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

Start: Melbourne, Australia
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  15​h
1
Boracay, Philippines
— 5 nights
+2
ferry + Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Manila, Philippines
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h
3
Muscat, Oman
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Kovalam, India
— 15 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

5
nights
Boracay, Philippines

Boracay ©
*** Please note that Boracay Island was closed to tourists for six months starting April 26, 2018.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ariel's Point. We've included these beaches for you: White Beach and Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach). Step out of the city life by going to Balinghai 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 Diniwid Beach, head off the coast to Crystal Cove Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Ilig Iligan 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 14-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
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:
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White Beach ©
White Beach
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach) ©
Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)
Diniwid Beach ©
Diniwid Beach

2
nights
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): stroll through 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 ferry, flight, and bus from Boracay to Manila in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. 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
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago
San Agustin Church ©
San Agustin Church
Intramuros ©
Intramuros

2
nights
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. 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
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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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
nights
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 Umm Suqeim Beach will get you outdoors. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center and Al Fahidi Fort are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Abu Dhabi (Heritage Village & Saadiyat Public Beach). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Burj Khalifa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jumeirah Mosque, enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, and get outside with Sheikh Zayed Road.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubai trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Muscat to Dubai in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Dubai

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Abu Dhabi
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center ©
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve ©
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Heritage Village ©
Heritage Village

15
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Sivagiri. Do some cultural sightseeing at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace and Kanakakunnu Palace & Grounds. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kovalam: Varkala (Janardhana Swami Temple, Papasnanam Beach, & more) and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Vizhinjam Lighthouse, Agastya Mala, & more). The adventure continues: stroll through Kovalam Beach, explore the activities along Veli Tourist Village, and enjoy the sand and surf at Chowara Beach.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kovalam trip builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Dubai to Kovalam with the Route module. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Kovalam due to the time zone difference. In January, Kovalam is somewhat warmer than Dubai - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up 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
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

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