Languedoc Wine Tour
This cycle starts in Toulouse, the famous “pink city” and takes you along the Canal du Midi across the South of France. The Canal du Midi is a UNESCO world heritage site, which links the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. It was constructed in the 17th century and considered “a masterpiece of human creative genius”.
As you bike through the vineyards of Minervois in Languedoc, you will visit the famous Castle of Carcassonne, stop in St Chinian for some delicious wine tasting, and arrive in the historical city of Montpellier.
With this trip, you will experience the best of the Languedoc region: typical medieval villages and rich historical architecture, lovely vineyards and countryside, the laid-back atmosphere surrounding the Canal du Midi, and all the little details that make the South of France lifestyle so special.
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Day 1 : Arrive in Toulouse
Your guide will greet you at your hotel and give you all the information necessary for your trip and fit you with your bike and equipment. If you arrive early, take advantage to explore Toulouse, known as the pink city for its brick architecture. Meander in the famous Capitol place and visit various architectural masterpieces, the Saint Sernin Basilica, and the Jacobins church for its 13th century cloister and famous pillars that seem to represent palm trees.
You can even go further on and walk along the lush riverside of the Garonne River. There are many local restaurants that prepare the typical local specialty a Cassoulet, made with French white beans.
Accommodation : La Cour des Consuls - "Toulouse"
Day 2 : Cycle along the Canal du Midi
Distance 1 : 44 Miles - 71 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 450 Meters
You quietly leave the center of town along the shady Canal du Midi to meander the quiet countryside. You follow the canal du midi bike path. Then you will leave the canal to take countryside roads to reach you deluxe hotel.
Accommodation : Hotel Pavillon du Chateau - "Garrevaques"
Day 3 : Ride to Carcassonne
Distance 1 : 35 Miles - 56 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 660 Meters
Today is a countryside ride fairly challenging. You will be in the nature of Tarn area. Make sure you stop on the way in Revel and in Saissac. Both villages are worth a nice break.
Accommodation : Hotel du Chateau - Carcassonne - "Carcassonne"
Day 4 : Minervois and Canal du Midi
Distance 1 : 45 Miles - 72 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 440 Meters
Today you will alternate your path from along the Canal to country roads that bring you through the heart of the Minervois vineyards. Travel through Marseillette, a village known for its dried pond that has been turned into rice fields and apple orchards. Admire the town’s clock tower in the center of the village. Your path will bring you to another quaint village, Quarante, where you will pass your night in a castle reconverted into a hotel. Les Carrasses serve delicious meals from local products
Accommodation : Château les Carrasses - "Lieu-dit Les Carrasses, Quarante"
Day 5 : St Chinian and other vineyards
Option 1 : 35 Miles - 57 Km
Option 2 : 45 Miles - 72 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 414 Meters Elevation gain 2 : 623 Meters
Two options for this day in the vineyards:
Option 1: Travel from Capestang, an important port on the Canal du Midi and admire Saint-Etienne an impressive collegiate church whose massive tower dominates the surrounding countryside, and the château des Archeveques de Narbonne. Continue on to visit the center of Beziers and its famous cathedral.
Option 2: From Quarante, head north through the vineyards to Saint Chinian to taste their AOC certified wines in one of many producers who make organic wines.
For both options, continue on through the vineyards of the Orb valley where you can taste their wines.
Arrive in Pézenas whose city center is an official « Protected Area ». The French Ministry of Culture lists 116 historical edifices in Pézenas, with more than 30 of which are classified "Historical Monuments".
Accommodation : La Distillerie de Pézenas - "Pézenas"
Day 6 : Cycle to Montpellier
Distance 1 : 31 Miles - 50 Km
Elevation gain 1 : 535 Meters
Follow the route in direction of Monbazin and stop to admire the Abbey of Valmagne then join the cycle path of Villeyrac that will bring you to Cournonterral, famous for its festivals and city tower. The path will bring you to Montpellier along beautiful landscapes and vineyards. You can stop and try local products with a glass of wine.
If you arrive early in Montpellier, take time to visit the historical center of Montpellier, and important city in Languedoc. Archaeological sites and historical monuments through many centuries mark this city.
Finish your day at your hotel in Castelnau-le-Lez just east of Montpellier and relax in their spa before a gastronomic dinner.
Accommodation : Grand Hotel du Midi - "Montpellier"
Day 7 : Leave the South of France
Enjoy a nice breakfast and leave when you are ready.
Click below to see hotels versions.
Day : 1
Ideally situated in Toulouse in the historical center, the hotel La Cour des Consuls is located in the Carmes quarter just a few meters from the Capitol. Many parts of the hotel dating to the 14th century are classified « Historical Monuments ». Today, La Cour des Consuls, is a five star hotel of character and contemporary decoration that highlights the historical values of the edifice, such as the grand chimney in the restaurant and the monumental stairwell. A warm personalized welcome allows you take full advantage of your experience in Toulouse.
Day : 2
In the heart of a large parc of 7 hectares of nature, come to discover the hotel Pavillon du Chateau **** with its restaurant and 300m² spa. The 15 rooms are spacious with furnitures and fabrics found in flea market around the world. The outside swimming pool, the parc, the quietness, and the spa will help you to spend a very pleasant time.
Day : 3
The charm of the hotel du château is that it is mediaeval yet contemporary, rural yet metropolitan, sophisticated yet confortable.The hotel has 17 rooms, including 3 junior suites. Stylishly decorated using a combination of luxurious materials, leather, wood, local stone and vaulted ceilings, with hi-fi stereo, CD player, flat-screen TV and air conditioning. You'll feel at home here : with a heated pool from Easter until November, an outdoor jacuzzi which is heated all year round, and a stylish yet panoramic ans cosy bar. An exclusive address surrounded by greenery ans calm.
Day : 4
This estate and its 19th century château is situated in the countryside of Languedoc and is today a luxury hotel decorated « a la Francaise ». You can take advantage of its swimming pool, tennis courts, petanque grounds, and barbecue. The estates also have a garden and greenhouse with orchards and olive grove. It’s a wonderful place to relax after a long day riding.
Day : 5
It’s a bit off the beaten path of the center of Pézenas but in a serene calm, this former distillery is now a hotel of character. Pézenas is still just a few minutes on foot. Luxurious with all comforts, this hotel is orientated towards its local culture. An outdoor swimming pool and other commodities are available.
Day : 6
The Grand Hôtel du Midi Montpellier - Opéra Comédie enjoys the ideal location for discovering Montpellier: it is situated where the heart of the town beats away, the famous Place de la Comédie. It is there, at the foot of the Fontaine des Trois Grâces, that the people of Montpellier have always arranged to meet. The Grand Hôtel du Midi Montpellier - Opéra Comédie is a charming hotel in a privileged location; historical curiosities as well as shows at the Opera are within walking distance.
Hybrid bike - Standard
SCOTT SUB SPORT 20 - ( or equivalent)
The SCOTT SUB Sport 20 (or equivalent) features a sporty trekking geometry that suits trips of all distances. Equipped with a Shimano 30 speed transmission, integrated front and rear lights, a custom Racktime carrier and compatibility with Snap'it accessories, this bike is begging to go on an adventure.
All sizes available: S, M, L, XL.
-Frame: SUB Sport 20 6061 Tig welding
-Fork: SF14 NEX DS HLO PM 700C
-Shifters : Shimano Deore SLM 590
-Chain ring & crank arms: Shimano FC-T3010 Black 48x38x26
-Cassette: Shimano CS-HG200-9 11-34 T Black
-Brakes: Tektro Disc Brake SCH-F15
-Saddle: Syncros Urban Commuter 2.5
-Seat post: HL SP-56
-Rims/Spokes: X12 Disc, 32h / Pillar Steel 14G
-Tires: Continental City Ride II or Schwalbe Spicer or Marathon
-Weight: 17 kg / 37.48 lbs
Your bike rental comes with 2 bags (1 Rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your staff during your ride.
Included with your bike rental :
-2 spare tubes
-1 souvenir water bottle
-Pedals are included, flat by default or toe straps on request
GPS are included on most of our tours since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
Our roadbooks are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our roadbooks even better. Our roadbooks include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow step by step directions (cue-sheets). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.
- Hybrid bike rental included
- 6 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
- Daily breakfast at each hotel, 2 dinners included
- Orientation in person with our local guide
- Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information
- 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
- All luggage transfers
- Comprehensive trip literature
- Technical and emergency support available at all times
What's not included
- Airfare to and from the trip
- Lodging before and after the trip
- Step by step itinerrary and cue sheets
- Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.
To reach Toulouse you can : take a train to the Toulouse Matabiau train station, approximately 5h40 on a TGV from Paris direct (but most trains include correspondences). Or arrive at the Toulouse Blagnac airport (1h20 flight from Paris) or other French and European cities. It is very easy to reach the center of town on bus or tram.
From Montpellier you can leave by train (3h15 to Paris) or by plane from the Montpellier airport that flies to many French and European destinations (1h15 to Paris).
Contact our tour consultants for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.
|Price from* & per person||Double occupancy||Single supplement |
(traveling with a group)
|Solo traveler |
|Upgraded||1890 €||570 €||3080 €|
|Bikes available||Options per person|
|Hybrid Bike Rental|
|Road Bike Rental|
|Electric Assisted Bike|
Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.