Meersburg is a medieval town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Photo via Flickr:FDelventhal
Boating on Stein am Rhein on Lake Constance, Switzerland. Photo via Flickr:Luca Casartelli

Rosti, a traditional Swiss dish. Photo via Flickr:t-mizo
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Around Lake Constance - 12 Day

Austria, Germany, Switzerland Bike Tours

Bike around one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe!

  • Bordered by three countries, Lake Constance occupies an extremely beautiful corner of Central Europe and provides the perfect backdrop for this scenic bike tour. This bike tour around Lake Constance includes the most important areas of interest. You will have an active and enjoyable holiday between the Pfänder mountain and the Rhine Falls, the flower island of Mainau and the Appenzeller countryside. Boat trips and ferry rides will allow you to experience the lake and numerous towns and villages are waiting to be discovered. This extended bike tour along Lake Constance is also suitable for those not accustomed to cycling long distances.

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  • 2019 Pricing

    Season A: £ 954 $ 1,635 1194 NOK 11443 kr 10562 $ 1,373

    Season B: £ 1073 $ 1,840 1344 NOK 12880 kr 11889 $ 1,546

    Season C: £ 1113 $ 1,908 1394 NOK 13359 kr 12332 $ 1,603

    Season D: £ 1153 $ 1,977 1444 NOK 13838 kr 12774 $ 1,661

    Season A: April 22 to April 26 + May 5 to May 17 + Oct 6, 2019
    Season B: April 18 to April 21 + April 27 to May 4 + May 18 to May 24 + Sept 15 to Oct 5, 2019
    Season C: May 25 to June 7 + June 23 to Jul 12 + Aug 25 to Sept 14, 2019 
    Season D: June 8 to June 22 + July 13 to Aug 24, 2019

    extra options

    Single supplement: £ 240 $ 411 300 NOK 2875 kr 2654 $ 345

    Electric bike: £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115

    Tandem bike rental: £ 60 $ 103 75 NOK 719 kr 663 $ 86

    Child's bike or trailer: £ 32 $ 55 40 NOK 383 kr 354 $ 46

    Child's seat: Free

    Extra night in Constance:  £ 52 $ 89 65 NOK 623 kr 575 $ 75

    Single room: £ 72 $ 123 90 NOK 863 kr 796 $ 104

     

    please note

    Children Discount 
    0 - 5 years are Free
    6 - 13 years 50 %  
    14 - 17 years 25 % 

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Zurich.

    Local Travel

    Train from Zurich airport to Constance, 1-2 hr. depending on connections. Price is about €21 per person.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. Average high/low temperatures in °F for the area are: April 54/40°, May 62/48°, June 67/53°, July 73/58°, August 72/57°, September 65/52°, October 55/45°

    Remarks

    Electric bike and tandems available for supplemental fee. Teenagers’ bikes (20-26 inches), children’s trailers and other trailers available upon request and are included in tour price.


Where You’ll Stay

Overnight stays in good quality 3 star guesthouses and hotels with private bath

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 11 nights at 3* hotels
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transportation
  • 7 or 24 speed unisex bicycle (2019: 8 ir 27 speed gear)
  • Boat trip Reichenau-Gaienhofen incl. bike
  • Boat trip to the Rhine Falls rock
  • Entrances to Rosgartenmuseum, Mainau Island, the Lake Dwelling museum, and the Zeppelin museum.
  • Journey by cable car to Pfänder excluding bike (bike transport is free between 8-10 am)
  • Train ride Altstätten-Gais incl. bike (only for 2018)
  • Comprehensive cycling route description with maps (1 set per room)
  • 7-day Service-Hotline

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrive to hotel in Constance (train from Zurich airport, approx €21)
  • Remaining meals
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
  • City tax, if applicable (to be paid at each hotel) approximately €2 per night

Extra Stay

Extra nights available and recommended in Lake Constance.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length12 days
From1194 Rates
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Tour Dates

Daily from April 18 to October 6, 2019 (Close-out dates July 30 & July 31, 2019) 

Skill Level

Easy to moderate self-guided bike tour on mainly flat, paved cycle paths along the shore of the lake or on paved lakeside roads. Total distance covered is approximately 181 miles with the opportunity for a 5-mile hike. Average daily distance is approximately 22 miles.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Around Lake Constance - 12 Day Map

Day 1: Arrival in Constance
Day 2: Constance - Isle of Reichenau - Gailingen/Stein am Rhein, 25/19 mi. (40/30 km) + boat trip
Day 3: Overnight stay in Gailingen or Stein am Rhein 19 to 31 mi. (30 - 50 km)​
Day 4: Stein am Rhein or Gailingen - Constance, 25/19 mi. (40/30 km)
Day 5: Constance - Insel Mainau (Mainau Island) - Radolfzell, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 6: Radolfzell - Bodman - Ludwigshafen - Uhldingen/Meersburg, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Uhldingen/Meersburg - Friedrichshafen, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 8: Friedrichshafen - Bregenz/Lindau, (25 mi. ) 40 km
Day 9: Bregenz/Lindau - Pfänder - St. Gallen, 34 mi. (55 km) + train ride
Day 10: Leisure day in St. Gallen or hiking tour in the Appenzell region
Day 11: St. Gallen - Constance, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 12: Individual departure or extension of stay

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance
After arrival in Constance, the largest city around the lake, there is free time to explore the European church convention chaired by the German Kaiser Sigis­mund which fundamentally changed the Latin church, met here from 1414-1418 in the cathedral and the council building. The aquariums in the Sea Life Center and the Archaeological Museum are also recom­mended.

Day 2: Constance - Isle of Reichenau - Gaienhofen - Gailingen, 25/19 mi. (40/30 km) + boat trip
The first highlight is Reichenau Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. A boat will then bring you over to the Höri peninsula. You will continue along the High Rhine to Gailingen or Stein am Rhein.

Day 3: Visit to Rhine Falls - Gailingen, 19 to 31 mi. (30 to 50 km)​
Today you will cycle to Schaffhausen, overlooked by the Munot fort. Then you will visit Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Central Europe. After visiting Schaffhausen, you will return to Gailingen or Stein am Rhein .

Day 4: Stein am Rhein or Gailingen - Constance, 25/19 mi. (40/30 km)
You will cycle up along the Rhein today back to Constance. Nu­merous picturesque Swiss fishing villages lie along your return path through the peaceful countryside of the Lower Lake. Napoleon‘s step­daughter, Hortense de Beauharnais, made this area her adopted home. You will visit her former home in Arenenberg, which is now a Napoleon museum.

Day 5: Constance - Mainau Island – Radolfzell, 19 mi. (30 km)
Today you will explore the "flower island" of Mainau. After your visit, you will have a short cycle trip through Allensbach, which is well known due to its public opinion research institute, to the former imperial town and modern Kneipp health resort of Radolfzell.

Day 6: Radolfzell - Bodman - Ludwigshafen - Uhldingen/Meersburg, 25 mi. (40 km)
You cross the "Bodanrück" and reach the „Überlinger See“ (part of Lake Constance) near Bodman. Visit the Lake Dwelling museum in Unteruhldingen.

Day 7: Uhldingen/Meersburg - Friedrichshafen, 15 mi. (25 km)
Meersburg awaits you today with numerous attractions. Accompanied by a beautiful panoramic view of the Alps, you will cycle towards the lively town of Friedrichshafen where you can visit the Zeppelin museum.

Day 8: Friedrichshafen - Bregenz/Lindau, 25 mi. (40 km)
You will cycle through expansive orchards and reach the Bavarian me­tropolis of Lindau, whose protected old town is on an island. After a few kilometers, you will find yourself on Austrian soil and cycle directly along the lakeshore towards the drama festival town of Bregenz with its unique lakeside stage.

Day 9: Bregenz/Lindau - Pfänder - St. Gallen, 34 mi. (55 km) + train ride
Recommended is a visit to Pfänder in the morning, after that cycle along the Alpine Rhine to Altstätten. Take the train to Gais in the Appenzell region and through picture-perfect landscapes to St. Gallen.

Day 10: Leisure day in St. Gallen or hiking tour in the Appenzell region
Today you discover St. Gallen. Alternatively you can go on a hiking tour in the Appenzell region.

Day 11: St. Gallen - Constance, 28 mi. (45 km)
Cycle downhill to Arbon where you hit the lake again. The route takes you along the banks of the lake through small villages back to Constance.

Day 12: Individual departure or extension of stay

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  • John and Janet B. 1 year ago

    The most memorable part was clearly the scenic routes, food, friendly people and cities selected for lodging. Great hotels! Tripsite delivered on services as promised.
    We were disappointed/frustrated with the lack of route details and direction into and out of the cities. Despite the network of paved bike trails/paths, we spent too much time confused asking locals for direction to our destination. Perhaps for persons accustomed to biking in Europe, the vague directions presented no difficulty, but for persons from America not familiar with the signage and more accustomed to turn by turn cue sheets, we were frequently challenged to find our path. Asking directions from local residents did give us an interesting opportunity to communicate across languages. We would recommend you add more detailed directions into and out of cities.
    Thanks for your arrangements to make our trip possible. We really did enjoy our bike tour around Lake Constance.

  • Sally S. 2 years ago

    This was the BEST bike trip! Lake Constance is a beautiful setting, lodging was terrific, loved my e bike and food was good. Thanks to you and Radweg-Reisin for making the arrangements.

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