Over the last three–four weeks, Portugal made significant strides in slowly, but surely, reopening the country for travel. As of May 18, Portugal further loosened restrictions by ending the country’s COVID-19 State of Emergency status while continuing social distancing.
As of May 4, Portugal reopened public transit, libraries, zoos, aquariums, bookstores, sailing clubs, golf courses and commercial spaces up to 2,150 square feet. Nail and hair salons followed, operating by appointment only. This test run lasted a few weeks before museums, art galleries and other cultural spaces fully reopened, along with shops up to 4,300 square feet. Restaurants, bakeries, cafés and open-air terraces can also open up at 50 percent capacity. (Customers should book reservations and prepare for contactless payment processes.)
Also paving the way for Portugal’s reopening, VisitPortugal created the Clean & Safe stamp, guaranteeing compliance with the Department of Health’s hygiene and cleanliness requirements post COVID-19. The new seal will be used nationwide, proving a space is clean and safe for visitors, including restaurants, hotels, local accommodation options, tour operators and catering companies, among many other tourism activities.
Following the completion of Portugal’s three-phase re-opening, TAP Air Portugal will begin flying June 4 (twice-weekly flights) between Newark (EWR) and Lisbon (LIS). Additional TAP flights will recommence in July from Boston (BOS), Miami (MIA) and Toronto (YYZ) — each flying twice per week to Lisbon.
As for new flights, TAP will start three flights per week between Boston and the Azores’ Ponta Delgada (PDL) July 1; twice-weekly service Toronto–Ponta Delgada July 2; and three weekly flights between Montreal (YUL) and Lisbon by July 30.
THERE’S NO DOUBT 2020 HAS BEEN AN UNPRECEDENTED year for the travel industry. As borders begin to reopen and destinations, hotels and airlines around the world prepare to welcome travelers once again, we’re celebrating travel and looking to the future as we congratulate the winners of our eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards. This annual survey honors the best in the world of leisure and lifestyle travel, awarding goods, services, destinations, hotels, airlines and cruises.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
THE BEGINNING OF AUTUMN in America offers a time to savor the last precious moments of summer against the countryside’s mosaic of reds, yellows, oranges and purples. Before long, the chill of winter will enter the air and the trees will grow barren. This is not news to most of us. Indeed, leaf peeping has become ubiquitous. Most states have 24-hour toll-free hotlines to keep you informed of nature’s progress ... and then there’s the traffic. It seems the entire population of New York City and Boston climbs behind the wheels of cars on congested New England roadways. Thus we’ve tried to avoid the mainstream routes so you can truly appreciate the kaleidoscopic splendor. After all, a fall foliage road trip provides more than a mere drive. It also incorporates picking apples, tasting cider and hot doughnuts and leaving your vehicle behind to take a much-needed scenic walk to a lonely waterfall, where autumn’s colors reflect off the water.
My husband and I enjoyed an impromptu Saturday dinner at The Farm & Fisherman Tavern & Market. Located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, the restaurant specializes in seasonal farm-to-table dining. There is a second location in Horsham, Pennsylvania.
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Travelers arriving at Vilnius International Airport in Lithuania will find themselves walking along a trail of pink spots on the floor — dubbed “cold pink” by the country as it matches the distinct color of the country’s national šaltibarščiai soup. The trail ends at a 10-foot replica of the famed dish.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.