12 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

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

As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island.
Get in touch with nature at Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Dolphin & Whale Watching. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nossa Senhora da Paz, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Barbara, and stroll through Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada online trip itinerary planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in November, expect Ponta Delgada to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Porto.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
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Porto — 3 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Get some cultural insight at Wine Tours & Tastings and Palacio da Bolsa. Step out of the city life by going to Douro River and Praia da Luz. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, learn about winemaking at Taylor's Port, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Porto trip planner.

Getting from Ponta Delgada to Porto by flight takes about 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Azores Standard Time (AZOT) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Porto, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly to Lisbon.
Wineries · Tours · Parks · Outdoors
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Lisbon — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Visiting Praia da ursa and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo de S. Jorge. Take a break from Lisbon with a short trip to Guincho Beach in Cascais, about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, head outdoors with Nosso Tejo, and tour the water at your own pace with Lisbon by Boat.

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Getting from Porto to Lisbon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough 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.