Cycling through the historic region of Aquitaine.
France-Bike, your partner for cycling holidays in France is pleased to present you this cycle trip from Toulouse to Bordeaux. This bike tour along the Canal de Garonne will bring you from the beautiful city of Bordeaux to Toulouse. The Canal de Garonne which was built about 150 years ago has lots of architectural highlights as for example the famous boat lift in Montech or the Pont-Canal du Cacor near the town of Moissac, where the canal is crossing the river Tarn over a bridge. And not to forget all the beautiful and impressive towns along the canal like Moissac with its imposing abbey or Mas-d’Agenais. And all the time you will be surrounded by such a lovely landscape with all its vineyards and its orchards so that this tour is without any doubt a perfect combination of nature, culture and history.
Day 1: Arrival in Toulouse
The pink city on the Garonne River. The city got the nickname because of its many red brick buildings. But besides that Toulouse has much to offer. The Canal du Midi starts (or ends!) here, and the Capitol, the main square of the city is really impressive. Other sites of interest include the cathedral and the space center.
Day 2: Toulouse - Moissac, ~64 km
The Canal du Midi ends in the center of Toulouse. From here you will now follow the Canal de Garonne to Bordeaux. This one is much younger than the Canal du Midi and so the scenery will change completely. Instead of the old track path along the Canal du Midi you are now riding on a much larger and mostly paved bike lane. And the buildings and constructions along the Canal de Garonne are more modern. This first stage on the second canal leads you to Moissac, where the canal is crossing over the Tarn River by a 356 meters long bridge. What an impressive construction. Another highlight of Moissac is the Benedict Abbey of Saint Pierre.
Day 3: Moissac - Sérignac, ~60 km
Your cycle tour continues along the Garonne canal, a convivial place where lots of stops are possible. You’ll pass through Mas d’Agenais a fortified wall and detaining the famous Rembrandt's painting: "Christ on the Cross" preserved in the church of St. Vincent. The path is easy and safe.
Day 4: Sérignac - Meilhan/Noaillac, ~60 km
Apart from the first few miles of cycling on small country roads, the rest of this itinerary will allow you to discover and follow the Canal de Garonne. Then you just have to take the pace and exploit your surroundings. Boats, barely faster than cyclists are stopped at the locks. Walkers, cyclists and boatmen exchange expressions of sympathy whenever one overtakes the other. From Castets-en-Dorthe the itinerary is beautiful, shaded everywhere by large trees. The road is continuous, easy and safe. You will discover splendid sights such as St-Macaire, Castets-en-Dorthe and finally Meilhan-sur-Garonne. Today your dinner is included.
Day 5: Meilhan/Noaillac - Frontenac/Saint-Martin-de-Lerm, ~25-55 km
You now get closer to the world famous Medoc wine capital Bordeaux. And so it is not a surprise that today you are cycling along vineyards. Take a break in one of the charming wine towns along your way like for example Frontenac and make some wine tasting. But be careful. There are still a few kilometers to ride to Saint-Martin-de-Lerm. Today your dinner is included.
Day 6: Frontenac/Saint-Martin-de-Lerm - Bordeaux, ~50-60 km
Your last stage leads to Bordeaux. Bordeaux, named before ‘Burdigala’, is a Roman city, inseparable from its vineyards and prestigious stones architecture. The river Garonne, heart of the city, welcomes walkers on the banks and offers boat trip. The quays suit everyone, hoping to witness the stop of a cruise ship, ‘amazing show’ of a giant of the seas in the city center. Capital of wine, Bordeaux is endowed with a rich history and architecture.
Day 7: Departure or extension of your bike tour
6 nights in carefully chosen 3*** hotels or guest houses
6x tourist tax
luggage transport (1 piece per person)
carefully chosen roads and paths
detailed documentation, plans, maps, etc.
self-guided tour - 7 days / 6 nights
arrival every day
season I (865 €/person in double)
season II (+70 €/person)
route (1)-(2): ~279-299 km/173-185 miles
always flat and 90% on bicycle paths along canals, suitable for all
how to get there
by car: to Toulouse
by train: to Toulouse
by plane: to Toulouse
back to Toulouse by train for ~40 €/person, bike transportation possible on regional train (TER)
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