HOME AT FIRST

HOME AT FIRST’S CURRENT TRAVEL BARGAINS

Current Travel Bargains to Home At First’s International Destinations.

 

Save Money! Save the Date!

OUR ANNUAL

Early-Bird Special!

2023 TRAVEL at 2022 PRICES

MAJOR TRAVEL BARGAIN!

Pre-Reserve your Home At First
2023 Full-Package Trip Now.
Get the Best Selection of
Destinations, Lodgings, &
Travel Dates You Want. 

Hold your provisional 2023
booking for a fully-refundable
$300/person Early-Bird fee.

APPLIES TO:

TRAVEL 13JAN23 – 27OCT23

7-Days or Longer Independent Full Packages to Quality Hosted Home At First Destinations in:

 British Isles: London, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales
 Continental Europe: Paris, Italy, Switzerland
 Scandinavia: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland

FULL-TRIP PACKAGE =
Independent Travel with Round-Trip
Transatlantic Flights + Lodgings
+ Car Rental or other ground transportation

Confirm your 2023 trip plans by OCTOBER 31, 2022,
& avoid any 2023 price increases!

• Your $300/person Early-Bird fee will be applied to the cost of your 2023 trip.

• If you choose to release your provisional 2023 trip reservations, your $300/person Early-Bird fee will be returned to you.

SAVE THE DATE!

PRE-RESERVE YOUR 2023 TRIP BY OCTOBER 31, 2022

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TWO WAYS TO BUY YOUR
2023 HOME AT FIRST TRIP

1. BUY NOW — PAY NOW

• On/before October 31, 2022, confirm your provisional 2023 trip reservations by paying for your 2023 Full-Package trip using current 2022 prices.

• Your $300/person Early-Bird fee will be applied toward this Full-Package payment.
• Pay any trip costs for any extra things you may have added 90 days before your trip start date.
• Airline Tickets will be issued in November 2022 once your Full-Package Payment is received.

THE UPSIDE:
• Make reservations for the time & location of your choice. Confirm your 2023 reservations by paying the 2022 price for your 2023 Full-Package Trip. By locking in the 2022 price you avoid any potential price increases that may affect your 2023 trip’s international airfare, lodgings, &/or ground transportation.

THE DOWNSIDE:
• Once paid, your payment for your 2023 trip becomes non-refundable. At this point you should consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance in the full amount of your trip.

2. BUY NOW — PAY LATER

• On/before October 31, 2022, confirm your provisional 2023 trip reservations by paying your $800/person non-refundable deposit.

• Your $300/person Early-Bird fee will be applied toward this $800 deposit.
• Pay the balance of your trip costs 90 days before your trip start date.
• Airline Tickets will be issued once your 90-Day Payment is received.

THE UPSIDE:
• Make reservations for the time/location of your choice without having to pay fully until 90 days prior to the start of your trip. Only once your 90-day Payment is made do all trip costs become non-refundable. At this point you should consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance in the projected full amount of your trip. 

THE DOWNSIDE:
• Although you pay 2022 trip prices, you do pay for any airfare increases that may occur before the issuance of your flight tickets (usually 90-45 days prior to departure). Be advised that airfares rarely go down, and can rise significantly.

THE FINER DETAILS:

INCLUDED TRANSATLANTIC AIRFARES are based on fares from the lowest-priced East Coast USA gateway airports, usually New York (JFK), and/or Newark (EWR) to your overseas arrival destination.            When making your provisional reservations, be sure to request a quote for supplemental airfare from your home airport. Once flight reservations from your home airport have been made and ticketed, they, too, are locked in at fixed rates.

• LODGINGS & GROUND-TRANSPORTATION PRICES are fixed in place when your trip is purchased. In rare cases local taxes for lodgings and/or ground transportation (car rentals) may be payable only on-site and cannot be fixed at time of payment. Car rental prices include basic liability insurance coverage. You pay for any additional car rental insurance coverage (e.g. comprehensive) you require on-site when you pick-up your car.

THIS OFFER EXPIRES MIDNIGHT OCTOBER 31, 2022: To take advantage of this special Travel Bargain offer, you must book & pay for your trip by the end of October, 2022. Your payment must be received no later than October 31, 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 reserves the right to end this offer early for any reason.

COVID: HOME AT FIRST believes in — and practices — safe international travel. We are confident that properly prepared with an up-to-date vaccination status USA & Canadian travelers can visit any available HOME AT FIRST destination with no more concern nor greater risk of contracting Covid than they do at home. We strongly urge travelers to practice the recommended behaviors they encounter locally at home, underway, & once at their overseas destinations.
     At this writing (15AUG22) all HOME AT FIRST destinations are open to vaccinated visitors from the USA and Canada. However, some destinations require negative pre-arrival Covid tests before allowing entry. 
HOME AT FIRST will accept advance 2023 reservations only for destinations currently open to vaccinated USA or Canadian travelers.

• IMPORTANT: By placing & paying for 2023 reservations with HOME AT FIRST, you are certifying that you are currently qualified for and/or will meet all future medical qualifications to travel internationally, especially with regard to maintaining the required vaccination status and arranging for all required testing before or during your trip. Travelers unwilling to meet these requirements set by their destination countries should not attempt to reserve 2023 travel with HOME AT FIRST.
      HOME AT FIRST is in no way liable for travelers’ failure to present acceptable proof of Covid vaccination, or for the consequences of travelers’ positive test results, whether they result in delays, quarantines, postponements, or cancellations.

• Travel Insurance policies may or may not cover Covid-related cancellations, interruptions, medical costs, and/or evacuations. 
     Although we can provide limited advice regarding insuring your trip, HOME AT FIRST does not provide travel insurance, nor are we party to any travel insurance policy purchased by our clients. We recommend contacting a travel insurance specialist to help you obtain the coverage you prefer.

• TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN: The best plan is to have qualifying children be vaccinated. Unvaccinated children who fail a Covid test can ruin your travel plans quickly, as quarantine may be required. 

• RETURNING HOME: USA citizens no longer need to take a Covid test before returning home.

Iceland: Amazingly Close!

Explore

Wild & Wooley with Waterfalls Everywhere!

Iceland

SPRING 2023 SPECIAL SALE

TRAVEL BARGAIN!

7-Day Full-Package Self-Driving Iceland Itinerary with Flights, Transfers, Lodgings, Rental Car.

NEW OFFER!

BOOK THIS TRAVEL BARGAIN
BY OCTOBER 11, 2022

— SPRING 2023 —

TRAVEL MARCH 28 – MAY 24, 2023

$AVE UP TO 21.4% – $579/person!

$2,121

PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

Special low rate 21.4% below our official,
published 2022 Spring/Fall prices to Iceland.

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THIS FULL-PACKAGE TRIP INCLUDED:

ROUND-TRIP FLIGHTS from JFK or EWR to ICELAND.

Flights from all USA & Canada airports available.

Please inquire about fares from your home airport.

8-DAY PRE-SET INDEPENDENT
   FLY/DRIVE ITINERARY:

Days 1&2 (& 3?): Downtown Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital & largest city. Discover Icelandic culture walking to local restaurants, museums, and shops. Or tour the nearby historic Golden Circle. 2-3 nites lodging at a participating Home At First Reykjavik inn in the city center.

Next 2 Days: Pick-up your rental car to begin the driving part of your Icelandic itinerary. Drive portions of Iceland’s scenic Ring Road, overnighting at Home At First inns en route. Your choice of driving routes includes:

        North & northeast clockwise from Reykjavik along the coast and across mountains to Akureyri, Iceland’s second city just south of the Arctic Circle, and a center for whale-watching. You will want at least 2 nites lodging in Akureyri. Return by car or take an optional flights back to Reykjavik.

Next 2 Days: Retuning from Akureyri toward Reykjavik, you can opt to drive the Ring Road along the extraordinarily scenic coastal route southwest to the very scenic south coastal village of Vik, very near several major volcanic regions. Two nites lodging at Vik.

Final Stops: Finish your round-trip of Iceland by following the Ring Road west along the volcanic south coast toward Reykjavik, then southwest to Keflavik Airport, perhaps stopping to view Iceland’s newborn active volcano in the Reykjanes Peninsula and spa-ing at the peninsula’s world-famed Blue Lagoon. If time permits, spend one more night in downtown Reykjavik or at Keflavik Airport before flying back to North America.

Day 8: Finish your exploration of Iceland by returning to Keflavik Airport for check-in for your 4-6-hour flight back to North America.

7 NIGHTS LODGING & BREAKFAST.

At inns located conveniently around Iceland.

5 DAYS USE of CAR RENTAL

Pick-up & & drop-off at Reykjavik Airport or Keflavik International Airport.

Includes taxes, unlimited mileage,
& liability insurance.

GUIDEBOOK for TOURING ICELAND

Sightseeing, Activities, Restaurants, Scenic By-Ways.

THE FINER DETAILS:

FLY TRANSATLANTIC OVERNIGHT to REYKJAVIK,  ICELAND : Departures Tuesday between March 28 and May 16, 2023, from Newark (EWR) or New York City (JFK), USA. (Departures & Connecting Flights are available from other USA & Canada airports, including several new airports offering non-stop service to Reykjavik, Iceland — please inquire.) Arrive the following morning at your destination airport in Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF). Airport bus transfer (included) to your first Icelandic inn in downtown Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city. Your 7 nights of lodging starts in Reykjavik and continues at pre-arranged locations throughout Iceland based on the driving itinerary you select.

• RETURN FLIGHT 8 DAYS LATER: Daytime flight from Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) back to Newark (EWR), New York (JFK), or to other USA/Canada airports after 7 full days & nights in Iceland.

• LODGING: 7 total Nights Lodging in pre-reserved hotels &/or inns at your choice of pre-arranged locations around Iceland. HOME AT FIRST‘s Iceland specialists will help you plan an individualized, independent Icelandic fly/drive itinerary that meets your needs, tastes, interests, pace, and budget. Note that minimum occupancy numbers and some luxury upgrade supplements may apply to a few specific lodgings.

• GROUND TRANSPORT: Guests in Iceland have use of a RENTAL CAR for 5 days. Please note that your driving itinerary may include driving days of up to 7 hours.
         Road conditions are generally good: mostly asphalt paved 2-lane roads, with some stretches of motorway around Reykjavik and Keflavik Airport. Guests departing the Route 1 Ring Road for side-trip excursions may encounter some unpaved roads.
         Also note that potentially poor weather in Iceland can impact road conditions and drive times.
          Pick-up your rental car at Reykjavik’s in-town domestic airport. Drop-off can occur at the same airport or at Akureyri, or Keflavik International Airports. Rental Cars come with unlimited mileage, basic liability insurance, and most taxes included, but rental may be subject to some local fees.
          Note that you will find pre-paid gas cards the best way for obtaining fuel as you circumnavigate sparsely-populated Iceland. We recommend purchasing gas cards in Reykjavik prior to beginning driving.

ACTIVITY GUIDE: Guests staying in Iceland receive an Iceland guidebook with dozens of pages of suggestions for touring by car, walking/hiking, whale watching, national parks, geothermal & volcanic sites, restaurants, shopping, churches & cathedrals, villages, towns, cities, & scenic inland and coastal byways.

THIS OFFER EXPIRES MIDNIGHT OCTOBER 11, 2022: To take advantage of this special Travel Bargain offer, you must book and pay for your trip prior to the end of October 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: Iceland has removed all Covid testing, registering, and quarantining restrictions and is open to all visitors.
          Because no one wants to have even a mild disease interrupt their travels, we recommend that travelers be fully Covid vaccinated (and boostered) at least 2 weeks prior to and not later than 270 days prior to departure for Iceland.
         We strongly urge travelers to follow the science and the recommended behaviors they may encounter locally in Iceland. Although masks may no longer be required (including on Icelandair flights to/from the USA), we recommend you bring masks for use on the airplane journey, in the airports, and at medical facilities or other Icelandic 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.

• 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 the best kind of travel insurance for your trip.

Springtime in Portugal now on sale!

Spring: Great 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

NEW OFFER!

BOOK THIS TRAVEL BARGAIN
BY OCTOBER 3, 2022

SPRING 2023

TRAVEL 31MAR23 – 26MAY23

Great introductory price!

$1,993

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 19, 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 OCTOBER 3, 2022. To take advantage of this special Travel Bargain offer, you must book and pay for your trip prior to the end of October 3, 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.


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

NEW OFFER!

BOOK THIS TRAVEL BARGAIN
BY OCTOBER 3, 2022

— SPRING 2023 —

TRAVEL TO ENGLAND

MARCH 4 – MAY 20, 2023

$AVE UP TO 23% – $609/person!

$1,991

PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

1-Week, Full-Package!

Special low rate 23.42% below our official, published 2022 Low Season prices to London. 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:

$1,101

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 London 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 OCTOBER 3, 2022: To take advantage of this special Travel Bargain offer, you must book and pay for your trip prior to the end of October 3, 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 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.

• 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.

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