8 days in France & Basel Itinerary

8 days in France & Basel Itinerary

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8 days in France & Basel Itinerary

Start: Izmir, Turkey
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Basel, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Belfort, France
— 2 nights
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): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basel Munster and then take a stroll through Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Basel tour itinerary maker app .

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. When traveling from Izmir in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Basel, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Belfort.

Things to do in Basel

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

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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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): play a few rounds at Golf Club du Chateau de Bournel and then head outdoors with Lac Malsaucy. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer and then see the interesting displays at Cite de l'Automobile - Collection Schlumpf.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Belfort trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Basel to Belfort takes an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): look for gifts at La Fromagerie d'Oullins, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, then examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon. Keep things going the next day: ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or and then steep yourself in history at Cite medievale de Perouges.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lyon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Belfort to Lyon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Belfort in June since evenings lows in Lyon dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Cite medievale de Perouges, La Fromagerie d'Oullins
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Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema
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): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and then explore the galleries of Louvre Museum. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and then examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Lyon to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; 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 ©

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