a museum full of antiques and a library of books. From there, you will be driving down to Magellan’s Cross, a historic site that symbolizes the birth of Christianity in Cebu. Here you will find the large wooden cross that was believed to be the cross that Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer, brought to the Philippines. You will also be visiting the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, the oldest church in the country and also home to the Santo Niño relic that dates back to the 1600s. Afterwards, you will be going to the Heritage Cebu monument, a collection of statues that portrays important events in the history of Cebu. Afterwards, you will also visit another historical site, the Yap-San Diego Ancestral House. Constructed in the 16th century, this Chinese ancestral home is one of the oldest structures in Cebu City. Then, you will be driving to the Taoist Temple of Cebu. Perched on the hillside, this temple is open to both guests and worshippers who want to see its intricate design. Take on a memorable trip on Cebu’s best attractions with this guided tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
7 hours
Available:
All year
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Cebu City Top Tourist Spots Private Guided Day Tour with Lunch

See the beauty and charm of the Queen City of the South with this private guided tour of Cebu’s top tourist spots. If you want to explore the city and discover its cultural heritage but has limited time to do so, then this half day tour of the city is perfect for you. Your trip begins after your guide picks you up from your accommodation in Cebu or Mactan island. Then, your guide will explain the itinerary for the day. Once all set, you will be heading to Magellan’s Cross, an important historical site in Cebu for it represents the arrival of the Spanish and Portuguese explorers in the country, led by Ferdinand Magellan. It is also the symbol of the Philippines’ conversion to Christianity. Next stop is the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, the oldest Roman Catholic church in the country, founded in 1565. This church also houses the statue of the Christ Child (Sto. Niño), one of the oldest relics in Cebu. Then, you will be moving to the Heritage of Cebu Monument where you will see carvings and statues of iconic Cebuanos. Not far from this monument is the Yap-SanDiego Ancestral house, the one of the first Chinese homes found outside of China. This historic residence dates back to the Spanish-Colonial era of 1600s. Afterwards, you will be driven to the Taoist Temple of Cebu, a picturesque house of worship located in Beverly Hills, Subdivision. Built in 1972 for Chinese-Filipino residents to practice their faith, this temple is open to guests and worshippers alike. Head over to the balcony to get a panoramic view of Cebu. You will also experience a running tour of some of Cebu’s oldest streets such as the Osmeña Circle, Colon Street and the Capitol Site. Hop on this guided private tour and experience Cebu city like no other. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
3 hours
Available:
All year
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Cebu City Top Tourist Spots Private Day Tour

Discover the beauty and rich cultural heritage of Cebu City with this guided private tour. This trip will surely appeal to visitors who want to see the top tourist spots of Cebu but only have limited time to explore. The trip begins after your service picks you up from your accommodation in Cebu City or Mactan Island. Then, you will be heading to your first destination: the Magellan’s Cross.  Located inside a Spanish-style pavilion, Magellan’s Cross is believed to be the wooden cross planted by Ferdinand Magellan together with Spanish explorers when they arrived in Cebu.  Not far from Magellan’s Cross is your next stop, the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño. Founded in 1565, this historic church also symbolizes the birth of Christianity in the Philippines. Then, you will be heading to the Heritage Cebu Monument, a mesmerizing mixed-metal artwork that portrays important events in Cebu’s history. From there, you will be heading to the Yap-San Diego House, a Chinese ancestral home turned into a museum that sheds light on early Chinese settlement in Cebu. This house is one of the oldest structures still standing in the country. Then, you will be going to the Taoist Temple, located in Beverly Hills Subdivision, Cebu. Built on a hillside, this beautiful temple is open to both worshippers and guests who just want to witness the temple’s grandeur. Upon arriving, you will witness a mini replica of the Great Wall of China. Finally, you will be walking around some of Cebu’s historic streets and alleys such as Colon Street, Fuente Osmeña Circle, and Capitol Site. Witness the charm of the Queen City of the South with this city tour of Cebu’s top tourist spots. Check the availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
3 hours
Available:
All year
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Cebu City and Mactan Top Tourist Spots Private Day Tour

Explore the top attractions and highlights of Cebu City and Mactan Island in this guided private tour. If you want to know more about the city’s history and culture, then this trip is perfect for you. Your guided tour begins after being picked up from your accommodation in Cebu City or Mactan Island. Once all set, your guide will then discuss the itinerary for the day as you make your way to your first destination. The first stop is the iconic Lapu-Lapu Monument and Magellan’s shrine where the Battle of Mactan took place. The Lapu-Lapu monument is a 20-meter bronze metal statue in honor of Datu Lapu-Lapu, the first Filipino hero known for resisting the Spanish Colonization. Magellan’s shrine is a memorial tower where Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer that introduced Catholicism in the country, was killed. Afterward, you will be heading to Alegre Guitar Factory, home to the country’s best guitar craftsmen. Then, you will be moving to Magellan’s cross, a pavilion that houses a large wooden cross brought by Magellan when he first arrived in the Philippines. You will be visiting more historic sites in Cebu as you head towards Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino, home of the original and oldest relic in the country. Next, you will see the Heritage of Cebu monument, a tableau of sculptures made from bronze, steel, and brass, depicting some of Cebu’s significant events in history. From there you will proceed to the Yap San Diego house, a Chinese ancestral home turned into a museum, constructed in the 17th century. Then, you will be heading to the Taoist temple of Cebu. Built in 1972 by Cebu’s Chinese community, this picturesque attraction has a mini replica of the Great Wall of China which attracts both foreign and local visitors. Learn about Cebu’s culture and heritage with this guided private tour of the city. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
6 hours
Available:
All year
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Cebu City Landmarks & Highlands Guided Tour with Transfers

Get ready to fall in love with Cebu, a recently-awarded UNESCO Creative City, with this guided tour! This is perfect for those who want to get a little bit of everything this city has to offer — from city treasures, gastronomic adventures, and magnificent views! You will be picked up at the Ayala Center Turista Desk, at the New Wing Entrance of Ayala Center Cebu. The first part of this tour takes you around the city, with the Magellan’s Cross and Basilica del Sto. Niño as the first stops. These religious landmarks paint a picture of the city’s rich history, back to the time when Christianity was introduced to the island by Portuguese explorers. The latter is regarded as the oldest Roman Catholic church in the country. From here, you will visit the Heritage of Cebu Monument where you can see sculptures depicting events such as the pre-colonial times of Rajah Humabon to the beatification of Pedro Calungsod, a popular Cebuano martyr. The journey continues to more historic sites, a mix of old charm and new wonders. You will next visit the well-preserved Yap - San Diego Ancestral House, known to be one of the country’s oldest houses. You will then proceed to the famous Taoist Temple, where you end up at a viewing deck with magnificent views overlooking the city. The last leg of the city tour takes you around the vibrant local scenery: from the busy streets of Colon, the Fuente Osmeña Circle, and Capitol Site. It is in these sites where you get to see how Cebuanos go on with their everyday life.  From bustling city streets, the tour takes you on a whole new level of adventure with the second part, the Highlands Tour. You will visit spectacular landmarks and restaurants atop mountains for sweeping views of the city. The first stop is the Sirao Garden, now popularly known as “Mini Holland” because of its fresh, colorful blooms and windmill replicas.  From one mountaintop landmark to another, the tour proceeds to the Tops Lookout. This has definitely become one of Cebu’s most Instagrammable spots, with its fortress-like structure and circular stone architecture towering over the city skyline. Beside it is the Tops of Cebu, the first stop on a resto-hopping itinerary that rounds up this tour. It has been awarded as the Best Outdoor Dining Experience in the city, given you enjoy mouth-watering Filipino dishes as you overlook the Cebu skyline. From Tops of Cebu, you will get to sample French cuisine at the La Vie in the Sky restaurant, a charming establishment where you can enjoy good food and wine. The food tour ends at Balay sa Busay, serving modern Filipino cuisine with yet again, fantastic views of the city. Marvel at the magnificent views and cultural treasures of Cebu with this full-day guided tour and discover why this place has been named the Queen City of the South! Check the availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
8 hours
Available:
All year
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Cebu City Afternoon Shared Sightseeing | With Free Souvenir

Hop on board an afternoon of rediscovery as you tour around Cebu City’s historic and cultural sites. This trip best appeals to anyone looking for a quick half-day trip packed with attractions of the city's highlights but does not have the time for a whole day adventure. Meet the other guests joining the tour at Ayala Center Turista Desk where you will be picked up early in the afternoon. Once you are all set, you will be driven to the Taoist Temple at Beverly Hills Subdivision. The temple was built in 1972 by Chinese-Filipino residents to practice their faith. Upon arriving, you will be greeted by a mini replica of the Great Wall of China, a perfect backdrop for your selfies. After the quick photo-op, head over to the balconies to get a panoramic view of downtown Cebu.  From the Taoist Temple, you will then go to the Cebu Heritage Monument, where you will see sculptures and carvings of iconic sites in the province, along with several prominent Cebuanos. You will then head to the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, one of the oldest surviving structures in the country. It is believed to be the oldest Chinese house found outside China.  After touring the house, you will make your way to the Magellan’s Cross. This chapel contains what is believed to be the same wooden cross that Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan planted on Philippine soil in 1521. It signifies the rich history of Cebu and its cultural significance as the birthplace of Roman Catholicism in the country. From there, you will have a quick stopover at Basilica Minore Del Sto. Niño de Cebu, the oldest Roman Catholic church in the country, to offer some prayers. Capping off your trip will be a running tour along Colon Street, Fuente Osmena Circle, and Capitol Site before you make your way back to the  Ayala Center Turista Desk.  Get introduced to the iconic landmarks of Cebu City with this joiner half-day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
6 hours
Available:
All year
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Cebu City and Mactan Private Full-Day Tour | With Buffet Lunch

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.

Duration:
6 hours
Available:
All year
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Cebu City Historical Full-Day Tour | With Lunch and Transfers

Explore the rich heritage of the Queen City of the South as you join this guided tour that will take you to the 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 City 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 featuring 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. From there, you will go to the Cebu Heritage Monument, 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. This structure is 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.  After touring the house, you will check out the Taoist Temple that's popular for its beautiful exteriors and great views overlooking the city. Before heading back to your accommodation, you will go on a quick running tour around Colon Street, Fuente Osmena Circle, and Capitol Site.  Hop on and join this guided day tour to learn about Cebu City’s colorful past. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
10 hours
Available:
All year
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Cebu City Half-Day Private Sightseeing | With Free Hotel Pick-up

Get introduced to the iconic landmarks that make Cebu City the “Queen City of the South.” Taking you on a half-day private sightseeing tour of the city, this excursion is the perfect trip to take for those looking forward to seeing the best of the area upon their arrival.  Your private tour begins when you are picked up from your Cebu City hotel or Mactan resort. From there, you will travel to the Magellan’s Cross, located right at the heart of the city. Dubbed as an important symbol in the history of Cebu, it is believed to house the wooden cross planted in 1521 by Portuguese explorers headed by Ferdinand Magellan. Next, you will go to the Basilica Minore Del Sto. Niño, known as the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Philippines. Within its walls lies the oldest Catholic relic in the country, the Sto Nino de Cebu. After the stop at the church, you will visit the Cebu Heritage Monument created by National Artist Eduardo Castrillo. This monument features sculptures that depict significant events in the history of the province, with carvings of the Basilica, a Spanish Galleon, and a statue of St. Pedro Calungsod.          From there, you will be taken to the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House. Built in the 17th century, it is one of the oldest surviving houses in the Philippines and believed to be the oldest Chinese house outside of mainland China. Some five kilometers from the house is the Cebu Taoist Temple. Built in 1972 by Cebu’s prominent Chinese residents, the temple has a chapel, a library, a wishing well, and a souvenir shop. Its entrance resembles the Great Wall of China, and its balconies give you a fantastic view of downtown Cebu. Before heading back to your hotel, you will go on a running tour of other interesting sites in the area, including the Colon Street, Fuente Osmena Circle, and the Capitol Site. Join this tour to learn more about the past that has shaped Cebu into what it is today. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
3 hours
Available:
All year
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