31 days in Belgium Itinerary

31 days in Belgium Itinerary

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31 days in Belgium Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + train:  14​h 45​min
1
Brussels
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bastogne
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Maasmechelen
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Bruges
— 9 nights
train + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

8
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 St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Parc du Cinquantenaire are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Antwerp (MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, Sint-Annastrand, & more) and Memorial Waterloo 1815 (in Braine-l'Alleud). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Atomium, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, and browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels day trip site .

San Francisco, USA to Brussels is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Brussels is 9 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Bastogne.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Antwerp, Memorial Waterloo 1815
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©

7
nights
Bastogne

Bastogne ©
Most travelers come to Bastogne for its touching war memorial and museum, built in honor of over 76,000 American soldiers who fought during the legendary Battle of the Bulge--one of the last German offensives in World War II.
Domaine de Palogne and Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to La Roche-aux-Faucons and Le Ninglinspo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bastogne: Logne Castle (in Ferrieres), Musee en plein air et Tour St Martin (in Comblain-au-Pont) and Old Town of Durbuy (in Durbuy). And it doesn't end there: stroll through La Vallee de la Hoegne, take in the dramatic scenery at Petit-coo, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bouillon, and kick back and relax at Maboge Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Bastogne, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Brussels to Bastogne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Maasmechelen.

Things to do in Bastogne

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ferrieres, Domaine de Berinzenne, Chateau de Bouillon, La Vallee de la Hoegne, Eglise Notre-dame De La Visitation
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Le Ninglinspo ©
Le Ninglinspo
Chateau de Bouillon ©
Chateau de Bouillon
La Vallee de la Hoegne ©
La Vallee de la Hoegne

5
nights
Maasmechelen

Maasmechelen ©
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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Fort de Lantin. Step out of the city life by going to Montagne Saint-Pierre Nature and Mechelse Heide. Explore Maasmechelen's surroundings by going to Bocholter Brouwerijmuseum (in Bocholt), De Teut (in Zonhoven) and Bronnenwandeling (in Sint-Pieters-Voeren). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Duinengordel and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sint-Genovevakerk.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Maasmechelen trip planner .

You can drive from Bastogne to Maasmechelen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Maasmechelen can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Maasmechelen

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sint-Genovevakerk, Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Duinengordel, Fort de Lantin, De Kevie
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Mechelse Heide ©
Mechelse Heide
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery ©
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Bocholter Brouwerijmuseum ©
Bocholter Brouwerijmuseum

9
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.
Groeningemuseum and Gravensteen will appeal to museum buffs. You'll get in some beach time at De Panne Beach and The Dunes of Bredene. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, & more) and Meetjeslandse Kreken (in Assenede). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The Markt, see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and identify plant and animal life at De Fonteintjes.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Maasmechelen to Bruges in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Maasmechelen in July, you will find days in Bruges are little chillier (71°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ghent, Damme Golf & Country Club, Meetjeslandse Kreken, The Dunes of Bredene, De Panne Beach
Highlights from your plan
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

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