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from £1999 per person

Classic Canal du Midi Languedoc-Roussillon

from £1999

Revised for 2018

Classic Canal du Midi

Ancient cities and idyllic waterways

Revised for 2018

Classic Canal du Midi

This cycling tour takes you from Toulouse to the Mediterranean sea along the tree lined towpaths of the  Canal du Midi, over beautiful stone bridges and through some of the prettiest scenery in southwest France, ending each day in excellent accommodation and typical Mediterranean French cuisine.

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’
  • Medieval town of Catelnaudary; capital of the Cassoulet
  • Toulouse; also known as 'the Pink City' the 4th biggest city in France

What's Included

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

Starting Days

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

Itinerary & Hotels

  • 1

    Arrival Toulouse day 1

    Summary

    Toulouse, nicknamed the 'Pink City' because of its pink and orange tinted buildings is a vibrant city with its numerous lively squares, and it is also the start of the 240 km Canal du Midi. 

    Hotel
    • Hotel Albert 1er
    • Hotel Albert 1er
    • Hotel Albert 1er

    Hotel Albert 1erToulouse

    Albert 1er is a comfortable town hotel in the centre of Toulouse and within easy walking distance of Church of Notre Dame du Taur, Place du Capitole, Basilique Saint-Sernin and Museum of the Augustins.

    Facilities

    • Lounge
    • Free WiFi
    • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
    • Shuttle service (additional charge)
    • Air conditioning
    • Packed lunches provided (additional charge)
    • Soundproof rooms
    • Gift shop
    • Safety deposit box
    • Lift
    • Family rooms
    • Facilities for disabled guests
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Newspapers
    • Room service


    Board

    Cuisine
  • 2

    Toulouse to Gardouch day 2

    Summary

    Leave the bustle of the city behind as you take to the canal du Midi and ride through a rich landscape surrounded by hills and typical flat bell towers to reach the first villages of Lauragais and finally your destination  the tiny village of Gardouch.

    Hotel
    • Maison Joséphine

    Maison JoséphineGardouch

    Charming 18th century guest house in the heart of the small village of Villenouvelle, offers 4 large guest rooms, an outdoor pool, snooker room and library. 

    Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Garden and views of the Pyrenees
    • Billiards room
    • Library

    Board

    Cuisine

    26 mi
    (42 km)

  • 3

    Gardouch to Bram day 3

    Summary

    Cycle away from the canal to ride up in the hills offering magnificent views of the canal and countryside. Pass by Port Lauragais and the watershed between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean sea.  Continue away from the canal and through the countryside to visit the charming abbey of Saint - Papoul, to return to the canal for the final section of the day into Bram.

    Hotel
    • Château de la Prade
    • Château de la Prade
    • Château de la Prade

    Château de la PradeBram

    Château de la Prade is an ancient wine growers house, and although more a country house than a chateau it has kept its elegance and refinement and is set in 12 acres of stunning gardens. 

    Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Rooms with terraces and garden views
    • Hairdryer and complimentary toiletries

    Board

    Cuisine

    31 mi
    (50 km)

  • 4

    Bram to Carcassonne day 4

    Summary

    Continue along the canal path and then along the banks of the River Aude from where you will see the impressive ramparts of the ancient fortified city of Carcassonne. Explore the cobblestone streets of the old town before settling into your hotel.

    Hotel
    • Hotel Aragon
    • Hotel Aragon

    Hotel AragonCarcassonne

    Hôtel l'Aragon is a charming town hotel with swimming pool and is just a few minutes walk from the old town the Basilique Saint -Nazaire and Château Comtal.  Guests can choose to take breakfast on the terrace.  

    Facilities

    • Terrace
    • Lounge
    • Outdoor pool (seasonal)
    • Outdoor pool
    • Free WiFi 
    • Air conditioning
    • Hair dryer and complimentary toiletries 

    Board

    Cuisine

    16 mi
    (26 km)

  • 5

    Carcassonne to Le Somail day 5

    Summary

    Leaving Carcassonne the route takes you through the delightful wine villages of the Minervois each with its own little harbour before ending your route today in the delightful pretty village of Le Somail, with its port, chapel,  and amazing antiquarian bookshop.

    Hotel

    Chambres d'hôtes le NeptuneLe Somail

    Charming small gite offering chambre d'hôtes, breakfast can be taken on the terrace with views of the river and the mountains.

    Facilities

    • Garden and terrace
    • Free WiFi

    Board

    Cuisine

    26 mi
    (42 km)

  • 6

    Le Somail to Béziers day 6

    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 ParticulierBeziers

    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.

    31 mi
    (50 km)

  • 7

    Béziers to Sète day 7

    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 - SèteSète

    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.

    34 mi
    (55 km)

Route & Location

Customise Your Holiday

  • Extra night at the start town Toulouse or the end town Séte on request

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  • From£1999per person

  • (First Class)

    Outward Depart St Pancras International station, change trains in Lille and Narbonne, arrive Toulouse late afternoon.

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

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