Early Bird SaleSave on 2024Book Now!
7 days
  • self guided cycle
  • 6 nights in a combination of B&Bs and 2-3 star hotels
  • 2 Dinners
  • 6 Breakfasts



$1490 USD

$1416 USD



Trip Code: CAN

Trip highlights

  • Bordeaux, with its historical centre and world renowned wines
  • Cycling through the stunning and diverse landscapes surrounding the Canal de Garonne
  • Visiting walled towns and pretty villages en route
  • Toulouse, with its distinctive architecture

Together with the Canal du Midi, the Canal de Garonne connects the Atlantic to the Mediterranean in what is known as the Canal des Deux Mers (Canal of the Two Seas). The canal is lined with diverse landscapes of vineyards, groves, orchards and villages with numerous works of art and historical monuments. On this self guided cycle across southwest France, you will take in the important cities of Bordeaux and Toulouse and the many beautiful vineyards, valleys and villages in between. Cycling along canal ways, past locks and medieval towns, there is ample time to take a picnic and visit vineyards en route to your accommodation in a charming B&B or comfort hotel.

Trip Grading


More info about grading system

Traveller Rating


Make your way to your hotel in the heart of Bordeaux, world renowned wine capital on the banks of the Garonne River.

Meals:  Nil

After breakfast collect your bike from the rental shop.* On your first cycle day you head quickly out of town via a cycle path on the right bank of the Garonne. In Latresne you turn towards the north to follow a converted railway track. At the Romanesque abbey in La Sauve your turn southwards on quiet tarmac lanes until you reach Cadillac and your hotel, situated below the impressive 18th century Chateau de Cadillac. Ascent 150m/492ft * if your day 1 is a Saturday you must collect your bike on the evening of day 1 by 6.00 pm (as the bike shop is closed on Sundays).

Meals:  B

You cycle today on winding inland lanes, to avoid the busy road between Cadillac and Saint Macair. There are some ascents, but a rewarding landscape awaits: impressive estates, vineyards and typically French villages. After a visit to the Bastide de St Macair, cross the Garonne to the start of the 'Veloroute des Deux Mers", the cycling route between two seas. Accommodation tonight is in Meilahn-sur-Garonne or subject to availability a little further inland (8km) at Marcellus. Ascent 200m/656ft

Meals:  B,D

Today you follow the Canal de la Garonne, cycling on the flat from Meilahn-sur-Garonne all the way to Serignac. Enjoy the shade of ancient plane trees and take time to make small detours along the way. The church in Mas d'Agenais has an authentic painting by Rembrandt on display. Savour a cup of coffee on the beautiful village square at Damazan, with its fortress and historic arcades. Worth the 10km detour is the town of Tonneis, with its lovely square on the banks of the Garonne and choice of restaurants and cafes. Overnight Serignac. Ascent 50m/164ft

Meals:  B,D

Today you begin with a gentle section along the canal among plane trees and orchards. After 10km the channel intersects with an aqueduct, creating a unique way to reach Agen. Agen is a pleasant centre with a renowned Museum of Arts. Your route then continues along the canal, between the railway and a busy road, until you reach Valence d'Agen, another beautiful town with curious round washhouses. The last section is peaceful once again and you can enjoy the scenery on your way to the historic town of Moissac, located on the north bank of the Tarn river. Moissac is a UNESCO World Heritage site and an important stop on the 'Way of St James' pilgrim walk, from Geneva and Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Don't miss the 11th century Abbey of St Pierre and its stunning cloister with seventy six marble columns. Ascent 30m/98ft

Meals:  B

Via the beautiful Pont-Canal du Cacor you cross the river Tarn and reach Castelsarrasin, with its small port and 13th century Abbey of Belleperche. In the shade of old plane trees you now follow a quiet track to Toulouse. Along the way there is much to see, including the water slope in Mon tech, the special Ponts-Jumeaux and the junction of the three canals. After Grisoles with its brick houses you reach the historic Castelnau-d'Estretefonds. Here you can take the train into Toulouse (ticket not included, 25km) or if you prefer to cycle it is somewhat busier into the 'Pink City'. With its distinctive clay brick architecture, there is plenty to see in Toulouse, starting with its famous Place du Capitole. Overnight in Toulouse. Ascent 75m/246ft

Meals:  B

Trip concludes in Toulouse after breakfast. If you'd like to extend your stay to take the time to explore this beautiful city please ask for our rates. Or continue cycling on our Canal du Midi trip to Sete.

Meals:  B



The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


  • 6 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices
  • 2 dinners – usually 3 courses with regional specialties featured
  • 6 nights in a combination of B&Bs and 2-3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • luggage transfer - 1 piece of luggage per person weighing no more than 20kgs
  • Information pack including smartphone app with maps plus a route book per room booked
  • Hybrid rental bike including lock, repair kit, helmet, handlebar bag and pannier (electric bike available on request - supplement applies)
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Bordeaux and from Toulouse
  • Lunches daily and all beverages, dinners on days 1, 2, 5 and 6
  • Entrance fees to museums, chateaux, parks and archaeological sites, wine tastings
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided trip
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • We recommend bringing a holder for your mobile phone to be fixed to the handlebar to cycle smoothly following the app

Bike information



The route mainly follows the 'Voie Verte' along the canal, which is mostly flat and free of car traffic. The first section from Bordeaux mostly follows a cycle track and there are some hilly sections. It is important to be aware that the quality of some of the paths are poorly maintained. These dirt paths are not always very even with tree roots and rocks and can be slippery after / during rain which requires more vigilance and cycling skills. We are working with local councils to make improvements to the trail. Overall, the cycling is moderate (3) grade with daily cycling distances from 25 to 64km/15.5 to 40mi. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. It is considered suitable for cyclists with a good level of fitness. It is not considered suitable for children due to the quality of some of the trail.

Departure dates

Daily (except Thursday) from 15 Apr to 30 June and 1 Sep to 15 Oct - daily in Jul & Aug


Some sections of the canal path are dirt with tree roots and rocky parts requiring care and vigilance, particularly when wet.

Want to organise a private group?

Fundraising events, sporting groups, family treats; learn how you can organise a Private Group from just 6 travellers.

Priceper person from

$1416  USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Discount for triple room - ppUSD$-145
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$90
  • Electric Bike Supplement - 9 daysUSD$110
  • Single SupplementUSD$510
  • Single Traveller SurchargeUSD$550
*Prices listed are per person

Trip reviews

Why travel with us

Making Europe Affordable

We offer different levels of accommodation and comfort so that even the most budget conscious can treat themselves to active holidays on Europe's most celebrated tracks and trails. Our trips are great value for money because you only pay for what you want.  

Self-Guided Specialists

Our wide range of self-guided itineraries embody the UTracks philosophy of exploring Europe your way. We handle the logistics so all that's left for you to do is enjoy exploring Europe at your own pace. Most depart daily with a minimum of two people, meaning maximum flexibility.

Our Wide Range

With close to 400 trips in almost 50 countries, including the largest range of bike & boat holidays in Europe, we're confident that we can organise an Alps walk, Camino de Santiago or Via Francigena experience, Food Lovers' trip or a tour in a lesser-known pocket of Europe that you will love. 

Similar trips

Join Newsletter
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ADS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Adventures South"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Adventure South</div>
Adventure South NZ is unrivalled in their geographic coverage, originality and overall quality of adventures holidays in New Zealand. Choose from walking, cycling, winter or multi-activity holidays, on either the North or South Island.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/AWH.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Walking Holidays"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Walking Holidays</div>
Australian Walking Holidays specialises in small group guided walking adventures. Since 1982 we have been guiding small groups of travellers on Australia's finest walks across our tropical, coastal or red centre landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GCT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Canadian Trails"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Canadian Trails</div>
Great Canadian Trails specialises in active holidays in Canada. With both guided and supported self-guided options available, our unique itineraries draw upon some of Canada's most inspiring parks, trails and landscapes from coast to coast.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/HUM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Humac Challenge"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Huma Charity Challenge</div>
Huma enables those with adventurous spirits to challenge themselves and make a difference for a cause close to their heart. Travel, fundraise and meet life-long friends on one of Huma's meaningful and unique challenges around the world.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WB.jpg?v2' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Walkers’ Britain"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Walkers' Britain</div>
Walkers' Britain (formerly Sherpa Expeditions) have specialised in walking and cycling trips in the United Kingdom and Europe since 1973. Explore iconic trails and destinations on a self guided or small group active holiday with Walkers' Britain.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WB.jpg?v2' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Walkers’ Britain"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Walkers' Britain</div>
Walkers' Britain (formerly Sherpa Expeditions) have specialised in walking and cycling trips in the United Kingdom and Europe since 1973. Explore iconic trails and destinations on a self guided or small group active holiday with Walkers' Britain.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TAS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Tasmania Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Tasmanian Expeditions</div>
Tasmanian Expeditions is the most experienced operator of treks and adventure travel holidays in Tasmania. We own and operate the most comprehensive range of adventure holidays available across Tasmania's varied landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/UTX-new.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Utracks"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>UTracks</div>
UTracks are the active European holiday specialists. Whether you prefer cycling or walking, 2-star or 4-star, small groups or self guided, land, river or sea – UTracks can help you to explore Europe exactly the way you want.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WYA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Expeditions Schools"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Expeditions Schools</div>
World Expeditions Schools is our specialist division dedicated to organising tailor made overseas school group adventures. Specialists in Service Learning projects, choose from more destinations than any other school group provider.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/YOM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Yomads"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Yomads</div>
Yomads offers adventures for the 20s and 30s on six continents. Designed as a way to bring young and likeminded travellers together, Yomads caters to those interested in lightly structured and active trips that allow freedom to roam and explore.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ACT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Cycle Tours"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Cycle Tours</div>
Australian Cycle Tours specialises in high quality self guided and guided cycling experiences in a selection of the most beautiful regions in Australia.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WEX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Expeditions</div>
The pioneers of original, worldwide adventure travel holidays since 1975
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TJX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Trail Journeys"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Trail Journeys</div>
Self-guided cycling experts on New Zealand's Otago Rail Trail and more
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/BMAC.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Blue Mountains Adventure Company"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Blue Mountains Adventure Company</div>
The original Blue Mountains canyoning, hiking, climbing and abseiling experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GWNZ.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Walks of New Zealand"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Walks of New Zealand</div>
Explore New Zealand's most spectacular wilderness regions with the self-guided hiking experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/NAA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="North America Active"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>North America Active</div>
USA Canada hiking & cycling tour specialists, choose from self-guided or guided trips