10 days in Belgium & South Holland Province Itinerary
Start: Washington, United States
Fly to Brussels Airport, Drive to Bruges
— 3 nights
— 4 nights
The Hague, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Fly to Washington
End: Washington, United States
Tue, Feb 9 - Thu, Feb 18
Bruges, Belgium — 3 nights
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to Ghent (Gravensteen & Ghent City Center). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, take in the views from St Bonifacius Bridge, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum.
For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip planner.
Washington, USA to Bruges is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Bruges when traveling from Washington in February, with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Brussels.
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:
Brussels, Belgium — 4 nights
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.Grand Place and Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Atomium, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire.
For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels online trip itinerary maker.
Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Brussels, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to The Hague.
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 16:
The Hague, The Netherlands — 2 nights
Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): examine the collection at Louwman Museum The Hague, then admire the masterpieces at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), then get a taste of the local shopping with The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights). Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at museum Beelden aan Zee, then admire the masterpieces at Kunstmuseum Den Haag, then examine the collection at Prison Gate Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Panorama Mesdag.
To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the The Hague trip tool.
Traveling by train from Brussels to The Hague takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in February, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:
Belgium travel guide
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.