Canal de la garonne by bike - From Bordeaux to Toulouse

Self guided itinerant cycling holiday
This cycling holiday along the Canal de Garonne is the first part of the route known as le "le Canal des deux mers" or the "Canal of the two seas".  From Bordeaux to Toulouse by bike, the trip takes you to the very heart of south'west France. The route  is very easy, entirely along well maintained cycle paths. You cross landscapes reminiscent of Tuscany, where fruit trees, vines, abbeys and peaceful villages await. Each evening, our selection of B&Bs with swimming pools will allow you to relax and unwind after your day's activities.
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Itinerary
  • Day 1:

    VISIT BORDEAUX

    Arrival in Bordeaux

    Arrival at your charming B&B which is ideally located near to the train station, "St Jean de Bordeaux" or the city center. Your host will know just how to advise you on the sites to visit, activities and the restaurants which are not to be missed! Your bikes will be available from 19h00 for an evening bike tour if you feel like it.
    Night in Bordeaux with dinner of your own choice.

  • Day 2:

    LE CANAL DE LA GARONNE FROM BORDEAUX TO BELLEFOND/ FRONTENAC

    Distance: 45km

    You begin by cycling alongside the Garonne river from where you can admire the attractive facades of the buildings here in the capital of the Gironde 'departement'. The landscape then becomes more varied, changing between wooded valleys, fortified hamlets and small chateaux and - of course - Bordeaux vineyards!
    Night in Bellefond or Frontenac.

  • Day 3:

    LE CANAL DE LA GARONNE FROM BELLEFOND TO CAUMONT SUR GARONNE / LE MAS D'AGENAIS

    Distance: 52km

    Today's route begins on quiet lanes across bucolic landscapes of vines and forests. You then rejoin the Canal de Garonne with its locks and lively marinas intersperced with tranquil stretches lined with plane trees.
    Night in Caumont sur Garonne or Le Mas d'Agenais

  • Day 4:

    Le canal de la Garonne by bike from Caumont sur Garonne to Sérignac sur Garonne

    Distance : 44km

    This morning you go through 'Mas d'Agenais, a peaceful, pretty village and ancient Roman settlement, with its 17th century corn halls and attractive five-sided communal laundry. The Canal de la Garonne then offers stunning river views, the vineyards gradually givingway to fields of cereal crops and orchards.
    Night in Sérignac sur Garonne.

  • Day 5:

    THE CANAL DE LA GARONNE FROM Sérignac sur Garonne TO MOISSAC

    Distance: 55km

    This stage allows you to discover two beautiful towns of south west France: Agen and Moissac. After orchards of fruit trees so characteristic of the Lot and Garonne, you arrive in Moissac. We invite you to take the time to visit this important town on the path to Santiago de Compostella, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    Night in Moissac.

  • Day 6:

    THE CANAL DE LA GARONNE FROM MOISSAC TO TOULOUSE

    Distance: 67km

    Your route goes through yhe charming town of Montech, with its half timbered, red brick houses. As for the cycle path this is along a peaceful "voie verte" or green way, with a good surface and shaded by plane trees.
    Your holiday ends upon arrival in Toulouse if you choose the 5 night/6 day trip from Bordeaux to Toulouse.

    Option :
    If you wish to make the most of being in Toulouse, with time to explore, then we can recommend a B&B which we particularly like. Your host, Olivier, will welcome you into an authentic “Toulousaine” with garden, veranda and elegant salons. Living in Toulouse ourselves, we really want you to like the city as much as we do! Olivier will advise you on the unmissable places to visit as well as some lesser known spots!
    Night in Toulouse.

    Tariff for this option: 50€ per person based on a shared double room. 80€ in a single room. Breakfast included.

    NB: If you wish to shorten this day's stage (or avoid the outskirts of Toulouse) then you could consider taking a train from Montauban or Castelnau-d'Estréfonds. We recommend visiting Montauban, a town of art and history.

    Please contact us for further details.

Disclaimer

The names and photos of the accommodation are given for information purposes. According to availability, the B&Bs or hotels could be changed without warning and replaced by another establishment of the same category.

Dates & prices
Package Double room 2 pers. Twin room 2 pers. Triple room 3 pers. Single room 1 pers.
From Bordeaux to Toulouse 6 days / 5 nights €590 €610 €540 €850

NB: prices shown are per person.

Trips possible between 15/04 and 15/10/2023 at the below prices.
For dates outside this period, please contact us:


For a stay between 27/03 and 14/04/2022, or between 16/10 and 15/11/2022:
'Low season' luggage transfer supplement for a group of 1 people: +50€/person/step
'Low season' luggage transfer supplement for a group of 2 people: +20€/person/step
“Low season” luggage transfer supplement for a group of 3 people: +€15/person/stage
"Low season" luggage transfer supplement for a group of 4 people or more: +8€/person/step
NB: These supplements are justified by the fact that we organize private transfers for your group in low season.

OUR PRICE INCLUDES :

  • 5/6/7 nights in pretty B&Bs or hotels**Breakfasts
  • Phone support 7/7
  • Luggage transfers (1 bag per person)
  • Taxes de séjour (local accommodation tax)
  • A digital roadbook to download on your mobile

OUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Bike hire throughout the trip, including  delivery to the start and its collection at the end (130€)
  • The registration fee (15 € per person) - FREE if you pay by credit card or by bank transfer
  • Travel between your home and the start and end of the holiday
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Spending on personal items such as souvenirs and drinks
  • Travel insurance covering cancellation, illness and repatriation
  • Our bicycle insurance. For more information, please click here
  • Generally all that is not mentioned in ‘Our Price Includes’

Options, supplements and reductions:

Reductions
Discount: No luggage transfer -€40
Discount: groups of more than 4 people -€20
Supplements
July/August supplement €40
Equipment hire
Electric bike rental (VAE) for the whole trip (delivery & return included) - 6 days €245
Bike rental (VTC) for the whole trip (delivery & return included) - 6 days €140
Additional day of bike rental (VAE) €25
Additional day of bike rental (VTC) €10
Rental of a 2nd waterproof case (20l) for the whole stay €15
Superior category of accommodation
"Comfort" option - premium B&B & hotels 3*** €150
Supplementary nights at the beginning or end of your trip
Extra night in Bordeaux or Toulouse in double room (breakfast included) €65
Extra night in Bordeaux or Toulouse in single room (breakfast included) €110
Extra night in Bordeaux or Toulouse in triple room (breakfast included) €55
Extra night in Bordeaux or Toulouse in twin room (breakfast included) €65

NB: prices are per person.

Comfort

FOR YOUR COMFORT :

We have selected the best B&Bs and hotels along the canal. At the end of each day, the swimming pools will allow you to freshen up and relax. Breakfast included.

Our selection of charming B&Bs on the Canal de la Garonne :


Our B&B in Moissac:






Our B&B in Caumont sur Garonne:







Our B&B in Sauveterre de Guyenne (upgrade with supplement):



















Practical info

A WORD FROM GUILHEM, LOCAL CYCLING GUIDE:


The pretty  towpath of the Canal de la Garonne has been totally resurfaced for cyclistes.  Our hybrid bikes have been selected for your comfort.  Front suspension, hydraulic brakes (no jamming of the brake pads in wet conditions),ORLIEB paniers, front and back lights ...The quality of your bike is key to the success of your trip  and we are committed to ensuring you set off in the best possible conditions. 


HYBRID BIKES  FROM THE AMERICAN BRAND  TREK



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  • High-stantard model chosen especially for the profile of our travelers.
  • A bike to fi your height (available in M, L and XL. For smaller height, other Trek and KTM models are available)
  • Frame geometry and standover : easy to mount and dismount.
  • Front suspension 
  • Confort saddle
  • Travel comfort handles 
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • Adjustable stem (for the comfort of your back)
  • Rear stand 
  • Front and rear lighting by dynamo
  • Our bikes are serviced and cleaned after each outing.

This model is the one who select in priority. However, depending on your registration, we might reserve another bike. 

E-BIKES  FROM THE AMERICAN BRAND  TREK



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  • High-stantard model chosen especially for the profile of our travelers.
  • A bike to fi your height (available in XS, S, M, L and XL.
  • Frame geometry and standover : easy to mount and dismount.
  • Large 28 inch wheels that ensure precise steering and good performance.
  • Powerfull hydraulic disc brakes
  • Bosch motor 

Our bikes are serviced and cleaned after each outing.

All of your equipment is included


  • Waterproof rear panier (Ortlieb)
  • Waterproof front panier with  smartphone / roadbook holder (Ortlieb)
  • Front and back lights
  • Bike lock
  • Repair kit
  • Helmet on demand (please, make the request at the registration)

  • Nature Occitane provides an insurance for robbery and assitance for 1€50 per day and bike and/or equipment


  • At your charge if your bike or trailer are robbed :


Caution / Excess without the insurance :
Premium trip bike : 924€
Premium trip electric bike : 2275€
Child bike : 400€
Luggage trailer BOB Ibex : 570€
Repair rate in case of damage / breakage

Caution / Excess with the insurance : 
Premium trip bike : 92€
Premium trip electric bike : 228€
Child bike : 40€
Luggage trailer BOB Ibex : 57€
10% of the repair rate in case of damage /breakage

NB : The statement of robbery at the police station must be sent to Nature Occitane in both  cases in the time limit of 48h after the offence.

At your charge in case of theft or loss of equipment : 
Back pannier : 50€
Anti-theft device : 75€
Multi-tool or pump : 15€
Helmet : 50€

Parking of your vehicle during your holiday


IN BORDEAUX

We can advice you a car park located closed by your accommodation. Click here to have an approximate price or to book your park.

IN TOULOUSE

Solution : Paid for secure parking in Toulouse
For peace of mind, we can give you the details of an inexpensive, secure car park, not far from your B&B.
Click here to see an approximate price or to book.

MEETING POINT :

Day 1 in your B&B.


THE END OF YOUR TRIP:

Your holiday will finish upon your arrival in Toulouse. Supplementary night in Toulouse is an option.

HOW TO GET HERE:

In order to reduce carbon emissions, we encourage you to come by public transport and/or car-sharing. We take care of the delivery of your bikes to the start of your trip and their collection at the end.


IF YOU COME BY TRAIN : SNCF train station in Bordeaux


IF YOU COME BY PLANE : Bordeaux airports.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT :

Take a travel bag or suitcase for a change of clothes for the week. You will find it in your accommodation each evening.

Clothing :

  • 1 sun hat or cap (helmet provided on request when you register)
  • 1 scarf 
  • Breathable T-shirts
NB: Avoid cotton, which takes a long time to dry; prefer short-sleeved t-shirts (breathable material)
  • 1 fleece
  • 1 Gore-tex jacket, waterproof and breathable
  • 2 pair of shorts (short or long), preferably padded for comfort on the bike
NB: The shorts must be worn next to the skin.
  • 1 pair of comfortable trousers for the evening
  • Underwear
  • Socks    
NB: Avoid "tennis" type socks (cotton), which take a long time to dry. 
  • 1 swimming costume for the pool and your arrival at the sea

Shoes :

  • 1 pair of multi-activity shoes for cycling and walking
  • Tennis shoes or sandals for the evening

Equipment :

  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pocket knife (to be put in the hold luggage if you take the plane)
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen
  • Soothing cream anti-friction

This list must be adapted according to the season chosen.
Reviews
The following French tour operators have chosen to work with us; we create trips to match their clients expectations and then welcome their clients to our region.


We have a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence and 5* rating following the 2018 season.


Canal de Garonne - Toulouse Bordeaux by bike!!!

New trip along the Canal de Garonne by bike from Bordeaux to Toulouse. We chose this trip of 5 days and are happy to have seen these beautiful places, a part of the Canal de Garonne which you share with walkers following the path to Santiago de Compostella. (GR5). Very good selection of B&Bs, excellent welcome! Well done and a big thank you to Guilhem and his team!
Dalila - Juillet 2018