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Manila Tours - Excursions
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Walking Tours

Intramuros is best toured on foot. The Intramuros Visitors Centre at Fort Santiago (telephone: (02) 527 2961), tourist offices and hotels in town, provide brochures regarding major attractions in Manila for walkers. The visitors centre arranges free guided walking tours of 30, 60 and 120 minutes, beginning with an exhibition and audio-visual presentation.

Bus Tours

Asia Travel (telephone: (02) 635 3909) has a Manila City Tour (P800), running for 4 hours starting at 9.00 am, with pick-ups from all main hotels. The tour includes Rizal Park and Fort Santiago, downtown Manila, across the Pasig River to the suburbs of Makati, and a trip to the reclaimed area and the Cultural Centre Complex on Roxas Boulevard.

Danfil Discovery Tours (telephone: (02) 525 3788) has tours of all main attractions in Manila. Southeast Travel Corporation (telephone: (02) 524 5676) is another famous opeator.

Excursions for half day

Las Pinas

The small village of Las Pinas, 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the city centre, remains much of its original nature. This despite in fact lying in Metro Manila. Among the attractions is the well-known bamboo organ at San Jose Church, with an unusual sound, open Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 12 midnight, with P10 admission. Every 2nd week of February each year, the Organ Festival brings the leading international organists. The Sarao Jeepney Factory (telephone: (02) 828 1716), is where Manila’s signature vehicles are assembled using methods as individual as the jeepney's themselves. It is open from Monday to Saturday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm, with free entrance. Buses to Cavite from Baclaran or via Saulog or St Anthony from outside Intramuros stop at Las Pinas, as do Zapote jeepney's with journey time about 30 minutes.

Calamba

The town of Calamba is located southeast of Manila on the Laguna de Bay. Calamba boasts restful hot springs and bathing sights, including the Enchanted Kingdom theme park. Many travellers come to visit the Rizal Shrine, a colonial-era house where the Philippines’ ubiquitous national hero was born and which has been converted into a museum full of his relics. The Rizal Shrine has free admission and open from Tuesday to Sunday 8.00 am to 12 noon and 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm. The BLTB bus from Manila to SantaCruz, stops at the Calamba terminal for the Rizal Shrine with journey time about 45 minutes.

Whole day Excursions

Hidden Valley

Five kilometres or three miles from Alaminos is the lush forest resort of Hidden Valley (telephone: (02) 797 1270) with its hot springs, jungle walks and relaxing swimming pools. Local people and foreign tourists escape to this tropical oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Manila. The cost is P1550 for a day trip that includes a buffet. About 70 kilometres (44 miles) north of Manila, transport to Alaminos is on BLTB, JAM Transit or Tritran bus from Pasay City with journey time about 90 minutes.

Corregidor

The small island of Corregidor was General Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters and the last fallback point for US forces in World War II. He left for Australia after his famous ‘I shall return’ speech. He left his successor and thousands of other American and Philippine servicemen to surrender who faced captivity and death at the hands of the Japanese occupiers. In January 1945, MacArthur returned, directing a brutal and devastating assault. The whole island, located 48 kilometres (30 miles) west of Manila, is now a memorial and museum run by the Corregidor Foundation (telephone: (02) 525 3420 or tel/fax (02) 523 5605). The Pacific War Memorial is the main attraction. Important features include the Malinta Tunnel underground hospital, General MacArthur’s Headquarters, the Spanish lighthouse and the artillery batteries. Sun Cruises (telephone: (02) 831 8140) has an inclusive package for P1,700 (journey time is about one hour).