Full Day
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All ages
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Valid until 31st December 2023
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Style: Hosted
Theme: Cultural

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Cebu City Pilgrimage

Traveling to Cebu is more than a vacation, it’s an experience one must have at least once in a lifetime. Take a journey of faith where a plethora of sacred places of worship adorn Cebu. Marvel at the centuries-old churches and shrines tightly knit with Philippine history.

Visit the oldest Roman Catholic Church where the image of the Santo Niño was discovered at the Basilica Del Santo Nino; the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral designated as the Ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu and discover religious artifacts at their museum. Celebrate the life of the first Visayas saint at the Archdiocesan Shrine of San Pedro Calungsod and the Chapel of the Holy Relics for your last stop where over 600 relics are on display including a splinter from the True Cross where Jesus was nailed, a part of the veil worked by the Blessed Virgin Mary and bone fragments of Saints among others.

Let this tour take you to a truly memorable spiritual journey. Viva Cebu and we’ll see you there!

Is this tour for me?

TRAVEL STYLE Private Guided Day Tour perfect for couples, families, friends or the solo adventurer.
SERVICE LEVEL This package is a premium quality Private Day Tour hosted by our Local Expert – Philippine Cultural Travel
PHYSICAL RATING Great for people of all ages and levels of fitness.
DURATION Approximately 8 Hours

What’s Included

  • Modern and well air-conditioned van
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Professional driver
  • Road tolls and fees
  • Entrance fees to attractions
  • Pick up and drop off from/to the nearest car accessible point to your accommodation.
  • Bottled water
  • Buffet or Ala Carte Lunch
  • Afternoon snack
  • A token from Philippine Cultural Travel

Pricing Per Guest (USD)

Travelling Style Price
Solo Traveller $158
2 Guests $145
3-5 Guests $130
6-9 Guests $122
10-12 Guests $110

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Simala Church

Tour starts at 7AM, your guide will pick you up at your hotel or airport then proceed to Simala Church. 

The Monastery of the Holy Eucharist, popularly known as the Simala Shrine or Simala Church is located in Marian Hills, Lindogon, Simala, Sibonga, Cebu. It was built in 1998 by the Marian Monks from Pampanga. It used to be just an ordinary church until after the incidents of miraculous events. One of which is the shedding of tears of the Mother Mary’s image. It paved the way for the shrine’s popularity with devotees constantly flocking the area.

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Metropolitan Cathedral and Museum

The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, officially known as the Metropolitan Cathedral and Parish of Saint Vitalis and of the Immaculate Conception (dedicated to Mary, under her title, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and to Saint Vitalis of Milan), is the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu in Cebu, Philippines. It was elevated as a metropolitan archdiocese on April 28, 1934, with the dioceses of Dumaguete, Maasin, Tagbilaran, and Talibon as suffragans. Before being raised as a primatial church in Cebu, the church was one of the first churches in the Philippines (besides the Basilica del Santo Niño) dedicated to St. Vitalis and built near the fort in April 1565 by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, Fray Andrés de Urdaneta and Fray Diego de Herrera.

Construction of the cathedral took many years due to frequent interruptions, brought about by lack of funds and other unexpected events] At one time, funds meant for the building of the cathedral were diverted to the Moro wars. The death of an incumbent bishop who spearheaded the construction/reconstruction and vacancies in the office were also factors. The architecture of the church is typical of Spanish colonial churches in the country, namely, squat and with thick walls to withstand typhoons and other natural calamities. The facade features a trefoil-shaped pediment, which is decorated with carved relieves of floral motifs, an IHS inscription and a pair of griffins. The Spanish Royal Coat of Arms is emblazoned in low relief above the main entrance, reflecting perhaps the contribution of the Spanish monarch to its construction.

The Cathedral Museum of Cebu is situated next to the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, and not far from the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño. It is the ecclesiastical museum of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu.

The focus of the museum is regional Church architecture and artifacts. Many of the items on display are from the Spanish colonial times.

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Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino and Museum

The convent and the Church of the Sto. Niño de Cebu was founded by Fr. Andres de Urdaneta on April 28, 1565 , the very day the Legazpi-Urdaneta expedition arrived in the island. On May 8 of the same year, when Legaspi and his men planned the urbanization of the city, they allotted a “place for the church and the convent of San Agustin, “where the Santo Niño image had been found”. The church has always been the Sanctuary of the Sto. Niño, under the custody of the Augustinians.

The museum was first established in the year 1965 by Rev. Fr. Ambrosio J. Galindez, O.S.A., mainly for the purpose of commemoration of the fourth Centennial Celebration of the Christianization of the Philippines. It was located at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu Convent. Vestments and assorted offerings to Santo Niño were displayed in a certain room at the convent. At present, the museum is located at the basement of the Santo Niño Pilgrim Center which was completed in the year 1995. Due to the increasing number visitors and devotees, and all collections as well, the Augustinian community moved the museum to a more spacious area. The main objective of the museum is to make people aware of the origin, circumstances and events related to the formal Christinanization of the Philippines through the image of Señor Santo Niño de Cebu.

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Pedro Calungsod Shrine

Pedro Calungsod, also known as Peter Calungsod and Pedro Calonsor, was a Catholic Filipino migrant, sacristan and missionary catechist who, along with the Spanish Jesuit missionary Diego Luis de San Vitores, suffered religious persecution and martyrdom in Guam for their missionary work in 1672.

While in Guam, Calungsod preached Christianity to the Chamorro people through catechesis, while baptizing infants, children, and adults at the risk and expense of being persecuted and eventually murdered. Through Calungsod and San Vitores’s missionary efforts, many native Chamorros converted to Roman Catholicism.

Calungsod was beatified on March 5, 2000, by Pope John Paul II, and canonized by Pope Benedict XVI at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City on October 21, 2012.

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Private Day Tours and Unique Experiences

Exclusions

  • Other personal expenses
  • Other activities
  • Tips, and all services not clearly mentioned

 Key Information Remarks

  • Prices are net per person in United States Dollars (USD) and are subject to change without prior notice
  • No refund for any un-utilized Tour or Activity

Child policy

  • Child under 2: Free of charge
  • Child over 2 and above: 50% of adult cost

 CANCELLATION: 

  • Period before arrival* Amount of Cancellation of the Tour or Activity Price
  • More than 60 days before arrival- Free Of Charge (FOC)
  • More than 45 days before arrival– 30%
  • Less than 21 days before arrival – 50%
  • Less than 14 days before arrival – 80%
  • Failure on traveling date at point of arrival 100%

Travel Rules and Policy

All arriving travelers shall undergo fourteen (14) days of quarantine upon arrival. The first ten (10) days of which shall be observed in a quarantine facility, with the remainder to be completed under home quarantine in their respective local government units of destination;

Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing shall be conducted on the 7th day with Day 1 being the day of arrival. Notwithstanding a negative test result, the arriving traveler shall complete the facility-based quarantine period of ten (10) days;

The Bureau of Quarantine shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while in the facility quarantine for ten (10) days;

All passengers, whether Filipinos or foreigners, merely transiting through a Red List country/jurisdiction/territory shall not be deemed as having come from or having been to said country/jurisdiction/territory if they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry into such country/jurisdiction/territory by its immigration authorities;

Upon arrival in the Philippines, passengers covered by the immediately preceding paragraph shall comply with existing testing and quarantine protocols.

Local Culture

Filipinos are well known for being hospitality. Many of them go the extra mile in making visitors feel almost like VIP’s. So when you find yourself in a Filipino home, don’t be surprised if you’re forbidden to help out with anything — guests are usually not made to lift a finger. 

Arrival Complications

We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you. However, if you are unable to commence your Tour as scheduled for any reason, please contact us immediately. Please refer to our emergency contact details.

Emergency Contact

If you need to contact us in an emergency, it is best to call the Green Cultural Travel Local Expert Partner. If you don’t receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message with your contact information so they can return your call as soon as possible.

Emergency Contact Numbers

Philippine Cultural Travel

Contact Number: +639164218900

Tipping

Depending on the service, it is discretionary in Europe to tip service providers, such as waiters. Though not compulsory, tipping shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your holiday. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. 

When selecting your Tour or Activity please read the brochure and itinerary carefully to assess your ability to cope with the requirements of your selected product.

Safety and Security

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt for keeping your valuables safe. Leave your expensive jewellery at home. You won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels you stay at have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables while on tour. 

Medical Form

 As a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their personal luggage. 

 Green Cultural Travel – Community Programs

As we are owned by Green Cultural Travel Hub Limited UEN 201705140R a Singapore registered “Not for Profit” company our profits allow us to continue our support of community projects in the destinations our guests visit.

Purchasers of our Packages will automatically become members of our Green Cultural Travel Hub a place of connection for like minded travellers wanting to make a difference.  Members of our Hub receive a monthly magazine and access to some great travel specials and follow the progress of the community programs we support. Guests can also take the opportunity when booking a Package to make their own donation to Green Cultural Travel Hub Limited.

Local Dress

Philippines is generally warm, so wear natural, lightweight and tropical clothing all throughout the year. This is as basic as it gets.

 Green Cultural Travel Hub

When you purchase a Green Cultural Travel package you automatically become a member of the Green Cultural Travel Hub. This connects you to us and like-minded travellers. Our bi-monthly magazine is full of travel news, trip information, interesting stories, special offers and contests. We also include more information on how you can give back, and support, the people and places we love to visit through our local Community Programmes.