Vineland Estate 40th Anniversary River Cruise

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Join celebrated Winemaker Brian Schmidt of Vineland Estates for this very special reunion and 40th anniversary on-board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship!

You’re invited to take part in this one time only special celebration with exclusive wine tastings and inclusions!

A true treat for wine enthusiasts!

NOTE: Cruise is almost SOLD OUT! Contact us today to reserve your stateroom

To celebrate Vineland Estates Winery’s 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.

Special Features of this cruise include:

  • 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. Urbans-Hof Winery in Germany
  • Bike along the Moselle banks on a 22km guided tour taking in the beautiful sites
  • Special on-board wine tasting – explore the rich wine flavours of the Moselle region
Rhine wine tasting at Wheingut Gohlen in Andernach area.

April 6, 2019

8-day Frankfurt to Amsterdam

FROM - $4,195 pp



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: Welcome buffet dinner

(Flights must arrive into Frankfurt by 17:00)


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


Today begins your wine quest. You’ll visit St. Urbans-Hof’s wine estate for a rare and wonderful side-by-side tasting of the ‘great grandparent’ vines with their generational offspring from Ontario. Return to the ship for lunch before sailing past the Weis family’s beautiful wine estate where is all began for Vineland Estates 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


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


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


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


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 Welcome gala dinner.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour of Amsterdam’s countryside Included excursions: Visit to the Rijksmuseum

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


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

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