Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates October 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 October 3rd 2013 through October 9th 2013 - 1 USD = 100.00 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, October 1, 2013

2014 Early Booking Discount: 2-FOR-1 cruise plus up to 2-FOR-1 air

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Take advantage of 2014 EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT

2-FOR-1 cruise pricing plus special pricing on airfare!*
Hurry—offer expires October 31, 2013

THE VIKING ADVANTAGE
Viking River Cruises offers the best itineraries on the rivers of Europe, Russia and China. Enjoy exciting cities, rich cultural experiences, fine dining and deluxe accommodations onboard the most modern ships—with everything from meals to shore excursions included in your fare. And our award-winning Viking Longships® have raised the bar yet again with full-size veranda staterooms, the largest suites in Europe, al fresco dining and more. Come discover for yourself why Viking is truly the world’s leading river cruise line.

EUROPE
Europe is a perfect blend of the ancient and the modern. Enjoy the timeless beauty and grace of the Old World with European river cruises along the Rhine, the Main, the Danube and the Seine. Our Europe cruises will provide you with an unforgettable vacation experience along these great waterways. River cruises from $1,356 per person.

RUSSIA & UKRAINE
Viking began offering Russian river cruises nearly 15 years ago. No longer shrouded in mystery, Russia now welcomes travelers with open arms. Russia cruises give you the chance to take in the colorful sights of Red Square, the royal retreats of St. Petersburg and the beauty of Ukraine. River cruises from $4,638 per person.

CHINA & SOUTHEAST ASIA
Our China river cruises showcase the imperial and cultural highlights of Beijing, Shanghai and Xian. Asia cruises highlight the spectacular backdrop of this vast and varied continent. Experience mountains and deserts, floating villages and urban jungles, ancient temples and futuristic metropolises. River cruises from $3,092 per person.

CRUISE CRITIC’S EDITORS PICK
Recently named Best New River Ships of 2012 in Cruise Critic’s® Editors’ Picks Awards, Viking Longships integrate patented design and cutting-edge technology with comfortable amenities that reflect guest preferences and current travel trends. Viking River Cruises has christened an unprecedented 16 of these vessels in ceremonies across Europe.

Now is the perfect time to book with our 2014 EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT of 2-for-1 cruise plus up to 2-for-1 air.*

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

*Note: $1,356 per person “Europe” price is based on CAT E double occupancy Paris & the Heart of Normandy, Nov-Dec sailings aboard Viking Spirit, Viking Pride or Viking Neptune. $4,638 per person “Russia & Ukraine” price is based on CAT EX double occupancy Footsteps of the Cossacks, October sailings aboard Viking Sineus. $3,092 per person “China & Southeast Asia” price is based on CAT C double occupancy Imperial Jewels of China, July sailings aboard Viking Emerald. 2014 Early Booking Discount (Rivers): 2-FOR-1 cruise and up to 2-FOR-1 air (on Waterways of the Czars, Footsteps of the Cossacks; Portugal’s River of Gold; and March & April departures of Europe itineraries from BOS, EWR, NYC, PHL or PIT; on China & Mekong itineraries from LAX, SFO, PDX or SEA; other gateways available; see website for pricing) are considered a single offer. Air does not have to be purchased to get cruise/tour offer. Valid on new bookings only as of October 1, 2013, subject to availability and may not be combinable with any other offers except Past Guest Travel Credit and Referral Rewards Credit. Viking reserves the right to correct errors and to change any and all fares, fees and surcharges at any time. Must request offer code EBD at time of booking. Must book and pay in full October 31, 2013. Offer expires October 31, 2013. Additional terms and conditions apply; see Passenger Ticket Contract at vikingcruises.com. CST#2052644-40.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Book Early and Save on Insight Vacations to Europe in 2014

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An Insight vacation in 2014 is like nothing you have ever seen before. We’ve kept all our award winning features but have gone even further to introduce unique experiences and special touches
that will allow you to truly connect with each destination.

New Itineraries and Signature Experiences

  • 8 new Premium itineraries and 7 new ‘Mini Trips’
  • 3 new countries to visit; San Marino, Andorra & Moldova
  • 20 fantastic Country Roads journeys
  • Meet artisans, historians, restaurateurs, cheese makers, farmers, glass blowers, sheep-dog trainers, and many more.
  • Stay in our unique signature hotels featuring chateaus, manor houses, city icons and country retreats.
  • Enjoy fabulous cooking classes with expert chefs and join wine masters for special tastings in local vineyards.

Book Early and Save Up to $2194*

Book & pay in full by:January 15, 2014

Included Hallmarks of Insight:

MORE OF EUROPE THAN ANY OPERATOR • PREMIUM & LUXURY CENTRAL HOTELS • BUSINESS CLASS LEGROOM • SIGNATURE SIGHTSEEING & PRIORITY ENTRY • DINE-AROUND & HIGHLIGHT EVENINGS • AUTHENTIC LOCAL EXPERIENCES SMALLER GROUP SIZES • EXTENSIVE WI-FI AVAILABILITY

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.

*Applies only to tours featuring the ‘Early Payment Discount’ in the price panel - see the new 2014 Europe & Britain brochure. The $2194 per couple savings is based on the 10% ‘Early Payment Discount’ combined with the 5% ‘Frequent Traveler Discount’ for past Insight Guests. Savings reflect the 04 & 11, Sep 2014 departure of 23 Day - European Explorer tour. CST No. 20687545-20.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates September 26 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 September 26th 2013 through October 2nd 2013 - 1 USD = 100.35 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, September 24, 2013

3 FREE + $100 deposit on Alaska and Europe cruises and cruisetours!

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It’s never too soon to start planning your next vacation and with Princess Cruises’ NEW 2014 Alaska and Europe itineraries, it is even more important to lock in your stateroom now!

When you book during the 3 for FREE Sales Event starting September 5th, not only will you get the best stateroom selection available but you’ll also benefit from these fantastic FREE items:

  • FREE Stateroom Upgrades: Get the best stateroom available within that stateroom type for the lowest possible fare!†
  • FREE Shore Excursion Spending Money: Use the credit we’ll add to your onboard account on shore excursions in ports of call during your cruise.††
  • FREE Specialty Restaurant Dinner for two: We’ll reserve a dining time and venue on your behalf; all you have to do is show up for your reservation and bring the $50 voucher you’ll find in your stateroom!°

What’s more, if you book before October 31st, you’ll also benefit from a deposit of only $100 per person!**

Don’t miss out on this great offer — call us TODAY to get the best selection of staterooms available!

7-day Alaska
May – September 2014

Between Vancouver and Anchorage
Roundtrip Seattle, Vancouver and San Francisco also available.
Fares based on Crown Princess® 5/10/14 sailing.
Government fees of $165 are additional and subject to change.
Interior fares from $548*

11-night Denali Explorer Cruisetour
May-September 2014

7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise PLUS 3 nights at our Denali area
lodges plus 1 night Anchorage and Princess Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail.
Fares based on Crown Princess® 5/10/14 sailing.
Government fees of $191 are additional and subject to change.
Interior fares from $1,322*

11-day Scandinavia & Russia
May-August 2014

Roundtrip Copenhagen or Warnemünde
Fares based on Royal Princess® 5/12/14 sailing.
Government fees of $185 are additional and subject to change.
Interior fares from $1,749*

12-day British Isles
May-August 2014

Roundtrip London
Fares based on Ruby Princess® 5/11/14 sailing.
Government fees of $200 are additional and subject to change.
Interior fares from $1,849*

12-day Grand Mediterranean
June-October 2014

Between Barcelona and Venice
Fares based on Regal Princess® 8/30/14 sailing.
Government fees of $140 are additional and subject to change.
Interior fares from $1,999*

Contact us to book a Princess Cruise or see the Cruise with Naka’s page to book cruises around the world.

*Fares apply to categories on a space-available basis at time of booking. Fares for other categories, sailings and cruisetours may vary. 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 $125-$510 are additional and subject to change. This offer is capacity controlled and may not be combinable with select other promotions. Offer is also combinable with standard Groups and Cruise Sales. 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 princess.com for terms, conditions and definitions that apply to all bookings.

†Free stateroom upgrade applies to booking the stateroom location you wish to sail in for the price of the lowest category within that stateroom type during this promotion only. Offer is based on availability in like to like stateroom types (Interior to Interior, Oceanview to Oceanview, Balcony to Balcony). Upgrade offer excludes select categories, including but not limited to premium categories and suites. Offer does not apply to land packages.

††Free shore excursion credit applies $200 per stateroom ($100 per person) for Europe, and $100 per stateroom ($50 per person) for Alaska voyages for cruise fares advertised in this promotion only. A credit in the respective dollar amount will be posted to your stateroom account upon embarkation. This credit may be used for any excursion purchased during your cruise, including any that were pre-reserved online. Credit may be used on a single voyage only and expires at the end of that voyage. Any credit not used for shore excursions will be applied toward the stateroom account balance. Offer is not transferable and may not be combinable with other select offers or other onboard credits. Shore Excursion credit is quoted in U.S. dollars.

oBookings on applicable sailings will receive a complimentary dinner for two in one of our onboard specialty restaurants, Sabatini’s, Crown Grill, Bayou Cafe, or Sterling Steakhouse. Restaurants vary by ship and reservations will be made on your behalf by Princess. Special dining events that take place in Specialty restaurants are excluded from the dining offer. Offer cannot be used toward the purchase of specialty dining packages. Alcoholic beverages and sodas are not included, and are available at an additional cost. Specialty dining gratuities are included. One offer per stateroom. It will be at the guest’s discretion as to which guest in the booking redeems the offer. Offer is non-transferable, Princess has the right to substitute for an onboard credit of equal value, and will expire if not used by 10:00 PM on the last evening of the cruise. Offer excludes Princess lodge restaurants.

**Reduced deposit of $100 per person applies to all passengers in a stateroom.

Reference promotion code: RB3/RTC/RBC. Offer expires: October 31, 2013. Note: For assistance reserving a wheelchair-accessible stateroom, please contact customer service at 1-800-774-6237.

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