17 days in Portugal, Galicia & Salamanca Itinerary

17 days in Portugal, Galicia & Salamanca Itinerary

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17 days in Portugal, Galicia & Salamanca Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis, United States
Fly:  11​h
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Evora, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Guimaraes, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Salamanca, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Saint Louis, United States


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2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 24th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Palacio Chiado, contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, appreciate the extensive heritage of Belém Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Largo do Carmo, then get great views at Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, and finally take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Park and National Palace of Pena, admire the natural beauty at Quinta da Regaleira, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Convent of Madre de Deus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Sao Domingos ( Santa Justa e Rufina ), then appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Miradouro de Santa Luzia.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon online tour planner .

Saint Louis, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint Louis to Lisbon is 6 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena

2
nights
Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Visitacao (Montemor-o-Novo) and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santo Antao (Evora). Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos, get lost in a book at Biblioteca Publica de Evora, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), then delve into the distant past at Cromeleque dos Almendres, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Graca.

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Traveling by train from Lisbon to Evora takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lisbon in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Evora: temperatures range from 92°F by day to 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Guimaraes.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites

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Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Visitacao (Montemor-o-Novo)
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

2
nights
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 Largo da Oliveira to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Guimaraes Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Miguel do Castelo, then admire the landmark architecture of Paco dos Duques de Braganca, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Largo da Oliveira. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Consolacao e Santos Passos, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de São Gonçalo, view the masterpieces at Centro Internacional das Artes Jose Guimaraes, then steep yourself in history at Padrao do Salado, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, and finally take an in-depth tour of Alberto Sampaio Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Guimaraes trip planning app .

Getting from Evora to Guimaraes by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. While traveling from Evora, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Guimaraes, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 58°F. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Guimaraes

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Braga, Igreja de São Gonçalo
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Igreja de São Gonçalo ©
Igreja de São Gonçalo
Sameiro Sanctuary ©
Sameiro Sanctuary
Se de Braga ©
Se de Braga

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Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Santiago de Compostela ©
As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
On the 30th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio e iglesia de San Pelayo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): examine the collection at Museo Catedralicio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de San Fructuoso, examine the collection at Museo das Peregrinacións, admire the striking features of Gelmirez Palace, then make a trip to Plaza del Obradoiro, and finally don't miss a visit to Palacio de Raxoi.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santiago de Compostela trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Guimaraes to Santiago de Compostela takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In August in Santiago de Compostela, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo das Peregrinacións ©
Museo das Peregrinacións
Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela ©
Convento, igreja e colegio das Orfas ©

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nights
Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Marcos Church, admire the landmark architecture of Escuelas Menores, steep yourself in history at Universidad de Salamanca, then make a trip to Plaza de Anaya, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieronimus, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Parque Natural Arribes del Duero, step into the grandiose world of Palacio de Monterrey, then steep yourself in history at Convento de las Duenas, then steep yourself in history at Salamanca,Casco Historico, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of La Purisima Church.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Salamanca trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Santiago de Compostela to Salamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. While traveling from Santiago de Compostela, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Salamanca, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 48°F. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Porto.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Parque Natural Arribes del Duero
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Ieronimus ©
Ieronimus
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca ©
Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca
Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja) ©
Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)

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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.
On the 4th (Wed), snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela das Almas, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, admire the masterpieces at MMIPO - Museu da Misericordia do Porto, take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Porto itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Salamanca to Porto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Salamanca to Porto, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Salamanca in September, plan for little chillier days in Porto, with highs around 74°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Igreja do Carmo ©
Igreja do Carmo
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

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nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
On the 6th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica da Santissima Trindade, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Leiria, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Batalha Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capelas Imperfeitas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Alcobaca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Palacio dos Marqueses de Fronteira, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja da Sao Vicente de Fora, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, then contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria de Belem Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Igreja de Sao Roque.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Porto, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Batalha, Castelo de Leiria, Basilica da Santissima Trindade, Monastery of Alcobaca
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Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Monastery of Alcobaca ©
Monastery of Alcobaca

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