20 days in Switzerland & Portugal Itinerary

20 days in Switzerland & Portugal Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Zermatt
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Appenzell, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Evora, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly
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Funchal, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly
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Furnas, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then hit the slopes at Trockener Steg, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Gornergrat. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Riffelsee, contemplate the waterfront views at Stellisee, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, hike along 5 Lakes Walk, then don't miss a visit to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery.

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Miami, USA to Zermatt is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Miami to Zermatt is 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Lauterbrunnen.
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland — 2 nights

A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch and then take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, then appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village, and finally appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lauterbrunnen visit site.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Lauterbrunnen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Appenzell.
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Appenzell, Switzerland — 1 night

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, examine the collection at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, get engrossed in the history at Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church, then see the interesting displays at Museum Appenzell, and finally explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Appenzell.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Appenzell road trip site.

Traveling by car from Lauterbrunnen to Appenzell takes 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Appenzell are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, then get great views at Rhine Falls, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gewerbemuseum Winterthur.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Zurich trip planning website.

You can drive from Appenzell to Zurich in 1.5 hours. In September in Zurich, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lagos.
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Lagos, Portugal — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): kick back and relax at Praia dos Olhos de Água, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Falesia, then stroll through Praia Da Rocha, and finally take in the waterfront at Alvor Boardwalk. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Dona Ana, take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Camilo, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally kick back and relax at Meia Praia.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lagos day trip site.

You can fly from Zurich to Lagos in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Lagos is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in September: high temperatures in Lagos hover around 79°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Evora.
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Evora, Portugal — 2 nights

The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional Frei Manuel do Cenaculo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Evora, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Francisco, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Muralhas de Evora, then step into the grandiose world of Monsaraz Castle and Walls, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santo Antao (Evora), and finally delve into the distant past at Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Evora trip maker app.

You can drive from Lagos to Evora in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Lagos, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Evora, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 4 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some cultural insight at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Let the collections at National Coach Museum and Museu Nacional do Azulejo capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros, Park and National Palace of Pena, &more), Capela Das Aparicoes (in Fatima) and Batalha Monastery (in Batalha). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, and make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco).

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Traveling by car from Evora to Lisbon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Evora, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stroll through Ponta de Sao Lourenco, learn about winemaking at Blandy's Wine Lodge, then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and finally see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, explore the activities along Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, and then examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Funchal journey app.

Fly from Lisbon to Funchal in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Funchal, with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Furnas.
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Furnas, Portugal — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, then fulfill a lifelong dream with Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL, then take in the natural beauty of Caldeiras Vulcânicas, and finally explore the striking landscape at Poca Da Dona Beija. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Vila Franca Museum, then explore the activities along Furnas, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Terra Nostra.

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You can fly from Funchal to Furnas in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Funchal in September, plan for little chillier nights in Furnas, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough 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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