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Lake Constance, truly a classic bicycling region bordering this famed lake, will take you through Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
With its stunning turquoise shore shared by all three countries, Lake Constance is a jewel in the crown of central Europe. It is a perfect location for a bicycle tour with comfortable inns and hotels and excellent cuisine.
Our route follows almost 150 miles of well marked bicycle paths. You’ll marvel at the attractive surrounding countryside and neatly groomed villages. Lakeside paths meander from country to country taking in flower-strewn meadows, Bavarian vineyards, and picturesque marinas.
Brimming with a rich layered history, each day includes stops at cultural highlights and fairy tale castles. We’ve designed our route so that you’ll have ample time to explore the flower decked palaces in Konstanz and numerous village squares. This is EASY cycling with most rides along pleasant bicycle paths. We invite you to join us on what will surely be a memorable vacation.
June 18 – 24
July 9 – 15
September 3 – 9
Includes Trek hybrid bicycle, fully equipped for touring.
Zurich, Switzerland then transfer to Kreuzlingen (direct one hour train rides from Zurich airport)
Flat, easy to moderate daily distances along traffic free & scenic bike paths.
(Includes all breakfasts, 4 dinners)
(Sunday: Switzerland/Germany) Meet in the lakeside town of Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, a one-hour direct train ride from the Zurich airport. After a bike fitting and welcome drink, a short walk to the medieval town of Constance for dinner.
(Monday: Switzerland/Germany) Cycle from Constance to Stein am Rhein, noted for its famous well-preserved Old Town featuring painted facades and half-timbered 16th century houses. (30 km) After lunch enjoy a short drive to Schaffhausen and the Rheinfalls, Europe’s most powerful waterfalls. Lodge in Gaienhofen, Germany. (31 or 41 km; 20 or 26 miles)
(Tuesday: Germany) Cycle from Stein amRhein through the old imperial town of Radolfzell to our lunch spot in Ludwigshafen. After lunch we cycle along the lakeshore to the spa town of Uberlingen with its gothic cathedral and famous lakeside promenade. Then we continue to the charming medieval town of Meersburg, where we check in to our four-star hotel for two nights. (30 or 54 km; 19 or 33 miles)
(Wednesday: Germany) Guests will have plenty of time to enjoy the pedestrian zone with its shops and cafes; take a tour of one or both castles, or take the ferry across from the hotel to the Flower Island of Mainau. First evidence of human settlement on Mainau dates back to 3000 BC. Now it is a wonderland of botanical gardens, fountains, and home to a number of great restaurants. Optional cycling along the lake is also available.
(Thursday: Germany) Follow the lakeshore on our way to Friedrichshafen, home of the famous Zeppelin Musuem. After lunch, continue to the Bavarian island town of Lindau. Enjoy the pedestrian zone or relax at a waterfront cafe or wine bar watching the sunset over the lake. (18 or 42 km; 12 or 26 miles)
(Friday: Germany, Austria, Switzerland) Take in magnificent views of snow-capped alpine peaks as we cycle along Lake Constance’s eastern shore through well-kept villages back to our starting point of Constance. A last opportunity for shopping or relaxing at a lakeside cafe before our final dinner. (44 or 77 km; 27 or 48 miles)
(Saturday) Depart from Constance.
having worked for many years in the bio medical field, Shane has successfully established an organic farm, Camman Acres. This local CSA is growing quickly, so we hope to keep him well entertained with tours, before the farm corrals him. His forte is having fun and relaxing with guests, and he’s excellent at teaching the nervous traveler how to find the perfectly hopped IPA. Check out www.cammanacres.com and tell we sent you.
Peter is principally responsible for our Austria and Germany programs. His quick wit and affinity for the good life make him a pleasure to tour with. He also leads wine tasting tours through Burgundy, France. His fluency in German and French, attention to detail, and fun loving nature make him a perfect fit for these departures. Maria assists Peter on the Austria and Lake Constance cycling programs. She offers a unique insight on these two beautiful regions. Check out Peter’s new gallery in England: http://www.petermartingallery.com/
Ron’s hobbies include growing orchids and cooking. He claims to speak five foreign languages poorly. His forte is having fun and relaxing with guests, and he’s excellent at teaching the nervous traveler how to consume raki, a Cretan specialty. He currently holds the two-man record for schlepping luggage.