CANAL DU MIDI

7 or 10 day Independent or Escorted Tour The Canal du Midi is undoubtedly the most beautiful canal in Europe. It was built by Pierre Paul Riquet between 1667 and 1681 in order to link the Mediterranian to the Atlantic ocean. This idea had already been dreamt of by the Romans but was only carried […]

7 or 10 day Independent or Escorted Tour

The Canal du Midi is undoubtedly the most beautiful canal in Europe. It was built by Pierre Paul Riquet between 1667 and 1681 in order to link the Mediterranian to the Atlantic ocean. This idea had already been dreamt of by the Romans but was only carried out sixteen centuries later and even at that time was a considerable technological achievement.

Nowadays this calm restful waterway is lined on both sides by more than a 100,000 100-year-old trees. All along the 260 km / 160 miles of water located in the south of France, are 64 locks and authentic and varied landscapes such as the medieval walled town of Carcassonne.

Other equally fascinating sites will make pleasant stopping points on your trip between the sea-port of Sète and Carcassonne. Agde is well-known for its wonderful fortified Romanesque cathedral built in basalt, Béziers for its 2000-year-old Roman bridge, its cathedral and its canal bridge and Narbonne for its great gothic cathedral, its archibishop’s palace and its Roman underground warehouses.

You can discover new places, breathe in nice odours, get some fresh air, look around you and feel relaxed on your bicycle and at the same time undertake an activity which is good for your mind and body. This promenade along the waters edge, away from traffic, will allow you to meet local people and other tourists and to appreciate the wonderful local cuisine.

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Montpelier 

Individual arrival.

Day 2

Montpelier – Sète (approx. 55km) 

Meeting at the hotel reception around 09.30 a.m. for your tour orientation and distribution of rental bikes. From the beautiful town Montpellier you’re riding along the river Lez and through bird sanctuary to Palavas and the Mediterranean Sea. Follow the Rhone-Sète-Canal to Frontignan and further on to Sète.

Day 3

Sete – Beziers (approx. 55km)

Ride along the beach road to Agde (visit the old town and the cathedral). Along the the Canal du Midi you cycle to Béziers.

Day 4

Bèziers – Narbonne (approx. 45 km) 

Visit Béziers, then via the bridge over the river Orb you reach the 7 Fonséranes locks. Continue on side roads and field paths past the celtic oppidum of Ensérune and an imposing Gothic church in Capestang. You continue on little roads and paths through winefields until Narbonne.

Day 5

Narbonne – Homps (approx. 45 km)

Visit the old town of Narbonne and its famous ancient monuments like the archbishop’s palace, gothic cathedral. Then you ride along the Canal de la Robine and on side roads to the Canal du Midi, and then
to the small village of Homps. You dine and stay at your hotel on the canal bank.

Day 6

Homps – Carcassone (approx. 45 km) 

Again you follow the Canal du Midi until you reach the fascinating, historical city of Carcassone, the famous medieval walled town with its 2 circular walls and huge medieval fortress, the largest in Europe.

Day 7

Carcassonne 

Individual departure(return transfer to Sete’ available).
You may also lengthen your trip to the city of Toulouse, as follows:

Carcassonne – Castelnaudary (approx. 50 km)

You always follow the canal, discover small villages and arrive in Castelnaudary.

Day 8

Castelnaudary – St. Ferréol lake – Castelnaudary (50 km)

On small roads to the strategic point of the Canal project, the lake St. Férréol built in the 17th century. Then to the medieval town of Revel with one of the nicest market halls of France. Back to Castelnaudary.

Day 9

Castelnaudary – Toulouse (60 km)

Always along the Canal du Midi and arrival in the heart of the very nice city of Toulouse.

Day 10

Toulouse – Montpelier

Individual departure or a few extra days in Toulouse. If you wish, back to Montpelier with our transfer service.

Tour Character – moderate

Flat contour along the canal. You cycle mostly on dedicated cycle paths and some quiet country roads. Suitable for novices, families and experienced cyclists alike.

Airport / Transfers

The nearest airport is Montpellier (30km distant) however it is quite small. There are no public buses, train or shuttles serving Montpellier Airport so a taxi into the city and then the 20 minute train to Sete.
Marseilles Airport is approx. 150km distant. Bus/rail transfers from Marseilles are available at $55.00 one way.
You may also take the TGV express train from Paris Airport directly to Sete (4 1/2 hours), at a cost of approx. $160 one way. A taxi from Sete station to your hotel is about 10 euro.

 

Escorted Schedule & Price

 

2014 Departure Dates

Mar 23, Apr 6, 20 May 4, 18 Jun 1, 15

Aug 31 Sep 14, 28 Oct 12

 

A minimum of 6 participants required for escorted tours to proceed. If there are less than 6, the tour will convert to self guided.

 

Price per person CAD $1175
Single Supplement $300
Extra nights (double occupancy) $100
Optional Electrobike $170
3 day tour extension to Toulouse $680

 

This tour includes:

• 6 nights accommodation in a double room with private facilities. The hotels we use on this tour are family run hotels of very good 2, 3 and 4 star standard.
• breakfast AND 3-course dinner daily.
• experienced English speaking multilingual tour guide.
• luggage transport from hotel to hotel.
• entrance fees as per itinerary
• modern hybrid bicycle with 18 gears & pannier
• return bike transfer to Seté
• Detailed travel material, guides, and route descriptions of places of interest

 

Independent Tour – Schedule & Price
Every SUNDAY from March 23rd to October 26th. Minimum number requirements apply.

 

Price per person  CAD $1295
Single Supplement $300
High season supplement (June 29 to August 24) $80
Extra nights (double occupancy) $100
 Optional Electro Bike $170
Half-board option (6 x evening dinners) $275
3 day tour extension to Toulouse  $550
This tour includes:
• 6 nights accommodation in a double room with private facilities. The hotels we use on this tour are a mix of well located, family run hotels rated from 2 to 4 star.
• 6 breakfasts.
• luggage transport from hotel to hotel.
• modern hybrid bicycle with 18 gears, pannier and insurance
• Detailed travel material, route guide, maps and descriptions of places of interest
• 7-Day Service-hotline