10 days in Portugal Itinerary

10 days in Portugal Itinerary

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10 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Porto
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Lisbon
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Cape Town

3
nights
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.
Porto is known for historic sites, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, make a trip to Liberdade Square, contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Porto trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Porto is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Porto is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in December; daily highs in Porto reach 18°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

5
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Palacio Nacional de Sintra, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon vacation maker site .

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Lisbon sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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