21 days in Belgium Itinerary

21 days in Belgium Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Belgium journey 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
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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.
Atomium and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Antwerp (Cathedral of Our Lady, De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery, &more). There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cantillon Brewery, discover the deep blue sea with Relax Divers Meise, and steep yourself in history at Justice Palace (Palais de Justice).

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels road trip planner.

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 September, Brussels is cooler than Cairo - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive 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.
Atlantikwall Raversyde and Langemark Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery and German War Cemetery of Langemark , Belgium. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ostend: Diksmuide (Petroleumtanks Diksmuide & Dodengang (Trench of Death)), In Flanders Fields Museum (in Ieper (Ypres)) and De Panne Beach (in De Panne). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museumschip Amandine, pause for some photo ops at Fort Napoleon, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ostend online day trip planner.

Drive from Brussels to Ostend in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Tue) 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.
Historic Centre of Brugge and Gravensteen will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Groeningemuseum and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Change things up 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, admire the landmark architecture of Provinciaal Hof, don't miss a visit to The Markt, and sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges vacation planner.

Bruges is just a short distance from Ostend. In September in Bruges, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive 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. Shop till you drop at PortB and Verbeke Foundation. Get out of town with these interesting Knokke-Heist side-trips: Sint-Laurentiuskerk (in Sint-Laureins) and Gent-Sint-Pieters Railway Station (in Ghent). There's much more to do: race across the water with Water-Taxi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Visserskapel, try your luck at Grand Casino Knokke, and make a trip to Onze-lieve-vrouw-bezoekingkerk.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Knokke-Heist online tour planner.

Knokke-Heist is very close to Bruges. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Lommel.
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Lommel — 3 nights

Lommel is a municipality and a city in the Belgian province of Limburg. Geel War Cemetery and C-Mine will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Grote Netewoud - Meerhout and De Teut. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lommel: Open Air Museum Bokrijk (in Genk), Duinengordel (in Meeuwen-Gruitrode) and Hezemeer (in Eindhout). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hoge Kempen National Park and enjoy breathtaking views from Uitkijktoren Lommelse Sahara.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lommel vacation app.

Getting from Knokke-Heist to Lommel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In October, daytime highs in Lommel are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Coteaux de la Citadelle, stop by Toutes Directions, 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.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Liege trip planner.

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 October, daily temperatures in Liege can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. You will leave for Dinant on the 8th (Sat).
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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 (Sat), contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Dinant, see the interesting displays at Maison Leffe, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Brasserie Caracole.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Dinant route builder website.

Traveling by car from Liege to Dinant takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. On the 9th (Sun), 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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