8 days in France & Basel Itinerary

8 days in France & Basel Itinerary

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8 days in France & Basel Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly + Tram:  4​h 30​min
1
Lyon, France
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Basel, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
4
Colmar, France
— 1 night
Bus:  30​min
5
Kaysersberg, France
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Eguisheim, France
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Institut & Musee Lumiere, get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire de Lyon, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, then take an in-depth tour of Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, and finally see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lyon trip builder site .

Istanbul, Turkey to Lyon is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and tram. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Lyon, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Istanbul in November, with highs in Lyon at 13°C and lows at 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Basel.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Historic Sites
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Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon ©
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon
Institut & Musee Lumiere ©
Institut & Musee Lumiere

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Pharmaziemuseum Universitat Basel, see the interesting displays at Augusta Raurica, then 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.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Basel trip builder .

Traveling by car from Lyon to Basel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of tram, 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 take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Augusta Raurica
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Pharmaziemuseum Universitat Basel ©
Pharmaziemuseum Universitat Basel
Augusta Raurica ©
Augusta Raurica

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Fri), learn about all things military at MM Park France, then see the interesting displays at Pixel Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Paul, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg day trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Basel to Strasbourg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 take a train to Colmar.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums Historic Sites
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MM Park France ©
MM Park France
Pixel Museum ©
Pixel Museum
Eglise Saint-Paul ©
Eglise Saint-Paul

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night
Colmar, France

Colmar ©
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.
On the 30th (Sat), explore the landscape on two wheels at Route des Vins d'Alsace, then take an in-depth tour of Memorial de la Ligne Maginot du Rhin, and then admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Colmar holiday website .

Colmar is very close to Strasbourg. In November in Colmar, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Kaysersberg.

Things to do in Colmar

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Memorial de la Ligne Maginot du Rhin
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Musée d'Unterlinden ©
Musée d'Unterlinden
Memorial de la Ligne Maginot du Rhin ©

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night
Kaysersberg, France

Kaysersberg ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Maison Loewert, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise De l'Invention De La Sainte-Croix, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre-Dame de Dusenbach, 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 traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kaysersberg holiday planner.

Kaysersberg is just a stone's throw from Colmar. In November, daytime highs in Kaysersberg are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Eguisheim.

Things to do in Kaysersberg

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Musee du Val d'Orbey, Notre-Dame de Dusenbach
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Chateau de Kaysersberg ©
Chateau de Kaysersberg
Notre-Dame de Dusenbach ©
Notre-Dame de Dusenbach
Pont Fortifie ©
Pont Fortifie

2
nights
Eguisheim, France

Eguisheim ©
Eguisheim is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.Eguisheim produces Alsace wine of high quality. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Le Chateau des Comtes d'Eguisheim, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville de Turckheim, learn about winemaking at Domaine Gruss & Fils, then step into the grandiose world of Chapelle Saint-Leon IX, then admire the local landmark of Saint-Leon Fountain, and finally don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim.

To see photos and other tourist information, use the Eguisheim trip maker app .

Eguisheim is just a short distance from Kaysersberg. In December, daytime highs in Eguisheim are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Eguisheim

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Vieille Ville de Turckheim
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Vieille Ville de Turckheim ©
Vieille Ville de Turckheim
Chapelle Saint-Leon IX ©
Chapelle Saint-Leon IX
Domaine Gruss & Fils ©
Domaine Gruss & Fils

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