Lake Constance & Rhine Falls

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Visiting: Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £417 to £891pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy i
Standard Superior i
Code GE007A
Good For Families, Multi-Country
Distance 171mi/275km
Runs Mar - Oct
Departs Any day
Fly to Zurich !
Return from Zurich !

Overview

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, with less time spent packing & unpacking each day? Take a look at our full range of Lake Constance cycling holidays.

  • 2 for 1 hybrid bike hire for 2017 bookings - 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

Route

Itinerary

  • 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. 

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

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

  • Day 3: Überlingen - Region Kressbronn 31 miles (50 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.

  • Day 4: Kressbronn - Region Höchst/Rorschach 22/31 miles (35/50 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.

  • Day 5: Region Höchst/Rorschach – Constance/Kreuzlingen 22/34 miles (33/55 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.

  • 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 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.

Accommodation

3 Star 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* 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
  • Local contact number for assistance
  • Entrance to Rosgarten Museum in Constance including a coffee
  • Boat trip: Rhine Falls Rock

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
    £69

    Hybrid 24 or 7 gear with pannier

    E-bike
    E-bike hire
    £156

    8 gear with pannier

    Child bike
    Child bike hire
    £35

    20, 24 or 26 inch wheels

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    Tandem hire
    £137

    Extras

    You can add these when you price your trip

    Board upgrade (B&B included)

    Half Board 3*
    £166pp

    Extra nights

    Double room 3* (B&B)
    £59pp
    Single room 3* (B&B)
    £78pp

    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

    News, Reviews & FAQs

    FAQs

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    Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

    We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

    News

    International Mountain Day - The World's Best Mountain Cycling Holidays

    7th December 2016

    With International Mountain Day on December 11th, we wanted to celebrate everything we love about leisure cycling in mountainous regions.

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    Mainau Island

    Cycling in Lake Constance

    13th February 2015

    In October, the entire Freedom Treks team hopped on a plane and jumped on bikes in beautiful sunshine to experience the Lake Constance tour, one of our best-selling cycling holidays. This easy six or seven night self-guided itinerary takes you around the spectacular shores of one of Europe’s largest lakes passing through Germany, Switzerland and Austria on an easy to follow and mostly car free cycle path. Direct trains from Zurich airport to Constance in Germany, the start and end point of the tour, makes travelling there easy. The team have shared their top tips and best moments of this fantastic hotel and cycle holiday, which is perfect for beginner cyclists and regular cyclists alike.

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    Great trip, excellent location for leisurely cycling. Many opportunities to use other transport if you do not wish to cycle each day or part day,or spend more time in certain towns throughout the day.

    Tony Burr, June 2017
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    Great trip. Well organised. Weather was thankfully great for early May. Hotels well organised and welcoming. Scenery spectacular and daily travel distances reasonable for any level of cyclist.

    Andis Graudins, May 2017

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