From Bordeaux to Cahors by bike. Garonne and Lot Valleys

Reference : Cyclo 08

Trip activity

Séjour à vélo en liberté

Location

Bordeaux - Villeneuve sur Lot - Cahors - France

Duration

7 to 8 days

Trip grading  Easy to moderate bike tour or walking holiday - Level 2

40 à 60 km per day

Departures

Every day from à October

Capacity

2 people minimum

Price per person

  • 7 days - 6 nighs : 860 €
  • 8 days - 7 nights : 940 €

Including services

  • 6 or 7 overnights with breakfast in Hotel 3*, 4* and charming guesthouses (in double / twin room)
  • 2 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 à 120 €
  • Electric bike : 160 à 175 €
  • Electric bike only for day 7 : 40 €
Tour description

An ideal cycling holiday for lovers of nature, gastronomy, wine and culture, between Bordeaux and Cahors along the Canal de garonne and the Lot Valley. You will follow the Canal de Garonne, classified World Heritage by Unesco, alternating bike paths and small roads with flat reliefs, you will discover an exceptional natural setting that will fill you with the diversity of its landscapes. You will then connect the Lot Valley winding between vineyards and orchards to make you discover the most beautiful sites of the valley, authentic and preserved medieval villages. You will end your journey in the Quercy, in Cahors medieval town with its the old center, mysterious and captivating, with the red brick allied to gray limestone and ocher sandstone.

You will be welcomed every evening in hotels *** or charming guests houses.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Bordeaux city listed as Unesco World Heritage

Accommodation in charming guesthouse or 3 stars hotels in the heart of Bordeaux. You will get your bike as well as your route notes.which will indicate your circuit.

Bordeaux, the former "Burdigala" Roman, inseparable from its vineyard ... radiates plenty of stones in her dress to provide fireworks. The Garonne River, heart of the city, welcomes walkers on the banks or boat trips. Everyone can take ownership of the docks, hoping to see the landing of a cruise ship, "amazing sight" a giant of the seas in the city center.

Night and breakfast in hotel 3 or 4*

Day 2: From Bordeaux to the Entre-Deux-Mers – 40 to 60 Km

This route allows you to discover the Entre-Deux-Mers region of 55 km of track / greenway and lanes ... Enchanting!

You will leave Bordeaux wih the track that runs along the Garonne River and its beautiful landscaped quays, then you will follow the greenway trail, winding through the hillsides of the Entre-Deux-Mers through Creon and Sauveterre de Guyenne, which are magnificent fortified walled towns. Finally, by small roads surrounded by vineyards, you will drive to your accommodation.

Night, dinner and breakfast in charming guesthouse

Day 3: The beginning of the Canal de Garonne - 35 to 55 km depending on variations

The greenway is royal: it alternately crosses vineyards and forests and crosses several small stations refurbished in houses. Despite some minor false flat, the track is easily and offers a breath of nature.

In this step a little shorter you can enjoy the many stops that are available to cyclists throughout the course. In the late afternoon, you will be greeted by charming guest room or Hotel*** in Marmande or 10 km before.

Dinner, bed and breakfast in hotel 3* or charming guesthouse

Day 4 : From Marmande area to Villeneuve sur Lot –  60 Km

You leave Marmande, land of tomatoe and strawberry, still at the shade of the plane trees you will follow the Canal de Garonne until Tonneins, where you bifurcate to join Clairac, and its benedictine abbey. Then you will go along the Canal du Lot for a bucolic ride brightened up by  orchards and its villages leading you until Villeneuve-sur-Lot.

« Villeneuve-sur-Lot » is a charming bastide in Lot-et-Garonne which was built on the two banks of the river “Lot” between 1251 and 1264, by a feudal treaty between “Alphonse de Poitiers”, representing the king of France and the powerful Benedictine Abbey of Eysses. Listed among the largest and powerful bastide of the south west, « Villeneuve-sur-Lot » has a rich heritage to be discovered: the main square and its “couverts”, the towers of Pujols and Paris, half-timbered houses from XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries, The Cieutat bridge…

Night in B&B in hôtel 4*

Day 5 : From Villeneuve sur Lot to Puy Lévêque - 57 km

From Villeneuve-sur-Lot, your route borrows small roads through the orchards of plum trees in the wide bed of the Lot. You will cross the beautiful village of Pujols. Others remarkable perched villages, Montsempron-Libos and Fumel. A few kilometers away from Fumel a stop is imperative to visit one of the most beautiful fortresses of France, the castle of Bonaguil. Down from its rocky spur, it dominates for 8 centuries the valley and the medieval village.

You will reach then Puy-Lévêque, built on a rocky promontory and located on the borders of Quercy and Perigord, the medieval city is considered as a pearl of the Lot Valley and the vineyard.

Night in B&B in hôtel 3*

Day 6 : From Puy Lévêque to Cahors – 57 Km

The veloroute weaves between vineyards and orchards, making you discover green and preserved landscapes, you will cross little villages like Belaye, medieval village offering a stunning view on the valley, or Luzech in the heart of a meander forming a peninsula, one of the most spectacular sites in the Lot Valley with wonderful scenery.

You will arrive in Cahors, « City of Art and History ».

From the Valentré bridge to the Saint-Etienne cathedral, the first town of the Lot combines southern ambience and historical riches. Enclosed in a loop of the Lot Valley, Cahors, is made for the pleasure of exploration.

Born in the time of Rome, the city of Cahors became in the Middle Ages a commercial and financial place of European stature. This golden age is today an intact ancient center and deliciously alive that  must be visited.

Night in B&B in hôtel 4*

Day 7 (Optionnal) : Optional loop  to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie - 54 km

Circuit loop to the jewel of the Lot Valley: Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, one of the most beautiful villages in France. The medieval village, which has no less than 13 historical monuments perched on a cliff, overlooks the Lot valley and offers a breathtaking view. You will travel back in time visiting the charming heart of the village and its remarkable heritage: narrow streets, fortified doors, donjon of the 13th century and old houses with stone facades and wood sides.

For this loop, given the elevation gain, we advise you to swap your touring bike for an E-bike for the day.

Night in B&B in hôtel 4*

Day7 (ou 8) : Departure

Departure after breakfast.

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