Tagaytay Ridge Tour from Manila: Palace in the Sky, Taal Volcano and Las Pinas Bamboo Organ

4.5
After pickup from your Manila or Makati hotel, relax on the picturesque drive to the city of Tagaytay, located on a ridge 2,200 feet (671 meters) above sea level.

On the drive up, visit San Jose Church to see the famous Bamboo Organ of Las Pinas, one of the Philippines' national cultural treasures. Built in the 19th century by Spanish priest Father Diego Cera, the organ is made up of more than 800 bamboo pipes!

When you arrive at Tagaytay Ridge, savor the incredible sweeping vista of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano from atop the Palace in the Sky, one of the rest houses of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos.

You’ll then visit a local jeepney factory to see how these bus-type cars are made. You may have seen this strange-looking vehicles driving around the area, as they're a popular mode of public transport in the Philippines. Your guide will explain how jeepneys were originally made from US military Jeeps left over from World War II, and are known for their flamboyant decoration and crowded seating.

At midday, stop by a local restaurant to enjoy a lunch of traditional Filipino specialties. Time permitting, on your way back to Manila, you’ll also stop at a pineapple or coffee plantation to sample local produce, or visit one of the local wood-carving shops dotting the roadside.
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  • Min price: $97.94
  • Recommended duration of visit: 8 hours
  • Departure Point: Departs from your Manila or Makati City hotel

Departure Times:

  • Good for:
    • All-inclusive tour
    • All entrance fees included
    • Comprehensive tour of the city
    • Day trip (destination A to B)
    • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
    • Great overview and orientation of the city
    • Informative, friendly and professional guide
    • Lunch included
    • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Operates: Daily
  • Inclusions:
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Entrance fees
    • Lunch
    • Local guide
    • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Exclusions:
    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Additional info:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen are recommended
    • If your hotel is located outside the Makati City and Manila City area proper, please make your own way to the New World Renaissance Hotel in Makati City at least 15 minutes prior to tour departure
  • Return Details: Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Reviews

  • Glen

    5
    - 31 January 2018 -

    This was a really cool trip and highly recommended. First stop was where Jeepney's are made from the ground up. Great history on the Jeepney's and how they are customized per owner. The Las Pinas Organ was amazing and it sounded fantastic. From there it was off to Tagatay where we had a traditional Filipino lunch and then checked out the Palace in the Sky - amazing views of Taal Volcano and the lake. We even got to ride in a Jeepney up to the Palace! But the unexpected surprise was a stop on the way home at a small store that sold Civat Cat Coffee - coffee beans collected from the poop of the cat after they eat the coffee berries! What an experience!

  • Valerie D

    4
    - 08 December 2017 -

    This was a good day out, although it involved a lot of time in the minibus due to heavy traffic. We were picked up from the hotel at 0910 and returned at 1720. The visit to the church with the Bamboo Organ was very interesting, with a local guide showing us around. Next there was a visit to a Jeepney factory with time to take photos, followed by a visit to the deserted Marcus home where we had a drink from a young coconut. We then had a ride in a Jeepney, followed by lunch on Tagatay Ridge, overlooking the lake and the volcano. Lunch was nothing special, but there was a wide choice available. On the way home we had a free sample of the renowned coffee, made from beans which have passed though the intestines of a civit cat. No-one on the tour was very impressed, but we were glad of the opportunity to try it! A well-informed guide and an interesting day.

  • Elizabeth C

    5
    - 30 October 2017 -

    Had a great time - thanks so much!

  • Poonam V

    1
    - 01 October 2017 -

    This tour is overpriced. You see the Tall Volcano and Palace in Sky from very far distance. Las Pinas Bamboo Organ is the Church. We also went to Jeepney Factory. As it was on Saturday we were not able to see how they make Jeepney. Tour Guide was good.

  • Serene H

    5
    - 13 September 2017 -

    I loved Tagaytay, I wish I had more time to spend in that area. I was on my own and there was no one else joining me on the trip so I was treated like a VIP. The guide and driver were very nice and helpful and the trip was exactly as advertised, the pick up and drop off were very smooth and on time. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it highly.

  • Joelle L

    4
    - 02 September 2017 -

    Fantastic guide with very good knowledge.

  • Kim P

    5
    - 24 August 2017 -

    Great tour! Our guide was very funny and so knowledgeable!

  • Janet B

    5
    - 10 July 2017 -

    The tour by itself I would have probably rate a 4 - very much as described Fun sights, great views - well worth it. The trip was made amazing by our tour guide, Rolando. Rolando's knowledge far exceeded the paces we visited he shared so much about Filipino culture, other tours we should consider, some pitfalls we might run into while working here, some of which I had already run into. He was able to answer any question we threw at him. We were an extremely small group due to the Manny Pacquiao fight that day, but there was never a lull in the conversation. I wish I had done this tour earlier in my visit as I think it would have help with adjusting to living and working here. During my time here, I did do two tours booked on viator.com where Baron Travel was the local travel provider the other was the WWII Corregidor Island Tour, also well worth it and Baron Travel made it as easy as possible. I highly recommend this method, especially if you are not travel savvy, like myself - all you have to do is worry about being at your pick up location on time, the rest is taken care.

  • Angela

    5
    - 02 July 2017 -

    Great trip, excellent guide, wonderful company! Thank you very much indeed,

  • Lynda V

    4
    - 18 May 2017 -

    This was an enjoyable day.The ridge view was beautiful,jeepney factory and bamboo organ interesting.Our guide was informative and pleasant.Our driver and transport were excellent.This was a good way to fill in a day before flying home.

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