42 days in Belgium Itinerary

42 days in Belgium Itinerary

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42 days in Belgium Itinerary

Start: Little Rock
Fly:  14​h
1
Brussels
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Dinant
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Spa
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Hoogstraten
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Bruges
— 12 nights
train + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Little Rock

11
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 (Brabo, Cathedral of Our Lady, & more) and Memorial Waterloo 1815 (in Braine-l'Alleud). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, shop like a local with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, examine the collection at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip planner .

Little Rock, USA to Brussels is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Little Rock to Brussels is 7 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Little Rock in May: high temperatures in Brussels hover around 62°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Dinant.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Antwerp, The Wellington Museum, Vismarkt, Memorial Waterloo 1815
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Manneken Pis ©
Manneken Pis

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dinant: Dharma City (in Florennes), Bastogne (Bastogne War Museum, 101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne, & more) and Les Jardins du Lac (in Fosses-la-Ville). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of The Domain of the Caves of Han, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin des Hiboux, explore the ancient world of Abbaye d'Orval, and take a peaceful walk through La Grande Foret de Saint-Hubert.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Dinant trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Brussels to Dinant takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Spa.

Things to do in Dinant

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bastogne, Redu, Bouillon, Couvin, The Giant's Tomb (Tombeau du Geant)
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The Domain of the Caves of Han ©
The Domain of the Caves of Han
Bastogne War Museum ©
Bastogne War Museum
La Grande Foret de Saint-Hubert ©
La Grande Foret de Saint-Hubert

8
nights
Spa

Spa ©
Spa is a Belgian town, located in the Province of Liège, and is the town where the word spa comes from. Venture out of the city with trips to Montagne Saint-Pierre Nature (in Vise), Chocolaterie S. Themans (in Oupeye) and Maasmechelen (St. Barbara Church Cit & Mechelse Heide). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, get outside with Railbike des Hautes Fagnes, identify plant and animal life at La Roche-aux-Faucons, and stroll through La Vallee de la Hoegne.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Spa online tour builder .

Drive from Dinant to Spa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Hoogstraten.

Things to do in Spa

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Malmedy, Maasmechelen, Le Ninglinspo, Domaine de Palogne, Railbike des Hautes Fagnes
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Le Ninglinspo ©
Le Ninglinspo
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery ©
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Mechelse Heide ©
Mechelse Heide

2
nights
Hoogstraten

Hoogstraten ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): perfect your strike at Blue ball, then learn about all things military at Gunfire Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beguinage. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Moretusbos, contemplate the long history of Architect's House Jozef Schellekens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Pieterskerk, then stop by De Biergrens, and finally contemplate the long history of Begijnhof Hoogstraten.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Hoogstraten attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Spa to Hoogstraten takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Hoogstraten

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Turnhout, Brasschaat, Moretusbos, De Biergrens
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Beguinage ©
Beguinage
Gunfire Museum ©
Gunfire Museum
De Biergrens ©
De Biergrens

12
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Menin Gate Memorial (in Ieper (Ypres)), Belgian military cemetery Vleteren (in Westvleteren) and Ghent (Western Cemetery, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bruges trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hoogstraten to Bruges takes 2 hours. When traveling from Hoogstraten in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Bruges: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 52°F at night. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ghent, Maerlant Bicycle Trail, Belgian military cemetery Vleteren, Menin Gate Memorial
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

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