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How to Spend 2 Days in Manila

How to Spend 2 Days in Manila

Two days in Manila let you experience the throbbing megalopolis plus some of the wonderlands around the city. Go deep into the Philippine capital’s rich history and spectacular cuisine, then discover volcanoes such as Mt. Pinatubo or Taal, historical Corregidor Island, or epic Pagsanjan Falls. Here’s how to maximize 48 hours in Manila.

Day 1: Feast on the City

**Morning:**Start exploring Manila’s historic quarter in the relative cool of the day. You’ll want to visit Intramuros, the oldest part of the city, and 16th-century Fort Santiago—choose between walking tours and a unique tour on bamboo bicycles. Branch out to Makati or Chinatown for a broader view of the city.

Afternoon: Look beyond a fast-food lunch and start discovering the Philippines’ rich foodie culture, an exciting blend of Asian, Spanish, and American influences. Consider tours of Chinatown, head to a church restaurant, feast on dishes like pork knuckle or roast sucking pig, or join a full-day city tour that includes a cultural lunch.

**Night:**A Manila sunset is an experience not to be missed, whether you’re catching it from the harborfront or a rooftop bar. But the best way to watch the sun illuminate the boats and towers on the waterfront is a sunset cruise of Manila Bay; look for one that includes dinner.

Day 2: Day Tripping

**Day:**With two days in Manila, you can go deeper into one of the city’s signature surrounding attractions. Many opt for Corregidor Island, an island fortress about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Manila, which played a key role in two significant World War II battles. Alternatively, if you’re more into outdoor adventure than history, journey to one of Luzon’s natural wonders. Experience an active volcano by climbing to the crater of Mt. Pinatubo or riding a horse up Mt. Taal, or brave a bamboo raft through the flow of Pagsanjan Falls—the jungle cascade seen inApocalypse Now.

**Night:**Once you’re back in the city, it’s time to prepare yourself for your travels by learning more about the rich traditions and culture of the Philippines’ thousands of islands. Soak up folklore and fiestas as you feast on local fare at a cultural dinner show

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Private Half-Day Makati (Old Manila) with Intramuros

Private Half-Day Makati (Old Manila) with Intramuros

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If you’re a history buff, Makati (Old Manila) is a must-see during your time in the Philippines. Discover historical information you may have missed on a private half-day tour of Makati (Old Manila), a great introduction for first-time visitors. Check off highlights such as San Agustin Church and Museum, Rizal Park and Shrine, Fort Santiago and Intramuros, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included for added convenience.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$121.80
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$121.80
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Private Departure Transfer: Manila Hotel to Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Private Departure Transfer: Manila Hotel to Ninoy Aquino International Airport

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Enjoy a stress-free finish to your time in Manila on this private departure transfer from your Manila hotel to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Meet your driver at the prearranged time at your hotel in Manila and take a seat in your private air-conditioned vehicle. Relax in comfort on route to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and arrive feeling relaxed and ready for your onward travel. This transfer service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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  • 25 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$24.00
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Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila

Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila

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Ride over rapids in a dugout canoe to Pagsanjan Falls, surrounded by the lush landscape of Pagsanjan Gorge National Park. You can swim in a hidden cave and enjoy lunch while you’re entertained by live music. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this exciting day trip from Manila and Makati, led by a guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$138.00
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$138.00
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Mt. Pinatubo Crater Day Trip from Manila Including 4x4 Adventure and Hike

Mt. Pinatubo Crater Day Trip from Manila Including 4x4 Adventure and Hike

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Start your Mt Pinatubo tour in the predawn hours for an early start on this full-day action-packed adventure. Combine a 4WD off-road experience with a hike to Pinatubo Crater where you’re treated to supreme views of the emerald-colored lake. You’ll drive your 4x4 over terrain made of lahar—the mudflow remains of Mt Pinatubo’s 1991 eruption—then follow the same routes back to base camp. You’re rewarded with a Filipino-style lunch (and a shower) before hotel drop-off in Manila.
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  • 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$180.00
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$180.00
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Manila Super Saver: Manila Sightseeing plus Tagaytay Tour with Taal Volcano

Manila Super Saver: Manila Sightseeing plus Tagaytay Tour with Taal Volcano

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Visit scenic Tagaytay and the city of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, with this guided, full-day, Super Saver combo tour. First, travel to the holiday town of Tagaytay, featuring Taal Volcano Island, an active volcano surrounded by Taal Lake. Then explore Manila, home to the baroque, 16th-century, San Agustin Church as well as Fort Santiago, a storied citadel and military prison. Lunch, any necessary entrance fees, plus a Manila hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$118.00
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$118.00
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Villa Escudero Coconut Plantation Day Trip from Manila

Villa Escudero Coconut Plantation Day Trip from Manila

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Escape the hustle and bustle of Manila on a day trip to Villa Escudero Plantations, an idyllic coconut farm situated in the lush countryside outside the capital. Enjoy fun activities like water buffalo-powered cart rides, and learn about Filipino culture thanks to an on-site museum and live local music performances. You'll also savor a delicious lunch at the Labasin Dam, enjoying your meal in front of the burbling waters flowing from the dam's spillway. This Villa Escudero visit also includes round-trip transport from your Manila hotel, entrance fees, and a local guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.00
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$128.00
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Private Arrival Transfer: Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Manila Hotel

Private Arrival Transfer: Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Manila Hotel

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Get your Manila vacation off to a smooth start with this private transfer service. Meet your driver at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and then travel directly to your hotel or private residence in the Metro Manila area. This private transfer service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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  • 25 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.00
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