4 days / 3 nights
A virtual crazy-quilt of a city, Manila is really just a collection of towns with no definable center. Its individual neighborhoods all have their own unique personalities and each offers fun, fascination, friendly people and plenty to explore. With its Asian traditions and colonial Spanish heritage, Manila is a city with both a colorful past and an equally compelling future.
Day 1 - Arrive in Manila
Arrive in Manila this evening. You are welcomed and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 - Manila
Enjoy a half-day city tour of Old Manila. Drive along Roxas Boulevard to Rizal Park, named to honor Dr. Jose Rizal, the national hero. After a brief picture stop, proceed to the Walled City of Intramuros to visit the remnants of the Spanish conquistadores. Travel through the cobbled streets to San Agustin Church, the country’s oldest stone church, and view its wide collection of ecclesiastical icons, vestments and other religious artifacts. Visit Casa Manila, a replica of a 19th century mansion with Oriental and European décor and furnished with Philippine antique furniture. Continue to Fort Santiago, Manila’s main defense against naval invaders. It has been the site of many tragic moments in Philippine history. Proceed to Manila’s central district, Quiapo, often referred to as the heart of Manila with its market, church of the Black Nazarene, jeepney terminals and
bazaars. The unique Chinese cemetery, with its elaborate mausoleums is mute evidence of the fusion of eastern and Christian religions. Finally, drive through the bustling financial and commercial district of Makati City. This afternoon visit Asia’s 2nd largest mall – Mall of Asia, or Greenhills Shopping Center where you may find a bargain in electronics, clothes and jewelry. (BL)
Day 3 - Manila
Day at leisure to relax and pursue independent activities. (B)
Day 4 - Depart Manila
Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight. (B)