Canal du Midi, from Carcassonne to Sete

This ride starts in Carcassonne, a UNESCO world heritage site in the South of France. This medieval city restored by Viollet le Duc in the 19th century is most famous for its castle you must meander along its narrow cobbled streets.
Leaving Carcassonne, you will embark on a relatively easy cycling trip along the famous Canal du Midi to finish on the Mediterranean coast at Sete. We include some key cities such as Narbonne and Beziers which offer important historical sites and are yet so typical of this southern French region. On your way to Sete, you will stop in Cap d’Agde with its great beaches, perfect for relaxing.

Price from : 1290 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Languedoc
Duration : 7 Days / 6 Nights
Level : Hobby
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

Click below to see hotels versions.

Day 1 :   Arrive in Carcassonne

Arrival in Carcassonne. What a great place to start, your hotel is located at the foot of the walls of the medieval cite of Carcassonne! Drop your bags and go explore. We provide an orientation and bike set up in the early evening. You have dinner on your own tonight; we include some suggestions inside the walls of the Cite. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and worth an extra night if you have time; ask us for rates.

Day 2 :   Ride along the Canal du Midi

Distance 1 : 35 Miles - 56 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 490 Meters 

Leaving Carcassonne, you come to the village of Trebes along the canal as you cycle on a quiet and wide bike path that follows the canal. You can watch the amateur and professional boat operators come along and navigate the locks installed throughout the canal. Continue south of the canal to the charming village of St Pierre des Champs. Flat to rolling terrain. Some sections along the Canal du Midi are on a trail.

Day 3 :   Cycle to Narbonne

Option 1 : 39 Miles - 62 Km  Option 2 : 48 Miles - 77 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 535 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 367 Meters 

The route takes you to the larger town of Narbonne where you can visit the impressive gothic cathedral and old city. The cycling route does veer off the Canal du Midi and takes the Canal de la Robine which goes to Narbonne. Flat to rolling rides with some sections on a trail.

Day 4 :   Ride to Beziers

Distance 1 : 29 Miles - 47 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 229 Meters 

The cycling route goes into the countryside today following small country roads where you arrive at the unique city of Beziers that is famous for the Feria it hosts in August when hundreds of thousands attend to events including bull fighting. Beziers is also known for the Saint Nazaire cathedral (13th-15th centuries), and the terrible history of the Cathars who were all murdered in a purge by catholic crusaders in July 1209. You cycle some additional kilometers to join your charming and quiet hotel in Lignan. Flat to rolling countryside with some sections along the Canal du Midi on a trail.

Day 5 :   Beziers to Cap d’Agde

Distance 1 : 25 Miles - 41 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 85 Meters 

Leaving Lignan and Beziers far behind, you cycle to Cap d'Agde, a lovely station on the Mediterranean sea. You pass first Agde which has a history of trade via the port which was historically very important. It used to be called Good Fortune (from Greek Agathe Tyche) and became an important trade point between Marseille and Spain in the 3rd century. Further on the cape, you have dinner included tonight. Some sections along the Canal du Midi are on a trail. Breakfast also included.

Day 6 :   Cap d’Agde to Sete

Distance 1 : 17 Miles - 27 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 90 Meters 

This is a relatively short ride along the coastal area between the Thau Lagoon and the sea. Once in Sete you will find a beautiful city of typical districts that are crossed with canals and where colorful houses overlook the water. Sete is the city of George Brassens, a popular French singer from the 1960s era. Dinner on your own in any number of places tonight. Flat riding. For optional longer rides, please inquire prior to arrival.

Before noon you will visit a winery on the Marseillan beachfront, that was founded in 1950 and has a "Accueil vélo" label (a guarantee for a cycling friendly welcome). A wine tasting is accompanied by tasting oysters and toasts with fish rillettes made with dry white wine from the winery's "Terre & Mer" selection. It is a great opportunity to find out more about the "Terret blanc", a grape variety that the Richemer winery is dedicated to working with, as the wines from the "Terret blanc" are beautifully married with the sea food from the Thau lagoon.

Day 7 :   Leave Sete

Departure after breakfast. Trains from Sete to Paris possible. Extra nights also possible, please inquire.

Average / Day :
Distance : 51.67 Km / 32.17 Miles - Elevation gain : 299.33 Meters

Click below to see hotels versions.


Day : 1

The Hotel Montmorency, ideally situated at the foot of the city walls and opposite the entry to the medieval city of Carcassonne, offers the charm of the Middle Ages with contemporary comfort. The hotel is charming and cozy with 20 individually decorated bedrooms. Within tree-lined gardens of half a hectare you will find the heated swimming pool and jacuzzi, perfect for relaxation. There is a private car park for guests as well.


Day : 2

Come to have a nice stay in this Old Master House with contemporary decoration, in the middle of Corbieres : Louis-Philippe style's rooms with old floor, lounge with an ornament chimney with TV, restaurant and terrace with the view of the Corbieres… Your hotel is located 5km from the village of Saint Pierre des Champs.


Day : 3

Hotel "La Residence" is a three-star hotel together with a building dating back 19th century. It is sited right in the city centre and easy to reach. It is only a few yards away from the monuments of the city : the 13th century Cathedral. The Palais des Archeveques, the museums... Many restaurants are to be found in the vicinity. Note the excellent disposition and amenities of our hotel, with its stylish lounges, its lift, its garage where you can very safely park your cars. The rooms are nicest decorated. They offer a view on the Cathedral which, by the way, is floodlit every night. There is a telephone in every room as well as a colour T.V. and an automatic alarm clock.


Day : 4

In the old city, a completely renovated building, the XIX hotel proposes you 12 superior-quality rooms. Giving onto the square Jean Jaurès, right in the heart of Béziers, you will be plunged into an atmosphere deserving of big cities. Its decoration "art deco" following the styles of the day and its warm colors will transport you in a universe of sweetness and peace.


Day : 5

Cap d'Agde at Mediterranean seaside in Languedoc-Roussillon.Les Grenadines is a family hotel, quiet and confortable at 180 mètres from the Richelieu Beach, where Brigitte and Pierre reserve you a good welcoming.


Day : 6

Situated three kilometres from the beach, overlooking the Royal Canal, the Grand Hotel combines modern decor with an imposing Belle epoque facade. Each air-conditioned guestroom is individually decorated with a nautical or ethnic theme, using textured or limed wood and wrought iron, evocative murals and strong fabric prints. All guestrooms have televisions and minibars. The hotel has a spacious patio under a glass roof, where guests can relax among the potted palms with a coffee or aperitif, or enjoy al fresco dining. At the Quai 17 restaurant modern Mediterranean cuisine and regional wines are on offer with dishes such as carpaccio of duck, all served in a restaurant with Edwardian style decor and a boating theme. Guests can browse the daily newspapers or watch television in the lobby, or take advantage of room service. For business clients, conference and meeting facilities are available, and staff at the 24- hour front desk can provide currency exchange or store valuables.


Day : 1

The Hotel Montmorency, ideally situated at the foot of the city walls and opposite the entry to the medieval city of Carcassonne, offers the charm of the Middle Ages with contemporary comfort. The hotel is charming and cozy with 20 individually decorated bedrooms. Within tree-lined gardens of half a hectare you will find the heated swimming pool and jacuzzi, perfect for relaxation. There is a private car park for guests as well.


Day : 2

Come to have a nice stay in this Old Master House with contemporary decoration, in the middle of Corbieres : Louis-Philippe style's rooms with old floor, lounge with an ornament chimney with TV, restaurant and terrace with the view of the Corbieres… Your hotel is located 5km from the village of Saint Pierre des Champs.


Day : 3

Hotel "La Residence" is a three-star hotel together with a building dating back 19th century. It is sited right in the city centre and easy to reach. It is only a few yards away from the monuments of the city : the 13th century Cathedral. The Palais des Archeveques, the museums... Many restaurants are to be found in the vicinity. Note the excellent disposition and amenities of our hotel, with its stylish lounges, its lift, its garage where you can very safely park your cars. The rooms are nicest decorated. They offer a view on the Cathedral which, by the way, is floodlit every night. There is a telephone in every room as well as a colour T.V. and an automatic alarm clock.


Day : 4

Located a short walk from St Nazaire Cathedral on the hills of Beziers, offering panoramic views over the river Orb and the entire city, the Hotel Imperator offers value-for-money accommodation in Beziers. Thanks to its central position, a few steps from the city's main tourist sites, such as the Plateau des Poetes park and the Pont-Canal bridge, the Hotel Imperator is both a perfect base for tourists willing to discover on foot the rich heritage of Beziers, as well as a good starting point for guests planning to tour the whole Languedoc-Roussillon region or spend a day on the beach, located only 10 km/6.2 miles away from the hotel. With its charming courtyard where guests are invited to have breakfast on hot summer days, the Hotel Imperator features 45 cosy guestrooms with free wireless Internet access and air-conditioning.


Day : 5

Cap d'Agde at Mediterranean seaside in Languedoc-Roussillon.Les Grenadines is a family hotel, quiet and confortable at 180 mètres from the Richelieu Beach, where Brigitte and Pierre reserve you a good welcoming.


Day : 6

Ideally located along the Royal Canal, this 19th-century edifice welcomes you in typical hausmannian-style near the city centre of Sète.Blending period charm, a host of facilities and an inviting ambiance, hôtel L'orque Bleue features 30 comfortable and en-suite rooms.Guests can enjoy drinks at the hotel, served at the reception area.The hotel boasts a privileged location from which to discover the city and its museums, the sandy beach and beach bars. Boat rides can be organised along the sea coast and in the Thau Lagoon.

Bikes available for your tour

Accessories


Hybrid & Electric Assisted Bike rental : Your bike comes with 2 bags (1 rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.
  • Rear pannier containing : Helmet / Lock / Pump / 2 Spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
Road bike :
  • Saddle bag containing : Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit / 2 Spare tubes / 1 Hand pump + Rear pannier
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
  • 2 souvenir water bottles

Roadbooks


Our road books 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 road books even better. Our road books include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions step by step (Cue-sheet). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.

GPS


GPS are included on all 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
Rates vary according to the availability of hotels and seasons.
Contact our sales team for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Included

  • 6 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 3 dinners included for the Standard version (2 dinners included for the basic version)
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 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
  • Drinks
  • 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.

Price from & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Basic 1290 € 170 € 1990 €
Standard 1390 € 200 € 2150 €

*Please contact us for triple room rates

Options per person :
Hybrid Bike Rental Included
Electric Assisted Bike 135 €


Train: From Paris Gare de Lyon to Carcassonne; 5 hours 20min. Tour depart from Sete to Paris same, 4 hrs. Flights to/from Beziers and Montpellier possible.

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