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Be mesmerised by the beauty of Lake Constance. Straddling 63km across Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the “Swabian Sea” is the third largest lake in Central Europe and is surrounded by picturesque views and pretty towns. Providing a mild climate with alpine hills, beaches and meadows the range of landscapes found here are something that needs to be seen to be believed. A highlight of this tour is a guided tour of Mainau Island, more affectionately known as ‘Flower Island’ which is maintained as a garden island. With excursions taking you across both the Austrian and Swiss borders this tour gives you the perfect combination of three popular destinations and regions.

OUR ITINERARY

Tuesday – We collect you from your home and meet your tour coach to travel to Folkestone for our channel crossing. We continue to Saarbrücken in Germany for our overnight stop.

Wednesday – Today we continue our journey to Lake Constance. On arrival there will be a chance to settle in before dinner.

ThursdayAfter breakfast we head to Meersburg to board a ferry to take us over to Mainau Island, famous for its gardens dreamed up by the Bernadotte-family. Located just off the shore of Lake Constance, the islet is a botanical paradise bursting with over one million flowers. Learn about the flowers, listen to the many interesting stories and anecdotes, and meander through one of the worlds most beautiful parks. After spending the day on lovely Mainau we will return to Meersburg for dinner at the hotel.

FridayToday we explore some the prettiest towns in the region. With the spectacular backdrop of the Alps, and the crystal-clear sea, Lindau is the perfect place to start the day. Get to know this 1100-year-old town, and enjoy it’s picturesque, narrow streets and amazing architecture on a guided walking tour. After some lunch and free time here, we will pop across the border to Austria where we will take a ride on the Pfänderbahn up to the Pfänder for fabulous views over Lake Constance and the Alps. We continue to Bregenz, our last pretty town of the day, where we will enjoy a walking tour before returning to the hotel for dinner.

SaturdayAs a city of great historical importance, Constance offers a widearray of attractions and has many a great story to tell. Here we will have a guided tour of the city allowing you to visit the cities main attractions, such as the Council, the cosy area of Niederburg with it’s Medieval lanes and beautifully restored town houses and the Konstanz Minster. Following this we continue to the UNESCO listed islands of Reichenau to learn about it’s rich history of fishing and wine. Let the day come to a close while enjoying a magical cruise on the lake before a dinner in Constance.

SundayWe take a visit to the Pfahlbau Museum at Unteruhldingen, which unlike other museum is built on wooding pilings and stilts. It is a recreation of a Stone Age and Bronze Age settlement located on the edge of Lake Constance. After a visit here, we continue across the border of Switzerland and discover Europe’s largest waterfall: the Rhinefalls in Schaffhausen. After some time to enjoy the sights we will continue back to the hotel.

MondayToday we depart the Lake Constance region and travel to Saarbrücken for our overnight stop. Making suitable stops on route.

TuesdayFollowing breakfast we depart and begin our journey home, heading towards Calais for our Channel crossing before carrying on to Wiltshire where you will meet your taxi.

OUR HOTEL

Plaza Hotel Buchhorner Hof

This 4 star family run hotel is located conveniently just a 5 minute walk from Lake Constance. The historic Hotel Buchhorner has spacious well decorated rooms equipped with a TV, mini bar, hair dryer and all en suite. The hotel has leisure facilities such as a Turkish steam room, Finnish sauna as well as two Jacuzzis and fitness equipment.  The chef at the in-house restaurant "Buchhorner Stuben" serves up excellent regional cuisine and provides the perfect place to relax.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 7 nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
  • Channel crossings
  • Platinum coach travel 
  • Hostess service
  • Home pick-up
  • Return ferry, entry & guided tour of Mainau Island
  • Guided tour of Bregenz
  • Guided tour and lunch in Lindau
  • Return trip on the Pfänderbahn
  • Guided walking tour of Constance
  • Boat trip on Lake Constance
  • Dinner in Constance
  • Entry to Pfahlbau Museum
  • Visit to Rhinefalls