Lake Constance Cycling

Flanked by the majestic Alpine peaks of Germany, Switzerland and Austria, the turquoise shoreline and pebbly beaches are shared between three countries.

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Lake Constance Cycling

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11 Days / 10 Nights $2290*

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Price Includes: 6 nights in 4 star hotels, 4 nights in 3 star hotels, 10 continental breakfasts & 8 evening meals, self-guided cycling trip, hotel to hotel, managed locally by Headwater, route notes & maps & support vehicle to transfer baggage.

Departs: 25 Apr - 04 Oct 2015


TRAVEL SCALE: Active / Leisurely

  • Beautifully flat, flexible cycling: impeccably signed lakeside paths, wildflower fields, vineyards and cherry orchards
  • Interest-packed routes: Baroque churches, Gothic cathedrals, fairytale palaces, romantic castles
  • Postcard-pretty villages, half-timbered frescoed towns, cafe-lined waterfronts and stunning mountain views
  • 3 star & 4 star hotels throughout; swimming possibilities every day

Tour Details

  • Day 1: Arrive in Bregenz

    You arrive at your hotel - a historic coaching inn - in the centre of Bregenz. Explore the ancient cobbled streets of the old town before dinner on the courtyard terrace.

  • Day 2: Bregenz to Arbon

    Stunning views of the snow-capped Alpine peaks this morning as you cycle west along Lake Constance's southern shore before crossing the mighty Rhine delta that straddles the border between Austria and Switzerland. It's an area of great natural beauty and a refuge for wildlife - keep your eyes peeled for kingfishers in the reeds. Your final stretch takes you around the lake to Arbon - pretty half-timbered houses and C16 castle - where you'll spend the next 2 nights.

  • Day 3: In Arbon

    It's easy to spend a morning exploring Arbon's historic old town with its well preserved buildings. After lunch at one of the many lakeside restaurants, hop on the train (option to take your bike too), for the 20 minute ride (10km) to historic St Gallen - a bustling market town packed with C18 merchants' houses and open air cafes. Visit the C8 Benedictine Abbey's fabulous UNESCO library, then blow the cobwebs away by freewheeling back down to the lakeside. There are lots of swimming possibilities, and it's easy waterfront cycling back to the hotel.

  • Day 4: Arbon to Stein am Rhein

    Option to take the train to Guettingen this morning and shorten your route. Otherwise, pedalling clockwise around the lake, you'll pass numerous postcard-pretty, waterfront villages affording lots of panoramic sun terraces for coffee stops and lunch. In the afternoon, you coast effortlessly between sleepy harbours, the white sails from the boats reflecting brightly on the clear blue waters.

  • Day 5: In Stein am Rhein

    It's easy to spend the day in mediaeval Stein am Rhein with its C11 monastery, beautiful frescoed square and lovely chocolate shops! Alternatively, Schaffhausen, a lively German town full of street theatre in the summer, is ideal for a day trip. It is great for shopping, and has riverside cycle paths to Schloss Laufen - a tiny castle perched precariously above the tumbling Rheinfalls waterfall - the biggest in Europe!

  • Day 6: Stein am Rhein to Konstanz

    Freewheeling east this morning, you'll soon cross the border to enter Germany - look out for cormorant and red crested pochard in the Hornstaad Nature Reserve. Cycling along the 'Gnadensee' you'll soon reach the UNESCO Heritage Site of Klosterinsel Reichenau, the first populated area on Lake Constance and home to an impressive 8C AD Benedictine Abbey. It's then onto Konstanz, unofficial regional capital.

  • Day 7: In Konstanz

    You could easily spend the day exploring the narrow streets of Konstanz: visit the Altstadt, Munster and lively centre crammed with quirky shops and museums. Alternatively hop on a boat to visit Mainau Island's palace and landscaped rose gardens. If you take your bike, you can pedal back at leisure along traffic-free lakeside cycle paths.

  • Day 8: Konstanz to Friedrichshafen

    It is a short ride through oak forest to catch the 20 minute ferry ride (included) to fairytale Meersburg with its twin castles, steep streets and hillsides of vines. Then, pedalling south, it's a gentle coast into Friedrichshafen.

  • Day 9: In Friedrichshafen

    You have some superb wine tasting opportunities on your doorstep today - local Muller-Thurgau wines come from Riesling and Silvaner grapes for which Lake Constance is famous. Or visit Friedrichschafen's amazing Zeppelin Museum - full of fascinating knick-knacks, including an original menu and wine list from the Hindenburg!

  • Day 10: Friedrichshafen to Bregenz

    Past the pretty village of Langenargn and through peaceful vineyards and cherry orchards en route to lovely Lindau, a gorgeous island village surrounded by cobalt blue waters with long distance views of razor-edged peaks across the lake. Lots of idyllic choices for lunch then, keeping the lake at your side, a final swoosh takes you back down to Bregenz. If time, perhaps, take the cable car up Pfander mountain, (1,050m), for a fantastic vista of your entire route - a real achievement!

  • Day 11: Leave Bregenz

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