17 days in Belgium Itinerary

17 days in Belgium Itinerary

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Dinant
— 2 nights
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Brussels
— 3 nights
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Leuven
— 2 nights
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Mechelen
— 2 nights
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Antwerp
— 2 nights
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Ghent
— 2 nights
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Bruges
— 3 nights
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Dinant

— 2 nights
Located along the Upper Meuse Valley, the city of Dinant features colorful buildings framing its famous church and a clifftop citadel in the background.
On the 3rd (Sat), stroll through Memorial Aux Victimes Du 23 Aout 1914, examine the collection at Maison Leffe, then make a trip to Charles-de-Gaulle Bridge, and finally contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Dinant. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Parc de Furfooz, then explore the fascinating underground world of Domaine Des Grottes De Han, and then make a trip to Eglise Collegiale Notre-Dame.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dinant day trip website.

Mons to Dinant is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Dinant can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Dinant

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Brussels

— 3 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.
On the 5th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Serres Royales De Laeken, examine the collection at Atomium, and then find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Grand Place, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and finally browse the exhibits of Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels sightseeing planner.

Drive from Dinant to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Brussels are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Leuven.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Leuven

— 2 nights
The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tuin and then examine the collection at Genever Museum Hasselt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Groot Begijnhof, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden Kruidtuin, then don't miss a visit to Old Market Square, then appreciate the history behind Vallend paard, and finally admire the striking features of University Library & Bell Tower.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Leuven online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Leuven takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Leuven, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mechelen.

Things to do in Leuven

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Mechelen

— 2 nights
Truly a hidden gem, the town of Mechelen features a number of museums, a famous cathedral, and charming squares, all while remaining relatively under the radar.
On the 9th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Rumbold's Cathedral, make a trip to Grote Markt, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ZOO Planckendael, and finally don't miss a visit to Dijlepad. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Technopolis and then stroll around Provinciaal Groendomein Vrijbroekpark.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mechelen trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Leuven to Mechelen by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Mechelen can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Mechelen

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Antwerp

— 2 nights
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 11th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), then examine the collection at Red Star Line Museum, then examine the collection at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, make a trip to Kapel Onze Lieve Vrouwe van Toevlucht, then look for gifts at Di Amore, then admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin).

To find out how to plan a trip to Antwerp, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Mechelen to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Antwerp sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Ghent

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Monumento Hermanos Van Eyck, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Kraanlei, then explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen, and finally take in the waterfront at Graslei and Korenlei. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), look for gifts at Dille and Kamille, then get to know the fascinating history of Ghent City Center, and finally snap pictures at St Michael's Bridge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ghent driving holiday tool.

Drive from Antwerp to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Bruges

— 3 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.
Attractions like Historic Centre of Brugge and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Ieper (Ypres) (Menin Gate Memorial & In Flanders Fields Museum). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Markt, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and admire the striking features of Stadhuis.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bruges online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ghent to Bruges takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Bruges, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
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.