• Travelcode: 128

    Canal du Midi

    Cycling France along a beautiful canal

    • 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 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.

      Tour profile / level 2

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

      Itinerary 8-days-tour:

      Day 1: Toulouse
      In the evening welcome briefing and distribution of rental bike (if booked) in Toulouse. Because of its buildings with reddish stones the inhabitants call Toulouse „ville rose“ too, the pink town. Take a little walk to see the important sacred buildings of Toulouse. One of it is the basilica St-Sernin de Toulouse, which is 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 masterful rebuilt into culture temples.

      Day 2: Toulouse - Castelnaudary, approx. 60 km
      Castelnaudary ist the destination of your tour today. In former times it was the place of a lot of mills. Till today the Moulin de Cagurel from the 17th century on the pestilence hill testifies it. Splendid manors, built in the 17th century too, and beautiful half-timbered houses let this town become an architectural jewel. A popular culinary delicacy in Castelnaudary is the savoury bean stew Cassoulet, which came up during the Hundred Years‘ War. Pork or duck, bacon, garlic sausage and white beans are possible ingredients.

      Day 3: Castelnaudary - Carcarsonne, approx. 40 km
      Carcassonne is today one of the best preserved fortress towns in Europe and since 1997 part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The mightiest building of the town and one of the biggest fortresses in Europe is the fortress Cité Médiévale of Carcassonne with its 52 towers. You can experience the lively Carcassonne best in the downtown with its lively streets and the bastion Saint Louis.

      Day 4: Carcarsonne - Olonzac, approx. 45 km
      Villages, wine-growing estates and vineyards are located pictorially around the waterways. You reach Olonzac. You will have the chance to taste some good wines.

      Day 5: Olonzac - Narbonne, approx. 45 km
      Narbonne, which is flanked by vineyards. The former capital of the Romanesque antiquity was the first Roman colony outside of Italy. Sights like the relics of the street “Via Domitia“ or the houses-bridge with Roman origin “Pont des Marchands“ are evidences of this time. But later centuries too have left their marks in the town: for example the archbishop’s palace or the Gothic cathedral.

      Day 6: Narbonne - Bèziers, approx. 45 km
      Béziers can look back to a 2,700 years old history. And it is the birthplace of that man too, who was the father of the Canal du Midi: Pierre-Paul Riquet. The alley Paul-Riquet in the centre of the town is dedicated to him. Béziers is located scenic in a winegrowing region, where the grapes for an excellent wine grow. Maybe you allow yourself a glass?

      Day 7: Bèziers -  Sète , approx. 75 km
      Your cycling alongside 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 with volcanic rock. The basic measurements of the lock are 29.90 metres diameter and 5.20 metres depth. Cap d´Agde at the Mediterranean Sea is your destination today. The biggest European marina is part of the French town Agde and a paradise for water sportsmen like divers, surfers or sailors. But people, who just want to bath and to rest at the beach, get their money‘s worth too. In Sète flows the Canal du Midi into the Mediterranean Sea. The town is surrounded by water and its surname is “Venice des Languedoc“. The reasons for this surname are beneath the Canal du Midi countless additional waterways, which cross the town.

      Day 8: Sète
      The tour ends after breakfast. Individual return journey.

      Itinerary 10-days-tour:

      Day 1: Toulouse
      In the evening welcome briefing and distribution of rental bike (if booked) in Toulouse. Because of its buildings with reddish stones the inhabitants call Toulouse „ville rose“ too, the pink town. Take a little walk to see the important sacred buildings of Toulouse. One of it is the basilica St-Sernin de Toulouse, which is 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 masterful rebuilt into culture temples.

      Day 2: Toulouse - Castelnaudary, approx. 60 km
      Castelnaudary ist the destination of your tour today. In former times it was the place of a lot of mills. Till today the Moulin de Cagurel from the 17th century on the pestilence hill testifies it. Splendid manors, built in the 17th century too, and beautiful half-timbered houses let this town become an architectural jewel. A popular culinary delicacy in Castelnaudary is the savoury bean stew Cassoulet, which came up during the Hundred Years‘ War. Pork or duck, bacon, garlic sausage and white beans are possible ingredients.

      Day 3: Castelnaudary - Carcarsonne, approx. 40 km
      Carcassonne is today one of the best preserved fortress towns in Europe and since 1997 part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The mightiest building of the town and one of the biggest fortresses in Europe is the fortress Cité Médiévale of Carcassonne with its 52 towers. You can experience the lively Carcassonne best in the downtown with its lively streets and the bastion Saint Louis.

      Day 4: Roundtrip Montolieu, approx. 40 km
      Montolieu is a wonderful city at the edge of the Montagnes Noires. There are 15 antique stores with over 200.000 books in this worth seeing city of book. The former royal textile manufacturing was declared to a National Monument in 2004.

      Day 5: Carcarsonne - Olonzac, approx. 45 km
      Villages, wine-growing estates and vineyards are located pictorially around the waterways. You reach Olonzac. You will have the chance to taste some good wines.

      Day 6: Olonzac - Narbonne, approx. 45 km
      Narbonne, which is flanked by vineyards. The former capital of the Romanesque antiquity was the first Roman colony outside of Italy. Sights like the relics of the street “Via Domitia“ or the houses-bridge with Roman origin “Pont des Marchands“ are evidences of this time. But later centuries too have left their marks in the town: for example the archbishop’s palace or the Gothic cathedral.

      Day 7: Narbonne - Bèziers, approx. 45 km
      Béziers can look back to a 2,700 years old history. And it is the birthplace of that man too, who was the father of the Canal du Midi: Pierre-Paul Riquet. The alley Paul-Riquet in the centre of the town is dedicated to him. Béziers is located scenic in a winegrowing region, where the grapes for an excellent wine grow. Maybe you allow yourself a glass?

      Day 8: Bèziers - Cap d`Adge , approx. 40 km
      Your cycling alongside 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 with volcanic rock. The basic measurements of the lock are 29.90 metres diameter and 5.20 metres depth. Cap d´Agde at the Mediterranean Sea is your destination today. The biggest European marina is part of the French town Agde and a paradise for water sportsmen like divers, surfers or sailors. But people, who just want to bath and to rest at the beach, get their money‘s worth too.

      Day 9: Cap d`Adge - Sète , approx. 35 km
      In Sète flows the Canal du Midi into the Mediterranean Sea. The town is surrounded by water and its surname is “Venice des Languedoc“. The reasons for this surname are beneath the Canal du Midi countless additional waterways, which cross the town.

      Day 10: Sète
      The tour ends after breakfast. Individual return journey.

    • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Toulouse (TLS), Montpellier (MPL), Béziers (BZR)

      There are transfer buses from the airport in Beziers to the centre. Afterwords take the train to Toulouse (price approx.. € 30,-, duration: approx. 90 min, direct connection).


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      Parking: parking house near the hotel, approx. € 16,- per day


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station: Toulouse

      The train station in Sète is approx. 1,5 km away of the starting hotel.

      Current train connections and prices you will find under: www.radreisen.at/france-train


      TRANSFER

      Bustransfer from Séte to Toulouse € 75,- per person (only on Monday+Saturday). Payable locally, reservation at the time of tour booking is necessary, maximum 6 participants.

      Book here your discounted train ticket... Book your flights online... Book here your bus ticket... Book your hotel online...
    • Included services:
      • 7/9 nights in rooms with private facilities, breakfast
      • personal welcome meeting and tour briefing
      • luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
      • maps and information material per room
    • Choose Categories

      S1 30.03. - 12.04.19 8 days every SAT
      S2 13.04. - 28.06.19 8 days every SAT
      S3 29.06. - 30.08.19 8 days every SAT
      S2 31.08. - 27.09.19 8 days every SAT
      S1 28.09. - 05.10.19 8 days every SAT
      S1 30.03. - 12.04.19 10 days every SAT
      S2 13.04. - 28.06.19 10 days every SAT
      S3 29.06. - 30.08.19 10 days every SAT
      S2 31.08. - 27.09.19 10 days every SAT
      S1 28.09. - 05.10.19 10 days every SAT

      Extras

      Discounts extra bed in double room with 2 full paying adults
      0-5,99 years -100%
      6-11,99 years  -50%
      12-14,99 years -25%
      15-99 years -10%
           
      Bicycle & equipment 7 days 10 days
      7-/21-speed-bike. 80 110
      E-bike 180 210
           
      Additional nights
      Séte (dbl/sgl) 72/109
      Toulouse (dbl/sgl) 68/103
           
      Transfer*
      Bus Séte - Toulouse (Monday & Saturday) 75
      *reservation at booking necessary, minimum of participants 6, payable on spot

      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • You will be accommodated in well-tended 2- or 3-star-hotels. All rooms are equipped with shower and WC or bath and WC.

      Toulouse: Royal Wilson**

      Castelnaudary: Le Clos Fleuri***

      Carcassonne: Hotel l’Aragon***

      Olonzac: Eloi Merle**

      Narbonne: Du Midi**

      Béziers: Imperator***

      Cap d’Agde: Cap d´Agde Les Grenadines***

      Sète: L´Orque Bleue***


      Please note that the listed hotels are only hotel samples and subject to change. You will find your definite hotel in the hotel list, which you receive after booking/before departure.

    • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

      7/21-speed-bikes

      7-/21-speed-unisex bikes with comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon puncture resistant tires. All bikes are equipped with a rear rack pannier (saddle bag) and a handlebar bag/per room.


      E-bike

      By popular demand, we have now invested in a considerable number of e-bikes, much favoured by cyclists who love the great Outdoors, but prefer to let the bike take the strain.
       
      With an electro bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern E-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.


      Private bicycles

      You are welcome to bring your own bicycle. This is adapted especially to your needs. Do not forget to bring a repair kit with all necessary tools such as: keys, spare tube and lock. Please check all functions of your bicycle carefully upon arrival.

    • 5,5 24.06.2018 | Philip G. Canal du Midi

      Canal de Midi 2018

      One small point some of the paths required mowing . Grass was so long it was up to our knees.
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 6
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
      more
      5,7 05.10.2017 | Ingunn N. Canal du Midi

      Canal du Midi 2017

      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 6
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more
      4,7 12.07.2016 | Dag E. Canal du Midi

      Great trip

      Map should have better resolution in towns. Good maps more important than description. Some errors in the descriptions should be corrected.
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 4
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 4
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 4
      • On-site assistance 4
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 4
      more
      5,8 01.06.2015 | Aydin P. Canal du Midi 7 days

      A bike journey through history and nature

      Canal du Midi is a technological miracle of its time, and a natural wonder of today. A biking journey along this beautiful waterway is both relaxing and teaching. Relaxing, because one pedals through a beautiful, mostly shady corridor of water and green ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 6
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 4
      • Price-performance ratio 6
      more

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