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Duration
5 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
Meals
  • 4 Breakfasts

Price

$690USD

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Overview

Trip Code: LC5

Trip highlights


  • Exploring the medieval town of Constance
  • Cycling through 3 countries in 3 days
  • Soaking up the fine hospitality of small family run hotels
  • Long cycling days with a stunning backdrop of the Alps

Bordered by three countries - Germany, Switzerland and Austria - is Europe's third largest lake, Lake Constance. Thanks to its mainly flat terrain the cycle path around Lake Constance is ideal for more leisurely cycling making it an ideal route for families. If your interest however is in clocking up the kilometres and having a good ride out with the opportunity to visit three countries in three days, this trip is hard to look past. Formed by the Rhine Glacier during the Ice Age, Lake Constance consists of three bodies of water: the Obersee (Upper Lake), the Untersee (Lower Lake), and a connecting stretch of the Rhine called the Seerhein. On this circular cycle around the lake you will visit the medieval towns of Constance, Stein, Meersburg and Lindau all while enjoying the amazing landscape of the lake against the stunning backdrop of the glorious Alps. During the ride you have time to soak up the atmosphere in the picturesque towns lining the lakes shore with opportunities to swim and kayak during the warmer months

Trip Grading

moderate to challenging

More info about grading system

Traveller Rating

 

Located on the banks of Lake Constance (Bodensse in German), the compact University town is an ideal starting point for your week long 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 - alternative 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.

Meals:  Nil

The cycle begins along a quiet trail to Reichenau Island, a world heritage site since 2001. From the island you continue by boat to the Höri peninsula where the writer Hermann Hesse and the artist Otto Dix once lived. En route you will cycle past Radolfzell, and you will have time to visit the charming village of Stein am Rhein. Then you will continue along the Swiss shores of the lake back to Constance.

Meals:  B

This morning take the car ferry to Meersburg to commence your cycle, passing the elegant pilgrimage Birnau church, built in the Baroque style, and the reconstructed lake dwellings in Uhldingen. Cycling through vineyards, you reach Friedrichshafen, home of the Zeppelin, where we recommend visiting the museum and harbour. The tour continues past fields of orchards to the Bavarian town of Lindau, an island town. Next, you cycle along Bregenz bay with the Alps looming in the background, to finally reach today's destination. Overnight in Bregenz (65km) or (dependent on availability) Lindau (50km).

Meals:  B

The start of today’s tour will lead you through the Rhine delta, an important nature conservation area. Near Altenrhein you will cross over the border to Switzerland, where you will find the market hall; the last building of the artist Friedrich Hundertwasser. You will cycle to Constance mainly through orchards and the small towns of Arbon and Romanshorn. Overnight stay in Constance/Kreuzlingen.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes this morning in Constance.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 4 breakfasts - generally buffet style with cereals, bread, cheese, meats, yoghurt, tea, coffee and juice. What is offered may vary from hotel to hotel.
  • 4 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • 27 speed unisex or 30 speed bike rental with pannier and handlebar bag (mountain or electric bikes available on request - supplement applies)
  • Luggage transfer (max 20kgs per piece)
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room booked
  • Emergency hotline
  • Ferry Constance to Meersburg including bike

  • Drinks, lunches and dinners
  • Travel to and from Constance
  • 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 visitors tax (where applicable)
  • Helmets - can be purchased locally for EUR30-60 (depending on size) - advance reservation recommended

Bike information


Grading

moderate to challenging  

During the three days of cycling the daily routes are between 50 and 80 kilometres/31 to 49.5 miles. The first 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 parallel 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 18 Mar to 23 Oct

Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
DN1
High season is from 10 to 23 Apr and 15 May to 17 Sep. Mid season is from 1 to 9 Apr, 24 Apr to 14 May and 18 Sep to 8 Oct. A supplement applies to mid and high season departures.

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Total Priceper person from

$690USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Mountain Bike SupplementUSD$38
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$60
  • single supplementUSD$170
*Prices listed are per person

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