Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays


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Highlights

  • Ride Europe's most popular cycle path
  • Easy going cycling through Austria, Germany and Switzerland
  • Visit the 'Bavarian Riveria'
  • Medieval towns of Stein am Rhein, Constance & Überlingen
  • Lakeside beaches & Alpine mountain views

Cycle the most popular route in Europe, following a flat easy going, dedicated cycle path around the sparkling shores of Bodensee, also known as Lake Constance. Straddling Austria, Switzerland and Germany Lake Constance is peppered with fairy tale villages, medieval towns and inviting lakeside beaches to soak up far reaching Alpine views.

From the charming town of Constance ride near free traffic roads and explore the 13th century healing spa town of Überlingen. Cycle the northern shores and take a trip to Lindau's old town island, before passing through the Austrian shoreline of Bregenz. Cross into the Swiss town of Stein am Rhein where it's worth sampling a Swiss chocolate bar or two! Round off your riding with a visit to Europe’s largest falls, the thunderous Rhine Falls.

Day 1 Arrive Constance

Your cycling trip will begin in Constance, the largest town on Lake Constance and the town which gave the lake its name. It is a thriving university town and the unofficial capital of the region. You can spend the afternoon exploring the maze of little alleyways and squares or relax at its Mediterranean style harbour.


Overnight: Constance


Day 2 Cycle to Uberlingen

Your first day’s cycling takes you along the shore line and via the north west corner of Lake Constance to the waterside town of Uberlingen. The gothic style cathedral and beautiful lakeside promenade are perfect for exploring foot before settling into a local bar for a picturesque evening drinks.


Cycle: 50 km


Overnight: Uberlingen


Day 3 Cycle to Kressbronn region

The route leads you to the baroque pilgrim church of Birnau, the reconstructed lake dwellings in Uhldingen and then onto Meersburg with its ancient Merovingian castle. Continue through the wine growing villages of Immenstaad and Hagnau, where in 1881 the German winegrower’s association was founded. Cycle on to the town of Friedrichshafen; here you will find the world's largest collection of aviation exhibitions at the Zeppelin Museum—well worth a visit!


Cycle: 60 km


Overnight: Kressbronn Region


Day 4 Cycle to Hochst / Rorscach Region

Today you will cycle through sprawling orchards and vineyards towards the Bavarian town of Lindau, whose old town is a protected site and located on an island! After a few kilometres more you’ll cross the border into the Austrian town of Bregenz. If time permits you can take the cable car up Pfander mountain, (1,050m), for a fantastic vista of your entire route - a real achievement!


Cycle: 50 km


Overnight: Hochst / Rorschach Region


Day 5 Cycle to Constance

Today cycle through the Swiss canton of Thurgau, a well-known apple growing region. You can admire the small, neat villages and typical half-timbered houses as you cycle along the lakeshore back into the Mediterranean style harbour of Constance.


Cycle: 35 – 55km km


Overnight: Constance


Day 6 Cycle to Schaffhausen

A day pedalling the historic fishing villages of Lake Constance as you make your way to the Swiss town of Stein am Rhein. Boasting a picturesque old town decorated by numerous well preserved fresco paintings Stein am Rhein is also a great town to sample Swiss chocolate before finishing your day further down the lake at Schaffhausen.


Cycle: 50 km


Overnight: Schaffhausen


Day 7 Cycle to Rhine Falls & Return to Constance

Ride to Europe’s largest waterfalls, Rhine Falls. From here, cycle back along the Hori to the Swiss town of Stein am Rhein, with its picturesque old town. A must see, with well preserve fresco’s decorating the town walls. Finish the day with the boat to Reichenau Islanden-route to Constance town.


Cycle: 55km km + boat trip


Overnight: Constance


Day 8 Onward travel

Depending on your onward travel arrangements, you may have time to soak up the relaxed lakeside atmosphere of Constance.


Accommodation

The accommodation on this cycling trip consists of small charming, often family-run 3* and 4* hotels. Many are renowned for their excellent cuisine and all offer a warm welcome to cyclists, traditional hospitality and an authentic experience. The differing distances each day reflect the fact that the accommodations are located in different areas within a certain region/town area each night. We work with a number of accommodations along the cycle path, so all distances are an approximation of the recommended routes and all accommodations listed are examples of some of the hotels we work with.


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

Single rooms are available subject to a supplementary payment. This trip is also available to solo cyclists and is perfect as the route is popular so there are plenty of people to chat with every day.



 

 

 




Apartment Hotel - Constance

Apartment Hotel dates back over a century and was constructed on the style of Karlsruhe Castle. With a contemporary interior, this historic building meets the needs of the modern day traveller.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Garni - Uberlingen

A family run business Hotel Garni is located in the centre of historic Uberlingen and only a 5 minute walk from the waterfront and wharfs.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Wassersport - Kressbronn

On arrival at the Wassersport, it’s hard not head straight for the sun terrace at the water’s edge where just beyond is a very inviting beach!


 

 

 


 

 

 




Das Smarte Hotel - Höschst

A modern hotel with traditional Austrian hospitality, Das Smarte is only a couple of KM’s from the Rhine Delta and Swiss Border.


 

 

 

Availability

This trip is available to start on any day from late April to early October. For current availability, please click here.


If you would like to cycle Lake Constance with your family but feel this route might be too challenging for your clan, please click here for our family friendly itinerary.


Grade

This cycling tour is graded easy to moderate. The first stage in the areas around Hörli is moderately hilly, otherwise the route is mainly even, along tarred cycle paths and is very well signposted all the way around.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route is well signposted and way marked and your info pack along with maps will be suffice for directions to your each destination.  There will be the occasional other cyclist around in case you are looking for help. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be included in the trip.


Baggage Transfer

Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).


Rental Bikes


You can
rent comfortable unisex bikes with deep step-through frames, optionally with a
24-gear derailleur and rim brakes or 7 speed hub gears and back-pedal brakes. You can bring your own saddle if
you wish.



Lake Constance Hire Bike


All bikes come equipped with panniers, mileometer, bicycle lock and puncture repair kit.
A handlebar bag with map compartment is
available, please advise at the time of booking if you require this.


If you would prefer to take your own bike, do let us know at the time of booking.


General Information

All bike tours are unescorted. The mileages and approximations are distances of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen and proper sport shoes. Travel to and from Constance is not included in the tour price and must be arranged on your own. In Austria it is mandatory for children under 12 yrs to wear a helmet when on a bike.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Bike that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Getting to/from Constance


Your cycling trip will begin in Constance, the largest town on Lake Constance and the town which gave the lake its name. It is a thriving university town and the unofficial capital of the region.


By Air

Zurich is the closest large airport and direct flights from the UK are available with Easyjet, British Airways or Swiss. Constance is an easy approx. 1hr direct train journey from Zurich Airport (see www.bahn.co.uk). Alternatively, you can fly into Friedrichshafen and take a 40 mins ferry across the lake.


By Train

The train stations in the airports are well sign-posted. It is an approx. 1hr train journey from Zurich Airport to Constance (Konstanz).  More information can be found at www.bahn.co.uk.


By Car

Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais (approx. 35 minutes) and then drive to Zurich (approx. 8 hours).


Included

  • 7 Nights in 3* hotels.
  • 7 Breakfasts.
  • Entrance to Rosgartenmuseum.
  • Baggage transfers.
  • Boat trip to Rhine Falls.
  • Detailed information pack and maps.
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office and local partners.

Excluded

  • Travel to and from Constance.
  • Dinners and lunches.
  • Drinks and snacks.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Bike Helmet.

Extras

  • Additional nights pre / post travel
  • Single room supplement
  • Solo traveller supplement
  • Bike hire
  • Airport transfers or travel with Deutsche Bahn.

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How fit do I need to be?

This cycling tour is graded easy to moderate. The first stage in the areas around Hörli is moderately hilly, otherwise the route is mainly even and along tarred cycle paths. Daily distances are between 20 km and 55 km.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular especially during peak season from July to August. 

When is the best time of year to go?

Spring at Lake Constance is from around May to June. Flowers quickly blossom and timbered houses over spill with colourful flower boxes. July and August is the best of the weather but can be busy. September is just in time for end of the wine season and can also have superb weather without the crowds.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack. 

Wonderful family cycling trip

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We were a family of three doing this cycle trip. the best two days of cycling were the last two up and down the Rhine. unlike the route around the lake we were in sight of the river and going thru small villages and countryside and it was gorgeous. a large section of the lake route is not by the lake and the towns that you pass thru were very big. all the hotels and service were excellent. I think that you need to reconsider the use of the hotel in Uberlingen as it is 2.5 km up a hill at the end of a long first day. the rental bikes are very heavy and by the time we got to the hotel we were hardly able to enjoy the view and the four star status. The route is reasonably well signposted and you need to keep an eye on signage.. overall we had a good trip and felt that the last two days redeemed the trip.

Irish Hiker

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Great Holiday. Flawlessly Organised

5

Really enjoyable, well organised, relaxing holiday. Steady cycling for our family of three.... wife and I plus teenage son. Interesting villages and variety from the three countries we cycled through. This was our first holiday with Macs and we all commented on the last day that we would travel with them again...

Duncan

Worcestershire, UK

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Excellent all-round holiday

4

I've just returned from a brilliant holiday cycling around Lake Constance June 2019 - my 4th Macs Adventure cycling trip. I thoroughly recommend it. Local organisation from Radweg Raisen was faultless - friendly people handed over the bike and my luggage always appeared magically in each hotel. The route was largely flat with only a few small hills. Before I went I read a previous review saying "you are out of sight of the lake for 70% of the time" - this was possibly true, though it did not matter, the diversions through towns / villages were pretty and even the odd road sections were in cycle lanes, so quite relaxed. And the lake was always "there or thereabouts". The signage around this route is brilliant, it's very difficult to get lost. The scenery is stunning. Highlights for me: 1. The Rhein Falls - absolutely magic, taking a boat right up to the waterfall 2. The cable car in Bregenz up Pfander mountain, from the top you can see the whole lake 3. Lindau Island - what a beautiful place 4. Swimming in Lake Constance and the Rhine - there are plenty of places to do this, so take your swimming gear ! Improvement Points Nothing really. 1. It was hot ! Between 2 and 5pm I was cycling in 32-25 degrees. But that was my own fault. Mental note to start cycling earlier next time, as a lot of other people did ! 2. One hotel was unmanned with an intercom and a system of codes and keys which I found a bit confusing, but this is probably due to my brain being fried after a day's hot cycling than the hotel policy itself. All in all I thoroughly recommend this trip

Tony T

Ilkeston, Derbyshire

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Scenic Lake Konstanz in June

4

My wife and I are in our mid sixties and are experienced cyclists although at different levels. I'm a competitive cyclist on road, MTB, gravel and track, my wife recreational off and on road. We were able to hire a mountain bike for me and an e-bike for her which levelled our abilities and we could ride together throughout the trip and enjoy it. We were lucky to ride just at the beginning of the 2019 European heat wave. The weather was great, although it did get a little bit hot on some days. We were more than happy with the hotels along the way and the central location in Konstanz was perfect. These were arranged by Radweg-Riesen who did a good job of carrying our luggage as well. Radweg-Riesen did a great job in organising the tour and local information. They included vouchers for a ferry crossing, museum entry in Konstanz and a boat tour at the Rhine Falls. Finding our way around wasn't the best. The trail is marked and signposted but this seems to be more in areas where it's not critical and non-existent in areas where it needs to be, through towns or at important junctions. Before we left we had downloaded the locations of all of our hotels and we used google maps to find our way once we were close to each one. I would recommend everyone do this. Look up those things you want to see and do along the way. We took a flight in a zeppelin, went up the Pfänder in the cable car, (take your bike, the ride down is awesome) and the Rhine falls boat ride was spectacular. Overall this was a very enjoyable ride. The local people were great. This was a great way to explore Lake Konstanz and surrounding area. We've scored 4 stars just because of the trail marking /map information which was lacking, otherwise this would have been 5 stars

John and Kim

Christchurch, New Zealand

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Fantastic week of cycling

4

This is a great holiday if you're looking for easy to moderate cycling on excellent cycleways. The only downside was that the paths were crowded for a few kms either side of some of the more popular Lakeside towns ( possibly because of school holidays ) The scenery was varied and beautiful, there are plenty of places to stop for drinks , meals , swimming etc . Hotels were all excellent .... with friendly welcoming staff, spacious rooms, and good quality breakfasts. We found the 2 days out to Rhein falls and back a little harder (ie hillier ) than around the lake , but the scenery was well worth the extra effort. Highly recommended !

JC and Roberto

Australia

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Really enjoyable cycling route

5

My wife and I recently did this trip. We both thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a matter of preference but we love being able to stop every couple of hours and have a beer before carrying on. The cycle paths are mainly tarmac but there are a few dirt track sections. The route is a good mix of paths going through villages, towns, wooded areas, farming areas and lake side areas. There are a few sections along busy roads. The route maps provided (by Radweg Reisen) are not that detailed but you don't really need them to be as the route is well sign posted. My favourite days were the first two and the last two. The cable car is worth a visit too. I would recommend taking a bathing suit and a towel with you as there are many places you can stop and go for a swim in the lake. I would also recommend downloading the location of your hotel onto Google Maps before heading out for the day - it'll make your life a lot easier. Luggage transfers were smooth, accommodation was good as were the breakfasts. I suppose it would have been better if the Konstanz hotels were more centrally located as it's a bit of hike to get to them from the train stations. Overall this was an excellent holiday and I would recommend it.

Martin Livingstone

Middle East (from Scotland)

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Relaxed tour of Swabia, land of the German Scots.

4

Fulfilled a longtime ambition to cycle round Lake Konstanz. Ideal as a leisure cycling trip, would suit families and small children as well as cyclists who don't want to eat the miles. At 50km a day, destination reached by lunchtime so plenty of time to sightsee. It's a beautiful area, pretty villages, mountain and of course the lake. We travelled Sept/Oct - the weather was cycling perfect and Oktoberfest was getting underway. We took our own bikes - it would have helped to know the surfaces we would be cycling on (mainly tarmac but some dirt roads) as we have delicate tyres! Some confusion over arrangements for the final day (Rhine section) - need clearer information here. You will get more out of your trip if you research sights and detours well ahead of time and plan them in - we didn't.

SilverCyclist

Rugby

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Best cycling holiday of the six that we have done

5

The four of us really enjoyed the whole holiday and would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting an active but not too strenuous time whilst visiting three countries

Tracker Dave

Essex

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Ideal for first timers

5

A great week of cycling. Lots of variety along the route; mostly cycle path but some road work. Food and drink easily accessible. Lots to see. Absolutely recommend cable car up Pfänder and loved the Rhine Falls. Directions to hotel at the end of the day could have been a lot better. Disappointing location of hotel at Constance so far away from bars & restaurants. Bus worked but should have requested different option. Irritated at having to pick bike up; always had them delivered to hotel in the past.

Cycling Smurf

York

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Disappointing

3

Lake Constance is very attractive but the cycle path round it is very rarely by the Lake. About 70% of the time you wouldn't know you are by the Lake because you can't see it. Cyclists are routed beside busy roads, through residential streets and unattractive industrial estates. Any paths directly by the Lake tend to be reserved for pedestrians and cyclists are not allowed. The last two days of the trip, when Lake Constance was left behind and the route followed the Rhine, were far more enjoyable - much quieter, through woods and fields in constant view of a beautiful river. But we wouldn't recommend the path round Lake Constance. There are many more beautiful cycle ways than this.

Carri

Berkshire

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Lake Constance Cycle Path: The Classic Way

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