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Cebu City Highlights Guided Tour

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Key Highlights
  • Experience Cebu and the explorer’s world as you go on a journey through time
  • Learn all about Ferdinand Magellan who came to Cebu in April 1521
  • Gain insight from your guide on how the explorer claimed Cebu for King Phillip of Spain
  • See the home of the image of Jesus as a child at Basilica Minore of the Christ Child
  • Behold Magellan´s baptismal gift to Queen Juana, the first Christian Filipina
  • Travel in comfort and enjoy hotel transfers
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    3.5 hours

    Start time

    1:00pm

    Meeting Point

    Make your way to the Atura Center Cube's Turista Desk (Tourist Desk) collection at Ayala Center Cebu shopping center, Cardinal Rosales Ave, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines.

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview

    Learn all about Philippines and about the explorer from his land fall upon the shores of Cebu in 1521 as you embark on a journey of discovery. Visit the following incredible highlights in Cebu city on this guided tour:

    Taoist Temple: The Chinese Taoist Temple is located on the hillside in the northern suburbs of Cebu. It was built in 1948 and is a Taoist temple dedicated to the Chinese thinker Laozi. Most of the local residents of Cebu have half or all of Chinese descent, so this temple largely reflects the local Chinese tradition. At the highest point of Cebu, you can see the panoramic view of Cebu and experience the unique feelings of the mountains.

    Heritage of Cebu Monument: The Cebu Heritage Monument at the (Parian) Square shows a significant and symbolic event in the history of Cebu from the Rajah Humabon era to the recent Cebu Marungsod's blessings (consecrated as "Saints"). The monumental sculpture group is the work of the famous national artist Edgardo Castrillo, which is worth a visit.

    Yap-San Diego Ancestral House: If you like architecture and pre-Hispanic design, this is the site of the Cebu heritage site and the oldest street where you will find some of the oldest artifacts and antique furniture.

    Magellan Cross: Cebu's icon, Magellan's Cross, is the first stop on your journey. In 1521, the Portuguese navigator Magellan preached Catholicism in Cebu, on April 14th, when Father Pedro Valderama was held for the first group of Filipino Catholics, the indigenous patriarch Rajah Humabon, his wife Queen Juana and 400 other indigenous people. To commemorate this grand religious ceremony, Magellan erected a cross in Cebu.

    The Church of the Holy Child: Next on the itinerary is a visit to The Church of the Holy Child is the oldest church in the country. It was built in 1565 and is known as the “Infant Image”. It is said that after the Aboriginal patriarch Rajah Humabon and his wife Queen Juana were baptized, Magellan presented a black-skinned "Santa Baby" to Queen Juana as a gift. See the home of the image of Jesus as a child at Basilica Minore of the Christ Child and then make your way to Fort San Pedro, a coral stone fortress originating from the original wooden structure built on the site in 1565. As protection to the city, it became the first Spanish settlement in Asia. The informative tour continues to a wonderful museum Casa Gorordo on Plaza Parian via the country´s oldest street (Colon Street). This museum showcases the elegant lifestyle of the Spanish/Filipino elite of the 18th century.

    Know Your Guide:

    City Tours first established in 1971 has grown to operate unique experiences such as FunVee® Open Top Buses and Captain Explorer DUKW® Amphibious Vehicles. The company has since solidified its corporate aim to be the leader in bringing value and a great experience for Asia’s tours and attractions to travelers. Their unique ticketing system platform Citytixs™ has already expanded its service coverage to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong and many more. It not only generates single electronic tickets to Attractions, Theme Parks, Restaurants and Retails but it allows all the various experiences to be bundled together to make it into a card-less City Passes.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    Inclusions
    • Transportation: Air-conditioned bus
    • Tickets: Tickets for all attractions.
    • Professional Tour Guide
    • Cebu souvenirs
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Pick up times are approximate. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.

    Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other device

    So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 20 mins early.

    Along with the electronic ticket please present your identity certificate with the photo (such as the original passport).

    The ticket is valid only once on the scheduled date.

     The used confirmation cannot be used again and cannot be refunded if it is not used or partially used.

    If the team exceeds 11 people, the team cannot enter the Dingguang Hall because the car will be upgraded to a mini bus. Since the road is too narrow to enter for a mini bus, the tour guide has the right to change to Pedro Calungsod Church.

    The tour is subject to change. It may be cancelled due to special weather conditions such as typhoons and earthquakes. Also tour time and itinerary will be adjusted due to weather, traffic conditions and other unknown conditions.

    Please provide your nationality when placing the order, the date of birth, the full name (consistent with the passport) to purchase insurance.

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