Meersburg in Germany. Photo via Flickr:Bern Thaller

Rosti - 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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  • 2017 Pricing

    Season A: £ 1151 $ 1,791 1189 NOK 12088 kr 11158 $ 1,451

    Season B: £ 1296 $ 2,017 1339 NOK 13613 kr 12566 $ 1,634

    Season C: £ 1345 $ 2,092 1389 NOK 14122 kr 13035 $ 1,695

    Season A: April 15 - April 28 + Oct. 1 to Oct. 8
    Season B: April 29 to May 19 + June 18 to June 30 + Aug. 27 to Sep. 30
    Season C: May 20 to June 17 and July 1 to Aug. 26

    2018 Pricing

    Season A: £ 1156 $ 1,798 1194 NOK 12139 kr 11205 $ 1,457

    Season B: £ 1301 $ 2,024 1344 NOK 13664 kr 12613 $ 1,640

    Season C: £ 1350 $ 2,100 1394 NOK 14172 kr 13082 $ 1,701

    Season A: March 29 - April 20 + Oct. 8 to Oct. 10
    Season B: April 21 to May 4 + June 3 to June 29 + Aug. 25 to Oct. 7
    Season C: May 5 to June 2 and June 30 to Aug. 24

    extra options

    2017

    Single supplement: £ 290 $ 452 300 NOK 3050 kr 2815 $ 366

    Dinners included: £ 261 $ 407 270 NOK 2745 kr 2534 $ 329

    Electric bike: £ 87 $ 136 90 NOK 915 kr 845 $ 110

    Tandem bike rental: £ 68 $ 105 70 NOK 712 kr 657 $ 85

    Discounts available for children.

    Extra night in Constance:  £ 58 $ 90 60 NOK 610 kr 563 $ 73

    Single room: £ 77 $ 120 80 NOK 813 kr 751 $ 98

     

    2018

    Single supplement: £ 290 $ 452 300 NOK 3050 kr 2815 $ 366

    Electric bike: £ 97 $ 151 100 NOK 1017 kr 938 $ 122

    Tandem bike rental: £ 73 $ 113 75 NOK 763 kr 704 $ 92

    Child's bike or trailer: £ 44 $ 68 45 NOK 458 kr 422 $ 55

    Child's seat: Free

    Extra night in Constance:  £ 63 $ 98 65 NOK 661 kr 610 $ 79

    Single room: £ 82 $ 128 85 NOK 864 kr 798 $ 104

    Discounts available for children

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Trip 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
From1189 Rates
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Tour Dates

Daily from April 15 to October 8, 2017

Daily from April 20 to October 10, 2018

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: Visit to Rhine Falls - Gailingen, 19 to 31 mi. (30 to 50 km)​
Day 4: 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.

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.

Day 4: 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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  • Sally S. 11 months 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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