15 days in Central Portugal & Rome Itinerary

15 days in Central Portugal & Rome Itinerary

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15 days in Central Portugal & Rome Itinerary

New York City, United States
Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
Fatima, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Lisbon, Portugal
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 30​min
New York City, United States

3
days
Fatima, Portugal

Fatima ©
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Step off the beaten path and head to Convent of Christ and Batalha Monastery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Basilica da Santissima Trindade. Explore Fatima's surroundings by going to Tomar (Igreja de Santa Maria dos Olivais & Castelo de Tomar), Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca) and Marinhas de Sal (in Rio Maior). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Obidos Village.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Fatima trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Fatima is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Fatima due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Fatima

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tomar, Obidos Village, Monastery of Alcobaca, Marinhas de Sal, Batalha Monastery
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Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery
Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ

5
days
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castle of the Moors and Arco da Rua Augusta. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cabo da Roca and Jeronimos Monastery. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Sintra National Palace & Quinta da Regaleira). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, take in the views from Vasco da Gama Bridge, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, and explore the ancient world of Carmo Archaeological Museum.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon holiday planner.

You can drive from Fatima to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca

5
days
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ostia Antica and Villa d'Este. Palatine Hill and Basilica di San Pietro will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and admire the local landmark of Santa Maria in Trastevere.

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Do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Lisbon to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Lisbon to Rome, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November in Rome, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Ostia Antica, Villa d'Este
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Basilica di San Pietro ©
Basilica di San Pietro
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums ©
Vatican Museums

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