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  • Pyrénées 
  • South West 

Springs of the Canal du Midi – the Selection

A loop circuit from Carcassonne through the Black Mountain

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360€/person

Presentation of your trip

Starting from Carcassonne, embark on a journey to explore the springs of the Midi Canal. Following the Midi Canal and a very nice bike path along the Rigole, you’ll arrive at the famous Lake St Ferreol where you can take a dip in an enchanting setting. After visiting the city of Revel, it’s time to cross the Black Mountain to rejoin the Midi Canal. Don’t forget to visit the abbey of St Papoul on the way. You’ll end up back in the city of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

  • DestinationPyrénées, South West
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip5 days and 4 nights
  • ActivitiesCycling/All Terrain Biking
  • Physical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • March
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • Jul.
  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
Description of the tripProgramTravel conditionsDates and price

Trip details

Highlights

  • Loop circuit
  • Exploring the Black Mountain, St Ferreol and Revel, and then returning to Carcassonne
  • The Midi Canal of Carcassonne, Castelnaudary and Revel
  • Two nights in Carcassonne

Complementary informations

  • Accommodation in selected hotels or guest houses
  • 4 days 3 nights - 3 biking days

Program

  • Day 1

    Carcassonne

      Arrival and check-in at the hotel or guest house with swimming pool, depending on availability. Night and breakfast in Carcassonne.

    • Day 2

      Carcassonne to Castelnaudary

      • Distance : 40 km
      • Type of accommodation : Hotel

      You’ll leave the city of Carcassonne for a while to roll along the Midi Canal. If you feel daring enough for a detour, head away from the Midi Canal to ride through valleys of wheat and rapeseed, in the direction of the Saint Papoul Abbey, founded in the 8th century. Admire its 19th century church and cloister, a veritable catalog of fantastical, Gothic-style sculptures. Surrounded to the east by the Black Mountain and to the southwest by the Pyrenees, head for the port of Bram, an authentic “circulade” (medieval Languedoc village built in a circle around a church or fortified castle) from the year one thousand. Take a leisurely ride along the road lined with villages that sometimes date back 2000 years and structures reflecting the ingenuity of Paul Riquet, such as the lock at Beteil and the double lock at Lalande. Spend the night in a hotel in Castelnaudary.

    • Day 3

      Castelnaudary to Revel

      • Distance : 45 km
      • Type of accommodation : B&B

      Still heading in the direction of Toulouse, you’ll ride in the morning along the Midi Canal for 12 km to then plunge deep into the Lauraguais countryside. You’ll arrive at Lake Lenclas where you can stop for a swim. Here begins the bucolic bike path along the Rigole all the way to Lake St Ferreol, where you can also swim (a short but difficult climb). After enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the lake, you will ride down to Revel, where you will spend the night in a hotel.

    • Day 4

      Revel to Carcassonne

      • Distance : 47 km
      • Type of accommodation : B&B

      After visiting the city of Revel, classified "City of Art and Crafts," and strolling along the famous medieval fortified town founded in 1342 by Philip VI of Valois, you’ll experience the beautiful villages of Saissac and its castle, as well as Montolieu. Then you’ll reach the Midi Canal again to head back to Carcassonne, where you will spend the night in a hotel.

    • Carcassonne

        The trip ends after breakfast; free day in Carcassonne.

      • End of trip

      Travel conditions

      • Attendees

        From 2 people.

      • Formalities

        • A valid official ID.
        • We recommend travel insurance with repatriation included. 
           
      • Accompanying

        Free Ride:
        Equipped with the orientation material we give you: maps with highlighted route and detailed topoguide, you go alone to discover circuits designed by our team. You are guided by carefully prepared directions, for maximum precision.

      • Food

        For each step, we have established a qualitative selection of restaurants of different categories with their contact details. We chose them according to different criteria, such as, the kitchen, of course, but also the quality of service, the quality/ price ratio and the atmosphere.
        For reservations, there are two options:

        You select and make the reservation yourself in the restaurant of your choice.
        You send us this list with the restaurants you have chosen and we make the reservations for you free of charge.

        Picnics and dinners are not planned.

      • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

        Departure from Carcassonne (11).

        How to get there:
        By car: Highway of the south of France.
        By train: Carcassonne train station.
        By plane: Carcassonne airport then shuttle to the city center.

      • Accommodation

        Nights in double rooms in hotels ** and *** and guest rooms.

        Bed and Breakfast: night and breakfast included.
        We have selected our accommodations for their quality of welcome and comfort: to enjoy, thank you to book as soon as possible.

        Double room formula: you sleep in comfortable rooms for 2 people in hotels or guest rooms. Sheets and towels are provided. A bathroom is reserved for you.
        (Single room option - See rates on our website)

        Supplement for a high season departure in July – August.

        Extra night in B&B in Carcassonne or Revel: contact us.

      • Difficulty level

        You have a good physical condition and practice fairly regularly cycling or other sports activity. Steps from 40 to 47km per day, some good coasts towards Revel.

      • Options

        • Additional accommodation before or after the stay,
        • Single room supplement,
        • Rental of MTB semi-rigid or VTC,
        • Rental of electric bike,
        • Bike bag rental,
        • Bike rental at the end of your stay by LaRébenne.

      Dates and price

      Information

      Free departure dates: you choose your own departure dates according to your availability.
      For constituted groups, we adapt the level, duration, price and program on demand.

      Free departure from

      Price TTC per person

      Freedom package with luggage transfer by cab - double room
      Registration at 2 people450
      Registration at 3 people415
      Registration at 4 people370
      Registration at 6 people360

      Options

      • Single room supplement: +140€
      • High season supplement: 30€
      • Rental of standard and electric bikes

      The price includes

      • Accommodation in bed and breakfast formula,
      • The detailed topoguide,
      • The card holder,
      • The transport of luggage,
      • Free restaurant reservation (if requested),
      • Delivery of rental bikes on the morning of day 2.

      The price does not include

      • Meals and picnics,
      • Drinks,
      • Personal expenses,
      • Personal bike equipment (helmets, gloves),
      • Bicycles,
      • Transportation to the meeting point,
      • Insurance,
      • The parking lot.

      The destination

      • Pyrénées

        The Pyrenees! To summarize their beauty and diversity in a few lines would be vain ... From the green mountains of the Basque Country, to the wild lands of Ariège to the Catalan mountains with the scent of the Mediterranean, the Pyrenees are an invitation to travel.

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      • South West

        LaRébenne invites you to discover the south-west of France in different ways. Hike on the mythical paths of Santiago de Compostela or cycle the Canal du Midi, 240 km of walks by the water. It connects the Garonne to the Mediterranean from Toulouse to Sète via Carcassonne and its medieval city and Castelnaudary. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a technical feat that is appreciated as an authentic masterpiece.

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