21 days in Belgium & Rome Itinerary

21 days in Belgium & Rome Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 9 nights
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Brussels, Belgium

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Antwerp (Rubens House (Rubenshuis), Cathedral of Our Lady, &more) and Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle) (in Ghent). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and see the interesting displays at Atomium.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Brussels is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Bangkok in April, with highs in Brussels at 15°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 25 — May 1:

Bruges, Belgium

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Design Museum Gent, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The Markt, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 6:

Rome, Italy

— 9 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Change things up with a short trip to Villa Adriana in Tivoli (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

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

Traveling by flight from Bruges to Rome takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bruges in May; daily highs in Rome reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 15:

Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
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.