4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

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  • Location:Manila, Philippines
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Tagaytay Ridge Tour from Manila: Palace in the Sky, Taal Volcano and Las Pinas Bamboo Organ

Enjoy panoramic views of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano from the Palace in the Sky, just one of the awe-inspiring destinations on this day trip from Manila. You’re accompanied by an informative guide to Tagaytay Ridge, stopping along the way at St Joseph Parish Church to see the 200-year-old Las Piñas Bamboo Organ. Finish up at a jeepney factory for a look at the production of these popular transport vehicles of the Philippines. A Filipino lunch and round-trip transport are included.

Highlights

  • Panoramic sightseeing tour of Tagaytay Ridge from Manila
  • Catch sweeping views of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake from atop the Palace in the Sky
  • Tour a jeepney factory and see the Las Pinas Bamboo Organ in San Jose Church with your expert local guide
  • Enjoy a lunch of traditional Filipino specialties
  • Round-trip hotel transport by air-conditioned coach included

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What You Can Expect

Tagaytay Ridge Tour from Manila: Palace in the Sky, Taal Volcano and Las Pinas Bamboo Organ

Jeep in the Philippines

Begin your full-day trip with morning pickup at your Manila or Makati hotel. It’s a scenic drive to Tagaytay Ridge, a picturesque viewpoint situated at an elevation of 2,200 feet (671 meters). 

En route, you’ll make a stop at St Joseph Parish Church for a glimpse of the Las Piñas Bamboo Organ, whose 800 bamboo pipes create a unique sound. Learn from your guide about this national treasure, built in the 19th century by Spanish priest Father Diego Cera. 

On arrival in Tagaytay, drive to the summit of Mt Gonzales to the ‘Palace in the Sky’ — an impartial mansion of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, converted into an urban enclave called People's Park in the Sky. From here, savor the cooler climate and iconic vista overlooking Taal Volcano, an island in the center of Taal Lake and the second most active volcano in the Philippines.

At midday, stop by a local restaurant to enjoy a lunch of traditional Filipino specialties.

Then visit a jeepney factory to learn about production of these oddities of the Philippines — known for their flamboyant decoration and crowded seating — constructed from US military Jeeps left over from World War II.

On the return drive to Manila, stop at a pineapple or coffee plantation to sample local produce, or visit one of the wood-carving shops dotting the roadside (time permitting).

Customer Reviews

SONIA M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Lovely views very informative cat poo coffee amazing tour well worth doing thank you omar

Ceil V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had the best time. Omar was the best tour guide and the driver was just as good. Our group was small and we all became friends. It was a excellent adventure and would recommend it to anyone.

Janice H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent day, very worthwhile and interesting. Plus, the bonus was the staff from Byron Travel that made the tour extra nice because of their friendliness.

Moira M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

Paul H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

The tour is a great way to experience different aspects of The Philippines, nature - the Taal Volcano, recent history - the Palace in the Sky, religion - The Las Pinas Bamboo organ, and the ubiquitous Jeepney.

Gary S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

We thought this trip was fantastic, although on the day the weather let us down a bit. Dale and Neil, our driver and guide, were brilliant. We felt safe in the Manila traffic and Neil's knowledge and commentary were first class. From the time of booking to the drop off back at our apartment was very professional and I would definitely recommend using Viator. Since this tour we have been on another one booked through Viator and were fortunate enough to have Dale and Neil again. Thanks to everyone.

Diane K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

We had a wonderful tour, and tour guide. Thoroughly enjoyed our day. The lunch was excellent, and more than we anticipated. Thanks.

Carolyn A

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

Great Day. Neil, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgable and accommodating of our group.

Mauricio M

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Amazing views and great food. We didn't get to see the bamboo organ due to a festival going on the week of my visit but the guide, Omar added some additional spots to the tour to make up for that. We went to a bee farm and the original Jeepney factory. Omar, was a great tour guide.

Rey S

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

awesome ,,,,, what a pleasant experience.

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