Manila Historical Tour: Visit Intramuros the Old City, Rizal Park & the National Museum of the Philippines
Manila is rich in history, however well hidden for the regular juan. In a Private Van, discover the Old Spanish City of Intramuros, the different historical hearts of the metropole and finish with a beautiful sunset in Harbor View.
Full Day Tour w/ Private Van: several activities on demand for a fully customized tour!
– Drive in a Starex private van along Manila Bay, through the scenic Roxas Boulevard, passing by the beach through Luneta on your way to Rizal Park.
– Discover Intramuros and see the old Manila, walking on the walls of the old city, destroyed during World War II, then partially rebuilt. The old Spanish buildings surrounding the barangay form a fortied area and the city’s oldest district.
– Visit Fort Santiago, the former Spanish fort famous for holding the Philippines’ National Hero Jose Rizal before his execution in 1896. Learn more about his life and work inside the Jose Rizal Museum
– Visit San Agustin Church, the very first Christian church in the Philippines, as well as Casa Manila, a genuine Spanish hacienda modeled on Spanish Colonial Architecture.
– Have a Buffet Lunch at Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant, serving Filipino delicacies in am authentic Spanish setting.
You’ll stroll along cobblestone paths above the city walls, church ruins and other relics of the Spanish Conquistadors era to reach Fort Santiago.
– Visit the National Museum of the Philippines.
- The National Museum is the guardian and repository of Artistic heritage of the Philippines.
- Famous for its paintings such as the Spolarium of Juan Luna, statues like Aretablo, from the Church of San Nicolás de Tolentino in Dimiao, Bohol, the Museum features ethnographic collections and an entire section dedicated to the Filipino People.
– OR: Visit the Museum of the Filipino People
- Serving as a repository of the natural and cultural heritage of the Philippines, the MFP displays several traditional costumes, handicrafts and tools used by Filipino tribes over the ages
- Featuring several galleries dedicated to all eras of the Filipino history, the MFP also holds rooms dedicated to famous commercial ships, a Chinese pottery room, as well as various spaces devoted to local history.
– Visit Rizal Park, a historical and urban park located on Roxas Boulevard. Also known as Luneta Park, it is the site where the execution of national hero José Rizal on December 30, 1896 sparked the 1898 Philippine Independence from the Kingdom of Spain.
– Pass by Rizal Monument, facing Quirino Grandstand designed by architect Juan M. Arellano.
– If time permits, enjoy the sunset in Harbour View, admiring Manila Bay’s beautiful setting before a dinner at your convenience or a trip back to ChillOut Guesthouse.
Full tour with Taal Lake & Volcano Trek, as well as other Manila activities (Ocean Park, Mall Of Asia, Starcity, Chinese Cemetery, Divisoria Market & Baclaran Market…) can be organized at very competitive rates on demand.
Manila + Taal Volcano Full day tour
- Tagaytay: Trek to Taal Volcano View Point.
- Lunch on Taal Lake.
- Manila: Visit of Intramuros, Casa Manila and San Agustin Church.
- Visit of Silahis Arts & Craft Gallery.
- Visit of Rizal Monument.
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- Private Van with driver and gasoline fee (Hyundai Grand Starex 10 seater).
- National Museum Of The Philippines
- Rizal Park
- Fort Santiago
- Casa Manila
- Sunset View in Harbor Bay
- All entrance fees.
- Buffet Lunch at Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant.
– Harbor view expenses not included (drinks, dinner…).
Our Manila Tour features Intramuros Walled City, Rizal Park, a visit to the National Museum of the Philippines, and ends with a Sunset in Harbor View.
As the Capital City of the Philippines, Metro Manila (and its core city, Manila) is rich in history and commemoration monuments, in particular those related to the time when the Philippines were a component realm of the Spanish Empire.
1. The National Museum of the Philippines
The National Museum of the Philippines (Filipino: Pambansang Museo ng Pilipinas) is the official repository established in 1901, and the guardian of natural history and ethnography of the Philippines.
It houses, among other art pieces, the Spoliarium, a famous painting of Juan Luna.
Its National Art Gallery is located in the old congress building. The building was originally intended as a Public Library as proposed in Daniel Burnham’s 1905 Plan for Manila.
The Museum of the Filipino People, a component museum of the National Museum of the Philippines that houses the anthropology and archaeology divisions, is located in the Agrifina Circle, Rizal Park, and was formerly housed by the Department of Finance.
2. Rizal Park
Rizal Park (Filipino: Liwasang Rizal), also known as Luneta Park, is a historical urban park located along Roxas Boulevard in Manila, Philippines, near the old walled city of Intramuros. It is one of the major tourist attractions of the City of Manila.
Luneta is also an important site in Philippine history. The execution of national hero José Rizal on December 30, 1896, sparked the 1896 Philippine Revolution against the Kingdom of Spain. The area was officially renamed Rizal Park in his honor, and the monument enshrining his remains serves as the park’s symbolic focal point.
Intramuros (Latin, “within the walls”) is the oldest district and historic core of Manila. Also called the Walled City, the original city of Manila was the seat of government during the Spanish Colonial Era.
The strategic location of Manila & Intramuros along the bay and at the mouth of Pasig River made it an ideal location in the past for the Tagalog and Kapampangan tribes and kingdoms to trade with merchants from China, India, Borneo and Indonesia
Intramuros was heavily damaged during the battle to recapture the city from the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second World War. Reconstruction of the walls was started in 1951 when Intramuros was declared a National Historical Monument, which is continued to this day by the Intramuros Administration (IA).
1. Chinese Cemetery
– Explore this very particular cemetery, between Luxurious coffins and Chinese traditional architecture.
– Formerly built as the resting place for Chinese citizens who were denied burial in Catholic Cemeteries during the Spanish Colonial Period.
– Buried with every modern convenience, Manila’s wealthy deceised juans of Chinese descent rest in mausoleums with crystal chandeliers, air-con, hot and cold running water, kitchens and flushing toilets!!!
2. Manila Ocean Park
– Manila Ocean Park is the country’s first world-class marine theme park and a premiere educational facility.
– The main feature of the oceanarium is a 25-metre long walkway tunnel with 220-degree curved acrylic walls, similar to the Ocean Park in Hong Kong, or the Siam Ocean World in Bangkok, Thailand.
– Several Attractions await you, including a Fish Spa, the gorgeous Jellyfish Exhibition (Jellies Exhibit), a Glass Bottom Boat ride, and different encounters (scuba diving, snorkeling, half and full body enoucnter with rays and fishes…).
– It also holds the first marine-themed mall in the Philippines with over 25 restaurants for a taste of seafood and underwater dishes.
1. Star City Amusement Park
– We bring you to Star City, the family-oriented 35,000 square meter amusement park located near CCP Complex.
– Various Attractions awaits you, including Manila’s 4 best roller coasters, kiddie rides, the biggest Ferris Wheel in the Philippines (Giant Star Wheel), and many more…
– Explore Snow World, with freezing temperatures featuring carved ice slides for kids, igloos and snow & ice castles!