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Your cycling holiday in Germany

Three Countries on Two Wheels | Self Guided

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.

What not to miss

  • Visit Constance’s old town and its many beautiful buildings such as Konstanz Minister, an 11th century building with its tower offering fantastic views of the surrounding area
  • Enjoy Apple Strudel in Austria for lunch and Fondue in Switzerland for dinner!
  • Swimming in one of the lidos around Lake Constance

What's included

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Bed & breakfast
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Bikes and panniers
  • City Taxes
  • Route maps and instructions
  • Assistance whenever needed
  • Bike breakdown pass
  • Electric bikes (at an extra cost), child seats, child trailer, follow me-tandems, tandems

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your cycling holiday in Germany

Three Countries on Two Wheels | Self Guided

Day 1 | Arrive at Zurich or Friedrichshafen

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.

Day 2 | Cycle Constance to Stein am Rhein | Distance 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.

Day 3 | Cycle Stein am Rhein to Überlingen | Distance 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.

Day 4 | Cycle Überlingen to Kressbronn | Distance 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.

Day 5 | Cycle Kressbronn to Höchst or Rorschach | Distance 22 miles (35km) or 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.

Day 6 | Cycle Höchst or Rorschach to Constance | Distance 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.

Day 7 | Departure

After breakfast, we say “Auf Wiedersehen” before transferring you back to Zurich or Friedrichshafen. 

Your cycling holiday in Germany

Three Countries on Two Wheels | Self Guided

Your cycling holiday in Germany

Three Countries on Two Wheels | Self Guided

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.

Hotel Barbarossa

3-star

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.

Hotel Chlosterhof

4-star

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. 

Hotel Die Linde

4-star

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.

Hotel Mozart

3-star

Located next to the harbour in Rorschach, this hotel has simple and spacious rooms and a lovely garden to enjoy breakfast.

Hotel Wassersport Schattmaier

3-star

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.

Parkhotel St Leonard

4-star

This hotel is set in a quiet park area overlooking Lake Constance. The rooms are spacious and the hotel benefits from spa facilities including a panoramic sauna and an indoor swimming pool.

Your cycling holiday in Germany

Three Countries on Two Wheels | Self Guided

2019 Departure Dates & Prices 

Season Dates

The price of your holiday depends on its start date, as displayed in the table below.

For example, the 1st of April is Low Season and the 30th of May is High Season.

Low Season Mid Season

High Season

Peak Season
30th March - 17th April 18th April - 21st April 25th May - 7th June 8th June - 22nd June
22nd April - 26th April 27th April - 4th May 23rd June - 12th July 13th July - 24th August
5th May - 17th May 18th May - 24th May 25th August - 14th September  
6th October - 25th October 15th September - 5th October    

Tour Only Prices

2019 Departure Dates Nights 

Adult Price

Low Season 6 £715
Mid Season 6 £835
High Season 6 £885
Peak Season 6 £915

 

Flights and Transfers Included

2019 Departure Dates Nights 

Adult Price

Low Season 6 £1015
Mid Season 6 £1135
High Season 6 £1175
Peak Season 6 £1205

Supplements

  • Ebike: £100 per person
  • Single Supplement: £35 per night
  • Child Reduction: On request
  • Extra Night in Double Room: £80 per person
  • Extra Night in Single Room: £100 per person
  • Tandem Bike: £75 per person

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