12 days in Lisbon, Porto & Azores Itinerary

12 days in Lisbon, Porto & Azores Itinerary

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Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  11 h
1
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Porto
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
3
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Philadelphia

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Rossio Square. Take a break from the city and head to Pypas Cruises Lisbon Boat Tours and Portugal Bike. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lisbon holiday builder website.

Philadelphia, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, Lisbon is slightly colder at night with lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Outdoors Transportation

Side Trip

Portugal Bike
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Alfama ©
Alfama
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

3
nights
Porto

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 some cultural insight at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Rua Santa Catarina. Visiting Praia da Luz and Douro River will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, get advice or help at Museu Serralves, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos, and learn about winemaking at Taylor's Port.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Porto tour builder app.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lisbon in July: highs in Porto hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vila Nova de Gaia
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Douro River ©
Douro River
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lagoa do Fogo and Caldeira das Sete Cidades. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ponta Delgada: Furnas (Parque Terra Nostra & Poca Da Dona Beija). There's much more to do: stroll through Praia de Santa Barbara, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ponta Delgada trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Porto to Ponta Delgada takes 5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Azores Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Porto in July since evenings lows in Ponta Delgada dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Furnas, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel
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Praia de Santa Barbara ©
Praia de Santa Barbara
Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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