15 days in Belgium Itinerary

15 days in Belgium Itinerary

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15 days in Belgium Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Bruges
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Bastogne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Brussels
— 6 nights
+2
train + subway + train:  4​h 45​min
End: Cardiff

6
nights
Bruges

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica of the Holy Blood and Historic Centre of Brugge. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gravensteen Castle and Graslei and Korenlei. Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: Tyne Cot Cemetery (in Zonnebeke) and Ghent (St. Nicholas' Cathedral, Western Cemetery, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, don't miss a visit to The Markt, and sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bruges trip itinerary builder .

Cardiff, UK to Bruges is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bastogne.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Ghent, Tyne Cot Cemetery
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen

2
nights
Bastogne

Bastogne ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): witness the site of a historic battle at Reg Jans Battlefield Experience - Day Tours, stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, then get to know the fascinating history of Bois de la Paix, then examine the collection at Bastogne War Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Mardasson Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Bastogne Barracks, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Frans-Duitse begraafplaats van Maissin, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bouillon, and finally explore the ancient world of Abbaye d'Orval.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bastogne vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Bastogne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Bastogne

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Frans-Duitse begraafplaats van Maissin, German War Cemetery, Abbaye d'Orval, Chateau de Bouillon
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Mardasson Memorial ©
Mardasson Memorial
Chateau de Bouillon ©
Chateau de Bouillon
Bastogne Barracks ©
Bastogne Barracks

6
nights
Brussels

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Parc du Cinquantenaire. Atomium and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Antwerp (Grote Markt van Antwerpen & Cathedral of Our Lady). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, and explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels.

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

You can drive from Bastogne to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Antwerp
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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