6 days days
  • self guided cycle
  • 5 nights Cat A* except Meersburg Cat B (2 rest days - extra cost applies)
  • 5 Breakfasts





Trip Code: SOG8090

Trip highlights

  • The medieval towns of Constance, Meersburg and Lindau
  • Leisurely ride in an amazing landscape of the lake against the backdrop of the Alps
  • Cycling around the 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, Meersburg and Lindau all while enjoying the amazing landscape of the lake against the backdrop of the Alps. Soak up the atmosphere in the picturesque towns lining the lakeshore with opportunities to swim and kayak during the warmer months.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

More info about grading system

12 May - 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. Subject to 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. Bike collection in Constance - open 9am-7pm daily on day 1 or 2.

Meals:  Nil

13 May - First you cycle to Wallhausen, where a boat takes you to the old Imperial town of Überlingen. Visit the gothic church and go for a walk along the popular lakeside promenade. Back on your bikes past the Baroque pilgrimage church of Birnau. From here, you cycle to Meersburg, known for its old town centre, wine and fortress. 14 May - Extra night Meersburg - $150 per person per night twinshare with breakfast (will be added separately). Note this is a Cat B hotel (we don't work with any Cat A hotels in Meersburg)

Meals:  B

15 May - From Meersburg you cycle through vineyards to Friedrichshafen. We also recommend a visit to the Zeppelin museum. Next you cycle through extensive orchards, through Langenargen with its pretty Montfort Castle, built in the Moorish style. Shortly after you reach the Bavarian town of Lindau, whose harbour is watched over by a 6-metre high lion. The entire old town lies on an island. 16 May - Extra night Lindau - $180 per person per night twinshare with breakfast (will be added separately).

Meals:  B

17 May - Setting out today you soon reach Bregenz, the capital of the Vorarlberg region of Austria and famous for its annual festival (held in July & Aug) on the largest lake-stage in the world. You reach Höchst where you soon cross the border again and then, after pedalling onward for a few kilometres to your hotel in Arbon (Cat A).

Meals:  B

18 May - 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. As before, subject to availability, hotel may be in Kreuzlingen.

Meals:  B

19 May - The trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B


  • 5 breakfasts - generally buffet style with cereals, bread, cheese, meats, yoghurt, tea, coffee and juice. What is offered will change from hotel to hotel.
  • 5 nights accommodation in Category A 3-4 star hotels - note Meersburg is Cat B
  • 27 speed bike rental with pannier and handlebar bag (8-speed on request only) electric bikes on request - supplement applies
  • Luggage transfer (max 20kg per piece)
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room booked
  • Emergency hotline - 7 days 8am to 8pm
  • Entrance to Rosgarten museum, 1 coffee included
  • Boat trip Wallhausen / Dingelsdorf - Uberlingen with 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
  • Helmet - available to purchase locally (price guide: Adults: 70,00€ - subject to change). No need to prebook, buy at the bike collection.
  • Extra nights Meersburg & Lindau - will be added separately - $150pp pn Meersburg, $180 pp pn Lindau - see itinerary for details

Bike information


introductory to moderate  

On cycling days, daily routes are between 30-50 kilometres approx. 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 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).

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