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Introducing Belgium

Welcome to the friendly country of chocolate and brilliant cold beers, of gothic cathedrals and medieval castles, of lacework and great art cities, of North Sea shore and rolling hills, of the Flemish speaking North and the French speaking south. Whether you love art or adventure, whether you travel on your own or with your family: there’s something here for everyone!

When is the best time to visit Belgium?
Belgium is a country that can really be visited year-round. Even in the chilly winter months, you are still able to enjoy a stroll through the park or a cup of mulled wine at a local market. Situated on the coast of the North Sea, Belgium experiences moderate marine temperatures during Spring (March-May) and fall (September-November), colder temperatures in the winter (December- February) and warm, but manageable temperatures during the summer months (June-August). Spontaneous rainfalls can occur year-round, with the heaviest rains falling in October and November.

Where should you go?
The North of the country is called Flandres. The Flemish speaking people here have built some of the most charming cities like Bruges and Ghent, with canals, cobblestone squares and impressive buildings. In the west you find the North Sea Coast, with some interesting beach towns. The French-speaking South is called Wallonia. The rolling hills of the Ardennes here is where you head if nature is more your speed. The region also boasts cities like Liege, Namur and Tournai. Cosmopolitan capital Brussels is home to both EU and NATO headquarters.

How many days do you need?
In 5 days, you can experience all of the highlights of Flanders, like the port city of Antwerp combined with charming Ghent or Bruges and end your trip in Brussels. Enjoy the food, the cold beers and some great art museums boasting works from the Flemish masters.
If you have 7 to 10 days to spend, you can visit more off-the-beaten-track places like the North Sea Coast and the enchanting caves and hills of the Ardennes.

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Canals in Ghent
Map of Highlights of Belgium & the Netherlands - 10 Days
Highlights of Belgium & the Netherlands - 10 Days

Join this 10-day adventure to discover three fascinating cities in both the Netherlands and Belgium: starting with Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam, then crossing the border to Antwerp, Bruges, and Ghent. Zipping by train between them, you'll set off on a series of guided and self-guided bicycle and walking tours. Encounters range from windmills and cheese north of Amsterdam to chocolate and beer in Bruges, and you're guaranteed a healthy helping of art, history, and architecture along the way.

Amsterdam in bloom
Map of The Best of Benelux: the Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg- 10 Days
The Best of Benelux: the Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg- 10 Days

Wander among the canals of three countries in 10 days on this well-rounded journey through northern Europe. Start in Amsterdam, where you'll discover its hidden beauty as you visit museums and parks. Head south to Brussels, the capital of Europe, and get your fill of chocolate, beer, and art. Explore the charming village of Dinant with its caves and massive citadel. Finish your trip in the small but delightful Luxembourg and revel in its quaint atmosphere.

Canals of Bruges
Map of Best of Belgium: Antwerp, Ghent & Brussels - 7 Days
Best of Belgium: Antwerp, Ghent & Brussels - 7 Days

Discover Belgium's rich pan-European cultural heritage in a seven-day tour of the best of the Flanders region. Marvel at Flemish Renaissance architecture in Antwerp and cycle the fairy tale city of Ghent. Stroll through the Castle of Laeken gardens or paddle in the Bois de la Cambre. Visit chocolatiers amid the cobbled streets of Bruges and sample local Belgian beers with centuries-old brewing traditions in Brussels. Don't forget to leave room in your suitcase for those Belgian truffles.

Belgian beer
Map of Belgian Beer Tour: Ghent, Antwerp, Houffalize, Chimay & Brussels - 10 Days
Belgian Beer Tour: Ghent, Antwerp, Houffalize, Chimay & Brussels - 10 Days

Discover the significance of beer to Belgium's history, culture, and culinary legacy on this 10-day adventure across the country. Tour city breweries, urban taphouses, microbreweries, and travel to an abbey where monks have brewed beer for centuries. Learn about Belgium's brewing traditions on historical city walks, private tours, and full-day excursions while sampling a wide range of local brews, from "witbiers" (a Belgian-style wheat ale), to "dubbels" (strong dark beers) as you go.

The Grote Markt of Antwerp
Map of Highlights of Flanders: Antwerp , Bruges & Ghent - 5 Days
Highlights of Flanders: Antwerp , Bruges & Ghent - 5 Days

Explore three of the most important cities in Flanders, the Flemish region of northern Belgium, on this relaxed five-day itinerary. Discover the dynamism of historic and modern Antwerp, tour the charming canals of medieval Ghent by boat, and step into the storybook city of Bruges for a taste of Belgian chocolate and beer.

Ghent, Belgium
Discover the Best of Flanders - 5 Days

Discover Flanders' charm on this five-day journey around northern Belgium. You'll start by visiting Antwerp, a port city known for its Renaissance buildings and quaint historic center. Sample Belgian waffles and other regional delicacies on a food tour before continuing to Ghent. With picturesque canals, lively squares dominated by cathedrals and churches, and a medieval castle, you'll see the sights on a guided cycling tour, stopping to try locally brewed Belgian beers along the way.

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The sun sets on Grand Place of Belgium's capital, Brussels
How Many Days to Spend in Belgium

With five days in Belgium, travelers can focus on a city's highlights, like Brussels, and incorporate the surrounding countryside. Seven days is ideal for exploring additional...

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Discover the historic Graslei area and bell tower as you cross the Leie river
Map of 10 Days in Belgium - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Belgium - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days in Belgium, you can cover this small country's leading historical sites and must-sees with time to hop over to neighboring Luxembourg or the Netherlands. Consider which perspective you want to see from gazing up at medieval castles from a kayak, wandering through a monastery to sample traditional beer, or museum-hopping to soak up the works of the Dutch Masters.

Rozenhoedkaai and Dijver river canal, Bruges' most popular photo hot spot
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2 Weeks in Belgium - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Each of these two-week tours in Belgium is perfect for travelers looking to visit two countries in one trip. Opt for an inspiring art tour from Amsterdam to Brussels, or choose an intrepid cycling tour through Haarlem, Haastrecht, and Oudenaarde. Focus on the culinary side of Holland and Belgium with time in Rotterdam, Antwerp, and Ghent. Swap a week in the Netherlands for three days in Luxembourg on a history-focused tour of the country's most prestigious castles.

Explore Dinant's Gothic architecture
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1 Week in Belgium - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Spend seven days in Belgium on a fast-paced highlights tour of Antwerp, Dinant, and Brussels. Tour each city's best architecture and cultural spots and sample local Belgian beer. Add Ghent to your itinerary, or opt for a more chocolate-focused tour by visiting Chocolate Village and Chocolate Nation. Swap the capital city for a history-inspired itinerary centering around the castles of Ghent, Chimay, and Dinant, and tour the many museums, cathedrals, and castles.

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5 Days in Belgium - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Trip Reviews for Belgium

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Everything was well planned and very enjoyabl...
Belgium | Feb 11 - Feb 18, 2024

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Jacob M.
South Salt Lake, UT | Reviewed on Feb 19, 2024
Everything was well planned and very enjoyable. The driver was very accommodating and all the locations and services were top notch. Read more

Everything was well planned and very enjoyable. The driver was very accommodating and all the locations and services were top notch.

Hotel Reviews
The Collector Hotel
The Hague

Close to a lot of restaurants and shopping, clean, and has a delicious breakfast. Rooms are a little on the small side but very nice.

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Dikker & Thijs Hotel
Amsterdam

Hotel was close to a lot of restaurants and shopping locations, and served a delicious breakfast

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Local specialist: Mieke Arendsen
Mieke
Mieke Arendsen
Local specialist in The Netherlands | Replied on Feb 20, 2024

Hi Jacob and travel mates,
Thank you for your kind review! I am so glad that you have had a good trip. A big shout out to our first travelers brave enough to face the Dutch February weather - which was not too bad in the end
Wishing you all the best,
Mieke

Book Bas for Belgium!
Belgium | Oct 13 - Oct 18, 2023

Annette
Annette F.
New Zealand | Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023
We had a wonderful 5 days in Belgium . BAs arranged excellent accommodation in Antwerp and Brussels that had perfect locations for walking to attractions and food and drinks.
Our guide in Antwerp, Dave, was knowledgeable, friendly and really loves his city. Even though it poured with rain during most of our tour he persevered and we didn’t feel that we had been short changed at all. He was also our guide the next morning when the sun was out and showed us some more of his beautiful...
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We had a wonderful 5 days in Belgium . BAs arranged excellent accommodation in Antwerp and Brussels that had perfect locations for walking to attractions and food and drinks.
Our guide in Antwerp, Dave, was knowledgeable, friendly and really loves his city. Even though it poured with rain during most of our tour he persevered and we didn’t feel that we had been short changed at all. He was also our guide the next morning when the sun was out and showed us some more of his beautiful town.
Janne was our lovely guide in Ghent for the morning and we thoroughly enjoyed her view of her city. Very knowledgeable and funny and such a good guide, we learnt a lot about Ghent and its place in the old world.
We had a couple of easy tours on our own one to a chocolate factory and museum and another to a beer brewery.
The whole experience dealing with kimkim agents has been only positive and we’ve already booked our 3rd one for next year.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel des Galeries
Brussels

The location is great for wandering around the older parts of the city and through the Galleries passages. The rooms are clean and surprisingly large by European standards.

Authenticity & Character
In some ways it’s a very simple hotel with a few quirks. All good quirks though
Location
Perfect for wandering around, very safe and lots of beautiful Belgian chocolate shops close by.
Staff
The staff really make this place special, really helpful with tips on where to eat and drink away from the tourist traps. Always friendly and willing to help sort any problems out
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and comfortable but I found it odd that the room didn’t contain a small fridge of any kind. Coffee and tea were provided but no milk or creamer, and no way of keeping milk cold. There was also no electric jug in the room making tea. Staff were always willing to bring a teapot of hot water or a jug of milk to the room but it was a bit odd.
Hotel FranQ
Antwerp

Fabulous staff, great location, clean and very welcoming

Authenticity & Character
It’s a little bit quirky in its interior design and very comfortable. Some of the original features are still in place
Location
Really close to lots of historical sites and excellent bars and eateries
Staff
Would have to be one of the best assets of this hotel. Very welcoming and helpful always
Cleanliness & Comfort
The best bed!
Activity Reviews
Antwerp - De Koninck Beer Brewery Tour
Antwerp - De Koninck Beer Brewery Tour
Belgium

Well worth a visit but the entry process is a bit of a shambles. One person selling tickets, pouring beers and checking those ticket holders who purchased on line. The whole place felt a little understaffed

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Antwerp - Private guided walking tour
Antwerp - Private guided walking tour
Belgium

Dave also took us on this tour and I can’t recommend him enough.

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Antwerp - Private guided Evening walking tour
Antwerp

Dave is a passionate and lovely guide, we immediately felt comfortable with him. And we felt really sorry for him because it rained quite heavily on our tour but he was such a trooper that we kept going! The next day was a lot better and we had a really good tour of old town. We tried amazing chocolate s and a really smooth liqueur. He showed us covered canals and all sorts of things that we would never have found on our own or maybe missed by being part of a larger group

Quality of Experience
Local specialist: Bas Naus
Bas
Bas Naus
Local specialist in Nijmegen, Netherlands | Replied on Oct 25, 2023

Dear Annette, delighted to hear you had a great time during your stay in Belgium and that you appreciated our help in hosting this trip. Glad to hear also tha you already booked a new kimkim trip for next year. Enjoy! Warm regards, Bas.

We had a wonderful 2-week trip to the low countries in Europe
Belgium | Sep 29 - Oct 12, 2023

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Robert H.
Paradise, NV | Reviewed on Oct 16, 2023

We had a wonderful 2-week trip to Belgium and The Netherlands. We worked with Bas and Mieke. They were thorough and provided us with a wealth of knowledge. During the planning process and throughout our trip, Mieke was amazingly responsive, day and night!

We enjoyed the flexbility in travel style we had with them. Our trip was a mix of self- led and private guided travel. We used public transportation extensively. The detailed instructions on all forms of public transportation was much appreciated.

Local specialist: Bas Naus