Day tour packages are totally fine when you just want a day’s worth of exploration, to maximize your weekend well out of the comforts of your home, or to probably rest and recreate at the same time. There are lots of packages to choose from. We narrowed down seven day tour ideas near Metro Manila for your next getaway.
Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm, Bulacan
Dubbed as the “Disneyland for Social Tourism,” Gawad Kalinga (GK) Enchanted Farm serves as the platform of GK to nurture social entrepreneurs and local farmers, and to help create wealth out of their substantial, natural resources.
A day tour in this 35-hectare magical space starts with a 1.5-hour walking tour at the farm followed by an organic buffet lunch and social enterprise demonstrations of brands like First Harvest, Plush and Play, and Golden Ducks. Apart from the given itinerary, the whole community of GK Enchanted Farm will surely make it hard for you to leave their place because of their warm treatment and welcome.
Tour rates range from PHP 370 to PHP 970, depending on the chosen package. An overnight stay in the farm can also be arranged, which includes the usage of their infinity pool.
Prado Farms, Pampanga
Owned by the Gutierrez Family, Prado Farms is technically a family property turned bio-dynamic farm and eco-resort since 1980. Every corner of the farm is just Instagram worthy with all the recycled materials they used to produce masterpieces in the already beautiful Prado Farm.
The 5-hectare Prado Farms can also be utilized for corporate events, team buildings, music festivals, plays, retreats, and other life events.
Meanwhile, a day tour’s worth includes the entrance to Prado Farms, a farm tour, carabao ride, morning and afternoon minindal or tea time, and organically-grown Kapampangan food.
Tour rate for adults is PHP 950, while for children is PHP 750.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bataan
“Pride in the past, hope in the future” is what Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar showcases to its guests. It boasts of its ancestral houses gathered from all over the Philippines, reconstructed piece by piece to bring back the 18th-century, glory days of the country on a one stop place that is Las Casas. All houses are well-preserved to serve as the hotel accommodations and as the “living museum of the Philippine heritage.” A sighting of a river and mountains, cultural shows, and can also be appreciated while you’re here.
The Heritage Tour consist of a 30-minute to 1-hour walking tour, taxes and service charges, vicinity map, cold towel, and a gustatory lunch.
Tour rates range from PHP 999 to PHP 1,899, depending on the chosen package.
Another historical destination on the list is the island of Corregidor or “The Rock.” From elementary to college, this fortified island never falls short on giving us a taste of what happened during the Spanish, Japanese, and American colonization in the country. Its heavily bombed ruins speak well of the great battle it has fought to protect the entrance of Manila Bay and Manila City itself, and serve as a memory to all soldiers who died during such era.
Aside from the ruins, there are beaches, the Malinta Tunnel, and lots of ghost stories that can be reveled in in the island.
Tour rates range from PHP 1,500 to PHP 2,350, depending on the chosen day of the week.
Corregidor Island is located at located at the entrance of Manila Bay in southwestern part of Luzon Island in the Philippines. For inquiries, visit http://www.corregidorphilippines.com/packages.html.
Minalungao National Park, Nueva Ecija
Minalungao National Park is a 2,018-hectare magnificence waiting to be discovered in the province of Nueva Ecija. The protected area boasts of its Peñaranda River surrounded by towering limestones, a 1,000-step stairway to Minalungao’s Cross, bamboo-rafting, ziplining, diving, hiking, and spelunking activities for the guests to delight in.
Tour rates range from PHP 499 to PHP 999, depending on the chosen package.
Minalungao National Park is located at Papaya, General Tinio, Gapan, Nueva Ecija. For inquiries, visit https://www.facebook.com/Minalungao-National-ParkTourguide-Darine-Packagetour-and-Services-110637255957499/?fref=ts.
Taal Heritage Town, Batangas
Taal Heritage Town quite resembles the old charm of Vigan- ancestral houses brimming with capiz shell windows, age-old churches, bricked thoroughfares, and sightings that would easily transport you back in the halcyon days of the country.
Here, you will set foot in the Agoncillo Mansion or White House, Goco Ancestral House, Feliza Cafe y Taverna, the largest church in Southeast Asia named Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours, and Galleria Taal Camera Museum to name some.
Tour rates range from PHP 1,100 for eight persons above, to PHP 1,200 for five to seven persons.
Taal Heritage Town is located at Batangas, Philippines. For inquiries, contact [email protected].
Masungi Georeserve, Rizal
Who would have not recognized Masungi Georeserve with its viral giant Sapot and Duyan? But on top of these two, nature and outdoor lovers will surely have a heart to cherish and learn more of the georeserve’s wide array of wildlife, flora and fauna, Paleocine limestones, caves, and trees that are cared for and protected by a group of “passionate individuals for the environment.”
The group exerts noble efforts to protect this land from illegal loggers and miners, which heavily threatens the splendor it shines upon in the province of Rizal.
Tour rates range from PHP 1,000 to PHP 1,400 for groups of seven to 14 persons.
Masungi Georeserve is located at Kilometer 45, Marcos Highway, Rizal, Philippines, 1970. For inquiries, visit http://www.masungigeoreserve.com/experience/trail/.