Lake Constance Cycling Holiday

  • 5.0
    (4 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    6 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Constance / Constance
  • Distance

    155 miles/250 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamilyRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Comfort to Superior
  • Tour code

    032-113CDE
Price From £486

Overview

Cycle around beautiful Lake Constance on idyllic lake-shore cycle paths. Stay in charming medieval towns each evening and enjoy daily rides through sublime alpine scenery. Cool off with a dip in the lake at one of the many bathing beaches. If a ride get’s too much just hop on a lake steamer and cruise to your overnight stop.

Lake Constance is actually a large bulge in the Rhine River and comprises of  the Obersee (Upper Lake) and Untersee (Lower Lake). Your cycling holiday will start and finish in Constance, a pretty German town with a small harbour lined with half-timbered buildings. The route 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.

The daily rides unveil the lake’s many highlights including the the medieval lakeside towns of Überlingen and Lindau, the Zeppelin Museum at Friedrichshafen and the famous theatre on the lake at Bregenz.

Cyclists arriving in Stein am Rhein

Cyclists arriving in Stein am Rhein

Throughout the holiday you’ll enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the lake and surrounding countryside with the Alps providing a dramatic backdrop in the distance.

The route follows dedicated cycle paths along the lake-shore. The terrain is mostly level with very few climbs and will therefore suit anyone with a basic level of fitness. E-bikes are also available and regular ferries link the main towns, providing cyclists with a means of shortening the rides if desired.

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.

Please note that it’s possible to start this tour at any of the overnight points along the route.

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Day 1: Constance/Kreuzlingen

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. Alternatively you could visit nearby Mainau island to see the wonderful butterfly house.

Day 2: Constance/Kreuzlingen – Stein am Rhein, 19 to 31 miles/30 to 50 kms

Stein am Rhein

Stein am Rhein

Your first ride leads you along the southern Swiss shore of the lower lake. The pleasant lakeside path  lads you through a succession of charming villages so typical of this region. Eventually you arrive in the picturesque old town of Stein am Rhein, an enchanting place, especially the main square lined with muralled, half-timbered buildings. You will spend the night in either Stein am Rhein itself or the villages of Ohningen or Gaienhofen if you book the superior option. If you go for the comfort option you will stay in either Stein am Rhein or the village of Gailingen.

Day 3: Stein am Rhein – Überlingen, 25 to 37 miles/40 to 60 kms

Cyclists - Lake Constance

Cyclists – Lake Constance

Today’s ride leads you around the shoreline of the peaceful Hörl peninsula. Pleasant lake views accompany your ride through this serene area. Take a  break in the imperial town Randolfzell before crossing the Bodanrück, an elevated stretch of land separating the upper and lower lakes. This is the only climb you will encounter on this route and don’t worry it is not that long. You then begin to follow the shoreline of the upper lake towards Überlingen. 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. If you book the comfort category option you will stay in either Ludwigshafen, Sipplingen or Überlingen. If you book the superior category you will spend the night in Überlingen.

Day 4: Überlingen – Lindau, 31 to 38 miles/50 to 60 kms

Birnau

Birnau

Today you continue following  the northern shoreline of the lake, first through the charming villages of Birnau, 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 through vineyards you reach the university town of Friedrichshafen where we highly recommend a visit to the fascinating Zeppelin Museum that honours local inventor, Ferdinand von Zeppelin and his groundbreaking airships. A few more kilometers of relaxed cycling through fruit orchards delivers you to the villages of Kressbronn or Nonnenhorn (comfort category) or Wasserburg or Lindau (Superior category) where you will stop for the night.

Day 5: Lindau – Arbon, 25 to 32 miles/40 to 50 kms

Lindau - Lake Constance - Germany

Lindau

Today the route leads you down to the southern corner of the lake where you cross into Austria for a few kilometers. Bregenz, the capital of the Vorarlberg region is teh largest city on the lake and famous for it’s impressive annual drama productions on a stage that is set on the lake itself. Ride on through a nature reserve and into Switzerland to your overnight stop. You will spend the night in either Höchst or Rorschach (comfort category) or Arbon (superior category).

Day 6: Arbon – Constance/Kreuzlingen, 22 to 38 miles/35 to 60 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 circle  Surely a celebratory meal in one of the town’s many restaurants is in order?

Day 7: Departure

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

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates - scroll down for 2020 dates
Arrivals every Saturday to Wednesday 30 March to 17 April & 06 October to 25 October
Arrivals daily from 18 April to 06 October

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Double/twin £476 £577 £476 £577 £607 £638 £607 £638 £607 £577  
Single £628 £729 £628 £729 £759 £790 £759 £790 £759 £729  
Triple £476 £577 £476 £577 £607 £638 £607 £638 £607 £577  
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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

6 nights in your chosen accommodation. See practical information
6 x Breakfasts
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Entrance to Rosgarten museum Constance
Boat trip Wallhausen/Dingelsdorf - Überlingen
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet
Tourist tax (approximately €2pppn, payable locally)

Supplements

Extra night Constance, double/twin, comfort (£58)
Extra night Constance, single, comfort (£77)
Extra night Constance, double/twin, superior (£77)
Extra night Constance, single, superior (£96)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£72)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£167)
Child bike (£43)

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
2020 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily from 04 April to 20 October excluding 3-8 August & 30 August - 02 September

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2020 Prices
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Double/twin £587 £486 £587 £628 £658 £587 £628 £658 £628 £587  
Single £758 £657 £758 £799 £829 £758 £799 £829 £799 £758  
Triple £587 £486 £587 £628 £658 £587 £628 £658 £628 £587  
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Double/twin £739 £638 £739 £810 £861 £739 £810 £861 £810 £739  
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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

6 nights in your chosen accommodation. See practical information
6 x Breakfasts
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Entrance to Rosgarten museum Constance
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet
Tourist tax (approximately €2pppn, payable locally)

Supplements

Extra night Constance, double/twin, comfort (£57)
Extra night Constance, single, comfort (£81)
Extra night Constance, double/twin, superior (£76)
Extra night Constance, single, superior (£110)
Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£76)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£186)
Child bike (£42)

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

Practical Information

Bikes

Example of bike used on this tour

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are comfortable unisex bikes with deep step-through frames and 27 gears.

They are equipped with a pannier, handlebar bag, odometer, lock and puncture repair kit.

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

Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend bringing your own.

 

 

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the accommodations typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels and guest houses.

Constance/Litzelstetten: Hotel Volapük
Stein am Rhein/Gailingen: Hotel Roseberg / Hotel Rheingold
Überlingen: Hotel zum Römer
Kressbronn-Tunau/Nonnenhorn: Landgasthof Dorfkrug / Gasthof zur Kapelle
Höchst/Staad: Das Smarte Hotel / Hotel-Restaurant Weisses Rössli

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Constance: Hotel Halm
Stein am Rhein/Gailingen: Hotel Chlosterhof
Überlingen: Parkhotel St. Leonhard
Lindau/Wasserburg: Hotel Lindauer Hof / Hotel Gierer
Arbon: Hotel Römerhof

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 5.0
  • Date - 28/08/2019
  • Name - James Speight
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Great tour. Easy to book. Bikes Fantastic. Would book it again and recommend to all!
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Fantastic tour. Great accommodation. Very good bikes. Helpful and friendly staff. Would recommend this to everyone !
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Wonderful - thank you so much James.
    Product : We really appreciate the great review James and we're big fans of thgis lovely Lake Constance route too.
  • Date - 22/09/2018
  • Name - Barry Bryant
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Good communication and a very well organised holiday
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks Barry, always a pleasure.
  • Date - 30/04/2018
  • Name - Ernest Munro
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Simple process to book.Any questions easily sorted by telephone .
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Lovely scenery and nice towns visited.Cycling easy and route simple to follow most of the time.Hotels ok in general but their ideas of superior not mine.I am used to better hotels particularly Hotel Barbarossa in Konstanz which needs a serious upgrade.
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the feedback Ernest and we're glad you enjoyed the holiday overall. First time we've had negative comments about the hotel quality on this tour but we'll be monitoring this closely henceforth.
  • Date - 22/10/2017
  • Name - Vicky Franklin
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Charming people. Nothing is too much trouble.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - We thoroughly enjoyed cycling around Lake Constance. The route was easy (perfect for us) and there was plenty to see and do each day. We particularly liked Stein am rhein, the butterfly island of Mainau and our night in the lovely village of uberlingen.
  • Flexitreks response - Thank you for a lovely review Vicky and I'm glad you didn't find it too hard. Now you are cycling holiday converts we look forward to helping you with next year's adventure!