We are a couple from US in our 60's on our first trip to Portugal. Tentatively plan to fly into Porto in mid-October, stay in an apartment on the Douro for 4 days and explore. We will take public transport to Santarem and stay one night at the Santarem Hotel to attend the National Gastronomy Festival, then travel again by public transport to Lisbon, likely choosing an apartment in Belem for 8 nights. Then we'll fly home from Lisbon. Where can I find out more about getting from the airport to the apartment, getting from the apartment to the most efficient transport, etc.? I was given a website but it's not working very well to pull up timetables, maps, etc.
Please feel free to offer any advice, suggestions, recommendations regarding the above and any other thoughts that this note inspires. Is there a Douro River day trip on a Ribero that goes to a winery or two that's reliable and reasonable? We would prefer to go with a group rather than book a private tour, for financial reasons. And thank you for being willing to share your knowledge/expertise. Bonnie N