Manila, Philippines

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Overview

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.
  • 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
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).

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, Jun 2018

Quite expensive for what is included, this is actually called Panoramic Tagaytay by the organising company, and so is very sedate and a bit dull. Mostly just photo stops, and a scenic drive. My favourite part was the Jeepney factory and the Bamboo Organ, although I do admit that Tagaytay was beautiful, despite the wet day.

G
, Feb 2018

This was a really cool trip and highly recommended. First stop was where Jeepney's are made from the ground up. Great history on the Jeepney's and how they are customized per owner. The Las Pinas Organ was amazing and it sounded fantastic. From there it was off to Tagatay where we had a traditional Filipino lunch and then checked out the Palace in the Sky - amazing views of Taal Volcano and the lake. We even got to ride in a Jeepney up to the Palace! But the unexpected surprise was a stop on the way home at a small store that sold Civat Cat Coffee - coffee beans collected from the poop of the cat after they eat the coffee berries! What an experience!

V
, Dec 2017

This was a good day out, although it involved a lot of time in the minibus due to heavy traffic. We were picked up from the hotel at 0910 and returned at 1720. The visit to the church with the Bamboo Organ was very interesting, with a local guide showing us around. Next there was a visit to a Jeepney factory with time to take photos, followed by a visit to the deserted Marcus home where we had a drink from a young coconut. We then had a ride in a Jeepney, followed by lunch on Tagatay Ridge, overlooking the lake and the volcano. Lunch was nothing special, but there was a wide choice available. On the way home we had a free sample of the renowned coffee, made from beans which have passed though the intestines of a civit cat. No-one on the tour was very impressed, but we were glad of the opportunity to try it! A well-informed guide and an interesting day.

E
, Oct 2017

Had a great time - thanks so much!

P
, Oct 2017

This tour is overpriced. You see the Tall Volcano and Palace in Sky from very far distance. Las Pinas Bamboo Organ is the Church.

We also went to Jeepney Factory. As it was on Saturday we were not able to see how they make Jeepney.

Tour Guide was good.

S
, Sep 2017

I loved Tagaytay, I wish I had more time to spend in that area. I was on my own and there was no one else joining me on the trip so I was treated like a VIP. The guide and driver were very nice and helpful and the trip was exactly as advertised, the pick up and drop off were very smooth and on time. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it highly.

J
, Sep 2017

Fantastic guide with very good knowledge.

K
, Aug 2017

Great tour! Our guide was very funny and so knowledgeable!

J
, Jul 2017

The tour by itself I would have probably rate a 4 - very much as described Fun sights, great views - well worth it. The trip was made amazing by our tour guide, Rolando. Rolando's knowledge far exceeded the paces we visited he shared so much about Filipino culture, other tours we should consider, some pitfalls we might run into while working here, some of which I had already run into. He was able to answer any question we threw at him. We were an extremely small group due to the Manny Pacquiao fight that day, but there was never a lull in the conversation.

I wish I had done this tour earlier in my visit as I think it would have help with adjusting to living and working here.

During my time here, I did do two tours booked on viator.com where Baron Travel was the local travel provider the other was the WWII Corregidor Island Tour, also well worth it and Baron Travel made it as easy as possible. I highly recommend this method, especially if you are not travel savvy, like myself - all you have to do is worry about being at your pick up location on time, the rest is taken care.

A
, Jul 2017

Great trip, excellent guide, wonderful company! Thank you very much indeed,


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