19 days in Besancon, Basel & Geneva Itinerary

19 days in Besancon, Basel & Geneva Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Besancon
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Besancon, France
— 5 nights
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Basel, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 7 nights
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Besancon, France

— 5 nights
Proclaimed the first "green city" of France and labeled a "Town of Art and History," Besancon has plentiful mountain and river activities for you to enjoy.
Explore hidden gems such as Reculee de Baume-les-Messieurs and Maison de Louis Pasteur. Get some historical perspective at Cathedrale Saint-Jean de Besancon and Temple et galerie du Saint-Esprit. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Besancon: La Grande Saline - Musée du Sel (in Salins-les-Bains), Arbois (Pont des Capucins & Tour Gloriette) and Chateau fort Medieval (in Chateau Chalon). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascades du Hérisson, make a trip to Collegiale Notre-Dame de Dole, steep yourself in history at Square Castan, and take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Besancon online sightseeing planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Besancon is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Stockholm in June, things will get a bit warmer in Besancon: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sun) before leaving for Basel.

Things to do in Besancon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Basel, Switzerland

— 6 nights
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.
Visit Jesuitenkirche and The Cathedral of Bern for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Uferpromenade Weggis and Augusta Raurica. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Basel: St. Ursenkathedrale (in Soleure), Lucerne (Hofkirche & The Nine Towers) and Pfeiferbrunnen (in Bern). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Offene Kirche Elisabethen, make a trip to Tinguely-Brunnen, admire the natural beauty at Botanischer Garten der Universitat, and take a stroll through Basel's Old Town.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Basel vacation planner.

You can drive from Besancon to Basel in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Geneva, Switzerland

— 7 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Broken Chair Sculpture and Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eglise Russe and Place de la Palud. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Geneva: Lausanne (Esplanade de Montbenon & Collection de l'Art Brut), Montreux (Queen Studio Experience & Vieille-Ville de Montreux) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Jardin Botanique - Villa le Chene, examine the collection at MEG Musee d’ethnographie de Geneve, stroll around Parc La Grange, and get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Geneva holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Basel to Geneva takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips