8 days in France & Basel Itinerary

8 days in France & Basel Itinerary

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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Basel, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Colmar, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Kaysersberg, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Eguisheim, France
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France

— 1 night

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.
On the 27th (Wed), examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere, take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire de Lyon, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, then take an in-depth tour of Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, and finally make a trip to Fresque des Lyonnais.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lyon trip maker site.

Istanbul, Turkey to Lyon is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Istanbul in November, with highs in Lyon at 13°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites

Basel, Switzerland

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): examine the collection at Pharmaziemuseum Universitat Basel, delve into the distant past at Augusta Raurica, get engrossed in the history at Basel Historical Museum - Haus zum Kirschgarten, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Offene Kirche Elisabethen, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Basel.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Basel itinerary planner.

Getting from Lyon to Basel by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Strasbourg, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at MM Park France, then see the interesting displays at Pixel Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Paul, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg trip planner.

You can drive from Basel to Strasbourg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums · Historic Sites

Colmar, France

— 1 night

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Route des Vins d'Alsace, then take an in-depth tour of Rhine Maginot Line Memorial Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Musée d'Unterlinden.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colmar day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Colmar in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kaysersberg.

Things to do in Colmar

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Kaysersberg, France

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Maison Loewert, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise De l'Invention De La Sainte-Croix, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre-Dame de Dusenbach, then examine the collection at Musee du Val d'Orbey, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Kaysersberg, and finally make a trip to Maison Faller-Brief.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kaysersberg online trip itinerary maker.

Kaysersberg is very close to Colmar. In November, daily temperatures in Kaysersberg can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Eguisheim.

Things to do in Kaysersberg

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Eguisheim, France

— 2 nights
Eguisheim is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.Eguisheim produces Alsace wine of high quality. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville de Turckheim, learn about winemaking at Domaine Gruss & Fils, explore the historical opulence of Chapelle Saint-Leon IX, then ponder the design of Saint-Leon Fountain, then don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, and finally do a tasting at Maison Wolfberger.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Eguisheim trip planner.

Eguisheim is just a stone's throw from Kaysersberg. December in Eguisheim sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Eguisheim

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.