18 days in Porto, Lisbon & Athens Itinerary

18 days in Porto, Lisbon & Athens Itinerary

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18 days in Porto, Lisbon & Athens Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Porto, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

5
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.
Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios and Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at FC Porto Museum and O Navio Gil Eannes capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Porto side-trips: Se de Braga (in Braga), Alianca Underground Museum (in Sangalhos) and Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra) (in Coimbra). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Se Catedral de Viseu, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas, and contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Porto day trip tool .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Porto is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Porto, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October: high temperatures in Porto hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Coimbra, Condeixa-a-Nova, Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, Se de Braga, Praia da Costa Nova
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Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz ©
Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz
Praia da Costa Nova ©
Praia da Costa Nova
Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios ©

6
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Head to Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Rossio Squarefor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will get to explore Igreja de Sao Roque and Aldeia da Terra. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Batalha (Batalha Monastery & Capelas Imperfeitas), Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca) and Miradouro do Suberco (in Nazare). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira, contemplate the long history of Miradouro da Graca, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora).

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Evora, Batalha, Quinta da Regaleira, Aldeia da Terra, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

5
nights
Athens, Greece

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of the city life by going to Mount Lycabettus and Corinth Canal. Do some cultural sightseeing at Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Nafplio (Vouleftiko (Old State House), Archaeological Museum of Nauplion, & more) and Mycenae (Archaeological Site Mycenae & Lion Gate). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, explore the ancient world of Temple of Hephaestus, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Athena Nike, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Athens travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Athens in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lisbon to Athens due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nafplio, Mycenae, Corinth Canal
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Food Tours
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

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