30 days in Belgium & York Itinerary

30 days in Belgium & York Itinerary

John Punt

Make it your trip
Fly to Brussels Airport, Drive to Dour
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Dour, Belgium
— 8 nights
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Drive to Brussels Airport, Fly to Leeds Bradford Airport, Drive to York
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York, United Kingdom
— 10 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 11 nights
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Dour, Belgium

— 8 nights
Dour is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. Kids will appreciate attractions like Le Pass and Chateau de Boussu. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ferme Gossuin and Ferme Moranfayt. Change things up with these side-trips from Dour: Collegiale Saint-Ursmer de Lobbes (in Lobbes), Thuin (Beffroi de Thuin, Jardins Suspendus, &more) and Musee de la Vie Rurale (in Chievres). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Attre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Gery - Monument classe, examine the collection at Museum of the Iguanodon, and tee off at Golf Club du Mont Garni.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Dour trip planner.

Indianapolis, USA to Dour is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Indianapolis in June, expect Dour to be little chillier, temps between 70°F and 52°F. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to York.

Things to do in Dour

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

York, United Kingdom

— 10 nights

City of Festivals

Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Filey Beach and Playdale Farm Park. Bring the kids along to Yorkshire Air Museum and Museum Gardens. Get out of town with these interesting York side-trips: Whitby (The Whalebone Arch & Falling Foss Tea Garden and Waterfall), Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum (in Malton) and Sandsend Beach (in Sandsend). Pack the 9th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at York Maze. There's much more to do: explore the engaging exhibits at DIG, contemplate the long history of Treasurer's House, get in on the family fun at The Forbidden Corner, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our York trip maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dour to York. The time zone difference when traveling from Dour to York is minus 1 hour. July in York sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in York

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 11 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Grand Place and Sonian Forest. Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Domaine Des Grottes De Han. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Namur (Beffroi of Namur & Citadelle (Citadel)), Musee HAN 1900 (in Han-sur-Lesse) and Leuven (Old Market Square, Great Market Square (Grote Markt), &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Guild Houses, learn about all things military at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, admire the natural beauty at Mont des Arts, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip tool.

Traveling by train from York to Brussels takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from York to Brussels due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.

North Yorkshire travel guide

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Specialty Museums · History Museums · Architectural Buildings
North Yorkshire is one of England’s most rural areas, yet its biggest attraction is a city. York, the county’s largest town, is an ancient urban settlement dating back to before the Roman era. The city is known for containing some of the best-preserved historical buildings and structures in Europe, and it's one of the most visited cities in England, second only to London. Virtually untouched by the effects of the Industrial Revolution, which left other regions scarred by crumbling factories and run-down mills, this county is dotted by historic stately houses and the remains of formerly wealthy abbeys. Several breezy seaside resorts line the coastline, where you can trade in the sightseeing overload of London for a more relaxing holiday. For a truly English experience, make sure your itinerary includes a few tours of the county’s villages, renowned for their well-manicured gardens and thriving production of world-class cheeses.