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Canal Du Midi Bike Tour

Carcassonne to Sète

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Guestbook entries:

 

“Solid and well equipped bikes.”

Lasse

Norway. (p. 2)

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"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)

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"We would have loved to stay on the bikes for another week or two. We recommend Relax Rentals."

Pasquale

Norway (p. 65)

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"Our third bike tour in Europe and by far the best equipped, best organized, and friendliest hosts."

Robert & Barbara

Australia (p. 67)

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

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

 

“What a find, great bikes and great staff!”

Tony

San Francisco (p. 44)

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“The bike was great! Great service in pick-up and delivery!”

Brigette

Australia (p. 46)

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“Excellent bikes – Rolls Royce! And brilliant friendly service.”

Vanessa and Mike

UK. (p. 51)

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“Best rental ever! Thanks.”

Bastian

France (p. 60)

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"Super fahrräder und tolle empfehlungen und tipps für die tour. Sehr netter empfang."

Thomas & Ruth

Germany. (p. 14)

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"Kiitos kovasti! Pyörät ja maisemat aivan loistavia."

Riikka & Alex

Finland. (p. 24)

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“Vélo de très bonne qualité, accueil très sympa. Il ne fallait pas manquer ça!”

Vincent et Cathy

France. (p. 26)

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Canal Du Midi Self Guided Bike Tour:

Carcassonne to Sète - 2 Options

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Canal Du Midi Cycling Holiday - Carcassonne to Sète

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assistance during trip bike hire included breakfast daily bike delivery and pickup included hotels included detailed maps technical assistance luggage transfered from hotel to hotel daily

 

DURATION: 6 NIGHTS / 7 DAYS  |  LEVEL: MODERATE |  CUSTOMIZABLE: YES |  TYPE: SELF-GUIDED

 

POPULAR CUSTOM OPTIONS

Two nights in Carcassonne for a day of rest before the tour.

Two nights in La Redorte or Homps in order to visit Minerve

Two nights in Marseillan at B&B with pool

 

DEPARTURES

All year.  Every day of the week.

 

DISTANCE

179 Km / 111 Mi via Narbonne

167 Km / 104 Mi via Sallèles-d'Aude

 

PRICE (BIKE INCLUDED)

April and October 780€ PP

May to September 890€ PP

Price for double occupancy

 

The tour follows the Canal Du Midi downstream and goes in the direction of the prevailing winds!

 

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.  We are a registered 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. Carcassonne - Canal Du Midi Ideal self guided bike tour

Arrival by car, train, or airplane directly into Carcassonne.  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 at the feet of the Cité.

 

OPTION: Start your bike tour in Castelnaudary and we will deliver the bikes there.

 

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Day 2. Carcassonne - Homps  ~45Km / 27 Miles - Route 1

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Day 2. Carcassonne - La Redorte ~35Km / 22 Miles - Route 2

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 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 near the Canal Du midi in Homps or La Redorte, both with a pool.

 

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Day 3. Homps - Narbonne ~40Km / 24 Miles - Route 1

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Day 3. La Redorte - Sallèles-d'Aude ~ 33Km / 21 Miles - Route 2

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 if you are going to Narbonne.  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 right in the center of Narbonne.

Spend night in elegant 3*** hotel in the center of Narbonne or a beautiful B&B with pool in Salleles d'Aude.

 

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Day 4. Narbonne - Béziers ~39Km / 23 Miles - Route 1

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Day 4. Sallèles-d'Aude - Béziers ~44Km / 27 Miles - Route 2

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 aqueduct.  The view of the Béziers cathedral from this aqueduct is fantastic!

Spend night in 3*** hotel in the historic downtown area of Béziers.

 

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Day 5. Béziers - Marseillan  ~30Km / 19 Miles - Canal Du Midi Ideal 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, 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.

Spend night in the best and most beautiful Bed & Breakfast in Marseillan, including a lovely pool.

 

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Day 6. Marseillan - Sète  ~25Km / 16 Miles - Canal Du Midi Ideal self guided bike tour

After breakfast you head down towards the Mediterranean Sea.  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.  Sète is the official end of the Canal Du Midi.

Bicycle pickup at hotel in the evening.

Spend night in the best and most beautiful 3*** hotel in downtown Séte.

 

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Day 7. Séte - Canal Du Midi Ideal 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.

 

Price includes: All hotels (2 and 3 stars) and Bed & Breakfast accommodations, breakfast each day, tourist tax, bicycle hire, bike drop-off and pickup, yellow safety vests, waterproof panniers, steering wheel bag, helmet, water bottle, lock, spare inner tube, 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.

We own and operate our own fleet of bikes

WHY TRAVEL WITH US?

We are an accredited travel agency

Located 800 meters from the Canal Du Midi

All tours are private and can be customized

Relax Bike Tours & Rentals

70 Allées Paul Riquet

34500 Béziers

France

 

Tel (France): 06 38 12 32 82

Tel (International): 00 33 6 38 12 32 82

 

Email: relaxbeziers@gmail.com

Web: http://www.relaxbiketours.com

 

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Relax Bike Tours is a registered Travel Agency in France.

 

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assistance during tripbike hire includedbreakfast dailybike delivery and pickup includedhotels includeddetailed mapstechnical assistanceluggage transfered from hotel to hotel daily

We own and operate our own fleet of bikes

We are an accredited travel agency

Located 800 meters from the Canal Du Midi

All tours are private and can be customized

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WHY TRAVEL WITH US?

  • We own and operate our own fleet of bikes
  • We are an accredited travel agency
  • Located 400 meters from the Canal Du Midi
  • All tours are private and can be customized
national geographic
lonely planet
accueil velo