Lake Constance Cycling

From $1826 per person

****# Based on 35 customer reviews
  • Beautifully flat, flexible cycling along dedicated lakeside paths, wildflower fields, vineyards and cherry orchards
  • Interest-packed routes; Baroque churches, Gothic cathedrals, fairytale palaces, romantic castles
  • Postcard-pretty villages, half-timbered, frescoed towns, cafe-lined waterfronts and stunning mountain views
  • Swimming possibilities every day

What's included?

  • 10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Departs Every two days from 9 Apr '17 to 22 Oct '17
  • All continental breakfast and 8 evening meals included
  • Managed by Headwater appointed agent
  • Sustainability rating: 90%
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Optional electric bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Ferry ticket from Staad to Meersburg included

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Lake Constance Cycling

Flanked by the majestic Alpine peaks of Germany, Switzerland and Austria, the turquoise shoreline and pebbly beaches of Lake Constance are shared between three countries.

Exploring by bike is by far the best way to travel here as a 270km cycling path leads from country to country, taking in daisy-strewn meadows, billowing wheat fields, Bavarian vineyards and picturesque marinas. The routes have been specifically designed by our local partner, Donau Touristik, and checked by our managers. This is a region brimming with history and cultural highlights such as the fairytale castle in Meersburg, the flower-decked palace in Konstanz and books dating back over 1,000 years in St Gallen's UNESCO library.

Not only does this itinerary offer easy, level cycling on lakeside paths, the flexibility of our route notes is also a huge bonus. We give you fully detailed cycling notes to take you from each hotel to the next; if however, you wish to shorten, or lengthen, your route at any point, simply hop on the local train or boat - taking your bike with you - and tailor your journey to suit.

Your accommodation is varied too; you stay in an old coaching inn, a grand riverside hotel and a luxury lakeside mansion. We've tried to ensure that you are never far from the waterfront, with its pebble beaches, colourful marinas and half-timbered houses.

We have included eight evening meals, leaving you free to try some of Konstanz's many restaurants. Look out for local specialities like kretzer (perch) and zander (pike-perch) on the menu, accompanied by fine local wines.

Read more about this holiday on the travel blog.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Bregenz

You arrive at your hotel, a historic coaching inn, in the centre of Bregenz. Explore the ancient cobbled streets of the old town before dinner on the courtyard terrace.

Day 2 - Bregenz to Arbon 24km/15mi or 41km/26mi

Cycle west along Lake Constance's southern shore before crossing the mighty Rhine delta that straddles the border between Austria and Switzerland. It's an area of great natural beauty and a refuge for wildlife - be sure to keep your eyes peeled for kingfishers in the reeds. Your final stretch takes you around the lake to Arbon where you'll find pretty half-timbered houses and a C16 castle.

Day 3 - At Arbon

It's easy to spend a morning exploring Arbon's historic old town with its well-preserved buildings. After lunch at one of the many lakeside restaurants, hop on the bus for the 35 minute ride (10km) to historic St Gallen, a bustling market town packed with C18 merchants' houses and open-air cafes. Visit the C8 Benedictine abbey's fabulous UNESCO library, then blow the cobwebs away by freewheeling back down to the lakeside. There's lots of swimming possibilities before an easy waterfront cycle back to the hotel.

Day 4 - Arbon to Stein am Rhein 42km/26.5mi or 59km/37mi

There's an option to take the train to Guettingen this morning and shorten your route. Otherwise, pedal clockwise around the lake and pass numerous waterfront villages affording lots of panoramic sun terraces for coffee stops and lunch. In the afternoon, you coast effortlessly between sleepy harbours before arriving at the riverside Hotel Chlosterhof where you spend the next two nights.

Day 5 - At Stein am Rhein

It's easy to spend the day in mediaeval Stein am Rhein with its C11 monastery, beautiful frescoed square and lovely chocolate shops! Alternatively, Schaffhausen, a lively German town full of street theatre in the summer, is ideal for a day trip - it's great for shopping and has riverside cycle paths to Schloss Laufen, a tiny castle perched precariously above the tumbling Rheinfall waterfall, the biggest in Europe!

Day 6 - Stein am Rhein to Konstanz 45km/28.5mi

Freewheeling east this morning, you'll soon cross the border to enter Germany - look out for cormorant and red-crested pochard in the Hornstaad Nature Reserve. Cycling along the Gnadensee you'll soon reach the UNESCO Heritage Site of Klosterinsel Reichenau, the first populated area on Lake Constance and home to an impressive C8 Benedictine abbey. It's then on to Konstanz, the unofficial regional capital.

Day 7 - At Konstanz

Spend the day exploring the narrow streets of Konstanz: visit the Altstadt, Munster and lively centre crammed with quirky shops and museums. Alternatively hop on a boat (payable locally) to visit Mainau Island's palace and landscaped rose gardens. If you take your bike, you can pedal back at leisure along traffic-free lakeside cycle paths.

Day 8 - Konstanz to Friedrichshafen 25m/16mi

It's a short ride through oak forest to catch the 15 minute ferry ride (included) to fairytale Meersburg with its twin castles, steep streets and hillsides of vines. It's a perfect place for a lunch stop! Then, pedalling south, it's a gentle cycle into Friedrichshafen.

Day 9 - At Friedrichshafen

There are superb wine tasting opportunities on your doorstep today - local Muller-Thurgau wines come from Riesling and Silvaner grapes for which Lake Constance is famous. Or visit Friedrichshafen's amazing Zeppelin Museum, full of fascinating knick-knacks, including an original menu and wine list from the Hindenburg.

Day 10 - Friedrichshafen to Bregenz 33km/21mi

Cycle past the pretty village of Langenargen and through peaceful vineyards and cherry orchards en route to lovely Lindau, a gorgeous island village surrounded by cobalt blue waters with long distance views of razor-edged peaks across the lake (there are lots of idyllic choices for lunch). Then, keeping the lake at your side, a final push takes you back down to Bregenz. Time permitting, perhaps take the cable car up Pfander mountain (1064m), for a fantastic vista of your entire route and a real sense of achievement!

Day 11 - Leave Bregenz

Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in Austria for all customers under 12yrs. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own.

Please see our Planning you holiday page for full details.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £25 per adult per day and £18 per child per day. Please contact us on 1-800-567-6286 for further details.

Hotel Weisses Kreuz, Bregenz   (4 Star)

Hotel Weisses Kreuz, Bregenz

The Hotel Weisses Kreuz is an old coaching inn, and it's central location makes it perfect for exploring Bregenz; it is only a couple of blocks from the lakeside and about a 5-minute walk from Bregenz station. Bregenz is on the eastern shore of Lake Constance, close to the ‘four-border corner' with Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

The building has been impressively modernised in the last few years - bedrooms are spacious and light with dark carpets, light wooden furniture and big windows onto the street at the front or onto courtyard and the old town at the back.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Safe

Hotel Seegarten, Arbon   (3 Star)

Hotel Seegarten, Arbon

The 42 room Hotel Seegarten is on the outskirts of Arbon set amid large gardens and fields. It is a short 5 minute cycle to the marina and the centre of the village, and very close to the Arbon Strandbad - the waterfront swimming area that serves the village.

The rooms have been furnished in a simple but modern style, with neutral colours and each of the modern rooms are equipped with direct dial telephones and televisions.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Safe

Hotel Chlosterhof, Stein am Rhein   (4 Star)

Hotel Chlosterhof, Stein am Rhein

The Hotel Chlosterhof is situated in a great location overlooking Lake Constance and the Rhine River and just a couple of minutes’ walk from the wonderful historic old town of Stein am Rhein.

The hotel offers bright comfortable rooms, most of which have a balcony overlooking the water. There is a bar with a terrace by the river. Additional facilities include an indoor swimming pool with jet stream, a Finnish sauna and a state-of-the art fitness room.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted

Hotel Halm, Konstanz   (4 Star)

Hotel Halm, Konstanz

The Hotel Halm in Konstanz is a grand central hotel separated from the waterfront by the railway station, so you can shorten the cycling on this day, as the train will drop you at the front door!

It is an impressive historic building with views from many of the rooms out over the lake, and it is located right in the heart of the town, which is why dinner has been left up to you in Konstanz - the town is full of restaurants and cafes squirreled away down cobbled streets as well as along the waterfront by the harbour, so it is a pleasant place to stroll around before and after a meal out.

The interior is impressive - there is a grand reception area and bar, and a rather incongruous Moroccan style dining room with very high ceilings which is rather unusual, but very lovely nonetheless.

Bedrooms upstairs are light and modern, and the breakfast here is a feast fit for a king!

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Safe

Hotel Buchhorner Hof, Friedrichshafen   (4 Star)

Hotel BuchhornerHof, Friedrichshafen

The Hotel Buchhornerhof is located overlooking the waterfront, on the road leading into the town centre - ideally situated for a stroll. It is a traditional building with a turret on the corner, and lots of attractive window boxes filled with flowers. Inside it retains a traditional charm, with wood panelled walls, stuffed animals on the walls, stained glass windows and snug corners with leather sofas where you can relax with a drink from the attractive horseshoe shaped bar.

The bedrooms here are light and modern and equipped with all the mod cons you would expect in a 4 star hotel.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Safe

Travel options

Transfers from and to Bregenz train station (pay locally, allow approx 5 euros each way).

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Customer reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Reviewed by Mrs Davies on 24/10/2016

*****
Have been on a few of your holidays and they have always been very very good.

Reviewed by Mr Evans on 25/09/2016

***#.
Fairly trouble-free

Reviewed by Mr Roberts on 05/09/2016

*****
We were initially nervous about a holiday which was managed locally by an agency other than Headwater. Our previous experience had not been great. However we need not have worried. Donau Touristik were hugely well organised and the bikes were excellent. The cycling was just about the flattest we had ever experienced and, partly because of the excellent weather, partly because of the excellent food and accommodation, this was as enjoyable a holiday as we have ever had. A couple of small blemishes. At Bregenz on the first night we were served only a three course meal instead of the advertised four. (We only realised subsequently about this when we returned on the final night). Hotel Buchornerhof was not in the same league as the other accommodation. We were served the wrong food on one evening and the air/conditioning leaked. The staff's hearts did not seem to be in their work as it was in the other hotels. One warning - wine in the hotel restaurants (especially the Swiss ones) is very expensive indeed. These are small gripes. It was a great holiday and I'd do it all again anytime.

Reviewed by Mrs Morris on 28/05/2016

*****
This was our first organised cycling holiday and it exceeded our expectations, the quality of hotels were fabulous and we really liked that we had 2 nights in each hotel which gave us time to explore each area. On reflection we would prefer to have had dinner in the hotel halm included as finding somewhere to eat was a real hit or miss and compared to the meals we had in the hotels we didn't find anything better. From our first enquiry with headwater the whole holiday couldn't have gone smoother, Michelle (I think) tailored the holiday to fit our needs perfectly adding in 4 extra days and organising the hotel for two of them. I certainly can't recommend headwater highly enough and have already looking at where to go next. Thank you to the whole team as this has to be one of our best holidays and we have had many! A special thanks to the couple at the bike hire, they were extremely friendly and very helpful.

Reviewed by Mr Wilson on 21/09/2015

*****
It was a real fun adventure. The excellent support and hotels allowed for maximum enjoyment.

Reviewed by Mrs McCormick on 11/09/2015

***#.
A thoroughly restful holiday through stunning countryside. Excellent cycle paths which take you away from the busy roads and where you can set your own pace. The option to shorten journeys using trains or ferries was useful. Our ninth headwater holiday and one we would take again in a few years time. Switzerland is an expensive place to visit but the half board basis of this holiday offsets some of that cost. Our group of eight ranged in age from 48 to 72 and everyone found it a comfortable and enjoyable cycle. Lots to see and do on the rest days which meant that we packed a lot into each day. The fabulous chocolate, kaffee und kuchen could be offset quite easily which was a bonus!

Reviewed by Mis Ward on 04/08/2015

**#..
We didn't think this holiday was representative of Headwater cycling holidays in general. This was our fourth Headwater holiday, and compared to the others (Italy, Spain and France), it was disappointing. The cycling routes were not as pretty as on other holidays, and there weren't so many nice places to stop for lunch or to admire the scenery. This was partly to do with the different culture, of course, but it also had a lot to do with the cycling routes themselves and the hotels. We didn't feel that the usual Headwater support was there, and this was partly reflected in the route notes. Although they were OK, we thought they could have been more helpful and they were at times inaccurate. The cycling was more difficult than we expected it to be, so we were glad to have the option of cutting some days short by using the ferries or trains. Although there were a lot of cycle paths, they were often alongside (or on) quite busy roads.

Reviewed by Dr Sadler on 03/08/2015

*****
We enjoyed our visit to the area very much, and apart from the luggage problem, we had no real difficulties. However, we did have one concern that troubled us. On previous headwater holidays, we always felt that we had the reassurance of a Headwater rep to contact in the event of any difficulty, e.g. in the event of an accident, buckled wheel etc.When we asked the Donnau lady what would happen in the event of such a situation arising, (expecting her to say we'd come out to you), we were most disconcerted to hear her say that 'you have a list of Donnau stations around the lake. If you have a problem you must go to them - they will not come to you'. We had not realised the implication of the arrangement Headwater had with Donnau, that resulted in raising our anxiety levels if anything had gone wrong. We would certainly check with Headwater if booking a future holiday that we had a local rep at hand. If there wasn't , we would not book that particular holiday.. One last point. In places, the fine detail in the instructions was inaccurate and misleading. this delayed us on occasions.

Reviewed by Mr Hornby on 31/07/2015

*****
This is just a wonderful part of the world for cyclists who like to immerse themselves in a beautiful, safe and friendly place. As you'd expect in Austria, Switzerland and Germany, everything works so well to give you a hassle-free holiday. Everyone was so welcoming, locals as well as people providing service and quite happy to use their excellent English in place of my stumbling schoolboy German.

Reviewed by Mrs McLynn on 31/07/2015

*****
Easy cycling, lovely scenery, excellent hotels. Cycles well maintained and maps and route notes easy to follow!

Reviewed by Mr McMorrin on 28/07/2015

*****
The travel arrangements/organisation and detail excellent. Two of the hotels were not nearly as good as the rest . In fact the last hotel was way below standard but the food at that hotel was excellent. The rooms were far too small there was no air conditioning and it resembled the most basic accommodation. The middle two hotels were outstanding as was Bregenz but Seegarten again had no air conditioning is not well positioned. Overall this is an excellent holiday well put together and if the two hotels were improved upon it would be almost the perfect break

Reviewed by Mr Martin on 29/09/2014

***#.
The holiday satisfaction, accommodation and value would all have ranked 'excellent' had it not been for the experience on nights 4 & 5. We did not aloow that to impinge on our overall enjoyment, but it was annoying and frustrating at the time.

Reviewed by Mrs Rance on 19/09/2014

*****
Interesting and enjoyable. Pleasantly surprised by high standard of hotels and food!

Reviewed by Ms Coffin on 19/09/2014

***#.
Lake Konstanz is a lovely location. The cycling is mostly very easy and having two-day stops provide an opportunity to explore around each town.

Reviewed by Mr Crawley on 13/09/2014

***#.
The first couple of days was through fairly uninteresting landscape. Thereafter it was fine but not outstanding. The headwater format is generally constant, but on this occasion we had no representative. It didn't really matter, but first timers could find this difficult.

Reviewed by Mrs McKay on 07/09/2014

*****
Overall great holiday. Cycling excellent. Lovely scenery and great condition of cycle paths. Some of hotels were disappointing in certain aspects - no tea/coffee; old, tired bathrooms with no bath; small room however usually made up with friendly service and excellent food. Friedrichschafen is not a very attractive town - Lindhau might be a better option. Hotel Weisses Kreuz the favourite hotel - great sized room, comfortable bed and pillows and great bathroom.

Reviewed by Mrs Williams on 10/08/2014

*****
Good family fun

Reviewed by Mr Davis on 30/07/2014

*****
Cycling this route was very easy. The paths were almost all off-road, or well separated from the traffic, on good quality cycle paths, even in the towns and cities we visited. Hardly any inclines on the whole route, with only one where we had to get off and push. The bikes were in excellent condition and ideally suited to the task. The hotels were all of a very good standard and well located. Lake Constance is very scenic and has a relaxed holiday feel to it, no matter where you are around its periphery, with countless places to stop and eat/drink/admire the view. Overall, a very enjoyable holiday and one of the best we have done with Headwater.

Reviewed by Mr Higgins on 29/07/2014

***#.
The route notes were clearly wrong in places (I made this point two yearsago!) and gave the impression of being written by someone who had not cycled the whole route.

Reviewed by Mr Owens on 25/07/2014

***#.
to start on a negative we did not like the evening meal voucher facillity, the food offered on this fixed 4 course meal option wasn,t to our liking, we would have preferred an allowance for our evening meal to choose of the al a carte menu, the quality of the fixed four course meal was rather bland and most salad and main courses were heavily caked in sauces, we felt like second class guests when other guests not on a cycling holiday had the choice of other menus and were choosing more appetising dishes, although we read in your small print that we could have requested this option it was never offered at any of the hotels, the welcome at the first hotel was poor, the girl who handed out the documents could speak very little english so communications were a problem leading to a mix up of when the bikes could be collected. also the manager on duty that day was very surly so our first day didn.t get off to the best of starts, thank fully though there were plenty of plus points!! the team who sorted the bikes and transfer of luggage were exellent, Lydia and Sylvester were superb and a credit to the company. the route notes were ok but we found on the first day that we were having to stop too many times so from day two we found it much easier to just follow the bycycle signs which kept you more or less on the right route and allowed for more enjoyable touring without the stops. We really enjoyed our holiday and would certainly book with you again. It would be more enjoyable though if you could give some thought to the meal situation as we were not the only ones to raise the above point. Overall though we would give the holiday 10/10 thank you paul and pam owens

Reviewed by Mrs Robertson on 09/07/2014

*****
Absolutely perfect in every way. The office staff at Headwater recommended this holiday to us when we couldn't get the accommodation for our chosen holiday (Austrian Lakes). We are so grateful for her recommendation as it was a wonderful holiday. The bikes were superb and all the routes were incredibly safe and bike friendly with most of the cycling being on dedicated cycle tracks. Bliss!

Reviewed by Mr Wragge on 04/07/2014

*****
Thoroughly enjoyable adventure for all ages and the over 65s! Excellent organisation and help from travel arrangements tailored to our needs to hotel accommodation. Excellent holiday - we look forward to coming again. Would like to see longer holidays offered - 14 days plus. Enjoyed Blue Book comments but we were the first to make a comment this year. (Hotel Halm had never heard of the Blue Book!)

Reviewed by Mrs Gambrill on 15/06/2014

**#..
We felt disappointed as there was no personal service, the Donnau company just gave us bikes without help and tried to palm of bald tyres and broken lights, luckily we insisted they change the bikes to our satisfaction but if this had been a couple who had never taken a Headwater bike holiday I would feel very sorry for them. We were very disappointed that we saw no one representing Headwater no welcome meeting as described in the literature. We enjoyed the holiday but certainly rated it as the least enjoyable out of the previous 3 trips. Cycling good, the free days poor, no suggestions of bike excursions no information found in english. No one to talk to about trips. St Gallons not that special the hand written medieval books in German advised in broshure not that exciting. The food described as 4 courses were very limited with minimal choice and 2 of the hotels were really poor.

Reviewed by Mrs Alcock on 22/10/2013

*****
I have completed your feedback form but you have got one of the hotels listed incorrect. We did not stay at Hotel Rheinfels as they did not have any available rooms. We stayed at Hotel Hoeri am Bodensee and my comments are obviously about that hotel. Apparently every year on that weekend there is a conference in Stein am Rhein which takes over all hotel rooms so this should be noted for future reference. My bike was stolen from outside Hotel Halm. The lock up arrangements for the bikes at that hotel were not adequate and these need to be improved. However the staff who helped me were brilliant and it was all sorted out very quickly.

Reviewed by Mrs Khurana on 24/09/2013

*****
We had a lovely, lovely holiday. The bikes were so good we wanted to run away with them, the food was universally very good and the hotels were pretty good at providing for our vegetarian diets. The breakfast buffets were wonderful - I'm converted to Bircher muesli now. It was easy cycling with excellent route description in a very beautiful part of the world. Who would believe you can have a cycling holiday in Switzerland, Austria, Germany with no hills!

Reviewed by Mrs Noble on 29/08/2013

*****
Really good fun and quite an adventure. Worked very well for my two children of 9 and 11 who loved the cycling and swimming.

Reviewed by Mr Keeling on 25/08/2013

*****
The cycling was very enjoyable with excellent cycle paths and easy to follow directions mostly. There were a couple of unclear directions towards end day at Konstanz and Steim um Rhein. Weather was very good and amenities for tennis and swimming great. No major problems with the bikes although back up was not that good according to other members of the party who had punctures etc.

Reviewed by Mrs Day on 05/08/2013

*****
Fabulously organised and a really different experience for us. We loved the independence, the superb scenery and the wonderful sense of adventure. Freewheeling down hills for 10 days was something neither of us had done since our teens. A brilliant holiday! Thank you so much!

Reviewed by Mr Dunbabin on 05/07/2013

***#.
1) Particularly as viewed from the steamers, and from the clusters of old houses on the edge of the lake & esp. at some of the steamer landing places, the Bodensee was very beautiful; there were also a number of delightful and very old towns. BUT there has been very extensive recent building development (particularly, but not exclusively, on the southern side of the lake. So quite a lot of the bicycling was rather dull and suburban - inferior, we thought, to the Veneto Headwater holiday we took some years ago. Probably the best bit was the Rhine delta marshes on day 2 (where we also had the good fortune to see two storks gently grazing) 2) The bicycling stages were rather long. But, as the brochure said, it was easy to reduce distances by putting the bicycles on trains or steamers. Also almost all the cycle paths were well surfaced, marked, etc. 3) The conveyance of luggage between the hotels was VERY efficient 4) My wife had some difficulties with the Donau Touristik bicycles. These went, and stopped, well. BUT their - to us, unfamiliar - concentration of weight around the back wheel meant that, when suddenly checked, they could easily tip over to the left, & she fell off twice. That said, the handing out & reception back of the bicycles in Bregenz was EXTREMELY well done. And Donau Touristik has an impressive network of hotels that would, if necessary, mend/exchange punctured or other bicycles - in Stein-am-Rhein they simply took off my punctured front wheel & substituted one from one of their own bicycles 5) a) The hotels were all of a high standard. But we personally felt the 4-course evening meals rather too much & too rich, & enjoyed the ability to secure our own simpler ones in Konstanz. (More generally, I think we preferred the 'agro-turismo' arrangements of our earlier Veneto Headwater cycling holiday.) The breakfasts were mostly very good. b) The hotel in Stein-am-Rhein was splendidly sited, looking straight out onto the river. That I have marked the 'welcome' only as 'fair' is solely due to the fact that we arrived on its Wednesday day off, when it remains closed until 4 pm. In the event we simply went and had an iced coffee in the town's lovely market place. They also arranged for us to have our evening meal that day outside another hotel so situated in the market place, which took good care of us 6) We were, broadly, very lucky with the weather - & relished the ability usually to have our evening meal out of doors (though there were a couple of memorable storms 7) I don't know that better times could have been arranged (slightly better train ones were possible, but only by changing trains rather than travelling straight through to/from Bregenz). But we definitely had too long at the surprisingly unprepossessing Zurich airport/station 8) My guess is that, given our ages, we shall not take another Headwater holiday. But this does not indicate dissatisfaction

Reviewed by Mrs Farrow on 27/06/2013

*****
Thought the Lake Constance area was beautiful. The dedicated cycling paths made the cycling a pleasure and the mix of cycling and rest days really suited us.

Reviewed by Mr Jones on 19/06/2013

***#.
Very enjoyable holiday, very good cycle routes, lovely scenery and some very pretty villages. Plenty of opportunities to use the train or boats to shorten cycle distances if necessary or preferred.

Reviewed by Mrs Marshall on 29/09/2012

***#.
Overall a very enjoyable holiday. For us the cycling was a bit "samey" and there were sometimes too many other people on the paths, especially at weekends. The paths were certainly excellent and quite extraordinary for anyone who cycles in the UK, as was the ultra-obliging behaviour of other path users and motorists. We actually enjoyed our days off rather more when we went off piste, for example to Schaffhausen one day and Markdorf on another, when we enjoyed the greater variety of cycling and countryside.Maybe you could add some more local information and ideas for places to visit on stay put days-Friedrichshafen especially was short of information.The guides that came with the maps were in German and of limited help to us! The wine in hotels especially in Switzerland, Hotel Rheinfels in particular, was fiendishly expensive.In spite of adverse comments we had a really good time and are looking forward to our next holiday already!

Reviewed by Mr Lambert on 07/08/2012

*****
There was no intro welcome. Vouchers handed to us by hotel reception. Bikes by Donau. No advice on route notes where building work affected notes (ie in Konstanz). But then, everything worked!! Advice on where to eat in Konstanz would have helped. Very wet when we arrived and street plan showing restaurants would have helped.

Reviewed by Mrs McEnery on 07/08/2012

*****
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, beautiful days cycling through and stopping( We were made very welcome at 2 lively Wine Festivals en route,picturesquely positioned at the side of the lake, good food and wine and great silver bands!) at beautiful places. We are getting on a bit now but we managed brilliantly, it was the right amount of cycling for us.We treasured our bike free days and did lots of different things, using a whole variety of easily accessible modes of transport,including lovely walks. Rheinfels waterfall was just amazing and we also loved our ferry journey up the Rheine and to the colourful garden island of Mainau. Only twice did we shorten out days a little and that was due to the heat,one time we jumped on a train for a short distance and the other was a short refreshing hop onto a ferry. It was as simple as pie with our bikes and everyone one was so helpful and friendly. Lake Constance was a great success, thankyou Headwater.

Reviewed by Mr Venables on 23/06/2012

*****
most enjoyable. My wife, not an experienced cyclist really enjoyed the cycling. L Constance is in a beautiful part of europe

From our postbag

In addition to comments received on our post-holiday questionnaires, we've also been sent the following comments from our satisfied customers.

Mrs D Jibb travelled to Lake Constance in 2009

My husband and I returned from our Headwater holiday last Wednesday, cycling around Lake Constance. We would like to thank you for such a well planned holiday. We thoroughly enjoyed the break, excellent choice of hotels and we used many of your suggestions on our 'days off'.

We cycled the whole way round, cycling to the water falls near Schaffhausen and had a very enjoyable day in St Gallen. 165 miles in total and would do it all again.

'You got what it said on the tin!' Thank you.

Mr and Mrs Haines travelled to Lake Constance in 2008

My wife and I have just returned from a 10 day cycling holiday from 10th-20th August round Lake Constance. It was our first trip with Headwater and I would like to congratulate you on the organisation of the holiday and the quality of the hotels. We met other couples that were on their 4th Headwater holiday and we can understand their enthusiasm! Thank you for your professional organisation of a memorable holiday. Please keep us informed of other cycling or walking holidays for 2009 because we will certainly be interested.

Departure dates & prices

October 2016 departuresTour only 
Oct 2$1885
Oct 4$1885
Oct 6$1885
Oct 8$1885
Oct 10$1885
Oct 12$1885
Oct 14$1885
Oct 16$1885
April 2017 departuresTour only 
Apr 9$1826
Apr 11$1826
Apr 13$1826
Apr 15$1826
Apr 17$1826
Apr 19$1826
Apr 21$1826
Apr 23$1826
Apr 25$1826
Apr 27$1826
Apr 29$1936
May 2017 departuresTour only 
May 1$1936
May 3$1936
May 5$1936
May 7$1936
May 9$1936
May 11$1936
May 13$1936
May 15$1936
May 17$1936
May 19$1936
May 21$1936
May 23$1936
May 25$1936
May 27$1936
May 29$1936
May 31$1936
June 2017 departuresTour only 
Jun 2$1936
Jun 4$1936
Jun 6$1936
Jun 8$1936
Jun 10$1936
Jun 12$2073
Jun 14$2073
Jun 16$2105
Jun 18$2105
Jun 20$2105
Jun 22$2105
Jun 24$2105
Jun 26$2105
Jun 28$2105
Jun 30$2105
July 2017 departuresTour only 
Jul 2$2105
Jul 4$2105
Jul 6$2215
Jul 8$2215
Jul 10$2105
Jul 12$2105
Jul 14$2105
Jul 16$2105
Jul 18$2105
Jul 20$2105
Jul 22$2105
Jul 24$2105
Jul 26$2105
Jul 28$2105
Jul 30$2105
August 2017 departuresTour only 
Aug 1$2105
Aug 3$2105
Aug 5$2105
Aug 7$2105
Aug 9$2105
Aug 11$2105
Aug 13$2105
Aug 15$2105
Aug 17$2105
Aug 19$2105
Aug 21$2105
Aug 23$2215
Aug 25$2215
Aug 27$2215
Aug 29$2105
Aug 31$2105
September 2017 departuresTour only 
Sep 2$2105
Sep 4$1936
Sep 6$1936
Sep 8$1936
Sep 10$1936
Sep 12$1936
Sep 14$2073
Sep 16$2073
Sep 18$2073
Sep 20$2073
Sep 22$2073
Sep 24$1936
Sep 26$1826
Sep 28$1826
Sep 30$1826
October 2017 departuresTour only 
Oct 2$1826
Oct 4$1826
Oct 6$1826
Oct 8$1826
Oct 10$1826
Oct 12$1826
Oct 14$1826
Oct 16$1826
Oct 18$1826
Oct 20$1826
Oct 22$1826

Holiday details

Holiday type

Self-guided cycling, hotel-to-hotel. Managed by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures

Every two days from 9 Apr '17 to 22 Oct '17, for 11 days (10 nights).

Meals

All continental breakfast and 8 evening meals included.

Other details

Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information. Please call us for single room supplements, room upgrade options and child prices.

Starting your tour

Transfers from and to Bregenz train station (pay locally, allow approx 5 euros each way).

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