12 days in Lisbon, Porto & Azores Itinerary

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Lisbon
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Porto
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
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Lisbon — 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get in touch with nature at Pypas Cruises Lisbon Boat Tours and Portugal Bike Tours. Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Belém Tower are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Alfama, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, make a trip to Rossio Square, and appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

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Philadelphia, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, Lisbon is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Porto.
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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.
Ribeira do Porto and Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Douro River and Praia da Luz. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate the long history of Fortress Sao Joao Baptista, and do a tasting at Taylor's Port.

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Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lisbon in July, expect nights in Porto to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Ponta Delgada.
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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.
Visiting Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Praia de Santa Barbara will get you outdoors. When in Ponta Delgada, make a side trip to see Parque Terra Nostra in Furnas, approximately Furnas away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao.

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Fly from Porto to Ponta Delgada in 3 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Porto to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Porto in July, Ponta Delgada is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Azores travel guide

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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.
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