31 days in Denmark & Portugal Itinerary

31 days in Denmark & Portugal Itinerary

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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
Drive
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Aarhus, Denmark
— 5 nights
Fly
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Fatima, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 6 nights
Drive
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Evora, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tavira, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Lagos, Portugal
— 6 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark

— 5 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nyhavn and Frederiksborg Castle. Let the collections at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and Amalienborg capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Christiansborg Slot, appreciate the history behind Copenhagen City Hall, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, and wander the streets of Stroeget.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Copenhagen trip planner.

If you are flying in from Denmark, the closest major aiport is Copenhagen Kastrup Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Aarhus.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nightlife

Side Trips

Aarhus, Denmark

— 5 nights

City of Smiles

Located on the sea, Aarhus blends a world city with a small-town feel. Home to a young population, the city has a reputation for producing internationally known pop and rock musicians.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Den Gamle By and Moesgaard Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum and Mollestien. Change things up with a short trip to LEGOLAND Billund in Billund (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Marselisborg Slot, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aarhus Domkirke, get curious at Botanical Garden and the Greenhouses, and admire the landmark architecture of Aarhus Rådhus.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Aarhus online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Copenhagen to Aarhus takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September in Aarhus, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Fatima.

Things to do in Aarhus

Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fatima, Portugal

— 2 nights
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Obidos Village, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Alcobaca, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batalha Monastery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Praia da Nazare, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de Cristo, and then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Tomar.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fatima visit planner.

Fly from Aarhus to Fatima in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aarhus in September: high temperatures in Fatima hover around 28°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Fatima

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Lisbon, Portugal

— 6 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Appreciate the collections at Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Castelo dos Mouros. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Museu do Ar - Sintra, &more) and Guincho Beach (in Cascais). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Fatima to Lisbon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Lisbon sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Evora, Portugal

— 4 nights
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Capela dos Ossos and Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres. You'll explore and learn at Museu de Evora and Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo. Go for a jaunt from Evora to Monsaraz to see Monsaraz Castle and Walls about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Evora, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Francisco, take in the architecture and design of University of Evora, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Evora vacation app.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Evora takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Evora are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Tavira.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tavira, Portugal

— 2 nights
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Cabanas de Tavira Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Pedro Goncalves Telmo, and then kick back and relax at Praia de Monte Gordo. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town Faro, head off the coast to Tavira Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Barril.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tavira trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Evora to Tavira takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Evora, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Tavira, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Tavira

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lagos, Portugal

— 6 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cape Saint Vincent and Church of Misericordia of Alvor. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Praia da Falesia and Praia do Camilo. Get out of town with these interesting Lagos side-trips: Gale (Praia dos Salgados & Praia Gale), Praia dos Olhos de Água (in Olhos de Agua) and Albufeira (Praia Sao Rafael & Speed Boats Tours). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Luz, look for all kinds of wild species at Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve, stroll through Praia da Marinha, and explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lagos trip planner.

You can drive from Tavira to Lagos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Lagos, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

Portugal travel guide

4.3
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.