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Upstream along the river Lot by bike

A picturesque holiday at water’s side along the bucolic river Lot
  • Duration 7 days
  • Activity Biking
  • Holiday among adults, with family
  • Theme rivers and canals, countryside
640€

Information : Upstream along the river Lot by bike

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Presentation

The "véloroute" ("bike-road") is a signposted itinerary created so that cyclists can travel upstream alongside the Lot river.
80 kilometres long and practically flat, the route goes along little-used small roads chosen for their charm. The véloroute will guide you through the orchards where the famous Agen prunes originate, lead you along picturesque little streets and beckon you to laze around on the banks of the Lot.
In fact all along the way there are places to stop and relax by the river - something kids generally love!
Exploring the area will be enhanced by trips around the places you stay. An opportunity to gain a little height over the valley to visit the windmills, clock-towers, chapels, castles and mediaeval villages dotted about the hilly surroundings.

You'll love

  • the well-conceived, signposted route designed for family cycling
  • waterside breaks to relax and have fun with the kids
  • the charm of chambres d'hôtes with pool

Program : Upstream along the river Lot by bike

  • D1 Arrival in Castelmoron

    Things to see:
    Visit the old city and the castle of Comarque.

    Dinner and night in pretty guesthouse with its own pool

  • D2 Around Castelmoron and up to the Magic Cauldron (Chaudron Magique)

    14.5 km stage with total uphill 160 m. Level 2/5. Estimated time of 2hours.
    Nice ride through farmland close by the Valley of the Lot. There's market gardening, grazing land, and of course plum tree orchards. You make your way along narrow roads going through pretty hamlets to come to the Chaudron Magique.
    This round-trip is a good warm-up ride and also leaves you enough time to visit the ecological farm.


    Dinner and night in charming guesthouse with its own pool

  • D3 Around Castelmoron towards the Museum of the Prune!

    21 km stage with total uphill 190 m (level 2/5). Estimated time 2 hours 30 minutes.

    Nice ride starting from Domaine de Rambeau. You'll be discovering the Véloroute or Bike Road as well as the banks of the Lot River. There's also the possibility of visiting the Prune Museum. The prunes of Agen are known here as the black gold of Aquitaine, and are considered part of the agricultural heritage of the South West of France. The Ente Plum, once perfectly ripe, is dried naturally and becomes a delicious prune with fine flesh.

    Dinner and night in charming guesthouse with its own pool.

  • D4 Ride from Fongrave to Penne d'Agenais

    32.5 km stage with total uphill 100metres (level 3/5). Estimated time 4hours.

    Today you take the Véloroute towards Penne d'Agenais. You will be going along narrow valley roads, pretty and shaded. The itinerary is dotted with old bridges and characterful towns. At the halfway point, you go through the town of Villeneuve sur Lot, the second in size of the Department, lying in a fertile plain surrounded by hillsides studded with orchards.

    Dinner and night in a charming chambres d'hôtes in the historical heart of the town.

  • D5 Around Penne d'Agenais towards the Museum of foie gras

    26.9 km stage with total uphill 150m (2/5 level). Approximate time 3 hours.

    This is probably the most difficult stage of your holiday. You set off across the hills of the Lot. The roads are fairly tortuous and tough on this ride. There are historical monuments dating from the 11th century, local farms typical of the Occitan region, the Foie Gras Museum, winecellars and more...

    In fact it's a wonderful day out under the benevolent watchful eye of the Basilique de Penne d'Agenais.


    Dinner and night in a charming chambres d'hôtes in the historical heart of the town.

  • D6 Ride around Penne d’Agenais and towards Lustrac

    21.7 km stage with total uphill 100metres (level 2/5). Estimated time: 2hours 30.
    This family ride takes you alongside the Lot river into the Pennois countryside. Then you head for Trentels to reach the market town of Lustrac and its castle, both wonderfully restored, Not to speak of the delightful old mill situated at the waters edge.

    Dinner and night in a charming chambres d'hôtes in the historical heart of the town.

  • D7 Castelmoron

    Transfer to Castelmoron and departure.

Tariffs high season

From July to August, departure every 3 days

In family room

Adult : 675 €
Junior (12-17) : 575 €
Child (2-11) : 440 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In double room

Adult : 705 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  705 €
Child (2 - 11) : 655 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In single room

885 €

Solo traveller

955 €

Tariffs low season

From April to June and from september to october, departure everyday

In family room

Adult : 640 €
Junior (12-17) : 545 €
Child (2-11) : 415 €
Baby (0-1) : 70 €

In double room

Adult :  670 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 670 €
Child (2 - 11) : 610 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In single room

850 €

Solo traveller

920 €

What's included?

  • Half board.
  • 3 "épis" guest houses with swimming pool.
  • Detailed roadbook and maps.
  • Logistical and technical support
  • Baggage transfer
  • Includes return transfer from Penne d'Agenais to Castelmoron.

Optional

  • Picnics for the whole trip from :
    • Adult or junior : 72 €
    • Child : 48 €
  • Bike rental from :
    • Bike for adult or junior : 90 €
    • MTB for child : 65 €
    • Trailer bike or bike cart for child : 65 €
    • Child seat : 10 €
    • Electric power bike rental for adult or junior: 125 €

What's not included ?

  • Beverage and extra
  • Entrance fees for the museums
  • Return transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and rapatriation insurance

Characteristics of circuits

  • Family cycling holiday going from place to place.
  • Daily stages between 14,5 and 32,5 kilometres
  • Total daily uphill between 100 and 200 metres daily, around 2 to 4hrs cycling at your rhythm.
  • Total daily uphill from just 50m to 200m.
  • Little country roads and along the banks of the Lot.
  • Suitable for road or country bikes.

Organisation

These holidays are much more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. Your luggage is transported between lodgings, and a roadbook will guide you right through your holiday. We provide the logistical and technical support necessary.

On longer holidays you change accommodation every other day, which gives you the chance to better explore your surroundings or simply take your time and relax...

Half-board accommodation is in 3-épis guest houses chosen for their atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural setting.
N.B : the accommodation described above is given as an indication and may vary according to availability at the moment your reservation is finalized.

Holidays are half-board.

Access

By car

Highway A 61, exit n°6 Damazan-Aiguillon

By air

Bordeaux-Mérignac airport or Toulouse-Blagnac airport

By train

Tonneins railway station, then by bus until Castelmoron-sur-Lot and finally by taxi to the accommodation

Comments

Global note
5.0
  • Great family holidays, varied pleasures.

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