11 days in Belgium Itinerary

11 days in Belgium Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Belgium trip planner
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Brussels
— 1 night
Train
2
Ghent
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Bruges
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Knokke-Heist
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Brussels
— 1 night
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Brussels — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert as well as Grand Place. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Grand Place and then browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels visit planning tool.

Bangkok, Thailand to Brussels is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bangkok to Brussels due to the time zone difference. In December, Brussels is colder than Bangkok - with highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Ghent.
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Ghent — 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.
On the 27th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, look for gifts at Dille and Kamille, then take an in-depth tour of Gravensteen, and finally contemplate the long history of Graslei and Korenlei. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Guildhall of the Free Boatmen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), admire the landmark architecture of Het Belfort van Gent, then don't miss a visit to Ghent City Center, and finally take in the views from St Michael's Bridge.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ghent online itinerary builder.

Getting from Brussels to Ghent by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In December in Ghent, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bruges.
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Bruges — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, admire the landmark architecture of Provinciaal Hof, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, then admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bruges online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Ghent to Bruges takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Bruges are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Knokke-Heist.
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Knokke-Heist — 2 nights

Knokke-Heist is a municipality in the Belgian province of West Flanders. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Blankenberge, then don't miss a visit to Belgium Pier, then get to know the resident critters at ZOO Serpentarium, and finally look for gifts at PortB. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Het Zwin Natuur Park, then try to win big at Grand Casino Knokke, then brush up on your military savvy at For Freedom Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Sincfala: Museum van de Zwinstreek.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Knokke-Heist route builder tool.

Knokke-Heist is just a short distance from Bruges. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Brussels.
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Brussels — 1 night

Capital of Europe

Your day by day itinerary now includes Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert as well as Grand Place. On the 2nd (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, don't miss a visit to Grand Place, look for gifts at Mary, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then steep yourself in history at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). On the next day, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), explore the world behind art at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and then browse the exhibits of Atomium.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Brussels holiday planner.

Drive from Knokke-Heist to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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