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Beautifully flat, flexible cycling tour following impeccably signed lakeside paths past poppy-dusted fields, vineyards and cherry orchards. Plenty of options to hop on/off local trains to shorten/lengthen your cycling days as you fancy.

Price:

From £1099 per person, tour only. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

Duration: 11 days
Departures: Departs every two days all year around
Start point: Bregenz
End point: Bregenz
 

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Details of Lake Constance Cycling Tour

Overshadowed by the snow-capped Alpine peaks of Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and with its stunning turquoise shore shared between all three countries, Lake Constance is a unique jewel in the crown of central Europe.

Exploring by bike is by far the best way to travel here: a 270km cycling path leads from country to country takes in daisy-strewn meadows, billowing wheat fields, Bavarian vineyards and picturesque marinas. The routes have been specifically designed by our local partner, Donau Touristik, and checked by our managers too. This is a region brimming with history too and, en route, cultural highlights include fairytale castles in Meersburg, flower decked palaces in Konstanz and books dating over 1,000 years in St Gallen’s UNESCO library! If you just feel like relaxing, there are sand and pebble beaches dotted all round the lake - and, with a backdrop of snow-capped Alpine peaks reflected in the crystal clear waters, the views are pretty special too!

But it is the flexibility that makes this holiday like no other in our programme. We give you fully detailed cycling notes to take you from each hotel to the next. If, however, you wish to shorten, or lengthen your route at any point, you simply hop on the local train or boat – taking your bike with you – and tailor your journey to suit.

Throughout your trip, you’ll stay in a mix of old coaching inns, grand riverside mansions and beautiful park hotels offering spectacular views of the Swiss Alps. You can buy local produce - fresh strawberries, grapes and apple juice from roadside stalls with honesty boxes.

Optional e-bikes available.  

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 - Arrive in Bregenz
You arrive the historic coaching inn, in the centre of Bregenz. Explore the cobbled streets of the old town before dinner on the courtyard terrace.

Day 2 - Bregenz to Arbon 37km/23mi or 41km / 25.5mi
This day features stunning views of the snow-capped Alpine peaks this morning as you cycle west along Lake Constance's southern shore before crossing the Rhine delta, straddling the border between Austria and Switzerland. It's an area of great natural beauty with a variety of wildlife - keep your eyes peeled for kingfishers in the reeds. Your final stretch takes you to Arbon - pretty half-timbered houses and C16 castle - where you'll spend the next 2 nights.

Day 3 - In Arbon
Spend a morning exploring Arbon's historic old town with its well preserved buildings. After lunch at one of the many lakeside eateries, take the bus for the 35 minute journey, or cycle (10km) to historic St Gallen - a bustling market town filled with C18 merchants' houses and open air cafes. Visit the fabulous UNESCO library in the C8 Benedictine Abbey. Blow the cobwebs away by freewheeling back down to the lakeside. There are lots of swimming possibilities, and it's easy cycling alond waterfront back to the hotel.

Day 4 - Arbon to Stein am Rhein 47km/29mi or 58km/36mi
To shorten your route this morning take the train to Guettingen. Otherwise, pedalling around the lake, you'll pass numerous postcard-pretty, waterfront villages with panoramic sun terraces for lunch and coffee stops. In the afternoon, you cycle effortlessly between sleepy harbours, the white sails from the boats reflecting brightly on the clear blue waters.

Day 5 - In Stein am Rhein
It's easy to to explore Stein am Rhein with its C11 monastery, beautiful frescoed square and fantastic chocolate shops! Alternatively, Schaffhausen, a lively German town, is ideal for a day trip. It has riverside cycle paths to Schloss Laufen - a tiny castle perched above the biggest waterfall in Europe - Rheinfalls. 

Day 6 - Stein am Rhein to Konstanz 45km/28mi or 59km/36.5mi
Freewheeling this morning, you'll soon cross the border to enter Germany - in the Hornstaad Nature Reserve ,look out for cormorant and red crested pochard. Cycling along the 'Gnadensee' to reach the UNESCO Heritage Site of Klosterinsel Reichenau, home to an impressive 8C AD Benedictine Abbey, and the first populated area on Lake Constance . It's then into Konstanz, to your 4* hotel.

Day 7 - In Konstanz
Spend the day exploring the narrow streets of Konstanz: visit the Munster, Altstadt and lively centre filled with shops and museums. Alternatively hop on a boat to visit the palace and landscaped rose gardenson the Mainau Island's. Take your bike and back at leisure along lakeside cycle paths.

Day 8 - Konstanz to Friedrichshafen 25km/15.5mi
Ride through oak forest to catch the ferry (20 minute's, included) to Meersburg with its twin fairytale castles, steep streets and hillsides of vines. Then it's a gentle coast into Friedrichshafen.

Day 9 - In Friedrichshafen
You have some superb wine tasting opportunities today - local Muller-Thurgau wines come from Riesling and Silvaner grapes for which Lake Constance is famous. Or visit Friedrichschafen's Zeppelin Museum - full of fascinating knick-knacks and memorabilia, including an original menu and wine list from the Hindenburg!

Day 10 - Friedrichshafen to Bregenz 33km/20.5mi
Past the picturesque village of Langenargn and through vineyards and cherry orchards en route to pretty Lindau, a gorgeous island village surrounded by blue waters with views of razor-edged peaks across the lake. Lots of choices for lunch, then keeping the lake at your side, a final cycle takes you back down to Bregenz. If you have time, take the cable car up Pfander mountain, (1064m), for a fantastic vista of your entire route - a real achievement!

Day 11 - Leave Bregenz

Is this trip for you?
This trip is a 1 cycle holiday (See Headwater’s Cycle Rating System). The region has some excellent hotels- 4 hotels are 4 star and 1 is 3 star so the holiday is quite luxurious and there are swimming possibilities every day for those who want to swim in the lake. It is a unique opportunity to cycle through three different countries, and will be great for families who want to have a flexible holiday. Because the railway service around the lake is so cheap and so efficient, the routes can be as long or short as you like because you are constantly passing stations the bike path follows the railway for a lot of the way. Electric bikes are possible on this holiday, please ask for details.

What price includes

 
  • 10 nights accommodation hotel to hotel
  • Continental breakfasts and 8 evening meals.
  • Transport of all bags between hotels.
  • Rep briefing, local informatin, route notes and map kit.
  • Fully equipped, all terrain touring bike with panniers.
  • Optional e-bikes available.
 

Location

 

Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Hotel Weisses Kreuz, Bregenz.

Nearest train station to meeting point:
Bregenz

Transfer to meeting point:
Guests make their own way to meeting point
On arrival at Bregenz station take a taxi to the hotel Weisses Kreuz (approx. €5)

How to get there:
Train from London to Bregenz (via Munich). There are 4 trains a day from Munich to Bregenz, taking 2.5 - 3 hours.

 
Plan your journey by train to Munich
 

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
Hotel Weisses Kreuz, Bregenz.

Nearest train station to finish point:
Bregenz

Transfer to finish point:
Guests make their own way to station
take a taxi from the hotel Weisses Kreuz to Bregenz station (approx. €5)

How to get back:
Train from Bregenz to London (via Munich). There are 4 trains a day from Bregenz to Munich, taking 2.5 - 3 hours.

 
Plan your return train journey from Munich