Lake Constance Cycling Holiday

  • 3.9
    (4 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    6 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Constance / Constance
  • Distance

    148 miles/238 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamilyRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Comfort to Superior
  • Tour code

    032-113CDE
Price From £428

Overview

A wonderful 6 night holiday cycling on flat cycle paths and quiet roads around beautiful Lake Constance. Stay in charming lakeside towns and enjoy carefree cycling along the lake shore admiring sublime scenery. Plenty of interesting sights along the way as well as regular bathing opportunities.

Lake Constance is actually a large bulge in the Rhine River and comprises of two lakes – the Obersee (Upper Lake) and Untersee (Lower Lake). Starting and finishing in Constance, a pretty German town with a small harbour lined with half-timbered buildings, this tour will lead you first around the Lower Lake, taking in the gorgeous medieval town of Stein am Rhein, and then the remaining 4 days are spent circumnavigating the larger upper lake.

Stein am Rhein

Stein am Rhein

There are fascinating places to see and visit on each day of the ride and highlights include the tiny flower island of Mainau with its amazing butterfly house, the medieval lakeside towns of Meersburg and Lindau, the Zeppelin Museum at Friedrichshafen and the famous theatre on the lake at Bregenz. But the main attraction of this fantastic holiday has to be the stunning natural beauty of the lake set amidst the rolling green countryside with the Alps providing a dramatic backdrop in the distance.

The picture-perfect towns and villages around the lake provide comfortable places to stay and a good choice of restaurants, bars and cafes.

The route follows dedicated cycle paths along the lake-shore. The terrain is mostly level with very few climbs and will therefore will suit anyone with a basic level of fitness. E-bike are also available and regular ferries link the main towns providing cyclists with a means of curtailing the day’s ride if necessary.

Itinerary & Map

The route follows dedicated cycle paths along the lake-shore. The terrain is mostly level with very few climbs and will therefore will suit anyone with a basic level of fitness. E-bike are also available and regular ferries link the main towns providing cyclists with a means of curtailing the day’s ride if necessary.

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Day 1: Constance

Constance - Lake Constance - Germany*

Constance

Arrive in Constance/Kreuzlingen and check-in at your first night’s hotel. After settling in we highly recommend a walk around this beautiful, lakeside town to soak up the atmosphere. The pedestrianised old town with it’s wonderful muralled buildings is gorgeous as is the promenade along the lake shore.

Day 2: Constance/Kreuzlingen – Stein am Rhein/Gailingen, 28-35 miles/45-55 kms

Stein am Rhein

Stein am Rhein

Lake Constance is actually two lakes – the Obersee (Upper lake) and the Untersee (lower lake). Your first ride leads you along the northern shore of the lower lake to the old imperial town of Randolfzell. You then continue along the western shore, around the Hoerl peninsular towards the Swiss border. You’re still cycling along the shore of the lower lake but the further you go the narrower the lake becomes. At the border the lake once again becomes the Rhine River (Lake Constance is really just a big bulge in the river’s course) and shortly after that you arrive in the beautiful, medieval town of Stein am Rhein. The old town is enchanting place, especially its main square lined with muralled, half-timbered buildings. You will spend the night here or in the village of Gailingen, 10kms away.

Day 3: Stein am Rhein/Gailingen – Uberlingen, 28-34 miles/45-55 kms + boat trip

Mainau

Mainau

Today’s ride leads you along the southern shore of the lower lake on a peaceful cycle path past small Swiss fishing villages. You pass through Constance again before arriving on the shore of the Upper Lake. We highly recommend detouring onto the miniature island of Mainau to admire the extraordinary diverse gardens, the 13th century baroque palace and – our favourite – the stunning butterfly house. From here its only a short pedal, past the wonderfully named village of Dingelsdorf, to Wallhausen where you enjoy a short ferry ride across the lake to Ueberlingen. This spa town is famous for its gothic cathedral and health treatments. It also offers a charming lakeside promenade and a bustling, pedestrianised centre with many bars, cafes and shops. You’ll enjoy spending the night in this pleasant little town.

Day 4: Ueberlingen – Kressbronn, 31 miles/50 kms

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Meersburg

Today you cycle along the northern shore of the lake, first through the small villages of Uhldingen and Unteruhldingen where you can stop to admire the reconstructed lakeside dwellings at the open air museum. Further along you cycle through Meersburg, a lovely medieval lakeside town with distinct upper and lower levels joined by stairs and a rather steep street. Cycling on you reach the university town of Friedrichshafen where we highly recommend a visit to the fascinating Zeppelin Museum that pays tribute to local inventor, Ferdinand von Zeppelin and his groundbreaking airships. You then cycle on to nearby Kressbronn where you will spend the night.

Day 5: Kressbronn – Hoechst/Rorschach, 22-31 miles/35-50 kms

Lindau - Lake Constance - Germany

Lindau

The route continues along the northern shore of Lake Constance to Lindau, a well preserved medieval town on a small island. We recommend stopping for a wander around the old town and perhaps a coffee at one of the many street cafes overlooking the small harbour. Afterwards, cross the border into Austria and continue on to Bregenz, the capital of the Vorarlberg region. The city is famous for it’s impressive annual drama productions on a stage set on the lake itself. Ride on through a nature reserve and into Switzerland to your overnight stop in either Hoechst or Rohrschach.

Day 6: Hoechst/Rorschach – Constance/Kreuzlingen, 22-35 miles/35-55 kms

Rorschach - Lake Constance - Switzerland

Rorschach

Your final day completes the circle back to Constance/Kreuzlingen with an enjoyable ride along the lake’s Swiss, southern shore. Pass through Arbon and Romanshorn each with it’s little harbour, and then a succession of small, sleepy lakeside villages surrounded by apple orchards. Finally you arrive back in Constance to complete the journey you began 5 day before. Surely a celebratory meal in one of the town’s many resturants is in order?

Day 7: Departure

After breakfast it is time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2017 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily from 01 April to 24 October
Low season:01 - 28 April and 01 - 24 October
Mid season:29 April - 19 May, 18 - 30 June and 27 August - 30 September
High season:20 May - 17 June and 01 July - 26 August
2017 Prices
032-113CDE
Per person - 2 sharing
Double/twin
Low season
Single
Low season
Double/twin
Mid season
Single
Mid season
Double/twin
High season
Single
High season
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Sleeps X
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Sleeps X
Comfort category £428 £570 £523 £665 £542 £685    
Superior category £542 £742 £646 £846 £685 £884    
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Price Includes

6 nights accommodation. See notes below
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps and route information
Entrance to the Rosgarten museum
Boat trip: Wallhausen - Überlingen incl bike
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Cycle helmets
Tourist tax (payable locally)

Supplements

Halfboard, 6 nights, comfort (£125)
Halfboard, 6 nights, superior (£154)
Extra nights, double/twin, comfort (£48)
Extra nights, single, superior (£67)
Extra nights, double/twin, superior (£63)
Extra nights, single, superior (£87)
Bike hire, includes lock and pannier (£67)
Electric bike (£154)
Children's bike (20, 24, 26 inch) (£34)

Reductions

Free for children up to 5 years
50% for children 6-13 years sharing with 2 adults
25% for children 14-17 years sharing with 2 adults

Notes

Comfort: Good quality 2-3 star hotels
Superior: 3 & 4 star hotels
Deposit per person £85

Practical Information

Bikes

Unisex hybrid - 032

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are comfortable unisex bikes with deep step-through frames, 24 gears and rim brakes. They are also equipped with a waterproof pannier, a lock and a puncture repair kit.

E-bikes are also available as are tandems, child seats, child trailers and trailer bikes. All are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Accommodation

The categories of accommodation available on this tour are shown below.

Comfort: Pleasant 2 to 3 star hotels and guest houses. All are en-suite.

Superior: Comfortable accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels.

Local taxes
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

 

Getting There

Fly to Zurich airport – Innsbruck, Munich and Stuttgart airports are also viable alternatives but slightly further away.

Research flights from the UK here.

From Zurich airport there are regular direct trains to Constance and the journey time is around 1 and a half hours.

Research train times here.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 4 reviews 3.9
  • Date - 19/07/2016
  • Name - Wendy
  • Service rating -
    3.0
  • Service comment - I generally had a good experience with our consultant but we received the itinerary very late which included our hotels and this did not give us a sufficient amount of time to really iron out any queries I had. With respect to this, I had a query regarding accommodation in a town which was not on the generic itinerary and I dropped my consultant an email which she never replied to. It turned out to be the only part of the trip that I was disatisfied with.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - The holiday was brilliant and lived up to and beyond our expectations! The bikes and associated bike paraphernalia were absolutely top quality and the service from the guys at Radweg-Reisen was second to none. Our only complaint would be the two night stay at a town called Gailingen which was such a disappointment. The hotel was lovely but the generic itinerary on the Flexitreks website sold us with a two night stay in a town called Stein am Rhein which was the reason I chose Flexitreks over any other tour company. Our itinerary arrived only a week or so prior to our departure which meant little time to query and/or change any accommodation arrangements. Instead of Stein am Rhein two night stay was instead in a neighbouring town (Gailingen) but it was a difficult 10km ride up a hill and through a forest to get between the two towns. We were really disappointed with this arrangement as it meant we had to catch a cab back to Stein am Rhein for dinner on the second night and really only had those few hours to explore one of the most beautiful towns on the lake. I understand that accommodation can not be guaranteed to be in the towns listed on the web site but there were numerous other towns closer to Stein am Rhein which were far more accessible by bike and far more beautiful. In addition to this, the first day on the generic itinerary advertised the ride as approx 55kms from Konstanz to Stein am Rhein. For us, staying in Gailingen, this became a 65km day on day one and the last ten kilometers were up a very steep hill and though a forest. Thankfully the rest of the journey was wonderful and we quickly got over our difficult first day and the disappointment of not staying in or near Stein am Rhein but we did feel a bit ripped off.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the comprehensive feedback Wendy. I know that Ally has been in touch with you regarding the Stein am Rhein/Gailingen issue and I'm sorry that this marred an otherwise highly enjoyable holiday. Having brought the issue to our attention, we are now working closely with our local suppliers to solve this issue for future customers.
  • Date - 07/01/2016
  • Name - Drusilla Deysel
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - I requested booklets with info, received it quickly. I had many correspondence via email, which was addressed within 24 hours. Excellent services, all questions answered.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Very good accommodation and service. Only one hotel not to friendly, but I suppose it was due to the fact that it was coming to end of season and over weekend. Route indicated to cut route short by ferry, ferry did not sail on Sundays, had to make other arrangements. Due to public transport with train and bus that is excellent, we could make use of it with no other problems. Made use of ferry voucher at later stage. It was an enjoyable, wonderful cycle tour. Thanks.
  • Flexitreks response - Dear Drusilla,
    It is nice to hear from you and thank you for taking the time to give such a nice review. We will definitely address the notes about the ferries and the days they do actually operate, so thank you for pointing this out. I am glad to hear you used other public transport and got to where you needed to be. So thank you again and I hope you are already thinking of another cycle trip with us. Ally and the Flexitreks team.
  • Date - 11/12/2015
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Very good. Really helped me choose the right tour
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Fabulous - my 9 year old loved it. Highly recommended
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for posting your feedback on our service and the product. We are delighted to hear that we helped you choose the right cycle tour and that your 9 year old 'loved it'. thank you for recommending it. The Flexitreks team.
  • Date - 09/12/2015
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Excellent organisation, stress-free
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Lovely route and high standard of accommodation.
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the nice comments. I did this trip myself this year and totally agree that the route is quite lovely. If you need any help with suggestions for a 2016 cycling holiday in Europe feel free to give us a call on 01273 410 550 or email info@flexitreks.com and we will be happy to help. Many thanks. Ally and the Flexitreks team.