Short bike tour in Lot et Garonne
Short bike tour in Lot et Garonne!
4 days to discover the Lot et Garonne by bike. In this rural department crossed by the “Lot” river and the “Garonne” river, the landscapes are very strongly marked by agricultural activity. We are immediately struck by the variety of landscapes that make up the mosaic of cultures: field crops, market gardening, orchards, vineyards and meadows combine to create remarkable and very diverse landscapes.
Your bike tour in Lot et Garonne will start in Agen, made famous by its “Canal Bridge” (one of the longest in France) and its prunes. You will cycle on small roads across green landscapes to the pretty village of Pennes d’Agenais overlooking the Lot river then Villeneuve sur Lot (old fortified village). You will then rdie along the Lot Valley in a most peaceful atmosphere to Puy-l’Evêque, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Perched above the Lot, this medieval city is made up of a maze of alleys and staircases bordered by beautiful gilded stone houses that descend to the hold where formerly the barges bound for Bordeaux. Do not miss a visit to the imposing 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, with huge proportions and a remarkable state of conservation.
You will cross the vineyards of Cahors before spending the night just below the medieval illage of Tournon d´Agenais (accessible by a vertiginous staircase!). The end of this cycling trip in Lot et Garonne will follow a gentle slope along the charming Séoune valley and its typical bastides such as Beauville and Puymirol. At the end, the Canal de Garonne will take you back to your starting point, Agen.
Land of excellent local products and gastronomy, Lot et Garonne 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 2 or 3 star hotels.
- Small country roads in the heart of valleys, orchards and vineyards
- The many medieval villages that line the route: Pujols, Beauville, Puymirol etc.
- An overview of the greenway along the Canal de Garonne
- The sweetness of the Lot Valley
- The gastronomy of the South West
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 the city of Bordeaux and the enchanting Toulouse it offers a few interesting locations. « Agen », is a rich city with 2000 years of history, which reveals its heritage throughout medieval cobbled streets and elegant and romanesque 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!
Overnight: 3 star-hotels Included Meals: Breakfast
Your cycling tour in South West France takes you from « Agen », pretty city of the Prune to the medieval bastide of «Villeneuve-sur-Lot » though beautiful countryside roads. Take the time to visit the “Foie Gras museum” and discover all the secrets of its fabrication! Many farms open their doors in the area. Then the itinerary takes you to « Penne d’Agenais», one of the most beautiful villages of France.
« Villeneuve-sur-Lot » is a charming bastide in Lot-et-Garonne which was built on the two banks of the river “Lot” between 1251 and 1264, by a feudal treaty between “Alphonse de Poitiers”, representing the king of France and the powerful Benedictine Abbey of Eysses. Listed among the largest and powerful bastide of the south west, « Villeneuve-sur-Lot » has a rich heritage to be discovered: the main square and its “couverts”, the towers of Pujols and Paris, half-timbered houses from XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries, The Cieutat bridge…
Overnight: 2 star-hotel, Included Meals: dinner and Breakfast
From Fortified Villeneuve-sur-Lot, your route borrows bike paths through the orchards of plum trees in the wide bed of the Lot. You will cross the beautiful small village of Penne d’Agenais overlooking the valley of the Lot.
Others remarkable perched villages and monuments, Montsempron-Libos and Fumel. A few kilometers away from Fumel a stop is imperative to visit one of the most beautiful fort of France, the castle of Bonaguil. Down from its rocky spur, it dominates for 8 centuries the valley and the medieval village. At the top every tourist have a perfect scenic view!
Overnight: 3 star-hotels, Included Meals: dinner and Breakfast
From the Lot et Garonne your biking day takes you this time in the department of the Lot. Here are landscapes of vineyards of Cahors ordered well around elegant wine estates. You will cycle on small roads and green ways until you reach the remarkable medieval village perched of Puy l’Evêque. Your route takes you back then in the Lot et Garonne, in the beautiful village of Tournon d’Agenais by taking small roads of
Overnight: 2 star-hotels, Included Meals: dinner and Breakfast
Ultimate stage on your bike which in the course of valleys and streams returns you in the capital of the prune. Remarkable villages and thattched cottage will cross your road as the bastide of Montaigu de Quercy and Puymirol, or again the perched village of Beauville and Roquecor. These picturesque small towns are really well preserved like prettiest stone housesand magnificent cobblestone streets. Your tour comes down gradually in the valley of Séoune, but shaded path.
Overnight: 3 star-hotels, Included Meals: 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.