9 days in Belgium Itinerary

9 days in Belgium Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Belgium trip itinerary planner

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Brussels
— 1 night
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Bruges
— 2 nights
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Antwerp
— 1 night
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Brussels
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ghent
— 1 day
Drive
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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.
On the 2nd (Tue), explore the world behind art at Magritte Museum, contemplate the long history of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels trip itinerary maker tool.

Chicago, USA to Brussels is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Brussels is 7 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 3:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Ieper (Ypres) (Menin Gate Memorial & The Ieper Fury). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The Markt, see the interesting displays at Friet Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bruges trip website.

Getting from Brussels to Bruges by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Bruges are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Antwerp

— 1 night
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
On the 5th (Fri), look for gifts at The Chocolate Line - Dominique Persoone.

To see reviews and more tourist information, use the Antwerp vacation builder.

Drive from Bruges to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Antwerp sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 39°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:

Brussels

— 2 nights

Capital of Europe

On the 6th (Sat), browse the exhibits of Atomium, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and then browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), then see the interesting displays at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat), and finally make a trip to Grand Place.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip planning website.

Drive from Antwerp to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Mon) before leaving for Ghent.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:

Ghent

— 1 day
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 8th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Sint-Jacobskerk, then explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ghent City Center.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ghent online visit planner.

Getting from Brussels to Ghent by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in November, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 9:

Brussels

— 1 night

Capital of Europe

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Brussels online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ghent to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 9th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 9:

Belgium travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · 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.