15 days in Belgium Itinerary

15 days in Belgium Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Belgium trip planner
Make it your trip
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Bruges
— 5 nights
Drive
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Maasmechelen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ferrieres
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brussels
— 4 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.
Head to Hilde Devolder Chocolatier and Salvador Dali Exhibitionfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Centre of Brugge and Gravensteen. When in Bruges, make a side trip to see Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve in Ghent, approximately Ghent away. Next up on the itinerary: sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, admire the landmark architecture of Belfry of Bruges, explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bruges travel planner.

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. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in May; daily highs in Bruges reach 62°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Maasmechelen.
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Maasmechelen — 2 nights

Maasmechelen is a municipality located on the Meuse river in the Belgian province of Limburg.It comprises the former municipalities of Mechelen-aan-de-Maas, Vucht, Leut, Meeswijk, Uikhoven, Eisden, Opgrimbie, Boorsem, and Kotem.As a result of both Maasmechelen’s location near the border and its coalmining history quite a few of its current inhabitants are from Dutch, German, Eastern European (e.g., Polish) or Mediterranean (mainly Italian) origin.HistoryPrehistoric and Roman timesThe plateau of Campine was built up during the ice age with deposits of sand and other material that the Meuse river had eroded in the upstream Ardennes region. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Duinengordel and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bronnenwandeling. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at De Teut and then explore the striking landscape of Mechelse Heide.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Maasmechelen day trip planning site.

You can drive from Bruges to Maasmechelen in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Maasmechelen are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ferrieres.
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Ferrieres — 2 nights

Ferrières is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Liège. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take a stroll through Domaine de Palogne, then steep yourself in history at Logne Castle, and then get outside with Musee en plein air et Tour St Martin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Ardennes American Cemetery, look for all kinds of wild species at La Roche-aux-Faucons, and then head outdoors with Le Ninglinspo.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ferrieres driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Maasmechelen to Ferrieres takes 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Maasmechelen in May: highs in Ferrieres hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Brussels.
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Brussels — 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.
Atomium and Horta Museum (Musee Horta) will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and Grand Place. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), explore the galleries of Belgian Comic Strip Center, admire the masterpieces at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles).

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Brussels trip itinerary site.

Drive from Ferrieres to Brussels in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Belgium travel guide

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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.
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