12 days in Belgium Itinerary

12 days in Belgium Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Brussels
— 2 nights
2
Antwerp
— 2 nights
3
Ghent
— 3 nights
4
Bruges
— 2 nights
5
Brussels
— 1 night

2
nights
Brussels

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Royal Palace of Brussels, Place du Grand Sablon, Place Poelaert, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Grand Place, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, take a stroll through Rue des Bouchers, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint Nicolas, thenadmire the landmark architecture of La Bourse de Bruxelles, and finally make a trip to Place Ste. Catherine. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, take in nature's colorful creations at Brussels Park, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, thenmake a trip to Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Petit Sablon.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Brussels travel planning tool.

Washington DC, USA to Brussels is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Brussels. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in September; daily highs in Brussels reach °F and lows reach °F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sun) before leaving for Antwerp.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)
Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon ©
Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon

2
nights
Antwerp

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 list of things to see and do now includes Rubens House (Rubenshuis), Kulminator, DIVA, and other attractions. On the 16th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Museum Plantin-Moretus, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, thensee the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, get to know the fascinating history of Vlaeykensgang, thenexamine the collection at DIVA, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Kulminator.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Antwerp route planning site.

You can drive from Brussels to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Antwerp are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Ghent.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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Museum Plantin-Moretus
Museum Plantin-Moretus
Rubens House (Rubenshuis) ©
Rubens House (Rubenshuis)
Vlaeykensgang ©
Vlaeykensgang

3
nights
Ghent

Ghent ©
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.
You've added Trollekelder, Dulle Griet, Yuzu, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's more to do: stop by De Hopduvel Specialist Store.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ghent trip planner.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Ghent sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Nightlife Shopping
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Dulle Griet ©
Dulle Griet
Trollekelder ©
Trollekelder
't dreupelkot ©
't dreupelkot

2
nights
Bruges

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Comptoir Des Arts, Le Trappiste, Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Markt, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, make a trip to Burg Square, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Holy Blood, thensee the interesting displays at Historium Brugge, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Duvelorium. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, stop by The Old Chocolate House, thenstop by The Chocolate Line Bruges, thenadmire the masterpieces at Sint-Janshospitaal, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Bruges trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Ghent to Bruges in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Nightlife Museums Historic Sites
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Church of Our Lady Bruges ©
Church of Our Lady Bruges
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Le Trappiste ©
Le Trappiste

1
night
Brussels

Brussels
For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brussels trip maker tool.

Drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Brussels

Nightlife Museums Historic Sites
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