Cycling Holiday along the Canal de Garonne
Self-Guided Cycling Tour
8 Days / 7 Nights (6 Days Cycling)
Category A: 2* & 3* Hotels & B&Bs
Category B: 2* Hotels & B&Bs
Cycling Distance: 193-198 miles / 309-317 km
Level: Easy / Moderate
Bikes, Electric Bikes, Road Bikes & Kids Bikes Available
Daily Departures from 27 March to 26 October 2020
B&B from €635 pp, with Discounts for Children
France: Cycling Holiday from Bordeaux to Toulouse, along the Canal de Garonne
Journey along the Canal de Garonne on this relaxing cycling holiday from Bordeaux to Toulouse. Leaving from the elegant, dynamic city of Bordeaux (where half the city is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site), you will cycle along smooth canal paths and quiet country roads, through picturesque villages, vineyards and orchards, to Toulouse “La Ville Rose” (The Pink City), with its enchanting old quarter.
This cycling holiday from Bordeaux to Toulouse includes hand-picked accommodation with breakfast in 2* and 3* hotels and guesthouses (according to category). It also includes daily luggage transfers, a comprehensive information pack, guide book and emergency support. For those who don’t want to bring their own bike, we also offer good quality hire bikes, including electric bikes, road bikes, and bikes and trailers for kids.
This is an easy / moderate level tour, suitable for almost everyone with a reasonable level of fitness, including families with children of at least 14 years of age.
Cycling Holiday from Bordeaux to Toulouse: Itinerary
On leaving Bordeaux, you will follow the Roger Lapédie cycle path through the walled town of of Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, then along gently undulating and quiet country roads through vineyards and orchards to La Réole, with its narrow hilly streets and some amazing examples of medieval architecture.
After leaving La Réole, you will follow the Canal de Garonne cycle path through pretty villages, such as Le Mas d’Agenais and Damazan, before entering Agen over the majestic 539-metre long canal bridge. The abbey at the village of Moissac features a world-renowned cloister. On nearing Toulouse, the route diverts from the Canal de Garonne to visit Montauban, perhaps the oldest walled town in France, with a fascinating history and impressive main square.
After visiting Montauban, you will rejoin the Canal de Garonne cycle path and cycle through the plains to Toulouse.
Map of the Route – Click to Enlarge
Given the variety of accommodation options and the different routes that may be selected between them, all daily distances are approximate.
Day 1: Arrive Bordeaux.
Individual arrival in Bordeaux. Your hotel will be available from mid-afternoon and your travel documents will be waiting for you there.
Bordeaux, has long been known as “La Belle au Bois Dormant”, but this particular “Sleeping Beauty” is now one of the most vibrant cities in France, as well as being the largest urban UNESCO World Heritage Site in the world!
The city’s newly pedestrianised boulevards, restored neoclassical architecture, high-tech public transport system, bevy of striking new buildings, fabulous restaurants and – of course! – the wine, make Bordeaux a place well worth taking your time to see. We strongly recommend that you arrive early or book extra nights here.
Day 2: Bordeaux - Saint-Martin-de-Lerm (Approx. 43 miles / 68 km).
If you have booked hire bikes, after breakfast you can collect them from our partners shop, which is very close to the hotel.
On leaving Bordeaux, you will follow a lovely cycle path along the River Garonne. From Latresne you leave the river to follow the Roger Lapédie cycle path along a former railway line through quiet villages and the magnificent walled town of Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, to reach the quiet village of Saint-Martin-de-Lerm. (On the way, we strongly recommend a a couple of diversions to visit the walled town of Créon, the remains of the abbey of La Sauve or the church of Sauveterre-de-Guyenne.)
Day 3: Saint-Martin-de-Lerm - Le Mas d'Agenais (Approx. 26 miles / 42 km).
This morning you will cycle a few kilometres on a hilly road before reaching the medieval town of La Réole, on the Garonne river (home to the oldest town hall in France). From there, you will continue along the river dikes to reach the Canal de Garonne (which you will follow throughout almost all of the rest of your cycling holiday from Bordeaux to Toulouse).
Before arriving at the charming village of Le Mas d’Agenais, you might want to take a detour to the lovely village of Couthures-sur-Garonne, nestled in a meander of the Garonne, where you can learn everything about life alongside this great river.
Perched on the top of a limestone terrace overlooking the Garonne valley and the canal which bears its name, Mas d’Agenais, is one of the oldest villages in the Lot-et-Garonneyears and offers some remarkable treasures, such as the Venus of Mas d’Agenais and an outstanding collegial church.
Day 4: Le Mas d'Agenais - Agen (Approx. 31 miles / 49 km).
Today you will follow the canal path past pretty locks, marinas and picturesque villages. A short detour from the canal will take you to the walled towns of Damazan, with its pretty square and colourful facades, or Sérignac-sur-Garonne, with its bell tower made of slate. As you approach Agen, you will cycle across the majestic 539-metre long bridge that carries the canal on 23 arches over the river Garonne.
Your accommodation for the night is in a lovely spot, very close to the city centre. Agen is a small city that was once home to Nostradamus, the famous French apothecary and reputed seer. A walk through the historic centre, with its half-timbered houses, will take you past emblematic places, such as the lively Place des Laitiers square, the arcaded Rue des Cornières, the cathedral of Saint Caprais and the Musée des Beaux-Arts (fine arts museum), with remarkable collections of archaeology, paintings, sculptures and decorative arts, including an exceptional group of canvases by Goya and the famous Vénus du Mas d’Agenais sculpture.
Day 5: Agen - Moissac (Approx. 29-34 miles / 46-54 km).
On leaving Agen, you will continue to follow the canal through rolling countryside past the walled town of Valence d’Agen. Built by the English, Valence has an attractive market hall and a number of pretty arcaded buildings in the centre.
You will continue along the canal, past a succession of locks and the pretty houses of the lock keepers, to Moissac, a highlight of the tour. Before arriving in Moissac, anyone who fancies a little more time on the bike can leave the canal and make a detour to the fortified village of Auvillar, considered one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Moissac is known worldwide for the prestigious Abbey of Saint-Pierre, which has one of the most impressive and elaborate Romanesque portals of the twelfth century. Carved images occupy the walls of the extended porch leading to the door, the door itself and the space above it.
Day 6: Moissac – Montauban (Approx 28 miles / 44 km).
This morning you will follow the canal across the plain to Castelsarrasin. The route then leaves the canal for a short detour along quiet country roads to the abbey of Belleperche, on the banks of the River Garonne. After Belleperche you will return to the canal and cycle to the marina of Montech, then on to Montauban, your destination for the day.
Montauban is an historic walled town, which was founded in 1144 on the banks of the River Tarn. It is largely constructed using the attractive pink stone found in the region, which gives the town a lovely pink glow.
The highlight of Montauban is at the centre of the original bastide in the Place Nationale. Surrounded by grand, pink-coloured houses and set above fine arcades, the very attractive central square was largely rebuilt in the 17th century after a fire. Take a walk around the old town, cross the medieval Pont Vieux and get to know the eminent artists born in the city, such as Ingres and Antoine Bourdelle.
Montauban’s aquatic centre is the third-largest aquatic complex in France. There are six indoor and outdoor pools (including an olympic size pool), a hammam, saunas and a state-of-the-art gym. The centre is even open in winter, when the water is heated to more than 20°, even as the outdoor temperature falls below zero.
Day 7: Montauban - Toulouse (Approx. 38 miles / 60 km).
From Montauban, you will cycle back to the Canal de Garonne and follow it all the way through the suburbs of Toulouse. On arrival at the junction of the canals de Garonne and du Midi, you will head into the city center for the last night of your fabulous cycling holiday from Bordeaux to Toulouse.
As in Montauban, the rose-coloured facades give Toulouse an enchanting pink glow that has earned the city the nickname “La Ville Rose” (The Pink City). Although it’s a major industrial city, Toulouse has a laid-back vibe and the Vieux Quartier (Old Quarter) is a jumble of rose-coloured shopfronts and churches. Stroll on the renowned “place du Capitole”, lined with architectural landmarks, and visit the UNESCO-listed Basilique Saint-Sernin. Toulouse is home to a rich collection of museums built within historical monuments or on former industrial sites.
Day 8: Departure from Toulouse.
This cycling holiday from Bordeaux to Toulouse finishes after breakfast. If you would like to spend more time in the area (or anywhere else in France), we would be delighted to help. We can arrange guided tours, extra nights and many other services. Please ask for details.
Bordeaux to Toulouse: Dates & Prices
This cycling holiday from Bordeaux to Toulouse departs every day, from 27 March to 26 October 2020. Prices depend on dates and category of accommodation.
Dates & Prices, per Person (pp)
|27 March-30 May|
|1 June-13 September|
|14 September-26 October|
|Half Board (7 Dinners)|
*From 10 June to 18 September 2018, there is no further supplement for solo travellers. Please contact us to discuss travel outside of these dates.
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Payment for the tour may be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), or by transfer to our UK or Spanish bank.
We do not charge a handling fee if you pay by credit card.
- Child or adult sharing room with 2 other adults:
- Up to 4 years: 70%.
- 5-11 years: 50%.
- 12-17 years: 30%.
This cycling holiday from Bordeaux to Toulouse includes:
- 7 nights hotel accommodation in specially-selected hotels & B&Bs, with breakfast.
- Daily luggage transfers.
- Route information, maps and roadbook.
- GPS tracks of the routes.
- All local tourist taxes.
- Hotline service, 7 days a week.
The following services are not included in the price of this cycling holiday, but we would be delighted to help you to organise them:
- Travel to Bordeaux and from Toulouse, including flights and transfers.
- Dinners, lunches drinks and snacks. (Half-board available.)
- Bike and helmet hire.
- Entrance fees for tourist attractions.
- Travel insurance.
There are 2 distinct levels of accommodation available on this cycling holiday from Bordeaux to Toulouse:
- Category A: 3* and 2* hotels and B&Bs.
- Category B: Generally in 2* hotels and B&Bs, occasionally 3*.
All of the hotels that we use are specially selected for their standards of service, warmth of welcome and character. All rooms have en-suite facilities and free WIFI.
Your reserved accommodation will usually be confirmed at the same time as your reservation.
Please see the “Itinerary” tab for links to examples of hotels and B&Bs.
Cycling Holiday from Bordeaux to Toulouse: Travel
Getting to Bordeaux & from Toulouse
This cycling holiday starts in Bordeaux and ends in Toulouse. Both cities have international airports, with regular direct flights from many European cities. There is a regular shuttle bus that will take you from Bordeaux airport to the city centre, which takes approximately 30 minutes. [click here]. There are also direct and regular trains between Bordeaux and Toulouse.
If flying into Paris Charles de Gaulle or Orly airport, it is usually necessary to take a train to the city centre then travel out to Bordeaux. There are regular direct trains from Paris to Bordeaux. The journey takes a little over 2 hours and costs from €60, one-way. There are also direct trains for the return to Paris from Toulouse. The journey takes a little over 4 hours and tickets cost from €90, one way. Please check trainline.eu.
If travelling by car, Bordeaux is approximately 6 hours from Paris, and Toulouse is almost 7 hours from the capital. Parking is available next to Bordeaux Saint-Jean train station for approximately €60 per week, subject to availability.
To get back to Bordeaux from Toulouse, you can take a direct high-speed train (TGV) or a regional train, with a connection in Agen. There is no need to book regional trains and they carry bikes without extra charge. TGV trains take bikes with a reservation only and with an extra charge of €10 per bike.
We would be very happy to arrange your flights and / or transfers. Please ask for details.
Bordeaux to Toulouse: Bikes
Touring bikes are available in various sizes in unisex/women’s or men’s models. We can also supply electric bikes and tandems, as well as child seats, bike trailers and trailer bikes.
- Combination lock.
- 20-litre rear pannier (x 1).
- Handlebar bag.
- Repair kit (spare inner tube, glue, patch, pump, allen keys, tyre levers) x 1 per room.
Hire bikes are supplied from the morning of day 2 until the morning of day 8. They may be reserved for longer if extra nights are booked at the beginning or end of the tour.
Click Above to View a Gallery & Below to View a Video of the Hire Bikes
Please note that you are solely responsible for all damage to the bike or for its loss. Any damage to or loss of a bike will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and you may be required to contribute to or pay for repair or replacement.
It is compulsory in France for children under 12 years of age to wear a helmet when cycling or being carried as a passenger on a bike. They are not compulsory for children over 11 years of age or adults. However, we recommend that everyone wears one and we can supply them free of charge if requested in advance.
Please see “Dates & Prices” for hire charges.
This cycling holiday from Bordeaux to Toulouse is an easy / moderate tour that should be achievable by even novice cyclists with a reasonable level of fitness. The route is easy to follow throughout and is generally flat, smooth and traffic-free. On Day 1, between Sauveterre and La Réole, the itinerary a slightly hilly, but not too demanding. This is an unescorted cycle tour. The mileages given are approximate and are based on the suggested routes. Daily baggage transfers are included in the price of this cycling holiday from Bordeaux to Toulouse. There is no limit on the number of pieces of luggage that can be transported, but the maximum weight of each bag or case must not exceed 25 kg. The weather in south-western France can be very changeable. Please check the weather forecasts and be prepared. Except in summer, it will almost always be necessary to carry a waterproof jacket. At times, waterproof trousers may also be required. A sun hat and sunscreen are often also essential. All items carried on the bike should be wrapped in plastic to avoid soaking.
This cycling holiday from Bordeaux to Toulouse is an easy / moderate tour that should be achievable by even novice cyclists with a reasonable level of fitness. The route is easy to follow throughout and is generally flat, smooth and traffic-free. On Day 1, between Sauveterre and La Réole, the itinerary a slightly hilly, but not too demanding.
This is an unescorted cycle tour. The mileages given are approximate and are based on the suggested routes.
Daily baggage transfers are included in the price of this cycling holiday from Bordeaux to Toulouse. There is no limit on the number of pieces of luggage that can be transported, but the maximum weight of each bag or case must not exceed 25 kg.
The weather in south-western France can be very changeable. Please check the weather forecasts and be prepared. Except in summer, it will almost always be necessary to carry a waterproof jacket. At times, waterproof trousers may also be required. A sun hat and sunscreen are often also essential.
All items carried on the bike should be wrapped in plastic to avoid soaking.
Cycling Holiday from Bordeaux to Toulouse: Gallery
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