Segway Tour of Intramuros

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(Segways in front of San Agustin Church)

If there was an award for the most hyperbolic marketing flyer, the pamphlet by White Knight Tours would win it hands down. It unabashedly declares, “Adventure! Excitement! Euphoria!”  A customer would be forgiven for thinking one would be spelunking inside an unexplored cave or skydiving during a storm. But no. It is a tour of Intramuros while perched on a Segway, that vehicle made popular by the movie Paul Blart Mall Cop, and a ride I associate (rightly or wrongly) with geriatrics and the morbidly obese.

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(White Knight Segway Tour)

Hyperbole aside, it is a fun tour, especially for one who has never tried driving this vehicle before. The Segway is essentially a toy you can mobilize using the angle of your body or the pressure of your feet, and part of the fun is learning how to do this. A guide would give a 10-minute driving lesson to tourists, then the tourists would maneuver their Segway to form a single line behind the guide, and then proceed to explore the streets of Intramuros.

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(Driving Lessons)

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(Form a straight line!)

I enjoyed this peculiar tour. It is certainly more interesting to listen to oral tales of Intramuros while standing on a Segway than reading a lengthy history book while sitting on your butt. I did find the experience a bit pricey: P1100 for an hour-length tour (ghastly!) without the opportunity to race your fellow tourists or to bump-Segways. Still, for the novelty, I would recommend this experience to everyone.

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(Somewhere in Intramuros)

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(In front of Ristorante della Mitre)

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(Quizzing the guide)

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(Leaving the Gallery of Rogues, Knaves, Morons, and Idiots a.k.a. Philippine Presidents’ Gallery)

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(Remnants of the old PMA barracks)

Note: The White Knight Segway Tour can be found inside the Plaza San Luis Complex, near the White Knight Hotel.