8 days in Portugal Itinerary

8 days in Portugal Itinerary

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8 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Porto
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Lisbon
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Porto

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.
On the 9th (Mon), get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Serralves, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, get a taste of the local shopping with Belomonte 20, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), then get engrossed in the history at Casa do Infante, and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto online vacation planner .

New York City, USA to Porto is an approximately 10-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a 5 hour difference. In December, Porto is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 60°F and lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

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Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

5
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Museu Colecao Berardo. Get some historical perspective at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo de S. Jorge. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros, Quinta da Regaleira, & more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Alfama, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, shop like a local with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Lisbon trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Porto to Lisbon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

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