Your Canal Du Midi Cycling Holidays Experts!
DURATION: 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS | LEVEL: Hard due to climbing of hills, especially on days 1 & 4 | CUSTOMIZABLE: YES | TYPE: BIKE HIRE ONLY
POPULAR BESPOKE OPTIONS
Extra day in Narbonne to cycle to the beach.
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 1 euro.
All year. Every day of the week.
Bike Hire Only
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.
At Bedarieux you join the brand new Voie Verte (bike path) called Passa Païs. 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!).
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.
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! 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.
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.
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.
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 aqueduct will take you directly into Béziers.
Optional: (not included)
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