18 days in Portugal, France & Italy Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fatima, Portugal
— 1 day
Bus
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Fly to Basel, Shuttle to Saint-Louis, Train to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
Train
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Thionville, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy

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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome vacation builder tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport and Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport. In December in Rome, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo and then appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi. On the next day, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, look for gifts at Dischi Fenice, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Florence tour itinerary app.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 22nd (Thu), observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium and then don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then make a trip to Belém Tower, and finally pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon driving holiday website.

Fly from Florence to Lisbon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Florence to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Florence in December since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fatima.
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Fatima, Portugal — 1 day

Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Capelas Imperfeitas, then contemplate the long history of Batalha Monastery, then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Leiria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela Das Aparicoes.

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You can drive from Lisbon to Fatima in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Porto.
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Porto, Portugal — 2 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos, then wander the streets of Ribeira do Porto, then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Porto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fatima to Porto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Strasbourg.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Strasbourg, France — 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller), Colmar (Old Town & Little Venice) and Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Strasbourg, and wander the streets of La Petite France.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Strasbourg trip maker site.

You can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train from Porto to Strasbourg in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Porto to Strasbourg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Porto in December, expect Strasbourg to be a bit cooler, temps between 44°F and 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Thionville.
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Thionville, France — 2 nights

Thionville is a commune in the Moselle department in Grand Est in north-eastern France. On the 30th (Fri), admire the striking features of Palais du Gouverneur de Metz, admire the striking features of Œuvre de la cathédrale, walk around Esplanade, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Maximin, and finally steep yourself in history at Beffroi de Thionville. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Corps de Garde de Metz, delve into the distant past at Consistoire Israélite de la Moselle, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then make a trip to Gare de Metz-Ville, and finally walk around Parc Napoleon.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Thionville trip planner.

Drive from Strasbourg to Thionville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Thionville, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 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.
On the 1st (Sun), explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower. On your second day here, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris road trip website.

Getting from Thionville to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Thionville in December, things will get a bit warmer in Paris: highs are around 47°F and lows about 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Rome.
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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola and then admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

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You can fly from Paris to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in January, expect nights in Rome to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
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France travel guide

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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.
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