11 days in Belgium Itinerary

11 days in Belgium Itinerary

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11 days in Belgium Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  16 h
1
Antwerp
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Bruges
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Ghent
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Brussels
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  15 h 30 min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Molsbroek, then examine the collection at Fort Breendonk, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Paul's Church, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Carolus Borromeus Church. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum Mayer van den Bergh, then see the interesting displays at Kazerne Dossin, then take a stroll through Zurenborg, and finally look for gifts at GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Antwerp holiday planner.

New York City, USA to Antwerp is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Antwerp. Traveling from New York City in July, expect Antwerp to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kazerne Dossin, Molsbroek, Fort Breendonk
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Fort Breendonk ©
Fort Breendonk
Museum Mayer van den Bergh ©
Museum Mayer van den Bergh
Carolus Borromeus Church ©
Carolus Borromeus Church

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Atlantic Wall Museum and Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Essex Farm Cemetery and Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle). Venture out of the city with trips to Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul (in Ostend) and Saint Nicholas Church (in Ghent). And it doesn't end there: stop by The Chocolate Line Bruges, get engrossed in the history at Torture Museum Oude Steen, steep yourself in history at Brugse Vrije, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerusalem Church (Jeruzalemkerk).

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bruges online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Antwerp to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. July in Bruges sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Ostend, Ghent, Essex Farm Cemetery, Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
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Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul ©
Brugse Vrije ©
Brugse Vrije
The Bottle Shop ©
The Bottle Shop

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 1st (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Caermersklooster Provincial Centre of Art and Culture, then look for all kinds of wild species at Molsbroek, and then stop by De Hopduvel. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at American War Cemetery 'Flanders Field', then see the interesting displays at Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen, and then enjoy the sand and surf at DOK City Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ghent itinerary builder.

Ghent is just a short distance from Bruges. In July in Ghent, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Museums Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Flanders Field American Cemetery, Molsbroek, Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen
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Flanders Field American Cemetery ©
Flanders Field American Cemetery
Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen ©
Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen

3
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), admire the striking features of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, look for gifts at Pierre Marcolini, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace (Palais Royal), then learn about all things military at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, and finally admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Etangs d'Ixelles, admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Petit Sablon, then contemplate the long history of Citadelle (Citadel), and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Viticole du Chenoy.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brussels itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Ghent to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Citadelle (Citadel), GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds, Domaine Viticole du Chenoy
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René Magritte Museum ©
René Magritte Museum
GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds ©
GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds
Domaine Viticole du Chenoy ©
Domaine Viticole du Chenoy

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