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Relax Bike Tours, Béziers France: Discover France by bike

"Discover Béziers, Le 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)

 

Passa Pais Complete Cycling Route

Independent Cycle Routes = Bike rental + map + hotel recommendations

7 days, 288 Km.  Difficulty: Medium to Hard due to climbing of hills. 

Option of taking train+bike from Mazamet to Carcassonne for about 30 euros in order to avoid toughest mountain part, making this trip easy to medium! 
Also option of taking train from Béziers to Bedarieux for about 9 euros.

Departure dates: Everyday, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

map passa pais complete bike tour including carcassonne and narbonne

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

This is an independent bicycle tour:  If you prefer to book your own hotels or use campings, than this independent tour option is just for you.  We will provide you with a fully equipped bicycle (the same as used on the full package tours), waterproof panniers, maps, and hotel recommendations, the rest is up to you.  We can also store excess luggage for you until you come back.  Bicycle dropoff and/or pickup are available as well in some places.

For alternate routes similar to this route please visit our Languedoc Bike Routes page.

 

Day 1.  Beziers - Bedarieux.  47 Km.  Starting at our shop in downtown Béziers you will quickly leave the city and head towards the mountains north of Béziers.  You will follow small paved roads through vineyards with little to no traffic.  On the way you will pass through several small villages.  There will be a few hills to climb along the way.  The last 5 km though are a downhill descent into the city of Bedarieux.

beziers and pont vieux small road between beziers and bedarieux aquaduct in bedarieux

Day 2. Bedarieux - St. Pons.  39 Km.  At Bedarieux you join the brand new Voie Verte (bike path) called Passa Pais.  This path is an old converted railroad.  You will pass old train stations, go over bridges, and pass through tunnels.  The path is level and car free.  You are cycling through the Parc Naturel Du Haut Languedoc. The park is rich in flora and fauna, including owls, eagles, otters, the very rare European genet (a catlike mammal), and crawfish and trouts in its many streams. Many protected species live in the park.  Along the way you will pass many natural wonders such as the thermal springs at Lamalou-Les-Bains, the stunning canyon of Gorges d'Heric (feel free to stop here and take a small hike), and caves.  You will also pass through Olargues, voted one of the most beautiful villages in France.  In Olargeus, make sure to visit the Pont Du Diable.  In St Pons you can visit the new museum of pre-history, located across the street from a church founded in 936 (no, not 1936, but 936!).

olargues pont diable along bike tour gorges d heric along bike tour lamalou les bains along bike tour

Day 3. St. Pons - Mazamet.  36 Km.  Today you will continue following the old converted railroad to its end in Mazamet.  You will have plenty of time to take breaks along the way.  There are also several caves along the way.

passa pais bike tour passa pais converted railroad voie verte bike tour inside tunnel on passa pais bike tour

Day 4.  Mazamet - Carcassonne.  52 Km.  Today will be harder then the previous days, due to having to cross a mountain range.  But the last 32 Km will be mostly downhill, so wear your helmet.  You will be on roads with moderate to little traffic.  You will also reach the highest point of your entire trip today, at 720 meters.  Following the Route Des 4 Chateaux, you will cycle past the famous Lastours ruins.  The day's journey ends in Carcassonne with its Cité Medieval, an UNESCO world heritage site.

OPTION: Take the train from Mazamet to Carcassonne.  Price about 30 euros per person, with bike free.  Reserve tickets ahead of time.  Highly recommended if you are not a strong cyclist!  Buy tickets here.  Make sure you are on a TER train.  If it says CAR that means bus, and it might not be possible to bring your bike.  Avoid TGV as they may require you to put the bike into a bag (in order to keep the other passengers' luggage clean).  TGV and Intercity also cost 10 euro per bike extra.

road from mazamet to las tours las tours along bike tour carcassonne along bike tour

Day 5.  Carcassonne - Homps.  45 Km.  After a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast you will start cycling along the Canal Du Midi.  The Canal Du Midi dates from the 1600's and was build to transport goods from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.  The canal is also an UNESCO world heritage site.  Enjoy the peace and silence passing by vineyards, locks, poppy fields, and sunflower fields cycling along a car-free towpath Spend night in cozy hotel on the bank of Canal Du midi in Homps.

carcassonne castle with blue skies cycling along canal du midi with our rental bikes historic bridge over canal du midi

Day 6.  Homps - Narbonne.  40 Km.  Continue to follow the Canal Du Midi for about 22 Km, after which you will start heading south towards Narbonne.  You will be on the towpath along the Canal, and on quiet roads while making your way to Canal De La Robine, at which point you will once again be on a car-free towpath leading directly into downtown Narbonne.

rental boats on canal du midi canal de la robine in narbonne narbonne cathedral

Day 7. Narbonne - Béziers.  36 Km.  Leaving Narbonne you will follow small roads with little to no traffic passing through several small villages.  After about 26 Km you will join the Canal Du Midi and head downstream towards our hometown.  Along the way you will see the Tunnel de Malpas, the only tunnel on the Canal Du Midi, and the famous Nine Locks of Fonseranes, where the canal drops 21.5 meters.  Shortly after that a beautiful aquaduct will take you directly into Béziers.

inside tunnel de malpas canal du midi lock in action nine locks of beziers

 

 

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