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!

Travel Best Bets Package Includes
  • Return airfare from Vancouver to  Frankfurt and return from Amsterdam
  • Deluxe 7 night all-inclusive river cruise aboard Emerald Dawn
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • Prepaid gratuities
  • It’s Amazing What’s also Included:
  • Boutique contemporary hotel feel, with spectacular on board heated pool, cinema, spa and lounge
  • Spacious, comfortable accommodations with panoramic suites and staterooms
  • Gourmet all-included on board meals and highlight dinner events, al-fresco on The Terrace or in the well-appointed Reflections Restaurant
  • Enjoy in depth cultural experiences with EmeraldPlus and EmeraldActive, like a guided hike through a  Black Forest village
  • Emerald’s Concierge Service* – served right to your suite, enjoy continental breakfast, predinner canapés and after dinner treats
  • A refined selection of wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Tea and coffee available at all times
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Built-in adventure, with an included on shore excursion at every port
  • Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Emerald Active guided biking and hiking tours
  • Excellent service from an English speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable, personable local destination guides
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Complimentary on board Wi-Fi

Special Vineland Estates Winery’s 40th Anniversary Cruise

April 5, 2019 Stateroom Balcony Suite Taxes and fees
Vancouver,  $4849 $5949 $798
Victoria, Kelowna, Calgary Edmonton Add $300 per person
 Pre and post cruise hotel nights available to extend your stay – ask for pricing.

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Day 1 Sat, 06 Apr Arrival Frankfurt
You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner on board. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.
Meals: dinner

Day 2 Sun, 07 Apr Sailing Through the Moselle
Today cruise the beautiful Moselle Valley back into the Rhine River. Measuring 545 kilometres, 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 Club Pool. Tonight, the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

Day 3 Mon, 08 Apr Trier
Today you will have a private visit of St. Urbans-Hof Winery. Built in 1947 in one of the most beautiful wine terrains in the Moselle region, this 40-hectare vineyards produces several types of wine. Named after a holy patron of German wine makers “St. Urban”, the winery offers a unique experience and will sure tantalize your wine senses.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Tue, 09 Apr Cochem
The medieval town of Cochem is considered to be a hidden gem on the Moselle River. Your guided tour will pass by enchanting buildings on cobble stoned streets, which will make you feel like you are part of a story book. The epic finale of the tour is a visit to the Reichsburg castle. Later on, you will be treated to a on board wine lecture, showcasing a variety of wines from the Moselle region.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
EmeraldPLUS: Wine Lecture on board of the ship
DiscoverMORE: Guided Walk of Koblenz and Visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress (extra expense)

Day 5 Wed, 10 Apr Andernach
The idyllic landscape of the Rhine Valley is home to the Andernach Geyser, a natural phenomenon and world’s tallest cold-water geyser. Visit the Geyser 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 60 metres in the air. Later in the afternoon, you will have a chance to visit the idyllic Wheingut Gohlen winery.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
EmeraldPLUS: Visit to the Geysir Museum and site
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

Day 6 Thu, 11 Apr Xanten
Cruise along the Rhine River to Xanten, where you will have a unique chance to visit the Roman Archaeological Park that was built around 98 A.D. Some buildings 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.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
EmeraldPLUS: Visit to the Roman Archaeological Park

Day 7 Fri, 12 Apr Amsterdam
This morning you can decide to either enjoy a guided visit to the Rijksmuseum or a guided bike tour.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

Day 8 Sat, 13 Apr Disembarkation – Amsterdam
After, your breakfast you will disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.
Meals: breakfast


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