19 days in Switzerland & Portugal Itinerary

19 days in Switzerland & Portugal Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Zermatt
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train to Genève-Aéroport, Fly to Albufeira
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Albufeira, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sagres, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Evora, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fatima, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly
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Funchal, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Mountaineers' Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Gornergrat and Sunnegga. When in Zermatt, make a side trip to see Massaschlucht in Naters, approximately Naters away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and hike along 5 Lakes Walk.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt itinerary planning website.

Miami, USA to Zermatt is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Albufeira.
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Albufeira, Portugal — 3 nights

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ponta da Piedade and Praia Dona Ana. Escape the urban bustle at Praia da Falesia and Praia Da Rocha. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albufeira: Cabanas de Tavira Beach (in Cabanas), Lagos (Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, Praia do Camilo, &more) and Praia do Barril (in Tavira). There's much more to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour, stroll through Praia da Marinha, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Olhos de Água.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Albufeira trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Zermatt to Albufeira takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Zermatt to Albufeira, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sagres.
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Sagres, Portugal — 2 nights

Though the town of Sagres has roots in the Portuguese Age of Discovery, it is better known by visitors as a peaceful, rugged resort spot with great surfing beaches.
On the 8th (Thu), head outdoors with Praia do Beliche, enjoy the sea views from Cape Saint Vincent, then head outdoors with Pura Vida, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): kick back and relax at Vale Figueiras Beach, then kick back and relax at Arrifana Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Luz, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Cordoama.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Sagres road trip app.

You can drive from Albufeira to Sagres in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Sagres sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Evora.
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Evora, Portugal — 1 night

The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional Frei Manuel do Cenaculo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Evora, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos, and finally delve into the distant past at Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Evora trip planner.

You can drive from Sagres to Evora in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Sagres 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 — 3 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castelo dos Mouros and Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Let the collections at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Museu Colecao Berardo capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Quinta da Regaleira). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lisbon trip planner.

You can drive from Evora to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Evora in September: highs in Lisbon hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fatima.
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Fatima, Portugal — 2 nights

Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): make a trip to Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batalha Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capelas Imperfeitas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento de Cristo, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Tomar. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Alcobaca, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Nazare, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally make a trip to Obidos Village.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Fatima vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Lisbon to Fatima by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon in September, expect nights in Fatima to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are little chillier, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Funchal.
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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): get outside with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ponta de Sao Lourenco, then savor the flavors at Blandy's Wine Lodge, and finally fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Here are some ideas for day two: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, and then admire the natural beauty at Municipal Gardens.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Funchal online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Fatima to Funchal takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Fatima in September, Funchal is a bit warmer at night with lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can fly 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), take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, then don't miss a visit to Portas da Cidade, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, and finally get close to the beloved marine mammals with Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL. On your second day here, stroll through Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, then explore the activities along Poca Da Dona Beija, and then take in the natural beauty of Caldeiras Vulcânicas.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Ponta Delgada online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Funchal to Ponta Delgada in 3.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Funchal to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Funchal in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Ponta Delgada, with lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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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