After much juggling of schedules and discussions with the Finance Committee, we are planning a trip to Portugal from October 1-15, 2016. We have 13 nights in Portugal (1 in London) and our tickets are booked roundtrip to Lisbon, most economical flight times and cost. My guidebook is on order and hopefully it will arrive next week. I am starting to work on a draft itinerary while waiting for it.
Our plan is to spend most of our time in Lisbon and Porto with daytrips from these cities. We also want to visit a smaller town to give us a break from the cities (similar to our enjoyable Tuscany break between our time in Florence and Rome). We are seeking your input on our initial thoughts:
- Arrive LIS at 11:05 and take the 14:09 train to Porto for 4-5 nights (day trip on Douro), Coimbra(or other) for 3-4 nights, and end with 5 nights in Lisbon.
- Similar to above but rent a car in Porto and spend the time in the Douro Valley, not sure of towns yet. Return car in Porto or Lisbon?
- Arrive LIS, rent a car and head to Evora or Coimbra (or other) 3 nights, Porto 5 nights, Lisbon 5 nights. Perhaps we should rearrange this by heading to Porto first and rent a car upon leaving.
Thanks for any advice you can provide.