Portugal, France, and Spain by bus and train
I'm trying to help my fiancée who is deathly afraid of flying get from Portugal to France to Gibraltar and back to Portugal. Looking for advice on the chosen route, and any suggestions on day trips from Lyon and Paris.
I'm arriving from Toronto a week early to hang out with my fiancée, and then we're meeting my friend in Porto:
June 24 - 26: Porto
June 27: AM Train to Lisbon
June 27 - July 1: Lisbon (day trip to Sintra, maybe Cascais?)
July 2: AM Flight to Lyon (my friend and I have to be in Lyon that afternoon, so we're flying, my fiancée will have already left Lisbon via train)
July 2 - 3: Lyon
July 4 - 6 (have to be back by 4PM on the 6th): Trip to nearby cities?
July 7: Lyon
July 8: Train to Paris
July 8 - 13: Paris
July 13: Afternoon train from Paris to Barcelona, spend the night in Barcelona
July 14: AM train from Barcelona to Algeciras, bus or taxi to Gibraltar
July 15: Gibraltar
July 16: Gibraltar - GET MARRIED
July ???: Head to back Lisbon? Go somewhere else?
The train routes are based on what I've read on seat61.com.
So what do you think, RFD? Any recommendations of other cities near Lyon and Paris for a day/overnight/mini-Eurotrip? Should we stay an extra day in Barcelona so we can actually see stuff there? Right now it's just a pit stop on the way to Gibraltar.