The premier city of the Philippines, Manila, is a vital stopping point in Southeast Asia. The city was also a former Malay settlement, founded by the Spanish Conquistador, Miguel Lopez de Legaspi in June 1571. Then it was known as the “Distinguished and Ever Loyal City of Manila”. Manila has one of the world’s most fantastic sunsets and an ambience that combines the Old and the New World. Another exciting discovery is the Chinatown with its maze of narrow streets, storehouses, bazaars, restaurants and business establishments. Bustling with endless commercial activity, this former core of international trade has now become a haven for those in search of authentic oriental cuisine and bargains.
0800H Pick up from hotel or place advised by passenger
0830H Departure for Chinese Cemetery
0930H Arrival at the Chinese Cemetery. The Chinese Cemetery in the Philippines is one of the most unique in the world. It was established by merchants because the Spanish would not allow foreigners to be buried in Spanish cemeteries. Many of the tombs resemble houses, with fountains, balconies and, in at least one case, a small swimming pool. It has become a sobering joke in the Philippines that this “accommodation” is among the best in the city.
1000H Depart for Chinatown
1030H Chinatown Tour We begin the walking tour of Chinatown with a stop at the Binondo Church (also known as the Church of our Lady of the Rosary/Shrine of San Lorenzo Ruiz). The church is a fine example of Spaniard colonial architecture, the original church was build during the latter part of the 16th Century to accommodate the Christian baptized Chinese. Especially noted for its 6 storey octagonal bell tower, the church, now a minor basilica, is the shrine of the first canonized Filipino-Chinese martyr and saint, San Lorenzo Ruiz, who during his childhood served the parish as an altar boy. Other sights to see during the walking tour : Side Street Chapels – uniquely located along walkways, these tiny chapels are solid examples of syncretism inherent in this Sino-Commercial district. Looking more like altars than chapels, they are always dappled with fresh colorful flowers flanked by lighted candles and burning sandalwood incense. For a constantly busy community, they provide for a more practical venue for worship. A variety of shopping options : food shops selling favorite Chinese snacks like sweet bean cakes and sticky rice cakes, gold shops, restaurants and apothecaries.
1130H Lunch at one of the local favourite Chinese Restaurants
Continuation : Old Manila and Chinatown Walking Tour
1300H Proceed to Intramuros or otherwise known as the “Walled City or Old Manila
1330H Our first stop after lunch is Fort Santiago the sight of many battles and where our national hero, Jose Rizal, was imprisoned until his execution. Another stop is the Tsinoy Museum (Chinese Filipino Museum) that depicts the role of the Chinese in Philippine history. A fitting last stop in this Chinatown experience.
1500H Guests would have the option to make a stop in the local Filipino shops selling local souvenirs located within the walls of Intramuros to do some last minute shopping.
1600H Return to the hotel
2 pax – PHP 7,200.00 (USD 172.00)
3 to 4 pax – PHP 5,800.00 (USD 140.00)
5 to 7 pax – PHP 4,000.00 (USD 96.00)
Rate includes : Use of the air conditioned vehicle for the duration of the tour (includes hotel pick up and drop off), All entrance fees, Boat Ride to the island, Services of an English Speaking Guide, One Hour Foot Massage and Lunch at Nurture Wellness Spa.
*Tours are subject to availability and we would need at least a 24 hours notice prior to tour date.