Macau in a Day: A Travel Itinerary

Macau Day Trip Itinerary

Macau is known as Asia’s Las Vegas for a reason. It’s filled with world class hotels with in-house casinos of matching grandeur. However, this reputation does not do Macau any justice. It is so much more than just a gambler’s paradise. Due to its close proximity, tourists visiting Hong Kong usually consider a day trip in Macau. With just an hour of travel time, visa-free entry and plenty of daily ferry trip schedules to choose from, visitors can explore Macau and get back to their hotel in Hong Kong by the evening. This one day trip travel itinerary will explore the things to see and do in Macau other than its famous casinos.



Fortaleza Do Monte (Mount Fortress Corridor)

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Fortaleza Do Monte

The Fortaleza Do Monte, built between 1617 and 1626, is a fort located in Santo Antonio, Macau. It was constructed to protect Jesuits properties from pirates but was later taken over by the colonial government for the defense of Macau.

The fortress offers a stunning panoramic view of Macau's skyline, both old and new.

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Fortaleza Do Monte

If you're looking for some history fix, Museo de Macau is also located in the area.

Ruins of St. Paul

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St. Paul Ruins

One of Macau's best known landmarks is the facade and ruins of the former St. Paul Parish which was devastated by a fire in the 1800's. It is located just below Fortaleza Do Monte.

Macau Day Trip Itinerary
St. Paul Ruins

A walk down the former church's grand staircase will lead you to dozens of shops selling various food items, including Macau's most famous delicacy: the Portuguese Egg Tart. My love story with Fish Balls in Curry Sauce also started here. Some of these shops offer free taste too, don't miss them!


A-Ma Temple

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A-Ma Temple

A-Ma Temple, dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu, is one of the oldest temples in Macau. It is also believed that the peninsula of Macau was named after this temple.

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A-Ma Temple

You can actually catch a view of mainland China from here. Walk a few meters to the nearby Pastelaria Koi Kei to find a wide selection of Macau delicacies, perfect to bring back home.


Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Center

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Macau Tower

Measuring 338 meters from ground level to its highest point, Macau Tower offers the best 360 view of the entire Macau peninsula. Unfortunately, the skies weren't clear on our visit. You can also try some adventurous activities such as Bungee Jumping. If you're not up for that, you can just settle on watching other people take the plunge via live stream.



Studio City


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Studio City

Studio City is one of the themed hotels in Macau's Cotai Island. It contains the "Golden Reel", the world's highest figure-8 shaped Ferris Wheel, integrated in its facade.



The Parisian Macao

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Eiffel Tower at the Parisian Macao

Just across Studio City is The Parisian, themed luxury hotel, casino and water park in Cotai Island. To bring the essence of the city of love in Asia, it features a half-scale model of the Eiffel Tower (which has an observation deck, by the way), rotundas, endless shops, street entertainers and glorious ceiling murals.

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Stellar ceiling murals at the Parisian Macao.


The Venetian Macao

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Venetian Macao

Connected to the Parisian via foot bridge, the Venetian Macao is another luxury hotel and casino resort in the Cotai Strip. It is modeled from its sister casino, the Venetian Las Vegas. It houses the world's largest casino floor. Located within the vicinity is the Sands' Shoppes, the largest indoor shopping mall in Macau.

You can also have a truly Venetian experience by having a gondolier serenade you through a romantic gondola ride in its indoor grand canals. 


Wynn Palace

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Wynn Palace Performance Lake


Broadway Food Street


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Broadway Food Street

Broadway Macau Food Street boasts of over 40 restaurants serving Macanese and Asian delicacies to choose from. We had our dinner here.


Wynn Macau


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Wynn Macau, Dragon of Fortune and Tree of Prosperity

Wynn Macau also offers their own version, albeit smaller, of their sister hotel's Performance Lake, a water exhibition that is on show from 11am - 9:45pm daily. Every show lasts for approximately 3 minutes and runs alternately at 15 minutes intervals.

Another offering is the "Dragon of Fortune" and the "Tree of Prosperity", definitely can't miss spectaculars in Wynn Macau's rotunda. Shows run daily, starting from 10am-midnight, in 30 minute intervals. 


Macau Day Trip Itinerary

Since we arrived at Macau directly from Cebu City very late at night, our itinerary is a little bit different from a typical Macau Day Tour if coming from Hong Kong. You may adjust your activities accordingly.

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NOTES:
10:00pm
Arrive at Macau Airport from Cebu


Wait at the bus stop for free shuttle bus
You can ride free hotel shuttles in Macau, to and from key destinations, even if you are not a guest. Make sure to check bus schedules and routes, these are usually shown in hotels’ websites.
11:00pm
Arrive at Wynn Macau


Watch “Dragon of Fortune
Located at Wynn Macau’s Rotunda (10am-12am, runs every 30minutes)

Watch “Tree of Prosperity
12:00am
Late Dinner


Walk to Macau Outer Harbour Terminal
It’s a long walk, but we had nothing to do, and we wanted to see more of Macau.
2:30 am
Arrive at Macau Outer Harbour Terminal
To save money, we decided to sleep at the terminal for the night. If you’re on a budget, it’s a good idea. But if you have some cash to spare, just get a room.

Claim tickets purchased from Klook at ticketing counter
10:00am
Meet Up at Macau Outer Habour Terminal for the TKW Macau Tour

10:30am
TKW Macau Tour
Included in the Iventure Card; You can put your luggage in the tour bus.

Fortaleza Do Monte


Ruins of St. Paul

1:00pm
Lunch
Buffet; Free with TKW Tour
2:00pm
Pastelaria Koi Kei
Free Taste on Macau Delicacies

A-Ma Temple
Included in the Iventure Card
3:00pm
Macau Tower
Included in the Iventure Card; Dropped off by TKW Tour here; end of tour. Watch people go bungee jumping at Macau Tower
4:00pm
Studio City
Rode free shuttle bus from Macau Tower
4:30pm
The Parisian Macao
Just across the street from Studio City
5:30pm
Venetian Macao
Connected by a foot bridge from the Parisian
6:00pm
Wynn Palace
Short Walk from Venetian

Ride SkyCab
Free even if you’re not a hotel guest

Watch Performance Lake
See schedule here.
7:00pm
Galaxy Macau
Ride Cotai Connection

Go to Broadway Macau Food Street


Get Free Meal Coupon at Broadway Kitchen; Dinner
Included in the Iventure Card
8:00pm
Get Free Drink in Galaxy Macau Food Court
Included in the Iventure Card
9:00pm
Wynn Macau
Ride free shuttle bus

Watch Performance Lake
Shows are at 15minute intervals
9:45pm
Ride Free Shuttle to Macau Outer Harbour Terminal

10:35pm
Ferry Trip Back to Hong Kong (Kowloon Ferry Terminal)
Tickets purchased via Klook; 10:35pm last trip to Kowloon. If your hotel is in the Hong Kong Island, better choose a trip to Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal instead. 

We truly had a fun one day trip in Macau. A great way kick-off our 5 day trip to Hong Kong and Macau. If you're already in Hong Kong and have a day to spare, spending a day in Asia's Las Vegas is always a good idea!

 


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