20 days in Switzerland & Portugal Itinerary

20 days in Switzerland & Portugal Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train to Genève-Aéroport, Fly to Porto
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Lagos, Portugal
— 4 nights
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Funchal, Portugal
— 2 nights
Furnas, Portugal
— 2 nights


Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rhine Falls and Seebad Enge. When in Zurich, make a side trip to see Stein am Rhein in Stein am Rhein, approximately Stein am Rhein away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, stroll around Parkanlage Zuerihorn, visit Niederdorf, and take a leisurely stroll along Seebad Utoquai.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Zurich tour itinerary planning site.

Miami, USA to Zurich is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Miami in September, expect Zurich to be colder, temps between 67°F and 51°F. On the 4th (Sun), you're off to Zermatt.
Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 4:

Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 5th (Mon), get interesting insight from Tours, go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, take in the views from Furi Suspension Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along 5 Lakes Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, then explore the activities along Stellisee, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Marmot Trail.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt road trip planner.

Getting from Zurich to Zermatt by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

Porto, Portugal — 2 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
On the 7th (Wed), look for gifts at Livraria Lello, get to know the fascinating history of Rua das Flores, wander the streets of Ribeira do Porto, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally don't miss a visit to Ribeira Square. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Clara, steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Porto trip builder website.

Do a combination of train and flight from Zermatt to Porto in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zermatt to Porto due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Lagos.
Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ponta da Piedade and Praia Dona Ana. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Algar de Benagil (in Benagil), Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha) and Pescadores Beach (in Armacao de Pera). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Odeceixe Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Canavial, indulge in some personalized pampering at Swan Day Spa, and visit a coastal fixture at Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lagos trip planner.

You can fly from Porto to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Porto in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Lagos, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lisbon.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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Find places to stay Sep 8 — 12:

Lisbon, Portugal — 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Speed Boats Tours and Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina). Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Obidos (Castelo de Óbidos & Obidos Village). There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, make a trip to LX Factory, get great views at Miradouro da Graca (Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen), and contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Lagos to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Funchal.
Historic Sites · Tours · Fun & Games · Parks
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Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:

Funchal, Portugal — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stroll through Ponta de Sao Lourenco, then see Off-Road Tours, and then explore the activities along Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools. On your second day here, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, learn about winemaking at Blandy's Wine Lodge, then take in nature's colorful creations at Municipal Gardens, and finally scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Funchal day trip planning site.

You can fly from Lisbon to Funchal in 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Funchal when traveling from Lisbon in September, with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Furnas.
Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
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Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Furnas, Portugal — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Pico do Ferro Viewpoint, then take in the natural beauty of Caldeiras Vulcânicas, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Terra Nostra. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Furnas and then head outdoors with Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Furnas driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Funchal to Furnas takes 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Azores Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Funchal in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Furnas, with lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Switzerland travel guide

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.

Portugal travel guide

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.