Canal de Garonne Cycling Holiday

Cycle from Bordeaux on the Atlantic Coast of France inland along glorious cycle paths and quiet roads following the Canal de Garonne as it wends its way southeastwards to the Pink City of Toulouse. Cycle beside the canal through the dappled shade of the plane trees, admiring the vineyards, orchards and tiny villages that line the route. Easy cycling through sublime scenery.

After a night in the port city of Bordeaux your cycling holiday begins with a ride along a wonderful cycle path deep into the Aquitane countryside. Enjoy carefree cycling through a charming rural landscape, punctuated by fortified towns and sleepy villages. The next day you join the beautiful Canal de Garonne, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. For the next four days the Canal will be your guide, leading you through a charming world where the pace of life is slow, the cycling is easy and the scenery serene and timeless.

Canal de Garonne

In a country blessed with a huge choice of fabulous cycle routes this really does rank as one of the must-do’s, the canal side cycle path is enjoyable, safe and flat and continuously serves up a conveyor belt of wonderful sights and scenery as you pedal along. You’ll love the charming villages of Buzet sur Baise, Damazan and Le Mas d’Agen. The aqueduct at Agen, that carries the canal above the Garonne River, is sure to impress as is the lovely old town of Moissac with its 12th century Abbey.

Each night you’ll stay in charming guesthouses and hotels in delightful villages and towns along the route.

The route is mainly on cycle paths with the odd section along quiet roads and lanes. It is predominantly flat with only some minor climbs along the way.

Canal de Garonne Cycling Holiday

Cycle from Bordeaux on the Atlantic Coast of France inland along glorious cycle paths and quiet roads following the Canal de Garonne as it wends its way southeastwards to the Pink City of Toulouse. Cycle beside the canal through the dappled shade of the plane trees, admiring the vineyards, orchards and tiny villages that line the route. Easy cycling through sublime scenery.

After a night in the port city of Bordeaux your cycling holiday begins with a ride along a wonderful cycle path deep into the Aquitane countryside. Enjoy carefree cycling through a charming rural landscape, punctuated by fortified towns and sleepy villages. The next day you join the beautiful Canal de Garonne, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. For the next four days the Canal will be your guide, leading you through a charming world where the pace of life is slow, the cycling is easy and the scenery serene and timeless.

Canal de Garonne

In a country blessed with a huge choice of fabulous cycle routes this really does rank as one of the must-do’s, the canal side cycle path is enjoyable, safe and flat and continuously serves up a conveyor belt of wonderful sights and scenery as you pedal along. You’ll love the charming villages of Buzet sur Baise, Damazan and Le Mas d’Agen. The aqueduct at Agen, that carries the canal above the Garonne River, is sure to impress as is the lovely old town of Moissac with its 12th century Abbey.

Each night you’ll stay in charming guesthouses and hotels in delightful villages and towns along the route.

The route is mainly on cycle paths with the odd section along quiet roads and lanes. It is predominantly flat with only some minor climbs along the way.

Itinerary

The route is mainly on cycle paths with the odd section along quiet roads and lanes. It is predominantly flat with only some minor climbs along the way.

Day 1 : Arrive Bordeaux

Make your way from Bordeaux airport to your centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore this interesting port city with Roman origins. Take a stroll through the atmospheric old town and don’t miss the charming public gardens on the banks of the Garonne River. Our tip is to invest in the 229 step climb to the Pey Berland bell tower adjacent to Saint-Andre’s cathedral – the view is definitely worth the effort.

Day 2 : Bordeaux – Entre-Deux-Mers area
38 miles/60 kms

Your first day’s cycling starts with a pleasant ride alongside the Garonne River. After a while you leave the river and head eastwards, following a beautiful Voie Verte cycle path through ever-changing scenery ranging from expansive vineyards to cool, shady forests and open farmland. You’ll also pass through some tiny wine-villages along the way as well as the old walled-town of Creon. You’ll stop for the night in a charming guesthouse along the route.

Day 3 : The Canal de Garonne
Entre-Deux-Mers area – Marmande area

Depending on the location of your accommodation your route today will vary between 25 km to 55 km. Your route notes will in addition offer you a few variations today, so you can also opt for two add-on routes, one as short as 20 km or the longest add-on which will add 40 km to your journey. Whichever you choose you’ll enjoy more scenic cycling along gorgeous cycle paths. After a while you’ll join the Canal de Garonne and begin to follow it as it wends its way southeastwards. The canal-side cycle path is wonderful, leading you through the dappled sunlight of the sentry-like plane trees. Your will stay the night in the Marmande area.

Day 4 : Marmande area – Sérignac sur Garonne
38 miles/60 kms

Today’s route leads you along the lush Garonne Valley. You’ll pass many orchards and, in the summer months, vivid fields of sunflowers and other crops as you make your way through the rural landscape on the canal-side cycle path. Every now and then you’ll pass through tiny canal-side villages, usually with their own locks and often pretty waterside bistros. Make a point of stopping in the charming villages of Le Mas d’Agen and Damazan for a stroll around its quaint, cobbled streets. Your stop for the night in the charming village of Sérignac sur Garonne.

Day 5 : Sérignac sur Garonne – Moissac
38 miles/60 kms

Today you can look forward to a beautiful and easy ride with many points of interest along the way. The Agen Aqueduct is both impressive and beautiful, consisting of 23 stone arches that carry the canal across the Garonne River. It was opened in 1849 and is quite narrow meaning barges have to wait their turn at either end. Agen itself is a lovely old town and definitely worthy of a wander around and a coffee break. The Canal continuously flirts with the Garonne River and at times you will be cycling along the narrow strip of land that separates the two. Saint Nicholas de Grave marks the confluence of the Garonne and Tarn Rivers and the resulting lake is a well-known bird sanctuary. You can also add on a detour to visit the very beautiful village of Auvillar, which is well worth the climb. You spend the night in a central hotel on the banks of the River Tarn in the lovely old town of Moissac.

Day 6 : Moissac – Toulouse
40 miles/64 kms

Your last day following the Canal de Garonne is a very pleasant one. Pretty, rural villages line the route as you follow the canal south through open countryside towards Toulouse. In the town of Montech you can stop to admire the unique water-slope, an ingenious, some would say overly-complicated, lock-replacement system that moves a wedge of water, complete with barge, up or downhill. After some more idyllic riding in the shade of the canal-side plane trees you arrive in the city of Toulouse. Known as the ‘pink-city’ due to the abundance of rosy-red brick buildings Toulouse is steeped in history and has one of the largest Roman churches in Europe. Alternatively, you could take the tour of the Airbus Factory on the outskirts of town and/or visit Cité de l’Espace, an excellent and informative space museum. Enjoy a celebratory meal on the town’s bustling square before retiring to your centrally located hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Day 7 : Toulouse - End of trip

After breakfast it’s time to checkout and head for home or your next adventure.

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 21 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

Children’s bikes and trailers are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are supplied on arrival.

Children under the age of 12 are required to wear a helmet in France and we always advocate their use for riders of all ages.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the accommodations typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels and charming guesthouses.

Bordeaux: Hotel de Normandie

Frontenac : Chambres d’hotes Chez Mme Duranteau

Saint-Marthe: Le Moulin de Tarres de Bas

Serignac sur Garonne: Le Prince Noir Hotel

Moissac: Le Moulin de Moissac

Toulouse: Grand Hotel D’Orleans

Local taxes

Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night



Getting there

Fly to Bordeaux Airport and then take the regular shuttle into Bordeaux and make your way to your centrally located hotel.

At the end of the trip you can either fly back from Toulouse or take the train back to Bordeuax and fly back from there.

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