13 days in France, Rome & Portugal Itinerary

13 days in France, Rome & Portugal Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Orlando, United States
Fly:  15 h
1
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Tremolat, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  14 h 30 min
4
Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Orlando, United States

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Trastevere and then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Rome trip tool.

Orlando, USA to Rome is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Orlando in June, with highs in Rome at 84°F and lows at 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

2
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.
On the 28th (Thu), wander the streets of Port of the Moon, admire the landmark architecture of La Cite du Vin, then admire the landmark architecture of Pey-Berland Tower, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, learn about winemaking at Château Franc-Laporte, then do a tasting at Chateau Laniote, then make a trip to Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, and finally do a tasting at Chateau Cantenac.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Bordeaux trip planner.

You can fly from Rome to Bordeaux in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rome in June; daily highs in Bordeaux reach 77°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tremolat.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Emilion, Château Franc-Laporte
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Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral

4
nights
Tremolat, France

Tremolat ©
Trémolat is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. Lascaux Caves 4 and Lascaux II will appeal to museum buffs. Chateau des Milandes and Chateau de Campagne will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Tremolat side-trips: Chateau de Castelnaud (in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle), Chateau de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac) and Chateau de Beynac (in Beynac-et-Cazenac). There's much more to do: indulge your taste buds at Chateau Belingard, admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, steep yourself in history at The Maison Forte de Reignac, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bridoire.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tremolat attractions planning website.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Tremolat in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Lagos.

Things to do in Tremolat

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Montignac, Chateau Lardy, Chateau de Bridoire, Eglise Abbbatiale Saint Sour
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Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau Belingard ©
Chateau Belingard

2
nights
Lagos, Portugal

Lagos ©
The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stroll through Falesia Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Da Rocha. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Studio Bongard, delve into the distant past at Castelo de Silves, then wander the streets of Centro Historico de Albufeira, then explore the ancient world of Cerro da Vila, and finally view the masterpieces at Arte Bongard.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Lagos tour site.

You can drive from Tremolat to Lagos in 15 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tremolat in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lagos, with lows of 68°F. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lagos

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Albufeira, Castelo de Silves, Cape Saint Vincent, Studio Bongard, Arte Bongard
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Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent

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