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  • South West 
  • Pyrénées 

The Canal du Midi by bike – the Selection

From Toulouse to Agde

From
610€/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!

Complementary informations

  • 6 days 5 nights - 5 biking days

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 and breakfast in Toulouse.

  • Day 2

    From Toulouse to Castelnaudary

    • Distance : 63 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Point of departure : Paul Riquet’s bridge. 
    Discover the “art of living” Toulouse style : its lilting accent, history and many hidden alleyways. 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 Castelnaudary.


     

  • 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.
    Night and breakfast in Carcassonne.


     

  • Day 4

    From Carcassonne to 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.


     

  • 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. 
    Night and breakfast in Beziers.


     

  • Day 6

    From Beziers 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Accompagnants

    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.

    July – August High Season Departure Supplement

    Extra night in B&B in Toulouse, Agde or Sète: contact 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 people650
Registration at 3 people640
Registration at 4 people620
Registration at 6 people610
7 days, 6 nights and free day in Carcassonne. - double room hotel
Registration at 2 people720
Registration at 3 people710
Registration at 4 people690
Registration at 6 people680
7 days, 6 nights, end of the tour in Sète - double room hotel
Registration at 2 people700
Registration at 3 people720
Registration at 4 people680
Registration at 6 people670
8 days, 7 nights with free day in Carcassonne and end of the tour in Sète - double room hotel
Registration at 2 people770
Registration at 3 people760
Registration at 4 people740
Registration at 6 people730

Options

Single room supplements:

+160€ for the 6-day tour.
+200€ for 7-day tours.
+220€ for the 8-day tour.

Rental of standard bikes and bikes with electric assistance.

High season supplement in July & August: 30€/pers 

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

  • Dinners 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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