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Easy going lakeside cycling
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Highlights

  • Ride the shoreline of Europe’s favourite cycle path, Lake Constance
  • Easy going cycling through Austria, Germany and Switzerland
  • Visit the ‘Bavarian Riveria’
  • Medieval towns of Constance, Überlingen & Lindau
  • Lakeside beaches & Alpine mountain views

Cycle the highlights of Lake Constance on this shortened itinerary of Europe’s most popular cycling route. Known locally as Bodensee, follow the flatter sections of this easy going cycle path as you pedal through the medieval waterside towns and villages of Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

From Constance hop on a ferry across to the northern shore, pedalling through Germany’s Riviera to the island town of Lindau. Unwind with a lakeside picnic at one of the many beaches and soak up far reaching Alpine views. Take a cable car up Austria’s Pfander Mountain in Bregenz and round it off with locally brewed German beer at one of the many harbour bars in Constance - Prost!

DAY 1: Arrive in 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 it's Mediterranean style harbour.


Overnight: Constance/Kreuzlingen


DAY 2: Cycle to Friedrichshafen

Your first day’s cycling takes you north across to Wallhausen. From here you’ll hop on boat across to Uberlingen See where you visit the ancient Lake Dwellings Museum. Cycling onwards through medieval Meersburg the final destination today is Friedrichshafen; here you will find the world's largest collection of aviation exhibitions at the Zeppelin Museum—well worth a visit!


Cycle:  35 km + boat trip


Overnight: Friedrichshafen


DAY 3: Cycle to Lindau / Bregenz

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: 30—40 km


Overnight: Lindau / Bregenz


DAY 4: Cycle to Rorscach / Arbon

Before leaving today, take a stroll through the historic streets of Upper Bregenz. Departing by bike, you’ll soon cross the border into Altenrhein Switzerland where you view the colourful Hundertwasser Hall. The final ride of the day leads along the lake shore to your overnight stop in the Rorschah / Arbon region.


Cycle: 30 km—50 km


Overnight: Rorscach / Arbon region


DAY 5: Cycle to Constance


The last day of the cycle route allows you to visit 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 to Constance. If you have not already done so, visit Mainau island today.


Cycle: 30—45 km


Overnight: Constance Region


DAY 6: 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 3-4 star 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.


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.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Das Smarte Hotel - Höchst

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. Though do book early if you wish to travel in the peack months of June-August.


Grade

This cycle tour is graded easy to moderate. Following a well signposted near-traffic free route you will predominately follow the flat lake shoreline through farming regions, towns and villages, so please be mindful of other road users on the approach to towns. You don’t have to be an experienced cyclist but leading an active lifestyle which includes cycling will help you enjoy the trip. It’s always a good idea to get on the bike for several back to back days in the lead up to the trip.


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. Helmets are


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 Adventure 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

  • 5 Nights in 3* hotels
  • 5 breakfasts
  • Entrance to Rosgartenmuseum
  • Daily baggage transfers
  • Wallhausen to Uberlingen Boat Trip
  • Detailed information pack and maps
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office and local partners

Excluded

  • Travel to and from Constance.
  • City or visitor's tax.
  • 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
  • Ebike Upgrade

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 route is mainly even and along tarred cycle paths. Daily distances are between 35 km and 55 km. You don’t have to be an experienced cyclist but leading an active lifestyle which includes cycling will help you enjoy the trip. It’s always a good idea to get on the bike for several back to back days in the lead up to the trip.

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. 

Fantastic adventure!

5

This trip went beyond expectations! The riding was pleasant and the view of the Alps was fantastic! We even took in an opera while in Bregenz.

Active senior

Midwest United States.

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Great experience

5

Great experience. As a solo rider felt comfortable with the accommodations and the locals were helpful and friendly.

Hopscotch

Canada

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A 'must do' ride!

5

This bike ride was extremely well organised by Macs Adventure. We came all the way from Australia to do this bike ride and we (9 of us) were not once disappointed. The weather was beautiful for us which helped. There were many favourite moments eg Meersburg and Lindau (Germany), but the highlight was a perfect afternoon up the Pfander cable car in Bregenz (Austria). Stunning views of Lake Constance and the Alps behind. Most of us are not regular bike riders and apart from the odd small hill here and there, we all managed it with reasonable ease!! Thank you, Hamish Anderson, from Macs for the ease of the holiday. Highly recommend it!

Dink from Oz!

Port Stephens, Australia

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Great trip!

5

This is a great trip! Many things to see and do along the way. The maps and suggestions of things to do that are provided are very helpful. The bikes were in great condition. The accommodations were very nice and located right in the city centers. We had a wonderful time and everything was well organized.

Roz

USA

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