8 days in Belgium Itinerary

8 days in Belgium Itinerary

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

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Brussels

Brussels ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then examine the collection at Atomium, and finally see the interesting displays at Train World.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Brussels Airport, Antwerp International Airport (Deurne), Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Liège Airport. In January in Brussels, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Leuven.

Things to do in Brussels

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Must see
Grand Place
4.8
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Must see
Train World
4.6
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Specialty Museum
Atomium
3.8

1
night
Leuven

Leuven ©
The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
On the 3rd (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Directions Basilliek van Scherpenheuvel, contemplate the long history of Abdij van Vlierbeek, and then step into the grandiose world of Arenberg Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Teseum, don't miss a visit to Groot Begijnhof, then admire the striking features of Sint-Kwintenskerk, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at klein Begijnhof.

Plan trip to Leuven with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Brussels to Leuven in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Leuven

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
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Architectural Building
Groot Begijnhof
4.7

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.
On the 5th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Cogels Osylei, then see the interesting displays at Museum Mayer van den Bergh, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, and finally see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Antwerp online route builder.

Getting from Leuven to Antwerp by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Antwerp

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Must see
Cogels Osylei
4.9
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Specialty Museum
Museum Mayer van den Bergh
4.6
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Specialty Museum
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom
4.3

1
day
Bruges

Bruges ©

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 6th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, then take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Bruges itinerary app.

Getting from Antwerp to Bruges by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In January in Bruges, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:
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Religious Site
Basilica of the Holy Blood
4.5
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World heritage site
Belfry of Bruges
4.5

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, identify plant and animal life at Molsbroek, and then explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Ghent road trip planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
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Castle
Gravensteen
4.4
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Historic Walking Area
Begijnhof
4.6

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