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Bordeaux to Sète Self-guided Cycling Tour 12-day Level 4
The 'Canal des 2 Mers' links up the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. This bike itinerary leads you along the Canal de Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse. Then, you will join the Canal du Midi, UNESCO World Heritage, to the Mediterranean Sea. You will follow this ancient canal towpath, converted as a promenade and discovery space, to share with walkers and boaters.
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Arrival in Bordeaux
For this first day, take your time to visit Bordeaux. Take a walk along the Garonne docks. This city, World Heritage Site by UNESCO will fill you with enthusiasm for its quality of life, the green airy spaces, its gastronomy and of course its wine!
Bordeaux – Rauzan | 46km
Once the Garonne is crossed in Bordeaux, follow the bike path ‘Roger Lapébie’ (French race cycle route) in the middle of vineyards and forest. This path, an ancient railway path, leads you to the heart of the ‘Entre-deux-mers’. To reach your accommodation in Rauzan, a medieval village overlooked by its castle and keep.
Rauzan – Marmande | 69km
You leave Rauzan cycle along the bike path until you reach Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, a fortified village from the 13th century. Follow the itinerary by small countryside routes, before joining the Canal des-deux-mers in La Réole, a small village overlooking the Garonne. Then follow the Canal to Marmande, the tomato capital city!
Marmande – Agen | 64km
Follow the canal that will lead you into Agen. Make two stops which are 'must-see'. The first at ‘Le Mas-d’Agenais’ with the church St. Vincent, pearl of the French Renaissance and the ‘Christ on the Cross’ from Rembrandt. The second one in Damazan, a fortified village from the 13th century. Then you will arrive in Agen by one of the longest canal bridges.
Agen – Moissac | 43km
The river run, this stage continues passing through Valence d’Agen, a medieval village with a rich cultural and natural heritage. You will find a warm welcome for cycling tourists. You arrive in Moissac, an unmissable stage of the St Jacques de Compostelle pilgrimage. Visit the ancient Benedictine abbatial church, its cloister and the church tympanum is one of the greatest from the Romanesque Art, a true architectural spectacle that cannot be missed.
Moissac – Toulouse | 68km
During this last stage, enjoy the quietness of the canal before arriving at the lively and well-known 'Ville rose'. The villages are warm and opening welcoming you for lunch breaks or just to relax. You arrive in Toulouse, away from the traffic, via the Canal du Midi. You must visit the town centre! Walk around the well-known ‘Place du Capitole’, the Basilica St Sernin, the Jacobins’ monastery.
Toulouse – Castelnaudary | 61km
‘The pink city’ famous for its numerous brick constructions, opens the doors of the ‘Canal du Midi’. Then, you will start your stage by crossing the ‘Lauragais’ country with its numerous farms where ducks and geese enjoy a peaceful life, swimming along the canal. Moreover, it is also a land of well being and gastronomy. Castelnaudary, famous for its ‘Cassoulet’, will welcome you and invite you to taste its local cuisine.
Castelnaudary – Carcassonne | 41km
In the heart of the Cathar country, discover the manifold traces of their crusades, which will guide you towards Carcassonne and it's impressive medieval city. Classified as world heritage by UNESCO, you can admire one of the most beautiful fortifications of Europe.
Carcassonne – Homps (or Olonzac) | 42km
Between the Aude river and the canal, your stage continues following the rhythm of the stream, punctuated with pine and plane trees always offering a fresh environment. Each village hides a treasure to discover. Do not forget to visit the canal bridge of Orbiel and the Argent-Double aqueduct.
Homps (or Olonzac) – Béziers | 64km
Ride through charming and typical small villages such as Paraza and Le Somail. Cycling along the winding canal bordered with olive trees and vines, before reaching the animated port of Capestang. After the Malpas’s tunnel, you can admire the cascade of the 9 locks of Fonsérannes before reaching Béziers.
Béziers – Sète | 50km
Cycling towards the Mediterranean sea using a beautiful cycle path, the canal guides you towards Sète and its Mediterranean atmosphere. Then while cycling along the Herault river you will reach Onglous’s beacon, where the Canal du Midi joins the Thau. Skirting along the Mediterranean beaches you will arrive at Sète.
Departure during the day
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