9 Day Christmas Markets River Cruise (Regensburg to Frankfurt, Monarch Empress)
9 days with Gate 1 Rating: Deluxe
River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Germany Depart for Germany.
DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Munich, Cruise Embarkation in Regensburg Arrive in Munich and transfer independently to the port in Regensburg. Embarkation begins at 2 PM. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. This evening, meet your Cruise Director, and enjoy a gala Welcome Dinner as it sets the festive mood for your delightful river cruise followed by live entertainment, featuring traditional Christmas music. (Dinner)
DAY 3, Friday - Regensburg City Tour & Christmas Market 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. After lunch aboard the ship, feel free to visit the Christmas markets where you can enjoy hot mulled wine, traditional foods and wonderful handmade local crafts. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 4, Saturday - Nuremberg City Tour & Christmas Market Continue cruising this morning and marvel at the stunning scenery along the way. After lunch, arrive in Nuremberg, Bavaria's energetic city with its history of almost one thousand years. View the historic Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946, known as the Nuremberg Trials, and the chilling Nazi Rally Grounds where mass events were held to fuel the party propaganda. After destruction in WWII, the city has been painstakingly reconstructed, returning to some of its former glory. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 5, Sunday - Bamberg City Tour & Christmas Market Today, dock in historic 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 gorgeous rose garden. After, view the very unusual City Hall built on a tiny island in the middle of the Regnitz River and Little Venice, an area of colorful fishermen's houses. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 6, Monday - Wurzburg City Tour & Christmas Market Discover Wurzburg, named the "Pearl of the Romantic Road",with its dramatic Marienberg fortress, 15th century bridge and lush vineyards. Your walk takes you to the ornate Bishops' Residenz Palace, a stunning example of Baroque architecture, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, visit the Christmas markets and browse the various wooden stalls. Look out for handmade knitwear, creative jewelry, pewter and wooden toys. Sample delicious Franconian Christmas specialties along with traditional Gluhwein, a popular hot red wine infused with spices and orange peel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 7, Tuesday - Wertheim City Tour This morning, stroll through Wertheim on your guided tour, a charming German town well-known for its glassworks and Franconian wine. View half-timbered houses and the medieval town centre with its historic Market Square. In the afternoon, your time at the markets could be spent enjoying a classic German pretzel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 8, Wednesday - Frankfurt City Tour & Christmas Market This morning, 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 famous modern skyline is a striking backdrop of the historical town center, or 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 some local delicacies. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 9, Thursday - Depart Germany Disembarkation will end at 9:30 AM. (Breakfast)
River Cruise Highlights
Experience the charm of the world-famous Christmas markets in Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Wurzburg and Wertheim
Enjoy Christmas-themed entertainment aboard the Monarch Princess
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
All This Included
7 nights outside cabin aboard the Deluxe Monarch Empress
River port charges of $190 per person
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Shore excursions per itinerary
Entrance fees per itinerary
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
River Cruise Features & Amenities
Gala Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
Wine and beer with dinners
Locally inspired recipes
Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
Late night snack
Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
Self-serve coffee and tea station
Lounge serving premium spirits
Non-smoking ship interior
Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Monarch Empress
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. While sailing with Monarch Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise's Terms & Conditions.
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.
This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.