The Lot Valley and Canal de Garonne
The Lot Valley and Canal de Garonne Cycling Tour
Explore France, one of the most visited and classic destinations for cycling! With its bountiful history, plenteous chateaux and castles, beautiful countryside and a relaxed way of life. The countryside charms of the Lot-et-Garonne, Lot Valley and Canal de Garonne make it one of the favourite and best places for a cycling trip, whether you are a first-timer or experienced traveller. With these country roads, you won't see too many cars along the way but are sure to see plenty of stunning views, amazing scenery and occasional wildlife going about their business.
The Canal de Garonne, formerly known as Canal latéral à la Garonne, is a French canal dating from the mid-19th century which connects Toulouse to Castets-en-Dorthe. The remainder of the route to Bordeaux uses the river Garonne. It is the continuation of the Canal du Midi which connects the Mediterranean with Toulouse
At the right time, the bright and cheery yellow of sunflower fields juxtaposing with the pépinières and chateaux beneath the intense blue sky and only the sounds of birds and nature around you is most exhilarating. The generally smooth riding in the Lot has its occasional ascents, with picturesque and interesting rural routes, riding through towns and villages, taking in plenty of sightseeing and stops along the way.
These day tours take us through the fantastic Lot Valley of South West France, with six days cycling covering approximately 220 kilometres and includes seven nights bed and breakfast accommodation with a welcome and farewell dinner.
Come and join us!
Tour Dates Available
Saturday 9th March to Saturday 16th March 2019
Saturday 23rd March to Saturday 30th March 2019
Saturday 30th March to Saturday 6th April
Saturday 27th April to Saturday 4th May 2019
Saturday 25th May to Saturday 1st June 2019
More dates to follow, please enquire
Our Lot Valley and Canal de Garonne cycle holiday wends its way along approximately 240 kms of the River Lot and Canal de Garonne. We cross extensive orchards, vineyards, countless traditional riverside and perched villages and the Agen aqueduct (Pont-canal d'Agen) through the departments of the Lot-et-Garonne, the Lot and the Tarn-et-Garonne. We discover the Lot Valley lifestyle combining a delight in local produce, gastronomy, outdoor activities and remarkable cultural heritage.
We visit many towns and villages en-route including the town of Aiguillon where the Lot merges with the Garonne, Le Temple-sur-Lot, Penne d'Agenais, Fumel, Puy l'Eveque, Albas, Cahors, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie and venture into the Dordogne to visit the amazing Rocomadour.
We have chosen routes that have truly spectacular views, interesting stops and which won't fail to impress you as we cycle through the departments of the Lot-et-Garonne, the Lot and the Dordogne.
These day tours take us through the fantastic Lot Valley of South West France, with six days cycling covering approximately 340 kilometres and includes seven nights quality accommodation. It is ideal for competent cyclists who are relatively fit and should be capable of riding the distances stated in the daily tour.
We have an overnight stay in a hotel near Saint-Cirq-Lapopie.
Guided Cycle Tour
Starts and ends in Caday Rouge
Terrain: Mostly paved, slightly hilly & flats
Difficulty level: Moderate, we cycle between 40 - 60 enjoyable kilometres per day
Total tour distance 340 kilometres
6 days of cycling tours
Visiting Castles and Chateaux dating back to the 12th Century
Service of a tour escort
Discover the amazing Lot Valley
Luxury support minibus
Free evening transportation
7 breakfasts and 2 evening meals
7 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
The 'Caday Rouge Euro Bar' which serves wines, beers, coffee and soft drinks at just €1 each!
This tour includes six nights accommodation at Caday Rouge and one night at a quality hotel near Saint-Cirq-Lapopie.
Caday Rouge is a beautiful stone Manor House with a 19th-century Quercy stone cottage and barn dating back to 1862. These beautiful buildings are set within 2 acres of well-kept tranquil gardens hosting a large heated saltwater swimming pool, nestling peacefully in the serene countryside beside the River Lot.
The saltwater swimming pool is 14 meters long by 6.8 metres wide and 1 meter leading to 2.5 metres deep with a 1 meter high ledge all the way around for safety and comfort. The pool is heated to a minimum temperature of 25 degrees centigrade between June and September. The pools' large terraces are equipped with parasols, sun loungers and seating for your comfort, enjoyment and socialising. These are surrounded by beautiful flowers, herbs, palm trees and hedges.
Caday Rouge is situated between the hamlets of Saint-Vite and Saint-Georges, set amongst the fruit farms in semi-rural South-West France. It is situated in the Lot-et-Garonne Department of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, between Quercy, Périgord, the Lot Valley and the Dordogne.
8 Days / 7 Nights from € 445 per person
based on 2 people sharing a double room
Caday Rouge Bicycle Hire
Daily hire €20.00
3-day hire €50.00
6-day hire €100.00
A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
The deposit is non-refundable if the booking is cancelled.
The remainder of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.
We have a fantastic workshop with cycle washing facilities and tools should you want to wash or carry out any repairs or maintenance on your own bicycle during your stay.
You may keep your bicycle secure and undercover in the barn. During the cycling holiday, people can choose not to cycle due to poor weather conditions or just wish to relax by the pool.
Airport / Train Transfers
These are available from Bergerac airport and Agen TGV train station.
Please enquire for details.
We can offer a range of hybrid bikes, a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike from manufacturers such as Giant and Trek. They are all of good quality and serviced regularly for your safety and comfort. They are the perfect choice for the routes that you will cover on the tours and suitable for light gravel and tarmac roads.
A security damage deposit of €200 per bike is required. The bikes are supplied on a first come first served basis with various frame sizes.
Daily hire costs €20, a three day hire costs €50 and a six day hire costs €100. Using a local bike hire agent we are able to offer a range of bikes.
This holiday is very sociable and a well-organised trip with the personal touch. The tour is flexible giving you the option to shorten or extend the duration and allow you to self-guide if you wish. Additionally, the daily cycle rides are optional. It wends its way along approximately 220 kilometres of the River Lot and Canal de Garonne. You will cross extensive orchards, vineyards, countless traditional riverside and perched villages.
You will discover the Lot Valley lifestyle combining a delight in local produce, gastronomy, outdoor activities and remarkable cultural heritage.
Arrive and check in at Caday Rouge, settle in, relax and socialise by the pool or on one of the terraces before your welcome evening meal.
An easy day to settle in. After breakfast we head over the Lot River to Chateau de Bonaguil and then onto Gavaudun for lunch. We continue to Château de Biron for a visit and pick up by support vehicle and return to Caday Rouge - Approximately 40 kms, Ascent: 226 meters
Put your personal belongings together and load them in the support vehicle. An early start as we head towards Saint-Cirq-Lapopie for our overnight stay. We cycle along the Lot River visiting the towns of Puy l'Eveque, Albas and Castelfranc to name but a few and then Cahors for lunch - Approximately 70 kms, Ascent: 364 meters
We leave the hotel and head to the Dordogne region and the amazing Rocamadour. Return to Caday Rouge in the support vehicle minibus - Approximately 55 kms, Ascent: 382 meters
An early breakfast and leave Caday Rouge in the support vehicle where we will be dropped off at Buzet-sur-Baïse on the Canal de Garonne. We cycle alongside the canal to Agen and on the historic Agen aqueduct. We continue to Valence where you will be picked up by the support vehicle and return to Caday Rouge - Approximately 63 kms. Members of the group have the option to continue the canal route to Moissac, an extra 20 kms, Ascent: 73 meters
An early breakfast and leave Caday Rouge in the support vehicle where we will be dropped off in Aiguillon at the mouth of the Lot River. We then head east beside the Lot River back to Caday Rouge cycling through the beautiful towns of Clairac,
Le Temple-sur-Lot, Pujols, Villeneuve-sur-Lot and Saint Sylvestre-sur-Lot - Approximately 65 kms, Ascent: 171 meters
A beautiful cycling circuit route north of the Lot River where we head to Salles, Monflanquin, Savignac-sur-Leyze and then head back to Caday Rouge for a farewell meal - Approximately 50 kms, Ascent: 181 meters
Farewell and bon voyage, we are sure you have had a fantastic holiday and we would love to see you back here again for another tour.
You will visit many towns and villages en-route including the towns of Aiguillon, where the Lot merges with the Garonne, Le Temple-sur-Lot, Penne d'Agenais, Fumel, Puy l'Eveque, Albas, Cahors, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, and venture into the Dordogne to visit the amazing Rocamadour.
This touring holiday is flexible giving you the option to shorten or extend the duration, and allow you to self-guide if you wish. Additionally the daily cycle rides are optional.
Caday Rouge Cuisine
Caday Rouge is a licensed Table d'Hôtes offering 4 course evening meals and packed lunches if you require.
Included in the price of the tour is a welcome and farewell dinner or barbecue.
We do not include the other evening meals as we feel it gives you the chance to choose to either socialise with the group or on your own. We offer free transportation to local towns for your evenings entertainment.
If you are interested in this tour, please enquire for full details of the itinerary
What is included
6 days of cycling
7 nights accommodation
7 breakfasts and 2 evening meals
Service of a tour escort
Support vehicle throughout the tour
Free evening transportation to local restaurants
Lots of fun and smiles per miles!
What is not included
Ferry or flights
Airport/train station transfers
All entrance fees to attractions
Others not mentioned in the inclusions