Some travelers who visit Hong Kong included Macau on their itinerary as a side trip only, especially those who don’t have enough vacation leave. One day to tour Macau is definitely not enough because it is rich with tourist spots and attractions. But being in Macau for only one day doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to enjoy what the city has to offer, you just have to plan ahead and research ahead of time to know which tourist attractions you should prioritize in that short period of time. But worry less, because I am here to help you make the most of your day and make sure that your visit in Macau is a memorable one. Check this Macau One-Day Tour Itinerary below.
0800: Ferry to Macau
Take the ferry bound to Macau from Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal at Shun tak Plaza in Sheung Wan. Take the Cotai Water Jet ferry (blue ferry) as it will go directly to Taipa Ferry Terminal in Taipa, Macau.
Arrival at Taipa Ferry Terminal. Pass the immigration and then take the free shuttle bus to Venetian Macau.
1000: Venetian Macau Hotel
Explore the Venetian Macau and take a Gondola Ride. Shops open at 1000 while the first ride on a gondola starts at 1100am. While waiting for your gondola ride you can take advantage of the time taking pictures of the enormous hotel lobby, the Venice-inspired grand canal shops and the outside street view of the cotai strip.
1200: Parisian Macao
See the Cotai Strip at the top of the Eiffel Tower. Paris is brought to Asia.
1400: Senado Square and Ruins of St. Paul
After stuffing yourself with food and awesome sights of enormous hotels you are now ready to go to Macau Peninsula. From Galaxy Hotel look for bus bay #10 to take the free shuttle bus going to San Malo (Senado Square). You will be dropped off in front of New Yaohan, go the opposite way to the main road then turn left and walk straight towards Senado Square. Once you are in Senado Square work your way up to the Ruins of St. Paul. Senado Square, Ruins of St. Paul’s, Nat – cha temple and St. Dominic’s Church are all located in the city centre of Macau.
Update: The drop off point in Senado Square from City of Dreams and Studio CIty has changed to near the Grand Emperor Hotel, while the shuttle from Galaxy Hotel to Senado Square has stopped.
While you are in the place, try the street foods, buy some delicacies and take pictures of the Portuguese-styled building along the area. If you still have ample time, visit the Macau Museum besides the Ruins of St. Paul.
1700: Take a walk at nearby hotels in Macau Peninsula and be with locals.
1930: Going back to Hong Kong
From any big hotels, take the hotel free shuttle bus going, this time, to Macau Ferry Terminal. This ferry terminal is the one in Macau Peninsula not the one you took coming here.
After this tour, I know you will come back to Macau as one day is definitely not enough. Macau has a lot more to offer.
If you have more than one day to visit Macau, check out our Two-Day Sample Macau Tour Itinerary.
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