Lake Constance Loop

Self-guided Cycling (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) from $1063 NZD
(4.5/5) from 2 reviews

Bordered by the 3 countries of Austria, Germany and Switzerland, Lake Constance is one of Europe’s most popular cycling destinations.

Enjoy the freedom of self-guided touring with easy to moderate cycling on paved lakeside roads and magnificent alpine views.

Highlights include the university town of Constance, the medieval Swiss town Stein am Rhein, Meersburg’s castle, and the Bavarian island town of Lindau. Visit Mainau island with its parks and gardens, walk in the footsteps of historic authors and artists, and maybe visit the Zeppelin museum.

Reviews for Lake Constance Loop - Tour

A fabulous tour with wonderful friends in a relaxing and beautiful environment.

Edith October 20, 2014

cycling lake constance - global cycling adventures

It was the great surprise holiday - so much better than I had hoped it would be - well paced and within my relatively low fitness level, never boring because of the diversity to the areas we travelled through. This part of Europe the prevalence of bikes made it a pleasure to cycle - safe and well catered for. The accommodation was well selected, some better than others but all well located and many of the places first rate. I am a convert to this as a way of seeing the world.

Gabrielle O'Brien October 20, 2014

Constance to Constance

Zurich
  • Lifestyle
  • Grade
  • SELF GUIDED TOUR / Min 1 person
  • Daily departures: April to mid Oct (subject to hotel availability)
  • Prices for 3*/4* hotels (2*/3* option also available)
  • EUR239 single room surcharge
  • EUR79 touring bike hire
  • EUR195 e-bike hire
  • This tour is invoiced in EURO
  • 12 day tour also available
Daily distances (30 km to 60 km) are easily achieveable with a basic level of fitness. You will also have time to visit many of the attractions en route. The route is flat or moderately rolling along tarsealed cycle paths. There is just one steeper climb on day 3 into Überlingen. Your luggage is transferred daily between hotels. This tour suits anyone, including families. Explore the stately heritage of Lake Constance.

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival Day: Constance (Konstanz)

No cycling

Welcome to Lake Constance (German: Bodensee) and the beginning of your bike tour which circles the lake. Please make your own way to the university town of Konstanz (Constance) on the lake shore, on the Swiss border. How about a visit to Mainau Island's parks and gardens, or the Sea Life Centre's aquariums, or just take a walk through the old town. The Rosgarten Museum is also recommended (entrance fee is included).

Meals: None

DAY 2

Constance (Konstanz) to Stein am Rhein region

Cycling: approx 30 or 40 km

After breakfast, cycle along the southern Swiss shore of the Untersee, passing through many villages which are typical of the region. Finally you will reach the little medieval Swiss town of Stein am Rhein with its many frescoed houses. Depending on where your hotel is located, you might cross the border again to reach Gaienhofen. The terrain today will include some undulating hills.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3

Region of Stein am Rhein to Überlingen

Cycling: approx. 40 or 50 km (+ boat trip)

Today you will circle the Höri Peninsula, formerly the home of the famous painter Otto Dix and also the well-known author Hermann Hesse. Take a break in the old imperial town of Radolfzell before crossing the Bodanrück. From here its a short and steep climb to Überlingen on the northern lakeshore. The town has a gothic style cathedral and a beautiful health resort, park and lake esplanade.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4

Überlingen to Wasserburg/Lindau region

Cycling: approx. 60 km

From Überlingen the cycle trail takes you past the baroque pilgrimage church of Birnau and through the charming medieval town of Meersburg with its castles. Then, the university city of Friedrichshafen, where the Zeppelin museum is well worth visiting. Ferdinand von Zeppelin built his airship factory there in the 19th century. Tonight you'll stay in the region of Wasserburg or Lindau.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5

Wasserburg/Lindau region to Arbon

Cycling: approx. 50 km

Take time to explore the Bavarian town of Lindau, which is picturesquely located on an island. Then, continue towards the Austrian town of Bregenz, famous for its annual drama festival on the largest lake theatre in the world. You will then pass through an important nature reserve on the Rhine delta, before arriving in Höchst. Then cross the border again and continue to Rorschach or Arbon, in Switzerland, on the southern shore.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6

Arbon to Konstanz

Cycling: approx. 35 km

Your last cycling day leads you through busy Romanshorn, the most important Swiss harbour on Lake Konstanz. On your way back to Konstanz you will pass many villages renowned for their wooden framed houses. You can visit Mainau Island today if you haven't already done so.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7

Departure from Konstanz

No cycling

Your tour finishes after a hearty German breakfast unless you have chosen to extend your stay. We hope you will leave with happy memories of beautiful Lake Constance. Auf Wiedersehen!

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • 6 nights in 3* or 4* hotels (double room with ensuite)
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Entrance to Rosgarten museum in Konstanz (coffee included)
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Detailed tour information and maps
  • 7-day Service Hotline

Tour Excludes:

  • Transport to and from Konstanz
  • Travel Visas (where applicable)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bike hire
  • Meals (except breakfast)
  • Local city or visitors tax where applicable
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Helmets (bring own)