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The Pont Vieux in Beziers with a view of the cathedral

Canal du Midi

Enjoyment, precious buildings, Mediterranean Sea and Pyrenees

8 Days / 7 Nights
Medium
The Pont Vieux in Beziers with a view of the cathedral

From the Occitan metropolis of Toulouse to the Pyrenees - and finally to the "French Venice" on the Mediterranean - the cycle tour takes you along the Canal du Midi, a World Heritage Site. You pass the ancient land of the Cathars with its world-famous fortified castles such as Carcassonne and cycle along medieval and Roman traces. The wealth of culture is matched by culinary treasures along the Canal du Midi: Excellent wine is cultivated in the Minervois and Corbière, and the outstanding cuisine has Spanish influences. Savoir Vivre in Occitania.

Itinerary at a glance

Individual arrival to Toulouse in the late afternoon. Toulouse is also called the "ville rose" because of the reddish stone of many buildings. One sight is the Basilica St-Sernin de Toulouse, a culinary speciality is the duck breast with green beans.

Many buildings are built with red bricks in Toulouse, therefore this city is also named “ville rose”. A wonderful place of interest is the basilica St. Sernin de Toulouse. A culinary delicacy is the duck breast with green beans.

You cycle to water reservoir St. Férról. The clear water and sandy beaches as well as paddleboats, canoes and catamarans are inviting you to a wonderful day at the beach.

In the lower city of Carcassonne bastion Saint Louis is located and in the house of memories you learn a lot about the life of Catharist people. Welcome to Olonzac, you will enjoy it.

Welcome to Homps. This picturesque village on the Canal du Midi has the third largest port on the canal. Destination today is Narbonne with the cathedral Saint Just et Saint Pasteur.

You drive to Capestang and on to Béziers. The city is the centre of winegrowing und birth place of Paul Riquet, the builder of Canal du Midi.

Explore the harbour- and fisher village of Séte, before you continue to Cap d´Agde where Europe’s biggest yacht harbour is located.

Day
08
Departure or extension

Itinerary at a glance

Olonzac, Béziers, and Sète: Along the Canal du Midi, you'll pass through not only beautiful cities but also Mediterranean landscapes and cultural landmarks. Among cathedrals and castles, fine wine is produced, which you can enjoy with culinary delights.

Individual arrival to Toulouse in the late afternoon. Toulouse is also called the "ville rose" because of the reddish stone of many buildings. There is plenty to see: the Basilica of St Sernin, the Place du Capitole and the Augustin Museum.

Castelnaudary is the largest harbour on the Canal du Midi; even the largest wine freighters could turn around here. The French travel long distances to pay their culinary respects to the town of the savoury bean stew "Cassoulet".

You cycle to water reservoir St. Férról. The clear water and sandy beaches as well as paddleboats, canoes and catamarans are inviting you to a wonderful day at the beach.

Olonzac is the centre of the winegrowers in the Minervois, Homps was the shipping port. Vines everywhere, the Montagne Noire and the Corbière in sight, here you can practise doing nothing by the canal.

Today's destination is Narbonne, you change to the canal and travel along the Canal de la Robine towards the Mediterranean. Major medieval buildings include the unfinished cathedral and the archbishops' palace. Another highlight is the market hall "Les Halles", which has been honoured as the most beautiful in France.

You drive to Capestang and on to Béziers. The city is the centre of winegrowing und birthplace of Paul Riquet, the builder of Canal du Midi. The Archbishop's Palace watches over the city, the attraction on the canal are the Neuf Écluses, the Nine Locks.

The further you cycle, the saltier the air becomes. The cycle path leads directly along the sea towards Sète, the largest French fishing town on the Mediterranean, also known as the "Little Venice of the Languedoc" due to its many canals. Here, an evening stroll can be perfectly combined with a good meal, as the origins of the town are Italian - as is the cuisine.

Day
08
Departure or extension

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Route Information

Medium

You will cycle on partly uneven, with roots interspersed sand and pebble paths, partly asphalted, as well as on little frequented side roads.

Prices & Dates

Category A: 3*** - and 4****-star hotels (French classification) as well as charming overnight accommodations

Category B: mainly 3***-hotels (French classification) and Chambre d´hotes

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation in your selected category
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Best developed route
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS-data available
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
  • Return transfer to Toulouse (minimum 2 persons, maximum 8 perosns) every Saturday and Monday, costs EUR 120 per person, extra EUR 30 for your own bike, reservation is necessary, payable in advance.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Train station Toulouse or Sète
  • Airports: Toulouse, Montpellier or Béziers/Cap d´Agde
  • Cat. A: Parking spaces at the hotel, costs approx. EUR 12 per night, no reservation possible.
    Cat. B: Parking house near the hotel, costs approx. EUR 12 per night, no reservation possible

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation in your selected category
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Best developed route
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
  • Return transfer to Toulouse (minimum 2 persons, maximum 6 persons) every Saturday and Monday, costs EUR 125 per person, extra EUR 39 for your own bike, reservation is necessary, payable in advance

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Train station Toulouse or Sète
  • Airports: Toulouse, Montpellier or Béziers/Cap d´Agde
  • Cat. A: parking spaces at the hotel, costs approx. EUR 15 per day, no reservation possible.
  • Cat. B: parking garage near the hotel, costs approx. EUR 15 per day, no reservation possible.

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of EUR 20 per room.

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