32 days in France & Basel Itinerary

32 days in France & Basel Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 6 nights
Drive
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Vezelay, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Moustiers Sainte-Marie, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Hyeres, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
— 4 nights
Taxi
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
Fly
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Basel, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Paris, France

— 6 nights

City of Light

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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and visit Le Marais.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paris vacation maker.

Des Moines, USA to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Paris is 7 hours. In October in Paris, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vezelay.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Vezelay, France

— 2 nights
Vézelay is a commune in the Yonne department in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in north-central France. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): examine the collection at la maison Jules-Roy, then get outside with Angie Le Feu de l'Eau, and then examine the collection at Ma p’tite ecole, musee des ecoles. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to La Goulotte - Association "Fondation Christian et Yvonne Zervos", make a trip to Chateau Ancy-le Franc, then learn about winemaking at Chablis Vititours, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Sainte Madeleine.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Vezelay travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Paris to Vezelay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Vezelay

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lyon, France

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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 11th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and finally walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lyon planning website.

Traveling by car from Vezelay to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Lyon are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Marseille, France

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 13th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and finally wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille day trip tool.

Fly from Lyon to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lyon in October: highs in Marseille hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Moustiers Sainte-Marie.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas · Museums

Side Trip

Moustiers Sainte-Marie, France

— 1 night
Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, or simply Moustiers, is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France, a part of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and considered one of the "most beautiful villages of France".It lies at the western entrance to the Gorges du Verdon. On the 15th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Faience, don't miss a visit to Centre Ville, take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame de Beauvoir, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, then stop by Faience Bondil, and finally relax in the rural setting at Ferme des Fabrigoules.

Planning Moustiers Sainte-Marie trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can drive from Marseille to Moustiers Sainte-Marie in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Moustiers Sainte-Marie

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Hyeres, France

— 4 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to Grimaud (Chapelle des Penitents & Musee Du Patrimoine), Jardin Remarquable l'Hardy - Denonain (in Gassin) and Saint-Tropez (Le musée de l’Annonciade, Chapelle Sainte-Anne, &more). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Dune La Londe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Anglicane, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, and head outdoors with Sentier sous marin.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hyeres travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Moustiers Sainte-Marie to Hyeres in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Hyeres, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

— 4 nights
Villefranche-sur-Mer is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region on the French Riviera.GeographyVillefranche-sur-Mer adjoins the city of Nice to the east along Mont Boron, Mont Alban and Mont Vinaigrier, and 10km south west of Monaco. Villefranche-sur-Mer is known for historic sites, beaches, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, admire the masterpieces at Villa les Camelias, and see the interesting displays at Musee des Coquillages.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Villefranche-sur-Mer trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Villefranche-sur-Mer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Lérins Islands), Mairie de le Cannet (in Le Cannet) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nice day trip app.

Nice is just a short distance from Villefranche-sur-Mer. October in Nice sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Basel.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Basel, Switzerland

— 5 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.
Explore Basel's surroundings by going to Zurich (Old Town, Botanischer Garten, &more), Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken) and Aare River (in Bern). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, wander the streets of Basel's Old Town, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Basel trip maker tool.

Getting from Nice to Basel by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nice in October; daily highs in Basel reach 62°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Basel

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Digne-les-Bains travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums