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.

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

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


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

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

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates August 9 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 August 9th 2012 through August 15th 2012 - 1 USD =79.49 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).

Take a Musical Tour of American South with Insight

insight.jpg See the American south through the lens of the many kinds of music the region produced, including country music, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues, zydeco and jazz with this luxury Insight Vacations tour.

The Southern Tastes & Dixie Tunes Gold Luxury Tour includes a live performance at the Grand Ole Opry; a Cajun cooking class; dinner on a pool deck overlooking the Mississippi River; a trip through music history at the Country Music Hall of Fame; a backstage tour of the Ryman Auditorium, where the Grand Ole Opry was staged from 1943 to 1974; a live taping of the country music radio program; a visit to Sun Studios, where the first rock ‘n’ roll records were recorded; a tour of the Gibson Guitar Factory; a visit to Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion; and a visit to Vicksburg National Military Park, the site of the Civil War battle of the same name.

An optional eight-day voyage on the paddle-wheel steamboat the American Queen is offered as an extension. The trip will embark in New Orleans and cruise the mighty Mississippi to Memphis.

Southern Tastes & Dixie Tunes is priced from $2,975 per person, double occupancy, land only. The optional Mississippi Cruise is priced from $5,874 per person, double occupancy.

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.

Friday, August 3, 2012

AMA Waterways - 2013 Early Booking Discount

amawaterways.jpg Extended through September 30th 2012!

Save $2,000* on a Paris to Normandy cruise!
Plus 5% Early Booking Discount

The Paris & Normandy itinerary designed by AmaWaterways starts in the “City of Lights,” where you will embark upon your cruise. Visit Monet’s home and fabled gardens in the village of Giverny and explore Honfleur, a French harbor town depicted in many artists’ paintings. Stroll through Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy, followed by an unforgettable excursion to the famous D-Day beaches of WWII. Visit the charming town of Les Andelys, home of the impressive Château Gaillard. Conclude your journey with the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées and the Louvre in the magical city of Paris.

7-night Seine cruise on board the beautiful AmaLegro
Select Paris & Normandy cruises embarking from March 29 through Nov. 8, 2013
Starting from $1,699* per person (savings of $2000 per stateroom)
Paris | Vernon | Giverny | Rouen | Normandy | Honfleur | Les Andelys | Conflans
Solo travelers’ special: Single Supplement waived on cruise & land

Experience Spring Time in Europe
With a 5% Early Booking Discount

There may be no better time of year to visit Europe than the months of Spring, when the flowers are in full bloom and everything is fresh and vibrant. Limited space is still available on our popular Tulip Time Cruise and Romantic Danube Cruise.


7-night cruise through Holland & Belgium in the Spring
Departing from March through May, 2013
Starting from $2,298* per person
Amsterdam | Volendam | Edam | Arnhem | Antwerp | Ghent |
Willemstad | Keukenhof Gardens

3 nights in Prague & 7-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest
Departing from March through December, 2013
Starting from $2,199* per person, cruise only
3 nights Prague (optional) | Regensburg | Vilshofen | Passau | Linz | Melk | Krems | Vienna | Bratislava | Budapest

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: All prices listed are in U.S. dollars per person and reflects discount where applicable. Tulip Time Cruise price is based on March 25, 2013 departure, Cat. D; The Romantic Danube price is based on March 28, 2013, Cat. E. $2,000 offer on the Paris & Normandy cruise is per stateroom, based on double occupancy and is valid on new cruise bookings only made by 8/31/12. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts except Early Booking Discount and Privilege Program benefits. Rates may vary per departure date. Single occupancy staterooms receive waived single supplement on the cruise and the land portion of the itinerary and is not combinable with any other promotions or monetary discount except Early Booking Discount or Privilege Program benefits. 5% Early Booking Discount is valid until 9/30/2012, applies to the cruise only portion of the fare and is not applicable to cruises in Africa. Availability is limited on these cruises, capacity controlled and subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Other restrictions may apply. AmaWaterways is registered as a seller of travel in the State of California. CST#2065452-40.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Viking River Cruises 2012 - get 2-for-1 cruise plus up to FREE air!

viking-logo.jpg New for 2012!

Book by August 31st 2012 and get
Get 2-for-1 cruise plus up to FREE air!*


Enjoy special savings on holiday cruises! On select November departures leave the cooking to us as you enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast of roasted turkey with all the trimmings. Or, you can experience the magic of a European Christmas on select December departures. You will journey from one alluring city to another, onboard your deluxe river cruise ship, while enjoying the sights and sounds of a traditional Christmas. Shop for local crafts, from handmade Christmas decorations and nutcrackers to scented candles, woolen clothing and homemade gingerbread. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to sail on our beautiful new Viking Longships during their inaugural season—and enjoy a great deal on roundtrip airfare!

Grand European Tour
15 days - Amsterdam to Budapest
Oct-Dec 2012
Cruise from $9,699 $4,962 per person
(Nov 24, Viking Idun Cat B)

FREE air or $3,500 Business Class*
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 1, 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 Oct 27; Nov 4, 10, 18, 24; Dec 8, 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.