Lake Constance & Rhine Falls

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Visiting: Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £493 to £1121pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy i
Standard Superior i
Code GE007A
Good For Families, Multi-Country
Distance 171mi/275km
Runs Apr - Oct
Departs Any day
Fly to Zurich !
Return from Zurich !


What to expect

Circumnavigate one of Europe’s largest freshwater lakes, starting and finishing in the German city of Constance and following the sparkling shoreline through Austria and Switzerland. A well-signposted, car-free cycle path makes Lake Constance an easy tour whatever your ability and you can take the day at a leisurely pace.

Touring through green landscapes with a backdrop of the snow-capped Alps, you’ll stop off in enchanting towns and lakeside resorts, each with unique appeal – the medieval town of Stein am Rhein, the spectacular Rhine Falls, the castle of Kirchberg and the Swiss harbour of Romanshorn are some of the best bits. The wooden slopes and nature reserves of the Höri Peninsula have inspired artists and writers for centuries.

Prefer a shorter break or perhaps a holiday based in one hotel? Take a look at our full range of Lake Constance cycling holidays.

  • 2 for 1 hybrid bike hire for September and October travel if booked by 31 August - discount applied when we confirm your tour
  • Blue lakes, green landscapes, Alpine backdrops
  • Lakeside resort towns and Europe's largest waterfalls
  • Green nature reserves and dramatic waterfalls in the Höri Peninsula
  • Well-signposted and mainly traffic-free cycle path, for all abilities

The Trip



  • Day 1: Arrive in Constance/Kreuzlingen

    Make your way to the lakeside city of Constance and take a stroll around the historic centre or cross the bridge to the flower island of Mainau. 

    Overnight locations can vary according to selected hotel category - see daily itineraries for more detail.

  • Day 2: Constance – Radolfzell - Überlingen 31 miles (50 km)

    Pedal along the lake shore to the old imperial town of Randolfzell before cycling a small incline through the Bodanrueck peninsula to the health town of Überlingen with its lakeside promenade.

  • Day 3: Überlingen - Lindau 37 miles (60 km)

    Pass the Baroque pilgrimage church of Birnau and the ancient town of Meersburg with its castle on route to the lakeside city of Friedrichshafen where you can see the world's largest collection of aviation exhibitions at the Zeppelin Museum. Continue on through the orchards to Kressbronn. 

    Cat. B hotels are located in Kressbronn/Nonnenhorn (50km)

  • Day 4: Lindau - Arbon 31 miles (50 km)

    Cycle to the island town of Lindau before crossing the border into Austria and on to Bregenz at the lake’s eastern tip, a city famous for its annual drama festival in the world's largest lake theatre. Ride through a beautiful nature reserve as you cycle past the Rhein delta. Overnight at Höchst in Austria or Rorschach in Switzerland. 

    Cat. B overnight Höchst in Austria or Rorschach in Switzerland (40-50km)

  • Day 5: Arbon – Constance/Kreuzlingen 22 miles (35 km)

    Cycle through the apple orchards of Thurgau, passing through Romanshorn, the most important Swiss harbour on Lake Constance. Discover authentic villages and wooden framed houses as you ride along the Swiss banks of the lake before hopping across the border back into Germany and returning to Constance.

    Cat. B Region Höchst/Rorschach - Constance (50-60km)

  • Day 6: Constance – Stein am Rhein - Schaffhausen 31 miles (50 km)

    Cycle through picturesque Swiss fishing villages along the southern shore of Lake Constance. Take your time in the medieval town of Stein am Rhein before cycling on to the Swiss town of Schaffhausen with its beautiful pedestrianised  Old Town.

  • Day 7: Schaffhausen – Rhine Falls – Constance/Kreuzlingen 34 miles (55 km) + boat trip

    From Schaffhausen cycle along the river and visit the impressive Rhine Falls, Central Europe’s largest waterfall. Take a boat (included) to the foot of the falls to experience the sheer force of the water up close. Ride along the other bank of the River Rhine before reaching the pretty town of Stein am Rhein. Pedal along the slightly undulating Höri Peninsula, where the writer Hermann Hesse and the artist Otto Dix once lived, and then along the lake to Gaienhofen before taking a ferry across to the monastery island of Reichenau, a World Heritage site since 2001. Cycle across the bridge back to the mainland and into Constance.

  • Day 8: Depart from Constance

    Enjoy a final breakfast before checking out and returning home or continuing your holiday.


3* and 4* Hotels

We use a pool of 3* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • 3* and 4* hotels
  • Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation
  • Boat trip to the Rhine Falls rock

2* and 3* Hotels

We use a pool of 2 & 3* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • A mix of 2* and 3* hotels
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Luggage Transportation
  • Boat trip to the Rhine Falls rock

Dates & Prices

Please choose your hotel category, then click on a departure date for price options at a glance 

Price includes

  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels 
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation
  • Maps and route information - GPS tracks available
  • Local contact number for assistance
  • Entrance to Rosgarten Museum in Constance including a coffee
  • Boat trip: Rhine Falls Rock
  • Boat trip Gaienhofen-Reichenau

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Cycle helmets
  • Tourist tax (small charge, payable locally)

Child reductions (3rd and 4th in room)

  • Up to 5 years: 100%
  • 6 to 13 years: 50%**
  • 14 to 17 years: 25%

*Twin rooms in Germany (and also Switzerland) usually consist of one bed with separate mattresses and bedding. Some hotels do have twin beds but these are exceptions.

**discount already applied for triple & quad rooms

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    Bike Hire & Extras

    Bike hire

    Pannier, handlebar bag, repair kit, bike computer and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike.

    Child tag-alongs, trailers and bike seats available on request.

    Gents' bike
    Bike hire

    Hybrid 24 or 7 gear with pannier

    E-bike hire

    8 gear with pannier

    Tandem hire

    Minimum height 170 cm

    Child bike
    Child bike hire

    With 20", 24" or 26" wheels



    You can add these when you price your trip

    Extra nights

    Constance - Double room Cat B (B&B)
    Constance - Single room Cat B (B&B)
    Constance - Double room Cat A (B&B)
    Constance - Single Room Cat A (B&B)

    How to Get There

    Getting there

    Fly to Zurich or Friedrichshafen

    Take the train (Bahn) from either of the above airports to Constance.

    Getting back

    Take the train (Bahn) from Constance to either of the above airports.

    Fly from Zurich or Friedrichshafen

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    out of 5

    The tour of Lake Constance and Rhine Falls travelled through stunning scenery, largely on cycle lanes. The bikes were sturdy and of high quality, and the local cycling firm who supplied them were excellent. The hotels on the route were all excellent and some outstanding, with a good amount of room for a family of 4. The holiday overall was first class and enjoyed by all.

    Nicholas Leach, UK, August 2018
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    A lovely well organised energetic holiday with clear maps and guidance.

    Frances Szczurek, UK, August 2018

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