17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Tournai
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mons
— 2 nights
Train
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Dinant
— 2 nights
Bus
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Bastogne
— 2 nights
Bus
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Spa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Liege
— 2 nights
Drive
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Leuven
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mechelen
— 2 nights
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Tournai — 2 nights

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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like WW1 Battlefields Alive and Central Square. Get a sense of the local culture at Mahymobiles and Église Saint-Jacques. Venture out of the city with trips to La Maison des Geants (in Ath) and St Hermes Crypt (in Ronse). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint Quentin, and admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Saint-Brice.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tournai itinerary planning website.

Durham, UK to Tournai is an approximately 5-hour travel. You can also drive. Traveling from Durham to Tournai, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Tournai are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mons.
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Mons — 2 nights

Not far from Brussels, Mons is home to a World Heritage Site, the former home of Van Gogh, and Roman ruins.
On the 13th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nicolas-en-Havre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Collegiale Sainte-Waudru, see the interesting displays at Mundaneum, get into the urban bustle at Hotel de ville, then view the masterpieces at Salle Saint-Georges, and finally explore the world behind art at Francois Duesberg Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame de Messines, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Collegiale Saint-Ursmer de Lobbes, then get engrossed in the history at Association pour la Sauvegarde du Vicinal, and finally explore the world behind art at Centre of Engraving and the Printed Image.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mons online road trip planner.

Drive from Tournai to Mons in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Mons, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dinant.
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Dinant — 2 nights

Located along the Upper Meuse Valley, the city of Dinant features colorful buildings framing its famous church and a clifftop citadel in the background.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rocher Bayard, steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Dinant, then see the interesting displays at Maison Adolphe Sax, and finally Head underground at Grotte La Merveilleuse.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dinant travel planner.

You can drive from Mons to Dinant in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March in Dinant, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bastogne.
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Bastogne — 2 nights

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. Over seven decades later, the town's daily life remains deeply linked to this dramatic episode in wartime history. Bastogne makes a good day trip from almost anywhere in the Ardennes region and provides an easy bus link to Liege, a popular travel destination located less than 70 km (45 mi) north.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): witness the site of a historic battle at Reg Jans Battlefield Experience - Day Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Parc a Gibier, see the interesting displays at Au Pays d'Ardenne Original Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Bois de la Paix, then see the interesting displays at Piconrue - Musee de la Grande Ardenne, and finally examine the collection at Musee du Cochon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at 101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne, then see the interesting displays at Animalaine, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Hubert, and finally examine the collection at Musee des Celtes.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bastogne trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from Dinant to Bastogne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Spa.
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Spa — 2 nights

Spa is a Belgian town, located in the Province of Liège, and is the town where the word spa comes from. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Domaine de Berinzenne, then get curious at Musee de la Foret et des Eaux "P.Noe", and then get outside with RAVeL Spa - Francorchamps - Stavelot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): take in the history at Fort Battice, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shrine of Our Lady of Banneux, then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Ville des Eaux, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de la Lessive.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Spa trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a bus from Bastogne to Spa in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Spa are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Liege.
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Liege — 2 nights

The Fervent City

Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
On the 20th (Sun), examine the collection at Musee Tchantches (Tchantches Museum), take in the spiritual surroundings of Collegiale Saint-Denis, then admire the masterpieces at Tresor de Liege, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral de Liege (Liege Cathedral), and finally examine the collection at Wallonia Public Transport Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at La Roche-aux-Faucons, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Ardennes American Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at Prehistomuseum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Coteaux de la Citadelle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Liege online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Spa to Liege in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Leuven.
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Leuven — 2 nights

The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Tervuren, don't miss a visit to Groot Begijnhof, then admire the striking features of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, then explore the historical opulence of Arenberg Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Klein begijnhof. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Abdij van Vlierbeek, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Directions Basilliek van Scherpenheuvel, and then see the interesting displays at Mining Museum Beringen.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Leuven trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Liege to Leuven in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Leuven sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mechelen.
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Mechelen — 2 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Fort Breendonk and Kazerne Dossin. Do some cultural sightseeing at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-over-de-Dijlekerk and Town Hall and Belfry. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mechelen: Dendermonde (Begijnhof & Abbey of Saint Peter and Paul), Lier Historical Town (in Lier) and Kasteel en park (in Berlare). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Stadhuis, pause for some serene contemplation at Sint-Pieter-en-Pauluskerk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fort Van Duffel, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sint-Janskerk.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mechelen tour planner.

Getting from Leuven to Mechelen by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:

The Ardennes travel guide

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Military Museums · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
One of Europe's last truly unspoiled natural areas, the Ardennes offers visitors lush greenery. A region of wooded hills and low mountains, this verdant corner of southeastern Belgium continues to welcome mostly Flemish and Dutch cyclists and motorists, drawn largely by the land's gentle topography. A lack of tourist crowds means that you can take the time to explore the region's caves, forested hills, rich river valleys, and small villages at your own unhurried pace. Made for active holidays, the region lets you split your time between fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking. If you prefer a calmer vacation, head to Spa--the original spa town.
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