Garonne Canal: From Bordeaux to Toulouse (or reverse)

3.5/5 (2)
6 nights
43 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 1075
Bike tour in France
Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours

Garonne Canal: From Bordeaux to Toulouse (or reverse)

3.5/5 (2)

Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours

6 nights
43 miles/day

Self guided from EUR € 1075
Bike tour in France

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  • Pedal from the Port of the Moon to the Pink City

    Glide by bicycle along the gorgeous Garonne Canal, an extension of the magnificent Canal du Midi that connects Toulouse with the Mediterranean Sea. Cycle along a spellbinding section known as the 'Canal of the Two Seas' ('Canal des Deux Mers'), a fantastic route that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and delights the eyes with vibrant vineyards and stunning medieval villages. You'll venture through beautiful towns and visit such captivating cultural sites as Moissac. And don't forget - the cuisine in this region is truly sensational!

    This flat itinerary can be done in either direction. You can choose the route that is more practical for you.

    • Bordeaux France Wines! Eddie Welker@Flickr
    • Bordeaux, France. Zakaria Elbazi@Unsplash
    • Bordeaux, France. CC:Marc Rychaert
    • Wine tasting in France! vinhosprovence@Flickr
    • Great French cuisine! vinhosprovence@Flickr
    • Bordeaux Bike Boat Tour
    • French wines! NwongPR@Flickr
    • Garonne River Canal in Bordeaux, France.

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    • Bordeaux - 'The Port of the Moon'
    • Toulouse - 'The Pink City'
    • Unforgettable cultural and UNESCO sites
    • Beautiful landscapes of the south of France
    • Easy and comfortable cycling along the green line and quiet country roads

    Learn More

    Learn more about self-guided tours.

    Interested in adding to your itinerary? Take a look at our cycling day tours in Paris.

  • CC-BY-SA-4.0 - Cathedral of St Andrew in Bordeaux, France. CC:Lockx3r' data-type='image'> Cathedral of St Andrew in Bordeaux, France. CC:Lockx3r
    CC-BY-SA-2.0 - Bordeaux France Wines! Eddie Welker@Flickr' data-type='image'> Bordeaux France Wines! Eddie Welker@Flickr
    CC-BY-SA-3.0 - Bordeaux, France. CC:Marc Rychaert' data-type='image'> Bordeaux, France. CC:Marc Rychaert
    CC-BY-ND-2.0 - Wine tasting in France! vinhosprovence@Flickr' data-type='image'> Wine tasting in France! vinhosprovence@Flickr
    CC-BY-ND-2.0 - Great French cuisine! vinhosprovence@Flickr' data-type='image'> Great French cuisine! vinhosprovence@Flickr
    CC-BY-ND-2.0 - French wines! NwongPR@Flickr' data-type='image'> French wines! NwongPR@Flickr
    CC-BY-2.0 - Sauternes Wine in Bordeaux, France. CC:Syvwlch' data-type='image'> Sauternes Wine in Bordeaux, France. CC:Syvwlch
    CC-BY-SA-3.0 - Place de la Bourse with tram in Bordeaux, France. CC:Phillip Maiwald' data-type='image'> Place de la Bourse with tram in Bordeaux, France. CC:Phillip Maiwald
  • Daily program

    Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux
    You'll begin your journey in beautiful Bordeaux, 'Port of the Moon', by checking in to your hotel. There is no welcome meeting at this departure, but you'll find a travel pack waiting for you. You can test ride your bike today and we recommend venturing into Bordeaux either by bike or on foot.

    Overnight in Bordeaux.

    Day 2: Bordeaux – Camiran (39 miles/63km)
    Bike out of Bordeaux along the cycle path between Dordogne and Gironde, passing by the city of Bastide de Créon and La Sauve Majeure (a former Benedictine abbey). You'll cycle through the medieval site of Sauveterre de Guyenne, a fortified historic town founded in 1281 with four grand gates. This is also the county of the canton of Entre Deux Mers (AOC). The path is entirely along a cycle lane, along the green line named 'Roger Lapébie' in honor of the 1937 winner of the Tour de France.

    Overnight in Camiran.

    Day 3: Camiran – Le Mas d’Agenais (24 miles/38 km)
    Today you'll ride from Camiran to La Réole along small roads. You'll then reach the Garonne Canal cycle path which you'll glide along until reaching marvellous Le Mas d'Agenais.

    Overnight in Le Mas d’Agenais.

    Day 4: Le Mas d’Agenais – Sérignac sur Garonne (23 miles/37Km)
    At Le Mas d'Agenais, make sure not to miss out on a visit to the beautiful Roman church. Upon leaving, continue along the canal, enjoying the numerous opportunities to stop and savor gorgeous views. You'll pass by the quaint town of Damezan, founded in 1259, before continuing a calm and gentle ride along the canal to the village of Sérignac.

    Overnight in Sérignac.

    Day 5: Serignac – Moissac (34 miles/55Km)
    As you continue along the Garonne Canal, you'll pass by the superb bridge of Pont Canal d'Agen, making a stop in the historical center of Agen. The day then continues along the canal until you reach Moissac, a center for Roman art, on the Santiago de Compostela. Here, the abbey and cloister are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and are sure to captivate. The landscape of Moissac is dominated by the verdant orchards and vineyards of the famous Chasselas.

    Overnight in Maissac.

    Day 6: Moissac – Toulouse (42 miles/67Km)
    The Garonne Canal will lead you into the beautiful heart of Toulouse, 'The Pink City', sitting at the end of 56 Garonne Canal sluices! Toulouse is a city boasting unique architecture built from pinkish terracotta bricks, earning it the nickname 'La Ville Rose'. The city proudly shows off two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Canal du Midi (designated in 1996 and shared with other cities), and the Basilica of St. Sernin, the largest remaining Romanesque building in Europe. The basilica was designated in 1998 for its significance to the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route.

    Overnight in Toulouse.

    Day 7: Toulouse
    Your tour ends after breakfast. We encourage you to stay and enjoy Toulouse.

    Surface and terrain

    This itinerary takes you between Bordeaux and Toulouse.

    You'll follow green line trails as well as quiet roads. The terrain is flat, and you can expect excellent road surfaces. The daily stages are from 37 to 67km, approximately 2-5 hours of cycling per day. From Bordeaux, the route profile has a few ascents and descents but becomes flat when you reach the canal.


    The following hotels are provided only as samples and may vary based on availability.

    You will be accommodated in comfortable 3- and 4-star hotels and guesthouses along this route. Several of the hotels will have swimming pools, which you will enjoy during the warmer summer months.

    Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.

    How to get there

    Tour start and end

    Nearest airport: Bordeaux, Merignac, or Toulouse
    Nearest train station: Bordeaux or Toulouse

    If you fly into Paris, the TGV train from Paris to Bordeaux takes about 2 hours. TGV trains are also available between Bordeaux and Toulouse for your return journey at the end of your tour.

    • Bordeaux Airport → Bordeaux bus station: Daily shuttle between the airport and the bus station, both ways, every 45 minutes - about 55 minutes travel; Jet Bus, about € 10.
    • Bordeaux Airport → Bordeaux train station: The airport is 6km away from the train station, 1h20 to 1h30 travel.
    • Toulouse train station → Bergerac train station: 4h30 journey
    • Toulouse Airport → Toulouse train station: Daily shuttle between the airport and the bus station, both ways, every 20 minutes, 20 to 45 minutes travel., Tel.: +33(0)5 61 41 70 70 ; Fly’bus ; about € 9
    • Taxi: the price between Blagnac airport to Toulouse city-center is about € 80, same price for Bordeaux.

    Tips on getting to and from your tour.

  • Dates

    Daily: Apr 1 -Oct 31, 2024


    Tour package

    Per person, double occupancy €1075
    Single use room (1 person/1 room) €1531
    Solo traveler (1 person in party with single use room) €1550

    Discounts may be available for 4 or more travelers, please contact us for additional details.

    Bike Rentals

    Standard bike, 21-speed men's frame €205
    Standard bike, 21-speed unisex frame €205
    Electrically assisted bike €305

    Extra Nights, Bordeaux

    Per person, double occupancy €110
    Single room (1 person/1 room) €200

    Extra Nights, Toulouse

    Per person, double occupancy €90
    Single room (1 person/1 room) €158


    Child, ages 0-11 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price) 30%
    Third person, ages 12+ sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price) 20%

    Included services

    • 6 nights accommodation
    • Breakfasts; dinner on Day 2
    • Luggage transfers (1 bag per person, 33 pounds/15kg total maximum weight)
    • Digital travel packet with maps and tour information (including GPS app access)
    • Emergency hotline number

    We can provide a paper version of the travel pack with maps, topo guide and travel folder, for an additional fee of €30 per travel pack (no more than 1 per room). The printed materials will be available at the first hotel of your stay.

    Bike rentals

    Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:

    • Standard bikes, 21 speed, men's or unisex frames
    • Electrically assisted bike* (upon request)
    • Child seat

    *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

    All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:

    • Repair kit
    • Pump
    • Lock
    • Saddlebag
    • Helmet

    Bike Protection:
    Bike protection can be purchased at the time of booking. You can read more about that HERE.

    The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals. Toe cages are not available to rent.

    Helmets are included with your bike rental; however, for safety and hygiene purposes, we recommend you bring your own helmet or plan to purchase one upon arrival.

    Tour Company

    • Robert Sterndale November 7, 2022

      A beautiful ride through mostly rural, agricultural France

      Bordeaux and Toulouse are interesting cities alright but most of our time was riding through an expansive agricultural area. Finding our way out of Bordeaux was not difficult. Once we reached the canal we "sailed" along the paved towpath all day, every day. The bike trail was mostly well maintained paved surface with a few stretches that were bumpy. We saw active pavement maintenance so it is being improved where needed.
      The Roadbook navigating program served well as a way finder except on the last day when it took us to the wrong place in Toulouse a couple kilometers or more across the city from our hotel. That was a hassle.
      Being of a certain age, we opted for e-bikes on this trip. These were pedal-assist type bikes which we all mastered quickly. The terrain was mostly very canal-flat but the e-boost was welcome for the occasional rise and toward the end of the day the boost was welcome. The hotels along the way were not right on the canal and some hill climbing was involved there.
      Bikes were well maintained and thoughtfully configured for our various heights but no orientation or training was provided for the bikes, they were just left at the starting hotel.
      We enjoyed the hotel/B&B stays. B&B hosts were gracious and accommodating. Rooms were clean and comfortable.
      We did this in late September which is the end of their tourist season. Weather was fine. Bike traffic was light.
      The canal trail provided a very scenic but repetitious view. We saw an interesting variety of agricultural activity along the way.

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 2022
      How many tours have you completed?
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Route selection
    • Thomas Wall November 7, 2022

      Enjoyable ride with lots of canal views

      In order to ensure we had dedicated bike paths I think we sacrificed variety. The scenery was beautiful but we saw a lot of the canal. Enjoyed the small towns and our hosts were great! Small hiccup with luggage transfer was a bit aggravating. All-in-all, an enjoyable trip.

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 2022
      How many tours have you completed?
      This was the second
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      • 4/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Local tour company services