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Bike holidays Canal du Midi

Cycling: Canal du Midi

60.000 trees have been planted along Canal du Midi in France to affix the bank. Until today many trees are seaming the waterway which leads from Toulouse to the Mediterranean Sea. The trees also shade the tow paths and roads which are leading during this journey to the numerous cultural monuments: to cathedrals and palaces, to roman and medieval buildings. Besides richness of culture there are also culinary delicacies located at Canal du Midi. Great wine is growing and wonderful cuisine has its origin here. Enjoyment is tradition.

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Itinerary

Welcome briefing and distribution of rental bikes (if booked).

Castelnaudary ist the destination of your tour today. In former times it was the place of a lot of mills. Till today the Moulin de Cagurel from the 17th century on the pestilence hill testifies it. Splendid manors, built in the 17th century too, and beautiful half-timbered houses let this town become an architectural jewel. A popular culinary delicacy in Castelnaudary is the savoury bean stew Cassoulet, you have to try it!

Carcassonne is today one of the best preserved fortress towns in Europe and since 1997 part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The mightiest building of the town and one of the biggest fortresses in Europe is the fortress Cité Médiévale of Carcassonne with its 52 towers. You can experience the lively Carcassonne best in the downtown with its lively streets and the bastion Saint Louis. Here you have the chance to taste the Micheline, an herb liqueur of the region. Worth visiting is the house of memories, which tells you a lot of things about live and fate of the Cathari. Carcassonne was a centre of the Christian Faith Movement of the Carthari, which were banished from town in 1209.

Enjoy of the most scenic parts of your journey alongside the Canal de la Robine and the Canal du Midi. Villages, wine-growing estates and vineyards are located pictorially around the waterways. You reach Olonzac. You will have the chance to taste some good wines.

The former capital of the Romanesque antiquity was the first Roman colony outside of Italy. Sights like the relics of the street “Via Domitia“ or the houses-bridge with Roman origin “Pont des Marchands“ are evidences of this time. But later centuries too have left their marks in the town: for example the archbishop’s palace or the Gothic cathedral.

Pines shade your way to the mouth of the Hérault and further alongside the Canal du Midi to Béziers. The town can look back to a 2,700 years old history. And it is the birthplace of that man too, who was the father of the Canal du Midi: Pierre-Paul Riquet. The alley Paul-Riquet in the centre of the town is dedicated to him. Béziers is located scenic in a winegrowing region, where the grapes for an excellent wine grow. Maybe you allow yourself a glass?

The "modern" Sète was built in the middle of the 17th century by Paul Riquet so that his Canal du Midi would have a port on the Mediterranean. There were Romans here, naming this Mons Setius some 17 centuries earlier, and pirates were ensconsced on Mont Saint-Clair in the 16th century. But it was Riquet's new "Port-Saint-Louis-du-Cap-de-Cette" that became the seaside and canal town of today.

Map Canal du Midi

Tour character

This tour is slight-challenging. You cycle on asphalted paths, gravel roads and side roads with less traffic.

Prices & dates

All data at a glance
Place of arrival: Toulouse
  Season 1
28.03.2020 - 10.04.2020
27.09.2020 - 03.10.2020

Samstag
Season 2
11.04.2020 - 26.06.2020
30.08.2020 - 26.09.2020

Samstag
Season 3
27.06.2020 - 29.08.2020

Samstag
Canal du Midi, 8 days, Cat. A, FR-CMRTS-08A
Base price
1'149.-
1'229.-
1'295.-
Surcharge single room 339.- 339.- 339.-
Half board 315.- 315.- 315.-
Canal du Midi, 8 days, Cat. B, FR-CMRTS-08B
Base price
959.-
1'079.-
1'149.-
Surcharge single room 255.- 255.- 255.-
Half board 229.- 229.- 229.-

Kategorie A: 3***- und 4****-Hotels (französische Klassifizierung)

Kategorie B: 2**- und 3***-Hotels (franz. Klassifizierung)

Season 1
28.03.2020 - 10.04.2020
27.09.2020 - 03.10.2020
Samstag
Season 2
11.04.2020 - 26.06.2020
30.08.2020 - 26.09.2020
Samstag
Season 3
27.06.2020 - 29.08.2020
Samstag
Canal du Midi, 8 days, Cat. A, FR-CMRTS-08A
Base price
Surcharge single room
Half board
Canal du Midi, 8 days, Cat. B, FR-CMRTS-08B
Base price
Surcharge single room
Half board
1'149.-
339.-
315.-
959.-
255.-
229.-
1'229.-
339.-
315.-
1'079.-
255.-
229.-
1'295.-
339.-
315.-
1'149.-
255.-
229.-

Kategorie A: 3***- und 4****-Hotels (französische Klassifizierung)

Kategorie B: 2**- und 3***-Hotels (franz. Klassifizierung)

Season 1
Mar 28, 2020 - Apr 10, 2020
Sep 27, 2020 - Oct 3, 2020
Season 2
Apr 11, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020
Aug 30, 2020 - Sep 26, 2020
Season 3
Jun 27, 2020 - Aug 29, 2020
Toulouse A Komfort
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Sète A Komfort
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Toulouse B Standard
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Sète B Standard
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
99.-
148.-
129.-
234.-
89.-
134.-
89.-
134.-
99.-
148.-
129.-
234.-
89.-
134.-
89.-
134.-
99.-
148.-
129.-
234.-
89.-
134.-
89.-
134.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Toulouse
  Season 1
Mar 28, 2020 - Apr 10, 2020
Sep 27, 2020 - Oct 3, 2020

Samstag
Season 2
Apr 11, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020
Aug 30, 2020 - Sep 26, 2020

Samstag
Season 3
Jun 27, 2020 - Aug 29, 2020

Samstag
Toulouse A Komfort
Extra night double room (BB) 99.- 99.- 99.-
Extra night single room (BB) 148.- 148.- 148.-
Sète A Komfort
Extra night double room (BB) 129.- 129.- 129.-
Extra night single room (BB) 234.- 234.- 234.-
Toulouse B Standard
Extra night double room (BB) 89.- 89.- 89.-
Extra night single room (BB) 134.- 134.- 134.-
Sète B Standard
Extra night double room (BB) 89.- 89.- 89.-
Extra night single room (BB) 134.- 134.- 134.-
Filter
Bicycle 21-gear
Mietvelo-PLUS
Electric bicycle
95.-
159.-
229.-
Filter
Transfer
89.-

Services & information

Services

Included:

  • Accommodation in your booked category
  • Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Well elaborated route
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels
  • Signposting
  • GPS-data is available
  • Service-hotline

 

Optional extras:

  • Half-board evening meal (mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
  • Return transfer by bus to Toulouse every saturday costs CHF 89.- per person, reservation is necessary, payable on site. Max. 6 persons.
Information

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Train station Sète
  • Airports: Toulouse, Montpellier or Béziers/Cap d´Agde
  • Parking: approx. CHF 13.- per night

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price

Ratings

4 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
4 stars
Jürg M. CH | 14.06.2019
Interessante Velopferien
Der Canal du Midi ist eine eher ungewöhnliche Tour. Die Strecke dem Kanal nach ist interessant aber teilweise fast abenteuerlich. Der Velofahrstreifen schlängelt sich oft durch die Wiese und ist vielleicht 20 cm breit. Manchmal auch über grobe Schotter oder fast über ackerartige rauhe Oberfläche. Bei Regen muss auf eher belebt Strassen ausgewichen werden. Die Hotels (bessere Kategorie) waren gut. Teilweise nicht im Zentrum und teilweise mit Schwierigkeit vor Ort zu essen. Die erste Etappe (fast 80 km) ist etwas weit.

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