10 days in Belgium & Luxembourg Itinerary

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


Bruges, Belgium — 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Centre of Brugge and Groeningemuseum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Torture Museum Oude Steen and Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to The Markt, admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, stop by The Old Chocolate House, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

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

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, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bastogne.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries
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Bastogne, Belgium — 2 nights

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.
On the 27th (Sun), learn about all things military at Bastogne Barracks, learn about all things military at Bastogne War Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Le Bois de la Paix. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Chateau-Fort de Bouillon, then appreciate the history behind Mardasson Memorial, and then learn about all things military at 101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bastogne vacation planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Bastogne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Luxembourg City.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trip
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features 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 take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pfaffenthal Lift / Aufzug/ Scenic lift.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Luxembourg City tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bastogne to Luxembourg City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Luxembourg City, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon and Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Atomium, explore the galleries of Belgian Comic Strip Center, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Petit Sablon.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Brussels road trip planning website.

Getting from Luxembourg City to Brussels by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December in Brussels, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
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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.