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Canal de Garonne 7-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 4
The Canal de Garonne has been transformed almost completely as a green lane, from the Bordeaux docks to the Toulouse pink squares. You will follow this ancient canal towpath, converted as a promenade and discover space to share with walkers, cyclists and boaters. Between rivers, vines and orchards, the numerous ancient fortified towns are waiting to reveal their secrets and history. You will be surrounded by a quiet easy living, conviviality and gastronomy.
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Arrival in Bordeaux
For the first day, take your time to visit Bordeaux. Take a walk along the Garonne docks. This city is a 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 racing cycle route) in the middle of vineyards and forest. This path use an ancient railway line which leads you to the heart of the ‘Entre-deux-mers’. You will then reach your accommodation in Rauzan, a medieval village dominated by its castle and keep.
Rauzan – Marmande | 69km
When you leave Rauzan cycle along the bike path until you arrive in Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, a fortified village from the 13th century. Follow the itinerary on small countryside routes, before joining the Canal des-deux-mers in La Réole, a small village over-looking the Garonne. Follow the Canal and reach Marmande, the tomato capital city!
Marmande – Agen | 64km
Follow the canal that will lead you to Agen. Make two stops that 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 bridge-canals
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 the warmest welcome for cycling tourists. Continuing you will 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 joining the lively and well-known “Ville rose”. The villages are warm and open, welcoming you for lunch breaks or time to relax. Finally 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, just beautiful.
Departure during the day
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