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The 'Canal des 2 Mers': from Bordeaux to Sète by Bike Ref. : CGCM1 STD

  • Canal du midi

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  • Bordeaux - 'canelés' pastry

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  • Entre-deux-mers vineyards

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  • Moissac - Pont-Canal

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  •  Canal du Midi

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  • Carcassonne

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  • from 1550 € / person on the minimum basis of 2 pers.
  • Circuit :
    • Linear trips
    • Electric bike
  • Difficulty : average
  • Duration : 12 days | 10 days riding
  • Departure : from March 2018 to October 2018
    Daily
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The 'Canal des 2 Mers' link up the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. This bike itinerary leads you along the Canal de Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse. Then, you will join the Canal du Midi, UNESCO World Heritage, to the Mediterranean Sea. You will follow this ancient canal towpath, converted as a promenade and discovery space, to share with walkers and boaters.

Your cycling tour on Canal des 2 Mers, from Bordeaux to Sète:

Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux

For this first day, take your time to visit Bordeaux. Take a walk along the Garonne docks. This city, World Heritage Site by UNESCO will fill you with enthusiasm for its quality of life, the green airy spaces, its gastronomy and its wine of course!

Day 2: Bordeaux – Rauzan  |  46 km

Once the Garonne crossed in Bordeaux, follow the bike path ‘Roger Lapébie’ (French racing cyclist) in the middle of vineyards and forest. This path use an ancient railway which leads you to the heart of the ‘Entre-deux-mers’. You will leave it to reach you accommodation in Rauzan, medieval village overhanged by its castle and donjon.

Day 3: Rauzan – Marmande  |  69 km

You leave Rauzan and reach the bike path. It ends in Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, fortified village from de 13th century. Follow the itinerary by small countryside routes, before joining the Canal des-deux-mers in La Réole, small village overhanging the Garonne. Then follow the Canal and reach Marmande, the tomato capital city!

Day 4: Marmande – Agen  |  64 km

Reach the canal that you will follow to Agen. Two stops are must-be-seen places. 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, fortified village from the 13th century. Then you will arrive in Agen by one of the longest bridge-canal in France.

Day 5: Agen – Moissac  |  43 km

Run of the river, this stage continues, pasing through Valence d’Agen, medieval village with a rich cultural and natural heritage. You will find a warm welcome for cyclotourists.
You arrive in Moissac, unmissable stage of St Jacques de Compostelle pilgrimage. Visit the ancient Benedictine abbatial church, its cloister and the church which tympanum is one of the greatest from the Romanesque Art.

Day 6: Moissac – Toulouse  |  68 km

During this last stage, enjoy the quietness of the canal before joining the lively and well-known “Ville rose”. The villages are queuing regularly, welcoming you for lunch breaks or relaxation. You arrive in Toulouse, away from the traffic, via the Canal du Midi.

Day 7: Toulouse – Castelnaudary | 66 km

‘The pink city’ famous for its numerous brick constructions, opens the doors of the ‘Canal du Midi’. Then, you will start your stage by crossing the ‘Lauragais’ country with its numerous farms where ducks and gooses enjoy a peaceful life, swimming and disturbing cyclists along the canal. Moreover, it is also a land of well being and gastronomy. Then, Castelnaudary, famous for its ‘Cassoulet’ , will welcome you and invite you to taste its local cuisine.

Day 8: Castelnaudary – Carcassonne | 43 km

In the heart of the Cathar country, discover the manifold traces of their crusades all along your stage, which will guide you towards Carcassonne and its impressive medieval city. Classified as world heritage by UNESCO, you can admire one of the most beautiful fortifications of Europe.

Day 9: Carcassonne – Homps | 43 km

Between Aude river and the canal, your stage continues following the rhythm of the stream, punctuated with pine and plane trees always offering a fresh environment. Each village hides a treasure to discover ; by the way do not forget to visit the canal bridge of Orbiel and the Argent-Double aqueduct.

Day 10: Homps – Béziers | 60 km

Cross charming and typical small villages such as Paraza and Le Somail. Then, you find a winding canal, bordered of olive-trees and vines, before reaching the animated port of Capestang. After the Malpas’s tunnel, you can admire the cascade of the 9 locks of Fonsérannes before aching Béziers.

Day 11: Béziers Sète | 45 km

Cap towards the Mediterranean sea ! Through a pleasant cycle path, the canal guides you towards Sète and its mediterranean atmosphere. While riding along the Herault river, you will reach Onglous’s beacon, where the Canal du Midi thrown in the pond of Thau. Then, it is while skirting the Mediterranean’s beaches that you will reach Sète.

Day 12: Departure during the day

Rates
Prices per person :
  • From March 31st 2018 to June 3rd 2018 1 740,00 €
    Single room supplement : 525,00 €
    Bike discount : - 150,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
    'Solo' Supplement : +460,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
  • From June 4th 2018 to September 18th 2018 1 550,00 €
    Single room supplement : 560,00 €
    Bike discount : - 150,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
  • From September 19th 2018 to October 25th 2018 1 740,00 €
    Single room supplement : 525,00 €
    Bike discount : - 150,00 € (If you bring your own bike)
    'Solo' Supplement : +460,00 € (Supplement to consider in case of solo traveler per booking)
This price includes :
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in guest house and 2-star / 3-star hotels (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
  • 2 dinners (drinks not included)
  • 11 'buffet' or 'continental' breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer during the day
  • Equipped rental cycle for 10 days (with helmet) and repatriation
  • 1 travel folder (itineraries in French or English / colour maps)
  • Tourist brochures
  • Hotline 7 days a week
This price does not include :
  • 9 dinners / Lunches / Drinks
  • Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
  • Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
  • Single room supplement (11 nights included)
  • Personal bike repatriation (rate on request)
Option(s)
Prices per person :
  • Accommodation in charming hotels (Ref. CGCM1 SUP)
    Supplement : 
    + 355.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room : 
    + 275.00 €  (amounts to €800 for the single supplement)
  • Extra night in Bordeaux

    3-star category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    Supplement : 
    + 80.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room : 
    + 75.00 €
  • Extra night in Sète

    2-star category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    Supplement : 
    + 50.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room : 
    + 40.00 €
  • Extra night in Bordeaux (upgraded accommodation)

    charming 3-star category hotel - bedroom and breakfast basis

    110.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room supplement : 
    + 85.00 €
  • Extra night in Sète (upgraded accommodation)
    95.00 €  per person (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
    Single room supplement : 
    + 80.00 €
Bike(s) supplement(s) :
  • Electric assistance :  +120 €
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> At the end of the tour:

 

. Leave your bike rental at the last hotel. We take care of its repatriation.

 


 

> Your rental bike:

VTC CUBE « Travel » bike - 21 speed gears

 

 

Equipped with : 2 rear panniers (saddlebags), 1 front pannier with map holder, 1 repair kit, 1 lock + 1 counter.

Helmet included.

 

> You can rent an electric assistance bike!

VTC CUBE bike - 8 speed gears

Equipped with : 2 rear panniers (saddlebags), 1 front pannier with map holder, 1 repair kit, 1 lock + 1 counter.

Helmet and reflective vest included.

 

 

See the FAQ for more information on the rental bikes.

 



How to arrive in BORDEAUX:

 

CAR:
From A10 then A630 highways > Exit n°4 direction « Bordeaux centre ».

 

TRAIN:

From Paris : Montparnasse train station > Bordeaux St Jean train station.


Possibility of transfer to the hotel:

. By tramway : Use C line to ‘Quinconces’ terminus : 4.60€ / pers
. By taxi : about 25€ / 30€

 

PLANE:

. From Roissy CDG airport : Roissy Charles de Gaulle T.2 train station > Bordeaux St-Jean train station.

 

. From Orly airport or Beauvais airport: taxi or shuttle transfer : Montparnasse train station > Bordeaux St-Jean train station.

 

. From Bordeaux-Mérignac airport: shuttle transfer (30 minutes) to town center (Bordeaux St Jean train station): 8€