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
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Epinal, France
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
5
Lyon, France
— 1 night
tram + 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): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Elisabethenkirche and then wander the streets of Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Basel trip planner .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Izmir to Basel. Traveling from Izmir in June, you will find days in Basel are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Belfort.

Things to do in Basel

Neighborhoods
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Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel ©

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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): make a trip to Belfort Citadel & The Lion of Belfort, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Christophe de Belfort, and then head outdoors with Lac Malsaucy.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Belfort attractions planning website .

Getting from Basel to Belfort by car takes about an hour. In June in Belfort, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Epinal.

Things to do in Belfort

Outdoors Historic Sites
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Lac Malsaucy ©
Lac Malsaucy
Cathedrale Saint-Christophe de Belfort ©
Belfort Citadel & The Lion of Belfort ©

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Epinal, France

Epinal ©
Épinal is a commune in northeastern France and the capital (prefecture) of the Vosges department. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Fraispertuis City and then examine the collection at Musee Departemental D'Art Ancien et Contemporain.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Epinal using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Belfort to Epinal takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Epinal are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Epinal

Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Fraispertuis City
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Fraispertuis City ©
Fraispertuis City

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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.
Visit Champs-Elysees and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and Louvre Museum. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip maker app .

Getting from Epinal to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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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.
To see other places to visit and tourist information, read Lyon trip maker tool .

Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums
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Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Eglise Saint Georges ©
Eglise Saint Georges

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