8 days in France & Basel Itinerary

8 days in France & Basel Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Izmir, Turkey
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Basel, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Belfort, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Izmir, Turkey

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Basel Minster and then wander the streets of Basel's Old Town.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Basel trip builder website.

Izmir, Turkey to Basel is an approximately 6- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Izmir to Basel is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Izmir in June, expect nights in Basel to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Belfort.

Things to do in Basel

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster
Basel's Old Town ©
Basel's Old Town

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Belfort, France

Belfort ©
Belfort is a city in northeastern France in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté région, situated between Lyon and Strasbourg. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): play a few rounds at Golf Club du Chateau de Bournel and then get outside with Lac Malsaucy. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer and then see the interesting displays at Cite de l'Automobile.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Belfort online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Basel to Belfort takes an hour. In June, daytime highs in Belfort are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Belfort

Outdoors Museums Golf

Side Trips

Mulhouse, Golf Club du Chateau de Bournel
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Lac Malsaucy ©
Lac Malsaucy
Cite de l'Automobile ©
Cite de l'Automobile

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): look for gifts at La Fromagerie d'Oullins, get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or and then steep yourself in history at Cite medievale de Perouges.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Belfort to Lyon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lyon when traveling from Belfort in June, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

La Fromagerie d'Oullins, Cite medievale de Perouges
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Théâtre gallo-romain ©
Théâtre gallo-romain
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon
Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges

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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): steep yourself in history at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and then make a trip to Louvre Museum. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

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Traveling by train from Lyon to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lyon in June; daily highs in Paris reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

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