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11 Day Christmas Markets River Cruise with Prague - Regensburg to Frankfurt, Monarch Queen

From Prague, Czech Republic to Frankfurt, Germany
Length: 11 Days - Departs: Sat, Dec 06, 2025
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Departure
Dec 06, 2025
Arrival
Dec 16, 2025

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for the Czech Republic
    Sat, Dec 06, 2025
    Depart for the Czech Republic
  2. Day 2
    DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Prague
    Sun, Dec 07, 2025
    Arrive in the "Golden" city of Prague and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure in Prague, considered one of Europe's most attractive cities; its city center has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening, gather for a drink and orientation meeting with your local host at the hotel at approximately 6 PM
    Overnight: Prague
  3. Day 3
    DAY 3, Monday - Prague City Tour
    Mon, Dec 08, 2025
    Your morning tour of Prague includes a visit to the 1000-year-old Hradcany Castle grounds, former residence of the Bohemian kings. Take in the views of the Charles Bridge and Lesser Town below and see the elegant courtyards, St. George Basilica and the St. Vitus Cathedral. Continue to the Jewish Quarter and the Old Town Square to view the world-famous Astronomical Clock and Town Hall. The rest of the day is at leisure to visit museums, galleries or wander along the banks of the Vltava River
    Overnight: Prague
    Meals: Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    DAY 4, Tuesday - Pilsen & Cruise Embarkation in Regensburg
    Tue, Dec 09, 2025
    This morning, bid farewell to Prague and begin the drive to the port in Regensburg. On your way, stop in the city of Pilsen for a city tour. Visit Republic Square, one of the largest medieval squares in the Czech Republic, and gaze upon the gothic style of St. Bartholomew's Cathedral and Old Town Hall. View the onion domes of the Great Synagogue before having time to explore Pilsen on your own. Later, continue to the port in Regensburg for embarkation. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy a dinner
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    DAY 5, Wednesday - Regensburg City Tour
    Wed, Dec 10, 2025
    This morning, explore Regensburg, one of Germany's largest and best preserved medieval cities, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guided walking tour highlights the city's stunning architecture as you view the Old Town Hall, Dom St. Peter, and the Porta Praetoria, gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at the beautiful churches and one of the oldest stone bridges crossing the Danube
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    DAY 6, Thursday - Nuremberg City Tour & Christmas Market
    Thu, Dec 11, 2025
    Continue cruising this morning and admire the stunning scenery along the way. After lunch, arrive in Nuremberg, Bavaria's energetic city, which is almost one thousand years old. View the Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946, known as the Nuremberg Trials. Explore the renowned Christmas market in the Old Town, which attracts visitors from all over the world. The air is scented with a Yuletide aroma of roasted almonds, fresh gingerbread and hot chestnuts. Look up and see the golden angel in her white dress and jeweled crown, symbol of this magical market
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    DAY 7, Friday - Bamberg City Tour & Christmas Market
    Fri, Dec 12, 2025
    Today, dock in Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your tour in the medieval city center with its impressive 11th century Romanesque cathedral and rose garden. After, view the unusual City Hall built on a tiny island in the middle of the Regnitz River and Little Venice. Bamberg's famous Trail of Nativity Scenes comprises more than 38 churches, chapels and public places with creches and nativity scenes. The afternoon is yours to discover the various festive markets
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    DAY 8, Saturday - Wurzburg City Tour & Christmas Market
    Sat, Dec 13, 2025
    Discover Wurzburg, named the "Pearl of the Romantic Road," with its Marienberg fortress, 15th century bridge, and lush vineyards. Your walk takes you to the ornate Bishops' Residenz Palace, an example of Baroque architecture, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, visit the Christmas markets and browse the wooden stalls. Look out for handmade knitwear, jewelry, pewter and wooden toys. Sample Franconian Christmas specialties along with traditional gluhwein, a popular hot red wine infused with spices and orange peel
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    DAY 9, Sunday - Wertheim City Tour
    Sun, Dec 14, 2025
    This morning, stroll through Wertheim on your guided tour, a German town well-known for its glassworks and Franconian wine. View half-timbered houses and the medieval town center and Market Square. In the afternoon, your time at the markets can be spent enjoying a classic German pretzel
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    DAY 10, Monday - Frankfurt City Tour & Christmas Market
    Mon, Dec 15, 2025
    After breakfast, take a walking tour of the city with your local guide. Frankfurt is home of the European Central Bank and financial heart of Germany. Situated on the banks of the River Main, Frankfurt is a city of contrasts. Its modern skyline is a striking backdrop of the Frankfurt Old Town and Römerberg. Spend the afternoon at the Frankfurt Christmas market. Held for over 600 years, this traditional market is the highlight of the holiday season. A variety of stalls feature unique decorations and holiday gifts. A visit to the market is not complete without a glass of mulled wine and local delicacies
    Overnight: River Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    DAY 11, Tuesday - Depart Germany
    Tue, Dec 16, 2025
    Transfer to the airport in Frankfurt for your departure flight. The airport is approximately a 30 minute drive from the port. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 AM
    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Czech Republic, Germany

Rivers Visited

Main

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Inclusions

Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Prague, Frankfurt-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Prague
  • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the Deluxe
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
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    Special Features

  • City tour of Prague "The City of a Thousand Spires"
  • Visit Pilsen's medieval Republic Square and the onion domes of the Great Synagogue
  • Experience the charm of the world-famous Christmas markets in Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Wurzburg and Frankfurt
  • Enjoy Christmas-themed entertainment aboard the ship
  • Marvel at the beautiful churches and ancient stone bridges in Regensburg
  • In Nuremberg, view the historic Palace of Justice where the Nuremberg Trials were held
  • Walk in Bamberg's medieval center with its 11th century Romanesque cathedral
  • Discover Wurzburg, know as the "Pearl of the Romantic Road"
  • Visit Wertheim, famous for its glasswork and Franconian wine
  • Explore Frankfurt, a city of contrasts with both modern and historical influences
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    River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English
  • Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

    †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Gratuities


    Additional Information:
    Christmas markets opening vary, and are seasonal.

    Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

    While sailing with Monarch Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: .

    Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

    Please note that the following inclusions may contain items that are only applicable when you purchase Land & Air. The brochure prices below are for Land Only - call us for our best deal.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

    Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

    Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

    The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    4.4
    Accommodations
    4.3
    Itinerary
    4.6
    Professional Staff
    4.4
    Repeat with Operator
    4.4
    Value for Money
    4.2

    Ratings based off 18 reviews - currently showing 7 reviews with comments only

    Tour Director was excellent, very professional, helpful, knowledgeable and delightful. Activities Director, also excellent. The whole staff could not have been better. Best tour I've been on. Food was very good. One thing I found is all the guides give too much information/details, the non stop commentary whether on the bus or at the visiting sites is too long and tiring.

    Rhine river cruise was excellent. Staff on the Monarch Queen was friendly and service was great. Cruise director and local guides were very knowledgeable. Overall wonderful experience.

    I don't remember seeing the room options and would have considered a cabin on a higher floor for more of a view. There is a lot of details and for an inexperienced traveler it can be overwhelming. Perhaps a mention of how the rooms work on a cruise would have been helpful.

    This River Cruise was wonderful we will book one again.

    Second experience with Gate1 and on both occasions we had very knowledgeable guides and effective tour managers. The tour stops were well timed so we did not spend a lot of time in line anywhere. The service on the river ship was excellent, the food very good and we really enjoyed the somewhat casual dinner dress code and atmosphere.

    am a long-term traveler with gate 1 so i obviously consider they provide a good program; amsterdam tour pretrip couldn't have been better, river ship staff & services great; however, the 2 gate 1 tour directors on board the river ship could have provided better service--local guides did most of the am local tours, afternoons were largely free, only extra activities provided was an hour game program in the afternoon & a morning exercise program along with early bird breakfast--both provided by the male tour director; the ship's pianist only played briefly; several travelers who were new to gate 1 were complaining about too much free time & i went out of my way to explain that this was unusual; i need to mention that, along with being a gate 1 traveler, we have also taken 5 other river boat cruises;

    We were delighted with the Gate1 River cruise. staff was professional, competent, courteous and friendly. food and service excellent. cabin efficient and clean. Itinerary was the right balance between guided tours and free time. we loved the small towns more than the large cities. many people on board were sick and the crew handled this expertly. space on board the ship is limited since the upper deck was off limits for much of the time but we were sailing mostly in the evenings after a full day's activities so it did not feel restrictive. we would definitely consider another river cruise and will definitely go on other tours with Gate1.

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