Thursday, March 22, 2012

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates March 22 2012

The Japan Rail Pass, which is issued by the JR (Japan Railway) Group, offers travelers excellent value for money and convenience. The Rail Pass enables the almost unlimited use of JR trains and its affiliated bus and ferry services within various areas of Japan. The Japan Rail Pass can also be used for the Tokyo monorail to Haneda Airport and the Narita Express to Narita Airport.

The Japan Rail Pass is available only to people from abroad who wish to travel to Japan as “temporary visitors” for sightseeing. The pass must be purchased before entering Japan.

Japan Rail Pass exchange rate for March 22nd 2012 through March 28th 2012 - 1 USD =82.75 JPY

JR Pass prices are updated for the current exchange rate every Thursday.

See http://www.nakastrav … for details and current pricing.


Japan’s four major islands, Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku are covered by an extensive and reliable network of railways. About 70 percent of Japan’s railway network is owned and operated by the Japan Railways (JR), while the remaining 30 percent belongs to dozens of other private railway companies, especially in and around metropolitan areas.

The Japan Railways Group, more commonly known as JR Group (JRグループ), is made up of six regional passenger railway companies, which are JR Hokkaido, JR East, JR Central, JR West, JR Shikoku, and JR Kyushu, and one nationwide freight railway company, JR Freight. Together they operate a nationwide network of urban, regional and inter-regional train lines, night trains and shinkansen (bullet trains).

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

South America… $1,250 and More in Savings with General Tours


Never more than 16 guests. Guaranteed.

With never more than 16 guests, General Tours’ Small Group and Privately Guided Journeys promise attentive service from outstanding Trip Leaders, the finest hotels and lodges, congenial dining, and authentic travel experiences not available to larger groups.

And with LAN’s convenient non-stop service from the USA and South America’s most extensive network, including highlights like Easter Island and Iguassu Falls, it’s easy and affordable to explore the continent and Antarctica on 15 distinctive vacations.

SAVE up to $1,250 per couple… or MORE!

SAVE $600 per couple if you pay-in-full at time of booking!

SAVE $150 to $200 MORE per couple when you fly with on LAN in Economy or Business Class and pay-in-full at time of booking by April 30, 2012. Travel anytime through April 2013, with just a few exceptions during mid-summer and Christmas.

SAVE $500 MORE per couple on four of the most popular Galapagos voyages. But hurry… you must ACT BY MARCH 30! These savings aboard the MV Galapagos Explorer II apply to Classic and Deluxe Balcony suites for 19 departures through December 2012.

SAVE $50 to $150 MORE per person when three or more guests travel together with the exclusive Family & Friends offer.

Click to view all 70 of the General Tours Small Group, Privately Guided & Small Ship Journeys

Contact Naka’s Travel to book now, or see the Tour With Naka’s page for more escorted vacations around the world!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Save Up to $1200 on 2012 Insight Tours to Europe

insight.jpg Book an air-inclusive Insight Vacations Europe tour and save up to $1200 per couple on Insight Gold, and $1000 per couple on Premium Europe tours.

  • BOOKING WINDOW: February 3rd - March 30th, 2012
  • TRAVEL WINDOW: April 2nd - October 25th, 2012

Contact Naka’s Travel to book now, or see the Tour With Naka’s page for more escorted vacations around the world!

Insight Vacations provides premium escorted motorcoach vacations throughout Britain, Ireland, Europe, Scandinavia the Eastern Mediterranean and North America.

In 1978, its first year, the company had a handful of staff in London and carried just 5700 passengers. Today, Insight has a team of professionals throughout the world, plays host to over 100,000 guests per year and has offices in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore and the UK. The company has also appointed specialist agents in Argentina, Brazil, Mauritius, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan and China.

Insight has achieved many important Tour Operator ‘Firsts’ over the years including, in 1983, being the first scheduled tour operator to win ‘the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement’ from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

‘The Art of Touring in Style’ lies at the very heart of Insight philosophy. Our carefully chosen unique features and impeccable service standards enable us to deliver exceptional quality, unequalled value, unforgettable memories and personal freedom at levels currently unrivalled elsewhere in the industry.

You will travel with companions from all over the English speaking world - England, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Singapore and more. Relax and capture the spirit of Europe and North America while we take care of every detail. From Great Britain to the European continent, from Turkey to the wonders of Israel and Egypt and the breathtaking National Parks and exciting cities of America and Canada, we invite you to experience the Insight difference and travel in style and comfort.

Terms and Conditions: Booking and full payment for entire vacation package must be made by March 30, 2012. Offer is valid for new bookings made from February 3, 2012 through March 30, 2012. Travel must begin between April 2, 2012 and October 25, 2012. Offer varies based on certain carriers and product. Offer not valid to Russia, Scandinavia, Iceland, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Jordan, Israel, Select Choices, or cruise-only tours. Save $1000 per couple off valid from May 22, 2012 through Aug 23, 2012 and not valid to the UK, $800 per couple offer valid for departures April 2, 2012 to May 21, 2012 & Aug 24, 2012 to Oct 25, 2012 and not valid to the UK, $1200 per couple off valid on Insight Gold tours from May 22, 2012 through Aug 23, 2012 and not valid to the UK, $1000 per couple offer valid on Insight Gold tours for departures April 2, 2012 to May 21, 2012 & Aug 24, 2012 to Oct 25, 2012 and not valid to the UK, $500 per couple offer valid for all departures April 2, 2012 through Oct 25, 2012 and for all airlines to all destinations in Europe including the UK. Normal name change policy applies. Fuel surcharges, taxes and fees are included in quoted rate. Offer is applicable to scheduled Groups bookings, but not Custom Groups. Promotion is combinable with brochure discounts found in our 2012 Europe & Britain brochures except Early Payment Discounts. Once payment is received, air tickets are non-refundable and non-changeable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time and subject to availability. Other restrictions apply. Offer ends March 30, 2012. Please call for details. CST No. 20687545-20

Monday, March 19, 2012

Norwegian Cruise Lines - Free Balcony Upgrades - All Ships, All Destinations

ncl_logo.jpg Free Fleetwide Balcony Upgrades Start Today.

Book Before March 31st.
Extended until April 15th!!!


Norwegian Cruise Line just extended the Fleetwide Free Balcony Upgrade offer until April 15. This is your last chance for free upgraded views of white sand beaches, cascading waterfalls, picturesque fishing villages or towering glaciers. See the world the Norwegian Way™ for your best vacation ever.


  • Free Balcony upgrades - all ships, all destinations.
  • Over $400 in onboard savings with the NCL electronic coupon book. Take advantage of some of the most popular amenities at sea with an e-coupon booklet worth over $400 in onboard savings. Once booked and checked in online, you will be given electronic coupons for spa treatments, time on the internet, and even a free dinner at one of our specialty restaurants.

For information and booking cruises worldwide please contact us or see the Cruise with Naka’s page at:

http://www.nakastrav … eatured-cruises.html

About Norwegian Cruise Line

Since 1966, when we pioneered the very first Caribbean cruise, Norwegian Cruise Line has been the industry leader for innovation. From the first cruise line private island to Blue Man Group to our award-winning Freestyle Cruising, we do things differently. You’ll feel it with the passion and dedication of every team member you meet, you’ll see it in our commitment to the environment and you’ll know it when you experience the best cruise vacation you’ve ever had. Come aboard our fleet of 11 ships and let us show you what Freestyle Cruising is all about.

*Promo Code: WAVE12. Free upgrade refers to a better available accommodation within the meta (i.e. Interior for the price of a lower Interior category or Oceanview for the price of a lower Oceanview category or Balcony for the price of a lower Balcony category or Mini-Suite for the price of a lower Mini-Suite category)

Cross-Meta upgrade refers to selected sailings during defined booking window which have the option to book a specific Oceanview category for the price of a specific Interior category or book a specific Balcony category for the price of a specific Oceanview category or book a specific Mini-Suite category for the price of a specific Balcony category. Excludes 1 and 2 Day Sailings. Offer based on a first come, first served basis. Rates are subject to category availability. Upgrade varies per ship, sail date, category booked. Offer excludes Studios and Luxury Accommodations. Reduced deposit available in select markets during defined booking window. Reduced Deposit is 50% off standard deposit. Reduced deposit does not apply to Luxury Accommodations/Specialty Suites: Categories S1-S7 and S9. Offer is for New Individual FIT Reservations Only. Qualifying New Individual FIT reservations can be moved into existing Group and count towards Tour Conductor Credits. Offer is NOT combinable with existing group block rates. E-coupons will only be valid for ships/sailings embarking on or before 12/31/2012. One E-coupon booklet per reservation delivered with e-documents. Guests who cancel and rebook must accept this promotion’s Terms and Conditions. Government taxes, fees and onboard service charges are additional. IMPORTANT NOTICE: NCL reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement without prior notice should the closing price of West Texas Intermediate Fuel increase above $65 per barrel on the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index). In the event a fuel supplement is charged, Norwegian Cruise Line will have sole discretion to apply the supplementary charge to both existing and new bookings, regardless of whether such bookings have been paid in full. Such supplementary charges are not included in the cruise fare. The fuel supplement charge will not exceed $10.00 per passenger per day. Offers are based on availability, are capacity controlled and apply to selected sailings. Offers are subject to change and can be cancelled at any time per Norwegian Cruise Line’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply. Combinability with other offers is subject to change and can be cancelled at any time per Norwegian Cruise Line’s discretion. Promotion valid in United States, Canada, and international select markets. Norwegian is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions. Ships’ registry: BAHAMAS and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. ©2012 NCL Corporation Ltd.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Companion Flies Free or Save $1000 when cruising the Douro or Seine Rivers

ama-waterways.jpg Companion flies free from any city in the United States - includes tax and fuel surcharges - or save up to $1000 per stateroom!

AmaWaterways is proud to bring their premium river cruise experience to the enticing Douro and the beautiful Seine Rivers in 2013. As an introductory offer, your travel companion can fly for free, or, save up to $1,000 per stateroom on select 2013 April and May departures.

The Douro River Valley
Discover the rich history of Portugal and Spain as you journey through the Douro River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Choose from two cruises with optional land programs in Madrid and/or Lisbon. Highlights include visits to Porto, Salamanca, Régua and dinner at the Alpendurada Monastery.

Enticing Douro starting from $2,799* per person
7-night cruise on board the brand-new AmaVida
3-night pre-land program in Lisbon is additional
Available on select 2013 April & May departures

Port Wine & Flamenco starting from $2,899* per person
7-night cruise on board the brand-new AmaVida
3 nights Madrid and 3 nights Lisbon are additional
Available on select 2013 April & May departures

Paris & Normandy
Cruise the Seine River from Paris to Paris through the heart of Normandy, exploring the beautiful countryside that inspired many famous painters, including Monet and Van Gogh. Visit Giverny, Rouen and Les Andelys, as well as the famous Normandy beaches before returning to Paris, the “City of Lights.”

Paris & Normandy starting from $2,699* per person
7-night cruise on board the beautiful AmaLegro
2-night post land program in Paris is additional
Available on select 2013 April & May departure

Contact us to book an AMA Waterways river cruise or see the Cruise with Naka’s page for more cruises and cruising information.

* All rates listed are in U.S. dollars. Offers valid on new cruise bookings only made from March 15 to April 30, 2012; not combinable with other promotions/discounts; limited to availability; capacity controlled and subject to change or discontinuation without notice (blackout dates may apply). All prices listed are based on double occupancy, in Cat. E, for cruise only. Stateroom upgrades, port charges of $147 per person and land programs are additional. Companion Flies Free applies to itineraries listed above and on select 2013 April and May departures (not valid on Enticing Douro, embarkation date April 2, 9 and May 28, 2013 and Paris and Normandy May 24, 2013). Companion Flies Free is based on round-trip economy airfare from all U.S. cities; applies only to travel dates, arrival and departure cities specified in each published itinerary. Companion Flies Free is only available with the purchase of applicable Paris & Normandy, Enticing Douro and Port Wine & Flamenco river cruises, and includes the base ticket price, fuel surcharges and taxes for the second passenger. Companion Flies Free applies to second passenger and requires purchase of airfare for the first passenger solely from AmaWaterways. The total airfare for both passengers from New York starts from $1,200 and Los Angeles $1,400, and includes taxes and fuel surcharges. Once booked air is accepted, air itinerary and a written invoice will follow to guarantee the price for 7 days. Payment on air is also required no later than 7 business days to secure promotional airfare. For other gateways, air add-ons listed as per the 2012 brochure will apply. $1,000 Savings is per stateroom, based on double occupancy and is not combinable with Companion Flies Free. AmaWaterways is registered as a seller of travel in the State of California. CST#2065452-40