Lake Constance - Germany

Moselle Valley – Germany

Discover Lake Constance: Guided Bike Tour

Guided 7 days

Be guided through Lake Constance's Hinterland. This tour takes you off the beaten path and through forests teeming with life in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. Discover this region in just 7-days.

Style
Touring
Gain
Distance
230 km
Level
Easy

Tour overview

GERMANY, AUSTRIA AND SWITZERLAND IN 7 DAYS

This seven-day guided bike tour around the edge of Lake Constance is a tour not to be missed by anyone who loves exploring nature, discovering cultural heritage and learning about history. Each day will bring a mix of easy riding and off-the-bike exploring of the local area and sites, with guided tours around some of the most spectacular cathedrals in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. 

The natural landscapes in this area are also something to behold. We will ride through shaded forests, colourful orchards and green vineyards as we hop from one village to the next. Located at the foot of the Alps, this area is rich in flora and fauna and offers stunning views as far as the eye can see. The contrast of lush green against the white snow-capped mountains creates a picture-postcard scene you won’t want to leave. It is not surprising that so many artists, poets and sculptors have at one time or another called this place home.

Our expert guide will lead the way throughout the tour, and each night you’ll be staying in luxurious three and four star hotels that boast incredible views of the lake or nearby town. You’ll have free time in the evenings to take yourself on a walk around the local area and explore every corner of these historic locations at your own pace, whether that’s walking to the top of a nearby hill to watch the sun set, or enjoying a well-deserved ice cream in the town square.  

Start point
Überlingen
End point
Überlingen
See program for full itinerary
Flying in
Zurich
Flying out
Zurich

Flights not included. Direct flights available at lastminute.com

Highlights of your cycling trip

Picturesque Routes

Ride through the beautiful lakeside towns of Überlingen, Meersburg, Lindau, and Constance as you explore the lush green landscapes, forests and meadows of this wonderful area. Enjoy the quiet country roads of Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

Boutique Stays

Each night you will stay in a wonderful three or four star hotel along your route. Each one has been specifically chosen due to their facilities for cyclists and their excellent location, allowing you to make the most of your free time and enjoy everything the local area has to offer.

support vehicle

Luggage Transfers

All you have to do is focus on pedalling! Your luggage will be transferred each day to your next hotel. There are no limits on the size or weight of your suitcase, so stock up on as many souvenirs as you like. Make this trip one you’ll remember!

Tour destination

Lake Constance

Three countries, one lake! Lake Constance, also known as Bodensee in German, borders Austria, Switzerland and Germany. It measures 63 km in length and is fed by the River Rhine. It is surrounded by small towns and cities, such as Bregenz, Constance and St.Gallen, and is a hugely popular destination among outdoor and water sports enthusiasts, with plenty of sailing, paddle boarding and windsurfing activities going on. This tour follows the Bodensee-Radweg cycle path that follows the edge of the lake and stretches for around 260 km in total. One of the most impressive natural phenomena in the area, and a must-see for visitors, are the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen, the largest waterfall in Europe.

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  • Weather

    The weather in the area of Lake Constance is generally mild all year round, with warm summers of around 25ºC and cool winters with temperatures that rarely drop below 0ºC. Spring, summer and autumn offer the most pleasant cycling conditions with little rainfall, which will allow you to see and enjoy the area in all its glory.

  • Terrain

    Following the edge of the lake means the route stays relatively flat. Being a known cycle path, the pavement is well-maintained and practically free of cars. You will ride less than 50 km per day as the tour has been designed so that most riders can achieve the daily distances.

  • Culture

    The culture in this scenic area of south Germany is alive with mediaeval charm and elegance. The architecture speaks for itself with another wonderfully preserved half-timbered building around every corner, incredible Gothic architecture in the form of cathedrals and castles, and views across vineyards, meadows and nature reserves over the rolling hills and towards the nearby Alps. Lake Constance is the area’s main attraction, as well as the cities and villages located on its shores. If you’re a fan of good food and wine, there’s no shortage of restaurants, cafés and taverns to visit where you can sample some of the best local produce.

Accommodation during your tour

Parkhotel St. Leonhard

Überlingen

Throughout the week you’ll be staying in beautiful three- and four-star hotels. Each one has been specifically selected to make sure you are able to rest and relax after a full day of exploring. They also have all the facilities you will need as travelling cyclists.

Gasthof Schwanen

Salem / Markdorf

The Gasthof Schwanen is the simplest hotel on our Lake Constance trip.

However, its location on the Schlossgelän-de Salem is unique! The home-style cooking with a romantic beer garden is perfect after a day in the saddle.

Lindauer Hof

Lindau

One of the best addresses on the island of Lindau. It is particularly picturesquely situated on the harbour with a view of the famous view from Lindau’s harbour entrance.

A family-run, comfortable 4-star hotel with friendly service. The ideal location tempts you to take an evening stroll along the promenade. The beautiful winter garden restaurant with a view of the lake invites you to stop.

Einstein-Hotel

St. Gallen

Four-star hotel with very comfortable furnishings behind a classical facade.

It is ideally located for an evening stroll through the nearby old town and the venerable district of St. Gallen Cathedral and its monastery district.

Hotel Porto Sofie

Gottlieben

The historic, listed half-timbered house is picturesquely situated on the banks of the Seerhein / Bodensee in the idyllic and romantic Gottlieben. Staying here is an exclusive pleasure because in summer this house is often booked out well in advance for weddings and anniversaries.

A comfort restriction arises due to its different room sizes, which are due to the historical floor plan. Some rooms are quite small. But the very atmospheric ambience in a fantastic location makes up for it.

Tour itinerary

Your guide to a perfect cycling tour

Rokoko and Prälatenweg
  • Distance
    35 km

Today’s route: Rokoko and Prälatenweg

After breakfast at the hotel, your bikes will be waiting for you just next to the hotel ready for our departure. Our first route starts with an easy descent before a stretch of undulating terrain that takes us off the public path and into nearby forests and meadows with views of the lake. 

Before you reach Meersberg, you’ll stop at Birnau, a spectacular pink Cistercian abbey church built between 1747 and 1750 by Peter Thumb of Vorarlberg. It has an incredibly intricate decor inside, especially the ceiling that features breathtaking frescos by German Rococo painter Gottfried Bernhard Göz. The balustrade in front of the church offers wonderful panoramic views across the lake. 

The next stop will be Meersburg, one of the most enchanting mediaeval villages surrounding the lake. Surrounded by green meadows and vineyards, its narrow, clean streets and peaceful atmosphere by the lake offer calm and tranquillity in comparison to some of the busier towns in the area. It was once home to many artists.

After lunch, the route leads along a path that traverses fields, forests and meadows to reach Salem, once a Cistercian monastery. The monks from the monastery once used this path to walk to Birnau to hold mass. The monastery appears suddenly, as if from nowhere. It is a blend of Gothic and Baroque architecture and art that is home to a well-known boarding school. You can join a short one-hour tour, or have a coffee, before transferring back to Überlingen (10 km) by car. We will have dinner back at the hotel and spend our second night here.  

Getting there

Information to help you book your flights and get around.

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Flying in

Fly in airport options: Zurich.

When best to arrive: in the morning the day the tour starts.

Where the tour starts: Überlingen

Transfers: are not included. If you require assistance, please contact us for more information.

Flying out

Fly out airport options: Zurich.

When best to depart: the day after the tour ends.

Where the tour ends: Überlingen.

Transfers: are not included. If you require assistance, please contact us for more information.

Tour essentials

What’s included in your cycling trip.

  • Hotel room key
    6 Nights Accommodation

    6 nights in 3-4* hotels, you will have double room with en-suite facilities. Single rooms are available as a optional extra.

  • Breakfasts and Dinners

    A buffet breakfast will be served every morning of the tour in the hotel restaurants. 5 dinners are included too. Lunches and drinks are for your own

  • Bike Rental

    Rental bike with 8-speed backpedal or 24-speed freewheel chain/hub gear.

  • Guided

    Fully guided cycling itinerary and tours with local guides & admission to Überlingen, Salem, Lindau, St. Gallen, & Constance

  • Transfers

    Everyday your luggage will be transferred to the next hotel, so you only have to think about the cycling. All transfers by bus, train, & boat according to the program.

Cycling bottle

What’s not included in your cycling trip.

  • Flights

    Flights are not included in the tour package. Please follow our advice about which flights will be best suited for this tour. Reach out to us if you have any questions about flights.

  • Insurance

    We strongly recommend that you obtain dedicated health insurance that covers your sports activities. Reach out to us if you have questions about the insurance.

  • Lunches

    Only breakfasts and 5 dinners are included on this tour. You will be required to cover expenses of lunch, some dinners, and wine tastings throughout the tour.

Extra
Bike rental
Only €150 for the entire trip

It’s not always easy travelling with a bike but fear not, high quality e-bikes are available for rental for the duration of the tour. 

With a variety of sizes available, we can ensure your bike fits you perfectly.  All rental bikes are mechanically checked and adjusted before each and every hire so you can have peace of mind that your bike will be running smoothly from start to finish!

You can select this option when you proceed to checkout.

E-BIKE

Fitted to you and ready to ride!

More things to maximise your cycling trip

  • EXTRA
    Single accommodation
    €335 per person for entire trip

    If you’d like a whole room to yourself, that’s no problem. For an extra €335 for the trip duration, you can enjoy the comfort of your own room. Just select this option when you proceed to book your tour.

  • EXTRA
    Additional night
    €150 per person

    Need an extra night after the tour? No problem, you can extend your stay at Parkhotel St. Leonhard in Überlingen for an extra €150 per person, per night. Just select this option when you proceed to book your tour.

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