13 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

13 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

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13 days in Spain & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Valencia, Spain
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
4
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Toledo, Spain
— 1 day
train:  45​min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
train:  1​h
7
Segovia, Spain
— 1 day
train:  2​h
8
Madrid, Spain
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Guimaraes, Portugal
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
11
Braga, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Lisbon, Portugal
— Few hours
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Chicago, United States


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1
day
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lisbon Chill-Out Free Tour as well as Alfama. On the 19th (Thu), wander the streets of Alfama, gain interesting insight with Lisbon Chill-Out Free Tour, take a stroll through Belém Tower, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ancient Art, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon road trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Lisbon is 6 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lisbon Chill-Out Free Tour ©
Lisbon Chill-Out Free Tour
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Alfama ©
Alfama

1
night
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
You've added Cooltra Valencia, Central Market (Mercado Central), La Lonja de la Seda, and other attractions to your itinerary.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Valencia route builder website .

Fly from Lisbon to Valencia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Valencia is 1 hour. In September in Valencia, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Casco Antiguo ©
Casco Antiguo
Cooltra Valencia ©
Cooltra Valencia
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral

4
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
You've added Camp Nou, Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, Playa de La Barceloneta, and other attractions to your itinerary. Let the collections at Casa Batllo and Casa Mila - La Pedrera capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral. There's more to do: stroll around Parc Guell and get to know the fascinating history of Carrer Montcada.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Valencia to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gran Via, National Archaeological Museum of Spain and Stadio Santiago Bernabeu. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Gran Via, catch a live event at Stadio Santiago Bernabeu, wander the streets of Chueca, then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, and finally steep yourself in history at Calle de Santa Isabel.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Madrid driving holiday planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Madrid, with lows of 59°F. You'll set off for Toledo on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Madrid

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

1
day
Toledo, Spain

Toledo ©
Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Alcazar - Museo del Ejercito, make a trip to Catedral Primada, explore the world behind art at Museo del Greco, then admire the masterpieces at Church of Santo Tomé, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, and finally get outside with Senda Ecologica de Toledo.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Toledo online trip maker .

You can take a train from Madrid to Toledo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Toledo sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
Museo del Greco ©
Museo del Greco
Casco Historico de Toledo ©
Casco Historico de Toledo

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid
To see traveler tips and tourist information, read our Madrid planner .

Traveling by train from Toledo to Madrid takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 27th (Fri), you're off toSegovia.

Things to do in Madrid

Nightlife Tours Historic Sites

1
day
Segovia, Spain

Segovia ©
As one of Spain’s most well-preserved medieval cities, Segovia is known for its 1st-century Roman aqueduct that runs through the city center.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Segovia Aqueduct, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Segovia, explore the historical opulence of Alcazar de Segovia, wander the streets of La Juderia, then take a stroll through Old City, and finally make a trip to Plaza Mayor.

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Take a train from Madrid to Segovia in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Madrid, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Segovia, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Segovia

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Old City ©
Old City
Alcazar de Segovia ©
Alcazar de Segovia
Acueduct of Segovia ©
Acueduct of Segovia

few
hours
Madrid, Spain

Madrid
For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Madrid holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Segovia to Madrid takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for Porto on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Madrid

Nightlife Tours Historic Sites

2
nights
Porto, Portugal

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Clerigos Tower as well as Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral). Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): wander the streets of Rua Santa Catarina, then pause for some serene contemplation at Clerigos Tower, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Porto road trip planner.

Fly from Madrid to Porto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Porto due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Madrid in September: highs in Porto hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Guimaraes.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Rua Santa Catarina ©
Rua Santa Catarina
Torre dos Clerigos ©
Torre dos Clerigos

few
hours
Guimaraes, Portugal

Guimaraes ©
The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital.
You've now added Guimaraes Castle to your itinerary.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Guimaraes trip maker app .

You can drive from Porto to Guimaraes in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Guimaraes, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Braga.

Things to do in Guimaraes

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Guimaraes Castle ©
Guimaraes Castle
Montanha- Parque da Penha ©
Montanha- Parque da Penha
Paco dos Duques de Braganca ©
Paco dos Duques de Braganca

1
night
Braga, Portugal

Braga ©
Referred to as the Portuguese Rome for its number churches, Braga represents an old town that today is the country's third-largest city. Situated in northwest Portugal, Braga boasts many narrow pedestrian streets, plazas, and spiritual pilgrimage destinations.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sao Marcos Church, Cathedral of Santa Maria de Braga and Torre de Menagem. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bom Jesus do Monte, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria de Braga, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Marcos Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Torre de Menagem.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Braga trip itinerary maker .

Braga is just a stone's throw from Guimaraes. In September, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Braga

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Bom Jesus do Monte
Se de Braga ©
Se de Braga
Sao Marcos Church ©
Sao Marcos Church

few
hours
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lisbon travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Braga to Lisbon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Braga in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 61°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

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