Old Manila Walks - FAQs
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Do I need a reservation to join a walk?
Reservations are required for all tours. And it's easy as 1-2-3! Just email or text to confirm attendance and you're booked! Individual or large groups should notify us ahead of time to have priority booking. Contact us to make a reservation.
Can we just show up in any tour?
For last minute participants, yes you can but we certainly don't encourage this. Some tour dates are fully-booked and it breaks our hear to turn people away. Save yourself the disappointment and let us know you're joining, we certainly will welcome you on board.
How does the walking tour differ from the the bus tour in Corregidor?
The regular bus tour is operated by our ferry partner Sun Cruises and has been the standard Corregidor tour for the last 25 years. 'Of Bombs, Big Guns and Lost Gold' is our fresh new thematic interpretation of the island's World War II history. The walk is concentrated within the main historic core of the the island (Top Side) and takes in areas that are covered by the regular bus tour as well hidden, off-the-beaten paths accessible only by foot. This is a hike for the fit and those truly historically-inclined.
How will I recognize the guide?
Easy! Just look for the fellow who is wearing a blue Old Manila Walks shirt or the one waiving our distinctive Old Manila Walks brochure.
How long do the walks last?
Depends on the group size and pace. Normally,the Binondo Food WOK and San Miguel-Malacañang walk takes 3.5 hours (eating stops included); Intramuros, the Chinese Cemetery and the Corregidor walk is 2.5 hours while the Halo Halo Espesyal combo tour takes about 4.5 hours. Times are approximate.
What is the language medium of the tour?
Unless otherwise specified,all tours are done in English. Tagalog and Mandarin (華語) guided walks available upon request.
How do I get to the meeting point?
You drive or take public transportation. Contact us for directions.
Do all tours include food?
No, only the Binondo (Chinatown) and San Miguel-Malacañang does. The former consists of several food tastings within while the latter ends with a merienda meal. Should you opt to cap-off with your tour with a meal, we can arrange an optional lunch or dinner.
What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?
Please be sure and let us know if you or anyone in your group has dietary restrictions (e.g. vegetarian,halal, allergies) for us to prepare beforehand.
Are walks given year-round?
Yes. We have pre-scheduled open tours - meaning anyone can sign up- every weekends and on select weekdays. You may also choose to open your own tour at any date of your convenience (subject to guide availability). Contact us for bookings.
Do you have tours on holidays?
Yes, tours are scheduled or can be arranged even on a declared holiday except for Good Friday and Christmas Day. Note that there is a surcharge for tours booked on holidays and is subject to guide availability.
What if it rains?
Bring an umbrella. Scheduled walks are almost never cancelled unless there is a really bad typhoon (natural or political) or when the booking participant cancels. Note that almost all our walks (except for Corregidor and the Chinese Cemetery) are designed to be partly indoors so as to make it easier and weather-proof for everyone.
What about kids?
We love having them especially for a school-enhancement activity! Basic parental or teacher guidance is requested. We do our best to make history,culture and trying out new types of food to be as fun and interesting as playing dolls and computer games (!).
Do you arrange private walks?
Yes we do. Exclusivity of tours can be guaranteed for groups of twenty (20) participants or more upon request. Contact us to make a reservation.
What if our group's under the minimum required number?
You may opt to join another group whose booked on your preferred date (subject to availability) or settle for the minimum group rate. Contact us for details.
Do you customize tours?
You bet we do! We love specialized bespoke tours that can enhance school lessons (teachers take note!), make memorable birthday parties, convention activities and even corporate retreats! We'll lovingly craft each tour for special interest groups. Contact us for details
Are gift certificates available? Yes, Old Manila Walks gift certificates are available for all tours offered. Give the gift of a fun, one-of-a-kind cultural tour experience! Contact us to purchase one.
How do we pay/settle? For security reasons and to ensure your slots, we require pre-payment. For local Philippine-based participants, you may deposit to our bank account. For last minute bookings, you may settle with the guide. We are working on online settlement (stay tuned!) Contact us for further details.