Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New for 2014: Memories of Mandalay

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One of the most exciting new destinations in the world today is the Golden Land of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. The first-ever visit of a United States president recently heralded the country’s opening to the west and visitors are beginning to explore its wonders: the ancient cities that grew up on the fabled Irrawaddy River’s shores, the stunning temples along its banks and the dynamic capital city of Yangon (Rangoon). Already in colonial times, travelers discovered Burma from the river, and it remains the very best way to appreciate all it has to offer.

Cruise the rivers of Myanmar and Thailand in 2014 with the world’s most award winning river cruise line!

Natural beauty, rich history and spiritual wonders await you in Thailand and Myanmar (Burma). Begin your journey in bustling Bangkok, where you encounter some of the Thai capital’s highlights, including the unforgettable Grand Palace temple complex set on the Chao Phraya River. Then fly to Myanmar for a two-day stay in Yangon (Rangoon) and a breathtaking cruise along the verdant Irrawaddy River, known as “the Road to Mandalay” after Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem. And in legendary Mandalay, experience the sweep of the region’s history from palaces and pagodas through colonial times to a contemporary melting pot of Asian cultures.

And now, for a limited time, you get 2-for-1 cruise pricing and $1,000 per couple savings on all-inclusive air with our 2014 Early Booking Discount.

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

Offer applies to new bookings only as of December 12, 2012. Air prices are per person based on cruise/cruisetour check-in date, and include transfers plus all government taxes and fees of approximately $160 and air fuel surcharges. Paid Business Class may require travel in economy on flights within the United States, Europe. 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. Forced overnight/transit hotel may be included with purchase of roundtrip international air from Viking in which flights arrive/depart on ship/hotel check-in/check-out day (not combinable with custom air, stopovers or deviations). All transfers, included with airfare or purchased separately, must be with 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.

*2014EBD: 2-for-1 cruise and $1,000 off per couple ($500 per person) on international air are considered a single offer. Air does not have to be purchased to get cruise offer. Must request offer 2014EBD at time of booking and pay deposit by February 28, 2013. Payment in full due May 31, 2013.

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates December 13 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 December 13th 2012 through December 19th 2012 - 1 USD = 83.24 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, December 5, 2012

Viking River Cruises: Chateaux, Rivers and Wine - New for 2014!

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2014 Châteaux, Rivers & Wine
Bordeaux – Saint-Émilion – Bordeaux

Caressed by Atlantic breezes, the vineyards that cover the rolling hills along the rivers of Aquitaine have for centuries produced France’s most remarkable wines: Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, Sauternes, Médoc and Margaux are but a handful of the appellations that make Bordeaux wines world-famous. At the region’s heart, the city of Bordeaux stretches along the river bank, inviting visitors to savor its grand architecture, tempting cafes and superb museums. Celebrate joie de vivre in this land of wine and oysters, truffles and cognac, as you cruise the Dordogne, Garonne and Gironde Rivers on the world’s most award winning river cruise line.

And now, for a limited time, you get 2-for-1 cruise pricing and $1,000 per couple savings on all-inclusive air with our 2014 Early Booking Discount.

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

Offer applies to new bookings only as of December 5, 2012. Air prices are per person based on cruise/cruisetour check-in date, and include transfers plus all government taxes and fees of approximately $160 and air fuel surcharges. Paid Business or Premium Economy Class may require travel in economy on flights within the United States, Europe. 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. Forced overnight/transit hotel may be included with purchase of roundtrip international air from Viking in which flights arrive/depart on ship/hotel check-in/check-out day (not combinable with custom air, stopovers or deviations). All transfers, included with airfare or purchased separately, must be with 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.

*2014EBD: 2-for-1 cruise and $1,000 off per couple ($500 per person) on international air are considered a single offer. Air does not have to be purchased to get cruise offer. Must request offer 2014EBD at time of booking and pay deposit by February 28, 2013. Payment in full due May 31, 2013.

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates December 6 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 December 6th 2012 through December 12th 2012 - 1 USD = 82.27 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.

jrrail.jpg

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, December 4, 2012

Book American Queen by December 31 and Save

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Save up to $400 per stateroom!
Plus, beat the New Year’s price increase!

Receive up to $400 Travel Credit per stateroom when you reserve one of these 2013 voyages by December 31, 2012. Fares are set to increase on January 1, 2013. Book now and save big!

There’s no more unique way to enjoy a Mississippi river cruise and experience the history, heritage and culture of America’s heartland than a voyage aboard a genuine steamboat like the American Queen.

INCLUDED ON EVERY VOYAGE

  • FREE shore excursions
  • FREE luxury hotel night
  • FREE wine and beer with dinner
  • FREE cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage.

Memphis, TN to New Orleans, LA
June 2-9, 2013
7-night voyage from $2,145

New Orleans, LA to Memphis, TN
June 9-16, 2013
7-night voyage from $2,145

Memphis, TN to New Orleans, LA
June 16-23, 2013
7-night voyage from $2,145

New Orleans, LA to Memphis, TN

June 23-29, 2013
6-night voyage from $1,695

Memphis, TN to St. Louis, MO
June 29 – July 5, 2013
7-night voyage from $2,145

New Orleans, LA to St. Louis, MO
June 23 – July 5, 2013
12-night voyage from $3,695

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

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

Travel Credit is per stateroom, for new, individual bookings only, and does not apply to special group or negotiated rates. For voyages up to 6 nights in length, Travel Credit is $200 per stateroom. For voyages 7 nights in length or greater, Travel Credit is $400 per stateroom. 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.