Our exciting journey starts in the crazy city of Manila before we head off to Pamanga (aka The Culinary Capital of the Philippines) to learn how to cook like a local before a wild night out and bar crawl in city of sin Angeles. Following this we take things a little more cultural with a trip to summer capital Baguio for a genuine ghost hunting expedition! Next up is a day of hiking to see the famous hanging coffins of Sagada followed by a trip to the home of Ferdinand and Emelda Marcos, Batac, before a night partying with a rum tasting and beach BBQ. We finish the trip back in 'Mental Manila' with a controversial day betting on cock fighting before a last night blowout of top clubs and little people boxing. This is without doubt one of our most exciting tours of the year!
This is an extremely exclusive trip and will be run with a maximum of 10 people giving us great flexibility in our itinerary and the ability to adjust our tour depending on the group interests.
Monday 18 November 2019 Guests arrive at their own leisure and check into the Swagman Hotel in the Ermita part of Metro Manila (optional airport pickup).
At 6pm the group gather to take the short walk to the “Hobbit House”, one of two bars in The Philippines to be serviced by little people for a rum tasting and dinner. The little people are employed here to make the drinks look bigger!
We enjoy a pub crawl around Ermita where you will get to know your fellow revellers.
Overnight in Swagman Hotel.
Tuesday 19 November 2019 At 9am we join our private air-conditioned vehicle for a 2-hour drive to Pampanga, stopping for breakfast on the way sampling the famous Philippine Mango Wine.
Arriving at Pampanga (aka known as the “Culinary Capital of the Philippines”) we head to our Cookery School to learn about local cuisine and cook lunch! You can create “Sisig” (grilled, diced pork, pig cheeks, ears, liver, brain and onions) or “Chicharon Bulaklak” (fried pork intestines). And if you’re still hungry how about “Ginisang Camaru” (sautéed mole crickets)? All washed down with copious amounts of Pinatubo craft beer!
Following the end of our long liquid lunch, we head to Angeles City to check into the Scorebirds Hotel, one of the most deluxe hotels in the city boasting the biggest swimming pool – amongst other luxuries.
Angeles City as a former US military base is equally infamous as a city of sin, so we head out for dinner, followed by the legendary Angeles Walking Street Pub Crawl.
Overnight at the Scorebirds Hotel.
Wednesday 20 November 2019 After the early start of the previous day we take this morning a bit more leisurely enjoying breakfast by the pool before the next part of the adventure.
We set off for the two-three hour drive to Baguio, known as the summer capital of the Philippines due to its much cooler climate (you may even need a jacket at night), on the way we stop for a Filipino style lunch.
We drop our bags at the hotel and head for a walking city tour stopping off for some liquid refreshments before things start to get a bit weird...
The Philippines is not only famous for its religious devotees, but also how very superstitious they are, so we go ‘local’ by heading out on a genuine ghost hunting tour!
After searching for ghosts, we aim for sunset in the clouds at a wonderful cafe we know that offers stunning views.
For dinner we have a traditional Filipino favourite – “boodle fight” – followed by drinks near our hotel.
Overnight at Wyndham Hotel.
Thursday 21 November 2019 We get up early for the 5-6 hour drive to Sagada, one of the most famous places in The Philippines stopping on the way for scenic photos.
Lunch stop on the way to Sagada.
On arrival we check into our rural hotel for a brief freshen up before heading to the next part of our trip.
After being met by our local guide we head out for a day of hiking around this historic city, with the main focus being on witnessing and picturing the Hanging Coffins, which are unique to this part of the Philippines, with our local guide giving a full explanation, and answering any questions we might have.
Dinner in Sagada at the famous Yoghurt House (it serves more than just yoghurt!).
We finish the night drinking locally-made wine up in our beautiful mountain homestay.
Friday 22 November 2019 Choose between breakfast or a lie-in at the guesthouse before we head off for the next part of our trip: the 5-6 drive to the beach paradise of Currimao. This is one of the most scenic journeys we take, with us making lots of picture stops to see the rice terraces and mountain scenery.
We stop off in Vigan for some of its famous street food, as well as look at its colonial era churches and streets.
Early evening arrival at Playa Resort, where we will have a chance to relax after the long drive and kick back by the pool.
We head for dinner at one of our favorite BBQ restaurants in the Philippines!
We spend the evening drinking rum by the sea!
Overnight in Currimao.
Saturday 23 November 2019 We take the morning to relax on our beach before heading off for the day.
We now do a city tour of Batac, one of those weird cities that, as the birthplace of a dictator, still hold said dictator in very high regard, hence the “home of great leaders”. We visit the frankly crazy Marcos Museum about Ferdinand and Emelda, as well as checking out a few other choice places such as the Marcos University and Malacanang of the North, the former home of the Marcos family. Unfortunately, his embalmed body is no longer here, but it is fascinating nonetheless.
Street food lunch in Batac, with there being a wonderful street famous for its local sausages and empanadas!
For those so inclined, we offer ATV driving on the Sand Dunes of Loag (extra charge).
We then take the next part of our journey: the 4-hour journey to the surfing beach town of Urbiztondo in La Union.
Our beachside huts are located on a very private beach, so make the most of it with our hosts putting on a BBQ for us!
Overnight in La Union.
Sunday 24 November 2019 We start early for the final part of our journey – the 4-5 hours back to Manila.
On arrival, we check back into the Garden Lotus Hotel where we have lunch before heading back out.
Manila might well be the centre of wealth, business and government in the Philippines, but it is very much a tale of two cities, with the slums that culminate in the rubbish collectors of Smokey Mountain living in abject poverty.
We take a very sobering slum tour of Manila with our local guides, who will give a very in-depth explanation about their lives.
Following the visit to the slums we take a short drive that almost takes us to another universe by visiting the Manila Hotel – the oldest and most deluxe hotel in the city.
We head for a last-night dinner in Burgos Street followed by a trip to Ringside bar to watch midget boxing, capping off a truly extravaganza tour in the Philippines!
Overnight at Garden Lotus Hotel
Monday 25 November 2019 End of tour.
We are able to offer further transport services or transfer to the airport.
TOUR COST: £1295.00
Price Inclusive of: All transport in AC bus All entrances and guide fees Private guide in Baguio and Sagada All breakfasts (excluding last day) and lunches (excluding first day) VIP Cock fighting package
Price Exclusive of: International flights Visas (where needed) Dinners Personal expenditure (ie drinks etc.) Tips and gratuities
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