8 days in Belgium & Lille Itinerary

8 days in Belgium & Lille Itinerary

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8 days in Belgium & Lille Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Train:  3 h
1
Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
4
Lille, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Antwerp, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1
night
Ghent, Belgium

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 16th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Graslei and Korenlei, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), and then take a stroll through Patershol.

Plan my day in Ghent using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Amsterdam, Holland to Ghent is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

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Lieve Canal Bicycle Trail ©
Lieve Canal Bicycle Trail
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral

1
night
Brussels, Belgium

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.
On the 18th (Tue), take a stroll through Place St. Gery, make a trip to Grand Place, take a stroll through Lower Town, then examine the collection at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Brussels travel app .

Traveling by train from Ghent to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Brussels are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Bruges.

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day
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 19th (Wed), admire the striking features of Huis Boechoute, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally explore the activities along Minnewater Lake.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bruges road trip website .

Getting from Brussels to Bruges by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June in Bruges, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lille.

Things to do in Bruges

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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

1
night
Lille, France

Lille ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Lille Zoo, don't miss a visit to Grande Place, shop like a local with Vieux-Lille, then admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lille trip planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Lille in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Lille sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Lille

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Lille Zoo ©
Lille Zoo
Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille ©
Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille
Vieux-Lille ©
Vieux-Lille

3
nights
Antwerp, Belgium

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.
On the 21st (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt van Antwerpen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, take a stroll through Diamond District, then stroll through Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin), and finally take a stroll through Zurenborg. On your second day here, stop by Antwerps Kantwinkeltje, enjoy the sand and surf at Sint-Annastrand, then examine the collection at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, then wander the streets of Zuid (the South), and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Antwerp trip tool .

Traveling by car from Lille to Antwerp takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Antwerp sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.

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Zurenborg ©
Zurenborg
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt

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