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Canal de Garonne cycling tour
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Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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FRSB264
Gastronomic Cycling
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Canal de Garonne cycling tour

Canal de Garonne cycling tour

From Bordeaux to Moissac

  • Pleasant cycling through gorgeous landscapes in Bordeaux, Gironde, Tarn-et-Garonne
  • Traditional architecture: historic bastides, old farms with elegant pigeon towers and many petits and grands chateaux.
  • Delicious regional gastronomy including hearty stews, apple and prune marmalade and an amazing variety of locally-produced artisan cheeses.
  • Bordeaux and Cotés de Bordeaux wines.
  • Short detours to historical monuments along the way
  • Welcoming family-run accommodations in peaceful villages and comfortable, charming hotels in the city.
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Route

Start: Bordeaux             Finish: Toulouse

Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux
Day 2: From Bordeaux to Cadillac
Day 3: From Cadillac to Meilhan sur Garonne / Noaillac
Day 4: From Meilhan sur Garonne / Noaillac to Serignac sur Garonne
Day 5: From Serignac to Moissac
Day 6: Moissac - Toulouse
Day 7: End of the arrangement

Day 1:    Arrival in Bordeaux

Today you travel to Bordeaux by train, plane or car and settle in at your comfortable centrally-located hotel. Easy connections using public transport (tram or shuttle) are available. Be sure to get there early to leave time to explore Bordeaux, a very pleasant town on the banks of the River Garonne.  

Day 2:    From Bordeaux to Cadillac

Your first route takes you quickly out of town, via a cycling path on the right bank of the Garonne. In Latresne you turn north, to follow a converted railway. At the Romanesque abbey in La Sauve you turn southward on quiet tarmac lanes to reach the town of Cadillac and your hotel (with swimming pool), situated below the impressive 18th-century "Chateau de Cadillac".

Challenge: 47km, with 150m in ascent

Day 3:    From Cadillac to Meilhan sur Garonne / Noaillac

You start off again on winding inland lanes, to avoid the busy road between Cadillac and Saint Macair. You will have to do some ascents, but a rewarding landscape awaits: impressive estates, vineyards and tiny typically-French villages. After a visit to the Bastide de St Macair, you cross the Garonne to the beginning of "la véloroute des Deux Mers" - your cycling route "between two seas". Accommodation tonight at a charming chambre d'hôtes in Meilahn-sur-Garonne, or a bit further inland in Noaillac.

Challenge: 43.5km with 200m in ascent OR 51km with 350m in ascent

Day 4:    From Meilhan sur Garonne / Noaillac to Serignac sur Garonne

Today you follow the Canal de la Garonne, cycling on the flat from Meilhan-sur-Garonne all the way to Sèrignac. Enjoy the shade of ancient plane trees and take time to make small detours along the way. The church in Mas d'Agenais has an authentic painting by Rembrandt on display. Savour a cup of coffee on the beautiful village square in Damazan, with its fortress and historic arcades. Another stop could be Tonneis, worth the 10km detour for its lovely square on the banks of the Garonne and a wide choice of restaurants, cafés and shops. 

Challenge: 57.5 OR 65km, with 30m in ascent

Day 5:    From Serignac to Moissac

On your last day of cycling, you begin with a gentle section along the canal among plane trees and orchards. After 10km the channel intersects with an aqueduct, creating a unique way to reach Agen with its pleasant city centre and renowned Museum of Arts. Your route then continues along the canal, tucked in between the railway and a busy road until you reach Valence d'Agen, another beautiful town with curious round washhouses. Your last section is peaceful once again, as you fully enjoy the scenery on your way to the historic town of Mossaic, a UNESCO world heritage site and important stop on the "Chemin de Saint Jacques" coming in from Geneva, with the 11th-century Abbey of St Pierre and its stunning cloister.

Challenge: 59km, with 30m in ascent

Day 6:    Moissac - Toulouse

A long drive today with a very nice start: crossing of the river by an aqueduct and then again through an agricultural landscape, from village to village. The beautiful old dovecotes protrude above the farms. After the last Bastide in Montech we highly recommend to take the bikes on the train in order to avoid the messy environment approaching Toulouse (especially the last 10km). There is so much more to see and do in the pink town of Toulouse!

Challenge: 67km, 75m in ascent

Day 7:    End of the arrangement

After a hearty breakfast, the arrangement comes to an end

accommodation

All hotels of this trip are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.

You can find the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight:


You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

Hotel Majestic- Bourdeaux
Hotel Majestic
Hotel Château de la Tour-Cadillac
Hotel Château de la Tour
Le Font d'Uzas
Le Font d'Uzas
Hotel Le Prince Noir- Serignac-sur-Garonne
Hotel Le Prince Noir
Hotel Le Pont Napoleon- Mossac
Hotel Le Pont Napoleon
practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between March and October.

The closest airports to the Canal de Garonne are Bordeaux (BOD) and Toulouse (TLS).

Arrival in Bourdeux

  • Flyint to Bourdeaus airport (BOD): From Bordeaux airport or train station (Gare St Jean), there are direct bus services to Place de Quinconces in the city centre, very close to your hotel.
  • Flying to Toulouse ariport (TLS) If you're flying to Toulouse, you can connect to Bordeaux by train (several direct services a day).

Departure from Toulouse

There is a shuttle bus from Toulouse city centre to Toulouse airport.

Also there are direct trains from Toulouse back to Bordeaux. The journey takes from 2 to 3 hours. 

NOTE: If you're travelling with your own bicycle, you can take your bike on the train for free, but reservations are necessary on certain trains (www.scnf.com).

If you're travelling by car, it's advisable to park in Moissac (where your trip ends) and take the train to Bordeaux (on Day 1 of your program).

Solid Dutch touring bicycles or sporty French trekking bikes, with 21/24 gears (Shimano parts), repair kit, lock, pump, front/back panniers and map carrier.

E-bike rental (electric bikes)

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included 

  • Accommodation for 6 nights
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners (days 3 & 4)
  • Luggage transport during the programme
  • Detailed route description and maps

Not Included 

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Bike rental & helmet
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation
  • Transfers to and from the airport / train station / bus station
  • Extra night(s) at hotels along the way
  • Extra night(s) at a city hotel in Toulouse
  • Tourist tax

Extras

  • Bike rental & helmets: Gazelle or Koga Bikes with 21/24 gears (Shimano), V-brakes or Roller-brakes; Suspension, Selle Royal, puncture free tires. Available in min. 4 sizes (GTS & LDS) + Junior bikes + tag-along bikes + trailers. All bikes are delivered with repair kit, lock, pump, back pannier, front pannier inc. map carrier , odometer and helmet.
  • Private taxi transfer from Bordeaux airport to Bordeaux city centre. Please note: This service CANNOT be booked through S-cape Travel. Estimated cost is 20-25 euros.
  • Private taxi transfer from Toulouse airport to Toulouse city centre. Please note: This service CANNOT be booked through S-cape Travel. Estimated cost is 20-25 euros.
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