- Exploring the idyllic town of Constance
- Visiting the gardens and Butterfly House on Mainau Island
- Learning about famous air-ships at the Zeppelin Museum
- Cooling down with a post-ride swim in the lake
- Cycling through small villages with perfect lakeside views
- Picnic lunches on the banks of Lake Constance
The first couple of days were the best – cycling through little villages by the lakeshore. Such comfortable bikes, we wanted to take them home!
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 leaves the lake near the Mediterranean style harbour, overlooked by the striking Imperia statue based on a story by Balzac. The aquariums 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
- Ascent: 145 Metres Approx.
From Constance, you will cycle to the nearby garden island of Mainau (tickets included) where you will have the opportunity to experience the famous butterfly house.
In Wallhausen you’ll jump on a boat and sail to Überlingen, before cycling on towards Uhldingen. In the lake dwelling museum (Pfahlbaumuseum) you will have the opportunity to learn about the Stone Age inhabitants of the shores of Lake Constance.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 60 Metres Approx.
Today you’ll be cycling alongside the shores of Lake Constance, enjoying the beautiful vineyards above Immenstaad, making your way to Friedrichshafen. Here you will be able to learn more about famous air-ships and blimps in the Zeppelin museum and spend the evening enjoying fabulous views of the Alps.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 45 Metres Approx.
Today will initially take you through Langenargen. Here you’ll find the pretty Schloss Montfort castle. Maybe you’ll catch one of the summer concerts that take place in the hall! Back on the bikes and you’ll continue riding through lush orchards, before arriving in the Bavarian town of Lindau, whose harbour is guarded by 6m high lions.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 80 Metres Approx.
In just a couple of kilometres you’ll be passing into Austria into the festival city of Bregenz. The floating stage here is certainly something to keep an eye out for. You can ride in a cable car (ticket included) to the top of Mount Pfänder. After you have crossed the border into Switzerland, you’ll be able to see the characterful Market Hall Altenrhein designed by the famous architect Hundertwasser.
*Depending on availability at the time of booking, tonight may be spent in Rorschach, Höchst, Staad or Arbon, all close by. This may affect the distance cycled on this day (up to 50 kms approx.), making tomorrow’s ride 10 kms shorter.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 100 Metres Approx.
Heading first through Arbon, a former Roman settlement, you’ll start your ride back to Constance. You will cycle through small, well kept villages along the lakeshore with plenty of opportunities for a refreshing dip in the lake and a celebratory ice cream. Back in Constance and it’s time to relax and enjoy your final evening by the lake.
The route sees you riding around the flat lands of the upper lake, so the going is relatively easy (with only some small, manageable ups and downs). The majority of the route is along well surfaced cycle paths which run partially along the lake-shore and partially along lake-shore 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. Only very short sections see you riding on some bumpier terrain along forest tracks and dirt roads. We recommend a hybrid bike for this tour (not suitable for road bikes).
It is possible to use an E-Bike for this holiday. For more information about riding an electric bike on our holidays please click here
Family 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 families who are generally fit and healthy.
For more information about the grading of this holiday in particular, please check out the terrain section which will give you some specifics of what to expect on this tour.
This was a great family holiday, the children both really enjoyed themselves! A fantastic holiday that we can’t recommend enough.
Dates & Prices
Daily departures available. The season prices below are per adult and are applicable for all start dates between and inclusive of the stated dates.
2024 From 31 Mar – 19 Oct
Season 1 – £845 31 Mar – 19 Apr / 06 Oct – 19 Oct
Season 2 – £955 20 Apr – 30 Apr / 15 Sep – 05 Oct
Season 3 – £1125 01 May – 06 May / 12 May – 14 May / 20 May – 25 May / 02 Jun – 29 Jun / 18 Aug – 14 Sep
Season 4 – £1195 07 May – 11 May / 15 May – 19 May / 26 May – 01 Jun / 30 Jun – 17 Aug
We are able to offer the following kid’s discounts on the land only price (when the child is sharing a room with 2 fully-paying passengers) – Dependent on availability
0 – 5: Free
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A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in 2 and 3* hotels, and guesthouses
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Cycle route description with maps (1 per room)
D) Luggage transfers
E) Boat trip Wallhausen – Überlingen (incl. bicycle)
F) Entrance to Rosgarten museum in Constance
G) Entrance to Lake Dwelling Museum in Unteruhldingen
H) Entrance to Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen
I) Cable Car Return Ride to Mount Pfänder (excl. bike)
J) Financial Protection through ABTOT
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)
D) Travel insurance
E) Personal clothing and equipment
F) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills etc)
G) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route (if not stated)
H) Bus Ticket to Ravensburger Spieleland
I) City or visitor‘s tax where applicable
J) Travel to first hotel on arrival day
K) Travel from final hotel on departure day
Andrew, Bath, UKWe can't wait to go again...
The cycling and service provided was excellent, as well as all the hotels being clean, comfortable and relaxing. Also, we loved the ferry trips and the Pfander cable car, which is a must!
We can’t wait to go again on another Saddle Skedaddle holiday!
Helen, Derbyshire, UKThe quality of the package was consistent with our expectations...
Meersburg to Friederichschafen(day 3) in particular was a great day. All hotels we stayed at were like hidden gems, exceptional rooms which were very clean and the hosts were welcoming.
The bikes we hired were in good condition which were suitable for the type of cycling. Collection was easy and swapping the bike provided for our youngest to a smaller size was not a problem.
Becky, Bristol, UKAlready looking at other trips!
This was a great family holiday, the children both really enjoyed themselves, especially the swimming in the lake! The hotel in Lindau was amazing, and the lady that looked after us was particularly helpful. Thank you for a fantastic holiday that we can’t recommend enough.
Helen, Essex, UKVery good...
The first couple of days were the best – cycling through little villages by the lakeshore. Such comfortable bikes – we wanted to take them home!
Nick, WorcestershireEveryone in the family loved it!
Everyone in the family loved it! The best way to see a country and enjoy all it has to offer! After a day at Speiland it was lovely to get back on the bikes and travel to the amazing island town of Lindau. The highlight was visiting the Thermal Baths in Lindau, which were just amazing after a hard days ride!