Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates August 8 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 August 8th 2013 through August 14th 2013 - 1 USD = 99.65 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).

Monday, August 5, 2013

Book a 2014 Globus Africa Vacation and Save on Air

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$500 Air Credit per couple on 2014 Globus & Monograms Africa Vacations*

Enjoy Walking on the Wild Side

Discovering one of the most majestic, wild, and awe-inspiring continents in the world doesn’t have to be a hassle. When you take a Globus vacation to Africa, all the planning is done for you - accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, and more. This means you are free to simply enjoy a bush breakfast in the Serengeti, a visit to a local Maasai village, or any of the countless other experiences you will encounter.

Popular Globus Africa Escorted Tours

Great Parks of Kenya
10 days from Nairobi to Nairobi

On this magnificent vacation to Kenya, visit some of the remarkable game reserves to see giraffe, cheetah, zebra, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, gazelle, hyena, Cape buffalo, and more—all in their native environments. Imagine the thrill of seeing these majestic animals as they sunbathe on grassy land and roam across the vast savannah grassland. You’ve seen it on TV and now is your chance to see it up close and personal.

Exploring South Africa
13 days from Cape Town to Johannesburg

On this fascinating tour through South Africa, experience some of South Africa’s most popular cities—Johannesburg and Cape Town—as well as its scenic valleys and splendid animal attractions. A highlight of your vacation is the scenic Cape winelands, where some of the world’s finest wines are produced. Enjoy lunch at a winery, tastings at two famous wines estates, a cellar tour, and a chance to blend your own wine.

Popular Monograms Africa Vacation Packages

South African Sojourn

9 days from Cape Town to Johannesburg

Classic Kenya Flying Safari
9 days from Nairobi to Nairobi

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.

*Book a 2014 air-inclusive Africa vacation to receive the $250 per person air credit. Valid only for Globus and Monograms which are part of the Globus family of brands. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between July 17 and August 27, 2013 for travel in 2014. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased in conjunction with an African tour. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offers not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit. Applies to new 2014 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit; Any subsequent changes and/or revisions to airline reservations at your request after receipt of full land deposit are subject to revision fees and/or airline-imposed change or cancellation fees. These fees are a minimum of $300, and in some instances may be up to 100% of the ticket price. In addition, promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings. However, promotions in effect at the time of the change will apply. Total air price includes all government-imposed taxes and fees applicable at the time of booking. Air price, air tax and security fees are non-commissionable. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply. For the most current airline-imposed baggage fees, please check the following website, www.iflybags.com. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

AMA Waterways Early Booking Discount Extended

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Journey Along the Fabled Mekong River


5% EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 ON ALL 2014 SAILINGS


START PLANNING YOUR EXOTIC MEKONG GETAWAY!

From tranquil fishing villages to bustling modern-day cities, AmaWaterways’ Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong river cruise is a tantalizing opportunity to explore one of the most exotic regions of the world. There are wondrous sights to behold along this fabled river - ancient temples, robed monks, floating markets, lush landscapes and much more.

SAVE $1,500 PER STATEROOM ON SUMMER 2014 SAILINGS

VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & THE RICHES OF THE MEKONG

7-night Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City cruise
aboard the AmaLotus or La Marguerite
Embarkation Dates: Jun. 30; Jul. 14 & 28; Aug. 11 & 25; Sep. 8, 2014
Starting from $1,149 per person
Optional 8-night land program for $2,099 per person

SAVE $1,000 PER STATEROOM
PLUS RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY BALCONY UPGRADE

VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & THE RICHES OF THE MEKONG
7-night Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City cruise
aboard the AmaLotus or La Marguerite
Embarkation Dates: Mar. 17, 24 & 31; Apr. 7 & 21, 2014
Starting from $1,399 per person
Optional 8-night land program for $2,099 per person

Book now to save an additional 5% with our Early Booking Discount!

AmaWaterways is proud to offer the best ships on the Mekong, the AmaLotus and La Marguerite, both recipients of Travel Weekly Gold Magellan Awards in 2011 and 2012.

  • Our ships feature private balconies in most staterooms
  • Our deluxe floating hotels offer extra spacious staterooms & suites (226-624 sq. ft)
  • Complimentary, imported, free-flowing wines with every lunch & dinner
  • Complimentary house spirits, local beer, soft drinks & bottled water available throughout the day
  • Superb western-style cuisine as well as regionally-inspired dishes
  • Swimming pools, perfect for a refreshing dip
  • Convenient interior access to all facilities and decks
  • Friendly and professionally trained staff with personalized service
  • Professional English-speaking guides & state-of-the-art personal audio system

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. Whether you join us on the great waterways of Europe, Russia, Africa or the storied Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia, you are sure to capture an experience of a lifetime with an AmaWaterways river cruise vacation.

Terms & Conditions: All prices listed are in U.S. dollars and are based on double-occupancy in a Category C stateroom. Offers are valid on new FIT bookings only made by August 31, 2013. $1,500 discount is per stateroom based on double occupancy. $1000 discount is per stateroom based on double occupancy. Complimentary upgrade is for one category upgrade only, excluding Suites (Suites to Luxury Suite) and is based on availability. Solo Traveler Special waives the single supplement on the cruise only fare. $1,399 per person rate is based on the April 21, 2014 embarkation date and reflects $1,000 savings per stateroom offer ($500 per person) based on double occupancy. $1,149 per person rate is based on the June 30, 2014 embarkation date and reflects $1,500 savings per stateroom offer ($750 per person) based on double occupancy. Land program, airfares, taxes, port charges, visas, gratuities and incidental expenses are not included in the price listed. 5% Early Booking Discount is combinable with the above offers and is valid on all other 2014 departures booked by September 30, 2013. Promotions are limited to availability, not combinable with any other offers and are subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Other restrictions may apply. AmaWaterways is a registered seller of travel in the State of California. CST#2065452-40

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates August 1 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 August 1st 2013 through August 7th 2013 - 1 USD = 99.65 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).

Trafalgar 2014 Asia, Australia and New Zealand

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An Insider’s View of Exotic Lands Awaits!

Get a unique insider’s view from a friend on hassle-free guided vacations in Asia, Australia & New Zealand,
where you’ll hear the stories, discover hidden places and experience the local culture first-hand.

Book your adventure early and save up to $1,100 per couple!^

Save up to $1,100.00 per couple with 7.5% early booking discount* - book and pay by November 13th.

Trafalgar’s Insider Experiences make for an authentic, local journey you can’t get anywhere else!

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Always included

  • A good night’s sleep at carefully-selected, high-quality hotels
  • One of our expert Travel Directors to be your local insider
  • A taste of local culture with many meals of regional cuisine
  • No lines and in-depth sightseeing with VIP access at major sites
  • Hassle-free travel for a chance to sit back and enjoy the journey

Insider Experiences – Only with Trafalgar

  • Be My Guest: dine with locals and hear their stories, like dairy farmers at their home in Devon.
  • Hidden Treasures: your Travel Director shares their own gems, perhaps a favorite café or seasonal festival.
  • Local Specialties: experience customs or crafts from olive oil tasting in Spain to Guinness pint-pulling in Dublin.
  • Local Experts: discover the sights and secrets of cities with guides who live in and love their city.
  • Unique Insights: explore like a local with access to areas usually closed to the public, like the Vatican’s Bramante staircase.

Contact Naka’s Travel Service to book your Trafalgar vacations today - see more package tours around the world on the Tour with Naka’s page!

About Trafalgar

Operating since 1947, Trafalgar offers a wide range of holidays to Europe, Britain, Egypt, USA, Canada, South America, China, Australia and New Zealand, we’ve hosted over 2 million travelers worldwide and many return year after year.

Trafalgar is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, reliability and financial stability. With over 60 years of practice we’ve perfected the art of creating exceptional guided vacations. Every expertly designed travel experience includes transportation, via deluxe motor coach, rail or cruise ship, first class hotel accommodation, daily sightseeing and most meals and at at savings of up to 30% off the cost of doing it “on your own”.

Trafalgar continuously strives to fulfill our guests’ needs and exceed their expectations – attention to detail ensures you will enjoy a totally hassle-free vacation. We provide the perfect balance between organized activities and free time for individual exploration and relaxation – all you have to do is Dream. Pack. And leave… the rest to us.

*Prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and includes applied 7.5% Early Payment Discount. ^Save up to 7.5% with Early Payment Discount (land-only) booked and paid in full by 11/13/13; savings vary by itinerary, not valid on all vacations/departure dates. Sample savings based on discount for Highlights of Australia and New Zealand departing 7/4/14. Not valid with other promotional offers; combinable with most brochure discounts, subject to availability. ‡Conditions apply to all Trafalgar brochure discounts; valid on the land-only portion. Past Guest (Travel Club) Discount valid one per person, per year, booked within 5 years of last trip. Group Travel Discount valid for bookings with 5 or more guests. Young Traveler discount valid for guests ages 5 – 17 at time of travel. Not all discounts and offers are combinable or available on all itineraries. Talk to your Travel Agent for full details and conditions. All offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Other conditions apply. CST#2077132-20