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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. Bike through the authentic countryside of southwest France.

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4.33 / 5
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  • Itinerant trip
  • 8 days
  • Moderate
  • From Mar 30 to Oct 27, 2019
  • Minimum age From 14 years old
798€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This biking vacation lets you explore the southwest of France as you ride along the Canal de Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse. After visiting Bordeaux, you’ll have a pleasant ride on the Roger Lapedie Bike Path until you reach Sauveterre-de-Guyenne. Next, you’ll ride a hilier stretch for a few kilometers, passing through vast vineyards and orchards. Upon reaching La Reole, you’ll be on the Canal de Garonne bike path again. This route goes along the water and past tidy, traditional villages such as Le Mas d’Agenais and Damazn. Enter the city of Agen by crossing a historic canal bridge. Follow the cycle route, seeing several lock houses, decorated with flowers. At the village of Moissac, take time to explore the distinctive abbey and cloister. Leaving the Canal de Garonne path, you’ll ride to Montauban. Get back on the canal trail, which leads you to you days destination, Toulouse.

    Day 1

     
     

    Bordeaux

    You might want to enter the old city section by riding along the quays of the Garonne. The Bordeaux quayside is one of the most magnificent waterfronts in the world. Bordeaux was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2007 because of the beautiful 18th century facades and outstanding buldings. Discover the banks of the Garonne River and check out the buildings made with white chiseled stone.

    Day 2

     
     

    Bordeaux – Saint-Martin-de-Lerm

    Bike
    68km
    This morning you’ll leave Bordeaux and take a pleasant , designated bike path out of town. Upon reaching Latresne, the path meanders away fro the river and you’ll riding on a converted railroad track. Don’t worry. No trains will coming! The old train stations along the route offer friendly services for cyclists such as food, coffee and informations. We suggest you leave the cycle path and explore the bastide of Creon (Bastides are newly built towns in the 13th and 14th century). Check out the remains of the La Sauve Abbey or the Church of Sauveterre-de-Guyenne.
    The final leg of your route is a bit hilly until you reach your destination, Saint-Martin-de-Lerm.

    Day 3

     
     

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

    Bike
    42km
    Get warmed up this morning by biking on a few hills before reaching the medieval town of La Reole on the Garonne River. From there, the path flattends out as you ride along the dikes and reach the Canal de Garonne. The pleasant cylce path runs alongside the canal. If you like, make a detour to the village of Couthures-sur-Garonne, where you can learn about ancient and present river life. The day ends when you reach the charming village of Le Mas d’Agenais and its outstanding church.

    Day 4

     
     

    Le Mas d’Agenais – Agen

    Bike
    49km
    Start the day by biking along the path next to the canal. The route is dotted with quaint villages, containing locks where you can watch boaters navigate each lock. Just a stone’s throw from the canal, admire the bastide of Damazan with its colorful facades or the bastide of Serignac-sur-Garonne with its bell tower made of slate. Towards the end of the route, the bike path crosses the magnificent canal bridge over the Garonne River on the outskirts of Agen. You’ll soon be very close to the city center where you can absorb the sights, sounds and smells of southwest Frane’s way of life.

    Day 5

     
     

    Agen – Moissac

    Bike
    46 / 54km
    Leave Agen on the canal bike path and wind amongst the hills. If you’re looking for a pleasant rest stop, check out the bastide of Valence d’Agen, built by the English. Continue biking past cute lock keepers’houses, many decorated with abundant flowers. Up to a challenge? Leave the canal path and head sightly uphill towards the fortified village of Auvillar, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Your shorter choice is to follow the Canal path until you reach Moissac. The town is known for its medieval buildings, including the abbey church, which has famous and important Romanesque sculpture around the entrance.

    Day 6

     
     

    Moissac – Montauban

    Bike
    44km
    Today’s ride takes you along the canal bike path across the plain to Castelsarrasin. The route leaves the canal path for a short time and transfers over to quiet, backroads to the Abbey of Belleperches on the riverside of Garonne. From there, get on the canal path again until you reach the Montech Marina. Now the route follows another canal path all the way to Montauban, an old city built with pink bricks.

    Day 7

     
     

    Montauban – Toulouse

    Bike
    60km
    The day starts with an easy ride back to the Canal de Garonne where you enter the suburbs of Toulouse. Soon you’ll see the junctions of the Garonne and Midi Canals. Cycle a bit further and you’ll be in the city center of Toulouse. Stroll around and explore the Roman Cathedral of Saint-Sernon, the Jacobins Church or the Renaissance mansion of Assezat.

    Day 8

     
     

    Departure from Toulouse

    You can extend your stay to give you more time to explore this delightful area. Otherwise, check out of your hotel after beakfast.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You’ll enjoy staying in these clean and cozy 2-Star hotels and Bed and Breakfasts that give you a pleasant rest after your day of biking. Breakfast is included when you spend the night in these friendly and family-run hotels.
    * Example of the type of accommodation

    Category B

    You’ll get a good night’s sleep when you stay in these 2-3-Star hotels or Bed and Breakfasts. All properties have been selected for their cleanliness, style and friendliness of the staff. A hearty 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 (+1m55).



    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
  • 3 bike travelers reviews 4.33 / 5

    “ Wonderful ”

    On the 2018-06-12 by Rosemarie
    Cycling the Midi is a great experience ! Most of the trail is unpaved....we really enjoyed the narrow trails but were lucky with the weather. I imagine it would have been far more challenging after rain! We were provided with great bikes with suspension. We stayed at a fantastic B&B Domain Saint-jolly...wonderful hosts!

    “ 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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