Day 1: Arrival in Constance
Take the opportunity to visit the island of Mainau, wander through Constance’s old town or visit the aquariums in the Sea Life Center and go to the Archaeological Museum.
Overnight in Constance.
Day 2: Constance – Schaffhausen (31 miles/50 km)
Following the side of Lake Constance, you pedal to Stein am Rhein with its frescoed, medieval houses. Switching several times between Germany and Switzerland you reach the canton's capital, Schaffhausen. The town, whose citizens competed with each other in building gables on their houses, is overlooked by Munot fort.
Overnight in Schaffhausen.
Day 3: Schaffhausen – Rhine Falls – Zurich (40 miles/65 km)
After breakfast, it's a short cycle ride to the Rhine Falls, one of Europe's biggest waterfalls. You can get a boat right up close to the mighty roar of the water. Next, you follow Glatt Valley, which takes you to Zurich, Switzerland's fascinating and very cosmopolitan city. It unites tradition with modernity and its unspoiled historic quarter is very inviting, thanks to the many cafes and bars.
Overnight in Zurich.
Day 4: Zurich – Pfäffikon – Einsiedeln (22 miles/35 km + train ride)
You cycle along the northern bank of Lake Zurich along the golden coast to Rapperswil. Take a break here and go up to the old castle. From there you have lovely views of Lake Zurich and the countryside. From Rapperswil, you cross the lake across a dam and then take the train from Pfäffikon to Einsiedeln.
Overnight in Einsiedein.
Day 5: Einsiedeln – Lucerne (47 miles/75 km)
Fortify yourself at breakfast ready for the day as it includes the route's crowning glory. On the ride to Lake Zug, you have to cross a range of hills. In Küssnacht, you can follow the traces of Wilhelm Tell. He is supposed to have shot the bailiff, Hermann Gessler, in the “Hohle Gasse” lane.
Overnight in Lucerne.
Day 6: Lucerne – Giswil – Brien – Interlaken (40 miles/65 km + train ride)
Take a stroll again across Lucerne's landmark -Kapellbrücke or Chapel Bridge. It is Europe's oldest roofed, wooden bridge. The mountains to the left and right of Lakes Sarnen and Lungern get higher and higher and ever more impressive. You cross the well-known Brüning Pass, at an altitude of approximately 1000 meters, conveniently by train and then freewheel down to Interlaken, situated between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun.
Overnight in Interlaken.
Day 7: Departure from Interlaken
After breakfast your cycling holiday along the Swiss Lakes Route comes to a close and you begin your homeward journey or your journey back to Constance. There are good train connections to ensure you arrive home safely.