11 days in Belgium Itinerary

11 days in Belgium Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Philadelphia
Train + Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Brussels
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
2
Ghent
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Ostend
— 1 night
Train:  15 min
4
Bruges
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
5
Antwerp
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
6
Brussels
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  12 h 45 min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
Brussels

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take a stroll through Place St. Gery, contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and finally contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon and then explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Brussels trip itinerary maker.

Philadelphia, USA to Brussels is an approximately 13- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. Traveling from Philadelphia to Brussels, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, things will get little chillier in Brussels: highs are around 62°F and lows about 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Ghent.

Things to do in Brussels

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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

2
nights
Ghent

Ghent ©
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
On the 6th (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle) and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas' Cathedral. On the next day, take a leisurely stroll along Graslei and Korenlei, explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen, wander the streets of Patershol, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St Michael's Bridge.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ghent trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Brussels to Ghent by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. May in Ghent sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ostend.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Ghent City Center
Ghent City Center

1
night
Ostend

Ostend ©
Known as the City by the Sea, Ostend represents not only a seaside resort, but also a destination for history lovers.
On the 8th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Capuchins and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ostend sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by train from Ghent to Ostend takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Ostend sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Ostend

Museums Historic Sites
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Atlantic Wall Museum ©
Atlantic Wall Museum
Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul ©
Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

3
nights
Bruges

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Centre of Brugge and Groeningemuseum. Popular historic sites such as Basilica of the Holy Blood and The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, steep yourself in history at Florentijnse Loge, make a trip to The Markt, and see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bruges trip builder.

Bruges is just a short distance from Ostend. In May, daytime highs in Bruges are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for the bus ride to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

1
night
Antwerp

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Antwerp trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Bruges to Antwerp takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

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Meir ©
Meir
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt

1
night
Brussels

Brussels
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Beer Museum.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Antwerp to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums

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