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ROAD BIKE TOUR LAKE CONSTANCE

6 days / 5 nights – self-guided

 

 

 

 Lake Constance is a beautiful and famous lake situated between Germany, Austria and Switzerland. There is a wonderful cycle path around the lake but for the road cycle tour, we have chosen itineraries into the inland as well. Many times the trail will be flat but there are demanding ascents to pass if you choose to cycle into the Swiss mountains. You will meet lovely small cities near the lake and many attractions are along the route like the famous Rhine waterfalls in Schaffhausen. Depending on the season, you will pass vineyards and fruit orchards in full bloom or see the Alps with it snow. Highlights of the tour are also the islands on the lake like Mainau with a castle and flower gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights:

  • Lake Constance

  • Cycling through 3 countries: Switzerland, Austria and Germany

  • The beautiful towns and spots along the lake: Bregenz, Salem, Mainua island, the waterfalls of the Rhine

  • The Swiss Alps

 

 

 

Program:

 

Day 1

Aankomst in Bregenz

During the Festival, the city of arrival could be Dornbirn, Höchst or Wolfurth, according to availability! The town has interesting historical buildings like the Martinsturm dating back to 1601. The charming Deuringschlössle and the Altes Rathaus from 1662 are also worth a visit. The Kaiserstraße is a nice shopping street with many restaurants, shops and terraces.

 

Day 2

 

Bregenz – Güttingen

You follow the cycle path along the lake: you leave Bregenz and afterwards you cycle along the Bregenz River and the old Rhine river valley. You don’t even notice that you are crossing the border to Switzerland. In the background you will see the mountains (or do you choose the cycle trail along the lake?) and the winding mountain road leading you over the well known pass of Ruppen to the famous Appenzell. Along a high road, you will cycle to Heiden and then go downwards to Lake Constance again. What a view! Afterwards you follow the road or cycle path along the lake to Güttingen.

Option A: 65 km, Ascent/Descent +1.050 Hm, -1.020 Hm (or 60 km, +145 m, -120m) / Option B: 114 km, Ascent/Descent +1.810m, -1.780m

 

Day 3

Güttingen - Singen

You cycle along the lakeshore, you will follow side roads and a cycle path to Kreuzlingen, which is next to the city of Constance. One city after the other one and you barely notice that you are heading from Switzerland to Germany. Afterwards, you follow the road along Rhine River and pass many little cities to your way to Schaffhausen where you find the famous Rhine waterfalls. We also have an optional tour running a little bit up and down in the backcountry where you find many hamlets and a lot of farming land. In the city of Stein am Rhein both trails are meeting again.

Option A: 90 km, Ascent/Descent +790m, -780m / Option B: 94 km, Ascent/Descent +1.050m, -1.035m

 

Day 4

 

Singen – Costanza - Salem
Today you will follow the fine cycle path along the „Gnadensee" to the island of Reichenau, where you can visit the monastery and the gardens of the island. Afterwards you cycle into the main city on Lake Constance to the city of Constance. Take some time to visit the old city. Afterwards you keep following the cycle trail to the second island "Mainau" with the castle and wonderful gardens. Afterwards you cycle to the other side of the lake to Ludwigshafen and over a little mountain range. The last part of the trail leads you again through hamlets, vineyards, fruit orchards and fields back to Salem.

Option A: 90 km, Ascent/Descent +795m, -780m / Option B: 95 km, Ascent/Descent +925m, -915m

 

Day 5

 

Salem - Bregenz

You will start slowly following a river valley until you reach the first fruit orchards. Afterwards you will cycle downwards to the shore of Lake Constance for dinner. Afterwards, you cycle inland again passing some small lovely lakes before you start your ascent up to Scheidegg. You will have a wonderful view over Lake Constance and a fast descent to Bregenz, which is in Austria. Enjoy the wonderful esplanade whit a small harbour, restaurants and the festival area.

Option A: 82 km, Ascent/Descent +730m, -780m / Option B: 97 km, Ascent/Descent +1.490m, -1.540m

 

Day 6

End of tour after breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Included in the tour:

  • 5 nights in *** hotels with breakfast. 

  • tour information

  • local assistance (German and English speaking)

  • Luggage transfers 

  • route notes (in English or German) and maps

  • gps tracks

 

 

 

Period 

Daily from 30/03 until 21/10/2018

Level 4

Difficult, for experienced cyclists. Depending on the selected option, you will follow smaller side roads, cycle paths and sometimes main roads with more traffic in peak season or at the weekend. All options you will find in the tour book. For this tour, you should be an experienced cyclist and have a good fitness. Daily distances between 60 km / 37,3 miles and 115 km / 71,5 miles. Total min 327km / 203,2 miles and Max. 400km / 248,6 miles

Participants

Minimum 2 persons

Price p.p. 2018 

From 30/03 till 27/04 and from 01/10 till 21/10

Euro 435 p.p. in double room

Euro 585 p.p. in single room

From 28/04 till 05/07 and from 03/09 till 30/09

Euro 470 p.p. in double room

Euro 620 p.p. in single room

From 06/07 till 17/07 and from 20/08 till 02/09

Euro 485 p.p. in double room

Euro 635 p.p. in single room

From 18/07 tot 19/08 (period of the festival)

Euro 525 p.p. in double room

Euro 675 p.p. in single room

road bike rental from € 95 – 4 days (carbon frame, pedals, kit reparation, pomp and lock)