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
— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take a stroll through Basel's Old Town.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Basel trip itinerary maker app.

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. While traveling from Izmir, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Basel, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Belfort.

Things to do in Basel

Neighborhoods
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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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): make a trip to Belfort Citadel & The Lion of Belfort, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Christophe de Belfort, and then head outdoors with Lac Malsaucy.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Belfort vacation maker tool.

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 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Epinal.

Things to do in Belfort

Outdoors Historic Sites
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Lac Malsaucy ©
Lac Malsaucy
Cathedrale Saint-Christophe de Belfort ©
Cathedrale Saint-Christophe de Belfort

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Epinal, France

Epinal ©
Épinal is a commune in northeastern France and the capital (prefecture) of the Vosges department. 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.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Epinal online road trip planner.

Take a train from Belfort to Epinal in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in Epinal, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. 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
Musee Departemental D'Art Ancien et Contemporain ©

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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 Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees for their historical value. Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou capture your imagination. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Paris tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Epinal to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Georges and then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lyon trip maker.

Getting from Paris to Lyon by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Lyon are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 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 Historic Sites
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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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