24 days in Portugal, Belgium & Holland Itinerary

24 days in Portugal, Belgium & Holland Itinerary

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24 days in Portugal, Belgium & Holland Itinerary

Start: Cranbrook, Canada
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Sintra, Portugal
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Evora, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Lagos, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Tavira, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  7​h
7
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Cranbrook, Canada

2
nights
Sintra, Portugal

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Castelo dos Mouros, then admire the striking features of Palacio Nacional de Sintra, and then admire the natural beauty at Quinta da Regaleira. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Centro Historico de Cascais, then enjoy the sea views from Cabo da Roca, and then admire the landmark architecture of Park and National Palace of Pena.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sintra trip planning site .

Cranbrook, Canada to Sintra is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Western European Time (WET) is 7 hours. In June, Sintra is a bit warmer than Cranbrook - with highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Lisbon.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Centro Historico de Cascais, Cabo da Roca
Highlights from your plan
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Lisbon is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, museums, nightlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Belém Tower, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip itinerary builder website .

Lisbon is very close to Sintra. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

2
nights
Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 5th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Francisco, then make a trip to Capela dos Ossos, and finally don't miss a visit to Praca do Giraldo. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Monsaraz Castle and Walls, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Evora, explore the ancient world of Cromeleque dos Almendres, then admire the striking features of Garcia de Resende Theater (Evora), and finally contemplate the long history of Walls of Evora.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Evora sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Evora takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon in July, expect nights in Evora to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Monsaraz Castle and Walls
Highlights from your plan
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

2
nights
Lagos, Portugal

Lagos ©
The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Dona Ana, then stroll through Ponta Da Piedale, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Gil Eanes. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Forte de Almádena, then make a trip to Cape Saint Vincent, and then find something for the whole family at Zoomarine Algarve.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lagos holiday planner .

Getting from Evora to Lagos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. While traveling from Evora, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Lagos, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tavira.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Albufeira, Cape Saint Vincent, Forte de Almádena
Highlights from your plan
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale

2
nights
Tavira, Portugal

Tavira ©
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Barril, then step off the mainland to explore Tavira Island, then don't miss a visit to Ponte Romana, and finally stop by Rosa Amor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil, contemplate the long history of Old Town Faro, and then make a splash at Aquashow Park.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tavira travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Lagos to Tavira by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Tavira are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Tavira

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Old Town Faro, Aquashow Park, Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil
Highlights from your plan
Tavira Island ©
Tavira Island
Aquashow Park ©
Aquashow Park
Praia do Barril ©
Praia do Barril

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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira, and get lost in a book at Livraria Lello.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Porto trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Tavira to Porto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Tavira in July, things will get slightly colder in Porto: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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)

4
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Graslei and Korenlei, & more) and Menin Gate Memorial (in Ieper (Ypres)). There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Markt, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and examine the collection at Friet Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bruges trip builder website .

Do a combination of flight and train from Porto to Bruges in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ghent, Menin Gate Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Menin Gate Memorial ©
Menin Gate Memorial
The Markt ©
The Markt
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, walk around Vondelpark, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip tool .

You can drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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