11 days in Ponta Delgada, Porto & Venice Itinerary

11 days in Ponta Delgada, Porto & Venice Itinerary

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11 days in Ponta Delgada, Porto & Venice Itinerary

Start: Bologna, Italy
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Bologna, Italy

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Poca Da Dona Beija. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Mosteiros Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ponta Delgada: Natural Pool (in Mosteiros) and Parque Terra Nostra (in Furnas). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha, stop by O Principe dos Queijos, and get great views at Boca do Inferno Viewpoint.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ponta Delgada online sightseeing planner .

Bologna, Italy to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Bologna to Ponta Delgada. Traveling from Bologna in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ponta Delgada, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bom Jesus do Monte and Churchill's - Visitors Centre. Popular historic sites such as Palacio da Bolsa and Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Centro Historico de Guimaraes in Guimaraes (about 44 minutes away). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, steep yourself in history at Antiga Cadeia da Relacao, stop by Casa Cerdeira, and indulge your taste buds at Mercado Bom Sucesso.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Porto in 5 hours. Traveling from Ponta Delgada to Porto, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Porto, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Porto

Shopping Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
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.
Basilica di San Marco and St. Mark's Square will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Cannaregio and Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Venice day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Porto to Venice takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Venice. Traveling from Porto in October, expect Venice to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Dorsoduro ©
Dorsoduro
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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