11 days in Portugal & Birmingham Itinerary

11 days in Portugal & Birmingham Itinerary

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11 days in Portugal & Birmingham Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
+3
Fly + train + subway + train:  11​h 45​min
Birmingham, United Kingdom
— 1 night
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  6​h 30​min
Albufeira, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Rogil, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  10​h 45​min
End: Ottawa, Canada

1
night
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Birmingham ©
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.
On the 27th (Thu), relax in the rural setting at Mary Arden's Farm, steep yourself in history at Warwick Castle, and then get outside with The Knights of Middle England. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Birmingham Back to Backs, then identify plant and animal life at S&D Falconry, and then admire the striking features of Shakespeare's Birthplace.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Birmingham trip itinerary maker site .

Ottawa, Canada to Birmingham is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Ottawa to Birmingham due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Ottawa in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Birmingham, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Albufeira.

Things to do in Birmingham

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick
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Birmingham Back to Backs ©
Birmingham Back to Backs
Warwick Castle ©
Warwick Castle
S&D Falconry ©
S&D Falconry

1
night
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
On the 29th (Sat), find something for the whole family at Zoomarine Algarve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Praia Da Rocha, kick back and relax at Praia da Senhora da Rocha, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia marinha.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Albufeira online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Birmingham to Albufeira in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Birmingham in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Albufeira: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Rogil.

Things to do in Albufeira

#Theme Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Praia marinha, Praia da Senhora da Rocha, Praia Da Rocha
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Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Praia marinha ©
Praia marinha
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha

1
night
Rogil, Portugal

Rogil ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Carriagem, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Vale Dos Homens.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rogil road trip planner.

You can drive from Albufeira to Rogil in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Rogil

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

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Horseback Riding Tours
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Praia Vale Dos Homens ©
Praia Vale Dos Homens
Praia da Carriagem ©
Praia da Carriagem
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

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 (Quinta da Regaleira, Initiation Well at Quinta da Regaleira, & more). And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, take a stroll through Alfama, make a trip to Belém Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon day trip planner.

You can drive from Rogil to Lisbon in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods

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

2
nights
Porto, Portugal

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Estadio do Dragao, admire the striking features of Palacio da Bolsa, then make a trip to Liberdade Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Clerigos Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Carneiro, then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Douro, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cais da Ribeira, and finally snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Porto road trip planning tool .

Fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Rio Douro ©
Rio Douro
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

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