10 days in Belgium & South Holland Province Itinerary

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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Delft, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights


Bruges, Belgium — 2 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, don't miss a visit to The Markt, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and get engrossed in the history at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges trip maker tool.

Washington DC, USA to Bruges is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Bruges due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Bruges, with lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Delft.
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Delft, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): stop by Cheese and More Delft, see the interesting displays at Medisch Museum "De Griffioen", take an in-depth tour of Museumbezoek Huis Van Meerten, admire the striking features of Old Church, then admire the striking features of Gemeenlandshuis van Delfland, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Prinsenkwartier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, get engrossed in the history at Het steen, make a trip to De Candelaer, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Kerk, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Genestetkerk, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Paul Tetar van Elven.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Delft day trip planner.

Getting from Bruges to Delft by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Delft are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Atomium, admire the masterpieces at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, and admire the striking features of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels online attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Delft to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In February, daytime highs in Brussels are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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Belgium travel guide

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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.

South Holland Province travel guide

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