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Twin City Discovery Day Tour With Explore Cebu Tours & Travel

With only a couple of days to spend in {Cebu City} on our 🏝 Philippine Islands vacation, my wife and I wanted to spend a day sightseeing, taking in many of the popular attractions in and around the city during our visit.

The Twin 🏙 City Discovery Tour with Explore Cebu Tours & Travel, was a perfect choice!

This is a full day private guided tour, visiting the sites and attractions of the twin cities in Cebu.

The Twin City Discovery Tour

Cebu Tours & Travel Guide and Driver

If you’re looking to see the main attractions and sites in and around the twin cities of Cebu, then this tour is a perfect choice!

Twin cities refers to; Cebu City as well as 🏝 Mactan Island, which is connected to the mainland with a couple of 🌉 bridges.

Mactan Island is where ✈ Cebu’s International Airport is located (Mactan-Cebu International Airport).

Mactan-Cebu International Airport

In July 2018, a brand new terminal was completed at the airport. It’s a beautiful new terminal that has been noted internationally as “The World’s Friendliest Airport.” It is located in {Lapu-Lapu City}, which is on Mactan Island.

We were very impressed with the design and layout of this new terminal, on our visit a couple of seasons ago.

Trust me, after spending some time in the city, 🛣 traffic is a nightmare to say the least. You definitely do not want to drive yourself around or navigate in the city on your own.

Taking a guided tour in a comfortable air conditioned 🚘 vehicle, is the only way to go!

When you choose this tour, your guide and driver will pick you up and drop you off at your 🏨 hotel, and/or at the 🛬 airport, all at a designated and pre-arranged time.

Explore Cebu Tours – Twin City Discovery Tour Highlights

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Below, I’ve listed some of the main highlights that are included in their Discovery Tour, along with a brief description of what’s included in your tour package.

I do recommend including lunch on your tour, as it is a long day and the buffet lunch included was quite nice.

Description: CEBU City Tour with Lunch (5 hrs)
Your Tour Includes:
✔ Air-conditioned service transportation
✔ Licensed Tour Guide for the Tour
✔ Buffet Lunch at Local Restaurant
✔ Applicable Entrances & Fees
✔ 01 Bottled Water

Normal pickup time at your hotel for this tour is at 8 am. This is not a 🚍 big bus tour which is great, and something that I have never enjoyed.

These are private or small group tours that are catered to you specifically. Private guided tours are definitely worth paying the little bit extra to that of a traditional group bus excursion. If you are a group of 4, you would be surprised at the small additional cost.

In many cases, the difference you 💵 pay is very negligible.

The Heritage of Cebu Monument

Cebu Heritage Monument

The Heritage of Cebu Monument is a scene of sculptures constructed of; concrete, bronze, brass and steel depicting events and forms depicting the history of Cebu.

The construction of this remembrance collaboration, started in 1997 and it was completed in 2000.

This enormous monument was built right over the original site of Plaza Parian, the heart of Old Town in Cebu City. The Parian is said to be where wealthy Chinese merchants of years gone by lived and held their lavish events. A few of their homes still remain, including the 🏡 Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House listed below and worth visiting.

Eduardo Castrillo who is a local 🧑 artist, constructed this beautiful work of art now on display in the city.

You can learn more about this heritage monument and its true meaning in the website I’ve listed below.

🏡 Cebu Historical Sites 🏡

Lapu-Lapu Shrine

Lapu-Lapu Monument Shrine

The Lapu-Lapu statue is a huge 20 meter bronze statue in Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

It was constructed and placed in honor of {Lapu-Lapu} himself. He was a native leader who defeated the Spanish soldiers led by the famous Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, in the historic 1521 Battle of Mactan.

The Lapu-Lapu memorial statue sits on top of a pedestal, showing the Cebuano hero in his native costume carrying a sword on his right hand and shield on his left.

Lapu-Lapu Monument

The Magellan shrine is a large memorial tower built in 1866, which honors Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. The shrine is built in the proximity of where Magellan is believed to have been killed in 1521.

Lapu-Lapu Memorial Cebu

There is also a covered structure in the park with a large painting on the wall depicting – The Battle of Mactan. In front of the painting you will see a commemorative marker which reads;

“Here on April 27, 1521, Lapu-lapu and his men repulsed the Spanish invaders, killing their leader, Ferdinand Magellan. Thus Lapu-lapu became the first Filipino to have repelled European aggression.”


Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

This amazing 🏚 Ancestral House dates way back to the Spanish colonial era of the 1600’s.

The Yap Sandiego Ancestral House is now an official museum that depicts the original Chinese settlements that were once present in Cebu.

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House Cebu

This heritage home is said to be the

Oldest Chinese house still standing outside of China itself. Inside this museum, you will find beautiful hand-carved furniture, artwork and a small garden outside.

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House Interior

Locals call the home by the name of … “Balay nga Bato ug Kahoy.”

The house was constructed with coral stones and wood, and was originally owned by a Chinese merchant named Don Juan Yap. He lived in this very home with his wife, Doña Maria Florido.

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House Cebu City

Basilica Minore del Santo Nino

Basilica Minore del Santo Nino Cebu

The Basílica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebú, also referred to as the Santo Niño Basilica. This beautiful basilica was founded in the 1565 by Fray Andrés de Urdaneta, O.S.A. and Fray Diego de Herrera, O.S.A..

Basilica Minore del Santo Nino

Inside, you will find the most famous religious icon in the Philippines. The statue of the Santo Nino.

This remarkable statue was given to Queen Juana of Cebu by Magellan himself.

Alegre Guitar Factory

Alegre Guitar Factory

The Alegre family is one of the pioneers in the 🎸 guitar-manufacturing business, and in their third generation of business in Cebu.

The families exceptional quality guitars are made of indigenous materials from around the 🌎 globe.

Along with imported woods used to make their 🎸 guitars, they also make use of indigenous woods and shells with Philippine Mahogany.

It is also known to be one of their favorites!

Alegre Guitar Factory Cebu City

Their world renowned 🎸 guitars are exported to numerous countries around the world including; Canada, Australia, Japan, and the United States.

Visitors and prospective buyers, who are interested in the different stages of guitar-making, can take a look at the workshop, to witness firsthand the skilled craftsmen in their guitar-making process.

Alegre Guitar Factory Cebu

Alegre Guitar Factory is located on Mactan Island, in the neighborhood of Abuno in Lapu Lapu City. There are many guitar factories and stores here in Mactan.

Alegre Guitars

It was so interesting to see these craftsmen at work, making these fine guitars by hand. Afterwards, it was amazing to see the finished products and demonstration of these beautifully crafted instruments.

Cebu Taoist Temple

Cebu Taoist Temple

The Cebu 🛕 Taoist Temple is a Taoist temple located in the upscale Beverly Hills Subdivision of Cebu City.

Yes, you heard that right, this area is referred to as; {Beverly Hills}, like that of the posh district in Los Angeles, California!

This beautiful temple was constructed by Cebu’s substantial Chinese community back in 1972.

Cebu Taoist Temple Philippines

The Taoist temple is a shrine for those who are practicing the Taoism religion, which is based on the teachings of Lao Tze, a Chinese philosopher.

Cebu Philippines Taoist Temple

Located on the grounds include a smaller depicted version of the Great Wall of China, and a large 🐉 dragon statue as you make your way to the entrance.

The temple is beautiful, situated high on the hillside with a commanding view of Cebu City and the ocean beyond.

The view is worth the visit alone!

Cebu Taoist Temple Philippines Viewpoint


Cebu Tours & Travel Guide

Twin City Discovery With Lunch Option


Cebu Twin City Tour Lunch Buffet

The tour also includes a nice break and stop for a pleasant buffet lunch along the way. All in all, this was a wonderful tour and great way to see the sites of the twin cities.


About Explore Cebu Tours & Travel

Explore Cebu Tours & Travel is a trusted & fully licensed travel agency with more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry.

They offer efficient and professional services and are committed to Quality Service always.

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Our guide and driver were superb! I highly recommend their service for all your travel needs, while visiting the city and elsewhere.

Below, I have listed their official website link, where you can access much more detailed information on the tours they offer, booking and more.


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😎 Safe and Healthy Travels!

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✨   Did You Know …

“Cebu Is The Oldest City In The Philippines, Dating Back To 1565.”

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A Blogger Since 2012, Robert has a {Passion for Travel}, having worked in the industry for over 35 years. He enjoys sharing special moments & tips on; Travel, Health & Wellness, Book Reviews and much more!

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