5 days in Western Europe Itinerary

5 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 day
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Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
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Ostend, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Lille, France
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Brussels, Belgium

— 1 day

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.
On the 14th (Tue), take a peaceful walk through Sonian Forest and then stroll around Parc Josaphat.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip planner.

Paris, France to Brussels is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. While traveling from Paris, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ghent.

Things to do in Brussels

Parks · Nature

Ghent, Belgium

— 2 nights
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.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ghent trip app.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Parks · Historic Sites

Bruges, Belgium

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the striking features of Provinciaal Hof, pause for some photo ops at Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck Monument, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at De Vos Almshouse (Godshuis de Vos), and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Maerlant Bicycle Trail.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bruges vacation planner.

Getting from Ghent to Bruges by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bruges are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ostend.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ostend, Belgium

— 2 nights

City by the Sea

Known as the City by the Sea, Ostend represents not only a seaside resort, but also a destination for history lovers.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Zeemeermin.

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Ostend is just a short distance from Bruges. In July, daily temperatures in Ostend can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lille.

Things to do in Ostend

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Lille, France

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): learn about all things military at Musee des Canonniers Sedentaires de Lille, let the kids burn off some steam at Jardin Vauban, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Etienne, and finally admire the striking features of Chambre de Commerce.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lille road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Ostend to Lille takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Lille can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Lille

Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Historic Sites