Alpine Rhine Cycle

tours / Cycling

Alpine Rhine Cycle information and booking

from
$1160
  • Duration
    6 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    introductory - moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 5 nights 3 star hotels
Equipment Required
Bike helmet (bring your own), wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and sun hat. A comprehensive packing list is provided in the pre departure information provided on booking.

Highlights

  • Following the Rhine from its source in Switzerland through Liechtenstein, to the Austrian German border area at Lake Constance
  • Experiencing the incredible Viamala Gorge and the ruin of Aulta
  • A visit to the winegrowing villages of Zizers or Maienfeld
  • Soaking up the hospitality of family run hotels

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

The Grisons, or Graubünden as they are referred to by the Swiss, are known for the fabled ski resorts of St Moritz and Klosters and are considered by many as Switzerlands most beautiful region with a multitude of lakes, valleys and snow capped mountain peaks. The Rhine river has its source in the Grisons, connecting its mountains to Lake Constance over 100km away. Travelling alongside the Rhine and Lake Constance, this diverse cycle adventure from Switzerland, passes through Liechtenstein and Austria before returning to Constance in Germany. The relaxed itinerary offers the flexibility to explore the gorges of the Grissons on foot, cycle to winegrowers villages to sample the local specialties, visit the Museum of Art in Liechtenstein, and climb up to a castle for a picture postcard view. In the evenings your hosts serve you regional cuisine and ensure you have a comfortable stay after the days cycle.

What's included

  • 5 breakfasts, 5 dinners (does not include drinks) - continental breakfasts are served and will often consist of breads, spreads, yoghurt, cheese, cold meats, muesli, tea, coffee & juices (note this will change with the different hotels and all items may not be available). dinner will consist of three courses which may include some local specialties
  • 5 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities. note: high season is from 5 may to 27 september and a supplement applies
  • 7 or 21 speed rental bike or tandem (electronic bikes available for an additional supplement)
  • Luggage transfer (max 20kg per piece)
  • Train from chur to disentis including bike, and and altstätten to gais including bike
  • Entrance to rosgartenmuseum including a coffee
  • Information pack including route notes and maps
  • Emergency hotline

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Chur, the gateway to the Grisons, Switzerland
Make your own arrival to Chur for check in at the first hotel. You will be enchanted by the romantic atmosphere of the ancient city and the Bischofsburg Castle. Overnight stay in Chur.
Day 2 Train to Disentis and cycle the Rhaeto-Romanic Alpen Way (60km)
To start off the day you take a train to Disentis from where you begin your cycle along the Vorder Rhine through the Rhaeto-Romanic Alpen Valley. You can cycle above the famous Rhine ravine Ruin Aulta or you can enjoy the view of the ravine by taking a short train trip (price not included). Overnight stay in Chur.
Day 3 Cycle from Chur to Vaduz in Liechtenstein and continue to Feldkirch (65km)
The cycle route first takes you along the Rhine before entering the hilly vineyards of the Bünder Herrschaft countryside and its charming villages. Pinot Noir and the extremely rare Completer wine can be purchased here, before Liechtenstein and its Gutenberg castle bid you welcome. Entering Liechtenstein you can visit Vaduz by the city train. It's worth visiting the highly respected art museum and the very well-sorted wine cellars of the Prince of Liechtenstein. Continue to your hotel in Feldkirch (Austria), appreciating wonderful views over the Rhine Valley as you cycle.
Day 4 Cycle via the Austrian town of Hohenems to Lake Constance and Rorschach (45km)
Today's cycle takes you via the Austrian town of Hohenems, a town with a rich Jewish history. The Jewish quarter and the museum tell of the blooming development which was brutally ended. Cycling alongside the “New” Rhine you will reach the delta, an important nature conservation area, and then continue on along the shores of Lake Constance to the Swiss town of Rorschach where you have an overnight stay.
Day 5 Cycle through the Swiss canton of Thurgau to Constance in Germany (45km)
The cycle route takes you through the Swiss canton (state) of Thurgau today mainly alongside the lakeshore. This canton is also known as “Cider India” due to its many orchards and its relative remoteness. Enjoy a coffee with a view of the lake in one of the many cafés. Overnight stay in Constance.
Day 6 Trip concludes
After breakfast your cycling holiday will come to an end. We would be more than happy to extend your stay in the Lake Constance region.