The Lot Valley by bike – Cycling holiday in Lot et Garonne

Trip Code : Cyclo 19

Trip activity

Self-guided cycling tour

Location

Agen - Villeneuve sur Lot - Puy-l'Eveque - France

Duration

7 to 8 days

Trip grading  difficulty 1/5 of your cycling tour

35 to 60 km per day

Departures

Daily from April to October

Capacity

Minimum 2 people

Price per person

  • 7 days - 6 nights : 770 €
  • 8 days - 7 nights : 860 €

Including services

  • 6 to 7 overnights with breakfast in Hotel 3*, 1 Hotel 2* and 1 guesthouse (in double / twin room)
  • 3 or 4 dinners (drinks not included)
  • Route notes & maps, regional inforrmation
  • GPS App for Smartphone with vocal guiding as well.
  • Luggage transfer hotel to hotel
  • Emergency phone call support 7/7

Extra charges

  • Touring bike : 100 to 110 €
  • Electric bike : 170 to 195 €
Tour description

The Lot valley by bike in Aquitaine region: From Agen, symbolic city of the prune and returned famous by its bridge channel. Your bike tour offers you to discover the beautiful Lot valley via the Canal des 2 Mers Cycle Route.

Come for your holidays in Lot et Garonne, South west of France. Green landscapes, pretty medieval villages, most beautiful medieval villages of France such as Pujols a perfect place for cyclist! But also the impressive castle of Bonaguil from middle ages, one of the most beautiful towns of France. Then, crossing extensive orchards in the county of the Lot-et-Garonne and elegant vineyards in the county of the Lot. The meandering Lot Valley véloroute passes countless traditional riverside and perched villages. In the course of streams you will cross many cities, chateaux, and villages on pleasant bike routes in the flat reliefs lined giving to the Lot Valley a garden look.

Land of gastronomy and excellent local products, the Lot countryside will wake your papillae with the truffle, the foie gras, the lamb or the melon of Quercy, the wine Cahors Malbec. It is the first french department for growing Agen prunes, the first department for the variety of fruits and vegetables: over 70 varieties of wines, foie gras, truffles, confit or cassoulet. It is an area where you live and eat well, a mix of culture and conviviality! ths is also a wine region, southwest france is known for Cahors appellation with malbec or tannat grape varieties. Vineyards produce both white wines and red wines. Ask for a guided tour in a chateau, a wine guide will share you all this knownledge: appellations, tannins, cellars, wine regions, winemaking, winemaker, but also Grand cru.

South-west France is also the ideal place for cycle tours! On your two wheels go bargain hunting at the antiques/second hand fairs in Fumel! You can also ride through backroads to explore the superb medieval village of Puy l’Evêque ( Unesco world heritage site).

Today, the Lot and Garonne appeals to tourists for a variety of reasons. The Lot Valley bike tour, will allow you to discover an exceptional natural setting and will delight you !  To be more confortable during your cycling tours, we can Bike hire or an E-bike as you prefer!

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to « Agen »

Arrive at your 3-star hotel in Agen, where you will find the road book and bikes waiting for you.
This beautiful city, capital of the prune, is half way between the city of Bordeaux  and the enchanting Toulouse  it offers a few interesting locations. « Agen », is a rich city with 2000 years of history, which reveals its heritage throughout medieval cobbled streets and elegant and romanesque boulevards from 19th Century :The Museum of Beaux-Arts (fine arts) shows five Goya paintings (including the self-portrait), among other Spanish works of the 18th and 19th centuries. Its vibrant city center, offers shops and services. Farmers' markets are a showcase of local products: foie gras, fruit and vegetables, and of course, prunes!
Overnight: 3 star-hotels Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 : 7 days version : Agen – Le Temple sur Lot (59 km)

8 days version : Agen - Lavardac (40 km).

From Agen you will start you cycling tour by crossing the famous bridge channel. The greenway offers you here continuous, easy and well secured kilometers. You will continue your route until Buzet appellation to discover its vineyards then will continue on the canal of the Garonne until you reach the river Lot. You could enjoy the many water stopping places which are offered to you all along the route. Beautiful places are around you, take a leisurely moment. “Aiguillon” marks the official departure of the velo route. Majestic rivers, medieval vmost beautiful villages in france, hilltop hid orchards, villages with feet in the water… The Lot Valley reserves you of pleasant surprises. Do not miss one stop to the museum of the prune!

For those who choose the option Lavardac : stay 8 days 7 nights : you pedal on the bicyle road of famous king Henri IV. From the vineyards of Buzet to the Armagnac, around Mézin, its castles confides in the course of its magnificent river, the Baise. The country of Albret, authentically Gascony country is a destination full of charm animated by the agricultural wealth of pines and orchards.
Overnight: 3 star-hotels or charming guesthouse, Included Meals:
dinner and Breakfast

Day 3 (8 days version) : Lavardac – Le Temple sur Lot - 40 km

From the castle of Henri IV your bicycle tour brings you today in the Lot Valley! You will go back up the river Baise  until Buzet to discover its vineyards, then you will continue on the canal of the Garonne until you reach the river Lot. You could enjoy the many water stopping places which are offered to you all along the route. “Aiguillon” marks the official departure of the velo route. Majestic rivers, medieval villages, hillsides hid orchards, villages with feet in the water… The Lot Valley reserves you of pleasant surprises. Do not miss one stop to the museum
of the prune!
Overnight: 2 star-hotels, Included Meals: dinner and Breakfast

Day 3 (or 4) : Le Temple sur Lot – Villeneuve sur Lot - 48 km

Today you take back the bike road in the direction of the medieval village of Villeneuve-sur-lot. You will going through backroads of the valley in the heart of the orchards of apples and producing plum trees of the famous of “Prune d’Ente” which once dried become the delicious prunes of Agen. Your route will be marked out by old bridges and superb towns such as Casseneuil, Sainte Livrade or Pujols, one of the most beautiful villages of France!
Overnight: 2 star-hotels Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 (or 5) : Villeneuve sur Lot – Fumel – 35 à 50 km

From Fortified Villeneuve-sur-Lot, your route borrows bike paths through the orchards of plum trees in the wide bed of the Lot. You will cross the beautiful small village of Penne d’Agenais overlooking the valley of the Lot.
Others remarkable perched villages and monuments, Montsempron-Libos and Fumel. A few kilometers away from Fumel a stop is imperative to visit one of the most beautiful fort of France, the castle of Bonaguil. Down from its rocky spur, it dominates for 8 centuries the valley and the medieval village. At the top every tourist have a perfect scenic view!
Overnight: 3 star-hotels, Included Meals: dinner and Breakfast

Day 5 (or 6) : Fumel - Tournon d’Agenais 35 to 45 km

From the Lot et Garonne your biking day takes you this time in the department of the Lot. Here are landscapes of vineyards of Cahors ordered well around elegant wine estates. You will cycle on small roads and green ways until you reach the remarkable medieval village perched of Puy l’Evêque. Your route takes you back then in the Lot et Garonne, in the beautiful village of Tournon d’Agenais by taking small roads of
the valley.
Overnight: 2 star-hotels, Included Meals: dinner and Breakfast

Day 6 (or 7) : Tournon d’Agenais Agen 55 km

Ultimate stage on your bike which in the course of valleys and streams returns you in the capital of the prune. Remarkable villages and thattched cottage will cross your road as the bastide of Montaigu de Quercy and Puymirol, or again the perched village of Beauville and Roquecor. These picturesque small towns are really well preserved like prettiest stone housesand magnificent cobblestone streets. Your tour comes down gradually in the valley of Séoune, but shaded path.
Overnight: 3 star-hotels, Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 (or 8) : Departure after breakfast.

 

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