23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  10 h
1
Porto
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Coimbra
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Obidos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Sintra
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
5
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Evora
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Lagos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Tavira
— 1 night
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Toronto

4
nights
Porto

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.
Casa do Infante and MMIPO - Museu da Misericordia do Porto will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira and Statue of Prince Henry the Navigator. Take a break from Porto with a short trip to Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Consolacao e Santos Passos in Guimaraes, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Pocas, stop by Garrafeira do Carmo, make a trip to Miradouro da Vitoria, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Paroquial de Nossa Senhora da Vitoria.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Porto road trip planning site .

Toronto, Canada to Porto is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Porto, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in April; daily highs in Porto reach 21°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Guimaraes, Pocas Vinhos
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 17:
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Pocas Vinhos ©
Pocas Vinhos
Casa do Infante ©
Casa do Infante

2
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Charola and Misericordia de Coimbra Museum. Get some cultural insight at Museu PO.RO.S and Centro Ciencia Viva Da Floresta. Change things up with these side-trips from Coimbra: Fundacao Manuel Cargaleiro (in Castelo Branco) and Santuario Nossa Senhora do Pranto (in Dornes). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Prisao Academica, make a trip to Sao Sebastiao Aqueduct, steep yourself in history at Sala dos Capelos, and admire the landmark architecture of Torre da Universidade de Coimbra.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Coimbra travel route builder tool .

Traveling by train from Porto to Coimbra takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In April in Coimbra, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Obidos.

Things to do in Coimbra

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Charola, Museu PO.RO.S, Santuario Nossa Senhora do Pranto, Fundacao Manuel Cargaleiro, Centro Ciencia Viva Da Floresta
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:
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Misericordia de Coimbra Museum ©
Misericordia de Coimbra Museum
Museu PO.RO.S ©
Museu PO.RO.S
Centro Ciencia Viva Da Floresta ©
Centro Ciencia Viva Da Floresta

2
nights
Obidos

Obidos ©
Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Alcobaca, take in the pleasant sights at Rua Direita, pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Tiago Church, then explore the ancient world of Aqueduto da Usseira, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Santa Maria. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museu Nacional Ferroviario, see the interesting displays at Wax Museum of Fátima, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capelas Imperfeitas, then examine the collection at Centro de Interpretação da Batalha de Aljubarrota, and finally examine the collection at Museu Jose Malhoa.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Obidos vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Coimbra to Obidos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. April in Obidos sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Obidos

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Batalha, Museu Nacional Ferroviario, Museu Jose Malhoa, Alcobaca, Wax Museum of Fátima
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:
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Alcobaca ©
Alcobaca
Museu Nacional Ferroviario ©
Museu Nacional Ferroviario
Capelas Imperfeitas ©
Capelas Imperfeitas

2
nights
Sintra

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
On the 22nd (Wed), learn about all things military at Museu do Ar - Sintra, then kick back and relax at Praia Grande, then steep yourself in history at Chalet da Condessa D’Edla, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Vale dos Lagos at Parque de Pena.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sintra day trip planning website .

You can drive from Obidos to Sintra in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April in Sintra, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Lisbon.

Things to do in Sintra

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:
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Praia Grande ©
Praia Grande
Chalet da Condessa D’Edla ©
Chalet da Condessa D’Edla
Museu do Ar - Sintra ©
Museu do Ar - Sintra

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Igreja de Sao Domingos ( Santa Justa e Rufina ) and Igreja da Sao Vicente de Fora will appeal to history buffs. Visit Troia Beach and Praia da California for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Mercado de Campo de Ourique, examine the collection at Museu Benfica - Cosme Damiao, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio dos Prazeres, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Sao Mamede.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip itinerary planner.

Lisbon is just a stone's throw from Sintra. April in Lisbon sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Praia da California, Troia Beach
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 27:
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Carris Museum ©
Carris Museum
Troia Beach ©
Troia Beach

3
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
You'll explore and learn at Museu do Relogio - Polo de Evora and eco Palacete Palma Borralho Relogio. Popular historic sites such as Igreja da Misericordia and Termas Romanas are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Igreja de Nossa Senhora Dos Prazeres E Museu Episcopal (in Beja) and Corktrekking (in Redondo). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Sacred Art of the Cathedral of Evora, admire the striking features of Garcia de Resende Theater (Evora), see the interesting displays at Aldeia da Terra, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nossa Senhora do Espinheiro.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Evora vacation planning website .

You can drive from Lisbon to Evora in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Evora sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Evora

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Igreja de Nossa Senhora Dos Prazeres E Museu Episcopal, Corktrekking, eco Palacete Palma Borralho Relogio, Aldeia da Terra
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:
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Aldeia da Terra ©
Aldeia da Terra
Igreja da Misericordia ©
Igreja da Misericordia
Church of Nossa Senhora do Espinheiro ©

2
nights
Lagos

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.
On the 30th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Monte da Casteleja, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Monte Clérigo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Arrifana Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Canavial, take in the exciting artwork at LAC - Laboratorio de Actividades Criativas, then examine the collection at Lagos Ciencia Viva Science Centre, then enjoy the sea views from Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Gil Eanes.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lagos online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Evora to Lagos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Evora in April since evenings lows in Lagos dip to 15°C. On the 2nd (Sat), you're off toTavira.

Things to do in Lagos

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Aljezur
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:
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Praia do Monte Clérigo ©
Praia do Monte Clérigo
Arrifana Beach ©
Arrifana Beach
Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade ©
Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade

1
night
Tavira

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 2nd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Cacela Velha, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Misericordia, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de Cacela, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Tavira, make a trip to Ponte Romana, then examine the collection at Museu do Traje, and finally stop by Canastra.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Tavira tour builder .

Drive from Lagos to Tavira in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tavira

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Vila Nova de Cacela, Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil, Museu do Traje, Canastra
Find places to stay May 2 — 3:
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Igreja da Misericordia ©
Igreja da Misericordia
Praia de Cacela Velha ©
Praia de Cacela Velha
Museu do Traje ©
Museu do Traje

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