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
Boracay, Philippines
— 5 nights
+2
ferry + 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
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
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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): 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 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
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Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago
Rizal Park ©
Rizal Park
San Agustin Church ©
San Agustin Church

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, #Tours

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
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 Mosque 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). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Burj Khalifa, take an in-depth tour of Al Fahidi Fort, kick back and relax at Umm Suqeim Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dubai trip itinerary maker website .

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

Things to do in Dubai

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Abu Dhabi
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Sheikh Zayed Mosque ©
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
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 Napier Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kovalam: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (Agastya Mala, Padmanabhapuram Palace, & more) and Varkala (Janardhana Swami Temple, Papasnanam Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach, enjoy the sea views from Vizhinjam Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Chowara Beach, and explore the activities along Veli Tourist Village.

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
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Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Varkala Beach ©
Varkala Beach

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