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One lake, three countries, countless natural gems. The spectacular Lake Constance, at the foot of the Alps, is where Germany, Switzerland, and Austria meet. It’s a magnet for nature lovers and cyclists, but this adventure will take you away from the crowds, off the beaten path, and to places you won’t find in any guidebooks. Come explore historic seaside towns and medieval villages, pedal through verdant vineyards and blooming orchards, and stay at the most incredible lakeside and central hotels. Having been in the outdoor biz for over 45 years now, we’ve explored every corner of this lake—and created a perfect itinerary to get the full cultural, historical, and culinary experience. Lake Constance has inspired artists throughout the ages; we’re sure you’ll understand why once you see it for yourself.

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  • Unique hotels with spas

    Always the best seat in the house: lakeside hotels, hotels in 13th-century buildings, and in the heart of the city

  • Ideal spot for cycling

    Suitable even for beginners, this tour circles Lake Constance, going through forests & meadows, medieval towns & hamlets

  • Visit 3 countries

    Switzerland, Germany, Austria—get a sense of the area’s history, culture, and cuisine

Itinerary

Bordered by three countries, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria, the spectacular Lake Constance is the most beautiful and attractive in spring and summer. Blooming trees and flowers all around you, fresh air, fragrant meadows, the lake inviting you for a swim… It’s truly heaven. And it’s arguably best experienced by bike—so come join our week-long cycling tour around Lake Constance, and let us show you its most incredible gems and less crowded areas! Terrific local guides, accommodation in wonderful hotels, breakfasts, and dinners—it’s all included in this tour. Let your next cycling journey be in Europe and join us on this awe-inspiring adventure.

  • Make your way to the Parkhotel St. Leonhard, a beautiful hotel just above Überlingen. Aim to arrive by 4 pm, as that’s when you’ll meet your guide and your team in the hotel lobby. You will then immediately be driven to the city center of Überlingen to enjoy a guided tour of the old imperial city.

    The contours of this medieval city, which flourished in the 15th and 16th century, can be clearly seen even today—mighty gates and walls have been preserved to this day. We’ll take a stroll through the core of the old town and the Hofstatt square. We can also visit the Gothic cathedral of St. Nicholas and inside find the works of the famous woodcarver Jörg Zürn. Let’s return to our hotel for a delicious dinner—if the weather serves us, we will have dinner at the hotel terrace with wonderful views.

    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Parkhotel St. Leonhard

    Uberlingen on Lake Constance
  • After breakfast, we’ll start our cycling journey with an easy descent, which is then slightly undulating and leading off the public roads, entering forest and meadow paths with beautiful views of the lake. We’ll make a stop at the rococo church of Birnau with, once again, wonderful views. Finally we’ll reach Meersburg, a romantic medieval town on the lake surrounded by steep vineyards, which has always been appealing to all types of artists.

    After an individual tour and a lunch break, we’ll hop onto our bikes and continue to Salem, the former Cistercian monastery. As we pedal through fields, forests, and meadows, we will see small glacial hills, or “drumlins” molded during the ice age. This section of the trail is part of the “prelate path”—a path where monks and priests moved from Salem Monastery to Birnau to hold mass there. We’ll soon see the walls of Salem’s monastery complex, and we can either go on a short tour or take a coffee break. We’ll transfer back to Überlingen and enjoy a dinner together.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Cycling: 22 miles / 35 km
    Accommodation: Parkhotel St. Leonhard

    Birnau church at Lake Constance
  • After transferring to the small town of Markdorf, let’s start cycling! We will pedal along a little-known route through small villages, farmlands, and forests. Eventually we’ll descend down to Lake Constance and Wasserburg (literal meaning is castle in the water).

    Cycling onward to Lindau, we will enjoy a traffic-free route to the gates of our hotel at Lindau harbor. The port entrance with lighthouse and lions is one of the most famous parts of Lake Constance. Tonight you’ll have free time to explore, stroll along the harbor promenade, enjoy alpine views, and dine where you wish. We’ll spend the night at the beautiful and stylish Lindauer Hof.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Cycling: 32 miles / 51 km
    Accommodation: Lindauer Hof

    Lindau entrance
  • Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll go on a guided tour to get a good overview of Lindau. It’s the most important port in Bavaria and its well-known entrance is guarded by a lighthouse and a huge stone lion. The bike path from Lindau to Bregenz takes you across the German-Austrian border. We’ll bike the winding paths near the shore, to the Bregenzer Ache, and finally to the biodiverse nature reserve near Rohrspitz, surrounded by the Rhine. This wilderness area is teeming with wildlife, especially birds. In May, the nightingale sings and the cuckoo calls.

    After we have passed the Swiss customs station, we’ll soon reach the town of St. Gallen. Because it is located on a hill, we can opt for a short train ride (or for smaller groups, bus transfer) to the top. It is then a 10-minute walk (650 m) from the train station in St. Gallen to our modern and very comfortable hotel, located close to the old town. We’ll have dinner and spend the night at the upscale Einstein Hotel, ideally located near St. Gallen’s famous cathedral.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Cycling: 20 miles / 32 km
    Accommodation: Einstein Hotel

    St. Gallen in Switzerland
  • Today we’ll go on a guided tour of St. Gallen, a medieval town with a huge, centuries-old monastery and a world-famous abbey library that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the end of the city tour,  we’ll go to a hillside residential and university district on the outskirts of Gallen, where our bikes will be ready.

    An undulating route leads down to the lakeshore, on which we cycle more downhill than uphill. In between, there will be a possibility of a transfer for a 7.5-km hilly section, but if you’re up for a challenge, you can cycle up the hill! Gottlieben, our overnight destination, is a tiny picturesque village which lies on the Seerhein, the short waterway between Lake Constance and Untersee. It is characterized by beautiful half-timbered houses from the 17th century. Our hotel for the night is a historic and lovingly restored 300-year-old building.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Cycling: 23-28 miles / 37-44 km
    Accommodation: Porto Sofie

    Sunset at Lake Constance
  • Today we’ll get to know yet another island on Lake Constance, Reichenau, which we’ll reach by boat. Here we’ll find several Romanesque churches and see what the German abbot Walahfrid left behind, including a famous herb garden.

    Travel to the north bank of the Untersee to Allensbach, a well-known village due to its research institute. From there, let’s start cycling into the woods above the lake, and later downhill back to the shore and onto Stein am Rhein on the Swiss side. With its half-timbered houses and picture-postcard views, Stein am Rhein is a truly picturesque town. For the return trip from Stein am Rhein we will travel by train (for smaller groups by bus). Let’s enjoy our final dinner with the whole team in the hotel restaurant!

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Cycling: 23 miles / 36 km
    Accommodation: Hotel Porto Sofie

    Stein am Rhein, Switzerland
  • We’ll end our adventure with yet another beautiful cycling tour! We’ll get on the cycling path and go into Konstanz, where a famous council, one of the most important ones in the Middle Ages, took place here in 1414. After a city tour, we will cycle through elegant residential areas from Konstanz to the south bank of Lake Überlingen. We’ll follow a quiet and picturesque path that leads you to the town of Wallhausen, and from the small port, take a ferry to Überlingen.

    We’ll arrive in Überlingen around lunchtime. We can either transfer you to the Parkhotel St. Leonhard or you can request to be transferred to the train station. If you’d like to stay longer and keep on exploring the area, just ask your guides for some recommendations!

    Meals: Breakfast
    Cycling: 13 miles / 22 km

    traditional-houses-uberlingen
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Terranova Bike Tours
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Terranova Bike Tours
Founded in 1979, Terranova Bike Tours is still a family-owned and operated business offering supported, guided, or self-guided bicycle tours. They offer a wide range of tours in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal, with a focus on historical, cultural, and gastronomic elements of the region. Terranova Bike Tours’ expert and local guides will take you on an unforgettable journey and lead you to places you won’t find inside guidebooks!

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5.00 (3 reviews)
couple S. from Herzogenaurach (source: Guide’s website)

The guided bike tour along Lake Constance was a great experience! The route was well chosen and the scenery was beautiful. It was great to experience the three countries Germany, Switzerland and Austria. We had a great time and can only recommend this tour!

B. from Soltau (source: Guide’s website)

The tour was a fantastic experience! The route took us through beautiful landscapes and the choice of accommodation was great. The tour guide had extensive knowledge of the region and its history. I enjoyed the trip and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys cycling and wants to discover the beauty of Lake Constance. Also a thank you to terranova for the smooth operation. I would be happy to go again!

Jochen Leuf (source: Guide’s website)

Amazing biketour, perfect organization!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local, English-speaking cycling guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 7-day Lake Constance bike tour
      • Accommodations for 6 nights (double room in lovely boutique hotels)
      • Breakfasts and 5 multi-course dinners (in the hotel or selected restaurants)
      • Rental touring bike (please let us know what you need upon booking)
      • Support bus & luggage transfer
      • Guided tours with local guides & admission to Überlingen, Salem, Lindau, St. Gallen, & Constance
      • Detailed travel information
      • All transfers by bus, train, & boat according to the itinerary
      • One ferry service from Wallhausen to Überlingen (you will receive a voucher)
      • Mineral water during the tour
      • CO2 compensation in the region

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Germany
      • All beverages other than those offered at breakfast
      • Single supplement — available at an additional cost
      • Lunches and 1 dinner on Day 3
      • Helmet — available to rent
      • E-bike
      • Bike protection
      • Guide gratuities — optional
      • Travel and medical insurance — optional
  • Your guides rate this tour to be easy through moderately difficult. You will be cycling between 13 to 32 miles (22-51 km) every day, 6 days in a row. Bike trails go through gently rolling landscapes including forest and meadow paths. The total distance of the trip is approximately 213-220 km (132-136 miles). Some days you’ll enjoy a very flat route and other days you’ll be going through rolling hills with terrific panoramic views. A little extra effort on a few days is required, but it’s more than manageable!

    If you’re concerned about being fit enough for this tour and don’t want to worry about not managing to cycle these distances, your guides recommend renting an e-bike!

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking or synthetic material
      • Sneakers or sport shoes
      • Breathable outside layer or jacket
      • Sunglasses and sunhat
      • Plenty of water, water bottle or hydration bladder
      • Daypack with snacks
      • Biking gloves are optional but recommended
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Day pack large enough to carry all things you might need throughout the day
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    The climate in the Lake Constance region is very mild with warm summers and moderate winters, and can almost be described as Mediterranean. In spring, millions of fruit trees and spring flowers bloom covering the meadows in the rural area. Summer and autumn are particularly attractive due to the lush cherry and apple trees and the full grapevines. From April to October, the weather is ideal for cycling and discovering the beauties of this region.

    Still, make sure to check local conditions and weather before your arrival.

  • Yes, your guides offer bike and helmet rental! While touring bikes can be rented at no extra charge, helmets and e-bikes come at an additional cost.

      • Touring bike — comfortable 28” trekking bike, equipped with Shimano eight-speed gearbox or a new 24-speed chain/gear hub with freewheel. You can choose between a male model (with top-tube) and a unisex model with low-step frame. Both are available in different frame sizes. The handlebars are ergonomically shaped. All bikes are equipped with a rack (rear wheel) and ideal for multi-day trips with bike panniers.
      • E-bike ($190 per person) — these are offered from the brands EBIKE / Velo de Ville / Kreidler. They are all equipped with a powerful battery and have a BOSCH or SHIMANO mid-engine, which will give you a pleasant tailwind on your bike tour.
      • Helmet ($10 per person)
  • Group sizes and pricing

      • For these Lake Constance bike tours, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 8:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 8 people for this tour to operate. The maximum group size is set at 16 participants.
      • Single supplement is available at an additional cost, you can add it upon checkout.

    Lake Constance bike tours can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join these Lake Constance bike tours on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has cyclists under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • The starting point of your Lake Constance bike tour is Überlingen in Germany. To get there, most people fly to Zurich Airport (ZRH), though there are other international airports relatively nearby as well.

    To reach Überlingen from Zürich Airport, it takes just over an hour by car or up to 2 hours with trains and buses. Your guides can come pick you up at an additional cost, just let us know you’re interested upon booking.

    The exact meeting point is the Parkhotel St. Leonhard, situated high above Überlingen, which is also your accommodation for the night. Please aim to arrive no later than 3:45 pm on Day 1 because your guides have activities planned.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance.

    With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. If the Client cancels the Booking…

      • More than 120 (hundred-twenty) days prior to the departure date, Client is entitled to a 75% (seventy-five percent) refund of the total trip cost.
      • 119-60 (hundred-nineteen to sixty) days prior to the departure date, Client it entitled to a 60% (sixty percent) refund of the total trip cost.
      • 59-31 (fifty-nine to thirty-one) days prior to the departure date, Client is entitled to a 40% (forty percent) refund of the total trip cost.
      • 30-15 (thirty to fifteen) days prior to the departure date, Client is entitled to a 20% (twenty percent) refund of the total trip cost.
      • 14-5 (fourteen to five) days prior to the departure date, Client is entitled to a 5% (five percent) refund of the total trip cost.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund.
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