13 days in Belgium Itinerary

13 days in Belgium Itinerary

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13 days in Belgium Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Bruges
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Ghent
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Antwerp
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Leuven
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Brussels
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
End: London

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Viva' Bruges Free Tours as well as Your Bruges Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Brugse Vrije and Landhuis Saint Walburga Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dodengang (Trench of Death) and Lange Max Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Coxyde Military Cemetery (in Koksijde) and German War Cemetery of Langemark , Belgium (in Diksmuide). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at De Vos Almshouse (Godshuis de Vos), steep yourself in history at Gentpoort, admire the landmark architecture of Church of Our Lady, and step into the grandiose world of Ezelpoort (Donkey's gate).

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip itinerary builder site .

London, UK to Bruges is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Liege.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Diksmuide, Coxyde Military Cemetery, Landhuis Saint Walburga Church, Lange Max Museum
Highlights from your plan
Landhuis Saint Walburga Church ©
Landhuis Saint Walburga Church
Dodengang (Trench of Death) ©
Dodengang (Trench of Death)

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 4th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Flanders Field American Cemetery, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kraanlei, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter's Abbey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel, then examine the collection at Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen, then wander the streets of Patershol, and finally examine the collection at STAM Ghent City Museum.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Ghent itinerary planner.

Ghent is very close to Bruges. October in Ghent sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can take a train to Antwerp.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kortrijk, Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen, Flanders Field American Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Flanders Field American Cemetery ©
Flanders Field American Cemetery
Saint Peter's Abbey ©
Saint Peter's Abbey
Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen ©
Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Paul's Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vlaeykensgang, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Gummarus Church, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof Lier, and finally explore the galleries of Fort Breendonk. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Zurenborg, get to know the fascinating history of Cogels Osylei, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Andrew's Church, then steep yourself in history at Sint-Jacob Antwerpen, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carolus Borromeus Church.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Antwerp day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Ghent to Antwerp takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Antwerp are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Leuven.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lier, Fort Breendonk
Highlights from your plan
Vlaeykensgang ©
Vlaeykensgang
Fort Breendonk ©
Fort Breendonk
Carolus Borromeus Church ©
Carolus Borromeus Church

2
nights
Leuven

Leuven ©
The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): browse the collection at Tweebronnen City Library, get your game on at LASER3000, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sint-Antoniuskerk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sint-Kwintenskerk, then admire the striking features of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and finally gain insight at Pope College. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of La Grande Abbaye de La Ramee, steep yourself in history at Fort de Lantin, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sint-Genovevakerk, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Abdij Tongerlo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Leuven tour planning site .

You can take a train from Antwerp to Leuven in an hour. Another option is to drive. In October, daily temperatures in Leuven can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Leuven

Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Abdij Tongerlo, Sint-Genovevakerk, La Grande Abbaye de La Ramee, Fort de Lantin
Highlights from your plan
Sint-Antoniuskerk ©
Sint-Antoniuskerk
Fort de Lantin ©
Fort de Lantin
Abdij Tongerlo ©
Abdij Tongerlo

3
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Abbaye de Villers and Chateau de Seneffe are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like St Symphorien Military Cemetery and Gaasbeek Castle. Take a break from Brussels with a short trip to St-Martin's Basilica in Halle, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Gilles, stop by Pierre Marcolini, admire the masterpieces at Art & History Museum, and steep yourself in history at Luxembourg Square.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brussels online holiday planner .

Brussels is just a short distance from Leuven. In October, daytime highs in Brussels are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gaasbeek Castle, Abbaye de Villers, St Symphorien Military Cemetery, Chateau de Seneffe, St-Martin's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Abbaye de Villers ©
Abbaye de Villers
St Symphorien Military Cemetery ©
St Symphorien Military Cemetery
Gaasbeek Castle ©
Gaasbeek Castle

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