Experience Macao in 5 Days
From delicious food, to jaw-dropping entertainment, cultural festivals, shopping and adventure, there are countless ways to experience Macao, your own style!
Here’s a 5 day sample itinerary complete with sights, shows & entertainment, delicious food and some fun & adventure, to get an overall glimpse of all that Macao has to offer. You can explore Macao via walking tours on StepOutMacao too. Remember to drop by Macao Government Tourist Office (three-storey yellow building in front of Senado Square) to grab your travel maps/guides.
Day 1: Macao World Heritage
Take the direct ferry to Macao from the Hong Kong airport and check in to your hotel. Later enjoy the City tour to visit the most important landmark of Macao – the Ruins of St. Paul. Try the street food delicacies in the markets around the ruins. See the world’s biggest coil incense sticks at A-Ma temple, built 500 years ago during 1488. Next visit the Lotus Statue, Macao’s newest landmark which was gifted by Mainland China, St. Dominic’s Church and the Guia Fortress.
After dinner, catch the spectacular extravaganza show at The House of Dancing Waters in the City of Dreams. Don’t forget to take pictures!
Day 2: Shopping, Adventure and Fun
After breakfast, go on a shopping spree! The city boasts of some great shopping at Senado Square,Avenida Horta e Costa, Avenida do Infante D. Henrique, and Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro or at Venetian Macau Grand Canal.
The Macau Tower is hard to miss – Standing at 338 meters above the ground, it is the 10th tallest tower in the world and visible from almost every part of Macau peninsula. Enjoy spectacular views of Macao from the Observation Deck or indulge in some adrenaline rush with activities like the Sky Jump, Bungy Jump, Tower Walk or the tower climb. More on the Macau Tower adventure activities here.
Spend the evening at the casinos of Macao also known as the “Las Vegas of the Orient”. More popular ones are The Venetian, Casino Lisboa, Casa Real Casino, Mandarin oriental Casino, Sands Macao, MGM Grand Macao and Wynn Macao to name a few. Good luck!
Day 3: Food and Entertainment
After a sumptuous breakfast, visit the Macao Museum. In the afternoon you could choose a Dim sum lunch, since a trip to Macao is incomplete without the lip smacking dum sums. Portas Do Sol at Hotel Lisboa is often raved about by the international press for having the best dim sums in Macao.
Outside Hotel Lisboa you’ll see a row of pedicabs, or tricycle rickshaw, which is a fun way to explore the city. Revel in the uniquely leisurely and romantic pedicab experience while you tour the captivating waterfront of Nam Van Lake and the older historic streets of downtown Macao.
A great option would be a relaxing Spa at Mandarin oriental Hotel (Grand Lapa hotel) , Westin Macau, Sands Macau or Spa Philosophy, Macao’s first day spa – which offers a rich blend of Eastern and Western philosophies, treatments and products.
Spend the evening seeing the tree of prosperity at the Wynn hotel, the Dragon of Fortune show, the Fountain show and the 8.3 meters tall cylindrical water-sky Aquarium at MGM. Dine in luxury at the Westin Macau, Grand Hyatt, MGM, Sheraton Macau, Galaxy Hotel, Venetian or the Holiday Inn that spoil you with their wide range of cuisine options.
Day 4: Macao’s Serene side
Today enjoy a leisure day in Coloane and Taipa. Wake up early to visit the Coloane island. On arrival, enjoy the world-famous Portuguese egg tart for breakfast at the Lord Stow Bakery. Take a relaxed stroll through old Taipa Town and the Taipa Houses Museum. At lunchtime, take your pick from a variety of local Chinese, Portuguese or Macanese cuisine in the area. Have a playful time with the adorable and cute Pandas at the Giant Panda Pavilion.
You could also opt to visit either of the 2 beaches – Hac Sa & Cheoc Van Beach.
Day 5: Museums and Shows
Start your day at the beautiful Chinese gardens of Lou Lim IOC. Spend a fun – filled afternoon at the Pier 3D Museum and click loads of interesting pictures in wacky poses! Race at the Grand Prix Museum, visit the Wine Museum and be wowed at the Macau Science Centre’s Living Dinosaur Exhibition.
Witness the dazzling Wishing Crystals show and Diamond Show at the Galaxy Macau and spend the nights walking on the illuminated streets of Macao at the Senado Square.
Day 6: Saying Goodbye
Pack your bags for your flight back home and take back beautiful memories of your Macao Moments!
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