17 days in Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Portugal Itinerary

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17 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Lagos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Coimbra
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
4
Porto
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Sintra
— 1 night
Bus:  30​min
6
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Shanghai

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Lisbon is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, museums, nightlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), take a stroll through Alfama, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Lisbon using our trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Lisbon is 5 hours. Traveling from Toronto in August, expect nights in Lisbon to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Tours
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Alfama ©
Alfama

2
nights
Lagos

Lagos ©
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.
Lagos is known for beaches, nature, adventure, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Ponta Da Piedale, kick back and relax at Praia Dona Ana, appreciate the history behind Statue of Gil Eanes, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lagos online vacation planner .

You can drive from Lisbon to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. August in Lagos sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Coimbra.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Meia Praia ©
Meia Praia
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Portugal dos Pequenitos, then take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Coimbra trip website .

Traveling by car from Lagos to Coimbra takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lagos in August: high temperatures in Coimbra hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Parks
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Portugal dos Pequenitos ©
Portugal dos Pequenitos
Jardim Botanico ©
Jardim Botanico
University of Coimbra ©
University of Coimbra

4
nights
Porto

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Porto is known for historic sites, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, explore the activities along Rio Douro, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Liberdade Square.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Porto journey builder website .

You can take a train from Coimbra to Porto in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Porto are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Walking tours

1
night
Sintra

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
On the 4th (Wed), look for gifts at Deja Lu Bookshop, step into the grandiose world of Park and National Palace of Pena, and then admire the natural beauty at Quinta da Regaleira. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Palacio Nacional de Sintra, step into the grandiose world of Castelo dos Mouros, and then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Monserrate.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sintra online holiday maker .

Getting from Porto to Sintra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Traveling from Porto in September, you will find days in Sintra are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Lisbon.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Deja Lu Bookshop
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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

3
nights
Lisbon

On the 6th (Fri), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area and then view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, snap pictures at Ponte 25 de Abril, then pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo, and finally shop like a local with Chiado.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon road trip planning site .

Lisbon is just a short distance from Sintra. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Shopping Parks
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Food Tours
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Jardim Zoologico ©
Jardim Zoologico

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