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Lake Constance

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Germany   Austria   Switzerland  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 980 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1165 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Cycling around Lake Constance, which borders Germany, Austria and Switzerland, offers the chance to experience a unique mix of people and cultural traditions. This tour starts near the Swiss border in Constance and continues to Meersburg along the Untersee and Überlinger See. From here you cycle through extensive vineyards and orchards to Friedrichshafen, also referred to as the Zeppelin City. Bregenz is the next stop, home to a world renowned performing arts festival, and then it's a pedal through the Rhine delta to make your way back to Constance along the Swiss shore of the lake.

Holiday details:
- Price from: Luxury £980 per person based on two people sharing a room. £1,165.00 per person for start dates from 2nd May to 26th September. A surcharge applies if you stay in Bregenz between 19th July to 26th August, due to the Festival
- Duration: 8 nights
- Start & Finish: Starts daily and is circular from Constance. Tours run from 1st April to 31st October
- Hotels: Luxury All 4 star hotels, a mixture of old and new buildings, some are lakeside
- Activity level: Gentle cycling
- Electric bikes: Available
- Mileage: 8 days of cycling 6 - 22 miles (10 - 36 km) per day
- Terrain: Generally flat with some small inclines
- Traffic-free: Mostly traffic free on cycle paths with some quiet side roads
- Options: Additional nights in Constance at the start or end of the trip.

Day 1: Constance. Arrive in Constance and check into your hotel. Inspired by late classicism and neo-renaissance architecture, the hotel was first opened in 1874. Make your way to our bike base today where your host will run through your itinerary and will give you your bike and equipment. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city. We suggest visiting the beautiful flower island Mainau or the convent on Reichenau island.

Day 2: Constance to Stein am Rhein. Today sees you cycling along the Lower Lake to the picturesque village of Gottlieben. The architecture of this former fishing village is really impressive and is one of the nicest in the area. The Drachenburg castle and the Waaghaus are worth a visit too. The Waaghaus, a Gothic building in the Old Town, was originally a weighing house but is now a puppet theatre. 18 miles (29 km).

Day 3: Stein am Rhein to Radolfzell. Make sure you spend some time in Stein before setting off today – it's one of the best preserved medieval cities in Switzerland and worth taking the time to explore. From Stein am Rhein you continue your journey across the Höri Peninsula to Radolfzell, home to the fantastic Radolfzell Basilica and the "Austrian Castle“, both absolute must-sees for any visitor! 15 miles (24 km).

Day 4: Radolfzell to Überlingen. Your ride today will lead you via Sipplingen, a small fishing village also known for its viticulture, to the former free imperial city of Überlingen and its beautiful lakeside promenade. En route, you'll pass by Birnau Convent and Unteruhldingen, famous for its pre-historic stilt houses which are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 12 miles (19 km).

Day 5: Überlingen to Friedrichshafen. Your first stop today is the fishing and viticultural village of Hagnau. From here the Lake Constance bike trail leads you to Friedrichshafen - sometimes known as the Zeppelin city. For those interested in this early form of aviation, a trip to the Zeppelin museum is highly recommended. If not, then perhaps enjoy a stroll along the lakeside promenade, or head up to the lookout point (22 m) and enjoy a majestic view over the Alps! 11 miles (18 km).

Day 6: Friedrichshafen to Lindau. As you continue on your loop of Lake Constance today, you'll cycle through the most important nature reserve on the north shore: Eriskircher Ried. Once out the other side, your path leads along the lake shore to Lindau. The old town, which is located on an island on the lake, the lighthouse with lions (Lindau's landmark), and the town hall shouldn't be missed. 18 miles (24 km).

Day 7: Lindau to Bregenz. From Lindau, pedal to Bregenz, capital of the Austrian state of Vorarlberg. Parts of the James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace” were filmed at the festival here in Bregenz. This is your shortest day of cycling and leaves you plenty of time to nose around at your leisure. A cable-car ride up the Pfänder Mountain or a stroll through the old town should be on every schedule! 6 miles (10 km).

Day 8: Bregenz to Horn. Today the route crosses the Rhine Delta and reaches the old harbour town of Rorschach, where you can visit one of Switzerland’s beautiful corn houses that includes a museum. From here, continue along Lake Constance until you reach the pleasant village of Horn and the historical Arbon, with the old town around the market square of Egnach. 17 miles (28 km).

Day 9: Horn to Constance and depart. On your last day as you cycle through the canton of Thurgau, you will pass many beautiful, small villages on the way to Romanshorn. After Romanshorn, continue to cycle on the bike trail back to Constance and thus completing your loop of the Lake. Return your bikes and equipment, collect your luggage and depart at your leisure. 22 miles (36 km).

Airfare is included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation.
- Breakfast every day during the tour.
- The services of our friendly hosts to coordinate your travel and brief you on your route.
- Emergency support provided by your host.
- Luggage transfers between hotels.
- A tour brochure.
- Safeguarding of your payment.

Price Excludes:
- Airfares.
- Travel to and from the tour start and finish points.
- Entrances to attractions unless specified.
- Lunches.
- Dinners.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Mini bars.
- Meals pre and post the tour.

All prices are subject to change depending on accommodation availability.

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