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Two cyclists on a riverside cycle path, Arbon in the background

Lake Constance – Lago Maggiore

On unknown paths across the Alps

8 Days / 7 Nights
Two cyclists on a riverside cycle path, Arbon in the background

Half of Europe is looking for the way towards south over the Gotthard Pass, while the old trade route over the Lukmanier has almost been forgotten. Swiss precision and quietness await you on the shores of Lake Conastance, that will lead you towards the Austrian Border. From here you cycle on the Rhine route through the vineyards and past the impressive Rhine Gorge towards the Romansch-speaking part of Switzerland. A short break at the monastery of Disentis gives you strength for the drive into the rocky landscape of the Lukmanier pass that is your gateway to the southern part of Switzerland.

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itinerary at a glance

You start by cycling along Lake Constance and through the Rhine Valley, where you pass through the Principality of Liechtenstein and the home of Heidi. The Lukmanier Pass takes you into Ticino, where you are greeted by the sparkling Lake Maggiore near Locarno.

Arrival in Kreuzlingen

You follow the railway line past the lively lakeside town of Romanshorn to Arbon. A charming old town and a large castle are among the landmarks of this small town on Lake Constance. Continue along the lakeshore to today's accommodation in the Rorschach area.

You will pass the idyllic mouth of the Rhine with its wide reed beds. St.Galler Rheintal is an area often cosseted by the warm wind called “Föhn”. Much land has been won by the correction of the Alpenrhein waters in the Rhine-Valley. You spend the night in Buchs – an important border station and the gate to the principality of Liechtenstein.

The „Bündner Herrschaft“, Grisons fertile garden and winery lies on a mound of slate detritus. This is also the home of Heidi, Peter and Alpöhi from the world famous childrens tale. Chur is the oldest town north of the alp and entices with numerous restaurants.

The Rhine Gorge – Switzerlands Grand Canyon is an impressive first part of this tour. Afterwards you reach “Surselva”, Grisons largest Romansch-speaking region. Today’s tour leads you to the monastery of Disentis.

The castles and the city wall of Bellinzona lure from afar while you head towards the plain of Magadino with its small villages. You pass the Delta of Ticino and roll on a nice promenade towards Lago Maggiore. After arrival in Locarno individual departure.

Through the gorge „Höllenschlucht“ and Val Medel up to the rugged pass head of Lukmanier, boundary between the cantons Ticino and Grisons. In the sunny Valle di Blenio the route descends through centuries-old cultivated landscape, scented flower-filled meadows and terraced walls towards Biasca.

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Route information


Flat and easy going on Lake Constance and in the Rhine valley. From Chur a steady ascend starts. Rough roads in the Rhine Gorge. The most challenging part is the leg over Lukmanierpass – you can shorten this by public transport. Some traffic around Bellinzona, apart from this calm side roads in Ticino.

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Category: middle class hotels

Prices per person in EUR

services & information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transport
  • Best developed route
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)

  • 1 Ticino Ticket with numerous inclusive services and discounts (from day 5)
  • App for navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Kreuzlingen train station
  • Zurich airport
  • Good train connections between Bellinzona and Zurich to Kreuzlingen

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Bus ride Disentis - Lukmanier Passhöhe incl. bike, per person approx. CHF 25.-.
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.
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