Carcassonne is the largest walled city in Europe. Part of the Canal du Midi tour in France. Wikimedia Commons:Chensiyuan

French desserts to help fuel the bike rides! Flickr:Pug Girl
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Southern France Canal du Midi bike tour

France Bike Tours

Cycling from Toulouse to the Mediterranean

  • The Canal du Midi is undoubtedly the most stunning canal in Europe and this cycling tour in France allows you to experience it in all its beauty.

    This calm and restful waterway is lined on both sides by thousands of century-old trees. Along the 160 miles of waterway, you will come across authentic and varied landscapes, as well as exceptional towns of cultural and historical interest such as the starting city of Toulouse and the medieval walled village of Carcassonne.

    Highlights:

    • Agde with its fortified Romanesque cathedral
    • Béziers with its 2000-year-old Roman bridge, cathedral, and Canal Bridge
    • Narbonne and its stunning gothic cathedral, the archbishop’s palace, and the Roman underground warehouses
    • Sete where the Canal flows into the Mediterranean Sea

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  • 10 Day TourStandardDeluxe
    Season 1 $ 1865 £ 985 $ 1,676 1134 $ 1939 kr 12210 $ 1,283 $ 2359 £ 1246 $ 2,120 1434 $ 2452 kr 15440 $ 1,622
    Season 2 $ 1948 £ 1028 $ 1,750 1184 $ 2025 kr 12748 $ 1,339 $ 2523 £ 1332 $ 2,268 1534 $ 2623 kr 16517 $ 1,735
    Season 3 $ 2014 £ 1063 $ 1,809 1224 $ 2093 kr 13179 $ 1,385 $ 2589 £ 1367 $ 2,327 1574 $ 2692 kr 16947 $ 1,781
    Single supplement (all seasons) $ 428 £ 226 $ 384 260 $ 445 kr 2799 $ 294 $ 543 £ 287 $ 488 330 $ 564 kr 3553 $ 373
    Dinners included $ 411 £ 217 $ 370 250 $ 428 kr 2692 $ 283 $ 617 £ 326 $ 554 375 $ 641 kr 4038 $ 424
    Electric bicycle rental $ 214 £ 113 $ 192 130 $ 222 kr 1400 $ 147 $ 214 £ 113 $ 192 130 $ 222 kr 1400 $ 147
    8 Day TourStandardDeluxe
    Season 1 $ 1504 £ 794 $ 1,351 914 $ 1563 kr 9841 $ 1,034 $ 1767 £ 933 $ 1,588 1074 $ 1837 kr 11564 $ 1,215
    Season 2 $ 1635 £ 863 $ 1,469 994 $ 1700 kr 10702 $ 1,125 $ 1833 £ 968 $ 1,647 1114 $ 1905 kr 11995 $ 1,260
    Season 3 $ 1685 £ 889 $ 1,514 1024 $ 1751 kr 11025 $ 1,158 $ 1882 £ 994 $ 1,691 1144 $ 1956 kr 12318 $ 1,294
    Single supplement (all seasons) $ 345 £ 182 $ 310 210 $ 359 kr 2261 $ 238 $ 461 £ 243 $ 414 280 $ 479 kr 3015 $ 317
    Dinners included $ 313 £ 165 $ 281 190 $ 325 kr 2046 $ 215 $ 428 £ 226 $ 384 260 $ 445 kr 2799 $ 294
    Electric bicycle rental $ 181 £ 96 $ 163 110 $ 188 kr 1184 $ 124 $ 181 £ 96 $ 163 110 $ 188 kr 1184 $ 124

    SEASON DATES

    Season 1: March 28 to April 10 & September 27 to October 3, 2020
    Season 2: April 11 to June 26 & August 30 to September 26, 2020
    Season 3: June 27 to August 29, 2020

    extra options

    10-day tour:

    Upgrade in bike, 30-speed Velo de Ville prototype with Aluminium hydroformed trapezoidal frame: $ 92 £ 49 $ 83 56 $ 96 kr 603 $ 63

    8-day tour:

    Upgrade in bike, 30-speed Velo de Ville prototype with Aluminium hydroformed trapezoidal frame: $ 82 £ 43 $ 74 50 $ 86 kr 538 $ 57

    Extra Nights: 

    All seasons

    Sète

    Standard: $ 118 £ 63 $ 106 72 $ 123 kr 775 $ 81

    Single:  $ 179 £ 95 $ 161 109 $ 186 kr 1174 $ 123

    Deluxe: $ 176 £ 93 $ 158 107 $ 183 kr 1152 $ 121

    Single: $ 319 £ 169 $ 287 194 $ 332 kr 2089 $ 219

    Toulouse

    Standard: $ 118 £ 63 $ 106 72 $ 123 kr 775 $ 81

    Single: $ 179 £ 95 $ 161 109 $ 186 kr 1174 $ 123

    Deluxe: $ 132 £ 69 $ 118 80 $ 137 kr 861 $ 91

    Single: $ 197 £ 104 $ 177 120 $ 205 kr 1292 $ 136

    Transfers back to Toulouse at end of tour, total: $ 123 £ 65 $ 111 75 $ 128 kr 808 $ 85

    Only possible on Saturdays and Mondays.

    *Reservations necessary at time of booking, max. 6 people, payable on-site

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    The closest international airport to your tour start is Toulouse Blagnac Airport (TLS).

    Local Travel

    There is an Airport Shuttle Bus with a stop at the ground floor gate C2, arrival levels. Travel time is approximately 20 minutes. Departures begin at 5:40 am and ending just after midnight. The shuttle goes from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport to Toulouse Matabiau station every 20 minutes. It stops at the Pierre Baudis Conference Centre (Compans Caffarelli station), the center of Toulouse, Jeanne d’Arc station (line B), Jean Jaurès station (lines A and B), Matabiau Station (train, metro, bus, coach). At the end of your tour, you can return to Toulouse by train. Travel time is 2 -3 hours and costs approx. €41

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. Average high/low temperatures in degrees F for the region are: March 59º/41º, April 64º/46º, May 70º/51º, June, 78º/57º, July 83º/61º, August 82º/61º, September 76º/57º, and October 68º/49º.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Tour Dates

2020

Arrival every Saturday from March 28 to October 3, 2020

Season 1: March 28 to April 10 & September 27 to October 3, 2020
Season 2: April 11 to June 26 & August 30 to September 26, 2020
Season 3: June 27 to August 29, 2020

Where You’ll Stay

In the day to day itinerary details below, a hotel list is provided. Please note that the hotels indicated, though the preferred hotels, are based on availability. Upon confirmation, you will be offered an alternative of equal standard.
Standard: Accommodations in 2 star to 3 star hotels and charming guesthouses
Deluxe: Accommodations in 3 star to 4 star hotels and charming guesthouses

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 or 9 nights in selected category
  • Breakfast buffets
  • 21 gear unisex (men's frames on request) city touring bicycle with pannier (bicycle protection included). Upgrade is possible. See pricing.
  • Personal welcome meeting and tour briefing
  • Detailed travel information (route description, route cards, sight-seeing info, telephone numbers)
  • Luggage transfer
  • 7-day service hotline
  • GPS tracks on request

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate
Length8–10 days
From914 Rates
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Skill Level

This self-guided tour is rated moderate undulating terrain with rolling hills. The route is partially paved but as much as possible follows the canal on sandy trails. Weather greatly affects the quality of the paths.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Southern France Canal du Midi bike tour Map

10-day tour

Day 1: Individual arrival to Toulouse
Day 2: Toulouse - Castelnaudary, 37 mi. (60 km)
Day 3: Castelnaudary - Carcassonne, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Roundtrip to Montolieu, 25 mi. (40 km)*
*If you book the 8-day cycle tour the roundtrip Montolieu is not applicable. You cycle on Day 4 from Carcassonne to Olonzac.
Day 5: Carcassonne - Olonzac, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: Olonzac - Narbonne, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Narbonne - Beziers, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Beziers - Cap d' Agde, 25 mi. (40 km)*
*If you book the 8-day cycle tour you cycle directly to Sete. No overnight in Cap d'Agde.
Day 9: Cap d'Agde- Sete, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 10: Departure or extension of stay in Sete.

All distances are approximate. Due to circumstances beyond control, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, therefore the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations/detours caused by roadwork or repair work on locks and the towpath. In this case please follow the directions posted on site which may lead onto secondary roads, etc.  Hotel list provided in each day's details is a preferred sample hotel list. Final hotel list is based on availability.

Day 1: Individual arrival to Toulouse
After arriving in Toulouse, check in to your hotel, settle in, and relax. In the evening, a welcome meeting is scheduled with distribution of the rental bikes. Toulouse is sometimes called, “ville rose”, or the pink town because of its buildings made of reddish stone. Following the welcome meeting, take a walk to see the important sacred buildings of Toulouse,  one of which is the basilica St-Sernin de Toulouse, one of the most beautiful Romanesque sacred buildings in South France. Toulouse is an attractive mixture of architectural styles with lordly Renaissance houses and former industrial buildings, which were masterfully rebuilt into culture temples. Overnight in Toulouse.

Accommodations:
Standard: Royal Wilson
Deluxe: Hotel de Brienne

Day 2: Toulouse - Castelnaudary, 37 mi. (60 km)
Castelnaudary is the destination of today’s bike tour. The Moulin de Cagurel from the 17th century can be seen on the pestilence hill. Splendid manors, built in the 17th century and beautiful half-timbered houses make this town an architectural jewel. A popular culinary delicacy in Castelnaudary is the savory bean stew, Cassoulet, which became popular during the Hundred Years' War. Overnight in Castelnaudary. 

Accommodations:
Standard: Le Clos Fleuri
Deluxe: Domaine de la Capelle

Day 3: Castelnaudary - Carcassonne, 25 mi. (40 km)
Carcassonne is one of the best-preserved fortress towns in Europe and has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1997. The largest building of the town and one of the biggest fortresses in Europe is the fortress Cite Medievale of Carcassonne with its impressive 52 towers. Enjoy the lively downtown and the popular bastion Saint Louis. Overnight in Carcassonne. 

Accommodations:
Standard: Hotel Aragon
Deluxe: Best Western Hotel Le Donjon

Day 4: Roundtrip to Montolieu, 25 mi. (40 km)
Montolieu, located at the edge of the Montagnes Noires, is sometimes referred to as "the City of Books". There are 15 book stores containing over 200,000 books that will delight the avid reader. Many artists live and work in Montolieu. The former royal textile manufacturing was declared a National Monument in 2004. After a visit to this lovely village, cycle back to Carcassonne.

Accommodations:
Standard: Hotel l'Aragon
Deluxe: Best Western Le Donjon

If you book the 8-day cycle tour the roundtrip Montolieu is not applicable. You cycle on Day 4 from Carcassonne to Olonzac.

Day 5: Carcassonne - Olonzac, 28 mi. (45 km)
Today's route will lead along the waterways through villages, wine-growing estates, and vineyards. The day ends in Olonzac where you will have the chance to taste some good quality wines from the region.

Accommodations:
Standard: Eloi Merles
Deluxe: Le Jardin d'Homps

Day 6: Olonzac - Narbonne, 28 mi. (45 km)
Today's destination is Narbonne, which is surrounded by beautiful vineyards. It was also the former capital of the Romanesque antiquity and the first Roman colony outside of Italy. Sights like the relics of the street "Via Domitia" or the historic bridge, "Pont des Marchands", which serves as a foundation for rowhouses and shops are evidence of Narbonne's rich historical past. Later centuries have also left their marks on the town, such as the archbishop's palace or the Gothic cathedral. Overnight in Narbonne. 

Accommodations:
Standard: Clarions Suites - Moulin de Gua
Deluxe: Clarions Suites - Moulin de Gua

Day 7: Narbonne - Beziers, 28 mi. (45 km)
The history of Beziers goes back 2,700 years. This town is the birthplace of the father of the Canal du Midi, Pierre-Paul Riquet. The alley Paul-Riquet in the center of the town is dedicated to him. Beziers is located in a scenic winegrowing region, where the climate is perfect for growing grapes. Be sure to enjoy a glass of local wine! Overnight in Beziers.

Accommodations: 
Standard: Imperator
Deluxe: Insitu Hotel

Day 8: Beziers - Cap d' Agde, 25 mi. (40 km)
Cycling along the Canal du Midi leads you past masterpieces of engineering like the lock of Agde. It is the only round lock of the Canal du Midi and was built using volcanic rock. Cap d'Agde, at the Mediterranean Sea is your destination today. The largest European marina is located here and is a paradise for divers, surfers, and sailors. It's also a perfect beach for relaxing and swimming. Overnight in Cap d' Agde. 

Accommodations:
Standard: Les Grenadines
Hotel Mercure Golfe Cap d'Agde

If you book the 8-day cycle tour you cycle directly to Sete. No overnight in Cap d'Agde.

Day 9: Cap d'Agde- Sete, 22 mi. (35 km)
In Sete, the Canal du Midi flows into the Mediterranean Sea. The town is surrounded by water and its surname is "Venice des Languedoc". It is named this because beneath the Canal du Midi countless additional waterways cross the town. Overnight in Sete.

Accommodations:
​​​​​​​Standard: L'Orque Bleue
Deluxe: Le Grand Hotel de Sete

Day 10: Departure or extension of stay in Sete.
The tour ends after breakfast. Individual departure or extension of your stay.

8-day tour

Day 1: Individual arrival to Toulouse
Day 2: Toulouse - Castelnaudary, 37 mi. (60 km)
Day 3: Castelnaudary - Carcassonne, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Carcassonne - Olonzac, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Olonzac - Narbonne, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: Narbonne - Beziers, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Beziers - Sète, 25 mi. (65 km)
Day 8: Sete
 

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  • Irene W. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    As a group of four mature adults, we completed the Canal du Midi bike ride. It was great even with some windy and wet days. The scenery is fantastic and any little glitch was quickly forgotten when you looked out upon your surrounds. The Tripsite team were very helpful and our gear was always at the next destination by the time we got there. I had an e-bike where as the others had standard bikes. I thoroughly recommend the pedal assist e-bike as it really took the stress off when in slightly difficult terrain. Great for doing the hills in traffic as all you have to do is sit and watch the cars rather than standing up in the pedals. Definitely my kind of bike and my kind of trip. Loved the open space and rolling countryside.

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