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Cebu-Mactan Twin City Guided Tour

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Key Highlights
  • Experience Cebu-Mactan 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
  • Sightsee around Mactan Island and see a larger-than-life statue of Lapu-Lapu
  • Visit a guitar factory to see how renowned Philippine guitars are made
  • Travel in comfort and enjoy hotel transfers
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    5 hours

    Start time

    9am

    Meeting Point

    Good news! You will be picked up from your hotel, just give us the details at the time of booking. Don’t worry if you haven't booked your hotel yet, you pass them onto the operator when you are ready.

    Ending Point

    Same as the start point

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview

    Explore historic sites in Cebu and Mactan as you trace the journey of the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan on this comprehensive guided tour of the twin cities. Learn all about Philippines and about the explorer from his land fall upon the shores of Cebu in 1521 to his defeat in the Battle of Mactan with Chieftain Lapu-Lapu. Along the way you visit a craft market and national shrine that speaks to the people´s religious fervor and artistry.

    Cebu's icon, Magellan's Cross, is the first stop on your journey. 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.

    It is then time to cross over to Mactan Island through the industrial city of Mandaue, where many world class furniture factories are found. Your first stop in Mactan is the Church of our Lady of the Rule, a national shrine visited by many who attribute Mactan´s economic success to her devotion. The final leg of the tour takes you to a significant site in Philippine history - the Liberty Shrine, erected on the battlefield where Magellan met his defeat at the hands of the chieftain of Mactan, Datu Lapu-Lapu. Today a larger-than-life statue of Lapu-Lapu towers over mangroves on the very shores of his triumphant battle.

    Know Your Guide:

    Gray Line Philippines is the largest escorted sightseeing tour operator in Manila and covers Cebu, Bohol, Davao, Coron, and Puerto Princessa. Gray Line is a trusted travel experience provider and is truly the local expert in the world’s most sought after sightseeing destinations. With thousands of tours in over 700 locations spanning six continents, Gray Line’s global network of elite providers operates day tours, airport transfers, hop-on, hop-off tours, multi-day packages, walking tours and other specialized destination services that you just can’t miss!

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    Inclusions
    • Hotel pick up & drop off
    • Admission & entrance fees
    • Live Guide
    Exclusions
    • Meals
    • 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.

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