Lot Valley bike tour From Agen to Cahors
Lot valley bike tour from Agen to Sarlat
Staring from Agen and its famous Canal Bridge, you will follow a small portion of the “Canal de Garonne” greenway and quickly reach the Lot river. You will cycle up the river from Aiguillon to Cahors (and even Saint-Cirq Lapopie !). It is then an atmosphere of peace and softness that invades you and will never leave you until the end of this Lot valley bike tour. Along streams and rivers, this pleasant bicycle route with fairly flat reliefs bordered by orchards and vineyards giving the landscape a garden-like appearance, is punctuated by numerous villages and bastides which invite you to relax.
You will visit Castelmoron, Pujols, Villeneuve sur Lot, Penne d’Agenais or Puy-L’Evêque. Perched above the Lot river, this medieval city is made up of a maze of alleys and staircases bordered by beautiful gilded stone houses that descend to the river where formerly the barges bound for Bordeaux. Do not miss a visit to the Château de Bonaguil, one of the most beautiful fortified castles in France. From the top of its rocky outcrop, it forms a place, unique in Europe, of gigantic proportions and in a remarkable state of conservation.
At the end of your cycling trip, the meanders of the Lot river will lead you to Cahors. You will then cross the famous Pont Valentré, medieval emblem of the city, before reaching your hotel on the shore. We strongly recommend that you extend your cycling holiday by an extra day for a spectacular escape to the village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie, perched on its rocky outcrop overlooking the river. A must ! The opportunity also to take the astonishing towpath carved into the rock … a curiosity not to be missed!
Land of gastronomy, Lot et Garonne et lot regions will awaken your taste buds with truffles, foie gras, lamb or melon from Quercy .. and Cahors Malbec wine. You will be warmly welcomed every evening in 3 and 4 star hotels
Arrive at your 3-star hotel in Agen, where you will find the road book and bikes waiting for you.
This beautiful city, capital of the prune, is half way between « Bordeaux » and « Toulouse » and offers a few interesting locations. « Agen », is a rich city with 2000 years of history, which reveals its heritage throughout medieval streets and elegant boulevards from 19th Century :The Museum of Beaux-Arts (fine arts) shows five Goya paintings (including the self-portrait), among other Spanish works of the 18th and 19th centuries. Its vibrant city center, offers shops and services. Farmers’ markets are a showcase of local products: foie gras, fruit and vegetables, and of course, prunes!Night and breakfast in hotel
From Agen you will start you cycling tour by crossing the famous bridge channel. The greenway offers you here continuous, easy and well secured kilometers. You will continue your route until Buzet to discover its vineyards then will continue on the canal of the Garonne until you reach the river Lot. You could enjoy the many water stopping places which are offered to you all along the route. “Aiguillon” marks the official departure of the velo route. Majestic rivers, medieval villages, hillsides hid orchards, villages with feet in the water… The Lot Valley reserves you of pleasant surprises. Do not miss one stop to the museum of the prune!
Today you take back the bike road in the direction of the medieval village of Villeneuve-sur-lot. You will take small, beautiful and shaded roads of the valley in the heart of the orchards of apples and producing plum trees of the famous of “Prune d’Ente” which once dried become the delicious prunes of Agen. Your route will be marked out by old bridges and superb villages such as Casseneuil, Sainte Livrade or Pujols, one of the most beautiful villages of France!
Overnight: 2 star-hotels Included Meals: Breakfast
From Villeneuve-sur-Lot, your route borrows small roads through the orchards of plum trees in the wide bed of the Lot. You will cross the beautiful village of Pujols. Others remarkable perched villages, Montsempron-Libos and Fumel. A few kilometers away from Fumel a stop is imperative to visit one of the most beautiful fortresses of France, the castle of Bonaguil. Down from its rocky spur, it dominates for 8 centuries the valley and the medieval village.
You will reach then Puy-Lévêque, built on a rocky promontory and located on the borders of Quercy and Perigord, the medieval city is considered as a pearl of the Lot Valley and the vineyard.
Night in Bed and Breakfast in hôtel 3*
The veloroute weaves between vineyards and orchards, making you discover green and preserved landscapes, you will cross little villages like Belaye, medieval village offering a stunning view on the valley, or Luzech in the heart of a meander forming a peninsula, one of the most spectacular sites in the Lot Valley with wonderful scenery.
You will arrive in Cahors, « City of Art and History ».
From the Valentré bridge to the Saint-Etienne cathedral, the first town of the Lot combines southern ambience and historical riches. Enclosed in a loop of the Lot Valley, Cahors, is made for the pleasure of exploration.Born in the time of Rome, the city of Cahors became in the Middle Ages a commercial and financial place of European stature. This golden age is today an intact ancient center and deliciously alive that must be visited.Night in Bed and Breakfast in hôtel 4*
Circuit loop to the jewel of the Lot Valley: Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, one of the most beautiful villages in France. The medieval village, which has no less than 13 historical monuments perched on a cliff, overlooks the Lot valley and offers a breathtaking view. You will travel back in time visiting the charming heart of the village and its remarkable heritage: narrow streets, fortified doors, donjon of the 13th century and old houses with stone facades and wood sides.
For this loop, given the elevation gain, we advise you to swap your touring bike for an E-bike for the day.
Night in Bed and Breakfast in hôtel 4*
Departure after breakfast.
We take care of transporting your luggage at each change of accommodation so that you travel light and take full advantage of your daily hike.
You leave your luggage at the reception of your accommodation before your departure .
At the end of the afternoon, you will find them at the reception of your new accommodation or directly in your room.
Luggage accepted per person: 1 suitcase or travel bag (20 kg maximum) + 1 piece of hand luggage.
We remind you that rental bicycles are equipped with saddlebags to be used to transport the things you deem useful for the day
Your travel record corresponds to the documents or files you receive before your trip (usually a month before) and upon arrival at the first accommodation.
- A welcome letter with the main practical information:
- The time slot for baggage transport
- Details of the delivery and collection of bikes from rental if necessary
- Your local contact and telephone number (s) in case of emergency
- Any additional information
- The logbook travel package including map with the route (to the appropriate scale) and directional, tourist and practical indications
- The necessary voucher (s) to be given to the service provider (s) (only if necessary!)
On request and depending on the circuits:
- The “Evazio” application to download from smartphone for “GPS” navigation with visual guidance (reading of the track on the your smartphone) and / or oral.
- The application also contains practical and tourist information. Once the trip has been downloaded, no internet connection is necessary
- The loan of a GPS device with the pre-recorded tracks
- Sends GPX tracks of each stage to be used with your own navigation support
On this circuit, we suggest that you provide you with the choice and by reservation:
- A hybrid bike suitable for hiking and for the route
- An electric bike adapted to the route
With its equipment:
- 1 rear bag
- 1 handlebar bag
- 1 set of repair
- 1 helmet
- 1 anti-theft device
- 1 charger (for the electric bike)
For the youngest, we can offer depending on age and size
- A child’s bike
- A baby seat
- A trailer
- A follow-up bike
The bike is delivered to the first accommodation and is adjusted to your size.
At the end of the tour, the bike must be left at the last accommodation with its equipment. We will take care of their recovery.
The type of accommodation is classified into 3 ranges:
Comfort : The circuit mainly presents hotels classified 2 and 3 stars (or equivalent) and rooms of host.
Superior : The circuit mainly presents hotels classified 3 and 4 stars (or equivalent) and charming guest rooms.
Luxury : The circuit mainly presents 4 and 5 star hotels or equivalent
Our support team remains available for the duration of your trip.