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  • Pyrénées 
  • South West 

The 2 seas Canal : Garonne Lateral Canal and Canal du Midi

From Bordeaux to Sete

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1190€/person

Presentation of your trip

From Bordeaux, city listed among UNESCO World Heritage list, start an unforgettable cycling trip along the lateral Canal and extend the experience along the famous Canal du Midi. The Garonne canal invites you to stroll in the Aquitaine countryside. Throughout charming still active ports, it crosses the river and flows into the Canal du Midi at Toulouse. Listed among UNESCO World Heritage, the Canal is a hand-created way dotted with ingenious buildings coming from Paul Riquet imagination during 17th century.

Discover the famous Bordelais vineyards and majestic medieval cities as well. Explore the rich cultural heritage in Moissac, Carcassonne or Beziers and the local gastronomy in Agen or Castelnaudary… Let yourself be guided until the Mediterranean, point of departure of great explorers…


 

  • DestinationPyrénées, South West
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip13 days and 12 nights
  • ActivitiesCycling/All Terrain Biking
  • Physical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
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  • June
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  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
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Trip details

Highlights

  • Bordeaux and the Canal du Midi listed among UNESCO World Heritage list
  • The tranquillity of landscapes on the edge of water
  • The arrival to the Mediterranean!

Complementary informations

  • 13 jours 12 nuits - 11 cycling days

Program

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Bordeaux

    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Setting at Bordeaux hotel on B&B basis (night + breakfast included). Free evening in the centre town. From the Saint-Pierre’s bridge, discover the beautiful city and the Garonne’s docks listed on UNESCO world heritage list. Night in Bordeaux.

  • Day 2

    From Bordeaux to Saint Macaire

    • Distance : 59 km
    • Elevation gain : 290 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Departure from Bordeaux Saint-Pierre’s bridge. Left behind you the city to start exploring vineyards and old castles, with names in relation with famous wines: Sentout, La Caussade… Discover the ruins of the fortress and the church of Lestiac. Ride towards medieval cities of Rions, Beguey and also the village of Cadillac; very well-known because of the car’s company!
    Once arrived to Saint Macaire, enjoy the local gastronomy, close to the market place and the splendid church. Night in St Macaire. 


     

  • Day 3

    From Saint Macaire to Marmande

    • Distance : 57 km
    • Elevation gain : 150 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    After this gastronomic stage, lets’ ride the peaceful side of the lateral Canal. You can make a detour to discover the nice abbey of Pondaurat and reach after La Réole, on the steps of Compostela’s pilgrims. Enjoy the typical village before to climb on the Meilhan terraces for a great overview. Cross the village of Fourques sur Garonne by little roads to reach Marmande. Night in Marmande.

  • Day 4

    From Marmande to Faugarolles

    • Distance : 58 km
    • Elevation gain : 110 m
    • Type of accommodation : Bed & Breakfast

    You spend the morning riding on shady paths, before stopping for lunch close to a nice church. Continue you way onto the past, riding among orchards, to reach the colorful bastide of Daumazan. This is the Buzet sur Baïse wine area, discover the village of Port Sainte Marie and once again an amazing church. Half board night in Feugarolles in a guest house.

  • Day 5

    From Feugarolles to Agen

    • Distance : 28 km
    • Elevation gain : 450 m

    With this stage, join the Garonne river. It is a unique opportunity to discover little medieval villages, and their romanesque churches. Once in Agen, you cross the Canal’s bridge, one of the most beautiful of the region. Take your time to discover the historical centre. For the epicure, the “rue des Cornières” is the best place here to have a delightful dinner. “Bon appétit!”. Night in Agen.

  • Day 6

    From Agen to Moissac

    • Distance : 57 km
    • Elevation gain : 480 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Overpass the canal and discover a preserved countryside dotted of various pigeon houses.  Have a stop in La Bastide de Donzac and discover the past rural way of life and the famous Gallo-roman city of Auvillar. The finish is planned in Moissac, well-known for its turning bridge and of course for its exceptional cloister in the Saint-Pierre abbey. Night in Moissac.

  • Day 7

    From Moissac to Toulouse

    • Distance : 68 km
    • Elevation gain : 390 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    After crossing the Cacor canal-bridge, you are going to be surprised by the slope water of Montech, a real lift for boats! Continue trough the living port of Castelsarrasin and join Toulouse, avoiding the usual hustle and bustle typical of big cities, by riding along the canal until the “port de l’Embouchure”, entrance of the “Pink City” and starting of the canal du Midi. A possible other trip can lead you on the canal du Midi’s sides to reach the Mediterranean. Night in Toulouse.

  • Day 8

    From Toulouse to Castelnaudary

    • Distance : 63 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Point of departure : Paul Riquet’s bridge.

    Discover the “art of living” Toulouse style : its lilting accent, history and many hidden alleyways. Head out to Castelnaudary along the Canal du Midi, with a first stop in Avignonet, in the heart of the Lauragais, land of the Pastel flower, place of a battle against the Cathars. Pass over the highest point of the trip (190m high) and find several ancient canal locks such as the Lock of Sanglier, as well as many aqueducts, before reaching Castelnaudary. Castelnaudary is the city of cassoulet (a delicious local meat and bean stew) but perhaps this does not get your taste buds going so, as dinners are not included, feel free to choose another dish.

    Night and breakfast in Castelnaudary.

  • Day 9

    From Castelnaudary to Carcassonne

    • Distance : 40 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    After a good night’s rest, ride along the Canal du Midi, through a delight of many different villages and landscapes. Make your way to Saint Papoul’s abbey, created in the 8th century, to discover the church in the middle of wheat fields. Then ride on until Bram passing quiet villages before heading for Carcassonne. Its architecture and the warmth of its narrow streets are waiting for you. You can enjoy the medieval walled town, which is also now listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
    Night and breakfast in Carcassonne.


     

  • Day 10

    From Carcassonne to Homps

    • Distance : 42 km
    • Type of accommodation : Bed & Breakfast

    Once you have drunk in enough of the secrets of Carcassonne, continue your trip and storm along to Homps and its port. Take your time to admire the buildings along the canal, a wonderful example being the Moulin de Trèbes. You can have a stop in Marseillette, an old Gallic village and in Capendu as well, to see its Romanesque church. Then continue on to arrive in Homps.
    Night and breakfast in Homps.

  • Day 11

    From Homps to Beziers

    • Distance : 64 km

    This typical south-east town, in love with wine, rugby and festivities, will open its arms to you. Cross the tunnel de Malpas and discover the oppidum of Ensérune (apart from Canal), to arrive by the spectacular 9 canal locks of Foncérannes, and then onto Béziers, Riquet’s birthplace. The city shows you lots of examples of his talent. 
    Night and breakfast in Beziers.

  • Day 12

    From Beziers to Sète

    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    For this last stage, cycle to Agde where the Herault River and Canal du Midi flow into the Mediterranean. The maritime’s influences are important and the landscape is different. The volcanic black stone of Agde, the wild black bulls and white horses are typical of this region.
    Ride towards Sète port along Thau Basin. This city has a strong local culture, Sète will not miss to seduce you at your arrival. With chance, you maybe would see local sport played since 1666, nautical battles. Night and breakfast in Sète.

  • Day 13

    Sète

      End of the stay after breakfast.

    • End of trip

    Travel conditions

    • Attendees

      From 2 people.

    • Formalities

      • A valid official ID.
      • We recommend travel insurance with repatriation included. 
         
    • Accompanying

      Free Ride:
      Equipped with the orientation material we give you: maps with highlighted route and detailed topoguide, you go alone to discover circuits designed by our team. You are guided by carefully prepared directions, for maximum precision.

    • Options

      • Return by train with your luggage: www.voyages-sncf.com
      • Return by minibus LaRébenne with bike trailer (min 6 pers.): contact us,
      • Formula 3 or 4 days: tailor-made program from the 3 or 4 stages you choose yourself,
      • Additional accommodation before or after the stay,
      • Single room supplement,
      • Rental of MTB semi-rigid or VTC,
      • Rental of electric bike,
      • Bike bag rental,
      • Bike rental at the end of your stay by LaRébenne.
    • Luggage

      Carrying is limited to business of the day and picnic. Luggage is carried by vehicle. Please allow 1 bag per person, maximum 15kg/bag.

    • Food

      For each step, we have established a qualitative selection of restaurants of different categories with their contact details. We chose them according to different criteria, such as, the kitchen, of course, but also the quality of
      service, price/quality ratio and atmosphere.

      For reservations, there are two options:

      You select and make the reservation yourself in the restaurant of your choice.
      You send us this list with the restaurants you have chosen and we make the reservations provided free of charge.

      Picnics and dinners are not planned, except the dinner of day 4 at the table d'hôtes in Feugarolles.

    • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

      Departure from Bordeaux (33).

      How to get there:
      By car: Highway of the south of France.
      By train: Bordeaux train station.
      By plane: Bordeaux airport then shuttle to the city center.

    • Accommodation

      Nights in double rooms in hotels ** and *** and guest rooms.

      Bed and Breakfast formula: night and breakfast included. 1 night in half board in Feugarolles on day 4: dinner at the table d'hôtes.

      We have selected our accommodations for their quality of welcome and comfort: to enjoy, thank you to book as soon as possible.

      Double room formula: you sleep in comfortable rooms for 2 people in hotels or guest rooms. Sheets and towels are provided. A bathroom is reserved for you.

      Extra night in B&B in Bordeaux, Toulouse or Sète: contact us.

    • Difficulty level

      You have a good physical condition and practice fairly regularly cycling or other sporting activity, without being an athlete.
      Stages from 28 to 68 km per day. Some stages include elevation gain but mostly avoidable.
      Path sometimes bumpy (holes, roots and potholes), narrow and in medium condition on the Canal du Midi.
      On this tour, we offer trips around the canal to visit a pretty village or abbey. These detours induce climbs but they are optional. The announced gradients are avoidable from day 2 by taking the bike path of the side canal.

    Dates and price

    Information

    Free departure dates: you choose your own departure dates according to your availability.
    For constituted groups, we adapt the level, duration, price and program on demand.

    Free departure from

    Price TTC per person

    Freedom package with luggage transport by cab
    Registration at 2 people1320
    Registration at 3 people1295
    Registration at 4 people1250
    Registration at 6 people1190

    Options

    • Single room supplement: +450€
    • Rental of standard and electric bikes

    The price includes

    • Accommodation in bed and breakfast formula (except day 4 half board),
    • The dinner of day 4,
    • The detailed topoguide,
    • Maps with highlighted plot,
    • The transport of luggage,
    • Free restaurant reservation (if requested),
    • Delivery of rental bikes on the morning of day 2.

    The price does not include

    • Diners except day 4 half board,
    • The lunches/ picnics,
    • Drinks,
    • Personal expenses,
    • Personal bike equipment (helmets, gloves),
    • Bicycles,
    • Transportation to the meeting point,
    • The return to Bordeaux by train with your luggage,
    • The parking lot,
    • Insurance.

    The destination

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