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Germany, Austria & Switzerland: Bavarian Alps & Lake Constance

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Shimmering lakes and soaring alpine peaks set the stage on this extraordinary bike tour of Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Guided Biking

  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 35|
  • Biking: 2 - 4 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
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10-day Bike Vacation + Air Package

$4,445

7-day Bike Vacation Only

$3,445

Per person, double occupancy

Germany, Austria & Switzerland: Bavarian Alps & Lake Constance

Shimmering lakes and soaring alpine peaks set the stage for a soul-stirring bike tour of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Immerse yourself in the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein. You’ll cycle into charming Bavarian villages that hold historic treasures, passing wildflower meadows, dairy country, fragrant forests, and pristine waterfalls on an easy route from Füssen to Constance. Ride the invigorating downhill stretches of the scenic Bodensee-Königssee Bike Route, coasting into an intimate home-hosted lunch with ample generosity and warmth. Marvel at the baroque splendor of St. Gallen’s Abbey. Farm-fresh cuisine – organic and freshly picked – fuels your days. Austrian wines from famed wineries and renowned beers from local brewers flavor your nights. And centrally located hotels place you at the heart of historic Old Towns and picturesque parklands.

What to Expect

This tour offers easy terrain on bike paths and bike lanes, and on roads in the neighborhoods and countryside in the Bavarian Alps and surrounding Lake Constance. Longer optional rides and some rolling hills on a couple of days offer fun for more avid bikers. This tour is ideal for both beginning and experienced cyclists. Our VBT support shuttle is always available in designated spots for those who would like assistance.

  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 35|
  • Biking: 2 - 4 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
Activity Easy Easy
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
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Tour Highlights

  • Marvel at the three stunning crystalline lakes around Füssen – Forggensee, Alpsee and Schwansee
  • Immerse yourself in the magical world of King Ludwig II’s enchanting Neuschwanstein Castle during an included onsite audio tour
  • Cycle to Lindau Island on Lake Constance via the Bodensee-Königssee Bike Route, a mostly downhill spin through magnificent alpine landscapes
  • Breathe fresh alpine air in the Bregenz Forest as you pass through flowering gardens and historic chalet villages
  • Enjoy a lunch of local delicacies on a Swiss organic apple farm
  • Visit the magnificent St. Gallen’s baroque cathedral and abbey library, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Savor freshly picked organics from local farms throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  • Raise a stein of German beer or Austrian wine to your cycling adventure through three incredible countries
  • Enjoy the convenience of centrally-located hotels near Old Towns, parklands and picturesque lakes
  • Get to know the ancient city of Constance during a guided walk

Climate Information

Temperatures

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

May65º/46º

Jun70º/52º

Jul74º/55º

Aug72º/54º

Sep65º/49º

Oct54º/42º

Average
Precipitation:

May3.5 in

Jun4.5 in

Jul4.9 in

Aug4.6 in

Sep3.6 in

Oct2.7 in

What's Included

Bike Vacation + Air Package

Bike Vacation Only

Roundtrip international airfare Check
Transfers to and from international airport Check
One night in Munich and one night in Constance in conveniently located hotels with breakfasts included Check
6 nights in boutique hotels Check Check
13 meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Check Check

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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Fri, Apr 23 to Sun, May 2 - 2021

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Depart home for Germany. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Arrive at Munich airport, where a VBT representative will meet you and help you transfer (approximately 40 minutes) to your centrally located hotel.

If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 p.m. You may store your luggage with the reception desk.

Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you fly in earlier than the scheduled program dates, transportation from the airport will be at your own expense.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore and dine on your own, using VBT City Information as your guide.

Accommodation: Hotel Stadt Rosenheim, Munich

Meet your VBT representative and the rest of the group in the lobby of your Munich hotel by 9:00 a.m. for a prompt departure. Your VBT representative will be holding a VBT sign and will be easy to recognize. From Munich, transfer to Füssen (2 hours, depending on traffic). Please bring your cycling clothes (including your pedals or saddle if you use your own) in your day pack so you can change before beginning the warm-up ride.

Meet your VBT trip leaders at 11:00 a.m. at your hotel in Füssen for a bike fitting and safety review. Enjoy an included light lunch before your warm-up ride. Please note that check-in time is 4:00 p.m., and your room will not be ready. You will be able to leave your bags with the reception desk.

Your first ride in this magical realm leads you into a lovely countryside and to a pristine lake. Breathtaking alpine vistas and charming narrow farm roads provide an ideal preview of the stunning cycling ahead!

Later, gather with the group for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Hirsch Füssen, Füssen
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 21 km (13 miles)
Afternoon
Warm-up: 21 km (13 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride is a pleasant countryside loop from our hotel, mostly (90%) along bike paths. Cycle past meadows and forest, along some packed gravel to a picturesque lake with stunning alpine views. You cross a few wooden bridges and railroad tracks before a gradual climb. Your ride ends along small farming roads and a lightly trafficked secondary road.

After breakfast, ride to the nearby village of Hohenschwangau. From here, walk up to the hilltop Schloss Neuschwanstein, where you enjoy an included 30-minute audio-tour. This renowned fairytale castle was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria, inspired by the sweeping operas of Richard Wagner. It was to be the king’s retreat, but he died before its completion.

After, enjoy an invigorating spin through the scenic district of Eastern Allgäu. Marvel at views of the magnificent Neuschwanstein Castle, cycle around the shores of pristine Lake Forggensee, the largest in the Allgäu, and savor postcard-perfect views of the Bavarian Alps. Lunch is on your own today.

Our longer option follows the 2,000-year-old Via Claudia, or “Emperor’s Road” from the days of trade between Venetian and alpine emissaries. It is pure pleasure to cycle between the many mountain villages of Bavaria, each more charming than the last, punctuated by onion-domed steeples rising against a backdrop of emerald-green mountain slopes. This is truly a working farm region that carries on traditions from generations past. Each September, a procession of 30,000 cattle return to the valley’s farm stables from the high mountain pastures of the Allgäu Alps, where they have been feeding all summer on high-nutrition grass and herbs that grow at higher altitudes. Still, you will no doubt coast past dairy cows with their tell-tale bells around their necks. After so many miles of enchantment, you may wish to swim in the lake before returning to the hotel. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Accommodation: Hotel Hirsch Füssen, Füssen
Included Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 34 – 58 km (21 – 36 miles)
Morning
Füssen to Lake Forggensee: 34 km (21 miles)
Füssen to Lake Forggensee Plus: 58 km (36 miles)

What to Expect: You ride on bike paths throughout the day, circumnavigating Lake Forggensee and taking in fabulous views of Neuschwanstein Castle. The morning route is slightly undulating, passing meadows, smaller swan-dotted lakes, and tiny villages with onion-domed churches. After lunch, cross a hydro-electric dam and follow the Via Claudia. The short option follows the lakeside bike path back to Füssen. The long option offers some challenging climbing and rewarding panoramic alpine views and well-deserved descents.

After another delicious breakfast, you transfer about an hour to Röthenbach, Germany. Upon arrival, enjoy a spin along the Bodensee-Königssee Bike Route, a mostly downhill ride to Lindau brimming with lush green pastures surrounded by mountain streams and breathtaking views of the Alps. You pause in Heimenkirch for a home-hosted lunch in the Bavarian countryside.

Later, you follow the shores of Lake Constance, Europe’s third largest freshwater lake. Its waters reflect heat, creating a Mediterranean-style climate conducive to growing Pinot Noir and white Müller-Thurgau grapes. Its shores are also renowned for the gardens that grace residential areas, lakeside parks, and the botanical island of Mainau. Upon arrival at this remarkable lake, you cycle to your 5-star Hotel Bayerischer Hof and its sister property, the 4-star Reutemann Seegarten, sit right on the waterfront in the heart of Lindau Island, a charming medieval town with a picturesque harbor and Bavaria’s only lighthouse. These hotels have been operated by the Stolze-Spaeth family for more than 150 years. Join your group for dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Lindau
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 42 km (26 miles)
Morning
Röthenbach to Lindau: 42 km (26 miles)

What to Expect: Follow mostly bike paths today, traversing some softly undulating hills through pretty farm country, orchards, forests and typical Bavarian villages, as stunning views of the German, Swiss, and Austrian Alps unfold. After a home-hosted lunch, you have a short challenging climb before a flat and mostly downhill spin to Lindau.

After a hearty breakfast, shuttle 50 minutes to the start of a bike path in the alpine village of Schoppernau, located on the upper reaches of the Bregenzerach River. It’s a different world here at 2,500 feet (762 meters) in the Austrian Alps. A sophisticated country lifestyle is prevalent here in the mountains high above Lake Constance. During a day of mostly downhill spinning on a well-marked paved path, admire high mountain scenery, passing small family farms, meadows of wildflowers, forests, villages, waterfalls, wooden bridges, and a unique architectural blend of customary chalet styles and über-modern design. This region is known for its traditional crafts, including fine lace, woolen textiles, and especially finely wrought woodwork such as toys, shoes, carvings, and carpentry. Cows, sheep, and goats are also important to the local economy—which explains why today’s inspirational route is called the “Cheese Road.”

After lunch, our longer option leaves Bregenzerwald and continues to Lindau, crossing into Bavarian Germany. Tonight’s dinner is on your own in Lindau.

Accommodation: Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Lindau
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Rice Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 28 – 59 km (17 – 36 miles)
Morning
Bregenz Forest to Egg: 31 km (19 miles)
Alberschwende to Lindau: 28 km (17 miles)

What to Expect: Our morning ride follows a flat and slightly downhill paved bike path along a glacial river. After lunch, the longer option begins with a 7-km (4.5-mile) shuttle ride to Alberschwende. Cycle a quiet paved mountain road with two short ascents and a breathtaking descent. Once you reach the valley, enjoy a flat and easy ride back to Lindau via Bergenz and the eastern shore of Lake Constance.

Begin today’s ride along the lakeshore, passing the many impressive villas of Wasserburg and Nonnenhorn. Your route on this small peninsula affords lovely views of picturesque houses and a small castle before you continue on to Kressbronn and Langenargen.

Coast into Friedrichshafen, a city whose history is tightly linked to World War II. Its aviation industry and strategic location made it an important center for Nazi Germany. The city was heavily bombed and largely destroyed in April 1944 by 1,086 tons of bombs. Today’s “modern” city, therefore, exudes a 1950s air in its architecture. A loftier side of Friedrichshafen’s history can be found in its modern Zeppelin Museum, housing the world’s largest aviation collection. The zeppelin airship was born here on July 2, 1900, the creation of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin. Zeppelins took to the air once again in 1993. On a clear and quiet day, you’re sure to see them drifting quietly through the sky. Perhaps you will pause here for a refreshment in one of its many cafés.

(If you’d like, you can book a Zeppelin flight by visiting www.zeppelinflug.de months in advance. Should you choose to organize a Zeppelin flight, you will be responsible for getting yourself from our Lindau hotel to the airport and then to our Constance hotel at the end of the day. This is best done by taxi, which can be organized through our Lindau hotel. You will miss today’s bike ride.)

Cycle to Meersburg, a baroque fortress town on the lake and home to the longest inhabited castle in Germany. The fortress ruins are perched high on the cliffs above, a reminder of ancient ties with the Carolingian Empire. After lunch on your own in this charming town where flowers spill from window boxes, you ferry across the lake and continue cycling to your final destination in Constance. The hotel is on our biking route along the Rhine River just outside the city center, ideally located for a perfect stroll into town later this evening. Explore the city and enjoy dinner on your own at one of the great local restaurants nearby.

Accommodation: Hotel 47 Grad, Constance
Included Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 54 – 62 km (34 – 39 miles)
Morning
Lindau to Constance: 54 km (34 miles)
Lindau to Constance Plus: 62 km (39 miles)

What to Expect: An early morning spin along a well-marked bike path leads you along the lakeshore through quiet villages, fruit orchards, and lovely harbors. Pause in Friedrichshafen, then ride another easy route to Meersburg. After a ferry across Lake Constance, ride a flat stretch to your hotel.

This morning, resume your bike tour of Switzerland, Germany, and Austria with a short train ride to St. Gallen, Switzerland, located near the point where Switzerland, Austria, and Liechtenstein meet. The city has been a major religious center since the seventh century. A guided tour of the Abbey of St. Gallen, a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage site, reveals the treasures of the baroque cathedral with its fantastic ceiling frescoes. For centuries, this was an Imperial Benedictine Abbey and a center of Western science, art, and high culture. The rococo Abbey Library, equally ornate, is the oldest in the country and one of the world’s most significant monastic libraries. Later, stroll the traffic-free Old Town replete with brightly painted oriel windows, pretty boutiques and world-famous embroideries.

Back on your bicycle, enjoy a scenic spin to the charming Swiss village of Steinebrunn, where you stop for a traditional Swiss lunch at a local organic apple farm. Afterwards, continue your ride back to Constance, where you have more time to explore this beautiful city on your own. You might find this to be the prettiest, most cozy corner of Lake Constance, the perfect place to end your journey.

Tonight, we raise a glass and say “prost!” to a magnificent week during a festive farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel 47 Grad, Constance
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 41 km (25 miles)
Morning
St. Gallen to Constance: 41 km (25 miles)

What to Expect: After a 45-minute morning train ride on the famed Swiss Railway, enjoy time to explore St. Gallen and its abbey complex. Then our route follows gently rolling terrain through the heart of Switzerland’s brown cow country.

Remain another day in Constance to explore on your own. We highly recommend a visit to Mainau Island, nicknamed locally “Blumeninsel,” or the flower island. This 111-acre, pedestrian-only private island – crisscrossed by inviting trails – is a lavish display of plants and manicured gardens, blossoming in tune with the seasons. A baroque castle with a church featuring notable artworks marks one end of the island. Tulips, orchids, and rhododendron burst in a riot of color in May, followed by 350,000 other late spring and summertime blooms, including potted plants and fuchsias. Dahlias and roses arrive in September. It’s a feast for the eyes that will enchant even the most seasoned gardener.

You may also visit the falls of the Rhine River in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, accessible by boat or train from Constance. Embark a ferry from the harbor in Constance to Schaffhausen, then return later in the day by train. These are the largest falls by water volume in Europe. Thermal bath lovers might want to take the waters at the Bodensee Thermalbad in Constance. The infinity pool overlooks the lake and the hi-tech water features and jets work wonders for biking muscles. It’s the perfect place to relax for an afternoon.

The alleys and squares of Constance’s Old Town are lively and bustling. For a bird’s-eye view, ascend to the top of the Münster church. For a few euros, you can walk up the stairs and look through the telescope across the lake to many of the destinations where you cycled this week. You’re also sure to find myriad keepsakes in charming shops. If you’d like to take in some local culture and history, Constance boasts museums, galleries, and historic buildings. If you have not had enough cycling, you may rent cruiser bikes from a small bike shop across the street from your hotel. The shop owner can suggest routes to suit your desire.

Accommodation: Hotel 47 Grad, Constance
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast* this morning, transfer to the Zurich airport (approximately 50 or 60 minutes, depending on traffic) for your departing flight **. Please ensure you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

**Please note: VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled departure time, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Sun, Apr 25 to Sat, May 1 - 2021

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Meet your VBT representative and the rest of the group in the lobby of the VBT Munich hotel (Hotel Stadt Rosenheim, Orleansplatz 6a, 81667 Munich, Germany. Tel.+49 89448 2424) before 9:00 a.m. for a prompt departure by motorcoach. Your VBT representative will be holding a VBT sign and will be easy to recognize. From Munich, transfer to Füssen (2 hours, depending on traffic). Please bring your cycling clothes (including your pedals or saddle if you use your own) in your day pack so you can change before beginning the warm-up ride.

Should you miss the transfer from Munich, please arrange to meet your trip leaders and the rest of the group in the lobby of our hotel in Füssen at 11:00 a.m. (Hotel Hirsch Füssen, Kaiser-Maximilian-Platz 7, 87629 Füssen, Germany. Tel: +49 (0) 8362 9398 0). A direct train from Munich to Füssen takes a little over 2 hours and costs about $33-$75 USD per person. If your arrival at the hotel is scheduled later than 11:00 a.m. or if you are delayed, please contact the Hotel Hirsch to advise of any travel delays or changes, and the staff will pass your message on to your VBT trip leaders. Please note that check-in time is 4:00 p.m., and your room will not be ready. You will be able to leave your bags with the reception desk.

Before you begin your bike tour in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria, behold the breathtaking beauty of Füssen. This enchanting Old-World town, located in the foothills of the Alps and at the southern end of the Romantic Road, is nestled in one of the most breathtaking natural settings in the world. At 2,651 feet in elevation, Füssen is the highest town in Bavaria. Looking south, you will glimpse the peaks of Austria.

Meet your VBT trip leaders at 11:00 a.m. at your hotel in Füssen for a bike fitting and safety review. Enjoy an included light lunch before your warm-up ride. Please note that check-in time is 4:00 p.m., and your room will not be ready. You will be able to leave your bags with the reception desk.

Your first ride in this magical realm leads you into a lovely countryside and to a pristine lake. Breathtaking alpine vistas and charming narrow farm roads provide an ideal preview of the stunning cycling ahead!

Later, gather with the group for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Hirsch Füssen, Füssen
Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 21 km (13 miles)
Afternoon
Warm-up: 21 km (13 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride is a pleasant countryside loop from our hotel, mostly (90%) along bike paths. Cycle past meadows and forest, along some packed gravel to a picturesque lake with stunning alpine views. You cross a few wooden bridges and railroad tracks before a gradual climb. Your ride ends along small farming roads and a lightly trafficked secondary road.

After breakfast, ride to the nearby village of Hohenschwangau. From here, walk up to the hilltop Schloss Neuschwanstein, where you enjoy an included 30-minute audio-tour. This renowned fairytale castle was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria, inspired by the sweeping operas of Richard Wagner. It was to be the king’s retreat, but he died before its completion.

After, enjoy an invigorating spin through the scenic district of Eastern Allgäu. Marvel at views of the magnificent Neuschwanstein Castle, cycle around the shores of pristine Lake Forggensee, the largest in the Allgäu, and savor postcard-perfect views of the Bavarian Alps. Lunch is on your own today.

Our longer option follows the 2,000-year-old Via Claudia, or “Emperor’s Road” from the days of trade between Venetian and alpine emissaries. It is pure pleasure to cycle between the many mountain villages of Bavaria, each more charming than the last, punctuated by onion-domed steeples rising against a backdrop of emerald-green mountain slopes. This is truly a working farm region that carries on traditions from generations past. Each September, a procession of 30,000 cattle return to the valley’s farm stables from the high mountain pastures of the Allgäu Alps, where they have been feeding all summer on high-nutrition grass and herbs that grow at higher altitudes. Still, you will no doubt coast past dairy cows with their tell-tale bells around their necks. After so many miles of enchantment, you may wish to swim in the lake before returning to the hotel. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Accommodation: Hotel Hirsch Füssen, Füssen
Included Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 34 – 58 km (21 – 36 miles)
Morning
Füssen to Lake Forggensee: 34 km (21 miles)
Füssen to Lake Forggensee Plus: 58 km (36 miles)

What to Expect: You ride on bike paths throughout the day, circumnavigating Lake Forggensee and taking in fabulous views of Neuschwanstein Castle. The morning route is slightly undulating, passing meadows, smaller swan-dotted lakes, and tiny villages with onion-domed churches. After lunch, cross a hydro-electric dam and follow the Via Claudia. The short option follows the lakeside bike path back to Füssen. The long option offers some challenging climbing and rewarding panoramic alpine views and well-deserved descents.

After another delicious breakfast, you transfer about an hour to Röthenbach, Germany. Upon arrival, enjoy a spin along the Bodensee-Königssee Bike Route, a mostly downhill ride to Lindau brimming with lush green pastures surrounded by mountain streams and breathtaking views of the Alps. You pause in Heimenkirch for a home-hosted lunch in the Bavarian countryside.

Later, you follow the shores of Lake Constance, Europe’s third largest freshwater lake. Its waters reflect heat, creating a Mediterranean-style climate conducive to growing Pinot Noir and white Müller-Thurgau grapes. Its shores are also renowned for the gardens that grace residential areas, lakeside parks, and the botanical island of Mainau. Upon arrival at this remarkable lake, you cycle to your 5-star Hotel Bayerischer Hof and its sister property, the 4-star Reutemann Seegarten, sit right on the waterfront in the heart of Lindau Island, a charming medieval town with a picturesque harbor and Bavaria’s only lighthouse. These hotels have been operated by the Stolze-Spaeth family for more than 150 years. Join your group for dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Lindau
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 42 km (26 miles)
Morning
Röthenbach to Lindau: 42 km (26 miles)

What to Expect: Follow mostly bike paths today, traversing some softly undulating hills through pretty farm country, orchards, forests and typical Bavarian villages, as stunning views of the German, Swiss, and Austrian Alps unfold. After a home-hosted lunch, you have a short challenging climb before a flat and mostly downhill spin to Lindau.

After a hearty breakfast, shuttle 50 minutes to the start of a bike path in the alpine village of Schoppernau, located on the upper reaches of the Bregenzerach River. It’s a different world here at 2,500 feet (762 meters) in the Austrian Alps. A sophisticated country lifestyle is prevalent here in the mountains high above Lake Constance. During a day of mostly downhill spinning on a well-marked paved path, admire high mountain scenery, passing small family farms, meadows of wildflowers, forests, villages, waterfalls, wooden bridges, and a unique architectural blend of customary chalet styles and über-modern design. This region is known for its traditional crafts, including fine lace, woolen textiles, and especially finely wrought woodwork such as toys, shoes, carvings, and carpentry. Cows, sheep, and goats are also important to the local economy—which explains why today’s inspirational route is called the “Cheese Road.”

After lunch, our longer option leaves Bregenzerwald and continues to Lindau, crossing into Bavarian Germany. Tonight’s dinner is on your own in Lindau.

Accommodation: Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Lindau
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Rice Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 28 – 59 km (17 – 36 miles)
Morning
Bregenz Forest to Egg: 31 km (19 miles)
Alberschwende to Lindau: 28 km (17 miles)

What to Expect: Our morning ride follows a flat and slightly downhill paved bike path along a glacial river. After lunch, the longer option begins with a 7-km (4.5-mile) shuttle ride to Alberschwende. Cycle a quiet paved mountain road with two short ascents and a breathtaking descent. Once you reach the valley, enjoy a flat and easy ride back to Lindau via Bergenz and the eastern shore of Lake Constance.

Begin today’s ride along the lakeshore, passing the many impressive villas of Wasserburg and Nonnenhorn. Your route on this small peninsula affords lovely views of picturesque houses and a small castle before you continue on to Kressbronn and Langenargen.

Coast into Friedrichshafen, a city whose history is tightly linked to World War II. Its aviation industry and strategic location made it an important center for Nazi Germany. The city was heavily bombed and largely destroyed in April 1944 by 1,086 tons of bombs. Today’s “modern” city, therefore, exudes a 1950s air in its architecture. A loftier side of Friedrichshafen’s history can be found in its modern Zeppelin Museum, housing the world’s largest aviation collection. The zeppelin airship was born here on July 2, 1900, the creation of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin. Zeppelins took to the air once again in 1993. On a clear and quiet day, you’re sure to see them drifting quietly through the sky. Perhaps you will pause here for a refreshment in one of its many cafés.

(If you’d like, you can book a Zeppelin flight by visiting www.zeppelinflug.de months in advance. Should you choose to organize a Zeppelin flight, you will be responsible for getting yourself from our Lindau hotel to the airport and then to our Constance hotel at the end of the day. This is best done by taxi, which can be organized through our Lindau hotel. You will miss today’s bike ride.)

Cycle to Meersburg, a baroque fortress town on the lake and home to the longest inhabited castle in Germany. The fortress ruins are perched high on the cliffs above, a reminder of ancient ties with the Carolingian Empire. After lunch on your own in this charming town where flowers spill from window boxes, you ferry across the lake and continue cycling to your final destination in Constance. The hotel is on our biking route along the Rhine River just outside the city center, ideally located for a perfect stroll into town later this evening. Explore the city and enjoy dinner on your own at one of the great local restaurants nearby.

Accommodation: Hotel 47 Grad, Constance
Included Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 54 – 62 km (34 – 39 miles)
Morning
Lindau to Constance: 54 km (34 miles)
Lindau to Constance Plus: 62 km (39 miles)

What to Expect: An early morning spin along a well-marked bike path leads you along the lakeshore through quiet villages, fruit orchards, and lovely harbors. Pause in Friedrichshafen, then ride another easy route to Meersburg. After a ferry across Lake Constance, ride a flat stretch to your hotel.

This morning, resume your bike tour of Switzerland, Germany, and Austria with a short train ride to St. Gallen, Switzerland, located near the point where Switzerland, Austria, and Liechtenstein meet. The city has been a major religious center since the seventh century. A guided tour of the Abbey of St. Gallen, a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage site, reveals the treasures of the baroque cathedral with its fantastic ceiling frescoes. For centuries, this was an Imperial Benedictine Abbey and a center of Western science, art, and high culture. The rococo Abbey Library, equally ornate, is the oldest in the country and one of the world’s most significant monastic libraries. Later, stroll the traffic-free Old Town replete with brightly painted oriel windows, pretty boutiques and world-famous embroideries.

Back on your bicycle, enjoy a scenic spin to the charming Swiss village of Steinebrunn, where you stop for a traditional Swiss lunch at a local organic apple farm. Afterwards, continue your ride back to Constance, where you have more time to explore this beautiful city on your own. You might find this to be the prettiest, most cozy corner of Lake Constance, the perfect place to end your journey.

Tonight, we raise a glass and say “prost!” to a magnificent week during a festive farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel 47 Grad, Constance
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 41 km (25 miles)
Morning
St. Gallen to Constance: 41 km (25 miles)

What to Expect: After a 45-minute morning train ride on the famed Swiss Railway, enjoy time to explore St. Gallen and its abbey complex. Then our route follows gently rolling terrain through the heart of Switzerland’s brown cow country.

After breakfast, meet your local guide at 9:00 a.m. for a one-hour walking tour of Constance. Afterwards, you are free to continue on your own.

From Constance, there are many train connections to other cities in Germany and Switzerland. Or you might embark the catamaran that whisks you across the lake to Friedrichshafen from where you may continue by plane or train to your final destination.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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2021 Pre-Trip Extension - Munich

2 Nights From $295 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $195

  • 2 nights at Hotel Stadt Rosenheim
  • Daily breakfast
  • City Information
  • Airport transfers

Depart home for Germany. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Arrive at the Munich airport, where a VBT representative will meet you and help you transfer (approximately 40 minutes) to your centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore and dine on your own, using the VBT City Information as your guide. The area is full of options for dinner.

If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 p.m. You may store your luggage with the reception desk.

Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you fly in earlier than the scheduled program dates, transportation from the airport will be at your own expense.

Accommodation: Hotel Stadt Rosenheim, Munich

A VBT representative meets your group outside the breakfast room of the hotel at 9:00 a.m. to answer questions and help you organize your time in Munich. After, you may join a short excursion with our representative to help you get acquainted with the public transportation system, taking the subway to the Marienplatz. There is a small cost for a daily or three-day transportation pass. After helping you get oriented, your VBT representative will leave you at the Marienplatz to explore on your own.

At 11:00 a.m. and noon, the Marienplatz fills with onlookers as the Rathaus clock strikes the hour to a parade of figurines, including trumpeters, dancers, and horsemen. Close by, the Peterskirche, the oldest church in Munich, is notable for its grisly relics of St. Munditia, patron saint of single women. If you wish, you may climb several hundred steps up the tower for magnificent views. The Munchener Stadtmuseum is an excellent local history museum that includes a photo and film exhibit and a puppet display. North of Marienplatz stretches the posh end of the city center. And from the fashionable Maximilianstrasse, the little Kosttor road leads straight to the Hofbrauhaus, Munich’s largest and most famous drinking hall.

You might also head north of the city to the English Garden, Munich’s largest natural area. Its pretty vistas draw thousands of visitors for walks and picnics. Perhaps take a swim in the rivers that run through the gardens or stop at a popular beer garden for a refreshing break.

Accommodation: Hotel Stadt Rosenheim, Munich
Included Meals: Breakfast

Air Package guests will arrive throughout the day. You’ll have time to explore more of Munich and its surroundings on your own.

You may visit the interesting BMW Automotive Museum, which chronicles the history of the company in relation to the development of the modern automobile. Exhibits, videos, slide collections, and films tell the story. Nearby, visit the neighboring Olympic Park, the site of the 1972 Olympic Games. Walk through the lovely grounds, visit the modern and mesmerizing stadium, and enjoy astonishing views from the Olympic Tower.

Or you may wish to venture out of Munich. The Dachau Concentration Camp and Memorial Site is on the northern edge of the city. Today, Dachau Memorial Site is a place of memory and pilgrimage and makes for an educational and sobering day trip.

Accommodation: Hotel Stadt Rosenheim, Munich
Included Meals: Breakfast

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2021

2021 Post-Trip Extension - Zurich

2 Nights From $495 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $145

  • 2 nights at the Hotel Opera
  • Daily breakfast
  • City Information and orientation excursion with VBT representative
  • Airport transfers

After breakfast, transfer by private minibus (approximately 1 hour) to your beautiful and centrally located hotel in Zurich. You’ll arrive at approximately 10:00 a.m. Meet your local Zurich guide in the lobby of your hotel for an included walk to help you get acquainted with the city.

Enjoy the rest of the day to explore. Scenically set where the Limmat River flows from Lake Zurich, this cosmopolitan city embraces its history as much as its contemporary vibe. Be sure to visit the intricately spired Fraumünster and the double-towered Grossmünster churches. Their vast interiors are bathed in the light pouring through stained-glass windows by Marc Chagall and Augusto Giacometti.

Accommodation: Hotel Opera, Zurich
Included Meals: Breakfast

Continue your independent exploration of the city and nearby area. Perhaps spend time in the arty, bohemian district of Zuri-West, where historic factory buildings have been transformed into the Kunsthalle contemporary art museum and an ancient viaduct has been ingeniously converted into shops and cafés. Browse the excellent collection at the Kunsthaus, where European art by Monet, Rodin and others grace the galleries. Or visit the almost 400 species of Zoo Zurich, where natural habitats are recreated for its many residents. And during your stay, be sure to take in the city’s vibrant food scene, sampling local cuisine from cheeses and chocolates to strudels and fondues.

Accommodation: Hotel Opera, Zurich
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast* this morning, transfer to the Zurich airport (approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic) for your departing flight**. Please ensure you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

**Please note: VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled departure time, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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