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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in 2-3 star hotels
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

Adult$995USD

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Overview

Trip Code: CLC

Trip highlights


  • The medieval towns of Constance, Stein, Meersburg and Lindau
  • Viewing the impressive Rhine Falls
  • Leisurely ride in an amazing landscape of the lake against the backdrop of the Alps
  • Cycling around the whole lake and across borders in Switzerland, Austria and Germany
  • Soaking up the fine hospitality of small family run hotels

Lake Constance, formed by the Rhine Glacier during the Ice Age, consists of three bodies of water: the Obersee (upper lake), the Untersee (lower lake), and a connecting stretch of the Rhine called the Seerhein. It is bordered by three countries - Germany, Switzerland and Austria - and sits at the northern foot of the Alps. On this circular cycle around the lake, visit the medieval towns of Constance, Stein, Meersburg and Lindau all while enjoying the amazing landscape of the lake against the backdrop of the Alps. Visit the largest waterfalls in Europe, the Rhine Falls and delight in the flower island of Mainau. Soak up the atmosphere in the picturesque towns lining the lakeshore with opportunities to swim and kayak during the warmer months. The cycle terrain is ideal for families.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

More info about grading system

Traveller Rating

 

Located on the banks of Lake Constance (Bodensee in German), the compact university town is an ideal starting point for your trip. On arrival make your way to the joining hotel where you will receive your route notes, maps and bike (if requested for delivery at the hotel - alternatively collection details are provided on booking). Later you can visit Mainau island or stroll through the old town of Constance. The aquariums in the Sea Life Centre and the Archaeological Museum are also recommended. Depending on availability you may start in Kreuzlingen, which is just across the Swiss border from Constance. If you start in Kreuzlingen you will also end the trip in the same hotel.

Meals:  Nil

From Constance you cycle in a clockwise direction around the lake shores. Your first stop is the former Imperial town of Radolfzell, now a spa resort. Its Gothic cathedral dominates the town and on the third Sunday in July, the 'Hausherrenfest' is celebrated to honour the local saints Theopont, Senesius and Zeno. The following day a Water Procession is held whereby residents from nearby Moos travel in richly decorated boats to Radolfzell to honour a historic oath. From here, you cross the 'Bodanrück' range of hills and encounter a short incline. Arriving at the 'Überlinger See', part of Lake Constance, you are rewarded for your efforts with beautiful views of the lake. In the evening you can enjoy a stroll along Überlingen's pretty promenade.

Meals:  B

From Überlingen the cycle route continues to Friedrichshafen. En route you pass by the baroque pilgrimage church of Birnau and the ancient town of Meersburg. In Friedrichshafen the Zeppelin museum is worth visiting. You continue on through extensive orchards to today's destination of Kressbronn or Lindau. From Überlingen you cycle through vineyards to Friedrichshafen. On the way you will pass the Baroque pilgrimage church of Birnau. In Meersburg, take a break to wander around the old town and its castle. In Friedrichshafen we recommend a visit to the Zeppelin museum, before continuing through extensive orchards to today's destination. Cat B: Kressbronn or Nonnenhorn - cycling distance: 50 or 55km/31 or 34mi Cat A: Wasserburg or Lindau - cycling distance: 50 or 60km/31 or 37mi

Meals:  B

Setting out today you soon reach Bregenz, the capital of the Vorarlberg region of Austria and famous for its annual festival on the largest lake-stage in the world. You finally reach Höchst where you soon cross the border again and then, after pedaling onward for a few kilometres to your hotel. Cat B: to Höchst (Austria) or Rorschach (Switzerland) - cycling distance: 40 or 50km/25 or 31mi. Cat A: to Arbon (Switzerland) - cycling distance: 50km/30mi.

Meals:  B

Today you cycle through Romanshorn which is home to Switzerland's largest harbour on Lake Constance. Continue along the banks of the lake passing villages filled with wooden framed houses and apple orchards. Finish your ride back in Constance, where you can wander through the old town or enjoy an ice cream down at the harbour. Cat B: Höchst to Constance cycling distance: 60km/37mi Cat A: Arbon to Constance cycling distance: 35km/21mi

Meals:  B

Today's route takes you past Swiss fishing villages and along a bike path on the southern shore of the Untersee to the pretty town of Stein am Rhein, with its well preserved medieval centre and richly decorated houses. We recommend taking time to wander through the pedestrian area and view the frescoes. Switching several times between Germany and Switzerland you reach the canton's capital, Schaffhausen, gateway to the Rhine Falls. The town, whose citizens competed with each other in building gables on their houses, is overlooked by Munot fort.

Meals:  B

After breakfast, cycle the short distance to the Rhine Falls, one of Europe's biggest waterfalls. In the middle of this mass of water are the Rhine Fall rocks which you can reach by boat. Cycling up the Rhine you go back to Stein am Rhein and then follow the Höri semi-peninsula, where the writer Hermann Hesse and the artist Otto Dix once lived. At Gaienhofen you board the ferry which takes you to the island of Reichenau. From there it's only a few kilometres back to Constance. If you started your trip in Kreuzlingen, you will cycle to Kreuzlingen where you will overnight.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts - generally buffet style with cereals, bread, cheese, meats, yoghurt, tea, coffee and juice. What is offered will change from hotel to hotel.
  • 7 nights in Category B 2-3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (option to upgrade to Category A 3-4 star hotels - supplement applies)
  • 27 speed bike rental with pannier and handlebar bag (8-speed on request only; kids bikes, tandem and electric bikes on request - supplement applies)
  • Luggage transfer (max 20kg/44lb per piece)
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room booked
  • Emergency hotline
  • Entrance to Rosgarten museum, 1 coffee included
  • Boat trip to the Rhine Falls rock
  • Ferry from Gaienhofen to Reichenau including bike
  • Bike rental insurance

  • Travel to and from Constance
  • Drinks, lunches and dinners daily
  • Items of a personal nature - eg. phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Travel insurance - this is compulsory
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided trip
  • Entrance fees unless specifically advised as included
  • Transfers unless specifically advised as included
  • City or visitor's tax - where applicable payable locally
  • Helmets - can be purchased locally for EUR30-60 (depending on size) - advance reservation recommended

Bike information


Grading

introductory to moderate  

During the 6 days of cycling the daily routes are between 35 and 60 kilometres/22 to 37 miles. The last stage is moderately hilly in the Höri region, otherwise the route is mainly even along tarred cycle paths. The path runs partially along the lakeshore and partially along lakeshore roads. Sporadically there are short, unsealed sections. Around Friedrichshafen the cycle path runs parrallel to the highway. The lakeshore is mostly open to the public. In order to prepare for this trip you will need to be comfortable cycling for extended periods, sometimes with traffic around you (sometimes unavoidable going in to and leaving towns).


Departure dates

Daily from 5 Apr to 4 Oct

Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
DN1
In 2020: High season is from 16 May to 12 Sep. Mid season is from 5 to 12 Apr , 25 Apr to 15 May and 13 to 30 Sep. In 2021: High season is from 11 May to 6 Jun and 1 Jul to 21 Aug. Mid season is from 6 to 10 May, 7 to 30 Jun and 22 Aug to 11 Sep - supplement applies.
DN2
Cycle distances will vary according to the accommodation category chosen and location of hotel.

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Total Priceper person from

Adult from$995USD

Child from$440USD** See below for further details.

Options & Supplements*
  • Child aged 0-5 sharing room with 2 adults - Cat A or BUSD$100
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$140
  • Category A upgrade - 3-4 star hotelsUSD$190
  • single supplement - category BUSD$230
  • single supplement - category AUSD$340
  • Child aged 6-13 sharing room with 2 adults - low seasonUSD$440
  • Child aged 6-13 sharing room with 2 adults - high season Cat BUSD$570
  • Child aged 6-13 sharing room with 2 adults - mid season Cat AUSD$620
  • Child aged 6-13 sharing room with 2 adults - high season Cat AUSD$700
  • Child aged 14-17 sharing room with 2 adults - high season Cat BUSD$870
*Prices listed are per person

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