45 days in Portugal & France Itinerary

45 days in Portugal & France Itinerary

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Fly to Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport), Drive to Sesimbra
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Sesimbra, Portugal
— 26 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Sesimbra, Portugal — 26 nights

Sesimbra is a municipality of Portugal, in the Setúbal District, lying at the foothills of the Serra da Arrábida, a mountain range between Setúbal and Sesimbra. We've included these beaches for you: Arriba Fossil da Costa de Caparica and Praia da California. Explore Sesimbra's surroundings by going to Palmela (Iglesia de San Pedro, Castelo de Palmela, &more), Lapa de Santa Margarida (in Portinho da Arrabida) and Castelo de Alvito (in Alvito). Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring nature at Monumento Natural da Pedreira do Avelino. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Ouro, kick back and relax at Praia da Aberta Nova, stop by S. Simao Arte Azulejos Decorativos, and learn about winemaking at Quinta do Brejinho.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sesimbra route planner.

Mumbai, India to Sesimbra is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Sesimbra is minus 5.5 hours. Traveling from Mumbai in December, expect nights in Sesimbra to be a bit cooler, around 8°C, while days are cooler, around 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Thu) before leaving for Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 5 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
For shopping fun, head to Museu Calouste Gulbenkian or A Outra Face da Lua. Step out of Lisbon to go to Sintra and see Praia da ursa, which is approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: stop by Alfama, get curious at Pavilhao do Conhecimento, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip site.

You can drive from Sesimbra to Lisbon in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Porto.
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Porto, Portugal — 3 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Palacio da Bolsa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ribeira do Porto, then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Porto travel planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris, France — 7 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Do your shopping at Champs-Elysees and Black Cat Delicatessen. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen (in Rouen) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Le Marais, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, and wander the streets of Île de la Cité.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Paris online day trip planner.

You can fly from Porto to Paris in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Porto in January; daily highs in Paris reach 8°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Avenida da Liberdade, then appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Chiado.

Before you visit Lisbon, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Paris to Lisbon by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Paris to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in January, expect Lisbon to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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