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from £1999 per person

Canal du Midi Prestige Languedoc-Roussillon

from £1999

Updated for 2017

Canal du Midi Prestige

Ancient cities and idyllic waterways

Updated for 2017

Canal du Midi Prestige

From the extraordinary fortified town of Carcassone to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, travel down tree lined towpaths, over beautiful stone bridges and through some of the prettiest scenery in southwest France, ending each day in excellent accommodation.

Holiday Highlights

  • Spectacular ancient fortified city of Carcassonne
  • Cycle along picturesque canal paths
  • Excellent accommodation and gourmet meals
  • Sandy beaches of Sète known as the ‘Venice of Languedoc’

What's Included

  • 6 days cycling
  • 5 nights half board
  • Gourmet meals
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Comprehensive route notes
  • Local agent
  • Bike hire

Starting Days

You can choose to begin this holiday on any day of the week.

Itinerary & Hotels

  • 1

    Arrival Carcassonne day 1

    Summary

    Arrive in the ancient fortified city of Carcassonne. Soak up the view from your hotel, located just outside of the medieval walls, or explore the cobblestone streets of the old town. Stay at the 3-star Hôtel du Château and eat at the excellent restaurant La Cité.

    Hotel
    • Traditional hotel exterior
    • Modern double bedroom
    • Modern dining room

    Hôtel du Château Carcassonne

    Located at the entrance of the medieval town of Carcassone, the charming Hotel du Chateau is intended to be both medieval and contemporary, rustic and urban, chic and casual. With a heated pool from Easter to November (28°c), a heated outdoor jacuzzi all year (34°c) and a panoramic bar, the facilities are both stylish and cozy.

    Facilities

    • Air-conditioning
    • TV
    • En suite bathrooms
    • Free WiFi access is available
    • Swimming pool
    • Hot tub
    • Spa
    • Hammam

    Board

    Cuisine

    The hotel offers a delectable breakfast and the chance to have a relaxing drink on their bar terrace.

  • 2

    Carcassonne to Siran day 2

    Summary

    Cycle alongside the canal through picturesque Trèbes and Marseillet to the tiny hamlet of Siran. Stay at the 3-star Château de Siran.

    Hotel
    • Traditional hotel exterior
    • Traditional double bedroom with painted mural on wall
    • Traditional hotel exterior with seating area

    Château de Siran Siran

    The Chateau de Siran is a charming 3-star hotel on the banks of the Aude and Herault in the heart of Minervois in the Regional Park of Haut Languedoc. Located in the triangle of Carcassonne, Narbonne and Beziers, the small village of Siran is at the heart of the vineyards and villages. The castle is a 16th century country house built on a wall dating from the Middle Ages. The vaulted rooms on the ground floor, high ceilings, wall thickness, the remarkable renaissance sandstone staircase from Aigne, and the remains of the stairs to the walkway are the testimonies of the time.

    In spring 2010,  the new owners of the chateau took over with the ambition to make it a warm and welcoming hotel of charm and hospitality in which to welcome their guests. A heated swimming pool has been installed in the courtyard with Gothic arches, allowing guests to bathe and relax in tranquillity and privacy.

    With 11 elegant rooms, named after various delicate flowers, each has been individually decorated with personal touches. Many of the rooms overlook the gardens and the vineyards in all their natural beauty. Those with a terrace overlook the picturesque village of Siran.

    Facilities

    • En suite rooms
    • Free WiFi
    • Terrace
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Parking
    • Laundry

    Board

    Cuisine

    The Chateau de Siran’s restaurant offers generous, friendly and tasty cooking that invites you to discover the authentic flavours of southern France. We like to work with fresh and seasonal ingredients.  We make our own pastry, pâte feuilletée, crème brûlée and change the menus regularly throughout the year to offer you exciting and unique tastes, but in a simple way.

    Depending on the season, we offer:

    • Green asparagus, with parmesan shavings, and ham from the black mountain
    • Medley of melon, roquette and blue Causses cheese
    • Small artichokes sweet and sour
    • Guinea fowl with bacon and "rates" candied with rosemary
    • Pork confit with wine from the Minervois and crunchy vegetables
    • Goats' cheese of Bize Minervois in puff pastry with baby spinach
    • Grilled Salmon with citrus butter and ratatouille
    • Saddle of rabbit with almonds
    • Creme brulee infused with lavender.
    • Mille feuille of strawberries with white chocolate froth
    • Apricot and raspberry crumble
    • Roasted figs, almond cream and biscuits

    26 mi
    (42 km)

  • 3

    Day Trip from Siran day 3

    Summary

    Your ride today takes a break from the Canal itself to take you into the lovely vineyards and villages of the Minervois. You’ll arrive in Caunes Minervois in time to visit the stunning abbey and to find some lunch. The afternoon ride takes you past the site of the mysterious and surprisingly poignant dolmen of Saint Eugene, with its unusual covered passageways, thought to be a burial site. You can stop for a refreshment in Laure-Minervois before the final stretch back to your hotel in Siran for a second evening at Château de Siran.

    26 mi
    (42 km)

  • 4

    Siran to Cabezac day 4

    Summary

    Today your route is partially on the canal and partially amongst olive groves, vineyards and flowered fields. Leave the canal at Le Somail with its pretty bridges and cycle towards Bastide de Cabezac.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior with pool and sun loungers
    • Modern double bedroom

    La Bastide De Cabezac Cabezac

    Much more than a 3-star hotel, La Bastide Cabezac is a haven of relaxation and conviviality, in a comfortable setting, aglow with warm Mediterranean colours and ideal for a stay that combines simplicity and taste.

    Facilities

    • Swimming pool
    • Patio
    • Wine cellar
    • Individual air-conditioning system
    • Satellite TV
    • WiFi.
    • Mini-bar
    • En suite bathroom
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robe

    Board

    Cuisine

    The Bize Minervois restaurant delights the taste buds. The authentic and refined comfort of a country house of the eighteenth century gives a cozy and serene setting. The fragrances, flavours and colours of the Mediterranean are used to compose playful dishes and a very nice wine list that showcases the wines of the Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon are all served in the restaurant or on the terrace in fine weather. 

    16 mi
    (26 km)

  • 5

    Cabezac to Villeneuve les Béziers day 5

    Summary

    An easy cycle along the canal side through the villages of Colombiers and Capestang leads to Béziers. Spend some time wandering the old cobbled streets before heading towards your hotel, Hotel Particulier. Dinner is included in a restaurant in town.

    Hotel
    • Hotel Particulier
    • Hotel Particulier - Pool

    Hotel Particulier Beziers

    The Hôtel Particulier Béziers is, quite simply, a magnificent townhouse, completely dedicated to its guests. Here there are no vast, impersonal spaces.  Make yourself at home in either sitting room or in the garden by the pool. Listen to music or enjoy a glass of wine. The hotel is perfectly situated to saunter into the centre of town and admire its architectural splendours.

    Facilities

    • En suite, air-conditioned rooms
    • Coffee machine
    • Free WiFi
    • Bar
    • Sun terrace and garden


    Board

    Cuisine

    Continental buffet breakfast.

    26 mi
    (42 km)

  • 6

    Villeneuve les Béziers to Sète day 6

    Summary

    You will reach the end of the Canal du Midi today, where it empties into the sea at Agde. From there, enjoy the beautiful new bike path that follows the sandy beach before arriving in the port town of Sète. Stay two nights at the Grand Hôtel.

    Hotel
    • Sète harbour at night
    • Simple lounge area
    • Sète harbour hotel exterior

    Grand Hôtel - Sète Sète

    This stylish 3 star hotel is right on the banks of the Canal Royal, just as it works its way out to the old port of Sète. This majestic old building is in a row of impressive houses which have been celebrated by painters, poets and singers over the years.

    Lydie Dubois and her team will give you a warm welcome in this 19th century hotel, where the southern French light and the charm of the canals meet the peace and quiet of a glass-roofed patio.

    Facilities

    • Good restaurant within the hotel, Quai 17
    • Bar
    • Air-conditioned non-smoking rooms
    • Unlimited free WiFi
    • Mini-bar
    • Disabled access
    • TV
    • Attended parking (extra fee)
    • Luggage room






    Board

    Cuisine

    The hotel's spacious restaurant, Quai 17, proposes Mediterranean-style cuisine prepared with local products. A buffet breakfast is served every morning.

    31 mi
    (50 km)

  • 7

    Day at Sète day 7

    Summary

    Take a day off from cycling and discover the bustling port town of Sète also known as the “Venice of Languedoc”. You’re sure to be tempted by one of the sandy beaches so take your bathing suit!

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  • From £1999 per person

  • (First Class)

    Outward Depart St Pancras International station, change trains in Lille and Narbonne, arrive Carcassonne early evening. Transfer to hotel not included. (10 minutes, about 20€).

    Return Depart from Sète and change stations in Paris or Lille, arrive St Pancras International station early evening.

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