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  • South West 
  • Pyrénées 

The Canal du Midi by bike – Balanced version

From Toulouse to Sète

From
620€/person

Presentation of your trip

From Toulouse, the capital city of Midi-Pyrénées region, to Sète, a beautiful and colourful city, this cycle ride is along the famous Canal du Midi, listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Built by Paul Riquet, the Canal du Midi used to be a waterway for all kinds of merchandise. 
This bucolic trip, down the stream will allow you to discover, by bike, Southern cities such as Toulouse, Castelnaudary, Carcassonne with its walled town and finally, Agde and Sète. Conclude your trip by diving into “la Grande Bleue”, the Mediterranean.


 

  • DestinationSouth West, Pyrénées
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip8 days and 7 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

  • A 240 km long historical route
  • The tranquillity of landscapes on the edge of water
  • The arrival at the Mediterranean!

Complementary informations

  • 8 days - 7 nights - 7 biking days
  • In double rooms in hotels or guest houses

Program

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Toulouse

    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Arrival in a Toulouse hotel. Free evening in the « Pink City », take time to discover its rich cultural heritage. Night on bed and breakfast basis in *** hotel.

  • Day 2

    From Toulouse to Villenouvelle

    • Distance : 33 km
    • Type of accommodation : B&B

    Departure from Paul Riquet’s bridge. Discover Toulouse way of life : its lilting accent, history and many hidden alleyways. Take your time to stroll and to discover its architectural richness : The Capitole square place, the Basilique St Sernin, les Jacobins… Once overpassed the south port of Ramonville St Agne, with its turnstile footbridge, the barges are lined up along the bank. Pass under the brick bridges and discover many canal locks. In Montgiscard, its little port and old washing place invite you to have a break. The very high village of Montesquieu Lauragais waits for you. It was a stronghold during Middle Ages and it is now croosed by numerous pilgrims on way to Santiago de Compostela. Night in half board basis (dinner with the guest house owners) in guest house, in Villenouvelle.

  • Day 3

    From Villenouvelle to Castelnaudary

    • Distance : 34 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Head out to Castelnaudary along the Canal du Midi, with a first stop in Avignonet, in the heart of the Lauragais, land of the Pastel flower, place of a battle against the Cathars. Pass over the highest point of the trip (190m high) and find several ancient canal locks such as the Lock of Sanglier, as well as many aqueducts, before reaching Castelnaudary. Castelnaudary is the city of cassoulet (a delicious local meat and bean stew) but perhaps this does not get your taste buds going so, as dinners are not included, feel free to choose another dish. Night and breakfast in *** hotel, very well located, in front of the Canal du Midi.

  • Day 4

    From Castelnaudary to Carcassonne

    • Distance : 40 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    After a good night’s rest, ride along the Canal du Midi, through a delight of many different villages and landscapes. Make your way to Saint Papoul’s abbey, created in the 8th century, to discover the church in the middle of wheat fields. Then ride on until Bram passing quiet villages before heading for Carcassonne. Its architecture and the warmth of its narrow streets are waiting for you. You can enjoy the medieval walled town, which is also now listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
    Night and breakfast in *** hotel with swimming pool in Carcassonne.

  • Day 5

    From Carcassonne to the land of Minervois, in Homps

    • Distance : 42 km
    • Type of accommodation : Bed & Breakfast

    Once you have drunk in enough of the secrets of Carcassonne, continue your trip and storm along to Homps and its port. Take your time to admire the buildings along the canal, a wonderful example being the Moulin de Trèbes. You can have a stop in Marseillette, an old Gallic village and in Capendu as well, to see its Romanesque church. Then continue on to arrive in Homps.
    Night and breakfast in Homps in guest house.


     

  • Day 6

    From Homps to Capestang

    • Distance : 45 km
    • Type of accommodation : Bed & Breakfast

    From Homps’ port, you ride along the Pech and Laurier canal lock, just before reaching Argens-Minervois chateau. You ride between vineyard and cypresses and cross the village of Ventenac-en-Minervois (ideal stop for a wine-tasting). You also meet 2 canals crossroads : Canal du Midi and Canal de la Robine. Then, you can have a stop under the shade of superb stone pine trees before passing the Aqueduct of Quarante. Capestang is nearly here! Night in half board basis (dinner with the guest house owners) in guest house.

  • Day 7

    From Capestang to Agde

    • Distance : 46 km

    Let’s go to Béziers ! This typical south-east town, in love with wine, rugby and festivities, will open its arms to you. Cross the tunnel de Malpas and discover the oppidum of Ensérune (apart from Canal), to arrive by the spectacular 9 canal locks of Fonseranes, and then onto Béziers, Riquet’s birthplace. The city shows you lots of examples of his talent. Then, cycle to Agde where the Herault River and Canal du Midi flow into the Mediterranean Sea. The maritime influences are important and the landscape is different. The volcanic black stone of Agde, the wild black bulls and white horses are typical of this region. Night and breakfast in hotel.

  • Day 8

    From Agde to Sète

    • Distance : 25 km

    Go to the port at Sète along Thau Basin. This city has a strong local culture, Sète cannot help but seduce you on your arrival. With a bit of luck, you maybe see a local sport played since 1666 : nautical battles. End of the trip in Sète.

  • End of trip

Travel conditions

  • Luggage

    Carrying is limited to business of the day and picnic. Luggage is carried by vehicle. Please allow 1 bag per person, maximum 15kg/bag.

  • 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.

  • Options

    • Return by train with your luggage: www.voyages-sncf.com
    • Return by minibus LaRébenne with bike trailer (min 6 pers.): contact us,
    • Formula 3 or 4 days: tailor-made program from the 3 or 4 stages you choose yourself,
    • 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.
  • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

    Departure from Toulouse.

    How to get there:
    By car: Highway of the south of France.
    By train: Toulouse SNCF train station.
    By plane: Toulouse 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.
    2 diners included: in Villenouvelle and Capestang at the table d'hôtes (days 2 and 6).

    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.

    July – August High Season Departure Supplement

    Extra night in B&B in Toulouse, Sète: contact us.

  • Food

    For each stage, we have established a qualitative selection of restaurants of different categories with their
    We chose them according to different criteria, such as, the kitchen of course, but also the quality of
    service, quality/price ratio and 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 reservations for
    you for free.

    Picnics and dinners are not planned (except diners on days 2 and 6, which are included at the table d'hotes).

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 people715
Registration at 3 people700
Registration at 4 people660
Registration at 6 people620

Options

  • Single room supplement: +230€
  • High season supplement: 35€ in July and August
  • Rental of standard and electric bikes

The price includes

  • Accommodation in bed and breakfast formula (and half board on days 2 and 6),
  • Diners of days 2 and 6,
  • The detailed topoguide with extracts of maps,
  • 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

  • Diners (except dinners on days 2 and 6) and lunches/ picnics,
  • The high season supplement: in July & August,
  • Accommodation on return to Toulouse,
  • Drinks,
  • Personal expenses,
  • Personal bike equipment (helmets, gloves),
  • Bicycles,
  • Transportation to the meeting point,
  • The return to Toulouse by train with your luggage,
  • The repatriation of rental bikes at the starting point,
  • Insurance,
  • The parking lot.

The destination

  • 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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