Vineland Estates Winery's 40th Anniversary Cruise

Join celebrated Winemaker Brian Schmidt for this special one-time only reunion.

8 Day Classic Rhine River Cruise

April 6, 2019 | Departing Mainz - Amsterdam
To celebrate Vineland Estates Winery 40th anniversary of the planting of their home vineyard, we are going back to where it all began in Germany at St. Urbans-Hof Winery on the Moselle River. Hermann Weis, now 83, planted Vineland Estates Winery's Riesling vineyard in Ontario with cuttings from his own vineyard in Germany. His clone (Weis 21) has been a grand “transplant” success and is now growing all over North America. Hermann Weis is excited by the news of the trip and celebration plus the new world/old world reunification and tasting. He is the man that started it all in 1979 at age 43 and in fact was a key pioneer in starting the fine wine revolution in Canada and the United States. Brian Schmidt, Winemaker of Vineland Estates Winery, invites you to join him for the 40th anniversary of that historic time by going back with a ship full of family and friends. This is a true treat for wine enthusiasts! 

To celebrate this very special all-inclusive cruise we are offering return flights to Europe for only $495 per person. 

Contact your local travel professional today to reserve your suite! Space is limited.

Highlight Inclusions

  • Return flights to Europe for just $495 per person
  • Wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks including your own in suite mini bar
  • Wine tasting at the original St. Urban-Hof's Vineyard in Germany
  • Cycle the Moselle banks on a guided tour taking in the beauty of the wine region
  • On-board wine tasting of the local Moselle region rich wines
  • Wine tasting at Wheingut Gohlen winery in Andernach area

All Inclusive Exceptional EmeraldVALUE

  • 7 nights in a boutique hotel-style suite
  • All on-board meals and gourmet dining at Reflections Restaurant
  • Guided shore excursions, either on foot or by First Class coach
  • Extra special experiences with EmeraldPLUSEmeraldACTIVE, and DiscoverMORE excursions
  • Authentic local on-board entertainment & on-board port commentary
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Complimentary use of bicycles
  • First-class service from English‑speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable local guides
  • Group airport transfer to and from your ship
  • All gratuities and taxes
8 day Rhine River cruise

Day 1 Arrive Frankfurt

On arrival at the airport, you’ll be met by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred by coach to your award-winning Star-Ship Emerald Dawn in Mainz. Here, you’ll have the chance to unpack, relax in your room and explore all of the ship’s fantastic facilities. This evening your ship embarks to Trier.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
(Flights must arrive into Frankfurt by 17:00)

Day 2 Sail the Moselle 

Today cruise the beautiful Moselle Valley into the Rhine River. Measuring 545 kilometers, the Moselle is one of the Rhine’s longest tributaries and forms the natural frontier between Germany and Luxembourg. Relax on-board; take in the sights from the Sun Deck, enjoy a dip in the Pool or partake in the opportunity to join an EmeraldACTIVE guided bike tour along the river banks while the ship sails.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided 22km bike ride along the Moselle starting in Traben-Trarbach
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3 Trier

Today begins your wine quest. You’ll visit St. Urbans-Hof’s Winery for a rare and wonderful side-by-side tasting of the ‘great grandparent’ vines with their generational offspring from Ontario's Vineland Estates Winery. Includes tour, tasting, and a light snack. Return to the ship for a late lunch before sailing past the Weis family’s beautiful wine estate where it all began 40 years ago. This evening dock in Bernkastel for your on-board dinner and evening entertainment surrounded in the village’s steep vine-covered slopes.

EmeraldPLUS: Wine tasting with the Weis family of St. Urbans-Hof Winery
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4 Cochem

The medieval town of Cochem is considered to be a hidden gem on the Moselle River. Experience the incomparable charm and picturesque beauty on your guided tour while passing by enchanting buildings on cobble-stoned streets which will make you feel like you are part of a storybook. The epic finale of the tour is a visit to Reichsburg Castle with its ornate décor and breathtaking views. Return to your ship for an exclusive on-board wine lecture.

EmeraldPLUS: Wine lecture on-board the ship
Included excursions: Guided tour of Cochem and Reichsburg Castle
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
DiscoverMORE: Guided walk of Koblenz and visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Day 5 Andernach

The idyllic landscape of the Rhine Valley is home to the spectacular Andernach Geyser, a natural phenomenon and world’s tallest cold water geyser. Visit the Geysir Centre and take a boat ride to the Namedyer Werth peninsula to experience the hissing and gurgling sound when the geyser erupts, sending water up to an extraordinary 60 metres in the air. Enjoy lunch on-board before an afternoon outing to Wheingut Gohlenan taking in magnificent scenery alongside a wine tasting.

EmeraldPLUS: Visit to the Geysir Museum and site
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided biking to Maria Laach abbey
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 Xanten

Cruise along the Rhine River to Xanten, where you will have a chance to visit the unique Roman Archaeological Park that was built around 98 A.D. Take in the rich history of this town featuring some buildings that have been partly reconstructed, while others have been rebuilt and furnished to give visitors an idea of what the settlement was like back in those days. Original remains of Roman buildings also remain intact for a sense of the true antiquity.

EmeraldPLUS: Visit to the Roman Archaeological Park
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 Amsterdam

This morning you will experience the Netherlands capital with a guided visit to the Rijksmuseum or you can take part in a guided bike tour. Return to the ship for lunch with the afternoon to explore the city. Your Cruise Director can direct you to a variety of activities and sights so you can experience the best of Amsterdam. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain's Farewell gala dinner.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour of Amsterdam’s countryside
Included excursions: Visit to the Rijksmuseum
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 Depart Amsterdam

After your breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow passengers and disembark your ship for your transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast
Cabin rates

Cat E: Emerald Stateroom

Cat D: Emerald Stateroom

Cat B: Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite

Cat A: Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite

Cat S: Grand Balcony Suite

Prices are subject to cabin availability.

$4,195 per person

$4,305 per person

$5,405 per person

$5,690 per person

$6,095 per person


Tour our Star-Ships

Take a 360° tour of Emerald Sky and see for yourself all that our Star-Ships have to offer. You can explore a number of dining areas, including the relaxed Reflections Restaurant, The Terrace which is perfect for al fresco dining and the Sun Deck, a great setting for barbecues.
*Terms and Conditions: Offers and inclusions valid for EWAF060419.2 only for any cabin category. Valid until February 1, 2019. Fly for $495 per person or Receive $500 CAD air credit in lieu of flights. Applicable to any cabin category. Offer includes taxes up to $680 with a max flight cap of $1,350 per person. Premium Drinks package includes all wine, beer, spirits, and soft drinks all day, every day. Minibar restocked daily included. Shore excursion to St. Urbans-Hof Winery and on-board tasting in Andernach included. Includes complimentary DiscoverMORE excursion in Koblenz. A non–refundable initial deposit of $500 per person is required within 48hrs of booking with full payment required 90 days prior to departure. A secondary non-refundable deposit of $1,500 per person is due prior to air ticketing. Emerald reserves the right to ticket the airfare upon receipt of deposit. Economy Air only on Emerald Waterways’ choice of airlines. Fly from 12 major Canadian gateways: YHZ Halifax, YYZ Toronto, YOW Ottawa, YUL Montreal, YWG Winnipeg, YQR Regina, YXE Saskatoon, YEG Edmonton, YYC Calgary, YVR Vancouver, YYJ Victoria, YLW Kelowna. All other gateways receive air credit savings. These offers are not combinable with any other offer or promotion. Applicable to groups booked and paid in full 90 days to departure. Taxes & port charges are included in the price. Cabin availability is subject to change. Offers may be extended, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice. For full booking terms and conditions click here.

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