60 days in France & Basel Itinerary

60 days in France & Basel Itinerary

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60 days in France & Basel Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + train:  25​h
1
Basel, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Strasbourg, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
3
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Orleans, France
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Tours, France
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Nantes, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Bordeaux, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Toulouse, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
9
Montpellier, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
10
Lyon, France
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
11
Marseille, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
Nice, France
— 7 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia

3
nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Basel Paper Mill Museum and Glasi Hergiswil. Do some cultural sightseeing at Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel and Fondation Beyeler. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Basel: Kloster Einsiedeln (in Einsiedeln), Schaffhausen (Munot & Burg Radegg) and Amphitheater von Vindonissa (in Windisch). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Jean Tinguely Museum, make a trip to Spalen Gate, take in the spiritual surroundings of Offene Kirche Elisabethen, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Basel sightseeing planner.

Sydney, Australia to Basel is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Basel reach 30°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Schaffhausen, Kloster Einsiedeln, Fondation Beyeler, Glasi Hergiswil, Uferpromenade Weggis
Highlights from your plan
Basel Paper Mill Museum ©
Basel Paper Mill Museum
Munot ©
Munot
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler

4
nights
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Get a sense of the local culture at Centre-ville de Strasbourg and Le Vaisseau. Let the collections at Musee Lalique and Musée historique de la ville de Strasbourg capture your imagination. Explore Strasbourg's surroundings by going to Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial (in Saint-Avold), Fort Casso (in Rohrbach-les-Bitche) and Hartmannswillerkopf (in Wattwiller). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, make a trip to Place Kleber, admire the masterpieces at Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg trip builder .

Take a train from Basel to Strasbourg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hartmannswillerkopf, Musee Lalique, Fort Casso, Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Eglise St-Martin
Highlights from your plan
Musee Lalique ©
Musee Lalique
Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame ©
Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame

5
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fondation Louis Vuitton and Petit Palais. Get outdoors at Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Pierrefonds (in Pierrefonds) and Laon (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon & Porte d'Ardon). The adventure continues: make a trip to Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Strasbourg to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Orleans.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Laon, Chateau de Pierrefonds
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

4
nights
Orleans, France

Orleans ©
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Visit Orléans Cathedral and Oratoire Carolingien de Germigny-des-Pres for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vinitour Centre-Loire and Eglise Saint-Aignan. Get out of town with these interesting Orleans side-trips: Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères (in Ingrannes), Chateau de Chamerolles (in Chilleurs-aux-Bois) and Cave Eric Louis - Vins de Sancerre (in Thauvenay). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Saint-Brisson-sur-Loire, contemplate the long history of Maison de Jeanne d'Arc, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Etienne.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Orleans road trip site .

You can take a train from Paris to Orleans in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Orleans sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tours.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Sancerre, Chateau de Saint-Brisson-sur-Loire, Oratoire Carolingien de Germigny-des-Pres, Chateau de Chamerolles, Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères
Highlights from your plan
Orléans Cathedral ©
Orléans Cathedral
Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères ©
Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères
Chateau de Saint-Brisson-sur-Loire ©

5
nights
Tours, France

Tours ©
Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Step off the beaten path and head to Musee des Blindes and Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet. Museum-lovers will get to explore Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier and Chateau de Chenonceau. Take a break from Tours with a short trip to Troglo Degusto in Bourre, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musee du Compagnonnage, explore the historical opulence of Le Chateau de Cinq-Mars, gain interesting insight with a heritage tour, and take in the pleasant sights at Place Plumereau.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tours trip planner .

You can take a train from Orleans to Tours in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Tours are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nantes.

Things to do in Tours

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier, Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet, Le Chateau de Cinq-Mars, Musee des Blindes, Troglo Degusto
Highlights from your plan
Musee des Blindes ©
Musee des Blindes

4
nights
Nantes, France

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul and Manoir de l'Automobile. Museum-lovers will appreciate Les Machines de L'ile and Univers du Poete Ferrailleur. Get out of town with these interesting Nantes side-trips: (Mégalithes) Menhirs De Monteneuf (in Monteneuf) and Chateau du Plessis-Bourre (in Ecuille). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Arts de Nantes, take an in-depth tour of Musee Jules Verne de Nantes, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Croix.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nantes online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Tours to Nantes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Nantes, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Nantes

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Univers du Poete Ferrailleur, Chateau du Plessis-Bourre, (Mégalithes) Menhirs De Monteneuf, Manoir de l'Automobile
Highlights from your plan
Manoir de l'Automobile ©
Manoir de l'Automobile
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne ©
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne

5
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois and Musee de l'Histoire Maritime de Bordeaux. Explore hidden gems such as Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont and Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc), Amphitheatre de Saintes (in Saintes) and Chateau de Duras (in Duras). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musee d'Aquitaine, contemplate the long history of Port of the Moon, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Saint Ahon, and make a trip to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale).

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux holiday maker tool .

You can fly from Nantes to Bordeaux in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can take a train to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Amphitheatre de Saintes, Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois, Chateau Paloumey, Chateau de Duras, Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Aquitaine ©
Musee d'Aquitaine
Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois ©
Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois
Chateau de Duras ©
Chateau de Duras

5
nights
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
You'll explore and learn at Chateau Fort of Lourdes and Chateau d'Eau. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Boulevard des Pyrenees and Cathar Castles. Change things up with these side-trips from Toulouse: Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy (in Albi), Lourdes (Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire & Sanctuaire Notre-Dame) and Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (Eglise de Saint Cirq Lapopie & Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, get to know the fascinating history of Quai de la Daurade, and examine the collection at Musee Georges Labit.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Toulouse trip itinerary builder website .

Take a train from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Toulouse, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Montpellier.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Carcassonne, Lourdes, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Boulevard des Pyrenees, Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy
Highlights from your plan
Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy ©
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards

5
nights
Montpellier, France

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Musee Fabre and Un Siecle de Roulottes will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedrale St-Pierre and Place de la Comedie. Venture out of the city with trips to Le ron des fades village miniature (in Dompnac), Castle of Montaigut (in Gissac) and La Tour de Guet (in Tresques). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Bertrand Bosc, steep yourself in history at Aqueduct de Castries, appreciate the extensive heritage of Esplanade d'Europe, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Saharien.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Montpellier route planning site .

You can take a train from Toulouse to Montpellier in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Montpellier

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Un Siecle de Roulottes, La Tour de Guet, Colophon - Maison de l'Imprimeur, Castle of Montaigut, Nougat Diane de Poytiers
Highlights from your plan
Bertrand Bosc ©
Bertrand Bosc
Musee Fabre ©
Musee Fabre
Un Siecle de Roulottes ©
Un Siecle de Roulottes

5
nights
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.
Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cite medievale de Perouges and Statue de Notre Dame de France. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Parc du Chateau de Vizille (in Vizille), Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran (in Montelimar) and Cloitre de la Cathedrale du Puy-en-Velay (in Le Puy-en-Velay). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, take a stroll through The Presqu'ile, examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere, and don't miss a visit to Place Bellecour.

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Traveling by train from Montpellier to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Lyon sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Le Puy-en-Velay, Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran, Parc du Chateau de Vizille, Cite medievale de Perouges
Highlights from your plan
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon ©
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon
Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges
Statue de Notre Dame de France ©
Statue de Notre Dame de France

5
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get in touch with nature at Parc national des Calanques and Chateau d'If. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Grignan and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Palais des Papes (in Avignon), La Citadelle de Sisteron (in Sisteron) and Distillerie A. Blachere (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Palais Longchamp, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent de Paul Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and wander the streets of The Panier.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Lyon to Marseille by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Marseille are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, La Citadelle de Sisteron, Carrieres des Lumieres, Palais des Papes, Distillerie A. Blachere
Highlights from your plan
Parc national des Calanques ©
Parc national des Calanques
Chateau de Grignan ©
Chateau de Grignan
La Citadelle de Sisteron ©
La Citadelle de Sisteron

7
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and Musée Marc Chagall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tourrettes-sur-Loup and Abbey of Thoronet. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage), Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins (in Mougins) and Promenade Le Corbusier (in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and stroll the grounds of Cemetery of the Old Chateau.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nice travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Nice, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Eze, Villa Kerylos, Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Monastere de Saorge
Highlights from your plan
Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall
Abbey of Thoronet ©
Abbey of Thoronet
Promenade Le Corbusier ©
Promenade Le Corbusier

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