10 days in Portugal & Birmingham Itinerary

10 days in Portugal & Birmingham Itinerary

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Train to Terminus Dorval, Bus to Montreal, Fly to Lisbon
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rogil, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive
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Albufeira, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
— 1 day
Train to Marylebone station, Fly to Ottawa

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Lisbon, Portugal

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Quinta da Regaleira). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, and stop by Alfama.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon trip itinerary planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 13-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Ottawa to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in September; daily highs in Lisbon reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rogil.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:

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Rogil, Portugal

On the 1st (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Carriagem and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Vale Dos Homens.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rogil trip planner.

You can drive from Lisbon to Rogil in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Albufeira.

Things to do in Rogil

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Albufeira, Portugal

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Get out of town with these interesting Albufeira side-trips: Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha) and Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira). Pack the 2nd (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Zoomarine Algarve. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Algarve and kick back and relax at Praia da Senhora da Rocha.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Albufeira trip planner.

You can drive from Rogil to Albufeira in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Albufeira can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Birmingham.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

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Birmingham, United Kingdom

City of a Thousand Trades

Britain's second-largest city, Birmingham was known as the City of a Thousand Trades and the Workshop of the World in the Victorian era.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Birmingham Back to Backs.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Birmingham trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Albufeira to Birmingham takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In October, Birmingham is a bit cooler than Albufeira - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Birmingham

Historic Sites
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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.