Cycle Bordeaux to Toulouse


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    On this self guided cycle across southwest France, you will take in the important cities of Bordeaux and Toulouse and the many beautiful vineyards, valleys and villages in between. Cycling along canal ways, past locks and medieval towns, there is ample time to take a picnic and visit vineyards en-route to your accommodation in a charming B&B or comfort hotel.

    Highlights

    • Bordeaux, with its historical centre and world renowned wines
    • Cycling through the stunning and diverse landscapes surrounding the Canal de Garonne
    • Visiting walled towns and pretty villages
    • Toulouse, with its distinctive architecture

    Itinerary

    Day 1 Arrive in Bordeaux
    Make your way to your hotel in the heart of Bordeaux, world renowned wine capital on the banks of the Garonne River.

    Day 2 Cycle alongside the Garonne River to Cadillac (47km)
    On your first cycle day you head quickly out of town via a cycle path on the right bank of the Garonne. In Latresne you turn towards the north to follow a converted railway track. At the Romanesque abbey in La Sauve your turn southwards on quiet tarmac lanes until you reach Cadillac and your hotel, situated below the impressive 18th century Chateau de Cadillac. (B)

    Day 3 Join the greenway at the beginning of the Canal de Garonne (39km)
    You cycle today on winding inland lanes, to avoid the busy road between Cadillac and Saint Macair. You’ll have to done some ascents, but a rewarding landscape awaits: impressive estates, vineyards and typically French villages. After a visit to the Bastide de St Macair, you cross the Garonne to the start of the ‘Veloroute des Deux Mers”, the cycling route between two seas. (B, D)

    Day 4 Cycle through the rich Garonne valley along the canal (72km)
    Today you follow the Canal de la Garonne, cycling on the flat from Meilahn-sur-Garonne all the way to Serignac. Enjoy the shade of ancient plane trees and take time to make small detours along the way. The church at Mas d’Agenais has an authentic painting by Rembrandt on display. Savour a cup of coffee on the beautiful village square at Damazan, with its fortress and historic arcades. Worth the 10km detour is the town of Tonneis, with its lovely square on the banks of the Garonne and choice of restaurants and cafes. (B, D)

    Day 5 Discover bridges, aqueducts and lakes en route to Moissac (58km)
    Today you begin with a gentle section along the canal among plane trees and orchards. After 10km the channel intersects with an aqueduct, creating a unique way to reach Agen. Agen is a pleasant centre with a renowned Museum of Arts. Your route then continues along the canal, between the railway and a busy road, until you reach Valence d’Agen, another beautiful town with curious round washhouses. The last section is peaceful once again and you can enjoy the scenery on your way to the historic town of Moissac, located on the north bank of the Tarn river. Moissac is a UNESCO World Heritage site and an important stop on the ‘Way of St James’ pilgrim walk, from Geneva and Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Don’t miss the 11th century Abbey of St Pierre and its stunning cloister with seventy six marble columns. (B)

    Day 6 Cycle into Toulouse with option to take a train for the last 25km (67 or 42km)
    Via the beautiful Pont-Canal du Cacor you cross the river Tarn and reach Castelsarrasin, with its small port and 13th century Abbey of Belleperche. In the shade of old plane trees you now follow a quiet track to Toulouse. Along the way there is much to see, including the water slope in Mon tech, the special Ponts-Jumeaux and the junction of the three canals. After Grisoles with its brick houses you reach the historic Castelnau-d’Estretefonds. Here you can take the train into Toulouse (ticket not included) or if you prefer to cycle, the last few kilometres are somewhat noisier, as you reach the ‘Pink City’. With its distinctive clay brick architecture, there is plenty to see in Toulouse, starting with its famous Place du Capitole. (B)

    Day 7 Trip concludes
    Trip concludes in Toulouse after breakfast. If you’d like to extend your stay to take the time to explore this beautiful city please ask for our rates. (B)

    Inclusions

    • 6 breakfasts
    • 2 dinners
    • 6 nights in a combination of B&Bs and 2-3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
    • luggage transfer – 1 piece of luggage per person weighing no more than 20kgs
    • Information pack including route notes & maps per room booked
    • Hybrid rental bike including lock, repair kit, helmet, handlebar bag and pannier (electric bike available on request – supplement applies)
    • Emergency hotline

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