23 days in Italy, Dubai & Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Itinerary

23 days in Italy, Dubai & Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights
Fly:  10 h
2
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Genoa, Italy
— Few hours
Drive:  45 min
4
Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Lucca, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
8
Venice, Italy
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
9
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Venice, Italy
— Few hours
Train:  2 h 30 min
11
Milan, Italy
— Few hours
Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Perth, Australia

4
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Escape the urban bustle at Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Jumeirah Public Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Al Fahidi Fort. Take a break from Dubai with a short trip to Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 30th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, contemplate the waterfront views at Dubai Creek, admire the striking features of Burj Al Arab, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubai trip maker app.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Dubai International Airport, Sharjah International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Abu Dhabi
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Safaris
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque ©
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

3
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Place Rossetti and Lérins Islands. Do some cultural sightseeing at Vieille Ville and La Croisette. There's still lots to do: trek along Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike, explore the historical opulence of Haut de Cagnes, and don't miss a visit to Le Nomade.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nice holiday planner.

Getting from Dubai to Nice by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Nice. Traveling from Dubai in January, you will find days in Nice are colder (15°C), and nights are slightly colder (7°C). You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Genoa.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cannes, Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike, Le Nomade, Haut de Cagnes
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands

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Genoa, Italy

Genoa
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Genoa online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Genoa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Genoa sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. You'll set off for Santa Margherita Ligure on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Genoa

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
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night
Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy

Santa Margherita Ligure ©
Santa Margherita Ligure is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Genoa in the Italian region Liguria, located about 35km southeast of Genoa, in the Tigullio traditional area.Santa Margherita Ligure borders the following municipalities: Camogli, Portofino, Rapallo.It has a port, used for both tourism and fishing activities. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): wander the streets of Santa Margherita Ligure.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Margherita Ligure online travel planner.

Traveling by train from Genoa to Santa Margherita Ligure takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Santa Margherita Ligure

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Camogli
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Santa Margherita Ligure ©
Santa Margherita Ligure
Basilica DI Santa Maria Assunta ©
Basilica DI Santa Maria Assunta

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nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario di Nostra Signora di Montenero. On your second day here, hike along Cinque Terre Trails, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Fegina, and then learn about winemaking at Buranco Agriturismo.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Cinque Terre trip website.

Traveling by train from Santa Margherita Ligure to Cinque Terre takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Santa Margherita Ligure in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Cinque Terre. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lucca.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Il Laboratorio del Pesto, Madonnina della Punta
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Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Spiaggia di Fegina
Spiaggia di Fegina
Santuario di Nostra Signora di Montenero ©
Santuario di Nostra Signora di Montenero

3
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Lucca, Italy

Lucca ©
Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Pisa, make a trip to Leaning Tower of Pisa, see the interesting displays at Palazzo Blu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, then make a trip to Murale Tuttomondo di Keith Haring, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Baptistery of St. John.

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You can drive from Cinque Terre to Lucca in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Lucca, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Fri) before leaving for Florence.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Pisa, SATOR Winery, Ponte della Maddalena - Ponte del Diavolo, Costiera di Calafuria
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Basilica of San Frediano ©
Basilica of San Frediano
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Baptistery of St. John ©
Baptistery of St. John

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence road trip planning tool.

Getting from Lucca to Florence by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Florence are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande and then wander the streets of Cannaregio.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Venice trip simple and quick.

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Florence in January, with highs in Venice at 9°C and lows at 0°C. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Things to do in Venice

Nature Neighborhoods Parks
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio

5
nights
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Cortina d'Ampezzo ©
Cortina d'Ampezzo, commonly referred to as Cortina, is a town and comune in the heart of the southern (Dolomitic) Alps in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Get outdoors at Kronplatz and Valle di Casies. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo and Cappella "Lago di Braies". Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cortina d'Ampezzo: Skicivetta (in Alleghe), Sesto (Pista di Slittino Signaue & Monte Elmo) and Brunico (Cimitero Austro-Ungarico di Brunico & Parrocchiale di Nostra Signora). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Michele, fly down the slopes at Rifugio Lagazuoi, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bergila, and learn about all things military at Museo Della Grande Guerra 1914-1918.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Cortina d'Ampezzo tour itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Venice to Cortina d'Ampezzo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cortina d'Ampezzo when traveling from Venice in January, with lows around -3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Venice.

Things to do in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Brunico, Sesto, Piazza San Michele, Skicivetta, Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo
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Kronplatz ©
Kronplatz
Rifugio Lagazuoi ©
Rifugio Lagazuoi
Valle di Casies ©
Valle di Casies

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hours
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): wander the streets of Dorsoduro.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Venice online trip builder.

You can drive from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Venice in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cortina d'Ampezzo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Venice, with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Neighborhoods
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Dorsoduro ©
Dorsoduro

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Milan, Italy

Milan
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Milan online trip builder.

Traveling by train from Venice to Milan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. On the 18th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Nightlife Historic Sites Outdoors
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