6 days in Besancon & Basel Itinerary

6 days in Besancon & Basel Itinerary

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Besancon, France
— 2 nights
Basel, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Besancon, France

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): make a trip to La Citadelle de Besancon, don't miss a visit to Chapelle Notre-Dame du Refuge, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Massages & bien-etre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): take a memorable drive along Circuit Ville Forte, appreciate the history behind Statue du marquis Jouffroy d'Abbans, and then sample the tasty concoctions at E-BAR.

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Paris to Besancon is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paris in December, expect nights in Besancon to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 5°C. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Basel.

Things to do in Besancon

Breweries & Distilleries · Nightlife · Fun & Games · Outdoors

Basel, Switzerland

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Basel: Historisches Museum Baden (in Baden), Gewerbemuseum Winterthur (in Winterthur) and Zurich (Lake Zurich & Old Town). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, take in the pleasant sights at Marktplatz, engage your brain at Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, and don't miss a visit to Muensterplatz.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Basel online trip builder.

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 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature

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