Hello everyone, Will be spending 10 days touring Belgium in September.
Flying from Canada to Dublin to Paris, train to Brussels/train to Ypres (please don't ask, our original flight booked in February was just cancelled by the airline and this was the only way we could get there from where we live without paying ridiculous extra fees. :( ) Then heading on a return visit to London via highspeed for 3 days before flying home. This will be our 7th time to Europe but first to Belgium and our 35th wedding anniversary trip. We normally only travel in Europe by public transport and this will be the first time renting a car.
We like to take the time to get to know one country as well as we can in our 2 week time frame. Not retired yet so limited by vacation schedules. 4 days in Ypres because I am a huge history buff and hubby and I are finishing a 10 year quest to run a marathon in a different country every year for ten years. It will be memorable and emotional to do this in Ypres and attend the Last Post that evening.
Sept 5 - 8 Ypres Day 1 - settle in, walkabout
Day 2 - train to Bruges early a.m. for a day trip
Day 3 - rent bikes, tour battlefield/local area, easy day pre-marathon
Day 3 - run Flanders Fields Marathon a.m./afternoon&evening gentle walk around town
Sept 9-11 Ghent Day 1 -train to Ghent early a.m./ tour city
Day 2 - train to Antwerp for day trip
Day 3 - cycle countryside (self guided Castle tour route)
Sept 12-15 Train to Brussels to rent car morning of the 12th (or train to Namur and rent car there?)
We are interested in spending a few days exploring the Ardennes area then return to
Brussels for the afternoon/evening of the 14th and leave for London morning of the 15th.
Interested in Namur/Dinant/Liege or any other interesting town in the area that we
could access without driving more than an hour.
The Brussels/Ardennes part of the trip is the only piece we don't have specific plans for so definitely open to some input on how to plan this section of the journey.
Thanks in advance.