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Relax Bike Tours & Rentals: High quality bicycles for rent close to the train station and Canal Du Midi

"Discover Béziers, the Canal Du Midi, the beaches, the vineyards, and the villages in a new, fun, and relaxing way."

 
 

 
 

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Guestbook entries:

“Solid and well equipped bikes.”
Lasse
Norway. (p. 2)

"Fantastische fietsen."
Marian & Ria
Holland. (p.4)

"Meget hyggelig personell, bra utleie sykkel og en fantastisk dag på sykkel."
Nina & Sven
Norway (p. 9)
  
"Super fahrräder und tolle empfehlungen und tipps für die tour. Sehr netter empfang."
Thomas & Ruth
Germany. (p. 14) 

"Kiitos kovasti! Pyörät ja maisemat aivan loistavia."
Riikka & Alex
Finland. (p. 24)
 
“Vélo de très bonne qualité, accueil très sympa. Il ne fallait pas manquer ça!”
Vincent et Cathy
France. (p. 26)

"Es war eine wunderschöne Fahrradtour nach Poilhes. Die Räder haben wunderbar funktioniert."
Paul & Martha
Germany. (p. 27)
 
"Très bons vélos pour le Canal Du Midi...les vélos sont très bien adaptés."
Fabian & Jacky
France (p.30)

"From Lac St Ferreol to Sète...thank you for the outstanding, friendly, and caring professional service."
Anne, Rob, Sarah, Bruce
New Zealand (p. 32)

"The bikes were perfect for the Canal."
Susan & Gerard
(p. 33)

"Es war eine wunderbare tour entlang des canal du midi, und der service of Relax Rentals fahrrad-verleih was super."
Jens & Gemy
Germany (p. 38)

"Très belle balade avec des vélos supers pour cette promenade le long du canal."
Marie
France (p. 40)

Author of Dutch cycle guide for Canal Du Midi rented bikes from us to cycle to Bordeaux:
luc oteman rented our bikes

"Prima service van Relax Rentals! Van harte aanbevolen voor een fietstrip langs het Canal Du Midi."

"Alles hat gut geklappt. Hatten drei eigene fahrräder dabei, alle drei hatten einen platten. Jedoch keines des gemieteten velos."
Mastin
Switzerland (p. 46)

“The service Relax Rentals provided was faultless/excellent. Will definitely use them again.”
Sam
UK. (p. 46)

"Die service, die organisation, und die empfehlungen waren super."
Holis, Alexandre, Philipp, Lukas
Germany (p. 47)
 
“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)

"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 - Sportive:  7 Days from Toulouse to Sète Self Guided
Distance: 258 Km / 160 Mi
Difficulty: Easy/Intermediate, partially paved
695 PP (daily luggage transfers in option: +200 PP)
Departure dates: Everyday, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

7 day canal du midi bike tour map from toulouse to sete

bike dropoff and pickup fully equipped touring bike hotels luggage storage in Beziers breakfast detailed roadbook technical assistance telephone assistance

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 bike tours are organized in partnership with a local travel agency, as required by French law, giving you extra peace of mind.  We offer many bicycle tours along the Canal Du Midi.

Day 1. Toulouse - Canal Du Midi Sportive self guided bike tour
Arrival by car, train, or airplane directly into Toulouse.  You will have plenty of time to visit the bustling city of Toulouse. 
Spend night in superb 3*** hotel in downtown. 

cycling along the canal du midi canal du midi in toulouse toulouse and its red brick buildings

Day 2. Toulouse to Castelnaudary  ~65Km / 40 Miles - Canal Du Midi Sportive self guided bike tour
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).  After breakfast start of on paved towpath along the beautiful Canal Du Midi.  You will reach the canal's highest point 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.  The Rigoles supply the canal with water from the Black Mountains at this point.  Today's trip eventually leads you to Castelnaudary, famous for its local dish "cassoulet."
Spend night in excellent 2** hotel on the Canal's bank.

bridge over canal du midi france pyrenees seen in the distance from beziers windmill in castelnaudary 

Day 3. Castelnaudary - Carcassonne  ~40Km / 24 Miles - Canal Du Midi Sportive self guided bike tour
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 Sportive self guided bike tour
After a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast you will leave Carcassonne behind you cycling along the Canal Du Midi.  Enjoy the peace and silence watching the many small boats passing by on the Canal. 
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 - Béziers  ~61Km / 38 Miles - Canal Du Midi Sportive self guided bike tour
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 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.  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.

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

Day 6. Béziers - Sète  ~55Km / 34 Miles - Canal Du Midi Sportive self guided bike tour
After breakfast you head down through the Parc des Poets towards the Canal Du Midi.  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 bicycle path from Marseillan to Sète follows the beach and is paved and flat, thus taking about 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete.  Bicycle pick up today.
Spend night in the best and most beautiful 3*** hotel in downtown Séte.

cycling accross bridge over canal du midi flamingo bicycle path along beach heading towards sete from agde

Day 7. Séte - Canal Du Midi Sportive self guided bike tour
Explore Sète, also called the Venice of southern France.
Sète has a train station with frequent connections to Montpellier, Béziers, Narbonne, Toulouse, Carcassonne, Paris, Barcelona, etc.
 

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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, technical and telephone assistance 24/7 in English/Dutch/French, roadbook with detailed maps and directions, luggage storage in Béziers.  Two person minimum.  Rates based on double occupancy. 

 

   

 

 

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