From Bordeaux to Agen, a preview of Canal de Garonne
A unique bike trip through the Bordeaux vineyards
4 days / 3 nights
Adults (12 years old & up)
Level : easy
From April to September
This bike trip has you discover a delightful ride from Bordeaux to Agen. You’ll begin by discovering the magical city of Bordeaux, with its awe-inspiring architectural heritage. You will be able to spend a few days in this city, you can be quite sure you will not get bored! Leaving Bordeaux, after trying the famous and delicious « Cannelé », you will soon ride on the « Roger Lapébie » cycling path. You ride along a peaceful and pleasant wooded and well marked out path to Sauveterre de Guyenne. Several fortified towns near the path will allow you to appreciate local historic treasures.
You will enjoy spending the night in Marmande (Tomato Capital), where you can appreciate the charm and tranquility of the Agen (undisputed Capital of prune) cloister (a must see!).
Day by day
Day 1: VISIT BORDEAUX BY BIKE OR ON FOOT
B&B / 2* hotel
The meeting point is in Bordeaux, or in Latresne, if you prefer. You will be able to explore the city, much of which is a protected UNESCO World Heritage site (This label showcases the beauty and unity of style of Bordeaux’s architectural heritage, particularly related to the « Port de la lune »).
If you opt for a start in Latresne, you will enjoy hiking on one of the numerous hiking paths marked out by the small city, full of mansions and chateaux. You find the rented equipment and your roadbook at your accommodation.
Night in Bordeaux/Latresne, with dinner of your own choice.
Supplementary nights available on request – See “our supplementary services”
Day 2: THE CANAL DE GARONNE FROM BORDEAUX TO COURPIAC/FRONTENAC
B&B / 2* hotel
You start the Canal de Garonne, very easy to follow as signs are visible all along the path, from the « Pont de pierre » – stone bridge, in Bordeaux. If necessary, you have in your roadbook, a guidebook and maps you may put in the map-holder we provided you with. After a 9km-ride by the Garonne, you reach Latresne city and ride soon on the Lapébie cycling path. You pass by lovely small châteaux (for instance: the Chartreuse de Valrose) located just nearby the Garonne, that is just amazing! Once you are on the Lapébie cycling path, you ride in the valley nicely named « vallée de la Pimpine ». Créon is worth a small stop to have a drink; l’abbaye de la Sauve Majeure is worth a visit because of the beautiful sculptures on its capitals. Night in Courpiac/Frontenac, with dinner of your own choice.
Cycling: 45 km (starting from Bordeaux) – 37km (starting from Latresne)
Extra riding to Saint-Emilion possible (+24km for the return journey)
Day 3: THE CANAL DE GARONNE FROM COURPIAC TO MARMANDE
B&B / 2* hotel
You arrive in the lovely fortified town « Sauveterre de Guyenne » easily. Then, the way becomes a bit harder to join La Réole. Before La Réole, you ride on hilly little-used minor roads. If you feel fit enough, you will pass by the terrific château de Lavison, if not, you may choose the optional itinerary by Bagas, a bit longer but flatter. After La Réole, you come back to peaceful and flat paths along the Canal de Garonne. A stop in Meilhan sur Garonne to enjoy the view and to have lunch may be a very good idea ! Night in Marmande, with dinner of your own choice.
Cycling : 50 km
Day 4: THE CANAL DE GARONNE FROM MARMANDE TO AGEN
B&B / 2* hotel
A quick stop in Le Mas d’Agenais is worth it: it is a charming small town with an old nicely restored church. Passing by Sérignac sur Garonne, you’ll have to get to the church to admire the original bell tower. Then, you reach Agen and feel its lively atmosphere. You will admire the Canal Bridge and its 23 arches, major emblematic building of the Canal de Garonne. Do not miss the art gallery, Saint-Caprais Cathedral and its exquisite half-timbered houses. Night in Agen, with dinner of your own choice.
Cycling : 60 km
This tour ends when you arrive in Agen, but you can choose to stay for an additional night(s) in Agen.
EXTEND YOUR STAY
From Agen, you can reach the area of your choice, by train (Agen SNCF station) or by vehicle. You can continue your stay in urban or seaside tourism: the French Riviera, the Vermeille coast in the Collioure region, unless you choose to join Spain….
The names and photos of the accommodations are given for information only. Depending on availability, accommodations may be modified and replaced without notice by another accommodation of the same category.
Accommodation, equipment you may rent and practical information in your Tour info
The terrific city center of Bordeaux & its delicious “Cannelés”
“L’entre-deux-mers” & its wines to taste
“Bastides” villages to visit
L’Abbaye de la Sauve Majeure
Getaway possible to visit Saint Emilion
They tried it, they loved it !
Tous les détails de l’organisation réglés, un matériel ad hoc, un livre de bord complet permettant un accès aisé aux hébergements, des nuitées dans des hôtels et chambres d’hôtes de qualité supérieure (6 x la piscine sur 8), des contacts conviviaux lors de la préparation de la randonnée : voilà brièvement résumé toutes les compétences que “Veloccitane” met au service des ses clients.
Un tout grand merci et de chaleureuses recommandations.
Exceptional preparation by emails over a couple of months.
The organisation of the trip which was totally tailored to our requirements was great.
The accommodation was different at every location. The bikes were excellent and had all the equipment needed. We will use them again and recommend them to everyone.
Sandrine was our contact and always was available for any questions.
Excellente prestation de Veloccitane.
Notre interlocutrice, Sandrine Le Berre, a été très professionnelle, ce qui nous a conduits à choisir Veloccitane parmi plusieurs concurrents.
Ensuite, le déroulement de l’opération s’est effectué sans aucune difficulté.
For any question :
00 33 (0)5 61 71 00 55
Véloccitane - Maison du Vélo Toulouse
12 Boulevard Bonrepos, 31000 Toulouse
Call me back
What they say about us
on Trip Advisor :