12 days in Dubai, Mumbai & Maldives Itinerary

12 days in Dubai, Mumbai & Maldives Itinerary

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Mumbai, India
— 5 nights
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Maafushi Island, Maldives
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Male, Maldives
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 1 day

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then kick back and relax at Jumeirah Public Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Bastakia Quarter, and finally take an in-depth tour of Al Fahidi Fort.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dubai trip itinerary planning site.

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. In December, daytime highs in Dubai are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Mumbai, India

— 5 nights

Gateway to India

Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Naval Uprising Statue. Do your shopping at Zaveri Bazaar and Jehangir Art Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Shree Ganesh Temple in Dombivli (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Chowpatty Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Colaba Causeway, burn calories and see the sights with Lifeshots Studio, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mumbai journey maker website.

Traveling by flight from Dubai to Mumbai takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Dubai to Mumbai, you'll lose 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in December, expect nights in Mumbai to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Maafushi Island.

Things to do in Mumbai

Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Maafushi Island, Maldives

With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Maafushi Island travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Mumbai to Maafushi Island in 6 hours. Traveling from Mumbai to Maafushi Island, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mumbai in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 30°C in Maafushi Island. On the 29th (Tue), you'll travel to Male.

Things to do in Maafushi Island

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Male, Maldives

— 5 nights
The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Get some historical perspective at Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) and Grand Friday Mosque. Get outdoors at Artificial Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of Male to go to Vihamanafushi and see Veli Spa at Kurumba Maldives, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Rasfannu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medhu Ziyaarath, stroll around Sultan Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hulhumale Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Male trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Maafushi Island to Male with the Route module. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.