I will be in Belgium for 5 nights at the beginning of my three-week trip that also includes the Netherlands and Norway this May.
I arrive at Brussels Airport at 12:45 pm on a Sunday. I have an airbnb booked in Ghent for three nights. Then on Wednesday I move to Antwerp, where I have an airbnb booked for 2 nights. On Friday I move on to Delft.
I'm trying to figure out the best way to use my 4.5 days. Aside from enjoying my time in Ghent and Antwerp, I plan on a day trip to Bruges and one to Brussels.
Here's what I'm thinking right now:
- Sunday, late afternoon and evening in Ghent.
- Monday day trip by train to Bruges. I have to be somewhere on a Monday, when many museums are closed, and Bruges seems like a place I can enjoy without hitting too many museums. Maybe rent a bike and pedal to Damme.
- Tuesday in Ghent
- Wednesday early train to Brussels. Stow luggage at train station and explore for most of the day. (I'm also interested in the Musical Instrument Museum and all three of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts.) Then on to Antwerp.
- Thursday in Antwerp
- Friday to Delft
- Does this seem like a reasonable approach? Or should I swap Monday and Tuesday? Or should I plan on a full day in Brussels (say on Tuesday), and spend more of Wednesday in Ghent before departing for Antwerp?
- Or, if I'm not too jet-lagged when I get off the plane, should I spend a few hours in Brussels on Sunday afternoon before heading to Ghent?
- Are there any other short excursions I should try to include, either from Ghent or from Antwerp? It doesn't feel like there's lots of time to do that, but I sometimes like just hopping on a train and finding some town somewhere to explore.