Phil was born and raised in the small town of Nashville, North Carolina.  But, he had his sights set on Nashville, Tennessee.

As he pondered his future, a friend made a simple observation that would change his life forever. He noted that Phil had a "deep voice" and asked, "Why don't you get into radio?“  He had never considered the possibility, but suddenly it was clear that radio was where he needed to be. He immediately enrolled in broadcasting school and within a year, had landed his first job in radio.  Phil spent several years in a small market near his hometown. Then came his first big break - a radio job in Raleigh, NC, but Phil had his eye on Music City.

He worked his way up the food-chain in Nashville radio.  Three years after hitting town, he had one of the highest rated morning shows in Nashville on WLAC-FM. By 1991, he had landed the morning talk host position at WLAC-AM.  In 1995, familiar with Phil's earlier work in talk radio, Gaylord’s WWTN offered him the job as morning host. The Phil Valentine Show debuted on WWTN in June of 1995 and found an instant audience, drawing more listeners than both competing morning talk shows combined.

In the meantime, Phil was courted by Philadelphia’s WWDB where, in his first year of eligibility, he won three Philadelphia AIR Awards (Achievement In Radio). After WWDB was sold, Phil was asked to fill in at WABC in New York and then, ironically, WLAC had gotten wind of the changes in Philly and asked Phil to return. It was exactly the call he'd been waiting for.

In April of 1998, Phil made the journey back to the city he loved. By 2003, Phil was the most listened to political talk show in the city.  5 1/2 years later, Phil left WLAC radio and took a 6-month hiatus to write another book. Phil returned to the air on July 8, 2004 at SuperTalk 99.7 WTN in Nashville, almost 9 years to the day after The Phil Valentine Show debuted in Nashville. Within three months he was back on top as the most listened to political commentator in Nashville, local or syndicated. 

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From romantic cities to foodie havens and artistic epicenters, this itinerary enlivens all your senses. Starting from Lyon, France’s culinary capital, savor the beauty of legendary vineyards and imbibe in local vintages like Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône. Enjoy hunting for truffles, refining your Provençal cooking skills, and learning how to pair chocolate with wine. Trace the steps of famous artists in Arles and Avignon and be inspired!

  • Cruise hosted by Phil Valentine
  • 7-Night elegant cruise accommodation
  • Exclusive welcome and farewell cocktail parties with Phil Valentine
  • Private group meeting with Phil Valentine
  • $100 per stateroom shipboard spending credit*
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • Immersive tours in every destination with a personal headset
  • Computer for Internet access or WiFi access
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area, bottled water replenished daily
  • Entertainment on Demand system featuring movies, TV shows, news and music
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • Fare includes government taxes, surcharges and fees of $168 per person
  • Fare includes travel agency planning fee of $45 per person

Our very first river cruise was with Phil Valentine on the Danube last year. It was so enjoyable we would like to do another river cruise again soon, and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves to travel. Gene D.

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Payment Information: $400 per person at time of booking
Final payment date: May 1, 2018

Minimum of 20 paid passengers required for Phil Valentine to travel as host. In the event of unforeseen circumstances such as illness, family emergencies or acts of God and Phil Valentine is not able to travel as host, there are no refunds or cancellation fee waivers due to passengers. If such an event were to occur, TravelStore will attempt to reschedule another cruise or arrange an alternative opportunity for passengers to meet Phil Valentine, but we are not obliged to do so.

Terms and Conditions:
*$100 per stateroom shipboard credit is based on double-occupancy for bookings made by March 15, 2018. All fares listed are cruise-only, per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy. Availability and fares are capacity controlled and subject to change at any time without notice. Additional restrictions may apply. Contact TravelStore for single pricing. All special events, fares and offers apply to bookings only made through TravelStore. AMAWaterways and TravelStore reserve the right to revise any errors on the flyer; dates, prices & itinerary are subject to change. To read AmaWaterways’ Terms and Conditions at http://www.amawaterways.com/terms-conditions. CST #2002736-10.
TravelStore strongly recommends the purchase of travel insurance to protect your investment. Please contact your travel planner for details.
Travelstore’s $45 planning fee is non-refundable and is in addition to the per person cancellation charges below assessed by AmaWaterways.
AmaWaterways Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be in writing. The following cancellation fees will be assessed for all written cancellations re-ceived prior to departure up to the scheduled time of departure.

Cancellation charges are per person, based on the cancellation date, as follows:
More than 120 days prior $200 per person
120-90 days prior $400 per person
89-60 days prior 35% of fare
59-30 days prior 50% of fare
29-7 days prior 80% of fare
6 days prior 100% of fare
Cancellation charges also apply to additional charges for upgrades, transfers and other pre-purchased services. Additional cancellation fees apply for air tickets. After travel begins, there is no refund for unused services, or unused portions of cruise or cruise/tour.

AmaWaterways, we love what we do — providing our guests with the best travel experiences possible. In fact, “Ama” is derived from the Latin word for “love.” It is a concept that permeates every aspect of our river cruises, from the design of our ships to the development of our itineraries to the high levels of service we deliver to our guests. It is a philosophy that drives our attention to detail, constant innovation and culture of always making our guests our top priority. It is the reason our guests all have a story about why it was the best cruise they’ve ever taken. When you sail with AmaWaterways, you will experience the luxury of more – more ways to discover, more ways to indulge and more onboard amenities. With an award-winning fleet, critically acclaimed dining and unique tour options, you will have the trip of a lifetime on our cruises.

Decorated in a vibrant palette of gold and orange, the 144-passenger AmaCello debuted in 2008. Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, ranging in size from 170-225 sq. ft., or in a single stateroom of 140 sq. ft. You can always indulge even more in one of the suites at 255 sq. ft. Most staterooms have a French balcony. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaCello offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a sauna, whirlpool, massage and hair salon, a stylish and inviting Main Lounge, and specialty coffee station. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you'll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You'll also enjoy a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

Relax and rejuvenate in spacious, luxurious staterooms with plenty of amenities. Most feature French balconies that afford stunning views of the scenery along the river.
While on your cruise, you’ll want to share all the pictures you take of everything you see and do. And, you also want to stay in touch with your friends and family back home. That’s why we provide free internet access and Wi-Fi when you’re aboard. Your stateroom also has a computer that you can use in case you didn’t bring your mobile device, or just want to sit down at a desk to surf the web.

We realize that our guests have different tastes, so we’ve developed a menu of shore excursions in every port of call. In many destinations, you’ll be free to choose from one of several options — all of which are included in your cruise fare. There’s always a city tour designed to show you all the renowned highlights and landmarks in grand capitals and charming villages alike. Is it your first time in Vienna? Opt for an unforgettable exploration of the major sights led by a local, English-speaking guide that is well-versed in history and culture. Have you already been to Nuremberg? Instead of taking the city tour, indulge in a bratwurst and beer tasting on one of our Special Interest Tours, which are specially designed to place you in the midst of local life. We also offer different tour paces: Gentle, regular and active. The choice is yours.

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