Thursday, June 28, 2012

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates June 28 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 June 18th 2012 through July 4th 2012 - 1 USD =80.63 JPY

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

See http://www.nakastrav … l.com/rail-pass.html for details and current pricing.

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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, June 27, 2012

Red, White and Blue Sale Starts July 2nd

princess-curise-logo.gif July 2nd - 9th 2012 Only!

At this time every year, Fourth of July and Canada Day bring the whole family together for barbecues, parades and outdoor fun. But why stop there? Celebrate the summer holidays with savings up to $1,000 per stateroom* on over 80 cruises departing our beloved North American shores! For six days only, take advantage of great savings plus up to $100 onboard credit per stateroom^ during the Princess Cruises Red, White & Blue Sale. A convenient cruise departure is closer than you think, to top cruise locations including:

  • Caribbean — 7 days roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale from $499*
  • Canada & New England — 7 days roundtrip New York from $549*
  • Hawaii — 14 days roundtrip Los Angeles from $1,099*

Plus great deals on California Coastal cruises, Holiday Caribbean sailings and cruises to Mexico and the Panama Canal!

These savings are even combinable with our Military Onboard Credit, which offers up to an additional $250 per person† for active and retired U.S. and Canadian military personnel!

New for 2013! Princess also cruises to Japan starting in 2013, including the May 27th Round Japan with Onsens cruise escorted from Hawaii by Naka’s Travel.

Contact us to book your cruise, see more cruises around the world on the Cruise with Naka’s page or read more about the Princess Cruise itineraries in Japan

*Save up to $1,000 per stateroom ($500 per person) is based on a per person discount off applicable Launch Fares on a space available basis at time of booking on select sailings. Launch Fares are offering fares and may not have been in effect for the past 90 days or resulted in actual sales in all categories. Intermediate discounts may have been taken and fares may remain at discounted levels after this promotion. Fares are per person, non-air, cruise- or cruisetour-only, based on double occupancy and apply to the first two passengers in a stateroom. These fares do not apply to singles or third/fourth-berth passengers. Government fees and taxes of up to $75-$300 are additional and subject to change. Princess reserves the right to impose a fuel supplement of up to $9 per person per day on all passengers if the NYMEX oil price exceeds $70 per barrel, even if fares have been paid in full. This offer applies to new bookings only, is capacity controlled and may not be combinable with any other public, group or past passenger discount, including shipboard credits. Offer is available to residents of the 50 United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older and receive this offer. Fares quoted in U.S. dollars. Please refer to the applicable Princess Cruises brochure or princess.com for terms, conditions and definitions that apply to all bookings. Reference promotion code: R87. Offer expires: July 9, 2012.

^Up to $100 USD Onboard Credit per stateroom applies to select sailings and varies according to category booked and sailing duration. Passengers booked in an Interior or Oceanview stateroom on a 6- to 9-day voyage will receive an onboard credit of $25 per stateroom; Passengers booked in a Balcony stateroom or above on a 6- to 9- day voyage will receive an onboard credit of $50 per stateroom; Passengers booked in an Interior or Oceanview stateroom on a 10+ day voyage will receive an onboard credit of $50 per stateroom; and passengers booked in a Balcony stateroom or above on a 10+ day voyage will receive an onboard credit of $100 per stateroom. Reservations must be made and deposited between 12:01am on July 2, 2012 and 11:59pm PDT on July 9, 2012. Deposits made under this promotion are non-refundable and non-transferable. Offer is applicable to first/second-berth passengers only. Third/fourth-berth passengers are not eligible. Passengers with single occupancy will receive the per stateroom credit amount. Onboard credit may be used on a single voyage only and expires at the end of that voyage. Offer is not transferable, is not combinable with other select offers or other onboard credits and applies to legal residents of the United States or Canada who are 21 years or older. Onboard credit is quoted in U.S. dollars. Void where prohibited by law.

†Offer is good for only the cabin occupied by the military person. Maximum of one offer per stateroom. Offer is valid for eligible military personnel in the U.S. and Canada only. This offer cannot be used for casino credits/charges and gratuities, discretionary hotel and dining charges. Offer excludes Travel Agent and Interline fares. Offer is combinable with other Onboard Credit offers. Other restrictions may apply. Eligibility includes active military, retired military and disabled military veterans with proper verification as outlined below.

Active personnel currently serving in the following service divisions:
i – United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard or Reserves with a copy of a military certificate confirming active-duty status.
ii – Canadian National Defense — WHITE N.D.21 Identification Card
Retired Personnel defined as A) enlisted personnel or officers with a minimum of 20 years of service, B) medically retired, or C) 100% disabled. Proper identification for United States is a DD 214. For Canadians, the WHITE N.D.21 Identification Card is used.
Veterans with an Honorable Discharge serving a minimum of 2 years or 6 months in an active war zone in any of the United States service divisions listed above or in the Canadian National Defense. Proper identification in the form of a DD 214. For Canadians, the WHITE N.D.21 Identification Card is used.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates June 21 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 June 21st 2012 through June 27th 2012 - 1 USD =80.63 JPY

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

See http://www.nakastrav … l.com/rail-pass.html for details and current pricing.

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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).

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

2013 Globus Tours - at 2012 Prices!

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Now on sale at 2012 prices!

You need a vacation, and with Globus you can lock in your 2013 tour to Europe at 2012 prices by booking early now!

  • 2012 Pricing: lock in 2012 prices for 2013 Europe vacations
  • Airfare Guarantee: remove airfare uncertainty with the Globus Early Europe Airfare Guarantee
  • Save 15% Today: Save up to 15% when you book and pay in full 9 months prior to departure

WAIT THERE’S MORE! 2013 North American vacations are also on sale, and you can save up to 15% when you book early.*

Contact us or book Globus vacation packages online. See the Tour with Naka’s page to book package tours around the world.

About Globus

It all began more than 80 years ago when a young man purchased a rowboat to transport visitors across Lake Lugano, Switzerland. Who would have thought that this single rowboat would launch one of the world’s leading travel companies?

Today, the Globus family of brands is a global company reaching every corner of the world, yet remains family-owned and steeped in the values Antonio had when he set out across Lake Lugano—to enlighten travelers by showing them the very best of the destinations we know so well.

Reasons to Travel with Globus

  • A variety of travel styles and specialty travel to meet the desires of today’s traveler.
  • VIP access means no waiting in lines to see major sites throughout your journey.
  • Inside visits to major and must-see sites are included in the vacation price.
  • Expert Tour Directors share their unique stories and knowledge to help you truly experience each destination like a local.
  • First-class and above pre-selected hotels are located right where you want to be.


*15% discount is a combination of the Book Early & Save Discount and the Discount for Repeat Travelers. Book Early & Save Discount requires payment of per person non-refundable deposit at the time of booking and full payment a minimum of 9 months prior to departure date. 10% discount based on land-only portion of core tour, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips and supplements. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied by March 31, 2013 for travel through December 31, 2013. Does not apply to Cosmos, Monograms or Avalon Waterways. Not combinable with any other offer or discount other than the Journeys Club repeat traveler benefit. Offer reliant on space availability. For the Repeat Travelers discount, must be a Journeys Club member at the time of booking to receive 5% discount on the land-only portion of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms or Avalon Waterways core tour, package or cruise, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips and supplements. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013 for travel commencing by December 31, 2013. Must have traveled within the last five years of your booking date to receive discount. Journeys Club discount is not available retroactively. Applies to new bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.

Insight Tours - SAVE $400 per couple on 2013 USA and Canada

insight.jpgSave $400 per couple ($200 per person) on
INSIGHT VACATIONS 2013 USA & CANADA tours!

Booking Window: June 11, 2012 – July 19, 2012
***extended until August 30th***
Travel Window: January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013

Discover North America than on an Insight Vacations escorted tour. Choose from twenty four legendary routes then simply relax and enjoy unmatched comfort and service, knowing that all our featured tour experiences are included in the price.

New for 2013

  • Seven luxury Insight Gold itineraries.
  • Major hotel upgrades featuring outstanding prestige properties.
  • New destinations including Cape Cod, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis and a Mississippi River Cruise.

What’s Included

  • Legendary Routes By Road, Rail and Cruise.
  • Premium and Luxury Central Hotels.
  • Stay Inside The National Parks.
  • Exceptional Sightseeing and Priority Admissions.
  • Welcome Receptions, Dine-Around & Highlight Evenings, Epicurean dining and Celebration Dinners.
  • Smaller Group Sizes.
  • Business Class Legroom on all Touring Coaches.
  • Hotel/Restaurant Tips and Baggage Handling.
  • Featured Airport Transfers.
  • Always More Personal Service from your Expert Tour Director.

Featured Highlights

  • An unforgettable Cable Car ride through the streets of San Francisco.
  • Taste California’s famous wines aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.
  • A hands-on Creole and Cajun cooking masterclass in New Orleans.
  • Cruise in luxury through the dramatic scenery of Alaska’s Inside Passage.
  • A fascinating personal insight into the unique culture & simple life of the Amish.
  • Take a stunning GoldLeaf Service rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer.
  • Perfect your cocktail skills with a mixology tutorial in Hawaii.
  • Visit the ultimate Rock ‘n’ Roll experience at Elvis Presley’s Graceland.
  • Enjoy an exclusive private tour of your New York hotel, the historic Waldorf Astoria.
  • Experience complete clarity of commentary with Vox Audio Headsets on all tour.

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.

Booking and full payment for entire vacation package must be made by August 30th, 2012. Offer is valid for new bookings made on 2013 USA & Canada brochure vacations from June 11th, 2012 through August 30th, 2012. Travel must begin between January 1st, 2013 and December 31st, 2013. Promotion is combinable with brochure discounts found in 2013 USA & Canada brochure except Early Payment Discounts. Offer is NOT applicable to tours with cruise inclusions. Offer may be withdrawn at any time and subject to availability. Valid for new Scheduled Group bookings subject to promo payment conditions being met. Please call for details. CST No. 20687545-20