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Places Near Manila to Visit for A Quick Break From The City

These destinations near Manila offer a quick break from the city.
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Planning and going on vacation with the whole family can be tedious, but it will always be a rewarding experience, most especially for the kids. If you don’t have the time for a weekend getaway, there are plenty of day tours near Manila for your family to enjoy!

Day tours near Manila to check out

Sometimes we need to take a break from city life and luckily, Manila is surrounded by provinces that not only have picturesque landscapes but also offer so much history and culture. If you need a quick fix for your R&R (rest and relaxation), here are 4 day tours you can check out with the whole family.

1. Masungi Georeserve in Rizal

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If you and your older kids are up for an adventure, then this day tour near Manila may be the one for you. The Masungi Georeserve is a conservation area and rock garden found in the rainforests of Rizal. The Discovery Trail offers spectacular views of Laguna de Bay and the Baras landscape, like the ‘Sapot’, a platform that looks like a spider’s web, and ‘Ditse, Patak, at Duyan,” a hanging rope bridge.

If you want to inspire your kids to appreciate and care for nature, you can opt for the Legacy Trail, which is an easier hike but will allow them to participate in tree planting and tree nurturing. You can also rest at their floating teepees with rope nets that will cradle you to sleep.

Rates start at Php1,500 for weekdays and Php1,800 for weekends on the Discovery Trail, while rates for the Legacy Trail is at Php1,500.

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To book their trails and for more information, visit their website at www.masungigeoreserve.com.

2. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Heritage Tour in Bataan

Stepping into this resort will transport you back to Old Manila’s glory days. The Las Casas heritage tour takes you around the owner’s collection of restored Spanish-Filipino houses (casas) and gives you an “immersive look” at each casa’s story. So you’re not just enjoying the photogenic buildings when you visit, but you’ll also be learning about our country’s history!

Kids will love running up and down the cobblestone streets and marveling at various vintage pieces found inside the buildings. There’s also a pool and a beach for those who love the water! (Click here for more activities inside the resort that your kids will enjoy!)

Tours start at Php1,500 on weekdays and Php2,500 on weekends and holidays. It includes a walking heritage tour, access to the resort’s Hotel de Orienta, a Kalesa ride, a river cruise in the Umangol river, bottled water, cold towels, Php500 worth of dining credits and beach access.

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To book their heritage tours and for more information, visit their website at www.lascasasfilipinas.com.

3. Corregidor Island Day Tour

Corregidor Island has long been considered a historical place because of the battle fought there by Filipino and U.S. forces against the Japanese during World War II. There you’ll see ruins of buildings, structures, and tunnels of the former battleground, with a memorial complex for Filipino and American soldiers who served during World War II.

The most popular option of exploring the island is through the day tour by Sun Cruises. You’ll be ferried from Manila to the island, and will go around Corregidor via a tram. Rates start at Php3,358 for adults and Php1,944 for children 3 to 11 years old on weekdays. Weekend rates are Php3,629 for adults and Php1,944 for kids. It includes the island entrance fee, round trip ferry, and a buffet lunch.

To book their tours and for more information, visit their website at www.corregidorphilippines.com.

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4. Taal Volcano Day Tour in Batangas

A visit to Tagaytay is not complete without seeing the beautiful Taal volcano and lake, but if you’re looking for a unique experience, why not try and see it up close? You can book this day tour near Manila using Klook, which covers a fun but rigorous hike to the Vulcan Point, the “lake on an island in a lake on an island, which is also the volcano’s main attraction.

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Rates for the guided tour starts at Php3,400 for weekdays and Php3,700 for weekends. It is inclusive of a private bus ride from Manila to Talisay, Batangas and back, a boat to Taal’s Trail, and snacks.

To book their tours and for more information, visit their website at www.klook.com.

These day tours near Manila are not exactly cheap, but each provides a one-of-a-kind experience that your kids will remember for years to come. Plus, it beats staying inside the mall any time! If you want to give your kids the gift of travel this Christmas, then consider these experiences as the perfect presents.

Want a day trip to the beach instead? Click here for a fun-filled adventure in Bauan, Batangas.

This story originally appeared on Smartparenting.com.phMinor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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