7 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

7 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

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7 days in France & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Strasbourg, France
— 1 day
Train:  1​h
2
Mulhouse, France
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
3
Basel, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and then take a stroll through La Petite France.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Strasbourg online sightseeing planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Strasbourg is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Strasbourg. When traveling from Istanbul in November, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Strasbourg: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Mulhouse.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
La Petite France ©
La Petite France

1
night
Mulhouse, France

Mulhouse ©
An industrial town nicknamed "the French Manchester," Mulhouse is famous for its Peugeot factory, esteemed museums, Alsace wine, and cultural riches.
On the 29th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer and then see the interesting displays at Cite de l'Automobile.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mulhouse travel route planning tool .

Traveling by train from Strasbourg to Mulhouse takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Mulhouse sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Basel.

Things to do in Mulhouse

Museums
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Cite de l'Automobile ©
Cite de l'Automobile

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.
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Parasailing & Paragliding and Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken. Explore Basel's surroundings by going to Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen), Interlaken (Swiss Chocolate Chalet & Harderkulm) and Galerie Wydi (in Wilderswil). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Swiss Brand Museum and steep yourself in history at Basel Minster.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Basel day trip planning site .

Basel is very close to Mulhouse. In November in Basel, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Basel

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Interlaken, Bern, Trümmelbachfälle
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Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster
Parasailing & Paragliding
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take a stroll through Old Town, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, and finally examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at ARTBOX.GALLERY and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich road trip site .

You can drive from Basel to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Zurich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

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