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Itinerary Help Needed

I am planning a trip for June 11-27 and would like some feedback. Any ideas on timeframe at locations, possible other better locations and any other general ideas would be of great help. One big question is are we trying to do too much and missing out by not spending enough time in certain places?
Because we plan on seeing some "out of the way" places, we will be renting a car once we leave Brussels and returning it before our leg to Antwerp.
Obviously because of some of the areas we will be visiting we will be visiting battlefield sites, cemeteries and memorials. Other sites will be exploring cities, culture, museums and looking for great food and beverages.

Start in Brussels 11-13
14th-leave Brussels with stops in Waterloo and Durbuy. Stay in Luxembourg City
15-16 Use Luxembourg City as base to visit Battle of the Bulge sites and take a half day in the Mullerthal region.
17th Drive to Dinant to kayak the river Lesse and stay in Namur.
18th Leave Namur for Ypres
18-19 Use Ypres as a base to visit WWI sites as well as a trip to Ostend and Dunkirk.
20-21 After returning car in Brussels, take train to Ghent. Stay in Ghent with a visit to Bruges the next day (should we spend the night in each city or use one or the other for these two days)
22th Train to Antwerp
23-26 Train to Amsterdam
27 Return by train to Brussels for the evening and flight home the next day.

Thanks in advance for any and all help,

Kevin

Posted by
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Ypres, or Ieper in Flemish is a nice place to stay, but there are also organized tours from Bruges too, in case if it is your plan to join one. The latter is also an ideal place for taking the train to Ostende and there the coastal tram to Atlantik Wall Museum Raversyde. Worth a visit is De Haan, a coastal resort known for Belle Epoque architecture and the place Albert Einstein stayed there for a half year before finally moving after a stop in the UK to Princeton.

See if you can drop the car in Bruges or Ghent if you decide to stay there, best is to avoid Brussels, way too busy. And what do you expect to see in Dunkirk? Something related to Operation Dynamo?

Btw. in Luxembourg you can kayaking there too.

Posted by
1391 posts

Ghent takes 1/2 day - castle, guild houses, Van Eyck polyptic. Put your bags in a locker in the train station. Return later and take train to Bruges for two nights. Be sure you see the main square by night and by day. Bruges is the most beautiful city in Europe.

Enjoy. I love Belgium. If it had mountains, I'd be living there.