59 days in Belgium Itinerary

59 days in Belgium Itinerary

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59 days in Belgium Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
Fly + Train:  10 h 30 min
1
Brussels
— 15 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Leuven
— 7 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Mechelen
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Antwerp
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Ghent
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Bruges
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Ieper (Ypres)
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
Tournai
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
9
Mons
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Dinant
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
11
Bouillon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
12
Durbuy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
13
Liege
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Jeddah

15
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Oceade, Villa Empain, Abbaye de la Cambre, and other attractions. Grand Place and Herge Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Memorial Waterloo 1815 and Train World. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Bois de Lauzelle (in Louvain-la-Neuve), Fondation Folon (in La Hulpe) and La plage de Renipont (in Lasne). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Atomium, steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Brussels, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and ponder the design of Mont des Arts.

To see more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Brussels road trip planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Brussels is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Jeddah to Brussels, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Jeddah in July; daily highs in Brussels reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. You will leave for Leuven on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Louvain-la-Neuve, Napoleon's Last Headquarters, Arboretum Tervuren, La plage de Renipont, Fondation Folon
Highlights from your plan
Train World ©
Train World
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

7
nights
Leuven

Leuven ©
The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Botanical Garden Kruidtuin, Town Hall (Stadhuis), University Library & Bell Tower, and other attractions. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Our Lady of Steenbergen Chapel and Abdij Tongerlo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bocholter Brouwerijmuseum and La Grande Abbaye de La Ramee. Explore Leuven's surroundings by going to Musee du Souvenir 40-45 (in Perwez) and Stedelijk Museum Aarschot (in Aarschot). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Wespelaar, admire the striking features of Sint-Kwintenskerk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sint-Michielskerk, and look for gifts at Centho Chocolates.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Leuven attractions planning website .

Leuven is very close to Brussels. July in Leuven sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 23rd (Fri), you're off to Mechelen.

Things to do in Leuven

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Abdij Tongerlo, La Grande Abbaye de La Ramee, Our Lady of Steenbergen Chapel, Centho Chocolates, Doode Bemde
Highlights from your plan
La Grande Abbaye de La Ramee ©
La Grande Abbaye de La Ramee
Town Hall (Stadhuis) ©
Town Hall (Stadhuis)
Bocholter Brouwerijmuseum ©
Bocholter Brouwerijmuseum

2
nights
Mechelen

Mechelen ©
Truly a hidden gem, the town of Mechelen features a number of museums, a famous cathedral, and charming squares, all while remaining relatively under the radar.
Grote Markt has been added to your itinerary. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Vismarkt, make a trip to Grote Markt, steep yourself in history at Fort Breendonk, then look for all kinds of wild species at Fort Van Duffel, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Lier Historical Town.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mechelen vacation planner.

Mechelen is very close to Leuven. In July in Mechelen, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. You'll set off for Antwerp on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Mechelen

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fort Breendonk, Fort Van Duffel, Lier Historical Town
Highlights from your plan
Fort Breendonk ©
Fort Breendonk
Fort Van Duffel ©
Fort Van Duffel
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Aquatopia, Chocolate Nation, Beguinage, and other attractions you added. Get a sense of the local culture at Cogels Osylei and Carolus Borromeus Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Saint Paul's Church and Hendrik Conscience Statue. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Sint-Annastrand and see the interesting displays at Rockoxhuis.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Antwerp journey planning tool .

Antwerp is just a stone's throw from Mechelen. July in Antwerp sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. You will leave for Ghent on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museum Plantin-Moretus
Museum Plantin-Moretus
Cogels Osylei ©
Cogels Osylei
Chocolate Nation ©
Chocolate Nation

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museum Voor Schone Kunsten, Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle) and Graslei and Korenlei. Get a sense of the local culture at STAM Ghent City Museum and St. Nicholas' Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gravensteen and Het Groot Vleeshuis. Take a break from Ghent with a short trip to Molsbroek in Lokeren, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Patershol, get a taste of the local shopping with Caermersklooster Provincial Centre of Art and Culture, make a trip to Korenmarkt, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral.

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

Traveling by train from Antwerp to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Antwerp in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ghent: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. You will leave for Bruges on the 31st (Sat).

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Molsbroek
Highlights from your plan
Graslei and Korenlei ©
Graslei and Korenlei
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
STAM Ghent City Museum ©
STAM Ghent City Museum

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.
You've added Jan Van Eyck Square, Chocolatier Dumon, Burg Square, and other attractions to your itinerary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and St. Anne's Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica of the Holy Blood and Holy Savior Cathedral (Sint-Salvatorskathedraal). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and look for gifts at The Chocolate Line Bruges.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bruges journey planning app .

Bruges is just a stone's throw from Ghent. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 5th (Thu), you're off to Ieper (Ypres).

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ostend
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

3
nights
Ieper (Ypres)

Ieper (Ypres) ©
Boasting remnants from the Middle Ages, the ancient city of Ieper in West Flanders offers attractions that are as historically significant as Ghent and Bruges, but with fewer crowds.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Menin Gate Memorial as well as Bellewaerde.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ieper (Ypres) day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Bruges to Ieper (Ypres) takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll set off for Tournai on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Ieper (Ypres)

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bellewaerde ©
Bellewaerde
Menin Gate Memorial ©
Menin Gate Memorial

2
nights
Tournai

Tournai ©
Tournai, known in Dutch as Doornik and historically as Dornick in English, is a Walloon municipality of Belgium, 85km southwest of Brussels on the river Scheldt. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The Belfry of Tournai and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Jacques.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Tournai route maker website .

Traveling by car from Ieper (Ypres) to Tournai takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will leave for Mons on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Tournai

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Église Saint-Jacques ©
Église Saint-Jacques
The Belfry of Tournai ©
The Belfry of Tournai

2
nights
Mons

Mons ©
Not far from Brussels, Mons is home to a World Heritage Site, the former home of Van Gogh, and Roman ruins.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grand-Place de Mons as well as The Strepy-Thieu Funicular Lift. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll around Hotel de ville, don't miss a visit to The Strepy-Thieu Funicular Lift, snap pictures at Schiffshebewerke des belgischen Canal du Centre, then trek along Tramway Historique Lobes-Thuin et Musee, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Villers, and finally take a peaceful walk through Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’'.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mons visit planner.

Mons is very close to Tournai. In August, daily temperatures in Mons can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 12th (Thu), you'll travel to Dinant.

Things to do in Mons

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Association pour la Sauvegarde du Vicinal, Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’', Schiffshebewerke des belgischen Canal du Centre, Abbaye de Villers, The Strepy-Thieu Funicular Lift
Highlights from your plan
Abbaye de Villers ©
Abbaye de Villers
Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’' ©
Hotel de ville ©
Hotel de ville

5
nights
Dinant

Dinant ©
Located along the Upper Meuse Valley, the city of Dinant features colorful buildings framing its famous church and a clifftop citadel in the background.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Church of Our Lady (Collegiale Notre-Dame), Charles-de-Gaulle Bridge, Dinant Evasion - Croisieres sur la Meuse, and other attractions. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Grotte De Han and Parc de Furfooz. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Chimay and Espace Arthur Masson. Get out of town with these interesting Dinant side-trips: La grange aux papillons (in Chimay), Cave of Lorette-Rochefort (in Rochefort) and Domaine Saint Roch (in Couvin). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at La Citadelle de Dinant, step into the grandiose world of Castle Veves, and don't miss a visit to Rocher Bayard.

To find other places to visit, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dinant trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mons to Dinant takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Dinant are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll set off for Bouillon on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Dinant

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Chimay, Castle Veves, Cave of Lorette-Rochefort, Les Jardins d'Annevoie, Espace Arthur Masson
Highlights from your plan
Domaine des Grottes de Han ©
Domaine des Grottes de Han
Chateau de Chimay ©
Chateau de Chimay
La Citadelle de Dinant ©
La Citadelle de Dinant

2
nights
Bouillon

Bouillon ©
Bouillon is a municipality in Belgium. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Semois Kayak as well as Chateau de Bouillon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bouillon, then head outdoors with Semois Kayak, then explore the historical opulence of Le chateau de La Roche a Herbeumont, and finally delve into the distant past at Abbaye d'Orval.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bouillon travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Dinant to Bouillon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Bouillon are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You will leave for Durbuy on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Bouillon

Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Abbaye d'Orval, Le chateau de La Roche a Herbeumont
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Bouillon ©
Chateau de Bouillon
Abbaye d'Orval ©
Abbaye d'Orval
Le chateau de La Roche a Herbeumont ©

3
nights
Durbuy

Durbuy ©
Durbuy is a Walloon city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Luxembourg. Your list of things to see and do now includes Radhadesh - Chateau de Petite Somme, Durbuy Kayak LPM, Topiary Park, and other attractions. Explore hidden gems such as Old Town of Durbuy and Domaine de Palogne. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Modave.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Durbuy using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bouillon to Durbuy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Durbuy can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Liege.

Things to do in Durbuy

Theme Parks Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de Modave, Domaine de Palogne
Highlights from your plan
Old Town of Durbuy ©
Old Town of Durbuy
Domaine de Palogne ©
Domaine de Palogne
Chateau de Modave ©
Chateau de Modave

5
nights
Liege

Liege ©
Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fort Eben-Emael, Parc de la Boverie, Le Pont des Arches, and other attractions you added. Appreciate the collections at Teseum and Wallonia Public Transport Museum. Visiting La Roche-aux-Faucons and De Teut will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Grotten Van Kanne (in Kanne) and Mechelse Heide (in Maasmechelen). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Coteaux de la Citadelle, get engrossed in the history at Tresor de Liege, steep yourself in history at Fort d'Aubin Neufchateau, and witness the site of a historic battle at Fort de Tancremont.

To find more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Liege online sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Durbuy to Liege in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Liege can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. You'll set off for home on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Liege

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Grotten Van Kanne, Fort d'Aubin Neufchateau, De Teut, Teseum, Mechelse Heide
Highlights from your plan
Fort Eben-Emael ©
Fort Eben-Emael
Coteaux de la Citadelle ©
Coteaux de la Citadelle
Cathedral de Liege (Liege Cathedral) ©
Cathedral de Liege (Liege Cathedral)

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