Start with 9am pickup at your hotel in Cebu City, where you’ll meet a private guide for a morning of exploration. The first stop of the day is the Cebu Taoist Temple, 4 miles (6 km.) outside of the city center. Cebu City’s Chinese community built the temple in 1972, and its colorful gate echoes the Great Wall of China, with sinuous dragons and tiered roofs.
Continue past the Carbon Market, where vendors bring fresh produce from around the island, and visit the Basilica del Santo Niño, a catholic basilica founded in 1565. Cross the street to see Magellan’s Cross, left by Portuguese and Spanish explorers on the orders of famed navigator Ferdinand Magellan.
Learn about Cebu’s military history at Fort San Pedro, a Spanish fortification that now contains a tranquil garden, then make the final stop of the day at the Casa Gorordo Museum. Tour the historic home, which was built with Mactan coral and hardwoods, to see what life was like for the Philippines elite families in the mid 19th century. This tour concludes with drop-off at your Cebu City hotel.