Germany: Castles & Gardens of Lake Constance

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Discover the best of Lake Constance on this escorted tour to the diverse gardens of this beautiful lake region and uncover the unique history of its castles and palaces. Travel as part of a small group with a guide throughout and a choice of accommodation. The cultural treasures will be laid bare, including the adolescent home of Napoleon III at Arenenberg castle, the sculptured labyrinth of the Salem former monastery and the magnificent ‘Flower Island of Mainau’, considered by many as the home of Germany’s most impressive array of floral displays.

Maximum Group Size: 26

Tour highlights | Itinerary | Your holiday includes | Hotels | Departure dates

From £1,329 per person, please call to book

Tour highlights

  • Spend a week exploring the cultural treasures and beautiful scenery of Lake Constance
  • Visit UNESCO 'Village on Stilts' 
  • Guided tour of Constance Old Town with its historical twisting alleyways
  • Join in the summer festival at Überlingen Garden Show
  • Wine tasting & guided tour at Salem Castle
  • Visit the Flower Island of Mainau and butterfly house
  • 4 days use of White Fleet lake steamers 
  • Experienced Inghams Tour Guide throughout

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Day 1: UK to Constance

Fly to Zurich and transfer by train to Constance (1½ hours). A car will be waiting to pick you up at Constance station to transfer you to your hotel.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Constance and Meersburg

Enjoy a short guided tour of Constance Old Town and in the afternoon we take a scenic boat trip to Meersburg for the chance to visit the Old Castle, as well as the New Castle with its vineyards.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3: Überlingen

Überlingen plans to host a magnificent garden party all summer long, from 23rd April to 18th October 2020. The whole of Überlingen will be one big garden show! Enjoy walking along the five-kilometre loop trail with a green path right along the lakeshore, through the town's highest and lowest points and back down to the lake. Guided tour included for you to enjoy the day at the garden show.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4: Constance

Free day of leisure. Perhaps you could explore the UNESCO Island of Reichenau or visit the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen, all free on your travel pass.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5: Unteruhldingen and Salem Castle

Travel back in time to the Late Bronze Age with a visit to the UNESCO site ‘Village on Stilts’ at Unteruhldingen, a sunken settlement found by divers in 1864. We’ll continue to Salem Castle to discover its French-style baroque gardens and vineyard, where we’ll learn about some of the local wines and enjoy a session of wine tasting.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6: Constance

Free day of leisure - visit one of the 160 regional attractions included on your Lake Constance Regional Pass, or join optional Rhine Falls excursion. Your guide will help with suggestions.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7: Flower Island of Mainau

Our final day sees us visit the garden highlights of the region and spectacular ‘Flower Island of Mainau’ where you're free to explore its impressive floral displays. Learn of the Island’s history and discover its 13th-century baroque palace, a palm house and the biggest butterfly house in Germany.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8: Constance to UK

Transfer to Zurich airport (1½ hours) for your return home or extend your stay in Constance.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Your holiday includes

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Half-board dining
  • Zurich airport transfers to and from the resort
  • 7-day 'Bodensee Card Plus' card
  • Guided tours of Constance, Überlingen Garden Show and Salem Castle
  • Wine tasting at Salem Castle
  • Entrance to Flower Island of Mainau and butterfly house
  • Experienced Inghams Tour Guide throughout

Your holiday excludes:

  • Any extras, drinks, gratuities and personal expenses

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★★★ Hotel Barbarossa, Constance (Standard)

A characterful family-run hotel set on the cobbled streets of Constance's old town

★★★★★ Steinberger Inselhotel, Constance (Superior)

A former Dominican monastery with original cloisters in place set by the lakeside just 3 minutes walk from Constance's old town

Departure dates

  • 27 May 2020
  • 17 June 2020
  • 29 July 2020
  • 09 September 2020

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To book the Castles & Gardens of Lake Constance tour, please call our reservations team on 01483 79 11 11

This accommodation is not available to be booked online, please call our Reservations Team on 01483 791111 to book or for further information

Due to the constantly changing nature of the COVID-19 crisis, we may need to change or withdraw at short notice some advertised accommodation facilities and resort services to help keep everyone safe.

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