Fall in love with the Philippines on this immersive tour
Fall in love with the Philippines on this 12-day tour, from bustling Manila to glittering coasts and rugged mountains. Begin with a bang in the capital, then change the pace in cruisy San Juan. Learn to surf (or show off pre-existing skills), then leave the beach behind for the mountains of Sagada, where you will discover the hanging coffins attached to the cliff face by the Igorot people. Whether you’re climbing to dizzying heights on cascading rice terraces or drinking rice wine while watching the sunset in El Nido, every moment here is one for the books.
Get acquainted with the three Bs in San Juan – beach, beers and boards. Your leader can show you the best spot to catch the sunset.
Check out the hanging coffins on the cliffs of Sagada and learn about the hows and whys of this unique death ritual.
Navigate the narrow ledges of the Batad Rice Terraces on a morning hike through this towering cascade of bright green paddies.
Spend a full day island hopping in El Nido – AKA paradise! – exploring lagoons framed by limestone karsts and technicolour coral reefs.
When you’re travelling in the great outdoors it doesn’t make sense to micro-plan every second. This trip is a perfect mix of included highlights and free time to explore at your own pace.
This trip includes a few days primarily made up of travel, including in a van. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. It’s all part of the adventure and a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.
Some of the best scenery in the Philippines is found on hikes. So, while this trip doesn't require you to be an athlete, it’s essential to be at least moderately fit if you want to partake in all activities.
This trip is called ‘Real Philippines’ for a reason. In some of the remote locations we visit the accommodation is basic. Some nights are spent in multi-share rooms with shared bathrooms with Asian-style toilets. Hot water showers will be available most nights.
Trekking rice terraces is sure to be a trip highlight, just keep in mind the paths can be very steep, narrow and run along sheer drops. We’ll provide you with a walking stick, but a sturdy pair of shoes with good grip is essential. If you suffer from vertigo this might not be the trip for you.
When picking guesthouses, we value locations in the heart of the action. The noise (whether we like it or not) is often part of the scene. Passengers may wake up to the sound of roosters or church bells in the morning, so if you’re sensitive to noise we recommend bringing earplugs to the trip.
The best way to experience a city is by doing as the locals do – and in this case that means using public transport in some locations. It’s better for the environment and you’ll get an authentic look at daily life; just be aware you may find yourself sharing a busy bus ride with local commuters.
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1.Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking for the flight ticket on this trip. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.
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