For most travelers, 8 to 10 days is the perfect amount of time for a Portugal trip with stops in Lisbon, Coimbra, and Porto. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as seven days. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region like the Alentejo or Algarve. Keep reading for more inspiring Lisbon, Coimbra, and Porto itineraries.

How many days do you need in Lisbon, Coimbra & Porto?

  • Most travelers spend 8-10 days in Lisbon, Coimbra, and Porto combined
  • Visiting Lisbon, Coimbra, and Porto in 7 days is possible, but it will feel rushed
  • With 11 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip
  • The most common extensions are Alentejo and Algarve

How Many Days to Spend in Portugal

Recommended Itineraries for Lisbon, Coimbra & Porto

Recommended Itinerary for 8 Days

Sunset in Lisbon, Portugal
Sunset in Lisbon, Portugal
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Lisbon, Explore Lisbon
Day 2 Guided Walking Tour of Lisbon & Faro Music Performance Lisbon
Day 3 Day Trip to Sintra & Roca Cape Lisbon
Day 4 Transfer to Coimbra, Visit World Heritage Sites Coimbra
Day 5 Transfer to Porto, Explore & Enjoy a Traditional Dinner Porto
Day 6 Guided Tours of Porto & Tasting at a Port Cellar Porto
Day 7 Douro Valley: Touring & Tasting at Wine Estate Porto
Day 8 Depart Porto  

Discover Portugal's highlights on this weeklong tour, starting in the bustling city of Lisbon, where you can explore historical streets, eat traditional cuisine, and enjoy live Fado music. Visit the charming towns and monuments of Sintra, Óbidos, and Tomar, as well as the gorgeous Douro Valley wine region, for a river cruise and wine tasting. Visit one of Europe's oldest universities in Coimbra and head north to Porto, where you can watch fishermen barter their daily catch, tour a traditional sardine factory, and eat local delicacies. Read more

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Extended Itineraries

13-Day Itinerary Including Évora

Stroll past Porto's beautiful azulejo-tiled buildings
Stroll past Porto's beautiful azulejo-tiled buildings
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Porto, Afternoon Culinary Experience Porto
Day 2 Tour Historic Porto, Portuguese Cooking Class Porto
Day 3 Wine Tasting Experience in the Douro Valley Porto
Day 4 Explore Porto & Northern Portugal Porto
Day 5 Peneda-Gerês National Park Adventure Porto
Day 6 Transfer to Coimbra, Portugal's Medieval Capital Coimbra
Day 7 Transfer to Évora & the Alentejo Évora
Day 8 Free Day in the Alentejo Évora
Day 9 Transfer to Lisbon, Discover Lisbon's Authentic Neighborhoods Lisbon
Day 10 Day Trip to Nazaré & Fátima Lisbon
Day 11 Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril Lisbon
Day 12 Explore Lisbon's Surroundings: Sesimbra, Óbidos & Arrábida Natural Park Lisbon
Day 13 Depart Lisbon  

Brimming with culture, history, gastronomy, and a dash of outdoor adventure, this 13-day itinerary has something for everyone. Start in Porto for food tours, wine tasting, and day trips into Portugal's unspoiled north, then continue through Coimbra and Évora for a look at stately cities and the sweeping plains of the Alentejo. End in Lisbon to explore the capital and its surrounding countryside—home to seaside villages, fairy tale castles, and nature parks. Read more

2-Week Itinerary Including the Algarve & Alentejo

Sunset from the Cabo da Roca near Lisbon
Sunset from the Cabo da Roca near Lisbon
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Lisbon, Walking Food Tour Lisbon
Day 2 Half-Day Tour of Lisbon, Fado Dinner Lisbon
Day 3 Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril Lisbon
Day 4 Transfer to Coimbra via Óbidos & Alcobaça Coimbra
Day 5 Guided Tour of Coimbra Coimbra
Day 6 Transfer to Porto, City Tour Porto
Day 7 Day Trip to Guimarães Porto
Day 8 Day Trip to Douro Valley Porto
Day 9 Transfer to Évora via Tomar Évora
Day 10 Explore Évora & the Alentejo Évora
Day 11 Train to Lagos Lagos
Day 12 Explore Lagos & the Algarve Lagos
Day 13 Transfer to Lisbon by Train Lisbon
Day 14 Depart Lisbon  

This itinerary includes Portugal's two biggest cities, a slew of historic villages, and some spectacular beaches for an epic adventure to remember. Start in up-and-coming Lisbon to explore ancient ruins and trendy districts before going north to UNESCO-listed Porto (and its nearby wine region). You'll also get time in the university towns of Évora and Coimbra—each with its medieval attractions and dining scenes—before kicking back for a few days in the Algarve. Read more

How to travel between Lisbon, Coimbra & Porto

How to get from Lisbon to Porto
The journey between Lisbon and Porto is 195 miles (314 km) and averages between 2.5 to 3.5 hours journey. There are several ways to get between the two major cities, but the most convenient and comfortable way to make the trip is via train. Read more

How to get from Lisbon to Coimbra
Traveling from Lisbon to Coimbra, a distance of 127 miles (205 km), is easy with various transport options. The train is the fastest way to get there and the most convenient. There is also a bus available, taking slightly more time than the train. If you want more flexibility and like to go at your own pace, driving is a good option. Read more


Map of Lisbon, Coimbra & Porto: Best Itinerary Ideas
Map of Lisbon, Coimbra & Porto: Best Itinerary Ideas