31 days in Asia & Middle East Itinerary

31 days in Asia & Middle East Itinerary

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31 days in Asia & Middle East Itinerary

Melbourne, Australia
Fly + ferry:  15​h
Boracay, Philippines
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
Manila, Philippines
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h
Muscat, Oman
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
Kovalam, India
— 15 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
Melbourne, Australia

4
days
Boracay, Philippines

Boracay ©
All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ariel's Point. We've included these beaches for you: White Beach and Balinghai Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Bugtongbato Beach and Bulabog Beach. Spend the 22nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), head off the coast to Crystal Cove Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Diniwid Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at E Mall.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Boracay trip itinerary site .

Melbourne, Australia to Boracay is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Philippines Time (PHT) is minus 2 hours. Expect warmer evenings in Boracay when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Manila.

Things to do in Boracay

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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White Beach ©
White Beach
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) ©
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)
Diniwid Beach ©
Diniwid Beach

2
days
Manila, Philippines

Manila ©
The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Rizal Park, get to know the fascinating history of Intramuros, then contemplate the long history of Fort Santiago, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Manila Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at San Agustin Church. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Ayala Museum, then stop by SM Mall of Asia, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Manila Ocean Park.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Manila trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Boracay to Manila in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Boracay in December, expect nights in Manila to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Muscat.

Things to do in Manila

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trips

Ayala Museum, SM Mall of Asia
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Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago
Rizal Park ©
Rizal Park
San Agustin Church ©
San Agustin Church

2
days
Muscat, Oman

Muscat ©
The capital and largest city of Oman, the coastal city of Muscat boasts numerous historical sites and pristine modern developments.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Ghubra Lake Park, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get a sense of history and politics at Al Alam Royal Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Amouage, stroll through Qurum Natural Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Qurum Beach, and finally tee off at Al Mouj Golf.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Muscat travel route planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Manila to Muscat in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippines Time (PHT) to Gulf Standard Time (GST) is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Manila in December, expect Muscat to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Muscat

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Al Alam Royal Palace
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Qurum Beach ©
Qurum Beach
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque ©
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Al Alam Royal Palace ©
Al Alam Royal Palace

5
days
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Visiting Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and Saadiyat Public Beach will get you outdoors. Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Jumeirah Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Heritage Village in Abu Dhabi (about 2 hours away). There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jumeirah Public Beach, get engrossed in the history at Al Fahidi Fort, and take a memorable drive along Sheikh Zayed Road.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubai attractions planner .

You can fly from Muscat to Dubai in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Dubai

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Abu Dhabi
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Umm Suqeim Beach ©
Umm Suqeim Beach
Sheikh Zayed Mosque ©
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve ©
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

15
days
Kovalam, India

Kovalam ©
Famous for the groves of coconut trees from which it takes its name, Kovalam offers a long, white sandy beach on the Arabian Sea.
Get outdoors at Kovalam Beach and Varkala Beach. Visit Lighthouse Beach and Papasnanam Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Varkala (Sivagiri, Janardhana Swami Temple, & more) and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Agastya Mala, Padmanabhapuram Palace, & more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Samudra Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, see the interesting displays at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, and explore the activities along Karamana River.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read our Kovalam trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dubai to Kovalam. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dubai in January: high temperatures in Kovalam hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kovalam

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Varkala, Chowara Beach
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

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