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  • South West 
  • Pyrénées 

The Canal du Midi by bike – Premium version

From Toulouse to Agde

From
715€/person

Presentation of your trip

From Toulouse, the capital city of Midi-Pyrénées region, to Agde, a beautiful Roman 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. Conclude your trip by diving into “la Grande Bleue”, the Mediterranean.

  • DestinationSouth West, Pyrénées
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip6 days and 5 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!
  • Selected high quality accommodation

Complementary informations

  • 6 days 5 nights - 5 biking days
  • Accommodation in charming premium hotels or guest houses

Program

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Toulouse

    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Arrival in Toulouse hotel, ideally located in the historical centre, close to the Romanesque Saint-Sernin basilica and the Augustins museum. Free evening into the « Pink City », take time to discover its rich cultural heritage. 4* Hotel.

  • De Toulouse à Castelnaudary

    • Distance : 63 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Départ par le pont Pierre Paul Riquet. Découvrez l’art de vivre de Toulouse, son accent chantant et son histoire, entre ses différentes ruelles pour ensuite vous rendre à Castelnaudary le long du Canal du Midi et pour vous régaler avec son célèbre cassoulet. Vous rencontrez sur le chemin des ouvrages d’époque comme l’écluse du Sanglier et l’aqueduc d’Aigues-Vives. Nuit en hôtel** (chambre supérieure), idéalement situé au bord du Canal du Midi.

  • Day 3

    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.
    Overnight in a beautiful hotel **** located at the foot of the city walls, where you can enjoy the swimming pool and jacuzzi (or *** hotel with swimming pool and jacuzzi, also located at the foot of the city walls according availabilities).

  • Day 4

    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 a charming guest house with swimming pool.

  • Day 5

    From Homps to Beziers

    • Distance : 64 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    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 Foncérannes, and then onto Béziers, Riquet’s birthplace. The city shows you lots of examples of his talent. 
    Overnight in a hotel ****, from where you can enjoy a charming stroll along the Allées Paul Riquet.

  • Day 6

    From Béziers to Agde

    • Distance : 25 km

    For this last stage, cycle to Agde where the Herault River and Canal du Midi flow into the Mediterranean. The maritime’s 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.
    End of your trip.


     

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Difficulty level

    You have a good physical condition and practice fairly regularly cycling or other sports activity. Steps of 25 to 64km per day, no elevation gain. Path sometimes bumpy (holes, roots and potholes), narrow and in medium condition.

  • 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

    We have selected our accommodations for the quality of the welcome, their comfort and in the category charm and character, upscale. Places are very limited, in order to enjoy it we invite you to book as soon as possible.

    Nights in double rooms in hotels *** and **** and charming guest rooms.
    Bed and Breakfast: night and breakfast included.

    Double room formula: you sleep in comfortable rooms for 2 people in hotels or guest rooms, upscale version. Sheets and towels are provided. A bathroom is reserved for you.

    Few choices in Castelnaudary in the high-end category: so we chose a good hotel **, family and very well located along the Canal du Midi (you are staying in a superior room).

    Extra night in Toulouse, Agde or Sète: consult us.

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.

A unique formula: the Freedom formula with luggage carrying by taxis
 

Free departure from

Price TTC per person

6 days, 5 nights, 5 days bike tour - hotel double room
Registration at 2 people930
Registration at 3 people850
Registration at 4 people780
Registration at 6 people715
7 days, 6 nights and free day in Carcassonne. - double room hotel
Registration at 2 people1110
Registration at 3 people1030
Registration at 4 people960
Registration at 6 people930
7 days, 6 nights, end of the tour in Sète - double room hotel
Registration at 2 people1060
Registration at 3 people980
Registration at 4 people910
Registration at 6 people845
8 days, 7 nights with free day in Carcassonne and end of the tour in Sète - double room hotel
Registration at 2 people1240
Registration at 3 people1160
Registration at 4 people1090
Registration at 6 people1025

Options

Single room supplements:

  • +255€ for the 6-day tour.
  • +295€ for the 7-day tour with free day in Carcassonne.
  • +295€ for the 7-day tour with end in Sète.
  • +385€ for the 8-day tour.

Supplement high season July and August: 70 €/pers

Rental of standard and electric bikes

The price includes

  • Accommodation in bed and breakfast formula, upscale version,
  • 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

  • Dinners and lunches/ picnics,
  • 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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