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 £ 956 $ 2,119 1125 $ 1695 NOK 10594 kr 9779 $ 1,271 £ 1206 $ 2,674 1420 $ 2139 NOK 13372 kr 12343 $ 1,605
    Season 2 £ 1003 $ 2,222 1180 $ 1778 NOK 11112 kr 10257 $ 1,333 £ 1291 $ 2,863 1520 $ 2290 NOK 14313 kr 13212 $ 1,718
    Season 3 £ 1028 $ 2,279 1210 $ 1823 NOK 11394 kr 10518 $ 1,367 £ 1317 $ 2,919 1550 $ 2335 NOK 14596 kr 13473 $ 1,752
    Single supplement (all seasons) £ 221 $ 490 260 $ 392 NOK 2448 kr 2260 $ 294 £ 280 $ 622 330 $ 497 NOK 3108 kr 2868 $ 373
    Dinners included £ 212 $ 471 250 $ 377 NOK 2354 kr 2173 $ 283 £ 319 $ 706 375 $ 565 NOK 3531 kr 3260 $ 424
    Electric bicycle rental £ 85 $ 188 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113 £ 85 $ 188 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113
    8 Day TourStandardDeluxe
    Season 1 £ 760 $ 1,686 895 $ 1348 NOK 8428 kr 7780 $ 1,011 £ 892 $ 1,978 1050 $ 1582 NOK 9888 kr 9127 $ 1,187
    Season 2 £ 824 $ 1,827 970 $ 1461 NOK 9134 kr 8432 $ 1,096 £ 930 $ 2,062 1095 $ 1650 NOK 10311 kr 9518 $ 1,237
    Season 3 £ 845 $ 1,874 995 $ 1499 NOK 9370 kr 8649 $ 1,124 £ 952 $ 2,109 1120 $ 1687 NOK 10547 kr 9735 $ 1,266
    Single supplement (all seasons) £ 178 $ 396 210 $ 316 NOK 1978 kr 1825 $ 237 £ 238 $ 527 280 $ 422 NOK 2637 kr 2434 $ 316
    Dinners included £ 161 $ 358 190 $ 286 NOK 1789 kr 1652 $ 215 £ 212 $ 471 250 $ 377 NOK 2354 kr 2173 $ 283
    Electric bicycle rental £ 85 $ 188 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113 £ 85 $ 188 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113

    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: £ 61 $ 136 72 $ 108 NOK 678 kr 626 $ 81

    Single supplement:  £ 31 $ 70 37 $ 56 NOK 348 kr 322 $ 42

    Toulouse £ 58 $ 128 68 $ 102 NOK 640 kr 591 $ 77

    Single supplement: £ 30 $ 66 35 $ 53 NOK 330 kr 304 $ 40

    Carcassonne: £ 68 $ 151 80 $ 121 NOK 753 kr 695 $ 90

    Single supplement: £ 51 $ 113 60 $ 90 NOK 565 kr 522 $ 68

    Bus Transfers back to Toulouse at end of tour:

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

    Saturdays or Mondays only: £ 64 $ 141 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85

    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.


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. 9 months 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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