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Lindau & Lake Constance

(Tour code: LIL17)Seven nights on beautiful Lindau Island

Charming castles in both Austria and Germany, and mighty Zeppelins can be seen on this wonderful rail tour. Our base is on the pretty island of Lindau at Lake Constance, a huge expanse which is bordered by three countries.

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Tour Highlights
  • Walking tour of historic and beautiful Lindau
  • Lake Constance
  • Meersburg and its castle
  • Mainau Island and Gardens
  • Zeppelin Museum
  • Bregenzerwald Railway
  • Feldkirch Castle
  • Friedrichshafen
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meal
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Cologne
Days 1-2

London to Lindau

We meet at our exclusive Departure Office at St Pancras International. After the Eurostar to Brussels, we continue to Cologne, where we overnight. The next day, we continue by rail to Lindau on the shores of Lake Constance.

Includes:
  • Day 1- Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Lindau
Day 3

Lindau’s historic Old Town

This morning we enjoy a guided walking tour of Lindau and experience the town's rich history, which dates back to the 13th century. The afternoon is free to explore; as a former Free Imperial City, Lindau still boasts the romantic alleys and dreamy courtyards of its medieval past. You may wish to stroll along the lakeside promenade to the harbour. Widely regarded as the prettiest on Lake Constance, the harbour is home to a famous lighthouse which is well worth a visit. Lindau also boasts the Maximilianstrasse, the town's main shopping street, so you may like to spend the afternoon browsing the shops it has to offer. Alternatively you could visit Lindau's historic Town Hall, or its lighthouse. The southernmost lighthouse in Germany the Lindau Lighthouse is 108ft high and sports a clock in its facade which is quite unusual for lighthouses of this type. It was built from 1853 at the entrance to the harbour, throughout the years it has undergone a number of upgrades to its light and today uses a system that is activated on the request of ships via radio signal.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Tour of Lindau
Meersburg
Days 4-5

Excursion to Meersburg and Mainau

Our excursion today is one of the highlights of the tour, as we travel by coach to the small town of Meersburg. We have time to explore this charming town and its tangle of cobbled streets before crossing Lake Constance by ferry to Mainau, known as the Garden, or Flower Island. The following day is free.

Includes:
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
  • Meersburg excursion
  • Day 5 - Free Day
Friedrichshafen
Days 6-7

Guided tour of the Zeppelin Museum

This morning we take a leisurely boat trip along the lake to Friedrichshafen, once home to Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, builder and pioneer of the famous airships, and now home to the Zeppelin Museum. We enjoy a guided tour of this fascinating museum, which includes a reconstruction of a section of the doomed Hindenburg airship that made its maiden voyage across the Atlantic in 1936. We enjoy some free time in Friedrichshafen this afternoon, perhaps to enjoy a walk along the promenade, or to take in the pretty harbour, before we return to Lindau by regional train. The next day is free.

Includes:
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Zeppelin Museum excursion
  • Day 7 - Breakfast
  • Day 7 - Free Day
Bregenz
Day 8

Austrian Alps and Feldkirch Castle

Today we travel up into the Austrian Alps, where we board the narrow-gauge Bregenzerwald Railway above Bregenz. We continue by coach to Feldkirch, for a tour of its iconic castle.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
Cologne
Day 9

Lindau to Cologne by First Class rail

We return to Cologne by train today. Our arrival in the early evening gives you a little free time to discover the city's magnificent Gothic cathedral, its historic streets and elegant squares and perhaps enjoy a stroll through the charming Old Town to the Rhine.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Eurostar
Day 10

Cologne to London via Brussels in First Class

Today we depart from Cologne, and travel by highspeed train to Brussels. Here we board the Eurostar service back to London.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal
Bregenz Festival
Bregenz Festival

Bregenz Festival

The Bregenz Festival or 'Bregenzer Festspiele' is a spectacular performing arts festival held every July and August in Bregenz, Austria. Its remarkable floating stage or 'Seebühne' is an open-air amphitheatre that seats 7,000 people, on the shores of Lake Constance. The festival was founded in 1946 and hosts a variety of musical and theatrical events. It is famous for its extravagant stage sets framed by the beauty of the lake it resides on, creating a truly unique experience.

Please note

While all departures will feature the same excursions (except where explicitly mentioned), the order of excursions may differ from that given above.

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