Portugal ... Rebooked!

Old Nov 25th, 2020, 12:44 PM
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Portugal ... Rebooked!

All of our hotels have rebooked us for 2021, giving me the same 2020 rates that we had booked before, We also added two nights in Guimarães, making it a 22 day journey. Also booked our RT airline tickets ... nonstop San Francisco - Lisbon. Now, all we need is a successful vaccine, and Portugal letting us in again. We have ten months, so I am hopeful. I think I'll have an early glass of Port today.
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Old Nov 25th, 2020, 12:46 PM
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Good on you! I'm hoping to rebook a trip or two for summer or fall, but haven't taken the plunge yet (one trip was to Portugal).
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Old Nov 25th, 2020, 01:08 PM
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fingers crossed for you (Last week I booked flights/hotels to London for next July so I only have 8 months to get things opened up )
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Excellent, so glad you added the time in Guimarães. We stayed at an excellent AirBnB with 3 bedrooms and free parking when we were there so if you haven't booked lodgings there yet let me know and I'll send you the place.
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Old Nov 25th, 2020, 02:40 PM
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valgalchi - would love to know. Thanks.
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Old Nov 25th, 2020, 02:43 PM
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Absolutely. We stayed here
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3243801...sts=1&adults=1

Very clean, had everything we needed, easy walking to all the major sites and a very friendly & helpful owner.
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Originally Posted by maitaitom View Post
All of our hotels have rebooked us for 2021, giving me the same 2020 rates that we had booked before, We also added two nights in Guimarães, making it a 22 day journey. Also booked our RT airline tickets ... nonstop San Francisco - Lisbon. Now, all we need is a successful vaccine, and Portugal letting us in again. We have ten months, so I am hopeful. I think I'll have an early glass of Port today.
Maitaitom, so happy for you that you have re-booked your trip to Portugal! We have only been to Lisbon and Sintra, and we loved both places. I hope to return some day to see more of Portugal. What month are you traveling?

I initially hoped we could go to France in April 2021 to visit our daughter and her family, but I don't think that will happen. So I have my fingers crossed for fall 2021 to visit France and perhaps another country, such as Greece. Let's hope that with the vaccine that travel in the latter half of 2021 will be possible and safe!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
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Old Nov 26th, 2020, 08:33 AM
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"What month are you traveling?"

Mid September ... I hope.
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good luck, seems sensible
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May my Yippee NOT be premature! 🙏
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I am so pleased that you have added Guimares!
As Portugal’s original capital it is filled with history. We stayed in a Pousada downtown. I think it is gone now but there is a lovely one just outside of town.
The Minho region is one of our favorite areas of Portugal.
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Bring on that vaccine! Fingers crossed we'll all be enjoying another wonderful trip report from you come September! Fingers AND toes crossed we'll all be able to travel to Europe in 2021. I just rebooked my 3 hotels in Switzerland for July/August 2021. Two of the 3 really raised their prices. I guess they're trying to recoup 2020 losses! Switzerland is going to be even more expensive! But, with no travel this year, I'm going to enjoy my rooms with balconies and views regardless of the cost.
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Bring on that vaccine! Fingers crossed we'll all be enjoying another wonderful trip report from you come September! Fingers AND toes crossed we'll all be able to travel to Europe in 2021. I just rebooked my 3 hotels in Switzerland for July/August 2021. Two of the 3 really raised their prices. I guess they're trying to recoup 2020 losses! Switzerland is going to be even more expensive! But, with no travel this year, I'm going to enjoy my rooms with balconies and views regardless of the cost.
+1 Yes, yes, yes!
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Old Nov 29th, 2020, 09:49 AM
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So excited to see the rebooking!

The pandemic and shut down has fueled my appreciation for the opportunity to travel! Feeling optimistic and grateful about Operation Warp Speed!

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Old Nov 29th, 2020, 11:17 AM
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I have a couple of hotel credits in Lisbon and one other city which are good through mid to late April.

That may still not be enough time for widespread vaccinations though.
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Glad you rebooked your trip. We had to cancel quite a few this year so I'm a bit reluctant to reschedule anything until the vaccine situation is settled. A couple of places we especially enjoyed in Portugal: Sintra, Coimbra, Bucaco Palace and Obidos.
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Been to almost everywhere in Prtugal and Guimares! is a lovely place.

I am not booking anything until most of this settles down,

I was extremely lucky to get a full total refund from a canceled trip in April of this year.

I don't want to push my luck right now .

So for the time being , I am laying low.

Good Luck to all those booking a trip, and I am sure you are covered for any cancelations.!!

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Originally Posted by maitaitom View Post
All of our hotels have rebooked us for 2021, giving me the same 2020 rates that we had booked before, We also added two nights in Guimarães, making it a 22 day journey. Also booked our RT airline tickets ... nonstop San Francisco - Lisbon. Now, all we need is a successful vaccine, and Portugal letting us in again. We have ten months, so I am hopeful. I think I'll have an early glass of Port today.
I’m sure Porto is in your itinerary. I visited Porto and Lisbon (with a quick stopover in Fatima) at the end of my trip through northern Spain in the spring of 2018. Lisbon was fine enough but I found Porto to be so much more interesting. The port houses of course, but also the somewhat chaotic feel of the city itself. It is only 250K or so population wise but feels like a 1 million person city (in a good way). Throw in all of the beautiful azulejo tiles, the cool little wine bars, etc. and Porto ended up being my best lasting memory of Portugal.
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