We cycle the canal du midi downhill from Toulouse to Bordeaux. The canal du midi links the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. The route has limited train availability all the way in case of bad weather or fatigue. Bring your own pannier bag.
Plane £46 return. Bike hire €45 Accommodation €100 Map here.
Day 1 Tue 27th March – Toulouse
Meet at airport on other side of security 09:20 ish. Flight departs 11:20 Edinburgh arrives Bordeaux 14:35. Take laine 1 bus into town to Place Gambetta . Runs every 10 minutes. Pick up bikes at Place Gambetta at 15:30. Take train to Toulouse at 17:35 arriving 20:00 and stay in Etap Toulouse for £22. Bikes have been booked on train. Eat at Au Gascon 9 Rue des Jacobins 31000 Toulouse.
Day 2 Wed 28th March – Mossaic – 43 miles
The Etap hotel is on the river bank and we will have an early 9 am start. Cycle river bank to Castelsarrasin where we stop for lunch about 13:30. Cycle on to Mossaic and stay in Hotel le Luxemburg for £25. Mossaic is on the Camino de Santiago and famous for its cloister. It is twinned with Astorga. Trains from Toulouse every two hours leaving at 9, 11, 1, 3 – after Montbartier ( 24 miles) train line goes inland and not on cycle route until Castelsarrasin the lunch stop. Eat at Fonte Lusitana 17 Rue Révolution 82100 Castelsarrasin.Train at Montbartier is 13:06 which you take back towards Toulouse to Castelnau-d”Estrétefonds station then catch train to Moissac.
Day 3 Thu 29th March – Nerac- 46 miles
Cycle through the “prunes d”agen” region where 65% of France”s prunes are grown. Trains from Moissac to Agen 08.11,14.11, 18.11 Trains from Agen to Nerac are at 12:40 and 17:30. Eat pizza at Al Dente 11 Rue Molinier 47000 Agen. A further 20 miles and a 5 mile hike up hills this afternnoon to stay “all-inclusive” in 200 year old farmhouse where we eat at night. There is a swimming pool for our use. Breakfast is served on the terrace with jams made from fruit in the garden
Day 4 Fri 30th March – Marmande- 30 miles
Cycle along canal bank today, Eat in Marmande at Nota Bene 50 Rue République 47200 Marmande. Other restaurants nearby. Trains from Marmande 3.11,4.03,5,6. Price €13 Stay in Etap Bordeaux. for £25. Eat at Restaurant du Loup – €25 set menu (€35 option).
Day 5 Sat 31st March – Bordeaux – 20 miles
Round Bordeaux cycle till lunchtime with Christine our bordeaux by bike tour guide . Bus at 13:00. Plane 15:40 arrive Edinburgh 16:50
4 nights accommodation at £25 per night
flights £47 return
bike hire €45
lunch and evening meal