12 days in Belgium, Arras & Paris Itinerary

12 days in Belgium, Arras & Paris Itinerary

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12 days in Belgium, Arras & Paris Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Arras, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Atomium and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Place and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cantillon Brewery, don't miss a visit to Place St. Gery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brussels trip itinerary maker tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Brussels is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in December; daily highs in Brussels reach 7°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Antwerp.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

2
nights
Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes MAS - Museum aan de Stroom as well as De Zwarte Panter (Black Panther). Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take a stroll through Meir and then stop by Pierre Marcolini. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom and then take in the exciting artwork at De Zwarte Panter (Black Panther).

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Antwerp trip planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Antwerp takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Bruges.

Things to do in Antwerp

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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Pierre Marcolini ©
Pierre Marcolini
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom
De Zwarte Panter (Black Panther) ©
De Zwarte Panter (Black Panther)

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Walplein.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bruges vacation maker site .

You can take a bus from Antwerp to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Arras.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum ©
Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

1
night
Arras, France

Arras ©
Arras is just small enough for you to enjoy over a leisurely walk along the two great squares providing a splendid collection of 155 unique façades of Flemish baroque architecture, with stop at the many bars and cafés along the way for refreshments.
For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Arras trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Bruges to Arras by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Arras are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Arras

Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Musée du Louvre-Lens
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Carriere Wellington ©
Carriere Wellington
Musée du Louvre-Lens ©
Musée du Louvre-Lens
Place des Heros ©
Place des Heros

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe and admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary builder tool .

Take a train from Arras to Paris in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. You'll set off for home on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

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