Manila trip planner
Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free
Pearl of the Orient
The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within. The massive, vibrant, cosmopolitan city teems with traffic, people, and buildings piling on top of each other. In one trip to Manila, you'll see fantastic, gleaming skyscrapers just blocks away from shantytowns, scores of Catholic churches, neoclassical buildings, and other remnants of 300 years of Spanish colonial rule and subsequent American colonialism. But the Manila of today is just as much about its up-and-coming music and contemporary art gallery scene. The city serves as a jumping-off point to explore the various islands of the Philippines, but don't miss the best attractions in Manila itself, including lush public parks, national museums, and an aggregation of the best Filipino food from every part of the country. Make the most of your holiday in Manila by finding out about its attractions and choosing what to see using our Philippines trip itinerary builder website.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Manila
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Top Manila tours
Manila Old and New: Sightseeing Tour Including Intramuros and Fort Santiago BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $48
Duration: 4 hours
Manila Super Saver: Manila Sightseeing plus Tagaytay Tour with Taal Volcano BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $118
Duration: 8 hours
Experience Intramuros with bamboo bicycle - Ecotours BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $36
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
See all ›
See all ›
Side trips from Manila
See all ›
Hidden gems in Manila
Places to visit with Manila
Recently planned trips to Manila
18 days in Philippines BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 28 days in Philippines BY A USER FROM INDONESIA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 34 days in Philippines BY A USER FROM INDONESIA April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Philippines BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 11 days in Thailand & Philippines BY A USER FROM IRELAND December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 25 days in South Pacific & Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium