Cycling tour along the Canal de Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse (or reverse)

Trip Code : Cyclo 14

Trip activity

Self-guided cycling tour

Location

Bordeaux Agen Toulouse - France

Duration

7 days

Trip grading  difficulte-un

40 to 60 km per day

Departures

Daily from April to October

Capacity

Minimum 2 people

Price per person

  • 7 days - 6 nights : 865 €

Including services

  • 6 overnights with breakfast in Hotel 3* and charming guesthouses (in double / twin room)
  • 4 dinners (drinks not included)
  • Route notes & maps, regional inforrmation
  • Luggage transfer hotel to hotel
  • Emergency phone call support 7/7

Extra charges

  • Touring bike : 110 €
  • Electric bike : 200 €
Tour description

Self guided Cycle Holidays between Bordeaux city and Toulouse city along the Canal des Deux Mers (Canal de Garonne / Canal du Midi). Ride out to meet man, nature, heritage and culture of the Gironde, Lot & Garonne, Tarn & Garonne and Haute Garonne! Bike tour first thourgh the Entre-Deux-Mers vineyards before exploring by bike landscapes of the Green Way “Canal de Garonne”, the longest in France. Enjoy the wonderful tranquility which pervades the tunnel of greenery! These five cycling steps will lead you from Bordeaux to Toulouse, along the banks of the Garonne canal classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. Discover a variety of landscapes, vineyards, groves, hillsides, orchards, villages, and numerous works of art and historic monuments along the canal. Conviviality is surely one of the main features of the Green Way of the Garonne canal. There are many stopping places and bases for water activities, restaurants, bars, pizzerias abound. You won’t be starving or thirsty! There are many places for people to meet and chat. Overnight in 3-star hotels and beautiful guesthouses.

Itinerary

This program may be done in the opposit way : From Toulouse to Bordeaux

Day 1: Arrival in France in Bordeaux a UNESCO World Heritage

Overnight in a 3-star hotel in the heart of « Bordeaux » city where you will find the road book and bikes waiting for you.Breakfast included.

Bordeaux, named before “Burdigala”, is a Roman city, inseparable from its vineyards and prestigious stones architecture. The river Garonne, heart of the city, welcomes walkers on the banks and offers boat trip. The quays suit everyone, hoping to witness the stop of a cruise ship, "amazing show" of a giant of the seas in the city centre. Capital of wine, Bordeaux is endowed with a rich history and architecture.

Day 2: Cycle from Bordeaux to the Entre-Deux-Mers area - 60 Km

From the gates of « Bordeaux », one of the most beautiful Green Ways beckons you across fields and vineyards. Leave « Bordeaux » by a bicycle path on the right bank of the « Garonne », and then follow this Green Way that snakes through the hills of « Entre-Deux-Mers ». You will cycle through the city of « Créon » and « Sauvettere-de-Guyenne ». Then, go down to « la Réole » through small roads surrounded by vineyards. This itinerary is easy, most of the time wooded, and also dotted with vineyards and stopping places, which allow you to appreciate that it deserves (Entre-deux-mers) of « between » Dordogne and Gironde.

Overnight in a charming bed and breakfast. Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 3: Cycle along the Canal de Garonne - 35 to 50 km (depending on the options)

Apart from the first few miles of cycling on small country roads, the rest of this itinerary will allow you to discover and follow the «Canal de Garonne ». Then you just have to take the pace and exploit your surroundings. Boats, barely faster than cyclists are stopped at the locks. Walkers, cyclists and boatmen exchangeexpressions of sympathy whenever one overtakes the other.

From «Castets-en-Dorthe » the itinerary is beautiful, shaded everywhere by large trees. The road is continuous, easy and safe. You will discover splendid sights such as «St-Macaire », «Castets-en-Dorthe », and finally «Meilhan-sur-Garonne ».

Overnight in a charming bed and breakfast. Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 4: Biking through the rich valley of the Garonne- 55 Km

Your cycle tour continues along the Garonne canal, a convivial place where lots of stops are possible. You’ll pass through « Mas d’Agenais » a fortified wall and detaining the famous Rembrandt's painting: "Christ on the Cross" preserved in the church of St. Vincent. The path is easy and safe.

End your journey in Serignac, a pretty Bastide (fortified town) of from the 13th Century housing half-timbered houses and arcades.

Overnight in a 3-star hotel. Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 5: Cycle through beautiful villages towards Moissac - 55 km

This itinerary is wonderful as there are lots of interesting locations! The Green Way is easy and secure. Ride under the shade of plane trees that you will encounter throughout of your trip. On your way, you will discover interesting sites: the canal bridge of « Agen », Lake « St-Nicolas-de-la-Grave », « Moissac » ... Take the time to visit « Agen » and its museum; « Auvillar », a beautiful perched village; « Valence d'Agen » and laundries; « Moissac » and abbeys.When you pass Lamagistère, cross the Tarn-et-Garonne, artistic territory full of treasures! You will discover the rich heritage classified as UNESCO. Then you will continue cycling on small roads that will guide you to this unique heritage. You will be seduced by the beauty of the surrounding wildlife that makes the « Tarn-et-Garonne » a real open-air museum.

Overnight in a 3-star hotel with spa and a piano bar. Dinner and breakfast included.

Day 6: Cycle on the Green way towards Toulouse - 64 Km

On the way to « Toulouse », you will cycle on an easy and secure Green Way under the shade of the trees. Only the last kilometers to enter Toulouse are noisy but it will lead you to the city centre, a real comfort! On this path, you will discover one of the greatest structures of « Montech »: The Water Slope. The « Tarn-et-Garonne », orchard and Chasselas grapes country invites you to navigate between a cultural tourism and outdoor leisure. You will end your journey in « Haute Garonne », classified in the first department for its quality of life and warm colors of « Toulouse ».

Overnight in a 3-Star hotel in the heart of Toulouse. Breakfast included.

« Toulouse » has been developed over the centuries using mainly tile and Roman brick, ancient heritage, still used today! Both modern and yet proud of its legacy, « Toulouse » is always open and brilliant. « Toulouse » intoxicates its inhabitants who get caught with its own style of charm and colorful historic buildings of the well-named "Ville rose" (Pink City)! City of bricks, violet, rugby, planes and the poet Claude Nougaro. This stereotyped summary should tell us that this regional metropolis offers jewels of architecture.

Day 7: Departure

After breakfast make your way to your chosen departure point, or stay on in « Toulouse » for one or two extra nights to enjoy the city’s attractive ambiance.

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