Cebu City and Mactan Island Sightseeing

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  • Full Day
  • Private Tour
Description

Cebu City and Mactan Island are two of the most popular destinations in the Philippines. Cebu City is a bustling urban center, known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and delicious cuisine. The city is home to several iconic landmarks such as the Sto. Niño Church, Magellan’s Cross, and Fort San Pedro, all of which offer a glimpse into the city’s colonial past.

Mactan Island, on the other hand, is a paradise for beach lovers. It is famous for its pristine white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and diverse marine life. The island is also steeped in history, as it was the site of the Battle of Mactan, where the native warrior Lapu-Lapu defeated Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

Both Cebu City and Mactan Island offer visitors a unique and unforgettable experience, with a perfect blend of culture, history, and natural beauty.


Itinerary

Meet your tour guide at your hotel and depart for a 6-hour tour of Cebu City and Mactan Island, starting with Sto. Nino Church, a historic religious landmark in Cebu known for its rich cultural significance and beautiful architecture.
Continue to Magellan’s Cross and Fort San Pedro, a centuries-old fortress built by the Spanish conquistadors. Visit San Diego-Yap Ancestral House or Museo Sugbo to delve into Cebu’s heritage and learn about its colonial past and cultural heritage.
After lunch (at your own expense), drive to the Taoist Temple, nestled in the hills of Cebu, offering stunning views and spiritual tranquility.
Next, proceed to Mactan Island and visit the Lapu-Lapu Shrine. Then, explore the renowned Alegre Guitar’s Factory, where world-class guitars are crafted using traditional methods. Optional visit to Cebu Ocean Park (entrance fee not included). Transfer back to your hotel after the tour.

Experience
  • Highlights
  • Magellan's Cross, located in Cebu City, Philippines, is believed to be the same cross planted by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, marking the arrival of Christianity. Today, it is housed in a stone chapel adorned with colorful murals.
    A short distance from Magellan's Cross stands the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño (Church of the Holy Child). This church, constructed of hewn stone, is the oldest established in the Philippines and contains the country's oldest relic, the figure of the Santo Niño.
    Casa Gorordo is a house museum situated in a historic district of Cebu. It was purchased by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. from the Gorordo family in 1979, restored, and converted into a museum in 1983. The Casa Gorordo Museum depicts the lifestyle of a family during the Philippines' transition from a colonial to a modern society.
    Fuerte de San Pedro is an ancient military fort in Cebu built by the Spanish. It's located in Plaza Indepedencia and served as the nucleus of the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines. It was later attacked and taken by Filipino revolutionaries during the Philippine Revolution.
    The Cebu Taoist Temple, situated in Beverly Hills, stands at an elevation of 300 meters (980 ft) above sea level. The entrance to the temple is a replica of the Great Wall of China. It features a chapel, library, souvenir shop, and spacious balconies that offer scenic views of downtown Cebu.
    The Mactan Shrine is a memorial tower dedicated to the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, located on Mactan Island. It was erected in 1866 to honor his memory and marks the spot where he is believed to have been killed during the Battle of Mactan in 1521.
  • Includes
  • Hotel pick up/drop off
    Activities/Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
    Cebu Ocean Park entrance fee
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