16 days in Belgium, Dubai & France Itinerary

16 days in Belgium, Dubai & France Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
Fly
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Montpellier, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Toulouse, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
Fly
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
Fly
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 1 night

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Bastakia Quarter, browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall, and then admire the striking features of Burj Khalifa. On the next day, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, get engrossed in the history at Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort, and then stop by Dubai Gold Souk.

You can plan Dubai trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major aiports are Dubai International Airport, Sharjah International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to fly to Nice.
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Shopping · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:

Nice, France — 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
On the 17th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Old Town, browse the exhibits of Palais Lascaris, and then see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Nice trip app.

Traveling by flight from Dubai to Nice takes 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Nice is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Dubai, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Marseille.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:

Marseille, France — 1 night

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 19th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Marseille trip planning app.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Marseille are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Montpellier.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 19:

Montpellier, France — 1 night

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St. Pierre, relax and rejuvenate at Hot Yoga Montpellier, then do a tasting at Bertrand Bosc, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Puech Merle.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Montpellier vacation app.

You can drive from Marseille to Montpellier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Toulouse.
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Wineries · Historic Sites · Spas
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:

Toulouse, France — 1 night

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On the 21st (Sat), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, soak in style at Le Riad du Bien etre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, then make a trip to Place Saint-Etienne, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Toulouse road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Montpellier to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.
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Fun & Games · Baths · Spas · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:

Bordeaux, France — 1 night

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in the views from Pont de Pierre, explore the world behind art at CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Toulouse to Bordeaux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.
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Museums · Fun & Games · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 22:

Lyon, France — 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, and then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Paris.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:

Paris, France — 2 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Lyon to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Paris are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Ghent.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:

Ghent, Belgium — 1 night

Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Guide in Ghent, then explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ghent trip planning site.

You can take a train from Paris to Ghent in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Bruges.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:

Bruges, Belgium — 1 night

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 27th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally make a trip to The Markt.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges vacation maker app.

Getting from Ghent to Bruges by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Brussels.
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Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 27:

Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 28th (Sat), examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), make a trip to Grand Place, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and finally explore the world behind art at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, examine the collection at Atomium, then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Brussels trip maker app.

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Antwerp.
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Museums · Historic Sites
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Antwerp, Belgium — 1 night

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Antwerp day trip app.

Getting from Brussels to Antwerp by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Mon).
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Nightlife · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 30:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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