20 days in Portugal & Switzerland Itinerary

20 days in Portugal & Switzerland Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Funchal, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Evora, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Lagos, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get great views at Miradouro da Boca do Inferno, take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, stroll through Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, then explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, and finally get close to the beloved marine mammals with Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Caldeiras Vulcânicas, explore the striking landscape at Poca Da Dona Beija, then admire the natural beauty at Parque Terra Nostra, and finally explore the activities along Furnas.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ponta Delgada trip itinerary planner.

Miami, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Azores Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Miami in August, expect Ponta Delgada to be a bit cooler, temps between 78°F and 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, do a tasting at Blandy's Wine Lodge, then explore the activities along Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, and finally walk around Parque de Santa Catarina. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then stroll through Ponta de Sao Lourenco.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Funchal trip planning website.

Getting from Ponta Delgada to Funchal by flight takes about 3.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Funchal due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Funchal when traveling from Ponta Delgada in September, with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Obidos Village. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Praia da Nazare (in Nazare), Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Quinta da Regaleira (in Sintra). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, and step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip website.

Traveling by flight from Funchal to Lisbon takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Funchal in September, plan for little chillier nights in Lisbon, with lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Loios Convent, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Evora, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos, and finally learn about winemaking at Cartuxa - Fundação Eugénio De Almeida. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Diana, explore the historical opulence of Monsaraz Castle and Walls, then admire the striking features of Paco Ducal, and finally delve into the distant past at Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Evora travel route planning tool.

Getting from Lisbon to Evora by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Evora can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lagos.
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Lagos, Portugal — 3 nights

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 Kayaking & Canoeing and Praia do Beliche. Venture out of the city with trips to Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha), Cape Saint Vincent (in Sagres) and Tavira (Praia do Barril, Tavira Island, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Falesia, take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade, and stroll through Praia da Luz.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lagos trip website.

Traveling by car from Evora to Lagos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Evora in September, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Lagos: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Porto.
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Porto, Portugal — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), steep yourself in history at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Ria de Aveiro, contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Porto trip planning tool.

You can fly from Lagos to Porto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lagos in September, things will get a bit cooler in Porto: highs are around 74°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to fly to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and finally admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then stop by Old Town.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Zurich road trip site.

You can fly from Porto to Zurich in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Porto in September: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 67°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.
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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.
On the 17th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Breithorn, then contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, then explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, explore the activities along Stellisee, get great views at Furi Suspension Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then explore the galleries of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt online holiday maker.

Drive from Zurich to Zermatt in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.
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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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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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