Boating on Stein am Rhein on Lake Constance, Switzerland. Photo via Flickr:Luca Casartelli

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Around Lake Constance Bike Tour

Austria, Germany, Switzerland Bike Tours

A three country Lake Constance cycle tour around the beautiful Bodensee

  • Your bike tour around Lake Constance will lead through the countries of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland on the Lake Constance Cycle Route, one of Europe's most desirable cycling paths.

    You begin to bike in Constance, Germany, pedal over the border, into Switzerland, through towns and countryside, and then, to the Austrian town of Bregenz. Crossing the Rhine, you find yourself on Swiss soil once again, passing through Rorschach, with its lovely lake promenade as well as Mariaberg Abbeu, and the Sulzberg and Wartegg Castles. Then via Arbon, the oldest settlement on Lake Constance, and Romanshorn, the route will take you back to the start.

    And did we mention the islands you will visit; Mainau and Lindau?

    With the Alps as your backdrop, enjoy the views, the culture, and the history!

    Highlights:

    • Half-timbered houses with cascading terraces
    • Zeppelin museum
    • Island town of Lindau
    • Cable car in Bregenz
    • Mainau, the flower island

    We have several length selections of Lake Constance bike tours from which you can choose.

    Please take a look at our 12-day tour!

    Upon request, we can also send you details about a single hotel based tour.

    Want to see more bike tours in Austria? Also, check out our full list of bike tours in Germany.

  • 2020


    Twin rooms / separate beds are not always available. You must clearly state in your booking that you request twin-bed rooms and we will do our very best to accommodate.

    8 Day 

    Cat. ACat. B
    Season A £ 678 $ 1,503 798 $ 1202 NOK 7515 kr 6936 $ 902 £ 547 $ 1,213 644 $ 970 NOK 6064 kr 5598 $ 728
    Season B £ 788 $ 1,748 928 $ 1398 NOK 8739 kr 8066 $ 1,049 £ 630 $ 1,397 742 $ 1118 NOK 6987 kr 6450 $ 838
    Season C £ 848 $ 1,880 998 $ 1504 NOK 9398 kr 8675 $ 1,128 £ 695 $ 1,541 818 $ 1232 NOK 7703 kr 7110 $ 924
    Season D £ 890 $ 1,974 1048 $ 1579 NOK 9869 kr 9110 $ 1,184 £ 720 $ 1,597 848 $ 1278 NOK 7985 kr 7371 $ 958
    Single supplement £ 242 $ 537 285 $ 429 NOK 2684 kr 2477 $ 322 £ 166 $ 367 195 $ 294 NOK 1836 kr 1695 $ 220

    7 Day 

    Cat. ACat. B
    Season A £ 619 $ 1,371 728 $ 1097 NOK 6855 kr 6328 $ 823 £ 491 $ 1,089 578 $ 871 NOK 5443 kr 5024 $ 653
    Season B £ 703 $ 1,559 828 $ 1248 NOK 7797 kr 7197 $ 936 £ 576 $ 1,277 678 $ 1022 NOK 6385 kr 5893 $ 766
    Season C £ 763 $ 1,691 898 $ 1353 NOK 8456 kr 7806 $ 1,015 £ 610 $ 1,352 718 $ 1082 NOK 6761 kr 6241 $ 811
    Season D £ 805 $ 1,785 948 $ 1428 NOK 8927 kr 8240 $ 1,071 £ 636 $ 1,409 748 $ 1127 NOK 7044 kr 6502 $ 845
    Single supplement £ 203 $ 450 239 $ 360 NOK 2251 kr 2077 $ 270 £ 144 $ 318 169 $ 255 NOK 1591 kr 1469 $ 191

    8 Day Family Tour

    3-star 
    Season A £ 593 $ 1,315 698 $ 1052 NOK 6573 kr 6067 $ 789
    Season B £ 678 $ 1,503 798 $ 1202 NOK 7515 kr 6936 $ 902
    Season C £ 763 $ 1,691 898 $ 1353 NOK 8456 kr 7806 $ 1,015
    Season D £ 788 $ 1,748 928 $ 1398 NOK 8739 kr 8066 $ 1,049
    Single supplement £ 191 $ 424 225 $ 339 NOK 2119 kr 1956 $ 254

    5 Day 

    3-star
    Season A £ 313 $ 693 368 $ 554 NOK 3465 kr 3199 $ 416
    Season B £ 381 $ 844 448 $ 675 NOK 4219 kr 3894 $ 506
    Season C £ 423 $ 938 498 $ 750 NOK 4690 kr 4329 $ 563
    Season D £ 466 $ 1,032 548 $ 826 NOK 5160 kr 4763 $ 619
    Single supplement £ 115 $ 254 135 $ 203 NOK 1271 kr 1173 $ 153

    Season A: March 28 to April 3 + April 13 to April 24 + October 1 to October 27, 2020
    Season B: April 4 to April 12 + April 25 to May 15 + June 14 to June 26 + September 13 to September 30, 2020
    Season C: May 16 to May 28 + June 1 to June 5 + June 27 to July 3 + August 23 to September 12, 2020
    Season D: May 29 to May 31 + June 6 to June 13 + July 4 to August 22, 2020


     

    extra options

    2020

    Electric bike rental
     

    7 and 8-day tours: £ 99 $ 218 116 $ 175 NOK 1092 kr 1008 $ 131 5-day tour: £ 42 $ 94 50 $ 75 NOK 471 kr 435 $ 57  

    Extra nights

     Category ACategory B
    Constance/Kreuzlingen £ 67 $ 149 79 $ 119 NOK 744 kr 687 $ 89 £ 50 $ 111 59 $ 89 NOK 556 kr 513 $ 67
    Stein/Gailingen £ 67 $ 149 79 $ 119 NOK 744 kr 687 $ 89 £ 47 $ 104 55 $ 83 NOK 518 kr 478 $ 62
    Überlingen £ 67 $ 149 79 $ 119 NOK 744 kr 687 $ 89 £ 42 $ 92 49 $ 74 NOK 461 kr 426 $ 55
    Kressbronn / Lindau £ 81 $ 179 95 $ 143 NOK 895 kr 826 $ 107 £ 50 $ 111 59 $ 89 NOK 556 kr 513 $ 67
    Höchst / Rorschach / Arbon £ 72 $ 160 85 $ 128 NOK 800 kr 739 $ 96 £ 47 $ 104 55 $ 83 NOK 518 kr 478 $ 62
    Schaffhausen £ 76 $ 168 89 $ 134 NOK 838 kr 774 $ 101 £ 67 $ 149 79 $ 119 NOK 744 kr 687 $ 89
    Single supplement £ 22 $ 49 26 $ 39 NOK 245 kr 226 $ 29 £ 31 $ 68 36 $ 54 NOK 339 kr 313 $ 41


    Children's discounts are available and apply if staying in the same room as two full paying adults.
    Child bike, intermediate bike (for teenagers), child's trailer, e-cargo-bike with seats for 2 children are available.

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Zurich Airport (ZRH) is the largest international airport of Switzerland and the principal hub of Swiss International Air Lines. The airport is located 13 kilometers (8 mi.) north of central Zürich.

    Local Travel

    Zurich Airport railway station (German: Bahnhof Zürich Flughafen) is a railway station serving Zurich Airport in Switzerland. The station is located underneath the Airport Center, the main ground-side passenger terminal of the airport. Train from Zurich airport to Constance (Konstanz), 1-2 hr. with zero to one transfers. Cost is approximately €25 per person.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. The warm season in Constance is from the end of May until mid-September with an average daily high temperature above 69°F. The hottest day of the year generally occurs in August with an average high of 77° F and low of 59°F. A good website to use to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more weather-related facts is weatherbase.com.

    Recommended

    Helmets are not available for use! Please bring your own helmet.

    Remarks

    Tandem, child bike, Intermediate bike (for teenagers), child’s trailer, E-cargo-bike with seats for 2 children. Children’s discounts available (apply for accommodation in rooms with two full-paying guests.) Ask us for pricing.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Tour Dates

2020

7-day tour 

Daily departures from March 28 to October 27, 2020

8-day family tour

Daily departures from April 9 to October 6, 2020
Due to local festivals August 1, August 8 and August 31 to September 3 are not available.
Sunday departures: March 29, April 5, and October 10 to October 27, 2020

8-day tour

Daily departures from April 5 to October 10, 2020

5-day tour

Daily departures from  March 28 to October 27, 2020


 

Where You’ll Stay

8-day regular tour and 7-day tour

Category A: Charming 3 and 4-star hotels and guesthouses close to city center. Category B: 2 and 3-star hotels sometimes outside of city centers or in nearby towns.

8-day family tour

3-star level accommodations

5-day family tour

3-star level accommodations

Please Note: Hotel bookings are based on availability and we do our best to provide the highest quality tours within each category. In rare cases, we cannot always guarantee all hotels will be in city center or have air conditioning. Twin bed rooms are scarce.

What’s Included

All tours

  • Hotel accommodations for 4 to 7 nights in selected category
  • Breakfasts
  • Comprehensive travel info and maps (1 set per room)
  • 27-speed touring bicycle with caliper brakes or 7-speed touring bicycle with back pedal brake with unisex frames. Equipped with: Pannier, handlebar bag, mileometer, bike lock, pump, repair kit (one per booking)
  • Luggage transportation
  • 7-day service hotline
  • GPS tracks with advance request

7 day Tour

  • Entrance to Rosgarten museum, 1 coffee incl.

8 Day Family Tour

  • Boat trip Wallhausen/Dingelsdorf - Überlingen incl. bicycle
  • Entrance Lake Dwelling Museum Unteruhldingen
  • Entrance to Rosgarten museum, 1 coffee incl.
  • Entrance Sea Life Center Constance
  • Entrance Mainau Island
  • Entrance Ravensburger Spieleland Meckenbeuren-Liebenau
  • Entrance Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen
  • Cable car return ride to the Pfänder excl. bike

8 day tour

  • Entrance to Rosgarten museum, 1 coffee incl.
  • Boat trip Gaienhofen-Reichenau incl. bike
  • Boat trip to the Rhine Falls rocks

5 Day Sporty Tour

  • Ferry from Constance - Meersburg incl. bicycle
  • 27-speed bike or 30-speed mountain bike (mountain bike bring own cycling rucksack)

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival to hotel in Constance
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Helmet not available (we recommend bringing your own)
  • City tax, if applicable (to be paid at each hotel) approximately €2 per night
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

This tour is very flexible. The cycling days can be shortened or lengthened, and you can usually book an extra night in any of the towns.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length5–8 days
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Skill Level

This is an easy, self-guided hotel tour with average daily distances of 13 to 35 miles (20 to 55 km). Route runs predominantly flat, with an occasional rolling hill, and along good asphalt roads and bike paths.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Around Lake Constance Map

7 Day tour

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance/Kreuzlingen
Day 2: 
Category A: Constance – Stein am Rhein / Öhningen / Gaienhofen, 19/25 mi. (30/40 km)
Category B: Constance - Gailingen/Stein am Rhein region, 28/34 mi. (40/50 km)
Day 3: 
Category A: Stein am Rhein/Öhningen/Gaienhofen - Überlingen, 28/34 mi. (40/50 km)
Category B: Gailingen/Stein am Rhein - Ludwigshafen / Sipplingen / Überlingen, 28/37 mi. (45 - 60 km)
Day 4:
Category A:  Ludwigshafen / Sipplingen / Überlingen - Wasserburg / Lindau,  37 mi. (60 km)
Category B: Ludwigshafen / Sipplingen / Überlingen - Kressbronn / Nonnenhorn, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: 
Category A: Lindau - Arbon 32 mi. (50 km)
Category B: Kressbronn - Höchst/Rorschach, 25/32 mi. (40/50 km)
Day 6:
Category A: Arbon - Constance, 22 mi. (35 km)
Category B:  Höchst - Constance, 37 mi. (60 km)
Day 7: Departure or extended stay in Constance

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance/Kreuzlingen
Take the chance to visit Mainau island or take a walk through the old town of Constance. The aquariums in the Sea Life Center and the Ar­chaeological Museum are also recommended.

Day 2: 
Category A: Constance – Stein am Rhein / Öhningen / Gaienhofen, 19/25 mi. (30/40 km)
Category B: Constance - Gailingen/Stein am Rhein region, 28/34 mi. (40/50 km)

First, you cycle along the southern Swiss shore of the Untersee and pass many villages, typical to this region. Finally, you reach the little, picturesque town of Stein am Rhein with its many frescoed houses. Depending on where you are staying the night, you might cross the border again for Gailingen or Gaienhofen.

Day 3: 
Category A: Stein am Rhein/Öhningen/Gaienhofen - Überlingen, 28/34 mi. (40/50 km)
Category B: Gailingen/Stein am Rhein - Ludwigshafen / Sipplingen / Überlingen, 28/37 mi. (45/60 km)

Today you circle the romantic peninsula of Höri. The famous painter Otto Dix and the well-known author Hermann Hesse used to call this place their home. In the old imperial town on Radolfzell you take a little break before you cross the Bodanrück. A short steep incline is on your way to Überlingen, the only one all around Lake Constance.

Day 4: 
Category A:  Ludwigshafen / Sipplingen / Überlingen - Wasserburg / Lindau,  37 mi. (60 km)
Category B: Ludwigshafen / Sipplingen / Überlingen - Kressbronn / Nonnenhorn, 31 mi. (50 km)

From Überlingen, you will cycle to Friedrichshafen. You will pass by the baroque pilgrimage church of Birnau and the ancient town of Meersburg on the way. In Friedrichshafen the Zeppelin museum is worth visiting.

Day 5: 
Category A: Lindau - Arbon 32 mi. (50 km)
Category B: Kressbronn - Höchst/Rorschach, 25/32 mi. (40/50 km)

Today you will travel towards the imperial island town of Lindau, known for its lavish gardens, historic medieval town center, and its great location nestled under Pfänder Mountain. Then you will head on towards Bre­genz. Be sure to take the cable car to the top of Pfänder Mountain, especially on a clear day! The capital town of Vorarlberg is famous for its annual drama fe­stival on the largest lake theater in the world. You will then pass through an important nature reserve on the Rhein delta.

Day 6: 
Category A: Arbon - Constance, 22 mi. (35 km)
Category B:  Höchst - Constance, 37 mi. (60 km)

The last day of your tour leads you through Romanshorn, with most im­portant Swiss harbor on Lake Constance. You will pass many villages full with wooden framed houses on your way back to Constance. You can visit Mainau island today if you haven’t already done so.

Day 7: Individual departure or extension of stay
After breakfast, you may return home or extend your stay.


Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance
Day 2: Constance - Radolfzell - Überlingen, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 3:
Category A: Überlingen - Lindau, 37 mi. (60 km)
Category B: Überlingen - Kressbronn, 31 mi. (50 km) 

Day 4:
Category A: Lindau - Arbon, 31 mi. (50 km) 
Category B: Kressbronn - Höchst/Rorschach, 25/37 mi. (40/60 km)

Day 5:
Category A: Arbon - Constance, 22 mi. (35 km) 
Category B: Höchst- Constance, 25/31 mi. (40/50 km) 

Day 6: Constance - Schaffhausen, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Schaffhausen - Rhine Falls - Constance/Kreuzlingen, 34 mi. (55 km) + boat trip
Day 8: Individual departure or extension of stay  

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance
You start the tour in Constance, the largest city around the lake.

Day 2: Constance - Radolfzell - Überlingen, 31 mi. (50 km)
On your way to Überlingen you pass through the old imperial city Radolfzell and then cycle across the “Bodanrück“.

Day 3:
Category A: Überlingen - Lindau, 37 mi.
(60 km) 
Category B: Überlingen - Kressbronn, 31 mi. (50 km) 

From Überlingen you cycle through vineyards to Friedrichshafen. On the way, you will pass the Baroque pilgrimage church of Birnau. In Meersburg, take a break to wander around the old town and its castle. In Friedrichshafen, it is recommended to visit to the Zeppelin museum. You continue on through extensive orchards to today's destination of Kressbronn or Lindau.

Day 4:
Category A: Lindau - Arbon, 31 mi. (50 km) 
Category B: Kressbronn - Höchst/Rorschach, 25/37 mi. (40/60 km) 

On your way today, you soon reach Bregenz, the capital of the Vorarlberg region of Austria and famous for its annual festival on the largest lake-stage in the world. You finally reach Höchst where you soon cross the border again and then, after pedaling onwards for a few kilometers, reach Rorschach or Arbon.

Day 5:
Category A: Arbon - Constance, 22 mi. (35 km) 
Category B: Höchst- Constance, 25/31 mi. (40/50 km)
 

You continue on along the banks of Lake Constance back to Constance. Wander through the old town or enjoy an ice cream down at the harbor.

Day 6: Constance - Schaffhausen, 31 mi. (50 km) 
Through picturesque Swiss fishing villages along the South shore of the Untersee via Stein am Rhein to Schaffhausen.

Day 7: Schaffhausen - Rhine Falls - Constance/Kreuzlingen, 34 mi. (55 km) + boat trip
Today you cycle to the Rhine Falls, the largest European waterfalls. On the other side of the Rhine back to Stein am Rhein and along the “Höri“ to Gaienhofen and by boat to Reichenau Island. From there back to Constance.

Day 8: Individual departure or extension of stay

Note: The itinerary may begin in any overnight town.

In contrast to the 8-day and 7-day easy  tour around the Upper Lake, this tour includes admission to many child-friendly attractions so that there's no way children can get bored on the trip. You will be visiting Mainau Island, the lake dwellings in Uhldingen, the amusement park "Ravensburger Spieleland" and you will ride in the cablecar up to the top of Mount Pfänder in Bregenz!

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance/Kreuzlingen
Day 2: Constance - Unteruhldingen/Meersburg, 16/19 mi. (25/30 km) + boat trip
Day 3: Unteruhldingen/Meersburg - Friedrichshafen, 9/6.2 mi. (15/10 km)
Day 4: Excursion to Ravensburger Spieleland, 19 mi. (30 km)
Also possible to travel by boat for a supplement.
Day 5: Friedrichshafen - Lindau, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 6: Lindau - Rorschach/Arbon, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Rorschach - Constance, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Departure

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance/Kreuzlingen
Day 2: Constance - Radolfzell - Stein am Rhein - Constance, 50 mi. (80 km)
Day 3: Constance - Bregenz, 41 mi. (65 km) + ferry trip
Day 4: Bregenz - Constance, 44 mi. (70 km)
Day 5: Departure or extended stay in Constance.

*All distances are approximate. The 5-Day Sporty Tour due to the length of the daily distances, we don't recommend cycling this tour with children.

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Tour Reviews

  • Russell S. 4 weeks ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was a great bicycle tour. I would certainly recommend it. Although Tripsite is a re-seller/partner with Radweg-Reisen GmbH they were able to provide great detail, lots of help and were quick to answer questions.
    The tour itself was great. Most of the hotels were wonderful, just a few exceptions lowered the overall rating for this trip. The detailed maps, provided by Radweg-Reisen GmbH we quite impressive. The overall signage along the trail was great, once you understood the various signs, logos, and colors.
    The bicycles were good solid, well equipped - no mirrors though :( Panniers were large and very waterproof (we did get rained on).
    Overall, a great trip.

  • Susan P. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    I loved biking though the country side and seeing the small towns along the way. I wish I could have spent a little more time in the small towns. I kind of felt like I had to keep moving. The bike trail itself was very well marked and I really didn't need to use the map much. Just looked where I was going next and how far it was that was really all I needed to get around. The people were lovely. We enjoyed meeting other bikers on their bike trip many from England and having a beer with them at our destination. The hotels were all great, most in historic buildings that have been redone to modern standards. This was my first bike trip would defiantly take another one, but would pay the extra money to get an e-bike.

  • Donna L. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The beauty. Flowers were in bloom, the orchards were full of apples, the green hillsides were gorgeous.
    The booklet we received would have been more helpful if received beforehand. The directions could have been much clearer, especially to the hotels.

  • Scott A. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    My wife and I would definitely recommend this tour. Hotels were all first class. Luggage was always at hotel no matter how early we arrived. No complaints on any part of the tour. We did use GPS on route which was helpful especially when trying to find hotels.

  • Chris S. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    My wife and I just completed the 7 day tour and had a wonderful time. The cycle trail around Lake Constance is mostly dedicated bike trail and the many towns and villages are beautiful. We did side trips to both Reichenau and Mainau islands. Reichenau island is near the bike pickup location in Constance and is an easy warm-up ride. Mainau island is well worth a couple of hours. We used standard bike which were fine (we are both in our 60s) but most people seemed to have e-bikes. Highly recommend this tour.

  • Donald K. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    We had such a wonderful time - The bikes were great, the accommodations were very good, and the total experience was just suburb! We were a large party of 14, but all was taken care off, and we had a great time - a trip of a life time!

  • Rhonda G. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    This cycling tour was amazing. I would have to say the Rhine Falls were spectacular. Riding into the Stein am Rhein village was simply breathtaking. To see how people live and still live in this village was simply amazing

  • Therese Z. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    My husband, son (16), nephew (17) and myself did the 7 day Lake Constance tour in Germany in August. It was an awesome experience from the booking, payment, tour, and hotels. We travelled from Canada and stayed in Zurich the night before tour. We took an Uber from Zurich to Lake Constance (approx 1 hour). The train was also available and the station in Lake Constance was directly across from our first night accommodation, Hotel Halm. The Hotel was quite nice with a beautiful dining room and incredible breakfast. All the hotels were clean, easy to ride to and had super friendly staff. We stayed in 3-5 star hotels as we wanted to be close to town centers.
    The bike tour itself was mostly flat with a few hills. You must pay close attention to bike signs as we got lost a few times. Even with this, it was easy to get back on track. My husband had google maps that showed bike routes. Although I am an avid road biker my family is not. They had no problem biking 40km to 65km Read more… (our longest day) without training.
    Our luggage was picked up around 9am everyday and was at the next Hotel each day before we arrived. We opted to eat our dinners on our own and did not include this in our tour. This was a good idea as it was nice to walk around the new towns and decide where we wanted to eat.
    Lake “Konstanz” “Bodensee” was beautiful. We road through cornfields, next to vineyards, near the lake, and had endless opportunities to find places to eat. The bikes have a nice pack on them to accommodate water, food, extra clothing, a lock that came with bike, and the map given to us before we began. The bikes were smooth to ride and the gears were just enough to bike the terrain (mostly paved). I would ask for a male bike the next time as I missed the crossbar across the top.
    I would certainly recommend this tour. There was just so much to see and bike and the tour was organized so well by Tripsite. I honestly have only good things to say.
    We were e-mailed 2020 tours and I was already eagerly looking at Bike and Barge tours. Make sure you book early as the tours do book quickly.

    • Diane 2 months ago    

      Thank you for this review. I am waiting for the 2020 dates to come out go book this. I’m glad it was great.
      Diane

      • Barbara Happ 1 month ago    

        We are also awaiting 2020 info!!! This was a great review!

  • Susan B. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    We loved the trails that ran close to the sea shore, as well as passing through the small towns. It’s really important to watch the signage along the way in order to stay on course. It’s sometimes challenging to locate the overnight spots based on the descriptions in the tour materials. They would be better if they provided more detail.

  • Sitaraman R. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Travel agent was very helpful with late booking.
    Hotels were excellent.
    Bike company was excellent and helpful.

  • Gordana L. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Very recommended for beginners and intermediate cyclists. Beautiful sights as well as great accommodations in quaint towns.

  • Larry F. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Overall, the Lake Constance tour was excellent - wonderful scenery, good bike paths, and we were fortunate the weather cooperated so well (sunny days throughout). I think we pushed ourselves to do the full lake tour in just five days, because this, in effect, meant only three days of actual riding, so the distances were a bit long, and this constrained our ability to stop and see more of the many interesting sites and just take our time moving across the breathtaking landscapes. The bikes were excellent - first class touring bikes and well maintained. The hotels were decent three-star options, and the breakfast buffets were a perfect way to start the day. All in all, a memorable experience, and we are already talking about a more extended bike tour with Tripsite next year.

  • Sue S. 10 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    We biked around Lake Constance in August and can’t speak too highly of this great cycling adventure! Mostly on well- marked, dedicated, flat bike trails winding through apple orchards, vineyards, sunflower and strawberry fields with stunning views of the lake. We loved exploring the pretty, small towns, castles and churches and savored lots of local delicacies. We swam in the clear, blue waters, soaked up some sun on pretty beaches, and enjoyed lots of art - interesting statues, an international sandcastle building competition, and an art exhibit at the top of Pfander Mountain. The joy of this type of trip is that you go at your own pace and get to spend time doing whatever appeals! We got lost almost daily, but somehow this added to the adventure... directions to hotels in bigger towns were poor, with maps often leaving out many road names. Accommodations were varied - some basic hotels and some charming family owned inns. Breakfasts were generous feasts and hotel staff helpful Read more… and friendly. This was our second Tripsite adventure and we will certainly be back for another!!

  • Laura Z. 10 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    I have to say the whole trip was amazing! We biked around Lake Constance! The hotels were clean and the breakfast at each hotel was delicious!

  • Laura M. 11 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Biking beside Lake Constance, stopping for a beverage along the way and the complete satisfaction of a great week! And as always spending time with great friends!

  • Janis B. 11 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The scenery, hotels and food were great. People were very friendly. The maps for this self-guided trip around Lake Constance were not detailed enough, did not provide information for intersections and turns. We had many times that we did not which way to go. Definitely need better maps.

  • Jane M. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    The scenery was beautiful. The extra excursions were popular with our group. The breakfasts were great.

  • Andrea S. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most memorable thing from our Lake Konstanz trip?? How in the world do I pick?? The Biergartens? Picnics in medieval towns? Watching World Cup with locals in small family cafés? The acres of apple orchards? Seeing zeppelins flying over crystal blue water? Feeling the thunder of Rhein Falls? Getting lost and finding amazing parks and kind people? It was the BEST vacation we’ve ever had, and we’re already talking about which one to do next year!

  • Tama L. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    My dissatisfactions, two nights in the suburbs of Constance, out of the way, should not be used. Konono staff excellent, but cost us for taxi to get there and back to the train. Route book imprecise. What is the route sign we were supposed to follow? What good is a dotted line on a map when there are multiple routes? Which are more scenic? Less hilly? Passing by cafes? Unpaved in a forest? Exactly how do you get to the Rhein Falls ferry? Book never mentioned the three elevators that take you up and down. We had frustrations every day.
    Is it a beautiful trip? Absolutely. The Mozart and Park Villa are beautiful hotels, although not air conditioned.

    • Jehiel from Tripsite 1 year ago     Staff

      Hi Tama,
      Sorry to hear you were dissatisfied with certain aspects of this tour. As far as the hotel locations, we always try to provide the best hotels possible (location, quality, reputation) but this is based on availability. This region is very popular and hotel development hasn't quite caught up with demand.
      In reference to the Route Book....we strongly recommend that clients also request GPS tracks to supplement Route Books. The tracks are more interactive and tend to be more precise. If requested, these tracks can be downloaded beforehand and used with a GPS or your smartphone. See this Blog to learn more.
      Im glad you still had an enjoyable time and appreciated the beauty of this region. We hope to help you plan your next trip!

  • Peg Hanson 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    I did the 7 day Around Lake Constance. This was my 4th Tripsite bike tour. I will list the positive things first.
    I booked the Category 4 hotel package and was extremely pleased with all the hotels. Location was good for all except the Park Hotel in Uberlingen. It is located at the top of a very steep hill and was very difficult to find even after you saw the sign pointing the way!!
    The breakfasts at all the locations were amazing and so beautifully displayed. A wonderful way to start the day!
    The bikes were comfortable and almost brand new. Panniers, front bag and trip meter were all very nice.
    Now the not so positive...
    I had read all the reviews before booking and noticed the negative comments about the bike route directions. Since these comments were from a year and 2 years ago I assumed they had improved this info. NOT TRUE. The book with the routes is almost worthless. Getting from city to city was not always the problem but once in a city the Read more… situation changes. It is even more challenging when you do not speak the language. The locals are more than friendly and always willing to help. However they often assume we know more than we do and even their help does not get us to our destination. A suggestion would be to provide the cyclists with GPS or a HOTSPOT so that we could download the routes on our phones. I realize that if the customer is from Europe they can do that easily but those of us from the USA depend on a wifi connection for this service. I stayed recently at a hotel in Madrid that provided each room with a Hotspot at NO EXTRA charge. If a mid level hotel can afford to do this you would think a cycling touring company could do the same. I realize Tripsite does not have control over some of these situations but if they could encourage this company to try some more advanced methods of guiding their clients I am sure everyone would be happier. I had a wonderful holiday with fabulous weather, beautiful scenery and memorable meals. I will be booking with Tripsite for my next cycling tour. Just wanted to raise this issue to help future travelers be aware.

    • Annette 1 year ago    

      I have found I download the app mapsme and put in the hotels before I leave home. I can still access this by satellite and not needing data when getting near. or can probably do the same with the Google maps app and again use offline...also helpful en route.
      Pleased the trip went well, we are looking into it for next year.

  • Larisa L. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most Memorable Part: Biking along the forested area near Minau, biking through cobblestoned streets, and seeing a wide variety of things in such a short distance (orchards, cathedrals, castles, swans, mountains, etc).

  • Kristine C. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Riding through the countryside, seeing the roadside farms along the way, was far and away one of the most beautiful parts of the trip. We enjoyed finding places to eat, visiting museums, taking an excursion to the monastery outside Stein am Rhein, and finding cool drinking fountains to refill our water bottles! We had some trouble finding the path at times, but the longer we rode, the easier it was to decipher the guide/route. We took one really long, uphill (very steep) wrong turn on day 2- at least riding back down to the correct path was easy. Overall, it was the best part of our trip! Would have loved to have seen Rhein Falls, but I think it may have been too far away.

  • Deirdre R. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    On the first day at the end of the ride, we tackling the "unpleasantly steep incline"(your words).....after going the wrong way at Stein am Rhein. We should have listened to the local 'angels' we met on the way! C'est la vie!

  • Deirdre R. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The most memorable part was the beautiful scenery, because of the spring blooming and greenery everywhere. We recommend someone to go on the trial to prepare markings at every intersection. We had to guess which way to go many times. For international travelers, maybe one page in the booklet of the varied biking markings would be very helpful.
    The law in all 3 countries does not require you to bring a helmet, but we recommend it.

  • Sinéad D. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was my 4th cycling holiday but this year the quality of bikes was poor, only had 7 gears, had 21 gears every other year and did not like the back pedal brake.

    Most memorable part was Stein am Rhein, and also liked the fact we could stop cycling and jump into the lake whenever we wanted.

  • Shirley P. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Hotels varied. My daughter stayed at Hotel Krenn-- not great. Food in Rhein am Stein not good. Hotel St Leonard and Hotel Cholsteroff had the best food. The rides were fantastic, would say the last day was a bit boring and less scenic (especially the second half). Would have been nice to include the Rhine falls. Would love to do it again as there were many sights we didn't get to see! Loved the trip and have highly recommended it back home.

  • Shirley Pollock 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    6 of us did this tour and pretty much have only good things to say about it. The scenery was breathtaking, the sightseeing good, although we didn't always have enough time to see everything recommended. The last day was a bit boring as we seemed to ride alongside the railway a large amount of the time. Our luggage was always at the hotel on arrival. Booking the dinner option was well worth it as after a long day one doesn't feel like having to find somewhere to eat that is agreeable to all. All in all the hotels were good. My daughter and niece had to stay in a different hotel on one occasion and it was not good. Breakfasts were generally good. Our hotel in Kressbonn was actually a little before the town and wasn't well described in the directions but 10km later we got there! We would like to do the trip again as we felt there is so much to see. I think one could spend an extra day in some places if time permits.

  • L. Zantingh 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was the most amazing vacation we have had. For our 40th we decided to do a self- guided bike tour around Lake Constance. The first day was a struggle due to many hills, but that was by far the most difficult day. The hotels were clean and the breakfast was fantastic. When biking you see so much more of the countryside, the historical towns were simply breathtaking. On one day we needed to take a boat from point A to B due to an injury and it was very easy to access. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone.

  • hermann friedmann 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Great trip, through beautiful area. No problems with bikes or hotels. Staff at all hotels was helpful, accommodations great and all our luggage was always waiting for us.

    Strongly recommend emailing pdf version of bike route maps and direction two weeks prior so they can be read and the directions studied. This is especially important in the city of Konstanz and suburbs due to lack of bike route signs in those areas. Had it not been for some friendly English speaking locals, we would have been seriously lost several times.

    Also would be a good idea to provide directions to the next bike path segment from the each hotel as well as the from the end of each bike path segment to the next hotel.

  • Tammy Schmidt 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We could not have had such an amazing trip without the help from Tripsite. Anna from Tripsite worked with me on all of my hotel request, allowing us to customize our trip. We were able to choose the towns we preferred to stay in around the lake. Anna recommended hotels over other hotels and reserved lake view rooms which we requested. Our biking trip around Lake Constance would not have turned out as spectacular if it were not for Anna's hard work. I don't think we will use another tour company. The Barge/bike trip offers it all. An added bonus of traveling by boat is that you don't have to pack up every morning like you would have to with other tours that move your stuff from hotel to hotel with a van. The stress of packing up every morning is not there with this tour.
    On the Barge/boat trips you simply wake up, go have your coffee and breakfast before you set off on your bike no packing required. When you return to the boat after the day's biking Read more… there is no unpacking or waiting to be assigned a room, it is off to the showers and out on the deck to join your new friends. We love the friends from around the world that these tours have allowed us to meet. It is a cultural exchange and add to the interest factor of traveling abroad. Thanks Tripsite, the Oppenheimers will be finding some more boat/bike tours that Tripsite offer, maybe Turkey or Greece.

  • Hazem Zayed 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    It was a great trip very well organized the team is very supportive, will definitely repeat with my wife and kids I enjoyed big time.

  • Eileen Biggs 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We were pretty unlucky with the weather. Exciting trip in spite of that

  • Mari Jo Krebs 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We prefer guided trips because we miss the guides knowledge of area. We start riding and don't take time to check out the sights

  • Mark Hensien 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We had a great family adventure. We all enjoyed seeing and exploring new things while staying active. We really liked the self guided option, because it let us control the schedule and select what we wanted to see and do.

  • Cecil Harris 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    One of our hotels was not up to our expectations or the trip rating. Most of our maps/directions were good but missed a detour/construction.

  • Nigel Finney 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The Konstanz trip and bikes were very good. The Danube trip bikes were not as good and the scenery needed to be varied more since riding alongside the Danube got a touch boring after a while. (Review from Around Lake Constance and Danube Bike Path - Passau to Vienna)

  • Ray Damijonaitis 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Good job in organizing the trip. The only suggestion I would have is for the route organizers to take construction projects into account when giving the directions . We encountered 2 cases which made us deviate from the stated route. One of which go us quite turned around.

    In any case it ultimately added to the adventure.

  • Hazem Zayed 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    wonderful tour around the Constance perfect roads visited Switzerland, Austria and Germany perfect organizing and extremely caring team despite that we made the booking at the very last minute.
    Hazem Zayed

  • ryan 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This is an awesome bike tour, great work.

  • Harry Krebs 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Trip was great fun and as promised. I recommend this bike ride. We road in September and it was a little warm so I recommend an early start to enjoy all the sights along the way .

  • Chris Prince 5 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Absolutely the greatest vacation I've ever had. My wife and I did this for our honeymoon- Tripsite made planning this an absolute breeze. Picturesque sights, loads of activities and things to do. This was the quintessential vacation/honeymoon.

  • Clara Kai 6 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    It's nice to jump into the lake after riding the bike under the sun. The beaches were easily accessed. The guesthouse in Arbon was very comfortable. My friend and I enjoyed the tour very much.

  • Maria Aller Huggins 6 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Beautiful ride for the whole family. Our boys are 8 and 10 and they did great because it was fun jumping in the lake. It was just right for a family of four. A lot of things to see on the way including castles, cathedrals, and the kids got to feed a monkey. The trails were well marked and we did not get lost. The accommodations were wonderful and the people very friendly. I would do this tour with my family again!

  • Donna Buck 9 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This is a beautiful tour around the lake. My girlfriend and I road this several years ago (2004) and went back to the area for another partial trip around this summer to revisit with more friends. The scenery is beautiful and it is an easy ride with much to see! I love being near the water!

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