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25 Things to do in Ireland!

Springtime in —

Ireland!

SPRING 2023 SPECIAL SALE

Is spring a special season in Ireland?

• Ireland is GREENEST in spring.

• Lambing time makes Ireland CUTE .

• Irish GOLF courses play SOFT in the spring. Lower links scores!

• Ireland is OPEN, & the Irish are WELCOMING.

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CURRENT TRAVEL BARGAIN!

7-Day Full-Package:
Independent Travel with Flights, Lodgings, Car Rental or City TransPass

NEW OFFER!

BOOK THIS TRAVEL BARGAIN
BY DECEMBER 17, 2022

— SPRING 2023 —

TRAVEL APRIL 21 – JUNE 17, 2023

$AVE UP TO 28.3% – $821/person!

 

PERIOD #1: 21APR23 to 15MAY23

$1,899

PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

Special low rate 25.24% below our official 2023 Main Season prices to Ireland.

PERIOD #2: 16MAY23 to 17JUN23

$2,080

PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

Special low rate 28.3% below our official 2023 High Season prices to Ireland.

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THIS FULL-PACKAGE TRIP INCLUDES:

ROUND-TRIP FLIGHTS from NEW YORK (JFK/EWR) to DUBLIN (DUB) or SHANNON (SNN), Ireland.

Flights from all USA & Canada airports available.

Please inquire about fares from your home airport.

7 NIGHTS COTTAGE or APARTMENT LODGINGS in:
Dublin
Central Ireland (Clare/Tipperary)
SW Ireland (Cork/Kerry)
NW Ireland (Sligo/Donegal)

GROUND TRANSPORTATION:

DUBLIN: 5-Day TransPass OR:
1-WEEK of CAR RENTAL for ALL OTHER LOCATIONS. (Pick-up and return at your arrival/departure airport. Includes unlimited miles, most taxes (some local taxes cannot be pre-paid), and basic insurance.)

IRELAND ACTIVITIES GUIDE 

Comprehensive guidebook keyed for your visit with suggestions for sightseeing & car touring, shopping, museums, restaurants, pubs, churches, castles, activities including golf & fishing, and much more.

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CONSIDER A SECOND WEEK!

For a more leisurely trip & more time to enjoy springtime in Ireland. 

ADD 7 NIGHTS LODGING & GROUND TRANSPORTATION FROM:

$972

PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FOR ADDING 1 WEEK OF LODGING & CAR RENTAL &/or a 5-DAY DUBLIN TRANSPASS. PRICE CAN VARY BY LODGING SELECTED & SEASONALITY. A HIGHER RATE APPLIES IF CHANGING LODGINGS OR REGIONS.

THE FINER DETAILS:

• TRIP PLANNING: HOME AT FIRST‘s Ireland specialists help you plan an individualized, independent itinerary that meets your needs, tastes, interests, pace, & budget.

FLY TRANSATLANTIC OVERNIGHT to DUBLIN or SHANNON, IRELAND. Departures Fridays between April 21 and June 9, 2023, from New York City (JFK) or Newark NJ (EWR), USA. (Departures & Connecting Flights are available from all other USA & Canada airports — please inquire.) Arrive the following morning at Dublin (DUB) airport or Shannon (SNN) airport in Ireland, whichever best suits your itinerary.

• ARRIVAL NEXT DAY: Getting to your RURAL Irish lodging. After flying all night from North America to Dublin or Shannon in Ireland, you pick-up your rental car at the airport and drive to your rural Irish destination where you will be met by your landlord/host at a specific time introduced to your lodging when you take occupancy.

• ARRIVAL NEXT DAY: Getting to your DUBLIN lodging.
      After flying all night from North America to Dublin, you self-transfer via bus or cab to your central Dublin apartment where your concierge will check you in to begin your week’s occupancy.

• 1-WEEK’S LODGING: 7 total Nights Lodging in your pre-reserved Irish cottage or apartment. Note that minimum occupancy numbers and some luxury upgrade supplements may apply to a few specific lodgings. 
    Your landlord, host, or their representative provides support during your visit if you have questions, or if problems or emergencies arise.

• GETTING AROUND IRELAND BY RENTAL CAR: driving a rental car on the left side of the road can initially be challenging. However, after a few hours of acclimatization, exploring Ireland by car will become comfortable.
      Home At First’s lodgings throughout Ireland are ideally located for regional exploration.

• GETTING AROUND DUBLIN using your Dublin TransPass on transport network of buses and trams requires a little getting used-to, but after a short learning curve you will reach your destinations efficiently and securely whether by city bus or tram. You will also find that your apartment’s central location makes getting to most prime attractions in Central Dublin quite easy by walking.

ACTIVITY GUIDE: Guests receive Home At First’s exclusive “Ireland Activity Guide”, loaded with suggestions for getting the most out of your visit by public transport: sightseeing, touring, visiting historic sites, museums, bars, restaurants, shopping, churches & cathedrals, and activities such as golf, fishing, cycling, walking, shopping, and theatre-going.

THIS OFFER EXPIRES MIDNIGHT DECEMBER 17, 2022: To take advantage of this special Travel Bargain offer, you must book & pay for your trip by midnight December 17, 2022. These special prices are great travel values, but are non-refundable. We recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover (at the least) potential losses due to your needing to cancel your trip or interrupt your trip to return home early. HOME AT FIRST may end this offer early for any reason.

COVID: HOME AT FIRST strongly recommends that visitors be fully vaccinated and currently boostered in accordance with CDC guidelines.

• TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN: The best plan is to have the children vaccinated, if permitted.

• RETURNING HOME: USA citizens no longer need to take a Covid test before returning home. Nevertheless, with COVID variants still in circulation, being fully-vaccinated is the best kind of travel insurance.

4 Things to do in London!

Springtime in —

London

SPRING 2023 SPECIAL SALE

Why London is our most popular destination:

• Apartments located near Tower Bridge
• Quality Apartments with hosting services
• History: Tower of London is next door
• Walkable along traffic-free river paths
• Restaurants & Pubs abound 
• Services & Shopping at hand
• Transport within 5-10min walk
• Theatre District: 20-30min
• Museums: 20-40min
• Royal London: 35min
• Greenwich: 35min
• Railway Stations: 15-40min
• 60min from Heathrow Airport
• 45min from Gatwick Arpt. by rail
• Personalized taxi services available

EXTENDED!

BOOK THIS TRAVEL BARGAIN
BY DECEMBER 14, 2022

CURRENT TRAVEL BARGAIN!

7-Day Full-Package 
Independent Travel with
Apartment in Central London, Flights, & TransPass

— SPRING 2023 —

TRAVEL MARCH 4 – MAY 20, 2023

$AVE UP TO 30% – $843/person!

$1,991

PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

1-Week, Full-Package!

Special low rate 29.75% below our official, published 2023 Main Season prices to London. NOTE: supplements may apply for 2-person occupancy in larger apartments.

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THIS FULL-PACKAGE TRIP INCLUDES:

ROUND-TRIP FLIGHTS from NEW YORK (JFK/EWR) to LONDON (LHR or LGW).

Flights from all USA & Canada airports available.

Please inquire about fares from your home airport.

7 NIGHTS APARTMENT LODGINGS CENTRAL LONDON near Tower Bridge & the Tower of London

LONDON TRANSPORT PASSES for your use on the Underground, Red Buses, certain train lines (including the Docklands Light Railway, and the hyper-modern Elizabeth Line), even certain Thames River cruisers

LONDON ACTIVITIES GUIDE 

Comprehensive guide keyed for your visit with suggestions for sightseeing & car touring, shopping, museums, restaurants, pubs, churches, castles, Royal London, activities including walks, day-trips out of London, and much more.

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CONSIDER A SECOND WEEK!

For a more leisurely trip & more time to enjoy springtime in London. 

ADD 7 NIGHTS APARTMENT LODGING & LONDON TRANSPASS FROM:

$1,200

PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FOR ADDING 1 WEEK OF APARTMENT & TRANSPASS. PRICE CAN VARY BY LODGING SELECTED & SEASONALITY. A HIGHER RATE APPLIES IF CHANGING LODGINGS OR REGIONS.

THE FINER DETAILS:

• TRIP PLANNING: HOME AT FIRST‘s England specialists help you plan an individualized, independent itinerary that meets your needs, tastes, interests, pace, & budget.

FLY TRANSATLANTIC OVERNIGHT to LONDON, UK. Departures Fridays between March 3 and May 12, 2023, from New York City (JFK) or Newark NJ (EWR), USA. (Departures & Connecting Flights are available from all other USA & Canada airports — please inquire.) Arrive the following morning at your destination airport in the UK.

• ARRIVAL NEXT DAY: Getting to your London lodging.
      After flying all night from North America to London, you self-transfer via Underground or train (or both) to your London apartment where you will be met by your landlord/host at a specific time introduced to your lodging when you take occupancy. 
     Alternatively, be met at the airport by our dedicated taxi service for a comfortable, personalized cross-London drive to your apartment. Your driver will show you and your luggage to your London apartment

(This service comes for an additional fee. Please inquire.)

• 1-WEEK’S LODGING: 7 total Nights Lodging in your pre-reserved London apartment. Note that minimum occupancy numbers and some luxury upgrade supplements may apply to a few specific lodgings. 
    Your landlord, host, or their representative provides support during your visit if you have questions, or if problems or emergencies arise.

• OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL LODGING: Although this special package is priced for 7 nights of lodging, you may add a week in the same London apartment or change locations to other regions of ENGLAND or WALES where HOME AT FIRST has lodgings. Please inquire!

• GETTING AROUND LONDON using your London TransPass on London’s comprehensive transport network requires a little getting used-to. You will find the directions in our “London Activities Guide” quite useful in helping you get to your destinations efficiently and securely whether by Tube, bus, train, or river cruiser.

ACTIVITY GUIDE: Guests receive Home At First’s “London Activity Guide”, loaded with scores of pages of suggestions for exploring London by public transport: sightseeing, touring, visiting historic sites, museums, pubs, restaurants, shopping, churches & cathedrals, and activities such as walking, shopping, and theatre-going.

THIS OFFER EXPIRES MIDNIGHT DECEMBER 14, 2022: To take advantage of this special Travel Bargain offer, you must book and pay for your trip prior to the end of December 14, 2022. These special prices are great travel values, but are non-refundable. We recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover (at the least) potential losses due to your needing to cancel your trip or needing to interrupt your trip to return home early. HOME AT FIRST reserves the right to end this offer early for any reason.

COVID-19: The United Kingdom is open without Covid restriction to visitors from the USA and Canada. We do recommend that travelers receive their most-recent Covid booster shot within 2-weeks to 270 days prior to departure to London.
       Although mask-wearing is mostly voluntary throughout the British Isles, visitors should consider bringing masks for use on the airplane journey, in airports, on public transportation, and at any locations that may require their use.

• TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN: The best plan is to have the children vaccinated, if permitted. 

• RETURNING HOME: USA citizens no longer need to take a Covid test before returning home. Nevertheless, because COVID variants are still in circulation, being fully-vaccinated is the best kind of travel insurance for your trip.


Fayre England in the Spring!

Springtime in —

England

SPRING 2023 SPECIAL SALE

4 DESTINATIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:

CORNWALL (SW England)
COTSWOLDS (Heart of England)
NORTH YORKSHIRE (NE England)
THE LAKE DISTRICT (NW England)

CURRENT TRAVEL BARGAIN!

7-Day Full-Package 
Independent Travel with
Flights, Cottage or Apartment, & Car Rental

EXTENDED!

BOOK THIS TRAVEL BARGAIN BY DEC. 14, 2022

— SPRING 2023 —

TRAVEL TO ENGLAND

MARCH 4 – MAY 20, 2023

$AVE UP TO 30% – $843/person!

$1,991

PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

1-Week, Full-Package!

Special low rate 25.75% below our official, published 2022 Low Season prices to England. NOTE: supplements apply for 2-person occupancy in larger apartments.

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THIS FULL-PACKAGE TRIP INCLUDES:

ROUND-TRIP FLIGHTS from NEW YORK (JFK/EWR) to LONDON (LHR) or MANCHESTER (MAN).

Flights from all USA & Canada airports available.

Please inquire about fares from your home airport.

7 NIGHTS COTTAGE or APARTMENT LODGINGS in the English destination of your choice:

• Coverack seaside village, Cornwall
• Chipping Campden area of the Cotswolds
• Various villages & towns in North Yorkshire
• The Lake District village of Hawkshead

1-WEEK of CAR RENTAL:

Pick-up and return at your arrival/departure airport. Includes unlimited miles, most taxes (some local taxes cannot be pre-paid), and basic insurance. 

REGIONAL ACTIVITIES GUIDE 

Comprehensive guide keyed for your visit with suggestions for sightseeing & car touring, shopping, museums, restaurants, pubs, churches, castles, activities, and much more.

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CONSIDER A SECOND WEEK!

For a more leisurely trip & more time to enjoy springtime in England. 

ADD 7 NIGHTS LODGING & GROUND TRANSPORTATION FROM:

$1,200

PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FOR ADDING 1 WEEK OF LODGING & CAR RENTAL. PRICE CAN VARY BY LODGING SELECTED & SEASONALITY. A HIGHER RATE APPLIES IF CHANGING LODGINGS OR REGIONS.

THE FINER DETAILS:

• TRIP PLANNING: HOME AT FIRST‘s England specialists help you plan an individualized, independent itinerary that meets your needs, tastes, interests, pace, & budget.

FLY TRANSATLANTIC OVERNIGHT to LONDON or MANCHESTER, UK. Departures Fridays between March 3 and May 12, 2023, from New York City (JFK) or Newark NJ (EWR), USA. (Departures & Connecting Flights are available from all other USA & Canada airports — please inquire.) Arrive the following morning at your destination airport in the UK.

• ARRIVAL NEXT DAY: Getting to your English lodging. After flying all night from North America to the UK, you pick-up your rental car at the airport and drive to your English destination where you will be met by your landlord/host at a specific time introduced to your lodging when you take occupancy.

• 1-WEEK’S LODGING: 7 total Nights Lodging in your pre-reserved English cottage or apartment. Note that minimum occupancy numbers and some luxury upgrade supplements may apply to a few specific lodgings.

• OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL LODGING: Although this special package is priced for 7 nights of lodging, you may add a week in the same apartment or change locations to other regions of ENGLAND or WALES where HOME AT FIRST has lodgings. Please inquire!

• RETURN FLIGHT 8 DAYS LATER: After 7 full days & nights in England, drop your rental car off at your departure airport (LHR or MAN) and check-in for your daytime flight from London (LHR) back to New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), or to other USA/Canada airports. 

• GETTING AROUND ENGLAND driving a rental car on the left side of the road can initially be challenging. However, after a few hours of acclimatization, exploring England by car will become comfortable.
      Home At First’s lodgings throughout England are ideally located for regional exploration.

ACTIVITY GUIDE: Guests receive Home At First’s regional England Activity Guides, loaded with scores of pages of suggestions for exploring regional England by rental car: sightseeing, touring, visiting historic sites, museums, pubs, restaurants, shopping, churches & cathedrals, and activities such as walking, golf, and fishing.

THIS OFFER EXPIRES MIDNIGHT DECEMBER 14, 2022: To take advantage of this special Travel Bargain offer, you must book and pay for your trip prior to the end of December 14, 2022. These special prices are great travel values, but are non-refundable. We recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover (at the least) potential losses due to your needing to cancel your trip or needing to interrupt your trip to return home early. HOME AT FIRST reserves the right to end this offer early.

COVID-19: The United Kingdom is open without Covid restriction to visitors from the USA and Canada. We do recommend that travelers receive their most-recent Covid booster shot within 2-weeks to 270 days prior to departure to Britain.
       Although mask-wearing is mostly voluntary throughout the British Isles, visitors should consider bringing masks for use on the airplane journey, in airports, on public transportation, and at any locations that may require their use.

• Travel Insurance policies may or may not cover Covid-19 related cancellations, interruptions, medical costs, and/or evacuations. We recommend contacting a travel insurance specialist to help you obtain the coverage you prefer. We believe being fully-vaccinated the best kind of travel insurance.

• RETURNING HOME: USA citizens no longer need to take a Covid test before returning home. Nevertheless, because COVID variants are still in circulation, being fully-vaccinated is the best kind of travel insurance for your trip.

Springtime in Portugal now on sale!

Spring: Fine Weather, Fewer Visitors!

Springtime in —

PORTUGAL!

Preview Our Latest Destination:

Cascais

‘CAHSH-coz’: upscale city on the Atlantic:
• Seaside: 17 beaches; seafood cuisine
• History: Moors, royalty, James Bond
• Walkable center; galleries, museums
• Central Vacation Apartments 
• Doable by Rail or Rental Car
• 60min from Lisbon Airport
• 40min from Lisbon by rail

SPRING 2023 SALE

CURRENT TRAVEL BARGAIN!

7-Day Full-Package:
Independent Travel with Flights, Lodgings, RailPass or Rental Car

EXTENDED!

BOOK THIS TRAVEL BARGAIN
BY DECEMBER 11, 2022

SPRING 2023

TRAVEL 31MAR23 – 19MAY23

Great introductory price!

$2,103

PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

1-Week, Full-Package to Cascais!

CONSIDER ADDITIONAL DAYS:
Add days in Cascais, or in other parts of Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Algarve. Please inquire for availability and rates.

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THIS FULL-PACKAGE TRIP INCLUDES:

ROUND-TRIP FLIGHTS from New York (JFK), or Newark (EWR) to/from Lisbon (LIS) Portugal.

Flights from all USA & Canada airports available.

Please inquire about fares from your home airport.

7 NIGHTS APARTMENT LODGING:

Your own private, quality, safe, spacious apartment centrally-located in Cascais within walking distance of stores, restaurants, transportation, and attractions.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION:

Choice of a 6-Day-in-1-Month Flexi RailPass OR a 1-week Car Rental.

ON-SITE ACTIVITY GUIDEBOOK

Keyed for Cascais & the Lisbon region. Guides include suggested activities, beaches, walking, cycling, golf, touring itineraries, scenic sightseeing, shopping, restaurants, museums, galleries, castles, historic sites, & royal palaces.

THE FINER DETAILS:

FLY TRANSATLANTIC OVERNIGHT to LISBON, PORTUGAL: Departures Fridays between March 31 and May 12, 2023 from New York City (JFK), or Newark (EWR) USA. (Departures & Connecting Flights are available from other USA & Canada airports — please inquire.) Arrive the following morning at your destination airport: Lisbon (LIS), Portugal.

• SELF-TRANSFER TO YOUR VACATION APARTMENT IN CASCAIS: Drive your airport rental car, or catch the airport train. Follow our pre-printed directions to travel to your lodging destination in Cascais. Transfer time: approximately 90min. Check-in and take occupancy that afternoon.

• DAY 8: RETURN FLIGHT TO NORTH AMERICA: Return by train or rental car to Lisbon Airport. Catch your daytime flight from Lisbon (LIS) back to New York (JFK), or Newark (EWR), or to other USA/Canada airports after 7 full days/nights in Portugal.

• 1-WEEK’S LODGING: 7 total Nights Lodging (Saturday to Saturday) in your vacation apartment in Cascais. Lodgings are centrally-located: near shops, restaurants, cafés, & transit.

• GROUND TRANSPORTATION: Guests choose between 6-Day Flexi RailPasses or a 7-Day Car Rental for traveling in Portugal. Local transit (buses, métro, taxi) in Cascais and Lisbon is not covered by the RailPass. Car Rental comes with basic insurance. Upgrades to larger car, &/or automatic transmission car are extra. Some local taxes or insurances may affect Car Rental at pick-up or drop-off. 

ACTIVITY GUIDE: Guests receive regional guides keyed for their use in Cascais and regional Lisbon. Guides include dozens of pages of suggestions for exploring your destination, sightseeing, visiting historic sites, museums & galleries, shopping, restaurants & cafés, churches & cathedrals, palaces & castles.

THIS OFFER EXPIRES MIDNIGHT DECEMBER 11, 2022. To take advantage of this special Travel Bargain offer, you must book and pay for your trip prior to the end of December 11, 2022. These special prices are great travel values, but are non-refundable. We recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover (at the least) potential losses due to your needing to cancel your trip or needing to interrupt your trip to return home early. HOME AT FIRST reserves the right to end this offer early for any reason.

COVID-19: Although entry into Portugal by American and Canadian visitors currently requires NO pre-departure and post-arrival Covid tests, and no passenger locator forms, we strongly recommend that visitors be fully vaccinated and boostered shot not later than 270 days prior to departure for Portugal.
       Visitors to Portugal should check the latest official entry requirements HERE.
       Although mask-wearing is mostly voluntary in Portugal, visitors should consider bringing masks for use on the airplane journey, in the airports, and for any Portugal locations that may require their use.

• TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN: Children under 18 need not be vaccinated. No tests, documentation, or quarantines required.

• Travel Insurance policies may or may not cover Covid-19 related cancellations, interruptions, medical costs, and/or evacuations. Contact a travel insurance specialist to help you obtain the coverage you prefer. We believe being fully-vaccinated the best kind of travel insurance.

• RETURNING HOME: USA citizens no longer need to take a Covid test before returning home. Nevertheless, because COVID variants are still in circulation, being fully-vaccinated is the best kind of travel insurance for your trip.

Avoid missing future Travel Bargains: sign up to get TRAVEL BARGAIN ALERTS HERE.