20 days in Switzerland & Portugal Itinerary

20 days in Switzerland & Portugal Itinerary

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

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 Utoquai. 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, walk around Parkanlage Zuerihorn, visit Niederdorf, and take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich day trip site.

Miami, USA to Zurich is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Miami to Zurich, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Miami in September, expect Zurich to be colder, temps between 67°F and 51°F. On the 4th (Sun), you'll travel to Zermatt.
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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.
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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.
On the 7th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Rua das Flores, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja dos Carmelitas, learn about winemaking at Graham's Port Lodge, then learn about winemaking at Taylor's Port, and finally learn about winemaking at Porto Augusto's. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Clara, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, don't miss a visit to Ribeira Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela das Almas, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Porto trip app.

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Zermatt to Porto is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Lagos.
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Lagos, Portugal — 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kayaking & Canoeing and Ponta da Piedade. Explore Lagos' surroundings by going to Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha), Pescadores Beach (in Armacao de Pera) and Algar de Benagil (in Benagil). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana, 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.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lagos itinerary planner.

Fly from Porto to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Porto in September, Lagos is a bit warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Obidos Village and Speed Boats Tours. Step out of Lisbon to go to Obidos and see Castelo de Óbidos, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, make a trip to LX Factory, steep yourself in history at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Graca (Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen).

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.
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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): stroll through Ponta de Sao Lourenco, then see Off-Road Tours, and then explore the activities along Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: 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.
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Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Furnas, Portugal — 2 nights

On the 18th (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Pico do Ferro Viewpoint, take in the natural beauty of Caldeiras Vulcânicas, then admire the natural beauty at Parque Terra Nostra, and finally explore the striking landscape at Poca Da Dona Beija. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Furnas and then catch all the local highlights with Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Furnas tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Funchal to Furnas in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Funchal in September, Furnas is little chillier at night with lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the flight 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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