Itinerary #1: Outdoor Adventure in Belgium: Antwerp, Ghent, Dinant & Brussels
This outdoor adventure includes activities like cycling through the historic streets of Antwerp and Ghent, kayaking past medieval architecture in Ghent's canals and down the Lesse River, and zip lining in the forest of Dinant—the perfect option for travelers to sightsee through charming cities while staying active.
|Day 1||Arrive in Brussels, Transfer to Antwerp, Antwerp Walking Tour||Antwerp|
|Day 2||Antwerp Guided Cycling Tour, Optional Activities||Antwerp|
|Day 3||Transfer to Ghent, Ghent Guided Cycling Tour||Ghent|
|Day 4||Kayak Around Ghent's Canals, Optional Activities||Ghent|
|Day 5||Day Trip to Bruges||Ghent|
|Day 6||Transfer to Dinant via Waterloo & Namur||Dinant|
|Day 7||Explore Dinant, Outdoor Adventure Park||Dinant|
|Day 8||Kayak on the Lesse River, Transfer to Brussels & Discover its Museums||Brussels|
|Day 9||Explore Brussels, Paddle Along the Bois de la Cambre||Brussels|
|Day 10||Depart Brussels|
Explore the historic streets of Antwerp on Days 1 and 2 with a walking tour through sites like Grote Markt and the workshop of famous Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens. Then, by cycling, admire its museums, the impressive architecture of the Cogels-Osylei, and Sint Anna River Beach. Adventures in the fairy tale city of Ghent abound for Days 3 and 4 by cycling and then kayaking through the canals past the medieval castle of Gravensteen. Sightsee in Bruges on Day 5, noting the Belfry of Bruges and the 13th-century Church of Our Lady Bruges.
Discover Waterloo Battlefield and the charming city of Namen before settling into Dinant on Day 6. The following day, explore Dinant's landmarks, like the Church Collégiale Notre-Dame de Dinant, and an adventure park where you can climb and zip line in the forest. On Day 8, kayak down the Lesse River through fairy tale woodlands. You'll visit Brussels' many museums and historical and architectural landmarks like the Louis XVI-style Royal Palace and the medieval Cathedral of Sint-Michel and Sint-Goedele on Day 9 with the option to paddle out to the Chalet Robinson on Robinson Island. Learn more
Itinerary #2: Belgian Beer Tour: Ghent, Antwerp, Houffalize, Chimay & Brussels
This Belgian beer tour is perfect for those who enjoy beer and learning about beer-making traditions. You'll visit breweries and sample everything from "witbiers" and "dubbels" to "saisons" and "lambics" across four locations in Belgium, including sampling Trappist beer in Chimay's Scourmont Abbey.
|Day 1||Arrive in Brussels, Transfer to Ghent, Scenic Boat Tour, Brouwbar Tasting||Ghent|
|Day 2||Take a Historic Beer Walk in Ghent, Visit Gruut Brewery||Ghent|
|Day 3||Transfer to Antwerp, Visit Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie||Antwerp|
|Day 4||Tour De Koninck Brewery & Festive Brunch||Antwerp|
|Day 5||Transfer to Houffalize, Full-Day Excursion to Mechelen & Achouffe||Houffalize|
|Day 6||Enjoy a Day at Leisure in Ardennes||Houffalize|
|Day 7||Transfer to Chimay via Dinant, Visit Chimay Brewery||Chimay|
|Day 8||Transfer to Brussels, Take a Guided Beer Walk||Brussels|
|Day 9||Explore Brussels' Museums, Including Brussels Gueuze Museum||Brussels|
|Day 10||Depart Brussels|
Begin your tour of Ghent at the Leie River, where you'll cruise the city's medieval canals. Then learn about the beer-making process at the traditional Brouwbar Microbrewery. Day 2 brings you on a historic beer walk and visit Gruut Brewery, which uses herbs instead of hops in its beer. The following day, admire the medieval streets and Renaissance and Art Nouveau architectural gems of Antwerp before discovering the famous Seef beer at Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie. Enjoy a tour, beer tasting, and festive brunch at De Koninck Brewery on Day 4.
Days 5 and 6 take you on a multi-town adventure starting at Mechelen's Het Anker, a 14th-century brewery. Visit two other breweries while admiring the beautiful landscape of hills and forests in the Ardennes region. On Day 7, travel through the charming town of Dinant on the Meuse River before seeing Chimay's Scourmont Abbey, home to traditional Trappist beers. You'll try everything from witbiers to wheat ales on a guided beer walk through Brussels on Day 8. Day 9 is yours to explore Brussels' museums, including the Brussels Gueuze Museum, part of the Cantillon Brewery. Learn more
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Itinerary #3: Castles of Belgium: Antwerp, Ghent, Chimay, Dinant & Brussels
This castles of Belgium itinerary is for history buffs who enjoy deviating from a traditional route to discover Belgium's medieval castles and changing architecture, from the Gravensteen Castle in Ghent and the monastery at Scourmont Abbey to the working residence of the King and royal family at Royal Palace of Brussels.
|Day 1||Arrive in Brussels, Transfer to Antwerp, Walking Tour of Antwerp||Antwerp|
|Day 2||Transfer to Ghent via Bornem Castle or Wissekerke Castle, Scenic Boat Tour||Ghent|
|Day 3||Tour Gravensteen Castle in Ghent||Ghent|
|Day 4||Transfer to Chimay, Visit Château de Beloeil & Scourmont Abbey||Chimay|
|Day 5||Visit Château de Chimay, Transfer to Dinant||Dinant|
|Day 6||Explore the Citadel of Dinant, Enjoy Free Time to Explore||Dinant|
|Day 7||Castle Sightseeing Day Trip from Dinant||Dinant|
|Day 8||Explore the Citadel of Dinant, Enjoy Free Time to Explore||Brussels|
|Day 9||Visit the Castle of Laeken & the Royal Palace of Brussels||Brussels|
|Day 10||Depart Brussels|
Begin your journey with a private walking tour of Antwerp, noting Grote Markt, Vleeshuis, and Vlaeykensgang Alley. On Day 2, choose between neo-Gothic or neo-Renaisannce with your visit to a historic castle in Ghent. Then head to Leie River for a cruise of this medieval city. You'll tour 12th-century medieval Gravensteen Castle on Day 3 before your trip to Chimay and the medieval moated Château de Beloeil on Day 4. In Chimay, visit Scourmont Abbey, home to Trappist monks, and discover how traditional Trappist beers are brewed. Visit the medieval fortress of Château de Chimay on Day 5.
Day 6 is for exploring Dinant, a charming town in the Ardennes region with a towering church, rocky cliffs, and a citadel. On Day 7, discover Château de Freÿr, a 15th-century medieval hunting lodge, Walzin Castle atop a steep rock face, and the fairytale-like Château de Vêves. Adventures abound in Brussels on Days 8 and 9, beginning with a stop at the grand Château de La Hulpe and a visit to the Castle of Laeken, a Louis XVI-style royal residence. End at the Royal Palace of Brussels, the working residence of the King and royal family. Learn more
Itinerary #4: Highlights of Belgium & the Netherlands
This highlights itinerary follows a classic route that features three major cities in both Belgium and the Netherlands, perfect for those who want to experience this region's art, history, and architectural highlights through walking and cycling tours.
|Day 1||Arrive in Amsterdam, Anne Frank House & the Rijksmuseum||Amsterdam|
|Day 2||Day Trip to Marken, Volendam, Edam & Zaanse Schans||Amsterdam|
|Day 3||Transfer to The Hague, Visit Mauritshuis Museum, Private Cycling Tour||The Hague|
|Day 4||Transfer to Rotterdam, Private Cycling Tour||Rotterdam|
|Day 5||Transfer to Antwerp, Discover Antwerp||Antwerp|
|Day 6||Walking Tour of Antwerp with Private Guide||Antwerp|
|Day 7||Transfer to Bruges, Explore||Bruges|
|Day 8||Transfer to Ghent, Private Cycling Tour||Ghent|
|Day 9||Explore the Museums of Ghent||Ghent|
|Day 10||Transfer to Amsterdam, Depart|
Spend your first day in Amsterdam wandering through historic landmarks like the Anne Frank House and Rijksmuseum with its world-famous paintings. After visiting quaint fishing villages and a tasty cheese market in Edam, you'll see the signature Dutch windmills of Zaanse Schans on Day 2. The following day, visit The Hague and the Mauritshuis Art Museum, which houses one of the world's most famous classical paintings, followed by a cycling tour to the Scheveningen Strand.
Day 4 brings an exciting cycling tour of Rotterdam, while Day 5 crosses the border to Antwerp, where you'll pass landmarks like Grote Markt, The Cathedral of Our Lady, and beaches along the River Scheldt. Dive deeper into Antwerp's history during a private walking tour on Day 6. Zip over to Bruges on Day 7 to admire its Gothic and 19th-century buildings, stop at a chocolatier, and try local Belgian beer. Days 8 and 9 bring you to the port city of Ghent, first for a cycling tour explaining the city's history and then to explore its museums and historical attractions, such as the medieval castle of Gravensteen. Learn more
Itinerary #5: The Best of Benelux: the Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg
This best-of itinerary offers a journey through three northern European countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg; it's a perfect fit for travelers who want to hit these countries' historical and cultural highlights. You'll enjoy charming city walks, like the Wenzel Walk along a fortress, museums such as the Magritte Museum, the countryside of Dinant, and an opportunity to cycle in Haarlem.
|Day 1||Arrive in Amsterdam, Canal Cruise to Rijksmuseum||Amsterdam|
|Day 2||Historic Amsterdam Guided Tour, This Is Holland||Amsterdam|
|Day 3||Day Trip to Haarlem, Haarlem Cycling Trip||Amsterdam|
|Day 4||Transfer to Brussels, Free Time in Brussels||Brussels|
|Day 5||Explore Brussels' Museums, Magritte Museum||Brussels|
|Day 6||Transfer to Dinant, Visit the Citadel Dinant||Dinant|
|Day 7||Collégiale Notre-Dame de Dinant, Grotte la Merveilleuse & Maison Leffe||Dinant|
|Day 8||Transfer to Luxembourg, Explore Luxembourg City||Luxembourg|
|Day 9||Wenzel Walk, Chemin de la Corniche, Visit Pétrusse Casemates||Luxembourg|
|Day 10||Transfer to Luxembourg Airport, Depart|
Journey through Amsterdam on Days 1 and 2. First, cruise the canals to the Rijksmuseum, which houses seventh-century works by Dutch Masters, then walk from the harbor front, passing historic churches and ending with a special "flyover" experience of Dutch landscapes. Experience Haarlem and the paintings in the Frans Hals Museum on Day 3 before cycling to the beach town of Bloemendaal. On Day 4, head to Brussels to explore landmarks such as the Louis XVI-style Royal Palace and medieval castles. The following day, museum-hop to the Old Masters Museum and Musée Magritte Museum.
Catch a train south to the countryside in Dinant on Days 6 and 7 to see its massive rock cliff and citadel. Explore Church Collégiale Notre-Dame de Dinant, Grotte la Merveilleuse cave, and Maison Leffe abbey before wandering through Luxembourg on Days 8 and 9, admiring its lovely city squares, historical buildings, the impressive Pont Adolphe Bridge, and the Cathédrale of Notre-Dame. Complete the Wenzel Walk along the fortress, stroll down the famous Chemin de la Corniche, and explore the underground tunnels and fortified walls of the Pétrusse Casemates. Learn more
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