11 days in Ponta Delgada, Porto & Venice Itinerary

11 days in Ponta Delgada, Porto & Venice Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Ponta Delgada ©
As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
Step out of the city life by going to Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Piscinas Naturais. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Poca Da Dona Beija and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Ponta Delgada: Parque Terra Nostra (in Furnas) and Mosteiros Beach (in Mosteiros). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, stop by O Principe dos Queijos, and take some stellar pictures from Boca do Inferno Viewpoint.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ponta Delgada road trip planning site.

Bologna, Italy to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Bologna to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bologna in October, Ponta Delgada is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Furnas, Mosteiros, Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, Caldeira das Sete Cidades
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Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Poca Da Dona Beija ©
Poca Da Dona Beija

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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.
Do your shopping at Palacio da Bolsa and Mercado Bom Sucesso. Discover out-of-the-way places like Centro Historico de Guimaraes and Casa Cerdeira. Go for a jaunt from Porto to Braga to see Bom Jesus do Monte about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), get a taste of local nightlife at Maus Habitos - Espaco de Intervencao Cultural, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, and do a tasting at Churchill's - Visitors Centre.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Porto trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Ponta Delgada to Porto takes 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Porto. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Porto, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Porto

Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bom Jesus do Monte, Churchill's - Visitors Centre, Centro Historico de Guimaraes
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Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Praia do Carneiro ©
Praia do Carneiro

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Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Explore hidden gems such as San Giorgio Maggiore and Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Visit Piazza San Marco and Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute for their historical value. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and don't miss a visit to Dorsoduro.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Venice takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Venice is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Porto in October; daily highs in Venice reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Dorsoduro ©
Dorsoduro
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari ©
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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