14 days in Flanders & Brussels Itinerary

14 days in Flanders & Brussels Itinerary

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14 days in Flanders & Brussels Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly + Drive:  12​h 45​min
1
Antwerp
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Bruges
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
3
Ghent
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Brussels
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Atlanta

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.
Do your shopping at Museum De Reede and GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds. Visit Cogels Osylei and Saint Paul's Church for their historical value. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carolus Borromeus Church, take an in-depth tour of Museum Plantin-Moretus, and get to know the fascinating history of Vlaeykensgang.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Antwerp online vacation planner .

Atlanta, USA to Antwerp is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Atlanta to Antwerp, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Atlanta in November, with highs in Antwerp at 50°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Bruges.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Rubens House (Rubenshuis) ©
Rubens House (Rubenshuis)
Museum Plantin-Moretus
Museum Plantin-Moretus
Cogels Osylei ©
Cogels Osylei

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica of the Holy Blood and Torture Museum Oude Steen. Visit De Panne Beach and Plage d'Ostende for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Markt, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Groeningemuseum.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bruges online holiday planner .

Take a bus from Antwerp to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Bruges are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Plage d'Ostende, De Panne Beach
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The Markt ©
The Markt
De Panne Beach ©
De Panne Beach
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Voor Schone Kunsten, then snap pictures at St Michael's Bridge, and finally steep yourself in history at Graslei and Korenlei. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at STAM Ghent City Museum, don't miss a visit to Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), then wander the streets of Patershol, and finally explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ghent travel route planning site .

Ghent is just a stone's throw from Bruges. In December, daytime highs in Ghent are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Graslei and Korenlei ©
Graslei and Korenlei
St Michael's Bridge ©
St Michael's Bridge
Museum Voor Schone Kunsten ©
Museum Voor Schone Kunsten

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Grand Place and Atomium. Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and Old Town of Durbuy will appeal to history buffs. When in Brussels, make a side trip to see Eglise Saint-Etienne de Waha in Marche-en-Famenne, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Train World, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), don't miss a visit to Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and look for gifts at Pierre Marcolini.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brussels travel route planner.

Getting from Ghent to Brussels by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. December in Brussels sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Old Town of Durbuy, Eglise Saint-Etienne de Waha
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Train World ©
Train World

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