49 days in Spain, Bogota & Belgium Itinerary

49 days in Spain, Bogota & Belgium Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Mons, Belgium
— 30 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
Drive to Brussels Airport, Fly to Caracas

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Bogota, Colombia — 4 nights

Athens of South America

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Go for a jaunt from Bogota to Zipaquira to see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and make a trip to Bolivar Square.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota attractions planning app.

Caracas, Venezuela to Bogota is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Caracas to Bogota due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Bogota are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Madrid journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Madrid takes 13 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Bogota to Madrid. In December, Madrid is slightly colder than Bogota - with highs of 54°F and lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly to Barcelona.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries
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Barcelona, Spain — 5 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Casa Batllo, walk around Parc Guell, and pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

For where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Madrid in December, with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 4 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.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, don't miss a visit to Belgian Comic Strip Center, admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM).

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brussels trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Brussels takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, expect Brussels to be a bit cooler, temps between 43°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Mons.
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Mons, Belgium — 30 nights

Not far from Brussels, Mons is home to a World Heritage Site, the former home of Van Gogh, and Roman ruins.
Get out of town with these interesting Mons side-trips: La Louviere (Keramis-Centre de la Ceramique & Ancien Canal du Centre), Charleroi (Musee de la Photographie, Musee de l'Industrie, &more) and Tournai (Central Square, Notre Dame Cathedral, &more). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Pairi Daiza, look for gifts at Ligne Claire, sample the tasty concoctions at Brasserie St Feuillien, and take an in-depth tour of Association pour la Sauvegarde du Vicinal.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mons trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Brussels to Mons in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium

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.
For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Mons to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. On the 20th (Thu), you're off to home.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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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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