Lake Constance Bicycle Path (Upscale Lodging)

    3.7/5 (3)
    6 nights | 27 miles/day
    Self guided from EUR € 899
    Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Primarily bike paths Family-friendly bike tours
    3.7/5 (3)

    6 nights | 27 miles/day
    Self guided from EUR € 899

    Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Primarily bike paths Family-friendly bike tours

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    • Lake Constance Bike Path

      6 night self guided bike tour in Austria, Germany and Switzerland

      Many of our clients have asked for an upscale lodging option around Lake Constance. We're pleased to introduce Lake Constance Bicycle Path: Upscale Lodging, which stays in the top hotels in each overnight stop along the way, primarily 4- and 5-star hotels in town centers.

      Bicycle touring around Lake Constance is a very special experience. You will pass vineyards, fruit orchards and picturesque villages and landscapes. Time and again, you will enjoy the breath-taking view of the expansive water surface of Lake Constance and the Alps, which arises behind the southern shores.

      This is one of the most popular routes in Europe, and this package includes upscale hotel options. You'll enjoy cycling on dedicated bike paths or quiet side streets on this tour around the lake, and come home each night to your 4- and 5-star accommodation.

      Highlights

      • Sea Life Constance aquarium
      • Drachenburg castle
      • Cycling to the Rhine Falls, one of Europe's highest waterfalls
      • Radolfzell Basilica
      • Trip by famous cable car Pfänderbahn Bregenz
      • Lake Dwellings of Unteruhldingen
      • Eriskircher Ried nature reserve
      • Island of Lindau

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    • Daily program

      Day 1: Constance
      Arrive in Constance and check into your hotel. Inspired by late classicism and neo-renaissance architecture, the hotel was first opened in 1874. After the bike fitting and tour briefing, take time to visit the island of Mainau or the convent on Reichenau island.

      Day 2: Constance –Stein am Rhein region/Schaffhausen (19-31 mi/30-50 km)
      Today you will cycle along the Lower Lake to the picturesque village of Gottlieben. The architecture of this former fishing village is really impressive and is one of the nicest in the area. The Drachenburg castle and the Waaghaus are worth a visit too. The Waaghaus, a Gothic building in the Old Town, was originally a weighing house but is now a puppet theatre. Cycle on to the famous Rhine Falls. In the summer, roughly 600,000 liters of water per second crash over Europe’s biggest waterfall.

      Day 3: Stein am Rhein region/Schaffhausen – Bodman-Ludwigshafen region (25-37 mi/40-60 km)
      Make sure you spend some time in Stein before beginning to cycle – it's one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Switzerland and worth taking the time to explore. From Stein am Rhein you continue your journey across the Höri Peninsula to Radolfzell, home to the fantastic Radolfzell Basilica and the "Austrian Castle“, both absolute must-sees for any visitor!

      Day 4: Bodman-Ludwigshafen region – Friedrichshafen/Lindau (22-42 mi/35-68 km)
      Your first stop today is the stunning Birnau Conven and then it's on to Unteruhldingen, famous for its pre-historic stilt houses which are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on through the fishing and viticultural village of Hagnau.

      From here the Lake Constance bike trail leads you to Friedrichshafen, also known as the Zeppelin city. For those interested in this early form of aviation, a trip to the Zeppelin Museum is highly recommended. If not, then perhaps enjoy a stroll along the lakeside promenade, or head up to the lookout point (72ft/22m) and enjoy a majestic view of the Alps!

      As you continue on your loop of Lake Constance, you'll cycle through the most important nature reserve on the north shore: Eriskircher Ried. Once out the other side, your path leads along the lakeshore to Lindau. This stage can be shortened by 21km if you opt for a train transfer (ticket not included).

      Day 5: Friedrichshafen/Lindau – Bregenz region/Horn (13-33 mi/20-53 km)
      The old town of Lindau, which is located on an island on the lake, the lighthouse with lions (Lindau's landmark), and the town hall shouldn't be missed. From Lindau, pedal to Bregenz, capital of the Austrian state of Vorarlberg. Parts of the James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace” were filmed at the festival here in Bregenz. Make sure you explore the old town before moving on.

      Crossing the Rhine Delta you then reach the old harbor town of Rorschach, where you can visit one of Switzerland’s beautiful corn houses that includes a museum. From here, continue along Lake Constance until you reach the pleasant village of Horn.

      Day 6: Bregenz region/Horn – Constance (19-43 mi/31-69 km)
      On your last day of cycling, you pedal through the canton of Thurgau passing many beautiful, small villages on the way to Romanshorn. After Romanshorn, continue to cycle on the bike trail back to Constance thus completing your loop of the Lake. Enjoy a final night's stay here.

      Day 7: Constance
      After breakfast, you may return home or extend your stay.

      Surface and terrain

      The Lake Constance cycle path runs mainly on cycle paths or on quiet side-streets, which are mostly paved. The larger part of the route leads you in close proximity along the lakeshore and is signposted throughout.


      Hotels

      These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

      Steigenberger Inselhotel, Constance
      www.steigenberger.com

      Best Western Bahnhof, Schaffhausen
      www.bestwestern.ch

      Hotel Adler, Bodman
      www.seehotel-adler.de

      Seehotel, Friedrichshafen
      www.seehotelfn.de

      Hotel Germania, Bregenz
      www.hotel-germania.at

      Steigenberger Inselhotel, Constance
      www.steigenberger.com

      Please note any city or visitor's taxes are not included in the tour costs.

      Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


      How to get there

      Tour start and end
      Nearest airport: Zurich (ZRH)
      Nearest train station: Constance (Konstanz)

      Trains run frequently between Constance and Zurich. It's about 50 minutes between the Zurich airport and Constance and 65 minutes between downtown Zurich and Konstanz.

      Tips for getting to and from your tour

    • Dates

      Daily: Apr 1-Oct 20, 2022

      Low season: Apr 01, 2022 - Apr 30, 2022, Oct 01, 2022 - Oct 20, 2022

      High season: May 01, 2022 - Sep 30, 2022

      Prices

      Tour package

      Per person, double occupancy € 899
      High season surcharge € 319
      Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) € 550

      Bike Rentals

      Hybrid touring bike, 24-speed € 79
      Electrically assisted bike € 189

      Discounts

      Children, ages 0-4 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price) 100%
      Children, ages 5-13 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price) 25%
      Third person in room, ages 14+ sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price) 10%

      Included services

      • 6 nights accommodations in upscale lodging (4- and 5-star)
      • Breakfasts (mostly buffet)
      • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel (unlimited number of luggage pieces)
      • Detailed information with maps, route descriptions, sightseeing recommendations
      • Service Hotline available in case of problems or questions
      • Trip by famous cable car Pfänderbahn Bregenz (bike not included)
      • Admission to Sea Life Constance
      • Admission to the Lindwurm Museum in Stein am Rhein
      • Admission and tour of the pile-dwelling museum in Unteruhldingen
      • GPS - Kamoot app( € 29.99)

      Please note any city or visitor's taxes are not included in the tour costs. These should be paid directly to hotel reception.


      Bike rentals

      Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:

      • Hybrid touring bike, 21- or 24-speed
      • Electrically assisted bike*

      *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

      All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:

      • 1 Saddlebag per bike and 1 handlebar bag per room
      • Cycle computer
      • Repair kit (one per group)
      • Lock (one per 2 bikes)

      Additional equipment available upon request:

      • Map holder
      • Handlebar bag
      • Second saddle bag

      Helmets:
      Please plan to bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes. Helmet rental is not available on this tour.


      Tour Company

    • Route Map

      Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

      • Mychelle October 29, 2019

        Do Your Research

        My husband and I did the Lake Constance Self Guided bike tour. When we arrived at our hotel we dropped off our bags and we took a taxi to the bike company to pick up our bikes (per our instructions). We were greeted by a man that spoke only German. The maps and instruction he gave us were not clear (some of them were in German as well). The monitor on the bike was not in English (he got a translator over the phone to help him change it). I had upload the suggested Bike app on my phone ahead of time with the trail map but it would not work once we arrived. The first 24 hours of our trip did not go smooth (prior to our ride). I ended up going to the Visitor's Center in town and found someone that spoke English to walk me through the route. I got a much better trail map from them as well. Once we got through the hump of what we felt was very poor planning on the part of this company everything else went well. The hotels were wonderful, the bike trail was breathtaking, the weather was mostly sunny (a little rain) and the trail is well marked. I emailed this company during our trip to let them know about our problems and they were little help.

        What was the date of your tour?
        June 2019
        How many tours have you completed?
        2
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with young kids, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        No
        • BikeTours.com staff reply from Chloe October 30, 2019

          Thanks, Mychelle, for your review and for taking the time to chat with us directly. We appreciate your details about the communication, language, app, and instructions. We understand this made your first 24 hours less than ideal. We will work with the tour operator to improve the experience for future clients as well as consider how we may better prepare clients for their tour. Thanks again for your feedback, we're overjoyed to know the hotels were wonderful, the path was well-marked, and the trails were breathtaking.

        • 4/5 Value
        • 4/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 1/5 Ease of navigation
        • 1/5 Tour documents
        • 1/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
      • Lovetotravel July 28, 2019

        Lovely Tour

        We arrived in Bavaria in the midst of a heatwave, which made the trip a little more challenging, but overall, was still enjoyable. Scenery was beautiful - while the tour is not always hugging the lake, the meadows, valleys and villages were quite lovely. There are some pretty steep hills on this trip, so if you're looking for a flat ride throughout, this is not it. The tour also went around some key towns (eg instead of riding thru Lindau, it took us thru an industrial area behind the town) - so room for improvement there. The hotels were quite lovely and I'm glad we chose the upscale lodging. Two had a/c which was welcomed after a day of riding in 35C+ heat. Again, the trails were beautiful, and had it not been so hot, we would have appreciated it even more. The bikes were in good shape and rode smoothly throughout (although my husband's gears started slipping midway). The villages and towns that we rode through and also stayed in were very charming and gave you a taste of Bavaria. In terms of navigation - this is a pro and a con - get the Kamoot app! If we had just used the physical maps, it would have been a challenge as there are many twists and turns that are easy to miss. The app got us there easily (and you can download prior so you don't have to use data). The only thing it doesn't help with is getting to your hotel - so that's where google came in. Also, the guide that has all scenery tips, history and dining/shopping tips is only in German - so you have to wing it on your own. The start of the tour was a little confusing - no one to greet you and no one communicated that our trip guide was actually at the hotel. We cabbed it to the Velotours office...twice! First to enquire about the trip itself and second to actually get the bikes. They need better communication to help get folks on their way. With all that said, we would do this again in a heartbeat (and in cooler weather!).

        What was the date of your tour?
        July 2019
        How many tours have you completed?
        4
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat harder
        Do you recommend this tour?
        No
        • BikeTours.com staff reply from Chloe July 29, 2019

          Thanks kindly for the review - so glad you enjoyed your tour despite the heat. We love the suggestion about the Kamoot app, clients are often looking for a way to simplify navigation. Thanks additionally for the feedback about the operator and on-tour documentation. We'll work with the operator to improve this aspect.

        • 5/5 Value
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 1/5 Tour documents
        • 4/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
      • pmr52 July 11, 2019

        What was the date of your tour?
        24 june - 1 july
        How many tours have you completed?
        7
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Do you recommend this tour?
        No
        • 3/5 Value
        • 4/5 Included meals
        • 1/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 3/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 1/5 Ease of navigation
        • 1/5 Tour documents
        • 4/5 Route selection