39 days in Belgium Itinerary

39 days in Belgium Itinerary

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39 days in Belgium Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Hoogstraten
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bruges
— 11 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Dinant
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Liege
— 8 nights
train:  1​h
5
Brussels
— 10 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: St. Petersburg

2
nights
Hoogstraten

Hoogstraten ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Sevensmolen, then contemplate the long history of Architect's House Jozef Schellekens, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Beguinage.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hoogstraten trip planner.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Hoogstraten is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Hoogstraten. In November, Hoogstraten is a bit warmer than St. Petersburg - with highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Hoogstraten

Historic Sites Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Sevensmolen, Gunfire Museum, Architect's House Jozef Schellekens
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Beguinage ©
Beguinage
Gunfire Museum ©
Gunfire Museum
Sevensmolen ©
Sevensmolen

11
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 out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: Ieper (Ypres) (Yper Museum & Menin Gate Memorial), Ghent (Beer Tastings & Tours, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, & more) and Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery (in Poperinge). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and examine the collection at Friet Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bruges journey planner .

You can drive from Hoogstraten to Bruges in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dinant.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ghent, Ieper (Ypres), Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

7
nights
Dinant

Dinant ©
Located along the Upper Meuse Valley, the city of Dinant features colorful buildings framing its famous church and a clifftop citadel in the background.
Get out of town with these interesting Dinant side-trips: Chateau de Bouillon (in Bouillon), Point de vue sur Frahan (in Rochehaut) and Brasserie des Fagnes - Fabrication de Bieres Speciales (in Mariembourg). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of La Grotte de Han, see the sky in a new way at Observatoire Astronomique Centre Ardenne, examine the collection at Chateau de Bioul, and admire the landmark architecture of Dharma City.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dinant road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Bruges to Dinant takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Dinant sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Liege.

Things to do in Dinant

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Anhee, Louette-St-Pierre, La Grande Foret de Saint-Hubert, Ferme Apicole des Neuf Bonniers, Domaine Saint Roch
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Chateau de Bouillon ©
Chateau de Bouillon
La Grotte de Han ©
La Grotte de Han
Domaine Saint Roch ©
Domaine Saint Roch

8
nights
Liege

Liege ©
Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Explore Liege's surroundings by going to Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery (in Henri-Chapelle), Sint-Truiden (Huis Nagels & Sint-Genovevakerk) and Sint Leonarduskerk Zoutleeuw (in Zoutleeuw). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Bastogne War Museum, make a trip to Montagne de Bueren, look for gifts at Chocolaterie S. Themans, and put a fun spin on your tour with Enigma Liege.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Liege journey planner.

Getting from Dinant to Liege by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Liege

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Bastogne, Tongeren, Namur, Sint-Truiden, Fort de Loncin
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Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery ©
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Montagne de Bueren ©
Montagne de Bueren
Bastogne War Museum ©
Bastogne War Museum

10
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Antwerp (Cathedral of Our Lady, Brabo, & more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Brussels trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Liege to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Brussels, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Antwerp
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Manneken Pis ©
Manneken Pis

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