Day by Day Itinerary

France: Bordeaux to Carcassonne Canal Bike

Countries   France
Tour Length   8 days
Dates Of Tour   Sunday, May 11, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Friday, June 20, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
(choose Self-Guided Dates yourself; best months are May to October, excluding July and August)
Type of Tour Road (Guided, Self-Guided)
Price $3,195 (Self-guided: US $3195)
Family Friendly
Age of Participants Mixed
Gender Basis Mixed
# of Participants (max) 12
Language English, French
Sleeping Accommodations   
Luggage Support
Sag Wagon Along the Way
Total Trip Mileage    218 Miles
Average Daily Mileage    50 Miles Per Day
Longest Single Day 37 Miles
Overall Difficulty Rating   Beginner
Cost of Trip without Airfare per person  $3,195
Single Supplement $755
  • 8 days
  • 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 5 picnic lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • snacks
  • route notes and maps
  • luggage handling
  • van and guide support
  • Keep your own pace

Get intimate with rural France as you trace the Canal des Deux Mers – an ancient thoroughfare linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. In the Middle Ages, when transport over land was slow and dangerous, canals were constructed to ship wares all over Europe quickly and more effectively. Goods were placed on barges in the narrow waterways and then bow-hauled to their destinations by gangs of men on shore. Although this method of transport is long gone, the remnants of these well traveled routes provide a thought-provoking counterpoint to modern life, especially when following the canal paths at a bicycle’s pace. The level canals are dotted with locks, each one a tiny hub of activity for the cozy hamlets and rural communities surrounding them, and the well worn trails beside the canals are perfect for contemplative cycling.

Between Saint-Emilion and the fantastic castle-town of Carcassonne the route is lined with vineyards and graceful plane trees and is still considered one of the masterpieces of Louis XIV’s reign. On the way to Toulouse, you follow the Canal de Garonne - a secluded waterway reaching well into the heart of rural France and boasting hundreds of structures including locks, bridges, dams, and a tunnel. Riding this route through appealing walled towns of the Midi-Pyrenees, each nestled among farms and vineyards, you will follow paths well suited to cycling. You will be well away from the bustle of traffic, enjoying level terrain, lush and charming scenery, and peaceful gardens. We invite you to come and linger by the water’s edge.

Day 1   Saint-Emilion to Noaillac ~56km
Day 2   Noaillac to Anzex ~50km
Day 3   Anzex to Agen ~50km
Day 4   Agen to Escatalens ~50km
Day 5   Escatalens to Toulouse ~50km
Day 6   Toulouse to Castelnaudary ~60km
Day 7   Day 7: Castelnaudary to Carcassonne ~35km
Day 8   Farewell
Countries Visited  
  • France
Returning Guest and Referral Discounts

If you have been on tour with us in the last 3 years, you will receive a 5% discount as a returning guest. In addition, if you have referred new customers to us since your last Freewheeling Adventure, you are entitled to a reduced cost. Each new guest who mentioned you as a referrer will save you $125 off your next trip.


Hybrid: $225


Cost: $3195(per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, route notes and maps, luggage transfers)

Dates: You choose! We confirm within 48 hours.

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