Thursday, January 3, 2013

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates January 3 2013

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 January 3rd 2013 through January 9th 2013 - 1 USD = 87.08 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, January 2, 2013

Insight Vacations - Savings for the New Year!

insight.jpg Save up to $1600 on

the finest escorted tours in Europe!

When you book and pay in full by Feb 28, 2013
for a 2013 Insight Vacations Europe tour you can
save up to $1600* per couple!

Country Roads of Ireland
13 days from $2525
Come join in the ‘craic’ on this convivial jaunt around the Emerald Isle, furnished with ruined castles, towering cliffs, historic towns, quiet lakes and natural wonders.

Book Early and Save up to $650 per couple.

Italian Intermezzo
9 days from $2399
Italy’s most famous and best loved cities reveal a treasure-trove of riches on this concise yet surprisingly diverse and delightful itinerary.

Book Early and Save up to $640 per couple!

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 February 28th, 2013 and no less than 45 days before the set departure date to qualify for savings. Offer is valid for new bookings made on itineraries found in Insight Vacations 2013 Europe & Britain brochure. Available savings are based on Insight Vacations’ 7.5% Early Payment Discount combined with the 5% Frequent Traveler Discount for past Insight guests. First-time guests with Insight can save up to 7.5% or $960 per couple. *$1,600 savings based on both discounts applied to the 8/22/13 departure of Insight’s Romantic European. Offer is not valid on any tours where Early Payment Discounts is not available including Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Israel, and tours with cruise inclusions. Discounts may be withdrawn or reduced based on demand for the departure dates and are subject to availability. Valid for new Groups on scheduled departures only and subject to promo payment conditions being met. CST No. 20687545-20

$400 Onboard Gift Certificate for Royal Caribbean



Book select 2013 itineraries between January 1 and February 15, 2013 and receive an onboard gift certificate worth up to $400*!

That’s just enough for more adventure or relaxation on your next Royal Caribbean International® cruise vacation. Spend an evening indulging in gourmet fare. Plan a Shore Excursion. Or retreat into the comforts of a Vitality SM Spa. The choice is yours.

2013 Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean & Transatlantic Sailings - 6-Nights or Longer

  • OCEANVIEW - Option Code: SKY1: $50
  • BALCONY - Option Code: SKY2: $100
  • SUITES - Option Code: SKY3: $200

2013 Europe Sailings - 6-Nights or Longer

  • OCEANVIEW - Option Code: SKY4: $100
  • BALCONY - Option Code: SKY5: $200
  • SUITES - Option Code: SKY6: $400

Book online now, contact us for for more information, or see the “Cruise with Naka’s” page to book Royal Caribbean and other cruises around the world.

Welcome to Royal Caribbean International and the Nation of Why Not
- a place where innovation and imagination reign supreme. From its very beginning, this company has always been guided by the principles of “Why Not?” Why not design a ship specifically to cruise the Caribbean? Why not split it into two to add more features? Why not add rock walls and ice skating rinks and surf simulators?

All of those features allow our guests, or should I call them citizens, to ask “Why Not?” in turn - to go out and see, do and be more than they had ever thought possible. To feel that on a Royal Caribbean cruise vacation, they can rediscover who they really are. With more than 280 destinations worldwide and an amazing array of exciting shore excursions and cruisetour options, we’re giving our citizens the chance to try something new - why not go glacier-trekking in Alaska, cave-tubing in Belize, biking through the vineyards of Dubrovnik, Croatia; experience the wonders of China or why not do nothing at all? The choice is yours.

*Onboard gift certificate offer is applicable to new individual bookings only; not applicable to groups. Bookings must be made between January 1, 2013 and February 15, 2013. Offer is valid on 6-night or longer Bahamas, Caribbean, Europe, and Transatlantic sailings between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. Offer is applicable on outside or above staterooms and vary by category; One offer per stateroom. When booking Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean, and Transatlantic sailings, must request option code SKY1 for outside staterooms, SKY2 for balcony staterooms, SKY3 for suites. When booking European sailings, must request option code SKY4 for outside staterooms, SKY5 for balcony staterooms, SKY6 for suites. Onboard gift certificate has no cash value, is non-transferable, not redeemable for cash, and will expire if not used by 10:00 PM on the last evening of the cruise and is in US dollars. Offer is available to residents of United States and Canada. Single occupancy guests paying 200% cruise fare qualify for offer. Offer is subject to availability, capacity controlled, subject to change without notice, and may be withdrawn at any time. Not combinable with any other offer or promotion. Refer to Cruise Ticket Contract for additional terms and conditions. ©2013 Royal Caribbean International. Ships’ registry: Bahamas. Brilliance of the Seas is operated by RCL (UK) Ltd. Subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. 12031947 • 11/30/2012