- Exploring the idyllic town of Constance, and visiting the Imperia statue
- Strolling around lovely Meersburg
- Cycling to historic Friedrichshafen to see its remarkable castle
- Visiting Bregenz and its world famous stage
- Enjoying a leisurely picnic on the banks of Lake Constance
- Experiencing the thunderous waters of the Rhein falls, the largest water fall in Europe
We had the best holiday! Having never really cycled before, we were so proud to manage 210 miles in 6 days and to really enjoy exploring a new area. This is a great way to spend a week, seeing beautiful sights, eating delicious food and getting fit as well.
After arriving in Constance, today offers the chance to explore the unofficial capital of the region after which the lake was named. The town is cut in half by the Rhine as it enters the lake near the Mediterranean style harbour, overlooked by the striking Imperia statue based on a story by Balzac. The aquarium in the Sea Life Centre, the Archaeological Museum and a walk through the labyrinthine network of alleyways of Niederburg (the old town) are also recommended.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today you’ll start your journey heading out of Constance. You’ll initially be riding along the ‘Gnadensee’ to the former imperial town of Radolfzell. Situated on the lake, Radolfzell is home to a selection of restaurants, a lovely beer garden and harbour area, and of course, lots of cyclepaths!
From here you’ll ride across the Bodanrück hills (some small inclines), arriving at the
so-called Überlinger See, part of Lake Constance. Here you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views of the lake. Time to relax and enjoy a stroll along Überlingen‘s pretty promenade.
- Meals: Breakfast
Your journey today will take you along the Obersee. Firstly you’ll make a pit-stop at the pilgrimage church of Birnau. Situated amidst vineyards, the forecourt of the splendidly decorated baroque church offers a wonderful view over the lake. A visit to the museum in Unteruhldingen is also worth a visit!
You’ll then make your way through Meersburg where you’ll find Germany’s oldest inhabited castle. Onwards you’ll go to the old town of Lindau, located on an island. Here you can enjoy the view of the Alps from the picturesue harbour, and explore some of the town’s landmarks: the Bavarian Lion and the 33-meter-high lighthouse.
(Your overnight tonight could be either in Kressbronn, Nonnenhorn or Lindau).
- Meals: Breakfast
If you didn’t get chance yesterday, spend some time this morning exploring the Bavarian city of Lindau – take some time to visit the city centre on the island before heading off for the rest of your day. Soon after leaving Lindau you’ll reach the Austrian border and Bregenz, where you should visit the world famous lake stage. Strolling, boating and swimming are popular activities here, and riding round Bregenz’s cobblestone streets is a pleasant way to explore.
Just a stone’s throw from Bregenz, you’ll cross the Bregenzer Ach river – Welcome to Switzerland!
(Your overnight tonight could be either in Hochst, Horn or Arbon)
- Meals: Breakfast
Today your tour takes you through Romanshorn, which is home to Switzerland’s largest harbour on Lake Constance. The lakeside promenade is perfect for pleasant strolls, with sights worth seeing such as the old church and a small museum near the harbour devoted to local history. You’ll then continue on along the banks of Lake Constance back to Constance. During the evening why not take a wander through the old town or enjoy an ice cream down at the harbour.
- Meals: Breakfast
Your ride today will take you through picturesque Swiss fishing villages along the South shore of the Untersee. You’ll be riding via Stein am Rhein, with its well-preserved medieval centre and array of richly decorated houses towards today’s destination, Schaffhausen. Located on the Upper Rhine between the Black Forest and Lake Constance, Schaffhausen is watched over by the imposing Munot fortress (a circular fort built in the 16th century).
- Meals: Breakfast
Today you’ll be cycling to the Rhine Falls, the largest European waterfalls. After visiting these majestic falls, you’ll then be riding along the opposite side of the Rhine, back to Stein am Rhein and along the Höri to Gaienhofen. You’ll then travel by boat to Reichenau Island. After spending some time exploring, you’ll then make your way back to Constance for your final overnight stay.
The majority of the route is along well surfaced cycle paths. The paths run partially along the lake-shore and partially along lake-shore roads. Sporadically, there are short sections that will see you riding over some rougher ground (cobbles, forest/farm tracks and hard packed gravel/dirt roads) You’ll share the road with traffic in some sections, especially going to and from your hotels, and in and out of the bigger towns and cities. A relatively laid back route, with some hilly sections around the lower lake. We recommend a hybrid bike for this tour, (not suitable for road bikes).
Leisure Cycling Grade
Aspects of both our grade 1 and 2 holidays
Suitable for those looking for a relaxed ride
Occasional ups and downs
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
Holidays that are graded as a 1-2, will have aspects of both our grade 1 and grade 2 holidays. These tours are still suitable for those looking for an accessible cycling holiday with manageable daily distances, along predominately flat terrain, however there will be some days / sections where we’d expect you to be up for a slightly cheeky challenge. It might be that the distances are a little longer on some days or that the terrain is slightly more undulating, but the rides are still relaxed and manageable for someone whose generally fit and healthy.
My husband and I have gone on many organised bike trips offered by a variety of outfitters. Of all of these, which included trips to France, Spain, Canada and the U.S., the Skedaddle trip around Lake Constance was by far the best.
Dates & Prices
The season prices below are per person and are applicable for all start dates between and inclusive of the stated dates.
Daily departures from 09 Apr – 01 Oct
Season 1 – £1095 09 – 30 Apr
Season 2 – £1195 01 – 10 May / 15 Sep – 01 Oct
Season 3 – £1325 11 – 25 May / 11 – 30 Jun / 01 – 14 Sep
Season 4 – £1425 26 May – 10 Jun / 01 Jul – 31 Aug
A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in 3 and 4* hotels
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Local representative
D) Detailed route notes and maps
E) Luggage transfers
F) Entrance to Rosgarten museum in Constance (incl. 1 coffee)
G) Boat trip from Gaienhofen-Reichenau incl. bike
H) Boat trip to the Rhinefall rocks
What's not Included
A) Bike rental (available if required)
B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
C) Meals not stated in the itinerary
D) Single room (available if required)
E) Travel insurance
F) Personal clothing and equipment
G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills etc)
H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route (if not stated)
I) City or visitor‘s tax where applicable
J) Travel to first hotel on arrival day
K) Travel from final hotel on departure day
Customer Story: Lake Constance
Read Lynn's story about our guides and cycling in the heart of Europe.
Henrietta, SurreyThe best holiday!...
We had the best holiday! Having never really cycled before, we were so proud to manage 210 miles in 6 days and to really enjoy exploring a new area. All the hotels were fantastic and the locals were friendly and helpful whenever they saw us poring over our map! This is a great way to spend a week, seeing beautiful sights, eating delicious food and getting fit as well.
Barry, GloucestershireIt is easy to see why the Lake Constance cycle route is so popular!
Possibly some of the best cycling we have done through routes, as the infrastructure was in place, everywhere was well sign posted and everyone respected the rules (no pedestrians on the cycle-way, and no cyclists on the footpaths). All the hotels were quiet and very clean and the breakfasts were a great start to the cycling day we had ahead. One hotel was superior in location and it’s views were stunning. Every hotel had something to commend it and the staff were very friendly and willing. It is easy to see why the Lake Constance cycle route is so popular. The scenery was wonderful, with easy cycling, plenty of cafes and bars along the route and such friendly people.
Jackii, UKSuper hotels...
Favourite day would be Uberlingen to Lindau. The route was easy to follow – lots of lake scenery and a lovely hotel at the end. Day Six from Schaffhausen was also great – lovely views and great to catch the boat. The choice of hotels was super and we enjoyed them all.
John, CheshireHire bike was absolutely first rate.
Loved just about every bit of our holiday! Difficult to pick a single favourite day but days 2, 3, 4 and 5. Weather had a lot to do with this but the scenery along route and at destinations was fantastic. My hire bike was absolutely first rate. I have already recommended Skedaddle to a friend!!
Kateri, USAThe Skedaddle trip around Lake Constance was by far one of the best!
My husband and I have gone on many organized bike trips offered by a variety of outfitters. Of all of these, which included trips to France, Spain, Canada and the U.S., the Skedaddle trip around Lake Constance was by far the best. We really liked not being with a large group, but rather with two good friends, and because Skedaddle did such a fabulous job on all of the arrangements including luggage transfers, we were able to be “on our own” very successfully. I highly recommend the Lake Constance trip and Skedaddle.
Kate, West YorkshireA fantastic trip...
A fantastic trip away from start to finish! The communication from Skedaddle is always impeccable before the trip. We also received a message part way through the trip to check everything was going well which was a really lovely touch. You trust everything will be well organised, and it always is! Both Mum and I enjoyed every day cycling but we thought the visit to The Rhein Falls was truly spectacular. The bikes were in fantastic condition, perfect for riding along the cycle paths and the gravel tracks. The panniers were brilliant too! The little pack you receive detailing all the hotels and including vouchers is absolutely brilliant. Communication from Skedaddle is always exceptional. Lots of emails providing a range of information and reassurance about the trip.
Barbara, BerkshireA most enjoyable holiday!
Very well organised. Efficient with good administration, kept well informed. Hotel Halm was particularly inviting and in a good location. Bad Hotel und Villa Seeburg was also excellent, especially the restaurant.
We really enjoyed the holiday, all the people we interacted with were super helpful and the weather and scenery was amazing. Although we did on a couple of occasions beat our luggage to the hotels by a few hours, the service was efficient and as described.
We booked very late (3 days before), so Jessica’s quick responses to emails and phone calls was essential to us booking the holiday with you. Despite booking late, all the hotels were great. One hotel (Halm in Konstanz) put our bags in the room ready for us when we arrived tired after cycling – a very much appreciated touch. I did read – and ignored – the mention of a free bottle of wine at the end. When it appeared on our last day it was actually a lovely surprise and rather sweet.
Veronica, East LothianSo excited being on our first cycling holiday...
We enjoyed our trip, it was excellent and loved visiting so many different places. Liked how the route took us through the country side and also villages to stop off for lunch/coffee! The information and service we received from Kay was excellent. She answered all our questions and was always available if we called, all information provided by Skedaddle was excellent.