Manila Tours and Activities

Manila Tours and Activities

Explore Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, with these Manila tours and day tours near Manila. Go on a historic tour in the walled city of Intramuros, visit Binondo, the oldest Chinatown in the world, explore Rizal Park and National Museum, or book one day trip from Manila.

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What are the most popular tourist spots in Manila?

There are various activities and fun things do in Manila from indoor museums, outdoor biking spots, to iconic foodie spots that you can try out when you book Manila tour packages. When in Manila, Intramuros Manila tour like a Manila bike tour should be the first on your list of must-visit places. Inside the walled city and one of the instagrammable places in Manila, drop by the San Agustin Church and Manila Cathedral for a Manila historical sightseeing tour. Another must-see church, Quiapo Church, is only a few kilometers away from Intramuros and is known for the Feast of the Black Nazarene that attracts millions of devotees yearly. Visit Binondo’s Chinatown, the oldest in the world, for a gastronomic adventure in the best Binondo restaurants, and at the end of the day watch one of the best sunsets along the Manila Bay at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) complex. When planning your Manila itinerary, don’t miss a visit to the National Museum Complex in Manila and drop by the monument of the National Hero Jose Rizal at Rizal Park.

What activities can you do in Manila City tours?

You can visit many churches and marvel at their architecture, and go on a food trip at Binondo’s Chinatown during Manila City tours. Choose from its countless hole-in-the-walls, bakeries, street-side eateries, and family-style buffets, and try to find one (or more) that will happily fill your stomach. If you want to learn more about the history and culture not only of the city, but also of the Philippines as a whole, visit the National Museum that houses collections representing the art, culture, and history of the country. It has different sections to see, Fine Arts, Anthropology, Natural History, and Planetarium. You can also try the bamboo bike Intramuros tour for a unique way to explore the historical Walled City, one of the top historical places in Manila. Tired from exploring and want to rest for a while? Find a comfortable spot at Rizal Park or Paco Park. If you’re looking for where to shop in Manila, you can go to Divisoria for thrifted finds or go to malls for shopping in Manila like SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, Glorietta and Greenbelt Malls in Makati, and SM Megamall in Ortigas. If you want a more luxurious but fun activity, try a Manila helicopter tour.

When is the best time to visit for Manila tours?

The general climate in Manila is wet and dry. Wet and rainy season starts from July to October, while the dry season is between November to May. While the dry season is the preferred time to travel to Manila, keep in mind that from March to May, the summer heat can get a little too sweltering. Since summer temperatures can get as high as 38°C, this is understandably the peak season for beaches and resorts, despite the cranked-up rates. It's best to check weather forecasts for your destinations when planning the trip. If you prefer a colder season with only scattered rain showers, months December to March is ideal. The caveat is that December is a busy time for Filipinos who love Christmas; the same can be said about Holy Week, which may fall on either March or April.

How much time should I spend in Manila for Manila City tours?

If you’re planning to explore just Manila, which is different from the Metro Manila region, a day or two is enough. For the rest of the cities in Metro Manila for planning one day trip from Manila, you’ll probably need more than a week, considering the time you’ll be stuck in traffic. There are plenty of Manila hotels that you can check into if you’re staying for more than a day.

What other destinations are near Manila for day tours near Manila? Where to go near Manila day tour?

There are many destinations that you can visit for a quick getaway near Manila, including kid-friendly places near Manila. The City of Manila is bordered by other Metro Manila cities Pasay, Makati, Quezon City, Caloocan, Mandaluyong, and San Juan and are great spots to visit for day trip in Manila or Manila half day tour. The Metro Manila region itself is close to the provinces of Tagaytay, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Bataan, and Bulacan that are perfect for one day trip from Manila and adventurous things to do in Manila. For a hassle-free vacation, we recommend online trip booking with Guide to the Philippines, a Philippines travel agency and travel booking website for Philippines guided tours and Philippine tour packages. Plan Manila tours with day trips near Manila perfect for families and vacation packages for couples looking to stay at 5 star hotels in the Philippines or affordable resorts near Manila.

What's the best way to get around Manila?

For those who want a one-of-a-kind experience, jeepneys and tricycles are a must-try. Locals prefer riding the faster Manila Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) that also has stations in other cities. If you want to be more comfortable, ride hailing app Grab is also available, or take a cab. More adventurous travelers can try Angkas, which is quite like Grab but with a motorcycle and a lot faster and cheaper. For a more private transfer option, you can rent a car in Manila.

Is it safe in Manila?

Like other urban jungles, Manila is riddled with petty theft, so avoid wearing flashy jewelry and keep your valuables close to you at all times. Unfortunately, taxi scams at the airport are prevalent, with drivers unjustifiably racking up the prices or not using a taxi meter. To be on the safe side, use only the airport’s official taxis, or book a Grab. In general, be alert and avoid strangers who look shady to you.

Where can I go for a day tour from Manila?

You can drop by Intramuros, the National Museum, Binondo, and CCP complex for the Manila Bay sunset if you’re only planning a day tour. There are also day tours from Manila in nearby destinations outside the region perfect for road trip near Manila like Tagaytay tour packages, Bataan tour packages including a day tour to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Rizal tours, Cavite tours, Batangas tours like beach resort near Manila day tour in the many beach resorts near Manila, private resorts near Manila, and pet-friendly resorts near Manila, and Bulacan tour packages. If you want a more physical activity, you can opt for bike destinations near Manila.

What is the population in Manila?

As of 2019, there are 13,698,889 people in Manila.

How can I go to Manila from the airports?

Aside from the official cabs that can be found on taxi stands and booking a Grab car, there are also buses that you can take outside the Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airports (NAIA). There’s the Airport Loop that can take you to Baclaran, Pasay Rotonda, and EDSA/Taft Avenue, as well as the Point-to-Point bus UBE Express that has only one stop. UBE has different routes including Araneta Center Cubao, Robinsons Galleria Ortigas, Ayala South Park Muntinlupa, Alabang Town Center, Starmall Alabang, Solenad 2 Nuvali, and Robinsons Tagapo. Make sure to ride one that is closest to your destination and its schedule. Manila car rental services are also available.

How do I know what terminal my flight is in Manila?

The terminal number of your flight must be specified with the ticket and other travel documents, but it understandably gets quite confusing to figure out their differences. There are four terminals at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).