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Canal Du Midi Bike Tour

Toulouse 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:

Toulouse to Sète

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Canal Du Midi Cycling Holiday

Toulouse to Sète

Sportive

 

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

 

DESCRIPTION

This is the sporty tour where you carry your own luggage in the provided water-proof panniers.  We deliver the bikes to your hotel in Toulouse.  Any excess luggage or suitcases (empty or not) will be taken by us after you have finished loading the panniers.  These luggages will be returned to you at the end of the trip in Sete.

 

POPULAR CUSTOM OPTIONS

Additional stop over in Narbonne

Two nights in Homps in order to visit Minerve.

 

DEPARTURES

Every Sunday and Wednesday.

 

DISTANCE

266 Km / 165 Mi

 

PRICE (BIKE INCLUDED)

740€ PP

(+200€ PP for daily luggage transfer from hotel to hotel)

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. 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.

 

canal du midi in toulouse canal du midi in toulouse TOULOUSE

 

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 2** hotel on the canal's bank.

 

bridge over the canal du midi pyrenees windmill

 

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 at the feet of the Cité.

 

carcassonne carcassonne pool at hotel

 

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 B&B near the Canal Du midi in Homps.

 

OPTION: Extra day in Narbonne.

 

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

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

 

narbonne to beziers bike route narbonne to beziers bike route narbonne to beziers bike route

 

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.

 

beziers bike path to sete flamingo

 

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.

 

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, roadbook with detailed maps and directions, luggage storage in Béziers.  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

 

Atout France n° IM034170006

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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accueil velo

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english version
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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