Bike rest in Stein am Rhein, canton Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Photo via Flickr:Luca Casartelli

Statue in Stein am Rhein, Switzerland. Photo via Flickr:Stephanie Kroos
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Four Country Bike Tour

Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland Bike Tours

Bike Four countries, 3 lakes, and 1 Cosmopolitan city!

  • This cycle tour begins in Constance (Konstanz), which lies on the ever-so-beautiful Lake Constance (Bodensee) in Germany. It is the largest city on the lake and remains one of the best-preserved major medieval cities in Germany.

    From Constance, the tour will cross the Swiss border and cycle through small romantic villages to Stein am Rhein, a beautiful, small medieval town, before reaching Schaffhausen. As you pedal, your route crosses into a total of four countries.

    After departing Walenstadt, the route runs north through Liechtenstein. Then it is over the Austrian border to Feldkirch with a nice, medieval town center. Through more small villages and protected waterways, the route will lead you back to Lake Constance via the enchanting St. Gallen.

    Come cycle these countries, rich in culture and history!

    Highlights:

    • Lake Constance
    • The town of Schaffhausen and the nearby Rheinfall or Rhine Falls
    • Monastery of St. George
    • Rapperswil, the Town of Roses
    • Lake Zurich
    • Lake Walen

    Be sure to check out our full list of bike tours in Germany.

  • Season A:  $ 1695 £ 883 $ 1,537 1028 $ 1766 kr 11010 $ 1,160

    Season B:  $ 1811 £ 943 $ 1,642 1098 $ 1886 kr 11760 $ 1,239

    Season C: $ 1943 £ 1012 $ 1,761 1178 $ 2024 kr 12617 $ 1,329

    Season D:  $ 2058 £ 1072 $ 1,866 1248 $ 2144 kr 13367 $ 1,408

    Single supplement for all seasons: $ 411 £ 214 $ 372 249 $ 428 kr 2667 $ 281

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

    extra options

    Electric Bike: $ 191 £ 100 $ 173 116 $ 199 kr 1242 $ 131

    Fenced parking spot in Constance (must be reserved and paid for in advance): $ 64 £ 33 $ 58 39 $ 67 kr 418 $ 44

    Extra night in Zurich (per person/ night): $ 163 £ 85 $ 148 99 $ 170 kr 1060 $ 112

    Single room: $ 229 £ 119 $ 208 139 $ 239 kr 1489 $ 157

    Extra night in Constance (per person/ night):  $ 107 £ 56 $ 97 65 $ 112 kr 696 $ 73

    Single room: $ 157 £ 82 $ 142 95 $ 163 kr 1017 $ 107

    Child bike or trailer: $ 66 £ 34 $ 60 40 $ 69 kr 428 $ 45

    Child seat: Free

    please note

    Children discount on request.

    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.

    Local Travel

    From Zurich airport to Constance (Konstanz) by train, 1 hr.

    Climate

    Average high/low temperature in °F for the Constance area is: April 57/39, May 65/46, June 71/52, July 75/56, August 73/56, and September 68/51.

    Recommended

    Spending an extra night after the tour in Constance.


Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 3 star hotels

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 8 nights in 3 star hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • 7-24-speed hybrid bicycle
  • Luggage transportation (each piece must weigh max. 44 lbs / 20 kg)
  • Route descriptions & maps (1 set per room)
  • Service hotline
  • Entrance to the Rosgarten museum in Constance, incl. 1 coffee
  • Boat trip to the Rhinefall rocks
  • Train journey from Altstätten - Gais incl. bicycle
  • Boat transfer Weesen - Walenstadt incl. bicycle
  • GPS tracks are available, please request

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights available in Constance.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length9 days
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Tour Dates

2020

Daily from April 30 to October 4, 2020

Skill Level

This is an easy self-guided hotel tour with variable daily distances from approximately 19 to 41 miles, mainly along bike paths and separate cycle routes. The route is mainly flat but you will encounter hills in Appenzeller Land.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Four Country Map

Day 1: Individual arrival in Constance/Kreuzlingen
Day 2: Constance - Stein am Rhein - Schaffhausen, 32 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Schaffhausen - Rhine Falls - Zurich, 41 mi. (65 km)
Day 4: Zurich - Lachen, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Lachen - Walenstadt, 19 mi. (30 km) + boat trip
Day 6: Walenstadt - Feldkirch, 35 mi. (55 km)
Day 7: Feldkirch - Alstätten - Gais - St. Gallen, 28 mi. (45 km) + train ride
Day 8: St. Gallen - Arbon - Constance/Kreuzlingen, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 9: Departure or extended stay in Constance.

*All distances are approximate.

DAY 1: Arrival in Constance
Individual arrival into Constance (Konstanz) with the afternoon free for sightseeing in this intriguing city. The city is the largest on the Lake and is still Medieval in character to this day. Overnight in Konstanz.

DAY 2: Constance - Stein am Rhein - Schaffhausen, 32 mi. (50 km)
Today is the first official day of cycling, and you will cross over the Swiss border and ride through small romantic villages to Stein am Rhein, one of the most beautiful remaining medieval towns in the German-speaking countries. Riding into Schauffhausen you'll see the Munot Fortress towering over the town.  It is a beautiful town with many narrow streets decorated with Renaissance houses showcasing outdoor sculptures and frescos in addition to its impressive oriel windows and Munot fortifications. Be sure to enjoy a glass of local wine in the medieval Old Town.
Schaffhausen became world-famous for the nearby Rheinfall or Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe that is said to be approx. 17,000 years old. You will have opportunity to visit the falls on Day 3.

DAY 3: Schaffhausen - Rhine Falls - Zurich, 41 mi. (65 km)
The first highlight of today's route is the Rheinfall waterfall, which you will approach by boat.  Further along the romantic river valleys of the Rhine and Glatt Rivers, this tour will bring you to Zurich, the largest of all the Swiss cities. Its Bahnhofstrasse is one of the world’s most elegant shopping streets.

DAY 4: Zurich - Lachen, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today you can bike Zurich or you have sufficient time for a leisurely stroll through this great metropolitan city. Walk along the promenade, visit the beautiful old part of town and also one of its many museums or art galleries. Subsequently, you will bike following the banks of Lake Zurich which is locally known as the Gold Coast.  You pass through to Rapperswil, a small town on the east side of Lake Zurich. It is frequently called Rosenstadt, the Town of Roses, and it won’t take you long to figure out why! Also of note are the 13th-century castle of Rapperswil, a wooden footbridge and the Capuchin monastery from 1606, all mostly located within the medieval center.

DAY 5: Lachen - Walenstadt, 19 mi. (30 km) + boat trip
Cycling out of Lachen you will pedal along the man-made Linth Canal located between Lake Zurich and Lake Walenn, finally reaching Weesen.  Here you will board a ferry which will take you to the other end of the Lake Walen to Walenstadt.  The lake is 150 m deep and is towered by the Churfirsten Mountains, the highest peak being 1800 m high. 

DAY 6: Walenstadt - Feldkirch, 35 mi. (55 km)
After a few kilometers of cycling you will approach the valley of the Alpenrhein. From here, you will quickly reach the principality of Liechtenstein, where numerous, impressive castles decorate the valley. Moving on, you then reach the medieval Austrian town of Feldkirch.

DAY 7: Feldkirch - Alstätten - Gais - St. Gallen, 28 mi. (45 km) + train ride​
Today's route, following the banks of the Rhine and then a cog railway will bring you through Appenzell countryside to Gais. Alpen meadows and cows, like those found in children’s books, will accompany you on your way to St. Gallen which is home to one of the former, most important monasteries in the region. The library here is a UNESCO world heritage site.

DAY 8: St. Gallen - Arbon - Constance/Kreuzling, 29 mi. (45 km)
You will cycle downhill towards Lake Constance today, which you will reach at the town of Arbon. From here you will bike along the shoreline through Swiss villages and apple orchards on towards Constance.

DAY 9:  Individual return home or extension of your trip.
After breakfast your cycling tour through four countries comes to an end. 

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Tour Reviews

  • valmira 10 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Fiz este trajeto em setembro de 2018 foi maravilhoso ,um trajeto fácil ,hotéis muito bom ,cafe da manha excelente e atendimento ótimo, mesmo sem falar a língua não tive dificuldades ,o trajeto e bem sinalizado passando por lugares lindos ,a bike também e boa ,não e uma mtb como estou acostumada mas respondeu bem ao trajeto ,enfim vale a pena conferir ...adorei.

  • The Doeys 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Our first bike and barge and we are already looking forward to many more. We are two 60 yr old couple who all love the outdoors, adventure and travel. Our cabins were on the top deck of the Carissma, roomy enough, turn down service each night and big picture windows. Excellent food, especially the dinners. Albert was the tour guide on board and he was organized, knowledgeable and patient! No problems with the bikes or directions - we were self guiding, 21 speed bikes. Easy terrain. We highly recommend the city bike tour of Budapest and Vienna as you otherwise may miss great hidden gems, interesting stories and local guides. We stayed at Hotel Residenz in Passau for one night before departure and highly recommend the visit to this beautiful port city and the hotel! We could not recommend trying this style of vacation more. The staff on the Carissma did everything to make the week comfortable, easy and well organized. Wonderful way to see cities in 4 countries in a week.

  • Michael R. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Cycling through the countryside, seeing Stein-am-Rhein, the Rheinfalls, taking the boat across the Wallensee, seeing the Schattenburg in Feldkirch, and visiting the Abbey Library in St. Gallen were all highlights.

  • Jeff B. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Konstance was very bike friendly, and interesting.

  • K. McKay 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Ok so.... all the hotels were perfect and suited to the atmosphere of our biking trip except for the Einstein Hotel in St. Gallen which was not in keeping with the "atmosphere" of the trip...a little too fancy if you get my drift. Also some of the breakfasts left a little to be desired but this could also have been from us just getting tired of eating the same type of food every day. The people in the hotels were all so friendly and accommodating! The bikes were perfect especially for my 6'2" husband. I had trouble with my gears one day, the next day a new bike arrived. Best service! The first ride (I think 65 kms from Lake Constanz to Zurich) was long and boring! Bike path most of the way. Not sure what could be done about that. The rest of the rides were awesome through little towns, gorgeous scenery. We will be booking our next bike tour with you next year!

  • Pilar Parra 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Hice este viaje en septiembre de 2015 junto a mi marido. Fue un viaje inolvidable. Era el primer tour en bicicleta y nos encantó. El servicio de traslado de equipaje y los hoteles estupendos. Queremos repetir este año por otros paises.
    Recomendaciones para futuros viajeros:
    - La entrada a Zurich es un poco complicada, sí sería necesario un mayor detalle en las rutas.
    - El trayecto en tren desde la estación de Gais se hace desde una estación que no está detallada en la ruta, sería necesario explicarlo mejor en las indicaciones.
    - También sería necesario detallar la localización de salida del ferry desde Wessen.

  • Jeanie Lundell 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The first day out, my e-bike had a low tire and faulty valve - not a great start, but the rest was very good. Sometimes, the route was to as clearly marked as we would have preferred. Nevertheless, I've told several friends about this trip and one is considering booking reservations! Thanks for everything.

  • John Lonsway 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The four country tour is one of the best trips you offer. Thanks

  • Thomas Brandt 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Some hotels were too far from the center of the city. Directions need more detail, such as recommendations for lunch or rest stops, and places where you might want to bike on the road rather than a gravel or hilly bike route. Detailed maps of town and cities would be good.

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