15 days in Belgium Itinerary

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Bruges
— 5 nights
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Spa
— 1 night
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Brussels
— 7 nights
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Bruges — 5 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.
For shopping fun, head to The Chocolate Line Bruges or Be O. Take a break from the city and head to Minnewater Lake and Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: The Dunes of Bredene (in Bredene) and Ghent (Boekenmarkt Ajuinlei, Gravensteen, &more). The adventure continues: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, contemplate the long history of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and view the masterpieces at Koningen's Studio Gallery.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bruges journey planner.

Washington DC, USA to Bruges is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Bruges. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Bruges when traveling from Washington DC in January, with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Spa.
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Spa — 1 night

Spa is a Belgian town, located in the Province of Liège, and is the town where the word spa comes from. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Domaine de Berinzenne, hike along La Vallee de la Hoegne, and then stop by La Maison Saive.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Spa trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Spa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in January, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.
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Brussels — 7 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.
Do your shopping at BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts and Home Frit' Home. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Place and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Mechelen (Vismarkt & Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-over-de-Dijlekerk) and Antwerp (Sint-Annastrand, Pierre Marcolini, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Atomium, explore the world behind art at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and take a stroll through Place St. Gery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brussels trip builder app.

Drive from Spa to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in January, and nighttime lows around 32°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.
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