AFFORDABLE biking breaks in south west France
Escape the city for a long weekend; discover rural south west France; add some variety to your holiday.
Affordable - no-frills. Local knowledge. Beautiful scenery. Customised route plans. Wine tasting & other activities.
Looking for accommodation only? See the 'Accommodation' section
Come and stay with us in our pretty village house in Buzet-sur-Baise south west France.
Tell us your level and we will adapt the itineraries to you. Head along the canal for an easy, pretty and shaded route, or take on some hills and reward yourselves with stunning views.
Hybrid bike and accessories available on request. Or bring your own bike.
3-DAY CYCLING PACKAGE
Escape the everyday with an active trip away
The package includes:
* 3 nights accommodation in pretty village house with swimming pool
* 3 days cycling
* Bike hire (hybrid bikes)
Price per Person: From 125EUR
(Based on 6 people sharing 3 double rooms. Contact us for prices for smaller groups)
* Supplementary activities possible (wine tasting, kayaking, etc). At extra cost.
Would you prefer to stay longer? No problem! Contact us to discuss details & prices
Our itineraries, which are adapted to your specifications (difficulty, length etc) take you through the beautiful Lot et Garonne countryside. Cycle through vineyards to stunning medieval villages, and magnificent chateaux. From a few hours to a whole day cycling, we cater for any level of fitness.
Why not combine cycling with one of the other activities the area has to offer? (Wine tasting, kayaking, sightseeing and more)
All cycling is on roads or cycle paths
Our knowledge of the local area means that we are always on hand to advise on restaurants, places to see and seasonal events
Your will share our home with us, in the pretty village of Buzet-sur-Baise, 500m from the Canal de Garonne. We have 3 double bedrooms for you to use (and can add a single bed if required).
The wine making village of Buzet is situated in the heart of the Lot-et-Garonne countryside. Surrounded by vineyards, pretty villages and plenty of outdoor activities, it is the perfect base for your biking getaway.
The village has three restaurants, a butcher, and convenience store as well as it's own wine cooperative (tours possible).
There is plenty of parking near the house if you are coming by car.
We have a big garage in which to store your bikes.
You will be the only people staying with us - if you book one room we won't rent out the others at the same time. Individuals, couples and groups welcome. The rooms all have access to a shared bathroom (for guests only).
The closest airports are Agen (30 minute drive), Bergerac (50 minutes), Bordeaux (1 hr), Toulouse (1hr 15).
Train stations: Aiguillon (5 minutes), Agen (30 minutes)
Looking for accommodation only?
Reservation possible all year round via AirBnB.
New to AirBnB? Use this link for a discount
CANAL DE GARONNE
The Canal de Garonne is 193km long and stretches from near Bordeaux to Toulouse where it joins the Canal Du Midi.
The Roger Lapebie cycle path starts in Bordeaux and joins the Canal de Garonne near La Reole. This is a fantastic, flat ride with plenty of pretty villages to see on the way.
We can help you to organise your holiday with any or all of the services below:
-Bike delivery to Bordeaux/Toulouse & pick up
-Accommodation in our house, and recommendations for places to stay en route.
Located in Buzet sur Baïse we are exactly half way between Bordeaux and Toulouse and 500m from the canal.
If you are travelling along the canal don't hesitate to spend a night with us.
Reservations for accommodation only can be made via AirBnB
Contact us for more information and discuss with us how we can help you!
Lyn, at Freewheeling France, has put together this fantastic guide to cycling the canal. It is a great place to start - let me know if you need further information or recommendations of places to stay.
BIKE HIRE ONLY
We also hire out our adult bikes by the day and can deliver to your holiday accommodation.
Hire from 15€ per bike per day
Free delivery within 20km of Buzet-sur-Baïse
Contact us for more information - 07 85 14 56 17 or use the form below
We also work in partnership with Philippe at Bike Rental France who can supply you with top of the range road bikes. Please give our name if you contact him.
ABOUT US & CYCLE SOUTH WEST FRANCE
Clare and Jean-Pierre
In the summer of 2016 Jean-Pierre and I received our first guests for our new cycling holidays company 'Cycle South West France'. This was a very exciting moment, as with all new businesses, but also because it showed an idea that we had had for many years finally coming to fruition.
I first moved to Lot-et-Garonne in 2008 for a year as part of my studies for a degree in French. I fell in love with the area, met Jean Pierre, and after heading back to the UK to finish my studies and work, I knew I would eventually move back to this beautiful part of the world.
Lot-et-Garonne is a fantastic area, there is so much to see, and much quieter than the more touristy Bordeaux or the Dordogne. For me, this makes Lot-et-Garonne the perfect 'slightly-off-the-beaten-track ' destination. There are beautiful landscapes, rivers for kayaking, quiet back roads and the Canal de Garonne for biking, fantastic south of France weather, and not to mention delicious local wine.
Jean-Pierre and I have always loved sports, generally being active and outdoorsy and the area lends itself to this lifestyle. Back in 2008 we had already started talking about how it would be great to set up a business in tourism in the area, particularly cyclo-tourism as we both felt there was so much potential.
So after working in a corporate job in London for a few years after graduating, and spending too many weekends waiting in airports for a flight to France, in 2014 I decided to take the plunge and move back.
I now split my time between being an English trainer in Toulouse, and running Cycle South West France in Lot-et-Garonne.
We are based in Buzet-sur-Baise, a pretty little village right next to the Canal de Garonne. Jean Pierre grew up here and knows the area inside out. He always knows the right person to talk to or the best place to visit.
Cycle South West France is based on the desire to show people this beautiful area, but in an affordable way, using Jean-Pierre's local knowledge, and my enthusiasm, to create circular itineraries and customised cycling holidays for people of all abilities.
This is a very new venture for us, it is very exciting, and has been a huge learning curve. We have loved every minute of it and are really enthusiastic for what the future will bring.
Jenny Nutter & Jennifer Sinclair - 6 day cycling break July 2016
We organised a 6 day cycling break for Jenny & Jennifer incorporating a variety of rides both flat and hilly ranging between 20 and 45km. They visited the pretty towns of Nérac, Mas d'Agenais and Vianne, went kayaking, had a tour/tasting at Domaine Calbo and did plenty of relaxing by the pool. They very kindly said the following of their stay:
"[the trip] exceeded our very high expectations - the highlight of our trip to France"
Jenny & Jennifer booked the accommodation for their stay on AirBnB and very kindly left us this lovely review:
"We spent 6 nights at Clare and Jean-Pierre's place in the gorgeous village of Buzet. The hosts were very friendly, welcoming and helpfully bilingual.
The house is beautiful, very bright and comfortable, with a large kitchen which is fully equipped for self catering. Our bedrooms were spacious with great wifi signal and best of all opened up onto a joint balcony overlooking the back garden. We had our own bathroom which was perfect, clean and equipped with the little extras.
We loved spending time in the garden in the chill out area as well as in the fabulous pool. Buzet is a fantastic location, perfect for our 6 days of cycling through the French countryside, along the canal and visiting other pretty villages nearby (we did it all by bike and didn't have a car).
Clare has bikes available to rent and can give advice on some great itineraries (see her website: www.cyclesouthwestfrance.com.) Ask about the ride which incorporates a visit and tasting at a local winery with Thierry!
Buzet itself is small however has a great Spar shop which we used for groceries for our 6 days, a bakery with the best croissants we had in France and 4 restaurants with our favourite one being on the corner, overlooking the canal.
Overall, we thought this was the perfect experience to get the local insight while being great value for money. We'll be back again next year!"
Thanks girls - we are looking foward to having you back sometime!