13 days in Belgium & Lisbon Itinerary

13 days in Belgium & Lisbon Itinerary

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Subway to Wiehle-Reston East Station, Bus to Washington Dulles, Fly to Bruxelles-Nat.-Aéroport, Train to Bruges
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
Lisbon, Portugal
— 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.
You've now added Basilica of the Holy Blood to your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Lace Jewel or Salvador Dali Exhibition. Get in touch with nature at Minnewater Lake and Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Ghent (DOK & Gravensteen). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bruges online trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Bruges is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Brussels.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
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Brussels, Belgium — 5 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.
Get some historical perspective at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Atomium and Belgian Comic Strip Center will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Pairi Daiza (in Brugelette) and Antwerp (ZOO Antwerpen (Dierentuin) & Antwerpen-Centraal). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, explore the world behind art at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and take a stroll through Place St. Gery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Brussels day trip tool.

You can drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Brussels, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Lisbon.
Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, make a trip to Belém Tower, then admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida da Liberdade. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, get a taste of the local shopping with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and then go for a walk through Cabo da Roca.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon tour itinerary site.

You can fly from Brussels to Lisbon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brussels to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in December; daily highs in Lisbon reach 18°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · 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.