12 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

12 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

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12 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Porto
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Philadelphia

4
nights
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

Ponta Delgada ©
As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
Get in touch with nature at Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Praia de Santa Barbara. Change things up with a short trip to Poca Da Dona Beija in Furnas (about 46 minutes away). Spend the 30th (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, identify plant and animal life at Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nossa Senhora da Paz.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Ponta Delgada tour itinerary planner .

Philadelphia, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in November, with highs in Ponta Delgada at 22°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Sao Miguel, Ribeira Grande, Poca Da Dona Beija, Nossa Senhora da Paz
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Lagoa do Fogo ©
Lagoa do Fogo
Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Praia de Santa Barbara ©
Praia de Santa Barbara

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Rio Douro and Praia da Luz. Get a sense of the local culture at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Palacio da Bolsa. Dedicate the 3rd (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, and do a tasting at Graham's Port Lodge.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Porto trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Ponta Delgada to Porto takes 5.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ponta Delgada to Porto is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Porto when traveling from Ponta Delgada in December, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Vila Nova de Gaia
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Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Praia da Luz ©
Praia da Luz

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
We've included these beaches for you: Praia da ursa and Guincho Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Jeronimos Monastery and Belém Tower. Spend the 7th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, get a new perspective on things with Lisbon by Boat, and choose your vessel at Nosso Tejo.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Lisbon day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Lisbon are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Guincho Beach, Praia da ursa
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Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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