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 + foot + Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Manila, Philippines
— 2 nights
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 ©
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: Diniwid Beach and Balinghai Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Bugtongbato Beach. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ilig Iligan Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Luho, and buy something for everyone on your list at E Mall.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Boracay road trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Boracay is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Boracay due to the time zone difference. Expect much 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)
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 and flight 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, flight, 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
Manila Cathedral ©
Manila Cathedral

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 fly from Manila to Muscat in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus 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 Tours

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
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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 Jumeirah Public Beach will get you outdoors. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center and Jumeirah Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Abu Dhabi (Heritage Village & Saadiyat Public Beach). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, take an in-depth tour of Al Fahidi Fort, take a leisurely stroll along Dubai Creek, and take a memorable drive along Sheikh Zayed Road.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Dubai driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Muscat to Dubai takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Dubai, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Kovalam.

Things to do in Dubai

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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 Beemapally Mosque. Do some cultural sightseeing at Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace and Vizhinjam Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kovalam: Varkala (Sivagiri, Janardhana Swami Temple, & more) and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Agastya Mala, Padmanabhapuram Palace, & more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach, kick back and relax at Ashoka Beach, explore the activities along Vellayani Lake, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sreevaraham Temple Pond.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kovalam online trip maker .

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. Traveling from Dubai in January, expect Kovalam to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time 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:
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

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