- Self-Guided: Saturday April 9 and April 16 and Friday April 15.
- Daily: April 21-24 and April 29-Oct 15.
The Lake Constance cycle route is the most popular cycle route in Europe. On this tour you will cycle around the entire lake and get to know three countries and four islands (Reichenau, Mainau, Lindau and Werd). The main highlights are the medieval towns of Konstanz, Stein, Meersburg and Lindau. In comparison to other cycle routes the daily routes are relatively short as there are a variety of places and attractions waiting to be discovered. You will be able to enjoy the amazing landscape of the lake against the backdrop of the Alps. The Alps, romantic villages and sleepy towns around the glistening lake. Be impressed by an unforgettable and fascinating landscape.
Tour Profile: The first stage is moderately hilly in the Höri region, otherwise the route is mainly even along tarred cycle paths. The path runs partially along the lake shore and partially along lake shore roads. Sporadically there are short, unfortified sections, around Friedrichshafen the cycle path runs parallel to the highway. The lake shore is mostly open to the public.
The Rental bike: Comfortable Unisex bikes in various frame heights, 7 gears with back peddle brake or 21 gears, kitted out with luggage bag or basket, puncture repair kit and bicycle lock. In the starting point Konstanz saddle and steering will usually be individually set. Oversized men’s bikes with 61 + 64 cm diverse children’s bicycles and trailers. When rental bikes are booked there is always a repair voucher for small repairs of up to 20 Euro supplied, which can be used in most bicycle repair shops.
If your starting point is Constance rental bikes can be collected at tour company. The bikes may also be delivered to your hotel on your day of arrival (no instructions given). The bicycles are kitted out with panniers (Ortlieb), a puncture repair kit per party and a lock.
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Day 1: Individual arrival in Konstanz/Constance. Take the chance to visit Mainau island or take a walk through the old town of Constance. The aquariums in the Sea Life Center and the Archaeological Museum are also recommended.
Day 2: Constance – Region Stein am Rhein, (ca. 50/30 km/31/19 miles). The first highlight is Reichenau Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. A boat will then bring you over to the Höri peninsula where the writer Hermann Hesse and the artist Otto Dix once lived. You will stay in the region of Stein am Rhein.
Day 3: Region Stein am Rhein – Überlingen, (ca.45/55 km/28/34 miles). The start of today‘s tour will lead you through the almost completely preserved medieval town Stein am Rhein. You will cycle along the Swiss shores of the lake back to Konstanz. In Wallhausen you will board a boat and disembark in Überlingen with its late gothic style cathedral and beautiful health resort park and lake walkway.
Day 4: Überlingen – Region Kressbronn, (ca. 50/55 km/31/34 miles). From Überlingen you will cycle to Friedrichshafen. You will pass by the baroque pilgrimage church of Birnau and the ancient town of Meersburg on the way. In Nonnenhorn you will reach the border crossing of
the old Württenberg-Bavarian border.
Day 5: Kressbronn – Rorschach, (ca. 44/55 km/27/34 miles). Today you will travel towards the Bavarian town of Lindau, which is picturesquely situated on an island. Then you will head on towards Bregenz. The capital town of Vorarlberg is famous for its annual drama festival on the largest lake theater in the world. You will then pass through an important nature reserve on the Rhein delta.
Day 6: Region Rorschach – Constance, (ca. 45/30 km/28/19 miles). The last day of your tour leads you through Romanshorn, with most important Swiss harbour on Lake Constance. You will pass many villages full with wooden framed houses on your way back to Konstanz. You can visit Mainau island today if you haven’t already done so.
Day 7: Return home or extension of your stay. After breakfast you may return home or extend your stay.
- 6 overnight stays in double rooms with breakfast in family-run comfort hotels (Category A), or in middle-class hotels (Category B) all with bathroom or shower/WC
Luggage transport from hotel to hotel, unlimited number of pieces of luggage, each piece must however weigh under 20 kg
- Boat trip Reichenau-Gaienhofen including bicycle (Category A only)
- Boat trip Wallhausen-Überlingen including bicycle
- 1 bottle of wine from Constance per person (Category A only)
- Entrance to Rosgarten museum, 1 coffee included
- Comprehensive tour information and maps
- 7-day Service Hotline
- Entrance to Mainau Island (Category A only)
- 1 German language travel book with photos (Category A only).
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