Languedoc cycling holidays

Published by Lyn on 31 October 2014

Browse our listings to find a guided or self-guided cycling tour of Languedoc. You can refine your criteria by using the brown search box on the right.

Canal du Midi

Experience one of France's most famous routes

Offered by:
Inntravel

Phone number:
+44 (0)1653 617001

Tour length:
7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Easy

Price:
From £840

Inntravel Canal du MidiLinked to the Canal de Garonne, the Canal du Midi made the transport of goods between Bordeaux on the Atlantic Ocean and Marseilles on the Mediterranean Sea far quicker and safer - by avoiding the possibility of attack from the pirates and slave traders of North Africa’s Barbary Coast. There are no such worries today and the shady canal towpath makes for idyllic cycling through picturesque landscapes.

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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:
€379

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 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:
£935 (camping option), £1335 (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 €759

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: 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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Cévennes HighRoad 

A fully supported ride through Robert Louis Stevenson's Cévennes

Offered by:
44|5 Cycling Tours

Phone number:
+33 (0)6 45 73 06 04

Tour length:
8 days / 7 nights

Level of difficulty:
Challenging

Price:
€2850

High Roads CevennesGet off the beaten track in the mountains of the Cévennes, following Robert Louis Stevenson's trail through an area of the Massif Central that rarely appears on cycle tour itineraries. Climb 8,000 metres in 6 days of riding as you scale Tour de France cols and retrace rides depicted in Tim Krabbé's The Rider, widely viewed as the best work of fiction ever written about cycling. Gerry and John from 44|5 Cycling Tours call the roads around here home, so you'll go a long way before you find riding partners with better knowledge of this part of France. Price includes all accommodation, main meals, maps, support van and baggage transfers, and it's fully guided by Gerry and John.

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