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Peaceful and flat cycling alongside the Canal de Garonne
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Highlights

  • Follow peaceful trails from Bordeaux to Toulouse along the Canal de Garonne.
  • Vibrant Toulouse, named “La Ville Rose” due to its dusky pink architecture.
  • Savouring a classic glass of Entre-deux-Mers wine in a canal-side café.
  • Relaxing rides under the shade of the large plane trees that line the canal.
  • Discovering the world’s largest urban UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bordeaux.

Cycle from the heart of Bordeaux and along the Canal de Garonne to the vibrant city of Toulouse. As you cycle bathe in the soft sunlight and gentle breezes of south west France.

Beginning in the elegant city of Bordeaux, where you will find the largest urban UNESCO World Heritage Site in the world, you then make your way along 259 km of bike trails through pretty villages, premier wine areas and beautiful quays, whilst staying in hand-picked and enchanting hotels and guesthouses.

Day 1: Arrive Bordeaux and overnight

Arrive in the beautiful city of Bordeaux, long known as “La Belle au Bois Dormant”, (Sleeping Beauty) and set along the banks of the Garonne River. It is the largest urban UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you should take the time to see why, by discovering its stunning architecture, the Grand Theatre, St Andrew’s Cathedral, and the Place des Quinconces.


Bordeaux is the centre of the wine region and there are many wonderful restaurants in the heart of the city where you can try the local cuisine and an award-winning glass of cabernet sauvignon.


Overnight: Bordeaux


Day 2: Bordeaux to Entre-deux-Mers

Leave Bordeaux by way of a trail that runs along the Garonne River and its beautiful landscaped quays. You’ll then follow a greenway trail, winding through the hillsides of the Entre-deux-Mers, a sub-wine region of Bordeaux and which literally translated means “Between Two Seas”.


Your route then takes you through the magnificent fortified and walled towns of Creon and Sauveterre de Guyenne and on small roads surrounded by vineyards.


Cycle: 30-40km


Dinner & Overnight: Frontenac


Day 3: Along the Canal de Garonne

Today you join the dedicated cycle path of the Canal de Garonne and enjoy biking along this trail that alternately crosses through vineyards and forests. Along the way you will be surrounded by beautiful scenery and if you take the shorter option you will have time to stop in the many small villages along the way.  


Cycle: 25 to 55 km


Dinner & Overnight: Meilhan-sur-Garonne


Day 4: Through the Garonne Valley

Your cycle tour continues through the rich valley of the Garonne and along trails through local orchards. This very scenic route passes through Le Mas d'Agen and many other pretty small towns.


The delightful 13th century village of Sérignac, where your hotel tonight is located, is a haven of tranquility on the canal.


Cycle: 60 km


Overnight:  Serignac


Day 5: Along the Canal de Garonne to Moissac

Today is a highlight of your week on two wheels as you cycle in the shade of canal side plane trees and discover great sites; the canal bridge on the Baise, the aqueduct of Agen Auvillar, Lake Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave and finally Moissac, which is dominated by its 12th century Abbey Church of St Pierre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Cycle: 60 km


Overnight: Moissac


Day 6: Moissac to Toulouse

All along your route beside the Canal de Garonne, are appealing rural villages in Tarnet-Garonne and they all are dominated by churches built in the Gothic style of Toulouse. En route visit Montech, prized for its marina. This peaceful section, gets a bit busier as you enter Toulouse but provides access to the heart of the city.


Make sure you have plenty of time to visit Toulouse's amazing sights such as the famous Place du Capitole. It is a city with distinctive architecture, and nicknamed the "La Ville Rose" because of the colour of the clay brick used to build its houses.


Cycle:  64 km


Overnight: Toulouse


Located close to all the major attractions, this former coaching inn has 54 rooms , all individually decorated and with free Wifi. There is a restaurant, a pretty courtyard and a winter garden.


Day 7: Onward Travel

Make your way to the train station or the airport for your onward journey.  If you would like an extra night in Toulouse please contact us for details.

Accommodation

6 Nights in 3* hotels and charming guesthouses are included.  All the hotels and guesthouses have been carefully selected and are well-located in the cities or near the trails.


Alternate Accommodation

During the high season, you might be booked into  different properties which are not listed in the description, and the start or end of some of your cycling routes may be slightly altered. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described and details will all be sent to you.


Solo Cyclists & Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


This tour is available for solo cyclists but again a supplement is payable. If you are travelling solo the tour is more expensive as some costs are not shared.


Availability

This tour is available to start any day of the week from April to October. Option & extension prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.


Grade & Terrain

This tour is rated easy to moderate as the majority of the cycling routes are flat. On the first day there is an overall elevation gain of 450m and during the rest of the tour you will be cycling along side the Canal de Garonne, which is completely flat.


The routes on this cycle tour are mainly on dedicated cycle paths, alongside the canal de Garonne or river or small country roads with little traffic. Very pleasant cycling routes with plenty of shade from the plane trees.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

You will be supplied with comprehensive route notes and 25:000/50:000 maps. Therefore you should have no problem finding your way. Any biking options will be provided in your route notes.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Meals

6 Breakfasts and 2 dinners are included. The breakfasts are either continental or buffet-style. There are plenty of options for dinner as you can either eat at your accommodations or in a local restaurant. Lunch can be picked up at local markets or shops (often delicious local produce!)


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sunhat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includeds standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a daypack.


Bike Rental

Bike hire is available as an optional extra. Good quality ladies and gents Arcade hybrid 10-gear bikes are available. E-bikes are also available for rental. Your bike will be delivered to you at the first hotel before your arrival. Please provide us with your height as the bike will be adjusted to the correct height before it is delivered.


All rentals include a helmet, lock, tool-kit, pump, inner tubes, handle-bar bag and also panniers.


Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with us that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury.


Getting to Bordeaux

Flying into Bordeaux Airport is recommended. This airport is served by several low cost airlines,
such as Easyjet, Flybe and Ryanair and also by regularly scheduled
airlines, such as Air France and British Airways.  There is an airport
shuttle bus that will take you from the airport to the city centre. This
takes approximately 30 minutes.  You can find further details on the
Bordeaux Airport website.

You can also take a TGV train from Paris to Bordeaux, which takes approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Getting from Toulouse

The closest airport is Toulouse.  It is also served by many low cost airlines. It is possible to take an airport shuttle from the city centre to the airport. The journey takes approximately 20
minutes (depending on the traffic). It is also possible to take a TGV
train from Toulouse to Paris.


For information on train times and schedules please check the SNCF website.

Included

  • 6 Nights in 3* hotels and guesthouses
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Baggage transfers
  • Comprehensive Information Pack, Route Notes and Maps
  • 24/7 support from our local partners and UK Office.

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Bordeaux and from Toulouse
  • Lunches
  • 4 Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Bike Rental

Extras

  • Single Room Supplements
  • Solo Walker Supplement (if applicable)
  • Additional nights
  • Bike Rental

Are baggage transfers included?

All baggage transfers are included. We request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh only 20kg.

How will I find my way?

will be supplied with comprehensive route notes and 25:000/50:000 maps. Therefore you should have no problem finding your way. Any biking options will be provided in your route notes.

How fit do I need to be?

This tour is rated easy to moderate as the majority of the cycling routes are flat. On the first day there is an overall elevation gain of 450m and during the rest of the tour you will be cycling along side the Canal de Garonne, which is completely flat.

Will I need travel insurance?

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Cycling the Canal de Garonne

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My wife and I are in our mid 60s and thoroughly enjoyed our week cycling along the Canal de Garonne. The tour was well-organised and information was thorough and provided well in advance. The accommodation was of an excellent standard. Whilst there were long stretches without change of scenery, the track was mostly well sealed and the destinations always provided a wealth of cultural and culinary delights.

D&A

Melbourne

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Another fantastic cycling holiday

5

My wife and I enjoyed the Bordeaux to Toulose trip. The accommodation was excellent, homely and welcoming. The cycling was fairly flat through beautiful scenery including vineyards, maize, sunflower and apple fields. We met four ladies doing the same trip at the same time as us and we became friends. Highly recommended cycling trip.

Robert

London

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Well organised tour

5

Really well organised. Very good route notes and accommodation was excellent. Definately a trip for "newbie cyclists" - we had no experience of cycling any distance of note and undertook no training prior. Fortunate though that we are resonably fit anyway. Bike equipment was very satisfactory and comfortable. Experienced cyclists would probably find this a bit monotonous (canal riding) however we found it peaceful. A great mix of relaxation and some effort. Be aware that on holidays and weekends some places are closed.

Jerry

Thames New Zealand

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Highly recommended, fabulous, relaxing cycling trip!

5

This was our fourth trip with MacsAdventure and while we thoroughly enjoyed all previous trips this one was a very special experience. We were lucky with the weather, starting in mid-June. Blue skies and sunny weather, with temperatures in the mid twenties, perfect for cycling. On the last day it was much hotter but generally there is a fair bit of shade on the canal. The cycling was excellent. The bikes provided were very sturdy for the towpaths, which were generally in good condition but could be a bit rough in some places. The scenery was lovely and in June very lush and green. We cycled between 60-65K each day, which was very enjoyable and manageable, given that the terrain was generally flat and you could set a good pace on some of the long straight stretches of the canal. A very relaxing experience. The directions were excellent and well translated into English. The trip was really well organized from start to finish, without any hitches. Our accommodations, on the whole route were without exception excellent. The hotels in Bordeaux and Toulouse were the simplest in terms of comfort, but were both in excellent very convenient locations at the beginning and end of the trip. In between we stayed in fabulous gîtes and small hotels (La Camiranaise (Camiran), Les Gravets (Sigalens), Hotel Le Prince Noir (Serignac) and L'Armateur (Moissac). In each place we received a very warm welcome, had very comfortable rooms and exceptional hospitality, not to mention the delicious food!! We started the week with a tall ships and wine festival in Bordeaux and finished up in Toulouse with a fabulous mid summer music festival. All in all we had a terrific experience which we both thoroughly enjoyed.

Tripscout60

Dublin, Ireland

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we enjoyed our adventure

4

the route book is comprehensive but sometimes confusing too. we needed to rely on good map instead. some B&Bs in countryside were great because of the beautiful surroundings and hospitable hosts, but some are poor. Riding along the canal means the route is peaceful and flat, but it also means the scenery won't change. a bit boring in the end. you can leave the canal to visit towns nearby but in Oct, it's not the tourist season anymore so most attractions/ water supply/ restaurants were all closed, many of them looked like a ghost town. one of my major purposes these time is to visit vineyard, but the route book didn't tell me where i would come across, so i cycled for extra miles to visit a small vineyards far away on the first day, then the 2nd day i realised that there are so many vineyards just beside the main road. the trip itself was nice but i just hope i could get more help from Macadventure.

Belle

Taipei

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Canal du Garonne

5

A great holiday in a beautiful region of France

Pedal on!

Reading

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YES

5

Everything worked well and as planned

Dr Gavin

New Zealand

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44 Celsius can't put this holiday in the shade!

5

Another superb holiday with Macadventure. The 280km ride from Bordeaux to Toulouse was challenging, but as promised by the company not beyond our capabilities. Even the unexpected heat wave at times topping 110 Fahrenheit could not spoil the fun. The accommodation, especially on route was excellent, varied and interesting. The bicycle notes clear and helpful and the actual paths very suitable for bikes. It was a wonderful to find that despite Brexit we Brita were still welcome in France and in the heat wave we met many acts of kindness as the locals ensured us supplies of cold water. We had as mentioned concerns as to the trip being longer and steeper than ones we had previously undertaken. We would now happily encourage others to take this holiday. We are 70ish, cycle quite regularly, but not in a club or on steep hills and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. As we have always found Macadventure were excellent in providing a package to fit our requirements and setting up the accommodation and route. We thank them for the efforts.

Richard and Kaye

Preston

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A peaceful glide between two beautiful cities!

5

Some long Kilometer days were made easy by flat terrain of the canal. My travel companion has a knee issue and this terrain is perfect for an adventure not too difficult with hills. While there are a few hills, some people we met did not like the many Kilometers along the canal. We enjoyed getting to know canal life and how the locks work from inland to the sea. Engineering of canals that pass over rivers and highways was fascinating. We loved the peaceful countryside.

Old Boot

Charleston, SC, USA

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All I expected and more

5

Being nearly 70 and a bit of a Francophile, and this being my first cycling holiday in 54 years(!) I was apprehensive, but it was something I had read about and wanted to do. I practised by cycling 17km three times a week. It turned out to be a great holiday. The hotels were diverse and interesting. Recommend you stay and extra night or two in Bordeaux and Toulouse because there is so much to see (e.g. Airbus tour). The scenery was stunning. The first day was following a sealed rail trail through tall woodlands. The second day was cross country and a little up and down. Third day onward was on the canal and flat. We averaged 17km an hour and rode for about 4 hours per day. The bikes were excellent and suited to the job. We discovered that on days of 60km and over we should try and do 40 in the morning before stopping for a (late) lunch - then it was easy. Also we had an extra (rest) day in Serignac - the beautiful city of Agen is nearby and worth spending time visiting, but we could find no public transport, so hitched a ride (!). Maybe arrange for a rental car if you do this. Its only 10km, but we wanted a rest from the bike(!) Overall, excellent. Don't miss La Reole, Mossaic, Auxvillar

David Bucketlister

Canberra, Australia

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Bordeaux to Toulouse: Along the Canal de Garonne

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