Wine Expert, Tony stewart – Ceo & proprietor of Quails' Gate Winery
Tony returned to the family business in 1992. As CEO of Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, he directs much of his energy in creating an environment that will enable Quails’ Gate to succeed as one of the world’s best wine houses. Tony is passionate about ensuring that Quails’ Gate visitors receive exceptional product and service. He and his team are confident and excited about leading the way in winery culinary tourism. In addition, Tony devotes much of this time to local, industry, provincial and national associations.
Highlights of the cruise include;
- Wine Club Group personally hosted by Tony Stewart, owner of Stewart Family Wines, Quails' Gate, Madrone Estate and Lake Sonoma Winery.
- Private Hosted wine tasting
- Stunning scenery as we sail along the river.
- Daily excursions included at no extra charge.
- Meals with free flowing fine wines, beer and soft drinks.
- All gourmet meals onboard (Early Riser Coffee and Croissants, a Rich Buffet Breakfast, a Festive Lunch Buffet, Afternoon Tea & Coffee with Cake, Cookies & Sandwiches and a Multi-Course Dinner;
- Use of the Bicycles and helmets onboard free of charge
- Complementary Internet
- Complimentary Happy Hour each night before dinner
- Gourmet food and wine pairing dinners and tastings
- Included excursions with Certified Local English speaking guidesGuides and foodies.
- Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés;
- Welcome dinner
- Daily Afternoon Tea
- Daily Night Fare
- Farewell dinner
- Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast
- Beautifully appointed rooms with all comforts you could wish for.
- Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.
Day 1 BASEL, SWITZERLAND - EMBARKATION
Embark the ship. Tonight, gather on board for a “Welcome Aboard” Wine Toast as you commence your wine-themed itinerary through some of Europe’s most enchanting and historic wine regions.
Day 2 ; BREISACH, GERMANY
Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. While there, enjoy a visit to a winery for a tasting of locally produced Alsatian wines. Alternatively, you may wish to go to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” You’ll visit a winery where you will have the opportunity to taste their locally produced wines, and then continue on with a walking tour.
Day 3 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
One of the most enchanting cities in Europe and home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Grand Île, Strasbourg will captivate you. Discover its many treasures with a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République. You'll then walk through its iconic “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Prefer to enjoy the city more actively, then join a guided bike tour, which also takes you through the Parc de l’Orangerie. Later in the afternoon, be treated to a special Alsatian wine tasting of some of the region’s most delicious and notable wine. Discover how the Vosges Mountains provide the Alsace with ideal winemaking conditions, and as such, Alsatian wines are not only delightful on the palate, but they’re also highly praised for their fragrant aromas, ranging from bright and fruity to crisp and spicy.
Day 4. LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY – RÜDESHEIM
Visit Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Discover the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, an 18th-century 49,000-gallon wine cask. For a more active adventure while in Heidelberg, join a guided hike up the Philosopher's Path and be rewarded with panoramic views of the city. Alternatively, you can visit one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and the medieval Altpörtel, Old Gate. Later in the day, set sail to Rüdesheim, where you'll have the opportunity to visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or enjoy a tasting of Rüdesheimer coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy.
Day 5. RÜDESHEIM – RHINE GORGE
Your exploration of Rüdesheim continues with your choice of three excursions. Take a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the river. Afterwards, indulge your taste buds with a sampling of Riesling wines in the vineyards. If you prefer a more active adventure, you can join a guided bike ride through the town and along the Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg or hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards. During the afternoon, set sail along the scenic Rhine River Gorge with its fabled legends and many castles to Lahnstein where you’ll enjoy a visit to Lahneck Castle.
Day 6. LAHNSTEIN – COLOGNE
Home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral, this 2,000 year-old city is also a bustling cosmopolitan hotspot. Join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral, where the remains of the fabled Three Kings—the Magi— are believed to rest. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. Or visit a local tavern to taste Kölsch beer and Reibekuchen—potato pancakes served with apple sauce.
Day 7. AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Eclectic Amsterdam boasts amazing history, art, architecture, and museums, and you have three choices as to how you wish to explore it. The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your city tour beginning with a scenic canal cruise followed by a walk to Begijnhof, known for its Middle Age buildings. For a different view of the city, you can join the Jordaan District walking tour or the Jewish Heritage tour. The Jordaan District tour begins at the Westerchurch and takes you past the Noordermarkt, the Karthuizerhof and the “9 streets;” afterwards, you’ll stop in a local café for a hot beverage and Dutch apple pie. The Jewish Heritage tour begins with a visit to the 17th-century Portuguese Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Museum chronicling the history of the Jews in Amsterdam.
Go for the wines, but say it’s for the history.
Home to the charming La Petite France and Parc de l’Orangerie, France’s picturesque town of Strasbourg is home to exquisite Alsatian wines and possibly the oldest wine in the world.
Resting in an old cellar underneath the Hospices de Strasbourg is a wine that has been around since before Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Because deep in this cellar, originally built in the 1300s but recently renovated in 1994, is a barrel that is still filled with wine from 1472.
The vat it is held in is designed in the ancient more almond-like shape—and the vat is technically called a “foudre.” Foudres were once popular throughout France, are significantly larger than oak barrels—filling 2,000-12,000 liters, minimizes oak extraction, allows less oxidation due to the thickness of the staves and thus preserves vineyard character better than oak barrels. However, because of their heftier price and higher maintenance they are not used as often as they once were.
Recently voted by Berlitz Guide, Top River Boat in Europe
With AmaWaterways’ co-owner Kristin Karst serving as AmaKristina’s godmother, you know you’ll have a distinctive experience aboard this phenomenal river ship. Both a French and outside balcony in most staterooms allow you to enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, cozy robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaKristina also includes a massage and hair salon, gift shop, specialty coffee station, heated pool with swim-up bar, fitness center, Sun Deck walking track and a fleet of onboard bikes. Her Main Restaurant is a taste of the outdoors, with vines and branches infused in the décor, and expert chefs preparing our signature exquisite cuisine with fresh, locally sourced ingredients—both in the Main Restaurant and at The Chef’s Table.
Savor exquisite cuisine at a variety of dining venues, like the Main Restaurant and The Chef’s Table. You can also order delicious tapas between meals in the Main Lounge.
Luxury Post Cruise Tour
Sparkling Wines of England and Christmas Shopping
"As a Brit I can tell you we really do a fabulous job of Christmas. It is my favourite time of year and I would love to show you my favourite places in my home country. The Christmas lights will be on in London, as will the many Christmas Markets including the amazing one in Hyde Park. Its a must do!"
Monday, 26th November 2018
Day 1 - Fly from Amsterdam to London. Free time in London during the day.
In London the lights will be in all their splendour as you shop in the iconic Regent Street, harrods and Selfridges. Christmas shopping at its best. Evening Food Tour of London - Overnight in central London Luxury hotel
Day 2 Travel to Kent where we will visit three of the world class wineries producing some of the best “Fizz” in the world currently, beating some french champagne houses. Chapel Down wine was served at William and Kate’s Royal wedding and is a surprise to all how great it is.We will stop for a pub lunch in a very old gastro pub before visiting some more food and wine producers of the area. Return to London and Dinner at your leisure. Optional Theatre Night out.
Day 3 - Today we take a visit to the most beautiful area of the country in my opinion, The Coswolds. When you think about quintessential England, the images that spring to mind may very well be much of what the Cotswolds has to offer. Indeed, it is the country's largest officially designated, "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty". With its gentle hillsides (‘wolds’), scenic countryside with river valleys, sleepy ancient limestone villages, and historic market towns, it is a place where time seems to have been suspended for 300 years.
Our day ends in Oxford and we will eat in one of the best restaurants in the area.
Day 4 - Our tour is over For those with early flights you will be transported back to London for your return flights home.Or you can choose to stay on an extra day and wander at leisure around Oxford or alternatively you have the option to visit one of UKs largest outlet centres, Biscester Village, nearby.
Price Per person for the UK optional Post Tour is $2400 based on double occupancy. Exclusive tour for Concierge Travel Guests only and very small group. Luxury Accommodation, lead by Lorraine who is from UK. Fantastic inclusions and exclusive extras.
Cruise Only Pricing
Special Quails' Gate Discount of over $1500 off per room!
- Category E Sold Out -
- Category D with Fixed Window - $3283 per person
- Category CB with Juliet Balcony $3608 per person
- Category CA with Juliet Balcony $3998 per person
- Category BB with double Balcony $4608 per person
- Category BA with double Balcony $4858 per person
- Category AB with double Balcony $5108 Per Person
- Category AA with double Balcony $5358 Per Person
- Category S - Suite with double Balcony $6883 Per person
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