A fabulous bike ride that takes in Lake Constance, a crossing of the Alps and Lake Garda before finishing in Mestre, near Venice.
Starting at Neuhausen we follow our tried and tested route hopping between Switzerland, Germany and Austria as we follow the Rhine into and then out of Lake Constance. Finally we must cross over the mighty Alps but, while inevitably this is demanding riding, the climbs are manageable if taken slowly and you will be glad that the support vehicle is there to haul the bags and re-fill water bottles. We spend our final night in Mestre, just off Venice Island (where bicycles are not allowed!) and you may wish to consider extending your stay by a day or two to take in the sights.
You should only consider this trip if you are strong, fit and intend to cycle regularly in the months prior to departure. Average daily mileage is 65 but there are some longer (though very flat) days. In the Alps you will climb as much as 8,500 feet in a day.
Note: Our route uses two Alpine passes that are closed during the winter. There should be no problem at the time the trip is timetabled to run but, in the event of early snows, there is a possibility of closures. Contingency alternate routes have been prepared but these may entail higher mileages and/or modest vehicle-based transfers.
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