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Canal du Midi - 4 day trip from Toulouse to Carcassonne

Ride one of France's most famous canals in a leisurely 4 days

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
€375

Canal du Midi cycling holidaysThis short break links two of the Canal du Midi strongholds: the starting point of the canal – the pink city of Toulouse – and the medieval fortress of Carcassonne. The route follows the canal towpath as well as low-traffic country backroads, leading you across the Lauragais, a large fertile plain surrounded by hills where the pastel trade prospered in the 15th and 16th centuries and brought wealth to Toulouse. Ride through Castelnaudary, the capital of cassoulet, and past the abbey of Saint-Papoul before arriving in Carcassonne to explore the city in all its medieval glory. This is a self-guided ride, with bike hire, accommodation included, as well as maps, route notes and lots of local biking advice. Daily distances: 24-49km.

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Canal du Midi - Petit 5-day tour

Follow the Canal du Midi at your own pace on this relaxed self-guided ride

Offered by:
Cycle Breaks

Phone number:
+44 (0)1449 721 555

Tour length:
5 days / 4 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £599

Canal du midi mapCarcassonne, Narbonne and Béziers are just some of the hotspots you’ll discover when you stop off from cycling the shady towpaths of the Canal du Midi. Dip in to the Languedoc vineyards, savour the taste of truly French cassoulet from Castelnaudary and wonder at the amazing feats of engineering which created the locks, tunnels and architecture of one of France’s most monumental and historic canals. Fantastic cycling, charming places to stay – it's all here over five fabulous days. Either B&B or half-board. Full route notes and maps provided. Electric bike hire option. Three days of cycling (45km-53km per day) plus extra days to explore Carcassonne and Béziers. (Click map for larger version)

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Canal du Midi Bike Trip (4 days)

A short break from the fortress of Carcassonne to Narbonne

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
4 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €399

Ride up the Canal du Midi from Carcassonne to Narbonnes in the cool shade of trees, passing barges and boats swaying on the waters of France's most fmous canal. This is a short break through the rich history of the canal, taking in Cathar landscapes, the majestic fortress at Carcassonne fortress and the beautiful Narbonne Cathedral – an often overlooked attraction along the canal where you can relax and spend the evening in a local cafe or brasserie reflecting on your time on the Midi.

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Canal du Midi Cycle Holiday

Cycle along France's most famous canal on this guided tour

Offered by:
Fellow Velo

Phone number:
+44 (0)7811 285 021 or +44 (0)1788 568 371

Tour length:
11 days

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
£895 (camping option), £1275 (B&B option) with discounts for under 14s

Experience one of France's most popular canals by bike, taking the famous canal from Toulouse right the way through to the Med and then along the coast towards Provence. You'll use the canal as a rough guide, but you'll also leave it to explore the vineyards, olive groves and historic towns around it – there is more to this lovely corridor than its famous waterway. This fully guided and supported ‘Length and Breadth’ tour gives you the chance to get close to nature, camping your way along the canal but without the hassle of having to carry your own camping kit or tent (or even pitching it). If you prefer you can stay in B&Bs rather than camping, the choice is yours. Price includes support car, luggage transfers and guide, all campsite breakfasts or B&B if selected, plus lunches en route and some evening meals. You can combine this tour with the Atlantic Coast and Entre Deux Mers trips to navigate your way from the top of France to the bottom. 

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Canal du Midi Cycling Holiday

Follow the Canal du Midi from Toulouse to Agde

Offered by:
Bonkersfrog Cycling Holidays

Phone number:
+44 (0)16 22 37 11 31

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €850

This tour offers the chance to experience the Canal du Midi from the 'pink city' of Toulouse  to the Mediterranean via the fortress city of Carcassonne. The pace and ease of riding is perfect for first-time cycle tourers, as well as families, with the paths generally flat. High-quality Specialized or Trek mountain bikes included to ensure you have a comfortable ride. You'll be met at the airport or railway station, taken to the first hotel and provided with every assistance you need to get you out and on the towpaths. The tour price includes detailed maps and route guides, bike and helmet hire, B&B accommodation in a combination of hotels and chambres d'hotes, airport transfers and luggage transfer between hotels. Optional upgrades can also be included, such as higher rated hotels with pools, and a dedicated guide for whole trip.

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Canal du Midi from Carcassonne to Béziers

Follow the banks of the Canal du Midi to beyond Beziers

Offered by:
Le Vélo Voyageur

Phone number:
+33 (0)1 80 91 98 18

Tour length:
8 days

Level of difficulty:
Moderate

Price:
From €749

This self-guided cycling holiday takes in all the highlights of the eastern stretch of the Canal du Midi through Langeudoc. From Castelnaudary to the fortress at Carcassonne (don't forget to indulge in a bowl of delicious cassoulet and sample other local culinary delights along the way) and across the Cathar country of the south of France. This is a region rich in historic building, Roman ruins and magnificent cathedrals (don't miss the one at Narbonne). From the old city centre of Béziers, ride through the marshlands – passing bulls and pink flamingos – to finish your journey on the white beaches of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Canal du Midi Prestige

Gourmet meals and towpath cycling along the world famous Canal du Midi

Offered by:
Belle France

Phone number:
+44(0)1580 848 685

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
£1999

If you're after a well-balanced holiday, including excellent food and wine combined with great cycling, this tour could be perfect for you. Starting in the breathtaking fortified town of Carcassonne, and finishing next to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, you will cycle down tree-lined towpaths, over beautiful bridges and through some of the prettiest scenery in France, ending each day in high standard accommodation. The price of this tour includes 6 days' cycling, 7 nights' B&B accommodation and some evening gourmet meals, luggage transfers between hotels, detailed route notes, bike hire and a local agent if needed.

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Canal du Midi – Castles & Cathar Villages

A self-guided canal ride from Carcassonne to the Med

Offered by:
Cycle Breaks

Phone number:
+44 (0)1449 721 555

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £797

Cather villages mapFrom Carcassonne’s über-impressive castle to classic Cathar villages and Languedoc vineyards, this linear tour along the historic Canal du Midi makes for a refreshing, easy-going cycling holiday. Here, wonderful open scenery, the sunshine warmth of the Med, historic highlights like Narbonne and Béziers and gems of local hospitality are all locked together thanks to those shady canal towpaths. This super self-guided ride includes B&B or half-board accommodation. Electric bike option. Full route notes and maps provided. Daily mileage 37km-53km per day. (Click map for a larger version)

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Canal du Midi: Toulouse to Agde

A varied itinerary taking you along the full length of the Canal

Offered by:
Biking France

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 54 78 62 52

Tour length:
9 days with 7 days of riding

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From €1095

This is the complete Canal du Midi bike trip, taking you the full length of one of France's most famous waterways. Discover the beauty of canal and the countryside landscapes that surround it, including the farms of the ‘Laugarais’ area. See slopes adorned with vineyards, the chateaux of the Aude region, and the fairytale city of Carcassonne with its magnificent walls and turrets (don't forget to refuel on cassoulet, a dish famous in these parts). Oh, and then there's the beaches of the Mediterranean! Price includes 8 nights’ B&B accommodation in guest houses and local hotels, full ride notes and maps in French or English, bike hire, daily luggage transfers, and an emergency repatriation and suppurt hotline for extra reassurance.

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Canal du Midi: Toulouse to Carcassonne

Why not try a long weekend on the banks of the Canal du Midi?

Offered by:
Biking France

Phone number:
+33 (0)2 54 78 62 52

Tour length:
Easy

Level of difficulty:
5 days with 3 days of riding

Price:
From €560

Follow the Canal du Midi from its start in Toulouse through to the turrets of Carcassonne. Explore its history punctuated by conquests, boat cruises, and sunny walks. The Canal du Midi is a treasure trove of architectural and cultural feats, including amazing civil engineering structures and Cathar buildings. On this tour you will also have an opportunity to chat to the house-boaters who make the canal their home, and to experience the essence France's ‘art de vivre’. Varied landscapes of vineyards, countryside, pine and olive trees are all here for you to enjoy. Price of this self-guided tour includes 4 nights’ B&B accommodation in local guest houses and hotels, bike hire, luggage transfers, full route notes and maps in English or French, and an emergency support hotline for extra reassurance.

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