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Manila, Philippines-port

The Philippine capital of Manila was founded by King Philip II of Spain. In the years that followed, the Spanish successfully prevented the Dutch, Portuguese and Chinese from settling in the Philippines. During the Seven Years' War the British occupied Manila, but agreed to return it to Spain in 1763. During WWII, the Japanese took control during a 1942 invasion, and eventually the U.S. recaptured the islands and returned them to the Philippines. In 1946, the country was granted full independence.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Charms of Old Manila
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Corregidor-the Last Bastion
    Seated TourRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Corregidor-the Last Bastion
    Seated TourRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Modern Manilla Sights
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Pagsanjan Falls Adventure
    Most Active or StrenuousRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Pagsanjan Falls Adventure
    Most Active or StrenuousRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Villa Escudero
    Light Activity /Walking

Charms of Old Manila

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: MLA-003

Explore the history, architecture and culture of the Philippines during this scenic orientation tour of Old Manila.

Depart the pier for the drive to historic Rizal Park. Here, the remains of the country's national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, lie within the cornerstone of Rizal Monument, a few yards from the spot where the Spanish executed him. Your tour will continue on to the old walled city of Intramuros, built during the Spanish Colonial period.

A stop will then be made at Fort Santiago, which served as the headquarters of the Spanish, American and Japanese colonizers until its destruction in 1945. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a traditional festive welcome celebration, the highlight of this tour. This frenzied folkloric street-level celebration features colorfully costumed revelers with bodies painted black, and faces made up with grotesque images. During this Philippine-style Carnival celebration, you will see them dance, prance, stomp, shriek, and shout wildly to drumbeats.

Next, you will proceed past the San Agustin Church. The country's oldest structure, the church dates back to 1571. You will then visit Casa Manila, a reconstructed 19th-century mansion replete with 16th to 19th-century furniture and furnishings. The return trip will take you under the Quiapo Bridge, where you will find a veritable treasure of authentic local handicraft products.

Following your tour, you will be transferred back to the pier.