Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates March 14 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 March 14th 2013 through March 20th 2013 - 1 USD = 96.26 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, March 12, 2013

AmaWaterways Waives Single Supplement on Select Cruises

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Welcome Aboard Solo Travelers!

BIG SAVINGS FOR SOLO TRAVELERS!
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON SELECT DEPARTURES

An AmaWaterways river cruise is a perfect option for travelers venturing out on their own. No packing and unpacking, eating alone, or navigating unfamiliar places. With our small ships, helpful cruise managers, and friendly, like-minded passengers, solo travelers never feel left out of the action. We’ve waived our Single Supplement on select staterooms categories (window staterooms only) for the following departures:

TULIP TIME CRUISE
7-night Holland & Belgium cruise in the Spring
U.S. Departure Date: April 19, 2013 aboard the AmaVerde
U.S. Departure Date: April 30, 2013 aboard the AmaPrima - NEW SHIP!
Starting from $2,699* per stateroom

PARIS & NORMANDY PARIS & NORMANDY
7-night Seine cruise aboard the AmaLegro
U.S. Departure Dates: May 2 & July 4, 2013
Starting from $3,199* per stateroom
Optional 2-night land program in Paris for $780 per room

THE ROMANTIC DANUBE

7-night Budapest - Vilshofen cruise or reverse aboard the AmaCerto
U.S. Departure Dates: July 21; August 4 & 8, 2013
Starting from $2,799* per stateroom
Optional 3-night land program in Prague for $1,085 per room

BLUE DANUBE DISCOVERY
7-night Budapest - Nuremberg cruise aboard the AmaLyra
U.S. Departure Dates: August 3 & 17, 2013
Starting from $2,799* per stateroom
Optional 2-night land program in Budapest & 3 nights in Prague
for $1,800 per room

MAGNIFICENT EUROPE
14-night Amsterdam - Budapest cruise aboard
the AmaPrima - NEW SHIP!
U.S. Departure Dates: May 7 & July 2, 2013
Starting from $5,399* per stateroom

VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & THE RICHES OF THE MEKONG
7-night Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City cruise
Embarkation Dates: April 8; July 29; August 26 & November 18, 2013
aboard the AmaLotus
Embarkation Dates: April 15; August 19; September 16; October 14, 28
& November 11, 2013 aboard the La Marguerite
Starting from $1,699* per stateroom
Optional 8-night land program Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Siem Reap
& Ho Chi Minh city for $2,899 per room

Limited Time Offer - Book by March 31, 2013!

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: Rates listed are in U.S. dollars; reflects Solo Travelers Discount in Cat. E (Cat. C Mekong) and may vary per departure date. Solo Traveler discount is only applicable to the cruise portion in Cat. E or D in Europe and all stateroom categories on the Mekong (except Suites and Luxury Suites) and does not apply to land program, which is based on double occupancy. Offers are valid on new FIT reservations booked by March 31, 2013. Solo Traveler Discount consists off waiving the single supplement fee on the cruise only price. Land program, airfare, port charges and gratuities are not included in the price listed. Promotion limited to availability and is not combinable with any other offers. Availability is limited on each cruise and the offer is subject to change or discontinuation without notice, offer is capacity controlled. Specific terms and conditions apply to each offer. Other restrictions may apply. CST#2065452-40.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Introducing RHS Garden Holidays

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Welcome to Royal Horticultural Society Garden Holidays

Millions of people love gardening and nearly everyone dreams of traveling. For that reason Collette Vacations has partnered with the renowned Royal Horticultural Society to create a collection of unique garden holidays. Now you can experience exclusive access to the world’s most extraordinary gardens with the thrill of exploring iconic destinations. Don’t miss out.

  • For all bookings, we’re providing one year complimentary membership to the Royal Horticultural Society
  • All tours are led by expert Collette tour guides, whilst certain departure dates will also have a specialist RHS tour leader for added horticultural depth.
  • All tours have a strong horticultural slant. This may mean they offer private entry to public gardens, visits to private gardens, or the chance to see plants in their natural habitat.
  • All tours are rich in cultural interest, so if by chance your traveling companion is slightly less horticulturally minded than you are, there will still be plenty for them to enjoy.

The Gardens of London
featuring the Centennial RHS Chelsea Flower Show
8 Days • 9 Meals
Starting at $2849*

The Beauty of Britain

9 Days • 10 Meals
Starting at $2349*

Floral Wonders of South Africa
with optional 3-Night Victoria Falls Post Tour Extension
15 Days • 23 Meals
Starting at $3799*

Portugal’s Gardens
featuring the Azores and Lisbon
10 Days • 15 Meals
Starting at $2249*

New Zealand’s Garden Route
with optional 2-Night Fiji Post Tour Extension
19 Days • 27 Meals
Starting at $4999*

Gardens of American History
10 Days • 14 Meals
Starting at $2749*

Historic Gardens of America’s Northeast
8 Days • 9 Meals
Starting at $2699*

Eternal Gardens of Rome
7 Days • 8 Meals
Starting at $1999*

Gardens and Villas of The Italian Lakes
10 Days • 12 Meals
Starting at $3299*

The Beauty of Japan
13 Days • 19 Meals
Starting at $6249*

Gardens of The Loire

8 Days • 9 Meals
Starting at $2549*

Contact Naka’s Travel to book now, or see the Tour With Naka’s page for more escorted vacations around the world!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates March 7 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 March 7th 2013 through March 13th 2013 - 1 USD = 94.65 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).

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Free Cruise to Europe with Africa Safari Cruise Booking

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Africa Safari & Wildlife Cruise

Book an Africa Safari & Wildlife Cruise
& Receive a FREE 7-night European River Cruise
in a French Balcony stateroom!*

Book a 2013 Spring or Summer Africa Safari & Wildlife Cruise (select departures) and earn a FREE cruise for two in Europe! Choose either an “In Celebration of Wine” cruise or a Holiday cruise departing November or December in 2013 or 2014. Already have plans? Surprise a loved one with the ultimate gift - a luxurious European river cruise (as your free cruise is transferable)!

TULIP TIME CRUISE STARS OF AFRICA
Enjoy 3 nights in Cape Town, 3 nights in Kruger National Park Area and
1 night in Johannesburg before embarking on your 4-night safari cruise, ending with 2 nights in Victoria Falls
Hotel Check-in Dates: March 11, April 15, 29, May 27, June 3,
July 8 & 22, 2013
Starting from $8,995* per person

GOLDEN TRAILS OF AFRICA
1 night in Nairobi, 8 nights at game reserves in Amboseli, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti, 1 night in Johannesburg, then a 4-night safari cruise & 2 nights in Victoria Falls
Hotel Check-in Dates: March 8, May 24, 31, July 5 & 19, 2013
Starting from $11,495* per person

NOW FEATURING SOME OF AFRICA’S MOST PREMIER LODGE
AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS


Africa Wildlife Cruises & Included Features

4 nights in a Balcony stateroom | Full day Chobe National Park game drive
Exclusive private picnic in Chobe National Park | Cultural interaction with Kasenu villagers
Excursions in a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe | Traditional African Boma Dinner onshore
All meals included with complimentary wine and beer on board | Premier hotel accommodations
Exclusive luxury safari lodges | Daily morning/afternoon/evening game drives
All meals, drinks and laundry included at lodges

Unrushed, unspoiled, up-close…Africa as it was meant to be seen!

SPECIAL LIMITED-TIME OFFER!

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 are per person, based on double occupancy (stateroom SB aboard the Zambezi Queen) and vary per departure date. International airfare, intra-Africa air and upgrades are additional; ask for details. Featured hotels and lodges are based on availability and may be substituted for similar accommodations. Special limited time offer is applicable to new bookings only, not combinable with any other offers and is based on availability. Offer not applicable to Groups; FIT bookings only. Offer only applicable to departure dates listed above and must be paid in full to redeem free 7-night cruise. Free cruise offer only applicable towards one Cat. C stateroom for 7-nights (port charges additional) on any “In Celebration of Wine” cruise or Holiday cruise departing November-December in 2013 or 2014. Free cruise may be transferred if guest is not able to travel. Visas are required for travel to Africa; please consult with your Consulate for more information. 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