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“Solid and well equipped bikes.”
Lasse
Norway. (p. 2)
 
“Great bikes, excellent quality.”
Becky
UK. (p. 8)
 
“Best service ever.”
Amit and Angie
India. (p. 11)
 
“Vélo de très bonne qualité, accueil très sympa. Il ne fallait pas manquer ça!”
Vincent et Cathy
France. (p. 26)
 
 “The bikes were great and their delivery and customer service was superb!!
(p. 28)
 
“Wonderfull bikes!”
Phil
Canada (p. 42)
 
“Excellent bikes, wonderfull service, will recommend!”
Phil and Dee
Dublin (p. 44)
 
“What a find, great bikes and great staff!”
Tony
San Francisco (p. 44)

Author of Dutch cycle guide for Canal Du Midi rented bikes from us to cycle to Bordeaux:
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"Great service from Relax Rentals! Highly recommended for a bike trip along Canal Du Midi."
Luc Oteman & Thijs
Holland (p. 45)

“The bike was great! Great service in pick-up and delivery!”
Brigette
Australia (p. 46)
 
“The service Relax Rentals provided was faultless/excellent. Will definitely use them again.”
Sam
UK. (p. 46)
 
“Excellent bikes – Rolls Royce! And brilliant friendly service.”
Vanessa and Mike
UK. (p. 51)
 
“Best rental ever! Thanks.”
Bastian
France (p. 60)

"750 Km - what a great experience - on a Relax Rentals bike. Bordeaux to Agde, no trouble with bikes, very reliable - Merci"
Roz & Dave, Sue & Paul
Australia (p. 63)

"We would have loved to stay on the bikes for another week or two. We recommend Relax Rentals."
Pasquale
Norway (p. 65)

"Our third bike tour in Europe and by far the best equipped, best organized, and friendliest hosts."
Robert & Barbara
Australia (p. 67)

 

 

 

Canal Du Midi Bicycle Tours!
Canal Du Midi - Source to Sea:  8 Days from Lac St Ferreol to Sète Self Guided
Distance: 266 Km / 165 Mi via Argeliers
Distance: 280 Km / 174 Mi via Narbonne
Difficulty: Easy/Intermediate, partially paved
From 1030
to 1120
Departure dates: Everyday, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

8 day canal du midi bike tour map st ferreol to sete

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Come cycle the Canal Du Midi with Relax Bike Tours, the only bike touring company actually located on the Canal Du Midi.  Using the highest quality products available along with the most detailed route maps, this will be a pleasure for both young and old alike.  Our bicycle tours are organized in partnership with a local travel agency, as required by French law, giving you extra peace of mind.  We offer many bike tours along the Canal Du Midi.

Day 1. St Ferréol - Canal Du Midi self guided bike tour Source to Sea
Arrival at excellent 2** hotel with pool on the lake's shore.  This lake was the largest man-made lake at its time and supplies the Canal Du Midi with water year round.  This is also the highest point on your trip; all downhill from here to Séte.  Swim in the hotel pool or the lake.  Visit the Canal Du Midi museum and park.

fountain at paul riquet museum lac st ferreol lac st ferreol bassin for canal du midi water supply pool at the hotel in lac st ferreol

Day 2. St. Ferréol - Castelnaudary  ~50Km / 31 Miles - Canal Du Midi self guided bike tour Source to Sea
Bicycles will be delivered and fitted, roadbook explained, and general orientation.  If you brought your own pedals or seat they will be put on at this time as well (please let us know before hand so we can bring the proper tools).  Follow the Rigole de la Plaine towards Canal Du Midi.  All water flowing through Canal Du Midi goes through this creek, the lake being the source of all the water.  It was Paul Riquet's idea to use the water from the Black Mountains to finally allow the construction of the overland waterway from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.  The Rigole joins the Canal at le Seuil de Naurouze.  This is the so-called continental divide; rain falling to the East of this point will end up in the Mediterranean, and rain falling on the west will end up in the Atlantic.  Today's trip leads you to Castelnaudary, famous for its local dish "cassoulet."
Spend night in excellent 2** hotel on the canal's bank.

canal du midi bicycle tour pyrenees mountains visible in the distance new zealand cyclists riding from revel to castlenaudary 

Day 3. Castelnaudary - Carcassonne  ~40Km / 24 Miles - Canal Du Midi self guided bike tour Source to Sea
Another great cycling day awaits you this day.  Cycling on the flat towpath of the Canal Du Midi, you will pass vineyards, locks, poppy fields, and sunflower fields.  You will have plenty of time to visit the medieval cité of Carcassonne.  The Cité is the largest medieval castle in the world, and its cobbled streets, drawbridges, and narrow streets are said to have inspired Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty.
Spend night in lovely 3*** hotel with pool at the feet of the Cité.

canal du midi bicycle path carcassonne castle with blue sky pool at hotel in carcassonne with view onto castle

Day 4. Carcassonne - Homps  ~45Km / 27 Miles - Canal Du Midi self guided bike tour Source to Sea
After a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast you will begin your trip cycling along the Canal Du Midi.  Enjoy the peace and silence passing by vineyards, locks, poppy fields, and sunflower fields. 
Spend night in excellent hotel on the bank of Canal Du midi in Homps.

rental boats on the canal du midi young trees along canal du midi towpath taking a break while cycling the canal du midi sunflowers reflecting on the canal du midi waters

Day 5. Homps - Argeliers  ~30Km / 19 Miles or Homps - Narbonne ~40Km / 24 Miles - Canal Du Midi self guided bike tour Source to Sea
Option Argeliers:  This option allows you to keep following the Canal Du Midi.  You will have time today to take it easy, cycling past Le Somail.  Le Somail was founded by Paul Riquet and served as one of the overnight stays for passengers on the mail boat.  Le Somail is picture perfect.  It is also home to a very large bookstore. 
Spend night in a lovely bed & breakfast in Argeliers.  Pool available in center of village next to restaurant.

Option Narbonne:  This option is a bit longer but also easy to do.  Follow the Canal Du Midi until you reach Le Somail, from where the route will start heading south and away from the Canal Du Midi.  After a few kilometers riding on small paved county roads with little to no traffic, you will reach the Canal de la Robine.  Following this canal you will end up right in the center of Narbonne.
Spend night in elegant 3*** hotel in the center of Narbonne.

pool in argeliers canal de la robine in narbonne narbonne cathedral

Day 6. Argeliers - Béziers  ~35Km / 22 Miles or Narbonne - Béziers ~39Km / 23 Miles - Canal Du Midi self guided bike tour Source to Sea
Option Argeliers:  After breakfast follow Canal Du Midi downstream towards Béziers, our home town!  A little bit past Poilhes, you will see Tunnel de Malpas.  This tunnel of 173 meters in length was dug in one week.  Note that the old roman road (Via Domitia from Italy to Spain) passes over this tunnel, and the railroad passes below it.  On top of the hill on the north side of this tunnel is the Oppidum d'Ensérune, a settlement occupied from the 6th century BC to the 1st century AD, the Romans being the last ones to have settled there.
The first locks you will encounter this day are in Béziers.  These are the famous Nine Locks of Fonseranes.  At this point the Canal Du Midi drops 21,5 meters.  At the bottom of the Nine Locks you will notice that the Canal Du Midi splits up into two segments.  The oldest and original segment is in a straight line with the Nine Locks, and heads straight towards the river Orb.  Boats had to actually join this dangerous river and float downstream to once again join the Canal Du Midi later.  Due to the fact that too many boats sank, a new segment of the Canal Du Midi was dug in the 1850's which leads to a beautiful aquaduct.  The view of the Béziers cathedral from this aquaduct is fantastic!
Spend night in 3*** hotel in the historic downtown area of Béziers.

Option Narbonne:  Today will be mostly on small paved roads with little to no traffic.  There will be one hill to climb, about 1 Km in length, but the trade-off is that our route avoids the busy roads with lots of fast moving traffic.  You will pass through several small villages and rejoin the Canal Du Midi at Tunnel de Malpas.

interior view of malpas tunnel canal du midi lock in action nine locks of beziers

Day 7. Béziers - Sète  ~55Km / 34 Miles - Canal Du Midi self guided bike tour Source to Sea
After breakfast you head down through the Parc des Poets towards the Canal.  If you pay attention, you might be able to see the Mediterranean sea glimmer in the distance from downtown Béziers.  Flamingos and horses might make their appearance today, between Portiragnes and Marseillan Plage, usually towards the south of the bike path.  Agde is France's second oldest city, Marseille being the first.  It dates from the Greek times.  The path from Marseillan to Sète follows the beach and is paved and flat, thus taking about 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. 
Bicycle pickup in afternoon at hotel.
Spend night in the best and most beautiful 3*** hotel in downtown Séte.

flamingo close to portiragnes bike path or voie verte between agde and sete

Day 8. Séte - Canal Du Midi self guided bike tour Source to Sea
Explore Sète, also called the Venice of southern France. 
Sète has a train station with frequent connections to Montpellier, Béziers, Narbonne, Carcassonne, Toulouse, Paris, Barcelona, etc.

boats on the canal du midi

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Price includes: All hotels (2 and 3 stars) and Bed & Breakfast accomodations, breakfast each day, tourist tax, bicycle hire, bike drop-off and pickup, yellow safety vests, waterproof paniers, steering wheel bag, helmet, water bottle, lock, spare inner tube, dinner on day 4, technical and telephone assistance 24/7 in English/Dutch/French, luggage transfer each day from hotel to hotel, roadbook with detailed maps and directions.  Two person minimum.  Rates based on double occupancy. 

Optional: Transfer from train station in Castelnaudary to St. Ferréol (70 euros per 2 persons).  Transfer from train station Toulouse to St. Ferréol (120 euros per 2 persons).

   

 

 

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