Cruise Holidays 2012 President’s Cruise Aboard AMAWaterways’ ms AmaCerto The Legendary Danube - October 1-11, 2012

Join Colleen and Steve Turner on the Cruise Holidays 2012 President’s Cruise aboard AMAWaterways’ newest river cruise ship, the ms AmaCerto! Since Cruise Holidays has chartered the ms AmaCerto exclusively for Cruise Holidays’ franchisees and their valued clients, you will be among friends on this special voyage which includes amenities that you won’t find on any AMAWaterways river cruise available to the public. AMAWaterways has redefined European river cruising since its founding in 2002 (as Amadeus Waterways) by river cruise industry pioneer, Rudi Schreiner, cruise industry executive Kristin Karst and former owner of Brendan Worldwide Vacations, Jimmy Murphy. AMAWaterways currently has 12 ships cruising the rivers of Europe, Russia and Southeast Asia, the oldest of which was built in 2006. Its newest ship, the ms AmaCerto, carries 162 passengers and will launch in April 2012. A member of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the ms AmaCerto will enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, an intimate Chef’s Table restaurant, two wine bars plus a casual al fresco bistro. The ms AmaCerto also features a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; fitness center; massage; and hair and beauty salon. Its sister ship, the ms AmaBella is pictured above.

The Legendary Danube
Start your voyage with historic Prague, “the city of a hundred spires.” Celebrate the beauty and history of the Danube, Europe’s second largest river, as you cruise from Nuremberg through the Main-Danube Canal across the Continental Divide. Continue to centuries-old towns and marvel at the beautiful river side vistas unfolding around you. Enter Austria and cruise through the lush Wachau wine region. Then, conclude your European river cruise vacation with two grand capitals, magnificent Vienna and exotic Budapest.
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Itinerary
October 1, 2012: Prague. Arrive in Prague and transfer to the Intercontinental or Hilton Old Town (or similar). The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.

October 2, 2012: Prague. Your morning’s sightseeing tour reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Visit the 1,000-year-old Hradcany Castle Courtyard, St. Vitus and then walk over the Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square. The evening is free to mingle with the locals at Wenceslas Square, shop for souvenirs or enjoy one of the many charming cafés or restaurants.

October 3, 2012: Prague. Spend a day at your leisure to relax and stroll through a museum or gallery, wander along the banks of the Valtava River, relax at an outdoor restaurant or shop for local handicrafts and art work. This afternoon, participate in an optional tour to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp, now serving as a memorial to those who perished.

October 4, 2012: Prague- Karlovy Vary– Nuremberg. Depart from Prague after breakfast. Enjoy a short stop in Karlovy Vary, better known by its German name, Carlsbad, which is famous for its Bohemian Spas. After lunch, drive through the pastoral countryside to Nuremberg, the capital of Franconia and board the ms AmaCerto. The ms AmaCerto will moor overnight in Nuremberg.

October 5, 2012: Today, decide to tour the medieval history of Nuremberg to see the storybook 900-year-old ramparts that surround this historic city and Imperial Castle or join the “modern tour’ of the city’s role in the 20th century, see the Zeppelin field and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. At lunchtime, return to the ship and cruise the Main-Danube Canal to the highest point of your cruise — 1,332 feet above sea level, where you cross Europe’s Continental Divide, then start descending through stair-step locks.

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October 6, 2012: Regensburg, Germany. This morning’s scenic cruising takes you through the final stretch of the Main-Danube Canal to arrive in magnificent Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. A guided tour will show you the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria– gates to an ancient Roman fort which was built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube. Or, take a tour of the Audi Car Factory. In the afternoon, you are free to join the optional excursion to beautiful Weltenburg Abbey in the Danube Gorge. In the evening enjoy a musical performance on board. October 7, 2012: Passau, Germany– Linz, Austria. After breakfast, arrive in picturesque Passau, where the Inn and Ilz Rivers join the Danube. Your city tour takes you on an exploration of this fairy tale locale founded more than 2,000 years ago. Or, substitute the city tour with the optional excursion to Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for the “Sound of Music.” During your walking tour see Mozart’s birthplace. For those staying on board, enjoy a scenic cruise from Passau into Austria and on to Linz. After dinner, take a walk through this delightful town, Austria’s third largest city and a major river port.

October 8, 2012: Melk– Vienna. Cruise through the narrow Strudengau and reach the Wachau Valley early this morning. Your guided tour takes you to Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey. Return to the ship for lunch as you cruise the romantic Wachau Valley. Arrive in Vienna, the “City of Music” before dinner. Explore the magnificent Austrian capital on your own and visit the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or enjoy the optional evening Mozart and Strauss concert.

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October 9, 2012: Vienna. Enjoy a guided city tour followed by free time in the city center, then a walking tour from St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In the afternoon, join a tour to the Imperial Schönbrunn Palace, which includes entrance to the Carriage Museum. Enjoy dinner as you continue your journey past Slovakia and cruise overnight to Budapest, Hungary’s vibrant capital.

October 10, 2012: Budapest. This morning, your sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle from where you can enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest spread over the banks of the River. Your tour also features the distinctive Fisherman’s Bastion, the marvelous Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica and Great Market Hall.

This evening, the ship will sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” past the illuminated river front of Budapest.

October 11, 2012: Your fascinating cruise comes to an end as you transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.

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Accommodations
Stateroom amenities include the following:
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Deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian linen, down pillows and duvet Terry bathrobes Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone Flat-screen TV featuring local and satellite channels In-room “Infotainment” system providing complimentary Internet access, movies and music library Individually controlled air conditioning Complimentary bottled water replenished daily Category C Stateroom: • 170 square feet • French balcony Starting at: $4,362 per person, double occupancy

Category D & E Staterooms • 148 square feet • Fixed window Starting at: $3,786 per person, double occupancy

Category AA, AB, BA and BB Staterooms: These deluxe staterooms offer the unique “Twin Balcony” concept which features a French balcony for unimpeded views and fresh air, plus a separate Outside balcony which allows for private, al fresco enjoyment of your river cruise experience. Twin balcony staterooms range from 210-235 square feet. Starting at: $4,781 per person, double occupancy

Suite: The luxurious suites offer an impressive 350 square feet and include a large sitting area and couch, a mini-bar, large bathroom with separate bathtub as well as both an Outside and French balcony. Starting at: $5,992 per person, double occupancy
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What’s Included
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Exclusive Cruise Holidays escorted cruise 3 nights at the Intercontinental or Hilton Old Town (or similar) in Prague including daily buffet breakfast 7-night cruise in a river view stateroom on the ms AmaCerto Travel Guard travel insurance coverage Superb dining with all meals included during your cruise Two cocktail parties and gala dinners Free-flowing Red and White wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every dinner on board the ship Complimentary specialty coffee and tea station Daily sightseeing program as outlined in the itinerary Special highlights including folklore dances, lectures, theme dinners, onboard music performances and afternoon and evening piano music Services of a professional Cruise Manager Heated swimming pool and whirlpool Use of bicycles to explore on your own All transfers $50 onboard credit if booked and deposited by September 15, 2011

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For further information: Cruise Holidays 11011 NE 12th Street, #308 Bellevue, WA 98004 425-453-7696 or 1-800-253-0116 cturner@cruiseholidays.com

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