26 days in Belgium Itinerary

26 days in Belgium Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Belgium holiday builder

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Brussels
— 7 nights
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Liege
— 7 nights
Drive
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Bouillon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bruges
— 6 nights
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Brussels

— 7 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Train World and Rubens House (Rubenshuis). Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Breendonk and Groot Begijnhof. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Memorial Waterloo 1815 (in Braine-l'Alleud), Leuven (Dylepark & Old Market Square) and Antwerp (De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery, Red Star Line Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Parc du Cinquantenaire, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Collegiale Sainte-Waudru, admire the striking features of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Rumbold's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Brussels road trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Brussels Airport, Antwerp International Airport (Deurne), Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Liège Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Liege.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 20:

Liege

— 7 nights

The Fervent City

Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coteaux de la Citadelle and Citadelle (Citadel). Get some historical perspective at Old Town of Durbuy and Moulin Naveau. Change things up with these side-trips from Liege: Oorlogsmonument Houffalize "Panther" (in Houffalize), Open Air Museum Bokrijk (in Genk) and Durbuy (Micro Brasserie Marckloff, Topiary Park, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Cathedral de Liege (Liege Cathedral), see the interesting displays at La Boverie, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de La Roche-en-Ardenne, and take an in-depth tour of Gallo-Romeins Museum.

Before you visit Liege, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Brussels to Liege by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bouillon.

Things to do in Liege

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 27:

Bouillon

— 5 nights
Bouillon is a municipality in Belgium. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau fort de Bouillon and Abbaye d'Orval. Get some historical perspective at Mardasson Memorial and Eglise des Saints Pierre et Paul. Venture out of the city with trips to Bastogne (Bastogne War Museum & 101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne), Domaine Des Grottes De Han (in Han-sur-Lesse) and Eglise Notre-dame De La Visitation (in Rochefort). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chimay, see the interesting displays at Atelier - Musee du tabac, look for gifts at Les Chocolats d'Edouard, and delve into the distant past at Gallo-romeinse villa des Bruyeres.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bouillon trip planner.

You can drive from Liege to Bouillon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Bouillon are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Bouillon

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:

Bruges

— 6 nights

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.
St Michael's Bridge and Essex Farm Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Torture Museum Oude Steen and Quai du Rosaire / Rozenhoedkaai. Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to Ieper (Ypres) (Hooge Crater Museum, Hill 60, &more), Zonnebeke (Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 & Tyne Cot Cemetery) and Ostend (Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Atlantikwall Raversyde, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the views from St Bonifacius Bridge, stop by The Old Chocolate House, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bruges attractions planner.

Drive from Bouillon to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. January in Bruges sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 7:

Belgium travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.