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

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 £ 898 $ 1,540 1125 NOK 10781 kr 9952 $ 1,294 £ 1134 $ 1,944 1420 NOK 13608 kr 12562 $ 1,633
    Season 2 £ 942 $ 1,615 1180 NOK 11308 kr 10438 $ 1,357 £ 1214 $ 2,081 1520 NOK 14567 kr 13446 $ 1,748
    Single supplement (both seasons) £ 208 $ 356 260 NOK 2492 kr 2300 $ 299 £ 264 $ 452 330 NOK 3163 kr 2919 $ 380
    Dinners included £ 200 $ 342 250 NOK 2396 kr 2212 $ 288 £ 299 $ 513 375 NOK 3594 kr 3317 $ 431
    Electric bicycle rental £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115 £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115
    7 Day TourStandardDeluxe
    Season 1 £ 715 $ 1,225 895 NOK 8577 kr 7917 $ 1,029 £ 839 $ 1,438 1050 NOK 10063 kr 9288 $ 1,208
    Season 2 £ 775 $ 1,328 970 NOK 9296 kr 8581 $ 1,116 £ 874 $ 1,499 1095 NOK 10494 kr 9687 $ 1,259
    Single supplement (both seasons) £ 168 $ 288 210 NOK 2013 kr 1858 $ 242 £ 224 $ 383 280 NOK 2683 kr 2477 $ 322
    Dinners included £ 152 $ 260 190 NOK 1821 kr 1681 $ 219 £ 208 $ 356 260 NOK 2492 kr 2300 $ 299
    Electric bicycle rental £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115 £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115

    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 $ 99 72 NOK 690 kr 637 $ 83

    Single supplement:  £ 30 $ 51 37 NOK 355 kr 327 $ 43

    Toulouse £ 54 $ 93 68 NOK 652 kr 602 $ 78

    Single supplement: £ 28 $ 48 35 NOK 335 kr 310 $ 40

    Carcassonne: £ 64 $ 110 80 NOK 767 kr 708 $ 92

    Single supplement: £ 48 $ 82 60 NOK 575 kr 531 $ 69

    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 $ 55 40 NOK 383 kr 354 $ 46

    10-day tour: from Toulouse back to Sète on Monday only: £ 56 $ 96 70 NOK 671 kr 619 $ 81

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    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 6 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
Length7–10 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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