10 Themed Tours You Should Not Miss in Manila
Looking to explore Manila in-depth?
We have listed down the exciting and unique tours that will take you through an experience you surely won’t forget!
See Intramuros in a flash while riding an eco-bike from Bambike! Bambike Ecotours offers tours around the historical Walled City—Intramuros Manila—and in special occasions, other interesting sights in the metro!
Also read: Bambike Ecotours
Places of interest that may be included in the tour are San Agustine Church, Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral, Rizal Shrine, Plaza San Luis Complex, and various monuments found outside the walls.
Rate: Starts at Php 799
Address: Bambike HQ, Plaza San Luis Complex, Real St. cor General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila
Instead of just hearing about the history, why not go through an interactive experience and learn the stories behind the area? Manila Who takes you through the footsteps of history with challenges and games to unlock Manila’s precious tales.
Rates: Starts at Php 968/ head
Address: G/F, The Hub, 413 First United Building, Escolta St., Binondo, Manila
Phone: 02-975-8886 / 0917-868-8872
Operating hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Royal Postal Heritage Tour
Home to the Philippine Postal Corporation, the Manila Central Post Office boasts its unique neo-classical architectural design. Hence, with the Royal Postal Heritage Tour, you can unravel stories, mysteries, and even ghost sightings!
Not only does the tour promote the postal service in the country but also informs tourists of the good ol’ letter writing and collecting. Organized by the Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club and Apo Philatelic Club, the tours are free every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.
Big Binondo Food Wok
Up for three hours of food tour around the oldest Chinatown? The Big Binondo Food Wok takes you around the Tsinoy culture and food, the specialty treats, and the sights of Binondo, Manila!
Also read: The Big Binondo Food Wok
Phone: 02-711-3823, 0918-962-6452
Website: Old Manila Walks
Manila Shopping Experience
Looking for something to treat yourself or loved ones? The best way is to see all the possibilities by joining this immersive tour around the famous shopping spots in the Metro!
The Manila Shopping Experience takes you to SM Mall of Asia, Divisoria, and the Greenhills Shopping Center for a good variety of stores and markets—while also learning about their histories!
Rate: Php 1,450
Manila Cinephile Crawl
Dive into microcinemas, museums, auditoriums, and movie houses at the Manila Cinephile Crawl while being led by well-educated movie buffs. Discover the old and the new cinemas that are shaping the local film industry!
Also read: The Good Old Cinemas of Manila
Rate: Php 2,800
Capitol Theater, Escolta/ Image courtesy of Mistersandiman; Creative Commons
Chinese Cemetery Walk
Spook your friends with your knowledge of gravestones and crematoriums after taking on this interesting tour of the Manila Chinese Cemetery in Sta. Cruz, Manila. What a tour to die for!
Riddled with history and mystery, the cemetery is a site for appreciating the most eclectic and flamboyant funerary architecture. See you at the Chong Hock Tong Cemetery!
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Tour of Manila Slums
Visit the slums of Bataan Shipping and Engineering Company Compound to experience and understand the true definition of ‘slums’. Be greeted by the resilient residents and go inside their humble make-shift dwellings. You’ll be surprised by how they keep their enthusiasm for the future.
Phone: 0917-578-5398, 02-622-1325
Website: Smokey Tours
MNL Architecture Photo and History Walk
Take out your camera for a photo walk with a crash course on the Philippine Colonial Architecture. Challenge yourself by capturing the tale of Manila’s oldest buildings—with their stories from construction, how they survived the war, and renovation.
Rate: $26/ person
Image from Wikimedia Commons
Roofdeck Barcrawl in Población, Makati
Looking to drink in Poblacion, Makati? This tour will take you through the roof deck bars all at once, starting with a talk on Makati’s history and drinks. From there, you’ll move on to more drinks on another rooftop, and so on.
Get to try local craft beers, wine, and cocktails of your choice. The tour ends with a safe ride back to your accommodation or a late night dinner to recover from the heightened experience.
Rate: Php 2,000/ person
Tour stars here! /IMAGE Z Hostel
Which of these tours are you excited to try? We’d love to hear in the comments below!
Written by Heloise Diamante