12 days in Lisbon, Porto & Azores Itinerary

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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 some cultural insight at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo de S. Jorge. Get in touch with nature at Pypas Cruises Lisbon Boat Tours and Portugal Bike Tours. There's much more to do: stop by Alfama, get a new perspective on things with Lisbon by Boat, appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo, and get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon journey planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour 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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lisbon, with lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly to Porto.
Outdoors · Tours · Transportation · Historic Sites
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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 in touch with nature at Douro River and Praia da Luz. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ribeira do Porto and Museu Serralves. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, take a stroll through Rua Santa Catarina, learn about winemaking at Graham's Port Lodge, and steep yourself in history at Fortress Sao Joao Baptista.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Porto holiday builder.

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Lisbon in July: highs in Porto hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Ponta Delgada.
Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums
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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 Lagoa do Fogo. Change things up with a short trip to Parque Terra Nostra in Furnas (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Santa Barbara, tour the pleasant surroundings at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ponta Delgada tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Ponta Delgada takes 3 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Porto to Ponta Delgada. Traveling from Porto in July, Ponta Delgada is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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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.