Lake Constance Easy Cycling Holiday

  • 4.4
    (3 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy
  • Duration/s

    6 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Constance / Constance
  • Distance

    93 miles/150 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamilyRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    032-107CDE
Price From £462

Overview

This is an easy version of a very popular cycle holiday around Lake Constance, suitable for newcomers to cycling holidays as well as families with young children. Lake Constance straddles the borders of Germany, Austria and Switzerland and offers cyclists dedicated cycle paths, medieval lakeside towns and a wonderful, alpine backdrop.

Starting and finishing in the town of Constance, a pretty, German town with a small harbour lined with half-timbered buildings, the route leads you first to the nearby island garden of Mainau where you can visit the fabulous gardens and butterfly house.

The route then continues with a short ferry journey to Überlingen, a medieval old town dominated by an impressive Gothic cathedral. Take time also to admire the ornate, baroque interior of the pilgrimage church of Birnau on the outskirts of the village before continuing to Uhldingen where you can visit the reconstructed stilt dwellings of early lake settlers.

Birnau

Birnau

The fascinating Zeppelin museum in Friedrichshafen, further along the north shore, relays the story of the famous, if somewhat flawed, air ships and their designer who lived in the town. Bregenz a large bustling town at the eastern end of the lake, famous for its lavish outdoor theatre productions each summer, offers a cable car ride up to Pfänder mountain from where you can enjoy a truly stunning view of the lake and 240 peaks in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The crystal-clear lake is inviting so take a refreshing dip as and when the mood takes you or just sit and watch the windsurfers and sailing boats enjoying the afternoon breeze. Regular ferries link the lakeside towns, providing a ‘get-out’ solution if you wish to curtail the day’s ride for any reason.

A flat cycle route along mainly asphalted paths. Suitable for families and newcomers to cycling holidays.

Itinerary & Map

A flat cycle route along mainly asphalted paths. Suitable for families and newcomers to cycling holidays.

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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.

Day 2: Constance/Kreuzlingen – Mainau – Unteruhldingen/Meersburg, 16-19 miles/25-30 kms + boat trip

Mainau

Mainau

Today’ ride leads you along quiet lanes to the wonderful garden island of Mainau where you can admire the wonderful gardens and visit the amazing butterfly house. Afterwards you take a short ferry journey across the lake to Überlingen. This spa town offers a charming lakeside promenade and a bustling, pedestrianised centre with many bars, cafes and shops. In nearby Unteruhldingen, where you overnight, you can visit the fascinating lake dwelling museum which explains how people lived in this region during the Stone Age.

Day 3: Unteruhldingen – Friedrichshafen, 7-10 miles/10-15 kms + boat trip

Friedrichshafen - Lake Constance - Germany

Friedrichshafen – Lake Constance – Germany

Today you cycle along the northern shore of the lake, through Meersburg, a lovely medieval lakeside town with distinct upper and lower levels joined by stairs and a rather steep street. About 8 kms further along the lake-shore you board a ferry at Immenstaad for a short cruise to the university town of Friedrichshafen where you will spend the night. We highly recommend a visit to the fascinating Zeppelin Museum that pays tribute to local inventor, Ferdinand von Zeppelin and his groundbreaking airships.

Day 4: Friedrichshafen – Lindau, 19 miles/30 kms

Lindau - Lake Constance - Germany

Lindau

Today’s ride leads you through small villages and towns that line the northern shoreline. You’ll pass marinas, crossing small rivers that feed into the lake. Finally, towards the eastern end of the lake you will reach Lindau, a well preserved medieval town on a small island. You’ll spend the night in this atmospheric little place. Enjoy a wander round the old town and perhaps a coffee or ice cream at one of the many street cafes overlooking the small harbour.

Day 5: Lindau – Rorschach, 25 miles/40 kms

Bregenz

Bregenz

By now you will have found your cycling legs so the 25 miles from Lindau around the eastern end of the lake to Rorschach shouldn’t be too taxing – its all pretty flat anyway. In Bregenz, why not have break from cycling and take the cable car up to the Pfaender Mountain for a fantastic view over the lake. Near the town of Hard you cross over the Rhine River flowing into the lake from the Swiss Alps. This delta wetland area is a protected nature reserve and home to many different bird species. You are now in Switzerland and will spend the night in the pleasant lakeside town of Rorschach.

Day 6: Rorschach – Constance/Kreuzlingen, 25 miles/40 kms

Rorschach - Lake Constance - Switzerland

Rorschach

Your last day’s ride leads you along the Swiss shore of Lake Constance back to the town of Constance itself. The route takes you through charming well-kept Swiss villages. There is a thriving apple growing industry here and along the route you will pass many apple orchards. On arrival in Constance celebrate your achievement in a cafe or ice cream parlour.

Day 7: Departure

After breakfast its time to 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
032-107CDE
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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 with bike
Boat trip: Immenstaad - Friedrichshafen with bike
Entrance Lake Dwelling Museum, Unreruhldingen
Entrance to Sea Life Centre, Constance
Local assistance

Price Excludes

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

Supplements

Extra night Constance, double/twin (£56)
Extra night Constance, single (£75)
Bike hire, includes lock and pannier (£66)
Electric bike (£149)
Children's bike (£33)
Trailer bike (£33)

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: 3 star family-run 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 equipped with a waterproof pannier, handlebar bag, odometer bike lock and 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: Comfortable accommodation in 3 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 Friedrichshafen or Zurich airports – Innsbruck, Munich and Stuttgart airports are also viable alternatives but slightly further away.

Research flights from the UK here.

From Friedrichshafen airport there is an hourly shuttle to the lake, which connects with a catamaran that will take you straight to Constance. The total journey time will be around 70 minutes.

From Zurich airport there are regular 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 3 reviews 4.4
  • Date - 27/08/2016
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Fab service by Ally!
  • Date - 11/12/2015
  • Name - David Stearn
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - The pre-tour service was excellent with very good helpful advice and personal speedy replies were much appreciated. We are thinking of booking another tour in 2016
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - The scenery was amazing and we were very impressed with the cycle routes everywhere, especially as neither my partner or I had done a lot of cycling in recent years. All the accomodation was excellent and our luggage was always at the next venue before we arrived. Quite frankly, it's difficult to find fault anywhere!
  • Flexitreks response - Dear David,
    Many thanks for taking the time to give us your detailed feedback on our service and your cycling holiday. We are glad to hear you are thinking of another cycling holiday with Flexitreks in 2016 and are more than happy to help you choose another great cycling experience. Feel free to call us on 01273 410 550 or email us at info@flexitreks.com. Many thanks, the Flexitreks team
  • Date - 09/12/2015
  • Name - Candice
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - The information presented was well organized. All transactions were seamless.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - We cycled as a family with my 8 year old and 10 year old daughters. The route was varied and very interesting. My girls managed all the distances quite easily.
    I loved the flexibility of the self-guided tour. The only thing I would do differently next time would be to upgrade to the 4 star hotels. The 3 stars were fine but I think the 4 star would have made it that much better. We truly enjoyed our experience and I would definitely book with Flexitreks again.
  • Flexitreks response - Dear Candice,
    Thank you kindly for the nice comments as it is much appreciated by us. I think you chose one of the best places for a family cycling holiday as it really does offer something for all the family. If you feel the need to get back in the saddle do give give us a call on 01273 410 500 or email us info@flexitreks.com and we will certainly give you some ideas for a new cycle trip. Many thanks for now the Flexitreks team.