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.

    This Canal du Midi bike tour goes through other equally fascinating sites such as Agde, well-known for its wonderful fortified Romanesque cathedral, Béziers for its 2000-year-old Roman bridge, cathedral, and Canal Bridge, and Narbonne for its stunning gothic cathedral, the archbishop’s palace, and the Roman underground warehouses. The tour ends in Sete where the Canal flows into the Mediterranean Sea.

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  • 10 Day TourStandardDeluxe
    Season 1 £ 906 $ 1,483 1125 NOK 10875 kr 10038 $ 1,305 £ 1144 $ 1,872 1420 NOK 13727 kr 12671 $ 1,647
    Season 2 £ 951 $ 1,555 1180 NOK 11407 kr 10529 $ 1,369 £ 1224 $ 2,004 1520 NOK 14693 kr 13563 $ 1,763
    Single supplement (both seasons) £ 209 $ 343 260 NOK 2513 kr 2320 $ 302 £ 266 $ 435 330 NOK 3190 kr 2945 $ 383
    Dinners included £ 201 $ 330 250 NOK 2417 kr 2231 $ 290 £ 302 $ 494 375 NOK 3625 kr 3346 $ 435
    Electric bicycle rental £ 81 $ 132 100 NOK 967 kr 892 $ 116 £ 81 $ 132 100 NOK 967 kr 892 $ 116
    8 Day TourStandardDeluxe
    Season 1 £ 721 $ 1,180 895 NOK 8652 kr 7986 $ 1,038 £ 846 $ 1,384 1050 NOK 10150 kr 9369 $ 1,218
    Season 2 £ 781 $ 1,279 970 NOK 9377 kr 8655 $ 1,125 £ 882 $ 1,443 1095 NOK 10585 kr 9771 $ 1,270
    Single supplement (both seasons) £ 169 $ 277 210 NOK 2030 kr 1874 $ 244 £ 226 $ 369 280 NOK 2707 kr 2498 $ 325
    Dinners included £ 153 $ 250 190 NOK 1837 kr 1695 $ 220 £ 209 $ 343 260 NOK 2513 kr 2320 $ 302
    Electric bicycle rental £ 81 $ 132 100 NOK 967 kr 892 $ 116 £ 81 $ 132 100 NOK 967 kr 892 $ 116

    SEASON DATES

    Season 1: March 30 to April 12 | September 28 to October 5
    Season 2: April 13 to June 28 | August 31 to September 27
    Season 3: June 29 to August 30

    extra options

    Extra Nights: 

    Sète: £ 58 $ 95 72 NOK 696 kr 642 $ 84

    Single supplement:  £ 30 $ 49 37 NOK 358 kr 330 $ 43

    Toulouse £ 55 $ 90 68 NOK 657 kr 607 $ 79

    Single supplement: £ 28 $ 46 35 NOK 338 kr 312 $ 41

    Carcassonne: £ 64 $ 105 80 NOK 773 kr 714 $ 93

    Single supplement: £ 48 $ 79 60 NOK 580 kr 535 $ 70

    Bus Transfers back to Sète at end of tour:

    *Reservations necessary at time of booking

    7-day tour: from Carcassonne back to Sète on Saturday only: £ 32 $ 53 40 NOK 387 kr 357 $ 46

    10-day tour: from Toulouse back to Sète on Monday only: £ 56 $ 92 70 NOK 677 kr 625 $ 81

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly into Montpellier, Toulouse, or Bèziers/Cap d’ Agde.

    Local Travel

    Montpellier (MPL):: You will take the airport shuttle line 120 to Place de l Europe tramway station. You will then take tramway line 1 towards Montpellier/St Roch Railway station. From here you will then take a train (24 minutes travel time) to Sete. Or, if you prefer, you can take a taxi from the airport to the train station.
    Toulouse - Blagnac (TLS): You will take the shuttle bus which you can access on the ground floor, gate C2, arrival levels, to the bus station (Gare Routiere) in the center of Toulouse. From here, you can simply walk to the train station (Toulouse - Matabiau) to access train to Sete. Train travel time varies from 2 hours to almost three depending on departure time and type of trains. There are direct TGV or TER (transport express regional) trains and also trains that do incur a transfer. Please check the SNCF site for schedules.

    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.


Tour Dates

2019 Dates

Arrival every Saturday from March 30 to October 5, 2019

Season 1: March 30 to April 12 | September 28 to October 5
Season 2: April 13 to June 28 | August 31 to September 27
Season 3: June 29 to August 30

Where You’ll Stay

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 hybrid bicycle with saddlebag including bicycle protection
  • 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
From895 Rates
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Skill Level

This France bike tour is flat, with some rolling hills. It is partially paved, otherwise sandy and pebble pathways, and little-used roads.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Southern France Canal du Midi bike tour Map

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.

Day 1: Individual arrival to Toulouse
After arriving in Toulouse, check in to your hotel. In the evening is a welcome meeting and distribution of rental bike (if booked). Toulouse is sometimes called, “ville rose”, or the pink town because of its buildings made of a 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.

Day 2: Toulouse - Castelnaudary, 37 mi. (60 km)
Castelnaudary is the destination 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 savoury bean stew, Cassoulet, which became popular during the Hundred Years' War. Overnight in Castelnaudary. 

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. 

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 books stores containing over 200,000 books 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.

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.

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 evidences 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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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

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  • Irene W. 1 month ago

    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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