Bordeaux to Toulouse, Canal de la Garonne

This cycling tour starts in the beautiful city of Bordeaux and moves on to explore the Canal du Midi, its vineyards, fine food and towns and castles.
On your way, you will visit Cadillac and its Garonne river. You will then cycle to Marmande, home of a tomato variety. Your next ride will lead you to Agen, renowned for its Saint Caprais cathedral. Your cycling trip will also pass through Moissac and Montauban. It will end up in Toulouse, an essential stop-off in the heart of the south west of France. Once the capital of the Visigoths and now the capital of the air and space industry, Toulouse invites you to explore its 2000 years of history.
Beautiful castles, famous wines, terrific food and great landscape : what more do you need to experience the real France by bike?

Price from : 1590 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Bordeaux
Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Level : Hobby
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

Click below to see hotels versions.

Day 1 :  

Arrive in Bordeaux

Arrive in Bordeaux - a large city with good rail access and commercial airline flights from several European capitals. The historic city is very picturesque and offers visits including the wine museums and shops for local wines. Orientation in the evening at your hotel with bike delivery and set up.

Day 2 :  

Bordeaux to Cadillac

Distance 1 : 32 Miles - 52 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 409 Meters 

Ride out of Bordeaux on bike paths all the way to the charming town of Creon, and then continue through wine country all the way to Cadillac. Next, you will turn left to discover the Gironde land with some cute villages as Targon. You will head back near the river to reach your final destination which is Cadillac. Then, you will be able relax and recover from your first efforts.

Day 3 :  

Cadillac to Marmande

Distance 1 : 34 Miles - 54 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 530 Meters 

For your second day riding, you will stride across the French little roads to rich Marmande, a known city for its tomato variety. In a first time, you will left the Garonne banks just before going back to them around the kilometer 30. It correspond also at your passage in the nice city-state of La Réole, we advise you to stop there to visit this city built in 977. Following this, you will stay close to the river until crossing it to arrive in Marmande.

Day 4 :  

Marmande to Agen

Distance 1 : 39 Miles - 62 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 176 Meters 

Today, you will follow the Garonne canal. In fact, you will enjoy a cycling path following the water, away from traffic flows. You will pass in a first time in the Mas d’Agenais village with its little port. Next, you will be able to admire, from the cycling path, the Buzet-sur-Baïse castle. This itinerary will end up with the canal bridge; which allowed the overlap between the Garonne River and its canal.

Day 5 :  

Agen to Moissac

Distance 1 : 28 Miles - 45 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 186 Meters 

During your fourth day riding, you will keep up in the cycling path, but this time, riding along the Golfech canal. During this, bridges, lacs, locks and some marinas will pass in front of you just before going back to the Garonne. At this time, you will be surrounded by water, with on one side the river, and on the other one the canal. Finally, you will arrive Moissac where you will be able to lay down and relax.

Day 6 :  

Moissac to Montauban

Distance 1 : 23 Miles - 37 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 151 Meters 

Today will be the easier day with 23 miles. You will be out of Moissac by the Cacor canal bridge where you will be able to see the Bidounet Island. Your itinerary will guide to the charming city of Castelsarrasin, where we advise you, once again, to stop visiting. Later on your road, the Notre Dame de la Visitation church will appear in Montech, which is certified historic monument. After this city, you will left the banks to reach your final destination: Montauban.

Day 7 :  

Montauban to Toulouse

Distance 1 : 45 Miles - 72 Km 
Elevation gain 2 : 183 Meters 

Your last day riding will be the longest one with more than 45 miles. You will enjoy one more time of the canal cycling path with some times vine lands on the other side. You will quite the canal for a loop to visit Grenade with its church, its covered market and its bridges. You will go back your itinerary to reach Toulouse, the final point of your trip. There, you will be able to visit the pink city and enjoy your last moments in France.

Day 8 :  

Departure Day

Today is departure day, you can take your time getting started in the morning, have breakfast and depart at your leisure from Toulouse by train for Paris or other destination. (Depart on your own). Other cycling itineraries are possible if you wish to extend this type of tour a little longer.

Average / Day : Distance : 53.67 Km / 33.50 Miles - Elevation gain : 272.50 Meters

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Day : 1

The hotel is located in the historic heart of Bordeaux, a stone’s throw from the Marché des Grands Hommes, the Grand Théâtre, Théâtre Fémina… An ideal location for holidays. Our hotel is in ideal base from which to discover Bordeaux’s wonderful architectural heritage, as well as its pedestrianised streets and quays. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Day : 2

The owners, great lovers of decoration, have done everything possible to make you feel at home in a large private house. Thus, each of the 4 rooms recalls moments, eras and sensations that they loved during their stays in France and abroad. Each room therefore offers a unique atmosphere... so that you can fully experience the spirit of the Orangerie de Camperos.


Day : 3

Situated in the South West of France, near the world renowned vineyards of Saint Emilion and Pomerol, settled amongst the rolling valleys of the Dordogne, Chateau de Sanse is the perfect base for you to discover this culturally rich and fascinating region. Crafted from the ruins of a magnificent 18th century chateau and following a great deal of careful and sensitive restoration, this hotel now stands as a striking landmark against a backdrop of spectacular vineyards and woodland in the south of France.


Day : 4

Located in the center of Agen, this 3-star hotel is an 8-minute walk from the train station. An LCD TV and free Wi-Fi are provided in the soundproofed guest rooms. Each room features a traditional décor. Satellite TV with beIN Sports 123 is also included. The private bathrooms are fitted with a hairdryer. Most of the rooms are serviced by a elevator. Enjoy a buffet breakfast every morning while reading the newspapers provided at Le Provence. Low-cost public parking is possible on site, and the Canal du Midi is just 300 m away. A garage for bikes is also available on site at a small extra cost.


Day : 5

We welcome you “In the Heart of the Elements”, in the very beautiful 1820 mansion that we have just renovated with care and passion. Certified “4 epis” by Gites de France, the guest house offers great quality services. Less than an hour away from Toulouse, the situation of the guest house, in the heart of the village, provides access to all amenities on foot, makes it possible to visit great monuments or museums and to enjoy quiet and green landscapes.


Day : 6

The Périgord Noir landscapes enhance Les Glycines, a former coaching inn. A delightful lush park featuring weeping willows, ros trees, poplars and, next to a swimming pool, a few palm trees. A splendid terrace, where fine food is served, overlooks this enchanting building. The sophisticated, gourmet dishes are prepared using local seasonal produce and vegetables from the restaurant’s own kitchen garden. Spacious rooms ensuring a peaceful stay, nestled in the 19 th century building, with its sober and elegant façade. The pristine white shades enhance the overall feeling tone set by the deliberate minimalist décor.


Day : 7

Charming, picturesque and original hotel located in the city center of Toulouse. Entirely renovated, the hotel has retained the hushed charm of a decor adorned with antiques. The hotel meets the latest fire safety standards and complies with the new 2-star hotel classification criteria.


Day : 1

The Hotel de Normandie is located in the center of 18th century Bordeaux now classed as a World Heritage site.The quay side of the Garonne, the Grand Theatre and the principal monuments are within easy walking distance.From the hotel you can enjoy the beautiful vistas over the Esplanade des Quinconces to the Port de la Lune.


Day : 2

Our guesthouse, open all year round, is located in a village of 3000 inhabitants, in the Graves, the oldest wine-growing region of Bordeaux. Dating from the 19th century, it was enlarged in 1931. This work was done by a Dutch architect who gave it the Arcachon style. On our side, we have brought the comfort of today while keeping the charm of yesteryear. The 5 rooms are spacious, very bright and welcoming.


Day : 3

Situated between Bordeaux and Toulouse, the Hôtel Le Capricorne is surrounded by its pleasant green. The setting makes the ideal choice for a restful stay. A warm establishment in which you can appreciate the joys of living in Marmande : relax in the gardens, by the swimming pool, in the lounge, round the pool table, or in the 34 air conditioned, soundproof rooms. All rooms are equipped with a desk, direct phone line, modem socket, private bathroom with bathtub, hairdryer, electric mirror and safe, as well as cable TV. For the security of vehicles, the parking lot is locked at night.


Day : 4

ASTORIA is an Appart Hotel which welcomes both business and leisure clients for one or more nights, a week or several months. The spacious apartments of 31 m² consist of a separate bedroom, a living room with kitchenette, a large bathroom and provide you with all the comfort you need for your stay. Several restaurants located nearby will allow you to eat without taking back your car. The fitness room welcomes you every day to take care of your physical condition. The continental buffet breakfast served from 6:00 am during the week and 8:00 am at weekends offers a wide choice of sweet and savoury dishes to meet your expectations. A 55" TV screen allows you to follow the news during your breakfast.


Day : 5

The Armateur is located just a short walk from Saint Pierre Abbey in Moissac, in the quarter once inhabited by river boatmen, between the Tarn and the Canal des Deux Mers.After 9 months of renovation work, this generously-proportioned 18th century residence now provides a comfortable, light-filled space whose design is timeless thanks to the omnipresence of brick. The hôtel is intended to be a perfect stopover on the Santiago Pilgrim Ways with its 16 spacious bedrooms, for 2 to 4 people, a restaurant worthy of the home of the renowned Chasselas grape, plus a garden where a shady terrace and swimming pool.


Day : 6

Set in a former farmhouse, Domaine de Belcayre is located in the countryside, 4 km from the centre of Montauban. Each room is individually decorated and features a view of the garden. Free Wi-Fi access is provided. Each guestroom includes a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bath or shower and free toiletries. A continental breakfast is served daily, and you may enjoy evening meals prepared by the hosts on request.


Day : 7

Each of the Hôtel Riquet's guest rooms is individually designed and has a private bathroom. They overlook a quiet street or the hotel courtyard. The hotel also provides free tea and coffee.


Day : 1

Situated just a short walk from the historic center, the Burdigala Hotel owes its name to the ancient Gallo-Roman city now known as Bordeaux. Completely refurbished in summer 2011, its decor is contemporary and refined. Once over the threshold, forget the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in a warm and peaceful atmosphere. The staff are attentive and discrete, and the 83 rooms and suites are decorated with luxurious materials in complementary colors, to inspire calm and tranquility. And of course, being in Bordeaux, the wine cellar next to the restaurant offers an excellent selection of prestigious Bordeaux wines to accompany the exquisite cuisine on offer, featuring regional products.


Day : 2

The Chateau de la Tour hotel combines traditional hospitality and elegance with modern comfort. The ideal situation just south of Bordeaux makes Cadillac a great base for visits to nearby vineyards as well as visits to historic castles or fortified villages. The hotel also offers a hectare wooded park perfect for a jog, a bicycle ride or a quiet stroll.


Day : 3

Situated between Bordeaux and Toulouse, the Hôtel Le Capricorne is surrounded by its pleasant green. The setting makes the ideal choice for a restful stay. A warm establishment in which you can appreciate the joys of living in Marmande : relax in the gardens, by the swimming pool, in the lounge, round the pool table, or in the 34 air conditioned, soundproof rooms. All rooms are equipped with a desk, direct phone line, modem socket, private bathroom with bathtub, hairdryer, electric mirror and safe, as well as cable TV. For the security of vehicles, the parking lot is locked at night.


Day : 4

Put a little bit of style into your Agen getaway by staying at Quand la ville dort in the famous "maison noire", a characterful residence clinging to the hillside of the Ermitage, five minutes walk from the train station and the city centre, with a direct access to the Canal du Midi. Its dominant position offers panoramic views over the canal, the town and the hillsides, and its neo-basque facade nestled in Mediterranean vegetation immediately catches the eye. The interior, resolutely chic in pure Art Decoration style, its high ceilings, monumental staircase, alcoves and Mid-Century mouldings create timeless spaces. And it's a very gentle stay that awaits you with the amenities that combine modern equipment and a retro glamorous look. Enjoy a hushed and relaxed atmosphere, the pool area and numerous intimate terraces for a relaxing leisure or business stay.


Day : 5

The Hotel Moulin de Moissac is a majestic place in the Tarn-Garonne region in southern France. It features a piano-bar and spa, and boasts a striking position on the River Tarn.


Day : 6

In the heart of Midi-Pyrénées, enter in the hushed and luxurious universe of this 4-star hotel in Montauban. The hotel is an old abbey of the 17th century. It was nicely refurnished for your confort and pleasure. From the Classique category to the Suite Prestige, we have designed 85 rooms and suites in a pared-down style and sober decor. In the will to respect and enhance our architectural heritage we offer you to stay in a establishment mixing French authanticity heritage, the atypical setting of an abbaye and the modernity of a 4* hotel.


Day : 7

In the center of Toulouse, this 5-star hotel is set 80 m from Theatre du Capitole Opéra House. It features a fitness center and an interior courtyard with a fountain and sculptures. Some of the classic-style rooms feature a hot tub and views of Place du Capitole. Luxury products are available in the marble bathrooms. Savor gourmet French cuisine in the restaurants at the hotel Crowne Plaza. An American and continental breakfast is served every morning. Guests can enjoy cocktails in the Plaza Bar. Crowne Plaza Toulouse offers wired internet access and a tour desk. A butler service is also available.

Bikes available for your tour

The characteristics of this bike are presented as an example and are not guaranteed
Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.

Hybrid bike - Standard
SCOTT SUB SPORT 20 - ( or equivalent)
INCLUDED

The SCOTT SUB Sport 20 (or equivalent) features a sporty trekking geometry that suits trips of all distances. Equipped with a Shimano 30 speed transmission, integrated front and rear lights, a custom Racktime carrier and compatibility with Snap'it accessories, this bike is begging to go on an adventure.

All sizes available: S, M, L, XL.

-Frame: SUB Sport 20 6061 Tig welding

-Fork: SF14 NEX DS HLO PM 700C

-Shifters : Shimano Deore SLM 590

-Chain ring & crank arms: Shimano FC-T3010 Black 48x38x26

-Cassette: Shimano CS-HG200-9 11-34 T Black

-Brakes: Tektro Disc Brake SCH-F15

-Stem: JD-ST103A

-Saddle: Syncros Urban Commuter 2.5

-Seat post: HL SP-56

-Rims/Spokes: X12 Disc, 32h / Pillar Steel 14G

-Tires: Continental City Ride II or Schwalbe Spicer or Marathon

-Weight: 17 kg / 37.48 lbs

Your bike rental comes with 2 bags (1 Rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your staff during your ride.

Included with your bike rental :

-Helmet

-Lock

-Hand pump

-2 spare tubes

-Rear pannier

-Toolkit

-Tire levers

-Patch kit

-1 souvenir water bottle

-Pedals are included, flat by default or toe straps on request

Accessories


INCLUDED

GPS are included on most of our tours since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people


INCLUDED

Our roadbooks are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our roadbooks even better. Our roadbooks include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow step by step directions (cue-sheets). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.


INCLUDED

Our Travelbooks are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. You will find information about the hotels, itinerary, regional informations...

Daily Elevation Profiles
Average / Day : Distance : 53.67 Km / 33.50 Miles - Elevation gain : 272.50 Meters
Day 2 :   Bordeaux to Cadillac

Option 1: 32 Miles - 52 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 409 Meters 

Day 3 :   Cadillac to Marmande

Option 1: 34 Miles - 54 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 530 Meters 

Day 4 :   Marmande to Agen

Option 1: 39 Miles - 62 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 176 Meters 

Day 5 :   Agen to Moissac

Option 1: 28 Miles - 45 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 186 Meters 

Day 6 :   Moissac to Montauban

Option 1: 23 Miles - 37 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 151 Meters 

Day 7 :   Montauban to Toulouse

Option 1: 45 Miles - 72 Km 

Included

  • 7 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath.
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary.
  • 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Some meals and dinners are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.
  • Cue sheets.

information

Train: From Paris Montparnasse - Bordeaux St Jean; 3 hours 20 min TGV in both directions. Flights to Bordeaux possible from many European cities; from Paris Orly 1 hour 5min.

Tour rates

Contact our tour consultants for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Price from* & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Basic 1590 € 360 € 2660 €
Standard 1760 € 420 € 2910 €
Upgraded 1990 € 600 € 3300 €
*Rates vary according to hotel availability and specific start date. Please contact us for triple room rates

Accessories

Accessories
GPS Included
Biking Roadbook Included
Travelbook Included

Bikes available

Bikes available Options per person
Hybrid Bike Rental
    Standard Included
Road Bike Rental
    Standard 140 €
    Performance 290 €
    Premium 380 €
Electric assist bike
    Standard 140 €
Tandem Bike Rental
    Standard 40 €



Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.
Bot scann is mandatory