51 days in Belgium Itinerary

51 days in Belgium Itinerary

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51 days in Belgium Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + train:  11​h 45​min
1
Bruges
— 13 nights
train:  15​min
2
Ostend
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kluisbergen-Ruien
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Han-sur-Lesse
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Spa
— 9 nights
6
Brussels
— 14 nights
train:  1​h
7
Mons
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Toronto

13
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.
Popular historic sites such as Historic Centre of Brugge and Beguinage (Begijnhof) are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Minnewater Lake and Koning Albert I Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Tyne Cot Cemetery (in Zonnebeke), Ghent (Caermersklooster Provincial Centre of Art and Culture, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, & more) and Art Center Hores (in Sint-Martens-Latem). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, don't miss a visit to The Markt, see the interesting displays at Friet Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges road trip app .

Toronto, Canada to Bruges is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Bruges due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, things will get a bit cooler in Bruges: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Ostend.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trips

Ghent, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Art Center Horus
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Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

2
nights
Ostend

Ostend ©
Known as the City by the Sea, Ostend represents not only a seaside resort, but also a destination for history lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Duinenkerk, then get engrossed in the history at Raversyde, then brush up on your military savvy at Atlantic Wall Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. On your second day here, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Hooge Crater museum, then get engrossed in the history at Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, and finally examine the collection at Museumschip Amandine.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ostend online trip itinerary builder .

Ostend is just a stone's throw from Bruges. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Kluisbergen-Ruien.

Things to do in Ostend

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hooge Crater museum, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
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Raversyde ©
Raversyde
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 ©
Atlantic Wall Museum ©
Atlantic Wall Museum

3
nights
Kluisbergen-Ruien

Kluisbergen-Ruien ©
Let the collections at Mahymobiles and Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Flanders Field American Cemetery and Chateau de Veves - Patrimoine exceptionnel de Wallonie. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kluisbergen-Ruien: Famiflora (in Mouscron) and Brasserie Troll & Bush Dubuisson (in Pipaix).

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kluisbergen-Ruien trip maker app .

You can drive from Ostend to Kluisbergen-Ruien in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Han-sur-Lesse.

Things to do in Kluisbergen-Ruien

Outdoors Shopping Trails

Side Trips

Oudenaarde, Chateau de Veves - Patrimoine exceptionnel de Wallonie, Brasserie Troll & Bush Dubuisson, Flanders Field American Cemetery, Famiflora
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Golf & Country Club Oudenaarde ©
Golf & Country Club Oudenaarde
Mahymobiles ©
Mahymobiles

5
nights
Han-sur-Lesse

Han-sur-Lesse ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Parc de Furfooz and Bastogne War Museum. Let the collections at 101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne and Musee Communal capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Han-sur-Lesse: Old Town of Durbuy (in Durbuy), Mardasson Memorial (in Bastogne) and Chateau de Bouillon (in Bouillon).

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Han-sur-Lesse online journey maker .

Traveling by car from Kluisbergen-Ruien to Han-sur-Lesse takes 2.5 hours. September in Han-sur-Lesse sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Spa.

Things to do in Han-sur-Lesse

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bastogne, Dinant, Abbaye de Maredsous, Chateau de Bouillon, Brasserie des Fagnes - Fabrication de Bieres Speciales
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La Citadelle de Dinant ©
La Citadelle de Dinant
Bastogne War Museum ©
Bastogne War Museum
Chateau de Bouillon ©
Chateau de Bouillon

9
nights
Spa

Spa ©
Spa is a Belgian town, located in the Province of Liège, and is the town where the word spa comes from. You'll explore and learn at Fort Eben-Emael and La Chocolaterie Darcis. Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Abbaye du Val-Dieu will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Spa: Dolmen nord de Weris - Patrimoine exceptionnel de Wallonie (in Durbuy), Domaine de Palogne (in Ferrieres) and Blegny-Mine (in Blegny). There's lots more to do: hike along Le Ninglinspo, take an in-depth tour of Baugnez 44 Historical Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Forestia, and Head underground at Grottes de Remouchamps.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Spa trip builder site .

Drive from Han-sur-Lesse to Spa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Spa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Spa

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Malmedy, Olne, Verviers, Stavelot, Blegny-Mine
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Grottes de Remouchamps ©
Grottes de Remouchamps
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery ©
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Fort Eben-Emael ©
Fort Eben-Emael

14
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Place and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. Step out of the city life by going to Piscine L'Espadon and Sunset Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Antwerp (Saint Paul's Church, Sint-Annastrand, & more) and Doode Bemde (in Neerijse). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Atomium, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), explore the galleries of Belgian Comic Strip Center, and explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from Spa to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Mons.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Antwerp, Doode Bemde
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

3
nights
Mons

Mons ©
Not far from Brussels, Mons is home to a World Heritage Site, the former home of Van Gogh, and Roman ruins.
Le Bois du Cazier and Pass - Parc d'aventures scientifiques will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at St Symphorien Military Cemetery and Chateau de Seneffe. When in Mons, make a side trip to see Abbaye de Villers in Villers-la-ville, approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Francois Duesberg Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Collegiale Sainte-Waudru, take an in-depth tour of Doudou's Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Mons Memorial Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mons trip planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Mons takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Mons can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You will leave for home on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Mons

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Le Bois du Cazier, Chateau de Seneffe, Abbaye de Villers, Le Pass
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Francois Duesberg Museum ©
Francois Duesberg Museum
St Symphorien Military Cemetery ©
St Symphorien Military Cemetery
Abbaye de Villers ©
Abbaye de Villers

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