12 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel — 4 nights

Visiting Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Mosteiros Beach and Praia de Santa Barbara. Venture out of the city with trips to Sete Cidades (Igreja de Sao Nicolau & Miradouro da Boca do Inferno), Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas (in Furnas) and Piscinas Naturais (in Mosteiros). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nossa Senhora da Paz, stroll through Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Miguel Arcanjo.

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Chicago, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Chicago to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chicago in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Ponta Delgada, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can fly to Porto.
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Porto — 3 nights

Unvanquished City

Get a sense of the local culture at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Palacio da Bolsa. Visiting Douro River and Praia da Luz will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, wander the streets of Ribeira do Porto, contemplate the long history of Fortress Sao Joao Baptista, and take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos.

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You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Porto in 3 hours. The time zone changes from Azores Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Do some cultural sightseeing at Belém Tower and Alfama. Step out of the city life by going to Praia da Nazare and Lisbon by Boat. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo, admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and take a spin around town with Portugal Bike Tours.

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Fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Porto in June: highs in Lisbon hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
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Azores travel guide

Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water · Lookouts
Mountain Island
Composed of nine volcanic islands scattered in the Atlantic some 1,300 km (850 mi) west of continental Portugal, the Azores represent one of Europe's remotest vacation destinations. Settled sporadically over a span of several centuries, the islands in this archipelago retain much of their isolated feel, each one boasting its own distinct culture, dialect, and cuisine. Long overlooked by even the most adventurous travelers, the islands now surprise a growing number of visitors with their lavish natural beauty, good roads, and hospitable towns providing comfortable accommodations and modern amenities. Place the island of Pico at the top of your itinerary to discover Portugal's highest mountain, a picture-perfect volcanic cone rising above a landscape of World Heritage-listed vineyards.