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  • South West 

The Garonne Lateral Canal by bike

From Bordeaux to Toulouse

From
650€/person

Presentation of your trip

From Bordeaux, listed among the UNESCO's world heritage cities, ride along the Garonne lateral canal, Canal du Midi's outcome to Atlantic Ocean. Quieter, it allows you to ride at your own pace in the Aquitaine countryside, by roundabout ways to charming still active ports where the impetuous river Garonne flows.
With the softness of that landscape, discover the famous Bordelais vineyards, the medieval cities rounded by majestic chateaux. Explore the rich heritage and the local gastronomy linked to cities as Agen or Moissac, to end in beauty to Toulouse, the pink city.

  • DestinationSouth West
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip7 days and 6 nights
  • ActivitiesCycling/All Terrain Biking
  • Physical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • March
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • Jul.
  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
Description of the tripProgramTravel conditionsDates and price

Trip details

Highlights

  • Vineyards and numerous castles to visit
  • The famous history of the region and the crossing of medieval cities
  • The local gastronomy
  • End your stay in Toulouse, the beginning of the Canal du Midi

Complementary informations

  • Accommodation in selected hotels or guest houses
  • 7 days 6 nights - 6 biking 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

    Après cette étape épicurienne, installez-vous confortablement sur votre selle et longez les eaux calmes du canal latéral. Faites un crochet au Sud pour découvrir l’abbaye de Pondaurat et rejoignez ensuite La Réole en suivant les traces passées des pèlerins de Compostelle. Les halles de ce village s’offrent à vous avant d’admirer la magnifique vue du haut des terrasses de Meilhan-sur-Garonne. En croisant les bateliers, vous passez au paisible village de Fourques-sur-Garonne, d’où par les petites routes de campagne, vous arrivez à 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

    Lors de cette étape, vous allez vous éloigner quelque peu du canal pour découvrir une campagne authentique semée d’une multitude de pigeonniers. Faîtes un arrêt à la bastide de Donzac pour découvrir la richesse de la vie rurale d’antan et remontez le temps dans la cité gallo romaine d’Auvillar et sa célèbre halle. Pour une fin en beauté, votre arrivée est prévue à Moissac, avec son pont tournant et l’exceptionnel cloître de l’abbaye de Saint Pierre qui vous livre les secrets de la Bible à travers ses 88 chapiteaux historiés ! Nuit et petit déjeuner en hôtel à Moissac.

  • Day 7

    From Moissac to Toulouse

    • Distance : 68 km
    • Elevation gain : 390 m

    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. End of your trip in Toulouse.

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Travel conditions

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Formalities

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

    From 2 people.

  • 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.

  • 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 or Toulouse: 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. Elevation gain between 110 and 480m per day.
    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 people750
Registration at 3 people730
Registration at 4 people695
Registration at 6 people650

Options

Single room supplement: +140€

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

  • South West

    LaRébenne invites you to discover the south-west of France in different ways. Hike on the mythical paths of Santiago de Compostela or cycle the Canal du Midi, 240 km of walks by the water. It connects the Garonne to the Mediterranean from Toulouse to Sète via Carcassonne and its medieval city and Castelnaudary. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a technical feat that is appreciated as an authentic masterpiece.

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