12 days in Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Portugal Itinerary

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12 days in Portugal Itinerary

Jacksonville
Fly:  20​h 45​min
Porto
— 5 nights
train:  1​h
Coimbra
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
Jacksonville

4
days
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.
Dedicate the 14th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, contemplate the long history of Palacio da Bolsa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, and don't miss a visit to Liberdade Square.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Porto vacation trip planner.

Jacksonville, USA to Porto is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Time is 5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Jacksonville in October; daily highs in Porto reach 70°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Coimbra.

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Ponte de Dom Luis I
Palacio da Bolsa
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

2
days
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 17th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico, then don't miss a visit to Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Coimbra, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of St Michael. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha, browse the collection at Biblioteca Joanina - Universidade de Coimbra, then get lost in a book at Biblioteca Joanina, and finally make a trip to Praca do Comercio.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Coimbra holiday planner.

You can take a train from Porto to Coimbra in an hour. Other options are to drive; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Lisbon.

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University of Coimbra
Jardim Botanico

4
days
Lisbon

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Sintra National Palace, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Belém Tower, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon tour planner.

Traveling by train from Coimbra to Lisbon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

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Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium
Jeronimos Monastery

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