Atlantic to Mediterranean Cycling Tour
£2,000/ €2,280 per person
based on 2 sharing
This is a unique coast to coast cycling tour from the lovely city of Bordeaux to the warm Mediterranean town of Sete. Join us for the whole tour or just one section
Section 1 - Bordeaux to Toulouse 7 days
Section 2 - Toulouse to Sete 7 days
Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux' Known simply as 'La Perle d'Aquitaine', the city's charms range from its historic Old Town to its winding Garonne River to the endless bottles of fine local wine.
Day 2: Bordeaux to Saint-Macaire (approx. 60 km/37 miles)
Depart Bordeaux this morning take in its beautiful landscaped quays alongside the Garonne River. Then follow the greenway trail through the hillsides of Entre-Deux-Mers on the Roger Lapebie Bike Trail. Highlights along the route include the magnificent walled towns of Creon and Sauveterre-de-Guyenne.
Day 3: Saint-Macaire to Marmande (50km/31 miles)
Today marks the beginning of the Canal de Garonne and a day of cycling right beside it. Head to the time-honoured town of La Réole — worth a stop for its striking town hall, once a medieval priory — and the villages of Caudrot and Castets en Dorthe, and on through a fine natural landscape of vineyards and wild green forests.
Day 4: Marmande to Agen (55km/34 miles)
Your tour continues through the rich valley of the Garonne. The beautiful all-day route passes by a number of small towns including Fourques-sur-Garonne, Le Mas d'Agen, and Lagruère, but do not miss Buzet-sur-Baise and its spectacular chateau hidden in the fairy tale-inspiring forest. Agen is one of the loveliest spots along the entire waterway, this busy town boasts an 11th century castle and a number of churches and chapels to explore.
Day 5: Agen to Moissac (40-60km/24-37 miles)
Following a gentle stretch of cycling in the shade of plane trees, you’ll encounter the canal bridge on the Baïse, the aqueduct of Agen Auvillar, and the lake at Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave. There are also plenty of pretty towns to cycle through. You will finish the day in Moissac, a town renowned for its medieval Saint-Pierre Abbey on the St Jaques de Compostella Pilgrims Route.
Day 6: Moissac to Toulouse (64km/39 miles)
We recommend a visit to the abbey in Moissac, before starting your ride to Toulouse, Known as the ‘Ville Rose' for the appearance of its clay-brick buildings at sunset, this distinct destination offers a wealth of museums and monuments, not to mention great restaurants and bars.
Day 7 Rest day in Toulouse
Day 8 Toulouse to Castlenaudary (56km/35 miles)
Andy or Cris will guide you off on your first day alongside the beautiful Canal du Midi. Leaving the hustle and bustle of Toulouse behind we cycle into the countryside, passing small towns and villages along the way. Castelnaudary is a major port and a base for one of the largest companies hiring boats on the canal, its main claim to fame is the regional dish of Cassoulet, choose to eat this or one of many other dishes in one of the numerous restaurants.
Day 9 Castlenaudary to Carcassonne (36km/23miles)
Observe the workings of many locks as you leave Castelnaudary, the first, St Roch, has one of the greatest drops in height on the canal (9.5m) and its flow was once used to power waterwheels. Short ride today so take your time, enjoy the scenery, the nearby vineyards, sample some wine and enjoy a picnic lunch and the gentle pace of French life. A three star hotel awaits you this evening, and plenty of restaurants to choose from. The Carcassonne Cite ramparts are illuminated at night and are a stunning photo opportunity.
Day 10 Rest day in Carcassonne,
Spend a day and another night in this fabulous medieval fortified town. There are two parts to Carcassonne, the lower town and the Cité, the ancient walled town. The lower town is designed on a grid so easy to explore. Plenty of restaurants to choose from for your evening meal. Take a tour of the town or a trip underground in the caves which extend to over a kilometre underground. Alternatively a circular route up into the hills is available for those who wish to cycle again today
Day 11 Carcassonne to Homps (34km/22miles)
Continuing our journey towards the Mediterranean passing through quaint little French villages, enjoy a lunch sitting alongside the canal watching the riverboats navigate the curious oval shaped locks.
Day 12 Homps to Beziers (44km/27miles)
The country side opens out and you feel the warm sea breeze on you face as you pass by the recently renovated "Staircase" of locks at Fonserrannes and more pretty villages as we head off to the beautiful and bustling city of Beziers, where you will spend tonight.
Day 13 Beziers to Sete (52km/32 miles)
Last leg of the tour today riding onto Agde passing the St Etienne Cathedral and why not enjoy a late lunch at one of the restaurants on the eastern quay, then follow the cycle track to Sete with the Marseillan Plage to your right and the Thau Lagoon on your left, and on to your hotel, as the sun sets, reflect on the best cycling holiday in the world
Day 14 depart to the UK
You can fly from UK to Bordeaux, Toulouse, Carcassonne or Montpellier, We can help with arranging flights as arrival airport will be different to departure airport
Price £2000 €2280 per person & includes Hotels, Breakfast, bike hire, luggage transfers, maps & route notes and full support - Airport transfers can be arranged at additional cost
This tour can be lengthened by adding a start in Lacanau-Ocean for those who wish to “dip their toes” in the Atlantic at the start and Mediterranean at the end of the tour