19 days in Switzerland & Portugal Itinerary

19 days in Switzerland & Portugal Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Lagos, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Evora, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Funchal, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Landesmuseum and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Get in touch with nature at Lake Zurich and Parasailing & Paragliding. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Hollgrotten (in Baar) and Bad Hirsgarten (in Cham). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Town, examine the collection at Zoological Museum, admire the striking features of Church of St. Peter, and get to know the fascinating history of Limmatquai.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Zurich trip planner.

Miami, USA to Zurich is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Miami in September, expect Zurich to be colder, temps between 67°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Lagos.
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Lagos, Portugal — 4 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia Da Rocha and Praia da Batata. Get in touch with nature at Ponta da Piedade and Praia dos Salgados. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Praia de Cacela Velha (in Vila Nova de Cacela), Olhos de Agua (Praia do Barranco das Belharucas & Praia da Falesia) and Albufeira (Praia dos Aveiros & Praia de Santa Eulalia). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Canavial, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Verde, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lagos trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Lagos takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, Lagos is somewhat warmer than Zurich - with highs of 79°F and lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Evora.
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Evora, Portugal — 2 nights

The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 9th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nossa Senhora do Espinheiro, see the interesting displays at Ebora Megalithica, admire the landmark architecture of eco Palacete Palma Borralho Relogio, then learn about winemaking at Cella Vinaria Antiqua, then examine the collection at Museu do Medronho, and finally learn about winemaking at Herdade Do Sobroso - Country House. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Evora, explore the world behind art at Casa do Montado, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), and finally examine the collection at Aldeia da Terra.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Evora online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Lagos to Evora takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Lagos in September, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Evora: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 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.
Relax by the water at Praia da Nazare and Guincho Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Grutas de Mira de Aire. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Tomar (Convento de Cristo & Castelo de Tomar) and Castelo dos Mouros (in Sintra). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon day trip planning website.

You can drive from Evora to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Evora, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Funchal.
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Funchal, Portugal — 3 nights

The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Caravel Art Center and Museu da Baleia da Madeira will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pico Ruivo and 25 Fontes Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Funchal: Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela (in Ribeira da Janela) and Sao Vicente Caves (in Sao Vicente). And it doesn't end there: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, get outside with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Machico, and explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Nuns.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Funchal trip planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Funchal in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 69°F in Funchal. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Ponta Delgada.
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Ponta Delgada, Portugal — 2 nights

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.
On the 18th (Sun), get a new perspective on nature at Museu da Emigracao Acoriana, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeiroes, then contemplate the geological forces at Lagoa das Furnas, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Congro, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Estatua Goncalo Velho Cabral, head outdoors with Praia do Populo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Barbara, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico Antonio Borges.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ponta Delgada itinerary site.

Fly from Funchal to Ponta Delgada in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Funchal to Ponta Delgada, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Funchal in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 63°F in Ponta Delgada. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
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