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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
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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
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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.

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.

Brussels' Grand-Place (Grote Markt)
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Explore Brussels & Beyond - 5 Days

Get to know Brussels like a local on this guided five-day private tour. After taking in the key sights of Belgium's capital, you'll delve into its diverse beer scene and later row to a chalet on an island in the Bois de la Cambre park. Halfway through the itinerary, your guide will whisk you off on an exciting road trip, stopping at the Waterloo Battlefield and its museum, the citadel of Dimant for sweeping views over the River Meuse, and the tranquil water gardens of Namur.

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.

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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
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
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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