60 days in France & Basel Itinerary

60 days in France & Basel Itinerary

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Basel, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Orleans, France
— 4 nights
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Tours, France
— 5 nights
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Nantes, France
— 4 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 5 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 5 nights
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Montpellier, France
— 5 nights
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Lyon, France
— 5 nights
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
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— 7 nights
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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.
Jean Tinguely Museum and Glasi Hergiswil will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Munot and Amphitheater von Vindonissa for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Basel: Burg Radegg (in Schaffhausen), Uferpromenade Weggis (in Weggis) and Kloster Einsiedeln (in Einsiedeln). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Basel Paper Mill Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Offene Kirche Elisabethen, make a trip to Tinguely-Brunnen, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Basel trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Basel is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Basel. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Basel to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Strasbourg, France

— 4 nights

Crossroads of Europe

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. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
You'll explore and learn at Lalique Museum and Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Centre-ville de Strasbourg and Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Strasbourg: Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial (in Saint-Avold), Hartmannswillerkopf (in Wattwiller) and Fort Casso (in Bettviller). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Le Vaisseau, steep yourself in history at Cave Historique des Hospices de Strasbourg, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Martin, and stop by La Petite France.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Strasbourg trip planning site.

Getting from Basel to Strasbourg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 5 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.
You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Visiting Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Laon (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon & Porte d'Ardon) and Chateau de Pierrefonds (in Pierrefonds). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Petit Palais, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, and examine the collection at Musee des Arts Forains.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip maker site.

Traveling by train from Strasbourg to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. August in Paris sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Orleans.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Orleans, France

— 4 nights
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Orléans Cathedral and Vinitour Centre-Loire. Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Saint-Brisson-sur-Loire and Eglise Saint-Etienne. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Orleans: Chateau de Chamerolles (in Chilleurs-aux-Bois), Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères (in Ingrannes) and Oratoire Carolingien de Germigny-des-Pres (in Germigny-des-Pres). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Aignan, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts, take an in-depth tour of Musee Memorial des enfants du Vel d'Hiv, and contemplate the long history of Maison de Jeanne d'Arc.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Orleans trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Paris to Orleans in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Orleans can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tours.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Tours, France

— 5 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedrale Saint-Gatien and Musee du Compagnonnage. Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Chenonceau and Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet. Get out of town with these interesting Tours side-trips: Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier (in Louresse-Rochemenier), Troglo Degusto (in Bourre) and Musee des Blindes (in Saumur). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanique de Tours, don't miss a visit to Basilique Saint Martin, step into the grandiose world of Le Chateau de Cinq-Mars, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts Tours.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tours road trip planner.

Drive from Orleans to Tours in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Tours

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Nantes, France

— 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne and Les Machines de L'ile are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul and (Mégalithes) Menhirs De Monteneuf for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nantes: Univers du Poete Ferrailleur (in Lizio), Manoir de l'Automobile (in Loheac) and Chateau du Plessis-Bourre (in Ecuille). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musee d'histoire naturelle de Nantes, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Croix, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Arts de Nantes.

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Getting from Tours to Nantes by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. August in Nantes sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Nantes

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 5 nights

The Port of the Moon

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.
You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Aquitaine and Chateau de Duras. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont and Chateau Pape Clement. Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois (in Rochefort), Amphitheatre de Saintes (in Saintes) and Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at La Fleche Saint-Michel, step into the grandiose world of Chateau du Taillan, admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland, and shop like a local with Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez.

To find out how to plan a trip to Bordeaux, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Nantes to Bordeaux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Toulouse, France

— 5 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

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.
Visit Cité de Carcassonne and Basilique Saint-Sernin for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie and Boulevard des Pyrenees. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toulouse: Lourdes (Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire & Chateau Fort of Lourdes), Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy (in Albi) and Eglise de Saint Cirq Lapopie (in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Couvent des Jacobins, examine the collection at Galerie Le Chateau d'Eau, explore the world behind art at Fondation Bemberg, and contemplate the long history of Hotel de Nupces.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Toulouse vacation planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Montpellier, France

— 5 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Get some cultural insight at Castle of Montaigut and Musee Fabre. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale St-Pierre and Aqueduct de Castries. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montpellier: La Tour de Guet (in Tresques), Le ron des fades village miniature (in Dompnac) and Un Siecle de Roulottes (in Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Colophon - Maison de l'Imprimeur, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Maguelone, take an in-depth tour of Musee Saharien, and wander the streets of Place de la Comedie.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Montpellier trip itinerary app.

Drive from Toulouse to Montpellier in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Montpellier

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Lyon, France

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cite medievale de Perouges and Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon. Museum-lovers will appreciate Fresque des Lyonnais and Institut & Musee Lumiere. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran (in Montelimar), Le Puy-en-Velay (Cathedrale Notre-Dame, Cloitre de la Cathedrale du Puy-en-Velay, &more) and Parc du Chateau de Vizille (in Vizille). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, browse the exhibits of Musee d'Histoire de Lyon, and ponder the design of La Place des Jacobins.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Montpellier to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 5 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.
Let the collections at Chateau de Grignan and Carrieres des Lumieres capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palais des Papes and Cathédrale La Major. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: La Citadelle de Sisteron (in Sisteron), Distillerie A. Blachere (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Palais Longchamp, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, wander the streets of The Panier, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Marseille route builder.

Fly from Lyon to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 7 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musée Marc Chagall and Place Garibaldi. Do some cultural sightseeing at Vieille Ville and Tourrettes-sur-Loup. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Promenade Le Corbusier (in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin), Cemetery of the Old Chateau (in Menton) and Abbaye du Thoronet (in Le Thoronet). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, steep yourself in history at Villa Kerylos, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastère de Cimiez.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nice route builder website.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

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.