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This classic cycle tour takes you around Lake Constance stopping at historic towns such as Stein am Rhein, Bregenz and Lindau and passing through three countries, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Lake Constance is surrounded by vineyards, orchards and beaches with views of the stunning alps in the background. Enjoy swimming in the lake, fresh fish, local wines, visiting medieval castles or even a trip on a traditional lake steamer.
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Arrive at Zurich or Friedrichshafen and transfer to Constance. Constance or 'Konstanz' is the largest town on the lake and very close to the Swiss border and the edge of the Alps. Constance is a university town with a magnificent cathedral and has long been a cultural centre at the crossroads of Europe. Once you have checked into your first hotel, you can either explore the cobblestone streets of this lively town or take a swim in the lake itself from one of the promenade lidos.
Constance to Stein am Rhein: 28 miles (45km). Today, you will begin your cycle north around the lake and cross the border into Switzerland for an overnight stay in the town of Stein am Rhein. You will cycle along the “Hori” Peninsula stopping at the lakeside town of Radolfzell, originally developed from a monastery, before reaching your hotel for the night. Stein am Rhein is charming town situated on the River Rhine as it reaches Lake Constance. It is known for its preserved Old Town with half-timbered houses with painted facades.
Stein am Rhein to Überlingen: 28 miles (45km). After a relaxing breakfast, you will loop back round on the Swiss side of the lake through Konstanz again passing through Swiss fishing villages towards Überlingen. When you reach Wallhausen you will take a short boat trip (included in price) across the end of Lake Constance to Überlingen. Überlingen’s esplanade has an almost Mediterranean feel to it and its ancient city gates, walls and towers hark back to the 14th century.
Überlingen to Kressbronn: 31 miles (50km). Continuing south alongside the of the lake you will travel through Meersburg which is surrounded by vineyards with a quick stop to see the medieval castle before reaching the city of Friedrichshafen. Friedrichshafen has superb views of the Austrian and Swiss Alps and long waterfront promenades ideal for a lunch or coffee stop. Then you will cycle through orchards and finish the day in Kressbronn.
Kressbronn to Höchst: 22 miles (35km) or Rorschach: 31 miles (50km). You have either the choice of cycling to Höchst in Austria or continuing to the Swiss town of Rorschach. The first highlight on the route today is the Bavarian city of Lindau, which has its old town on an island just off the edge of the lake. Next, you will cycle through into Austria and to the town of Bregenz famous for its baroque architecture and marina. Your destination for the evening is either the tranquil Austrian village of Höchst or the Swiss harbour town of Rorschach.
Höchst or Rorschach to Constance: 22 miles (35km)/34 miles (55km). Your last day of cycling will take you back to Konstanz through the Swiss canton of Thurgau and its large apple orchards. The route follows the banks of the river through many quaint Swiss villages with a stop for a swim before you reach your destination.
After breakfast, we say “Auf Wiedersehen” before transferring you back to Zurich or Friedrichshafen.
Tour Only Prices
Flights and Transfers Included
|2018 Departure Dates||Nights||
|24th March - 20th April||6||£1059|
|21st April - 4th May||6||£1179|
|5th May - 2nd June||6||£1125|
|3rd June - 29th June||6||£1179|
|30th June - 24th August||6||£1225|
|25th August - 7th October||6||£1179|
|8th August - 24th August||6||£1059|
Tour Only Prices
|2018 Departure Dates||Nights||
|24th March - 20th April||6||£755|
|21st April - 4th May||6||£875|
|5th May - 2nd June||6||£925|
|3rd June - 29th June||6||£875|
|30th June - 24th August||6||£925|
|25th August - 7th October||6||£875|
|8th August - 24th August||6||£755|
Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.
This lovely family run hotel is ideally located in the centre of the old town and its elegant rooms are all individually styled. The hotel has a roof terrace with sun loungers.
This hotel offers river views, contemporary rooms and is only a short walk to the old town. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool and sauna and rooms have Nespresso machines.
The Die Linde is a traditional building and has been run as a hotel for the last century. All rooms have been recently renovated and the excellent hotel restaurant is well known in the region.
Located next to the harbour in Rorschach, this hotel has simple and spacious rooms and a lovely garden to enjoy breakfast.
Only a few minutes’ walk to the beach, this hotel is well designed to make the most of its lakeside location and has its own sailing school. The hotel also has a sauna and steam room.
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