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 22 October 2018 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 23 October 2018 At 9am we join our private air-conditioned vehicle for the rest of our journey, 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 lunch, we head to Angeles City to check into the Wild Orchid 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 Wild Orchid.
Wednesday 24 October 2018 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 head out for dinner and tasting of the famous Philippines spirit of Tanduay rum coupled with bad videoke.
Overnight in Baguio.
Thursday 25 October 2018 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.
We head back to our guesthouse for dinner, drinks and a relaxed night surrounded by mountain scenery.
Friday 26 October 2018 We take breakfast or a lie in at the guesthouse before heading off for the next part of our trip the 3-4 hour drive to Batac, the self-styled home of Great Leaders, stopping at various scenic spots along the way.
We stop off for a local lunch.
We now do a city tour of Batac. Batac is one of those weird cities that as the birthplace of a dictator still hold him 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 none the less.
In the early evening we take the 30-minute drive to the beach town of Currimao where our beach huts await us.
We spend the evening sampling rum, having a beach BBQ and generally kicking back.
Overnight in Currimao.
Saturday 27 October 2018 We take the morning to relax in our beach surroundings with many optional activities available for extra charge.
We now embark on the mammoth part of the journey, the 7-hour drive to Manila with a lunch stop, and various rest, toilet, drink and photo opportunities along the way.
On arrival in Manila we check back into the Swagman Hotel in Ermita. In the evening we offer a walking city tour including Rizal Park, the US embassy and the waterfront, with dinner and drinks.
Sunday 28 October 2018 We take breakfast in the hotel before taking the last day of our adventure very seriously by going cock fighting!
Cock fighting might be controversial, and without doubt a bit cruel, but in the Philippines it is a not only a huge event and culturally significant, but huge business.
We get a VIP pass for one of the main arenas in Manila and spend the day (including lunch) betting and hopefully winning on the roosters of our choice.
We end our last night with a bang by heading to the infamous Burgas Street for a massive pub crawl that culminates in Midget Boxing and Wrestling, a perfect end to one of our most extreme and surreal tours of the Philippines!
After this we can offer either transport back to the hotel or for the hardcore VIP entry into Valkrie Nightclub (minimum consumption required).
Overnight at Swagman Hotel.
Monday 29 October 2018 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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