11 days in Porto, Coimbra & Lisbon Itinerary

11 days in Porto, Coimbra & Lisbon Itinerary

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11 days in Porto, Coimbra & Lisbon Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly:  16​h 45​min
Porto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
Coimbra
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  16​h 15​min
New York City

3
days
Porto

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Dedicate the 15th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira, and contemplate the long history of Palacio da Bolsa.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Porto travel itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Porto is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Porto. Traveling from New York City in September, Porto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can take a train to Coimbra.

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Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

2
days
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), browse the collection at Biblioteca Joanina, then browse the collection at Biblioteca Joanina - Universidade de Coimbra, and finally enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Coimbra. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha, then steep yourself in history at Portugal dos Pequenitos, then don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Coimbra travel itinerary creator.

You can take a train from Porto to Coimbra in an hour. Other options are to drive; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Lisbon.

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Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha ©
Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha
Jardim Botanico
Jardim Botanico

4
days
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Sintra National Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, & more). The adventure continues: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carmo Convent, wander the streets of Alfama, and examine the collection at National Tile Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Coimbra to Lisbon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery

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