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Lake Constance Discovery Tour

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  • Duration: 11 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily from 18th April to 3rd October
  • Location: Constance
Tour Details

This biking vacation is ideal for the untrained cyclist or family cycling holiday as it follows the lake cycleway around Lake Constance. Each days cycling is short allowing ample time to visit all the fabulous attractions around the Lake. During this cycling holiday, you will visit three countries, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. This cycling holiday is for eleven nights and is a level 2 tour. Lake Constance lies between the Austrian, German and Swiss Borders and has some of Europe’s most stunning scenery as its backdrop and also with some glamour within its neighbouring towns. Your general tour will encircle the lake in a clockwise direction allowing you to sample the pleasures at your leisure. You will find this a fabulous relaxing cycling holiday.

Starting Location

Constance

Price Includes

  • 11 Nights Bed and Breakfast
  • 3/4 star hotels
  • Information Pack
  • Maps
  • Luggage transfers
  • Boat trip Reichenau-Gaienhofen
  • Boat trip Rhine Falls Rock
  • Entrance to the Rosgarten museum, to Mainau Island, to the lake dwelling museum, to the Zeppelin museum
  • Journey by cable car to Pfänder (bike transport is extra)
  • Train ride Alstatten – Gais

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Hybrid Rental Bike
  • E-Bike Rental Bike
  • Extra nights
  • Visitors Tax
Trip Info

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Itinerary

Day 1Individual arrival in Constance/Kruezlingen

On arrival, if you have time why not take the chance to visit the “flower Island “ Mainau island or take a walk through the old town of Constance. 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 most famous victim, the Czech reformer Jan Hus, was executed there in 1415. The aquariums in the Sea Life Centre and the Archaeological Museum are also recommended.

Day 2Constance – Reichenau island – Gaienhofen – Gailingen/Stein am Rhein 19/25 miles 30/40 km + boat trip

Today’s cycle tour has a few highlights. First is the Reichenau island which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then a short trip by boat takes you to get to the “Höri” peninsula where you continue by bike beside the Upper Rhine to Gailingen.

Day 3Gailingen/Stein am Rhein – Schaffhausen – Rhine Falls – Gailingen/Stein am Rhein  19/31 miles 30/50 km

Today you cycle to Schaffhausen and on a little further to the Rhine Falls in Neuhausen, these are the largest waterfalls in Europe.  You return to Schaffhausen where you can take a look around the wonderful town. You then continue your bike ride back to Gailingen.

Day 4Gailingen/Stein am Rhein – Constance 19/25 miles  30/40km.

Now today you cycle back on the south side of the Rhine back to Constance.  On the way back to Constance you pass Napoleon’s Arenenberg castle where you can visit the museum.

Day 5Constance – Mainau Island – Radolfzell, 18 miles 30 km

On your cycle ride today you can 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, then onto the former imperial town and modern health resort of Radolfzell.

Day 6 Radolfzell – Uhldingen/Meersburg, 25 miles 40 km

You know the Northern shores of Lake Constance will spoil you with numerous historical monuments: monasteries former imperial towns, baroque churches and old castles. In Uhldingen, you can have the chance to visit reconstructed lake dwellings.

Day 7Uhldingen/Meersburg – Friedrichshafen,  15.6 miles  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 8Friedrichshafen – Lindau/Bregenz, 24 miles 38 km

Today you will cycle through expansive orchards to reach the Bavarian metropolis of Lindau, whose protected old town is on an island. After a few kilometres, 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 33 miles 55 km + train ride

In the morning you should visit the Pfänder, the Bregenz mountain which is 1064m high. After that cycle along the Alpine Rhine to Altstatten. Take the train to Gais in the Appenzell region and through some picture perfect landscapes to St. Gallen.

Day 10Leisure day in St Gallen

Today you have an optional rest day. Explore St Gallen, just relax or even take a hike in the Appenzell region

Day 11St. Gallen – Constance 28 miles 45 km

Today you cycle downhill to Arbon where you join the lake cycle path again. The route takes you along the banks of the lake through small villages and back to Constance. You shall pass many orchards and its comparatively isolated situation is also lovingly known as Cider India.

Day 12Departure

After breakfast, you may return home.

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How to get there

Fly to Zurich, Geneva or Friedrichshafen (on Lake Constance) and then take a train (Geneva is 5+ hours travel time)

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