8 days in Basel, Paris & Lyon Itinerary

8 days in Basel, Paris & Lyon Itinerary

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8 days in Basel, Paris & Lyon Itinerary

Start: Izmir, Turkey
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Basel, Switzerland
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Lyon, France
— 1 night
tram + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Izmir, Turkey

3
nights
Basel, Switzerland

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Basel Munster and Kloster Mariastein will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Seebad Eich and Zoo Basel. Venture out of the city with trips to Schloss Lenzburg (in Lenzburg), Hallwyl Castle (in Seengen) and Lindt Chocolate Shop Olten (in Olten). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Elisabethenkirche, shop like a local with Art Basel, examine the collection at Augusta Raurica, and look for gifts at Jakob's Basler Leckerly.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Basel online trip builder .

Izmir, Turkey to Basel is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Izmir to Basel due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in June: highs in Basel hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Basel

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kloster Mariastein, Lindt Chocolate Shop Olten, Augusta Raurica, Schloss Lenzburg, Hallwyl Castle
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Seebad Eich ©
Seebad Eich
Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster
Hallwyl Castle ©
Hallwyl Castle

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and then wander the streets of Le Marais. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Musee d'Orsay, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and then step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip app .

Traveling by train from Basel to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. June in Paris sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

1
night
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 16th (Sat), examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere, stop by La Fromagerie d'Oullins, then take an in-depth tour of Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, then make a trip to Place Bellecour, and finally examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

La Fromagerie d'Oullins
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Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon ©
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon
Institut & Musee Lumiere ©
Institut & Musee Lumiere
Fresque des Lyonnais ©
Fresque des Lyonnais

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