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 the 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 Batac, the home of Ferdinand and Emelda Marcos before a night partying with a rum tasting and beach BBQ. We finish the trip back in 'Mental Manila' with a last night blowout of top bars 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 12 people giving us great flexibility in our itinerary and the ability to adjust our tour depending on the group interests.
Air China currently have a flight offer from London Heathrow to Manila via Beijing or Shanghai for £343 return! Some flights have a long stop over so you can explore these fascinating cities using the 24 hour Transit Visa Exemption.
Thursday 31 October 2019 Guests arrive at their own leisure and check into our hotel in the Ermita part of Metro Manila (optional airport pickup for extra charge).
At 6pm the group gather in the hotel lobby for a tour briefing and more importantly, a pub crawl around Ermita for dinner and drinks where you will get to know your fellow revellers!
Overnight in Manila.
Friday 1 November 2019 At 10am we join our private air-conditioned vehicle for a 2-hour drive to Pampanga 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! You can sample “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 a brewery to taste some more epic local beers!
After our tasting we hit the road for Angeles City! 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 in Angeles City.
Saturday 2 November 2019 An early morning departure for 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) and on the way we stop for a Filipino style breakfast.
After a tour of the colourful Baguio 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 ghost hunting tour at the famous Diplomat Hotel. Our guide will tell us about the frightful atrocities committed here by the Japanese military during World War II which will make your hair stand on end even before you experience any ghosts…
After searching for ghosts, we head to another brewery for lunch and local beer sampling!
We then get back on the road to Sagada to make sure we arrive in time to watch the 'sunset in the clouds' at a wonderful bar we know that offers stunning views. We will stop on the way for scenic photos.
For dinner we have a traditional Filipino favourite – “boodle fight” – followed by drinks near our hotel.
Overnight in a homestay in Sagada.
Sunday 3 November 2019 We have an early breakfast before heading 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.
After lunch there is the option of exploring the Sumaging caves system or a bar crawl around town - the choice is yours!
Dinner in Sagada at the famous Yoghurt House (it serves more than just yoghurt!).
We finish the night drinking locally-made eye watering wine up in our beautiful mountain homestay.
Overnight in a homestay in Sagada.
Monday 4 November 2019 After a very early start we head off for the next part of our trip: the 5-6 drive to the paradise of Ilocos. 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 in Ilocos where we will have a chance to relax after the long drive.
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 Ilocos.
Tuesday 5 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!
We then take the next part of our journey: the 4-hour journey to the surfing beach town of San Juan in La Union. Here in La Union we will take it easy after a few early mornings and enjoy the beauty of the local beaches, enjoy a surf lesson or head out on a classic Smiling Grape beach bar crawl!
Wednesday 6 2019 We start early for the final part of our journey – the 4-5 hours back to Manila.
On arrival, we take a very sobering slum tour of Manila with our local guides, who will give a very in-depth explanation about their lives. 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.
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 for lunch and cocktails.
After lunch we can head out on a tour of Manila or just relax at the hotel. For those in need of more refreshments we can start our last pub crawl early!
We enjoy a farewell last-night dinner in Burgos Street followed by a trip to Ringside bar to watch midget boxing and plenty more weird stuff, capping off a truly special "Extravaganza Tour of the Philippines!
Thursday 7 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 accommodations All entrances and guide fees Private local guide Western guide All breakfasts
Price Exclusive of: International flights Visas (where needed) Lunch and Dinners Personal expenditure (ie drinks etc.) Tips and gratuities
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