Thursday, December 13, 2012

“In Celebration of Wine” River Cruises

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Join AmaWaterways for an unforgettable experience aboard one of our specially-themed “In Celebration of Wine” cruises! Experience Europe’s most acclaimed wine regions along the Seine, Douro, Rhone, Rhine, Mosel and Danube rivers. These 7-night itineraries feature wine-oriented shore excursions and onboard lectures and tastings from renowned wine experts from top U.S. wineries.

AmaWaterways offers 21 “In Celebration of Wine” cruises in 2013

LEGENDARY WINE REGIONS OF THE RHONE
7-night Arles to Lyon cruise aboard the AmaDagio
Starting from $2,499 per person
Optional 3 nights in Barcelona & 3 nights in Paris for $1,560 per person
U.S. Departure Dates: Mar. 25; Nov. 4 & 18
Highlights: Châteanueuf-du-Pape winery & Beaujolais winery

PARIS & THE SPARKLING SEINE

7-night Seine cruise aboard the AmaLegro
Starting from $2,699 per person
Optional 2 nights in Paris for $520 per person
U.S. Departure Dates: Apr. 4, 11; Oct. 31; Nov. 7
Highlight: Fecamp Monastery with Benedictine tasting

CLASSIC PORT WINES & CHARMING QUINTAS
7-night Douro cruise aboard the brand-new AmaVida
Starting from $2,399 per person
Optional 3 nights in Lisbon for $690 per person
U.S. Departure Dates: Mar. 29; Apr. 5; Nov. 1
Highlights: Cais de Gaia with Port tasting
& Dinner at Quinta Avessada

GREAT CAPITALS & VINTAGES OF THE DANUBE

7-night Budapest to Vilshofen cruise or reverse
Starting from $2,399 per person
Optional 3 nights in Prague for $690 per person
U.S. Departure Dates: Apr. 12; Nov. 5, 8, 9, 10, 12 & 14
Highlights: Tour of Benedictine Abbey & Wine tasting

CULTURE & WINE LEGACY OF THE RHINE
7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel or reverse
Starting from $2,399 per person
Optional 2 nights in Lucerne & 2 nights in Zurich for $1,040
U.S. Departure Dates: Nov. 10 & 21
Highlights: Kölsch beer tasting
& “Alsace Wine Road” with wine tasting

CASTLES & WINERIES OF GERMANY
7-night Nuremberg to Luxembourg cruise
Starting from $2,599 per person
Optional 2 nights in Prague & 3 nights in Paris for $1,240
U.S. Departure Date: Oct. 28
Highlight: Wine tasting at Würzburg Hofkeller

VINEYARDS OF THE RHINE & MOSEL
7-night Luxembourg to Amsterdam cruise
Starting from $2,399 per person
Optional 3 nights in Paris for $780 per person
U.S. Departure Date: Nov. 3
Highlight: Bernkastel winery with Reisling tasting

Premium River Cruise Experience

  • Wine lectures by renowned experts
  • Fine dining with paired wines
  • Excursions to historic vineyards & cellars
  • Wine tastings & evening wine events
  • Staterooms with French balconies and/or step-out balconies
  • Complimentary in-room Internet & Wi-Fi
  • Free-flowing wine, beer & soft drinks with dinner
  • Complimentary shore excursions & bicycles

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

About AmaWaterways

Founded in 2002 by river cruise pioneer Rudi Schreiner, river cruise executive Kristin Karst and founder of Brendan Vacations, Jimmy Murphy, AmaWaterways is the premier river cruise line on Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Main, Mosel and Rhône rivers. Known for its custom-designed ships, extensive complimentary amenities and personalized service levels, AmaWaterways consistently leads the way in river cruising. With destinations traveling through Europe, Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia, and new voyages to Africa and Portugal the line’s award-winning fleets compliment a variety of travel plans.

The Europe fleet includes the AmaPrima (2013); AmaCerto (2012); AmaVerde (2011); AmaBella (2010); AmaLyra (2009); AmaDolce (2009); AmaCello (2008), AmaDante (2008); AmaLegro (2007) and the AmaDagio (2006). In the spring of 2012, AmaWaterways introduced the new 164-passenger AmaCerto in Europe, joining the AmaVerde and AmaBella in offering an exclusive Twin Balcony design in the majority of staterooms; multiple dining venues; complimentary Internet and Infotainment system, a heated swimming pool or whirlpool on the Sun Deck plus many more unique design elements.

In addition to the European destinations, AmaWaterways offers the separate and distinct AmaVoyages to Vietnam and Cambodia via the AmaLotus (2011) and the La Marguerite (2009); Russia via the AmaKatarina (2011); Portugal via the AmaVida (2013); and Africa via the Zambezi Queen (2009).

Friday, November 30, 2012

American Queen Steamboat to Mardi Gras!

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Experience Mardi Gras the New Orleans Way!

Book by January 31st 2013

  • SAVE up to $750 per stateroom
  • 2-Category Stateroom Upgrade
  • No Single Supplement on inside cabins
  • 20% Single Supplement on outside staterooms

Mystical Mardi Gras Journey

This coming February the American Queen will be sailing from New Orleans during Mardi Gras. You will spend plenty of time in New Orleans to get the flavor of Mardi Gras before heading north and stopping in Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg and Helena before arriving in Memphis. Mardi Gras is celebrated with style in New Orleans, of course, but it also takes on a life of its own throughout the South.

While the popular conception of Mardi Gras in New Orleans is some sort of decadent Bourbon Street party, the truth is it’s much more refined and traditional for the most part. It’s more than a celebration; it’s part of the fabric of life in the South. You may not realize that Mardi Gras’ roots are firmly entrenched in French Catholic tradition. As you probably know, Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” and is named after the tradition of eating rich, fatty foods just before Lent’s traditional period of fasting which begins the following day on Ash Wednesday. The French traditions of wearing flamboyant masks and costumes and holding dances, parades and even sporting competitions are still alive and well in today’s festivities. Let’s not forget the food! New Orleans is known for, among other things, its fabulous array of Cajun, French, Spanish and American restaurants. You will notice the menus onboard the American Queen share a similar variety of options.missions

The rich history of the French in Louisiana and particularly New Orleans, an excitingly diverse and heavily trafficked port town, made the city ripe to become the epicenter of Mardi Gras events. New Orleans can trace the origins of Mardi Gras to Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville who were sent by French King Louis XIV to keep an eye on France’s claim to what became known as the Louisiana Territory. The pair made camp near what is now New Orleans on March 3, 1699, Fat Tuesday, and the tradition was born. New Orleans itself wasn’t founded until 19 years later and the celebrations didn’t take on a life of their own for another 100 years or so. In 1856, the Mystick Krewe of Comus, inspired by Mobile’s Cowbellion de Rakin Society, is generally credited with organizing the first parade in New Orleans. And an unstoppable tradition was off and running. Over the years, the parade blossomed into every possible form of party, drink, dinner and dance.

Aboard the American Queen on this special Mardi Gras voyage, we’ll have The Harry James Orchestra, the New Orleans All-Stars, Touts Les Soir and the Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band to help celebrate in true New Orleans style. At the American Queen Steamboat Company, it is our mission to bring you the best of America and show our guests the patchwork quilt of nationalities, cultures and history that have come together to create the America we know today. I invite you to join us on February 7, 2013 as we roll two great traditions, a journey on the American Queen and the vibrant fun of Mardi Gras, into one unforgettable vacation.

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

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

Offer expires January 31, 2013. Savings of up to $750 are valid on all February and March 2013 voyages, and savings vary by stateroom occupancy. Save $750 per stateroom based on double occupancy; save $375 per stateroom based on single occupancy. Two-category stateroom upgrade applies to stateroom categories A through I only. No single supplement on inside cabin categories F or G, and 20% single supplement on outside staterooms applies to category E only. Fares quoted are in U.S. dollars, are per person and do not include air or land transportation. Port Charges of $69 to $159 per person are additional and not included in the fare. Promotional fares and amenities are capacity controlled, may vary by sailing and category of accommodations and may be withdrawn without notice. Additional terms and conditions may apply. The American Queen is owned and operated by the American Queen Steamboat Operating Company LLC, Inc.; is regularly inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard; is of American registry; and employs American officers, crew and staff.

Monday, August 20, 2012

SOUTHERN AFRICA SAFARI

2013-6-africa.jpg SOUTH AFRICA, BOTSWANA & ZAMBIA

23 JUNE to 10 JULY, 2013

Register now!
Registration Deadline — Wed Sept. 4th 2012

Travel far from the busy world we live in to the unspoiled natural beauty of Africa for an unforgettable luxury African safari experience. Bestours long relationship with people and companies in the area allow us the confidence to propose a most desirable and unique experience of viewing the best game in Africa, while enjoying the comforts of luxury lodges, traveling to four different safari lodges, moving through four different ecosystems, enjoying the colorful variety of wildlife thriving in these unspoiled wildlife reserves. Moving through wisely organized routines of game drives, breakfast, lunches and dinners, siestas and tea-times, and restful sleep. Together with the joy of visits to the safari ecosystems in Zambia and Botswana we will celebrate Cape Town and Johannesburg, rich in history and culture past and present, great culinary experiences on the other side of the world; arguably, the two most desirable cities in Africa.

Download the detailed tour itinerary (PDF format)

Contact Naka’s Travel Service to book your tour to Africa!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Viking River Cruises Holidays in Europe 2012 - 2-for-1 cruise plus up to FREE air!

viking-logo.jpg Expires August 31st 2012!

Europe is magical in the fall and winter

The weather is cooler and there is magic in the air. On select November departures leave the cooking to us as your clients will enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast of roasted turkey with all the trimmings.

Or, experience the magic of a European Christmas on select December departures. Plus, by choosing to travel later in the season, you will benefit from value pricing - travel for approximately half the price of the higher months.

Grand European Tour
15 days - Amsterdam to Budapest
Oct-Dec 2012
Cruise from $8,399 $4,312 per person
(Nov 12, Viking Danube Cat B)

FREE air or Business Class from $3,500*
from Boston, Newark, New York, Philadelphia or Pittsburgh

$600 per couple Past Guest Travel Credit has been extended

Once you take a Viking vacation, you are automatically enrolled in the Viking Explorer Society and can save on your future cruises. When you make a new reservation between now and August 31st, as a Viking Explorer Society member you will save $300 per person or $600 per couple, regardless of when you last traveled with us. Join us once again and take advantage of this offer.

Book a Viking River Cruise online now or see the Cruise with Naka’s page for online booking and information: http://www.nakastrav … eatured-cruises.html

Offers apply to new bookings only as of August 10, 2012. Air prices are per person, based on the cruise/cruisetour check-in date, and include transfers plus all government taxes and fees of approximately $160 and air fuel surcharges. Air seats are limited; airfares are subject to change until full payment of air is received. If air is not purchased from Viking, transfers may be purchased separately. All transfers, included with airfare or purchased separately, must have flights arrive/depart on ship or included hotel check-in/check-out day only. Additional airline-imposed baggage charges may apply; click here to learn more about airline baggage allowances and fees.

*25Echo : 2-for-1 cruise plus up to FREE air on select Oct-Dec 2012 departures of Grand European Tour Category B and above from Boston, Newark, New York, Philadelphia or Pittsburgh (other gateways and categories available; call for pricing). Must request offer 25Echo pay in full by August 31, 2012 or within 90 days of departure, if earlier. Offer expires August 31, 2012. Other restrictions may apply.

Cruise and air are considered a single offer. International air does not have to be purchased to get cruise offer. $600 per couple ($300 per person) savings is combinable with all current 2012 Special Savings Discount offers and 2013 Early Booking Discount offers as well as Referral Rewards Credits. Not combinable with other Past Guest Travel Credits. Offer expires August 31, 2012.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

AMA Waterways - Celebration of Wine Cruises

amawaterways.jpg “In Celebration of Wine” Cruises from $2,149*

Cruise through Europe’s most acclaimed wine regions with $500 Savings & $300 Shipboard Credit

Join AmaWaterways this fall for an exceptional wine cruise experience. Our “In Celebration of Wine” Cruises will venture to Europe’s premier wine regions along the Danube, Rhine, Mosel and - new for 2012 - the Rhone.

LEGENDARY WINE REGIONS OF THE RHONE
Hosted by Christopher Silva of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards
Embarkation Date: Nov. 15, 2012
Starting from $2,449* per person
7-night cruise from Lyon to Arles
Land program in Paris (3 nights) and Barcelona (3 nights)
available for $1,560 per person

GREAT CAPITALS & VINTAGES OF THE DANUBE
Hosted by Burke Owens of CONTINUUM Estate by Tim Mondavi
Embarkation Date: Nov. 7, 2012
Hosted by Stephen Sterling of Esterlina Vineyards
Embarkation Date: Nov. 14, 2012
Starting from $2,149* per person
7-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest or reverse
Land program in Prague (3 nights) available for $690 per person

CULTURE & WINE LEGACY OF THE RHINE

Hosted by Stefen Soltysiak & Katy Turner of Rodney Strong Vineyards
Embarkation Date: Nov. 8, 2012
Hosted by Barry & Kim Wiss of Trinchero Family Estates
Embarkation Date: Nov. 15, 2012
Starting from $2,149* per person
7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel or reverse
Land program in Lucerne (2 nights) & Zurich (2 nights)
available for $1,040 per person

THE LEGENDARY DANUBE
Hosted by Ben & Yolanda Papapietro of Papapietro Perry Winery
Embarkation Date: Nov. 4, 2012
Starting from $2,149* per person
7-night cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest
Land program in Prague (3 nights) available for $690 per person

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

* Terms & Conditions: Rates are based on double occupancy, in Cat. E, for cruise only, and vary per departure. Price listed reflects $250 per person savings. $300 shipboard credit is per stateroom. Offer is valid on new bookings only, made by August 31, 2012; not combinable with other promotions/discounts; limited to availability; capacity controlled and subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Offer not valid on select dates, please ask for more details. Some restrictions apply. Port charges of $147 per person and roundtrip airfare are additional. AmaWaterways is registered as a seller of travel in the State of California. CST#2065452-40