The Best Tours to Take Around Metro Manila

Spend your next weekend getting to know Manila.

What better way to be a tourist than by taking guided tours around the city. Yes, you could be a tourist of your own country—because knowledge doesn’t occupy space and hell, it’s more fun than spending the day at home for the nth time.

There are plenty of unique tours around Manila, and they’re always a great thing to do with family for their educational and recreational value. Next time you have time to spare, don’t head to the mall, check these tours out instead and explore the great treasure trove that is Manila.

8. Jeepney Tours

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Jeepney Tours offers its customers guided tours of Metro Manila in the comforts of a private jeep that just happens to be karaoke-friendly. Tourists will have to get off the jeep and walk in certain parts of the city, and also have the option to end the tour with a Manila Bay Dinner Cruise.

7. Walk This Way: The Carlos Celdran Tour

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Carlos Celdran said it himself–this is performance art guised as a walking tour. Tourists can expect an enthusiastic and fun tour guide in Celdran. The only rule he has is that there are no bigots allowed. The tour takes place in Intramuros (Old Manila) and is an in-depth look at the architecture, culture and history of the Philippines.

Added Bonus: You can bring a dog on this tour!

6. Manila Bay Dinner Cruise

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See the city from the bay while enjoying a beautiful dinner on a cruise ship as the sun sets. That’s if you choose its dinner cruise (which is the most popular) rather than the morning cruise. After eating, performers will play live music at the roof deck where guests can enjoy the cool breeze and the city lights.

5. Lakbay Lakaran

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In an effort to revitalize Quiapo through the rehabilitation of one of the Heritage Houses, Kasa Boix, the people from Kapitbahayan sa Kalye Bautista organized the Lakbay Lakaran. The Lakbay Lakaran is a walking tour that aims to share the beauty of the districts of Quiapo, the heart and soul of Manila, with the Filipinos and tourists alike.

4. Malacanañg Palace Tour

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Get to learn more about the past leaders of the country by touring the presidential house of the Philippines. Guests are not allowed in the main office of the president, but will be given access to the library and museum. Hear the jingles of the past presidents and even get to see the shoes Magsaysay died in. All of this and more are available for public viewing in the Malacanang Palace tour.

3. Intramuros Ghost Walk

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Brought to you by the Center for Paranormal Studies, the Intramuros Ghost Walk promises to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Tour Guide Clyde Tasipit guides groups of people through the walled city that’s believed to be haunted by the ghosts of those who died there during the war. The first group has already gone with Clyde and no announcement has been made of a second group, but just join them on Facebook for more updates.

2. Manila Past-Present Tour

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The Manila Past-Present tour is available to the public all year round. It’s a half day tour of both Old Manila and New Manila. Get to know the history of Manila through monumental places such as Rizal Park, Casa Manila and the walled city of Intramuros. Those interested can also avail of the Manila Bay Dinner Cruise package to end the day’s activities.

1. Manila Pub Crawl

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An extension of the Boracay Pub Crawl, the Manila Pub Crawl is great for meeting new friends while getting a bit tipsy in the process. Go around Manila and indulge in its nightlife. The crawl will go through cool bars in Malate area, BGC area and the Makati area. They offer tours every weekend throughout the year. Cheers to them!

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