10 days in Belgium & Luxembourg Itinerary

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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Bastogne, Belgium
— 1 night
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights


Bruges, Belgium — 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St Michael's Bridge and Quai du Rosaire / Rozenhoedkaai. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Graslei and Korenlei. Step out of Bruges to go to Ghent and see Gravensteen, which is approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Torture Museum Oude Steen, look for gifts at The Old Chocolate House, take in the views from St Bonifacius Bridge, and examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Bruges day trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Bruges is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Bruges is 6 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bastogne.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries
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Bastogne, Belgium — 1 night

Most travelers come to Bastogne for its touching war memorial and museum, built in honor of over 76,000 American soldiers who fought during the legendary Battle of the Bulge--one of the last German offensives in World War II. Over seven decades later, the town's daily life remains deeply linked to this dramatic episode in wartime history.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): learn about all things military at 101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne, see the interesting displays at Bastogne War Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Mardasson Memorial.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bastogne road trip planner.

Getting from Bruges to Bastogne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Luxembourg City.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg — 1 night

Gibraltar of the North

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Casemates du Bock, explore the different monuments and memorials at Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial, appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Chemin de la Corniche, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pfaffenthal Lift / Aufzug/ Scenic lift.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Luxembourg City driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Bastogne to Luxembourg City in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Luxembourg City can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Brussels.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Brussels, Belgium — 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Place and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Atomium, explore the world behind art at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Brussels route builder app.

Getting from Luxembourg City to Brussels by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Belgium travel guide

Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · 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.

Luxembourg travel guide

Castles · Landmarks · Churches
Green Heart of Europe
One of the three richest countries in the world, Luxembourg celebrates its wealth of natural and historical sites as well. Landlocked by Belgium, France, and Germany, this nation represents a blend of cultures, which are evident as you explore the nation's villages, outdoor attractions, and capital. If you prefer city living, discover Luxembourg City's old town, with World Heritage status. This small nation's rolling countryside is equally charming, offering castles and plenty of opportunity for recreation and leisure. Go for a bike ride, hike the country's mountainous region, or spend time at renowned vineyards.