16 days in Portugal & Cardiff Itinerary

16 days in Portugal & Cardiff Itinerary

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16 days in Portugal & Cardiff Itinerary

Start: Thunder Bay, Canada
Fly:  14​h
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Albufeira, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + train:  6​h
4
Cardiff, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Thunder Bay, Canada

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Quinta da Regaleira). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Belém Tower, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon route planner .

Thunder Bay, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Thunder Bay to Lisbon is 5 hours. Traveling from Thunder Bay in October, things will get warmer in Lisbon: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

3
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Get out of town with these interesting Albufeira side-trips: Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos (in Lagoa), Praia dos Tres Irmaos (in Alvor) and Lagos (Pro Putting Garden, Ponta Da Piedale, & more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Praia Da Rocha, stroll through Algarve, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Saint Vincent, and have some family-friendly fun at Hot Wheels Raceway.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Albufeira day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Albufeira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Albufeira can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lagos, Portimao, Telheiro Beach, Algarve, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Praia dos Tres Irmaos ©
Praia dos Tres Irmaos

3
nights
Porto, Portugal

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: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Porto visit planner.

Fly from Albufeira to Porto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albufeira in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Porto, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cardiff.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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
Cardiff, United Kingdom

Cardiff ©
The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a very green city indeed, boasting more green space per person than any other place in the country.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bath (The Roman Baths & Bath Abbey), Chavenage House (in Tetbury) and Highnam Court Gardens (in Highnam). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Walks With Hawks, steep yourself in history at Malmesbury Market Cross, view the masterpieces at Art Couture Painswick Gallery, and examine the collection at Corinium Museum.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Porto to Cardiff in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Porto in October, with highs in Cardiff at 17°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cardiff

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bath, Cirencester, Stonehenge, Highnam Court Gardens, Art Couture Painswick Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Chavenage House ©
Chavenage House
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Walks With Hawks ©
Walks With Hawks

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