18 days in Italy, Portugal & France Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fatima, Portugal
— 2 nights
Lourdes, France
— 1 night
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights


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 17th (Mon), take a stroll through Parque das Nacoes, then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Roque.

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

Calgary, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Calgary in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Lisbon: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fatima.
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Fatima, Portugal — 2 nights

Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museu dos Fosforos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Joao Baptista, steep yourself in history at Aqueduto dos Pegoes, then contemplate the long history of Castelo de Almourol, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museu Nacional Ferroviario. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Valinhos Sanctuary, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela Das Aparicoes, then examine the collection at O Milagre de Fatima - Museu Interativo, and finally see the interesting displays at Fatima Luz e Paz.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Fatima driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Fatima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Lisbon in July: highs in Fatima hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can fly to Lourdes.
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Lourdes, France — 1 night

Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): examine the collection at Musee Sainte-Bernadette, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, get to know the fascinating history of Moulin Lacade - Maison Paternelle de Sainte Bernadette, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Bernadette, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de l'Adoration..

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lourdes road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Fatima to Lourdes takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Fatima to Lourdes. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ile Saint-Louis and Pantheon. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get engrossed in the history at Memorial De La Shoah, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Paris online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Lourdes to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Paris sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Rome.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature
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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.
Colosseum and Piazza Venezia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura and Villa Borghese. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica in Ostia Antica, approximately Ostia Antica away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, explore the different monuments and memorials at Vatican Necropolis, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, and admire the landmark architecture of Cupola di San Pietro.

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You can fly from Paris to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in July: high temperatures in Rome hover around 37°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Centro Storico and Museo Nazionale del Bargello will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Montefioralle Winery (in Greve in Chianti), Cantina Antinori (in San Casciano in Val di Pesa) and Poggio Amorelli (in Castellina In Chianti). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

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You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in July, expect little chillier with lows of 21°C in Florence. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Venice.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums
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Venice, Italy — 3 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Get a sense of the local culture at Centro Storico di Venezia and Piazza San Marco. Explore hidden gems such as Dorsoduro and Cannaregio. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Treviso (Passeggiata lungo la restera & Centro Storico di Treviso). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, admire the striking features of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, and don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Venice visit planning website.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Portugal travel guide

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.

France travel guide

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.

Italy travel guide

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.