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Canal de Garonne

Cycling the Canal de Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse

This self guided bike tour along the Canal de Garonne takes you from Bordeaux to Toulouse through the authentic countryside of the South West of France

Reviews (2) :
4.00 / 5
Reference CG0801
  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Moderate
  • From Mar 31 to Nov 4, 2018
  • Minimum age From 14 years old
795€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This cycling holiday takes you from Bordeaux to Toulouse along the canal de Garonne through the countryside of the South West of France. After visiting Bordeaux, you start cycling on the Roger Lapédie cycle path till the bastide of Sauveterre-de-Guyenne. You keep on a few kilometers on a hillier stretch through vineyards and orchards until La Réole, from where you shortly reach the cycle path of Canal de Garonne. You cycle quietly along the water and pass by nice villages such as Le Mas d’Agenais or Damazan before entering Agen on an outstanding canal bridge. Your cycle route leads you further from a lock keeper house to another to the village of Moissac, where you will be impressed by the wonderful abbey and cloister. The end of the itinerary diverts from the canal de Garonne to take you to Montauban, which grew rich during the 17th century thanks to the trade of the drapers, before riding back to the canal and straight through the plain to Toulouse, the end destination of your bike trip.

    Day 1

     
     

    Bordeaux

    Stroll in Bordeaux nice old city center. Discover the banks of the Garonne river, the medieval streets and the buildings with chiseled white stones.

    Day 2

     
     

    Bordeaux – Saint-Martin-de-Lerm

    Bike
    68km
    You leave Bordeaux along the Garonne river on a nice cycle path. Nature is gradually gaining ground over the city. You divert from the river from Latresne to ride on a former railway converted into a cycle path. The old train stations are welcoming you in each village and often provide services for cyclists such as food, coffee and information. We strongly recommend to go out of the cycle path to see the bastide of Créon, the remains of the abbey of La Sauve or the church of Sauveterre-de-Guyenne. After Sauveterre, the itinerary goes through the vineyards and is a bit more hilly.

    Day 3

     
     

    Saint-Martin-de-Lerm – Le Mas d’Agenais

    Bike
    42km
    You ride a few kilometers on a hilly road before reaching the medieval town of La Réole on the Garonne river. From there, you ride smoothly along the dikes and reach soon after the Canal de Garonne which will lead you till the end of your cycle tour. A cycle path is running along the canal. You can make a detour to the village of Couthures-sur-Garonne, where you can learn everything about the river life before getting to the charming village of Le Mas d’Agenais and its outstanding collegial church.

    Day 4

     
     

    Le Mas d’Agenais – Agen

    Bike
    49km
    You peacefully keep on cycling along the canal. You pass a few locks and small marinas at each village. Just a stone’s throw from the canal, admire the bastide of Damazan with its colorful facades or the bastide of Sérignac-sur-Garonne with its tower bell made of slates. Towards the end of the stage, the cycle path arrives on a magnificent canal bridge over the river Garonne on the outskirts of Agen. You are very close to the city center where you will feel the soft way of life of the South West.

    Day 5

     
     

    Agen – Moissac

    Bike
    46 / 54km
    You ride back on the canal and go out of Agen winding along the hills. The bastide of Valence d’Agen built by the English is a nice stop along the canal. You cycle further passing very charming lock keeper houses. For those who are ready to ride a bit more and leave the canal, you can head slightly uphill towards the fortified village of Auvillar, which is among the Most Beautiful Villages in France. Otherwise, you follow the canal till Moissac, a landmark on this cycle route for its splendid abbey and cloister.

    Day 6

     
     

    Moissac – Montauban

    Bike
    44km
    You cycle further along the canal across the plain to Castelsarrasin. Your itinerary leaves the canal for a short while to head on low traffic country roads to the abbey of Belleperche on the riverside of the Garonne. Afterwards, you cycle on the canal again until you reach the marina of Montech. From there you ride along an other canal to go to Montauban. The old city made of pink bricks overlooks gracefully the Tarn river.

    Day 7

     
     

    Montauban – Toulouse

    Bike
    60km
    You cycle on the same itinerary back to the Canal de Garonne and cross the suburbs of Toulouse on the cycle path without any difficulty. You arrive at the junction of the canals de Garonne and du Midi and cycle further to the city center. Stroll on the renowned “place du Capitole” and admire the architectural sites of Toulouse among which the roman cathedral of Saint-Sernon, the Jacobins church or the Renaissance mansion of Assézat.

    Day 8

     
     

    Departure from Toulouse

    You leave after breakfast or extend your trip as you wish.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You stay in 2* hotels and B&Bs which will welcome you nicely. You will sleep comfortably after an active day in the open air. Breakfast is included. 
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You are accommodated in 2* and 3* hotels and B&Bs with a nice atmosphere. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults.


    Luggage

    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.


    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents maps of the itinerary (A4 format) that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider.

    Example of a map



    GPS tracks


    For this trip, we also provide the GPS tracks on demand in the .gpx format at no extra cost.

  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: fly to Bordeaux Mérignac. A bus shuttle takes you to the city center in about 30mn depending on traffic.
    • By train: go to Bordeaux Saint-Jean train station. To plan your trip www.trainline.eu


    Parking

    If you drive to Bordeaux, you can park your car in a secured car park located next to Bordeaux Saint-Jean train station. On an indicative basis, the week rate (7 days) is € 50 subject to availability.

    All details will be given in your travel documents.


    To get back to starting point:

    You take the train back to your departure point. You can take a direct speed train (TGV) or regional trains with a connection in Agen. Regional trains are without reservation and take bikes without extra charge. TGV train take bikes on reservation only with an extra charge of € 10/bike. You buy your ticket yourself. You will find the timetable of the day in your travel documents.


    Meeting time:

    The first day is an arrival day without cycling. You arrive whenever you want depending on from where you come. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon depending on your accommodation. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.

     
  • Reviews
  • 2 bike travelers reviews 4.00 / 5

    “ Canal de Garonne à vélo ”

    On the 2017-09-21 by Jean-Claude
    Très beau parcours par la piste cyclable Lapébie qui mériterait un nouveau revêtement sur une grande partie. La suite du parcours le long du canal de la Garonne est très agréable. Hébergements de qualité.

    “ Un beau voyage ”

    On the 2017-08-07 by BERNARD
    Un beau voyage, accessible à tous grâce aux VAE. Un parcours ombragé la plupart du temps. Des maisons d'hôtes accueillantes et originales. De belles villes à visiter. Une organisation sans surprise. Penser à se munir de bombes anti-crevaison et éviter la piste cyclable du km 9 au km 23.
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