21 days in Belgium Itinerary

21 days in Belgium Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Belgium travel route planner
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Brussels
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ostend
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bruges
— 2 nights
Drive
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Knokke-Heist
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Lommel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Liege
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dinant
— 1 night
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Brussels — 5 nights

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.
Appreciate the collections at Atomium and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Get in touch with nature at Sonian Forest and Arboretum Tervuren. Venture out of the city with trips to Antwerp (Cathedral of Our Lady, De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, discover the deep blue sea with Relax Divers Meise, ponder the world of politics at Justice Palace (Palais de Justice), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Brussels trip builder website.

Cairo, Egypt to Brussels is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Brussels due to the time zone difference. In August, Brussels is colder than Cairo - with highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ostend.
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Ostend — 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery and Petroleumtanks Diksmuide. Appreciate the collections at In Flanders Fields Museum and Atlantikwall Raversyde. Venture out of the city with trips to Langemark Cemetery (in Langemark), Diksmuide (German War Cemetery of Langemark , Belgium & Dodengang (Trench of Death)) and De Panne Beach (in De Panne). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, see the interesting displays at Museumschip Amandine, and steep yourself in history at Fort Napoleon.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ostend trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Ostend in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sun) before leaving for 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Centre of Brugge and Groeningemuseum. Visit Gravensteen and Saint Bavo's Cathedral for their historical value. Take a break from Bruges with a short trip to Ghent City Center in Ghent, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, admire the striking features of Provinciaal Hof, and make a trip to The Markt.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip itinerary builder site.

Bruges is very close to Ostend. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Knokke-Heist.
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Knokke-Heist — 4 nights

Knokke-Heist is a municipality in the Belgian province of West Flanders. For Freedom Museum and Sincfala: Museum van de Zwinstreek are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Water-Taxi and Blankenberge Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knokke-Heist: Verbeke Foundation (in Stekene), Gent-Sint-Pieters Railway Station (in Ghent) and Sint-Laurentiuskerk (in Sint-Laureins). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Het Zwin Natuur Park, look for gifts at PortB, try to win big at Grand Casino Knokke, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Blankenberge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Knokke-Heist trip planner.

Knokke-Heist is just a stone's throw from Bruges. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lommel.
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Lommel — 3 nights

Lommel is a municipality and a city in the Belgian province of Limburg. Visiting Grote Netewoud - Meerhout and De Teut will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like C-Mine and Geel War Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Lommel: Hezemeer (in Eindhout), Open Air Museum Bokrijk (in Genk) and Duinengordel (in Meeuwen-Gruitrode). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Hoge Kempen National Park and take in panoramic vistas at Uitkijktoren Lommelse Sahara.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lommel day trip website.

Drive from Knokke-Heist to Lommel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Liege.
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Liege — 2 nights

The Fervent City

Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Coteaux de la Citadelle, stop by Toutes Directions, then take a stroll through La Place du Marche, then examine the collection at Curtius Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at La Boverie.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Liege day trip planning website.

You can drive from Lommel to Liege in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In September in Liege, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will leave for Dinant on the 8th (Thu).
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Dinant — 1 night

Located along the Upper Meuse Valley, the city of Dinant features colorful buildings framing its famous church and a clifftop citadel in the background.
On the 8th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Dinant, examine the collection at Maison Leffe, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Brasserie Caracole.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dinant itinerary planner.

Drive from Liege to Dinant in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Liege in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Dinant: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 11°C at night. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading 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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