Itinerary

11 Day Tour 

Day 1

Arrive at Zurich airport. Transfer by minibus or taxi to our base hotel in Appenzell.

Day 2 

Appenzell. After breakfast you’ll be equipped with your bicycle. The day is now yours to explore Appenzell and the surrounding area. This small town lies among beautiful undulating meadows, with the majestic Alpstein range providing a spectacular backdrop to the south. A network of quiet lanes and forest tracks traverse the landscape - you can pedal in time to the rhythmic chiming of cowbells! Appenzell is famous for its unique cheese, a key ingredient in several local specialities. Sample this imaginative cuisine at one of the authentic Gasthofs and cafés around the cobbled market square surrounded by colourful wooden houses. Alternatively, head to Berggasthaus Aescher, a restaurant built into the cliff face above Appenzell, for lunch with a view.

Day 3

Appenzell to Tufertschwil: 26 miles (42km). A morning meandering through glorious Appenzellerland is punctuated by a visit to Stein, a pretty village overlooking the Sitter Valley. The fascinating Folk Museum here illustrates local culture and crafts and a cheese factory demonstrates the art of producing delicious Appenzeller. The subsequent route passes close to St Gallen, eastern Switzerland’s largest city. At St Gallen’s heart is a magnificent cathedral and monastery, designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The final leg to Tufertschwil follows an isolated lane deep inside idyllic alpine country.

Day 4

Tufertschwil. Far off the beaten track, the tiny hamlet of Tufertschwil is set in a truly enchanting location. Deep green pastures are dotted with ancient Swiss farmhouses as the cycling lanes wriggle through lush valleys. The pride of Tufertschwil is the Hotel Rössli, a perfect blend of rustic charm and contemporary comfort.

Day 5

Tufertschwil to Egnach: 26 miles (42km). Following the Mittelland cycle route, the rolling hills of Upper Thurgau give way to a gentle landscape of apple and pear orchards. A highlight of the day is Bischofszell, a historic town situated at the confluence of the Rivers Sitter and Thur.

Day 6 

Egnach. With a private shore-front for guests’ exclusive use, Lake Constance is just a stone’s throw from your hotel. Cycling around the lake, your route passes through Egnach and leads southeast to Arbon, an attractive lakeside resort. St Gallen is also within easy striking distance and deserves further exploration.

Day 7

Egnach to Reichenau: 24 miles (38km). Cycle paths and quiet lanes follow the Lake Constance shoreline northwest to Konstanz. The stunning views across to Germany are matched by those of the snow-capped Alps. The old town of Konstanz is a maze of cobbled alleys and perfectly preserved ancient buildings - it certainly demands a lingering visit. Having passed into Germany, this thrilling journey continues along the shore and onto the resort island of Reichenau.

Day 8

Reichenau. During the 10th and 11th centuries, the island of Reichenau was one of Europe’s largest monastic centres and its legacy of fine churches and abbey remains is now recognised as a World Heritage site. Meanwhile, the nearby island of Mainau is an extraordinary park, created for the Grand Dukes of Baden, with romantic woods and vivid flower terraces (the thriving hibiscus, orange trees and daturas illustrate the mild climate). We definitely recommend a cycling excursion here.

Day 9

Reichenau to Stein am Rhein: 26 miles (42km). The tour continues along the German shores of Lake Constance. Several picturesque local villages boast splendid half-timbered buildings, while ferry routes link the villages - great for taking exciting shortcuts! On a clear day, you can enjoy stunning views of the jagged alpine horizon across the water.

Day 10

Stein am Rhein. With its medieval half-timbered buildings and 16th century houses whose façades are painted with frescos, Stein am Rhein is justly renowned as one of Switzerland’s most beautiful sights. Our suggested cycle route follows the mighty Rhein west to Schaffhausen and the Rheinfalls. Schaffhausen was an important trading hub during the Middle Ages and its cobbled Old Town streets are lined with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings. The Rheinfalls inevitably make a big splash with visitors - in fact, they are Europe’s most powerful waterfalls.

Day 11 

We say “Auf Wiedersehen” before transferring you direct from Stein am Rhein to Zurich airport by train or minibus.

One Night Or Two?

Most of our holidays are available in two formats: BSpoke Original (two-night stays at each hotel, moving on alternate days), and BSpoke One Night Stops (two nights in your first hotel, followed by just one night in each subsequent hotel, for those who want to cycle a distance every day).

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