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Classic Canal du Midi Languedoc-Roussillon

from £1630

Improved for 2019

Classic Canal du Midi

Ancient cities and idyllic waterways

Improved for 2019

Classic Canal du Midi

Embark on a fascinating journey across South West France from Toulouse to the Mediterranean sea. A cyclists dream along the tree lined towpaths of the Canal du Midi listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Over beautiful stone bridges and through some of the prettiest scenery in southwest France, ending each day in charming accommodation with typical Mediterranean French cuisine.  The manageable stages allow you to relax and have time for the most interesting sites.

Holiday Highlights

  • Spectacular ancient fortified city of Carcassonne
  • Cycle along picturesque canal paths
  • Charming chambres d'hotes and evening dinners included
  • Sandy beaches of Sète known as the ‘Venice of Languedoc’ (optional extra day)
  • Medieval town of Catelnaudary; capital of the Cassoulet
  • Toulouse; also known as 'the Pink City' the 4th biggest city in France
  • High quality hybrid bikes suited for the terrain
  • Traffic free routes
  • E-Bikes available on request
  • B&B option available
  • Packed lunches can be included

What's Included

  • 6 days easy cycling
  • 7 nights in quality hotels, half board
  • 7 breakfasts and 7 evening meals
  • Daily packed lunches (optional)
  • Travel first class via Eurostar (optional)
  • Fully serviced hybrid bikes with bike map cases
  • Bike support
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Comprehensive route notes
  • Free parking
  • Local agent on hand
  • Belle France 24hr Support
  • GPS on Demand

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

    Toulouse - Chambre d'hôte
    Toulouse

    Your accommodation is located 10 minutes from the town centre. The owners, born in Toulouse, have tastefully renovated this house packed with charm. Three spacious bedrooms are for guests. You have also access to the private garden, the terrace, the conservatory and the lounge with TV, books and games. Your hosts can speak English and Spanish.

    Facilities

    • En suite bathroom with shower and private toilets
    • Hairdryer
    • Desk
    • Courtesy tray
    • Free Wifi
    • Air conditioning
    • Shared lounge with books, games and TV
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Garden furniture
    • Free parking

    Board

    Cuisine

    Home cooked meals prepared by your host Olivier with products from local farms. His specialities are organic cheese salad from the Pyrenees , trout from the Pyrenees, grilled meat from Gascony, homemade ice creams. Fruits and vegetables are locally sourced.

  • 2

    Toulouse to Renneville day 2

    Summary

    After a good breakfast in the peaceful garden, you set off for your first stretch of the canal: 23 miles of tarmacked green lane, offering excellent cycling conditions. Approaching your destination you will have time to make a little detour to Montesquieu–Lauragais, a small hilltop town with excellent Toulousain architecture and two chateaux. You might prefer a detour to Villefranche-de-Lauragais, another lovely town with interesting buildings. Arriving in the charming village of Renneville, you stay in a charming chambres d’hôte with an outdoor pool.

    Hotel

    Renneville- Chambre d'hôte
    Renneville

    The chambre d'hote tonight is located in a beautiful setting in Renneville. The house has lots of character and four bedrooms decorated with a theme. You have access to loungers in the garden, either on the terrace or by the swimming pool. Magnificent view of the Pyrenees. Your host can speak English.

    Facilities

    • En suite bathroom with shower and private toilets
    • Hairdryer
    • Desk
    • Free Wifi
    • Shared lounge with books, games and TV
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Garden furniture
    • Swimming pool
    • Packed lunches available on request

    Board

    Cuisine

    Continental breakfast with homemade jams and homemade French cuisine for dinner.

    23 mi
    (37 km)

  • 3

    Renneville to Castelnaudary day 3

    Summary

    The stage today goes by Port Lauragais followed by Seuil de Naurouze, where the waters of the Canal split. We recommend a stop there as this is an ideal place to relax. You can also take a small detour to Castelnaudary, a major port with 7 hectares of open water and spacious squares reflecting the wealth generated by the canal; historic buildings, all services, shops and restaurants. You can easily explore by bike or foot. This is the ideal spot to try the ‘cassoulet’, a regional dish and the town’s main claim to fame. Your rural chambre d'hôte tonight has beautiful views.

    Hotel

    Castelnaudary- Chambre d'hôte
    Castelnaudary

    The chambre d'hôte is located in the countryside near Castelnaudary. The renovation puts you in a very modern and fresh setting within a building over 400 years old. The tastefully decorated domain has four double or twin spacious rooms.

    Facilities

    • En suite bathroom with walk-in shower and private toilets
    • Hairdryer
    • Free toiletries
    • Free Wifi
    • Shared lounge with TV area
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Garden furniture
    • Swimming pool
    • Packed lunches available on request

    Board

    Cuisine

    Passionate about cooking and local products, your hostess invites you to share and taste the speciality of Castelnaudary, the ‘cassoulet’, home cooked over a wood fire (upon reservation).

    18 mi
    (29 km)

  • 4

    Castelnaudary to Carcassonne day 4

    Summary

    After Castelnaudary, the canal du midi becomes a little wilder… You can enjoy the peace of the surrounding landscape, before arriving at midday in Carcassonne. You will have some time to visit the splendid medieval citadel, though it takes a day to explore properly. The streets of the Cité are cobbled and pedestrianised and in summer very crowded. It’s probably best to lock your bikes securely and go around on foot. Overnight in a beautiful guest house with with swimming pool, only 200 m from the ramparts.

    Hotel
    • Jardin de la Cite - Carcassonne
    • Jardin de la Cite - Carcassonne

    Carcassone- Chambre d'hôte
    Carcassonne

    Set in Carcassonne, this beautiful guest house located five minutes walk away from the citadel offers comfortable accommodation with air conditioning and has a lovely Mediterranean garden with swimming pool. English and Spanish spoken.

    Facilities

    • En suite bathroom with shower and private toilets
    • Hairdryer
    • Free toiletries
    • Free Wifi
    • Air conditioning
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Garden furniture
    • Swimming pool
    • Free parking
    • Packed lunches available on request

    Board

    Cuisine

    Your breakfast can be served by the pool or indoors. Your dinner is in a restaurant in the citadel.

    26 mi
    (42 km)

  • 5

    Carcassonne to Homps (or Tourouzelle) day 5

    Summary

    From now on you are pedaling between vineyards and villages typical of the South of France, After the towns of Trèbes and Marseillette, you could make a detour alongside a large drained lake where the fertile land now produces fruits, vegetables and rice. When you arrive in the small historic port of Homps, ideally situated between the terroirs of Minervois, to the north, and of Corbières to the south, you will have the opportunity to taste some of the best wines of the region. Night in a ‘Maison bourgeoise’ with swimming pool. Wine tasting recommended at the Chai d’Homps, before a lovely dinner at the port.

    Hotel

      Homps - Chambre d'hôte
      Homps

      This old and stylish « maison bourgeoise » in the village has a pool and five very spacious and elegant rooms, all with balcony and garden view. Your hosts can speak English and Dutch.

      Facilities

      • En suite bathroom with shower and private toilets
      • Hairdryer
      • Safety deposit box
      • Free toiletries
      • Tea/coffee making facilities
      • Free Wifi
      • Seating area
      • Parquet floor
      • Shared lounge with books, games and TV
      • Terrace
      • Garden
      • Garden furniture
      • Swimming pool
      • Free parking
      • Packed lunches available on request

      Board

      Cuisine

      Your dinner is booked in a gourmet restaurant, set in a lovely location with shady terraces and a wonderful view over the Canal du Midi. The Chef has worked in a two Michelin starred restaurant in London, aboard the Queen Elizabeth II and for several distinguished private clients.

      25 mi
      (40 km)

    • 6

      Homps to Capestang day 6

      Summary

      This stage passes through or close to Minervois villages, like Argens-Minervois or Venentac-en-Minervois which are possible detours. You will also discover a series of important canal works and landmarks. Man has had to show great ingenuity constructing the canal through this rugged stretch of terrain. You ride tonight stops in Capestang, a pretty 14th century village. It has narrow streets leading to an attractive main square. Your chambre d’hôte with swimming pool is in the vineyards. Your hosts are winegrowers and you will have opportunities to taste their wine.

      Hotel

      Capestang- Chambre d'hôte
      Capestang

      Impressive domain in the vineyards, near the village of Capestang. The hosts are winegrowers and the property has five bedrooms for guests and a swimming pool.

      Facilities

      • En suite bathroom with shower and private toilets
      • Hairdryer
      • Free Wifi
      • Terrace
      • Garden
      • Garden furniture
      • Swimming pool
      • Free parking
      • Packed lunches available on request

      Board

      Cuisine

      Breakfast and dinner are at the domain. You will have the opportunity to taste their wine.

      26 mi
      (42 km)

    • 7

      Capestang to Agde day 7

      Summary

      Another day with plenty to see: maybe a visit to Béziers, a town which boasts 7000 years of history and a vibrant present. After possible detours to Portiragnes and Vias, villages with unique black-stone churches, you finally leave the canal at the ancient Greek port of Agde. Before heading to your accomodation tonight you could continue to the beach in Cap d ‘Adge or cycle to the Pointe des Onglous, a magical place where the canal du midi joins the lagoon of the Etang de Thau, you may well spot flamingos.

      Hotel

      Agde - Chambre d'hôte
      Agde

      Your guest house, an old building tastefully renovated, has a swimming pool and is located in a quiet residential area, 5 minutes away from restaurants, the Mediterranean Sea and the beach. It has a delightful garden with olive, palm and pine trees. This is the perfect place to relax and rest after a few cycling days.Your hosts can speak English and Italian.

      Facilities

      • En suite bathroom with walk-in shower and private toilets
      • Hairdryer
      • Free Wifi
      • Television
      • Air conditioning
      • Private Terrace
      • Sitting area
      • Shared lounge with books, games and TV
      • Garden
      • Garden furniture
      • Swimming pool
      • Free parking

      Board

      Cuisine

      Weather permitting, you can choose to have your breakfast by the pool or on your private terrace ..Your dinner is booked in a restaurant.

      26 mi
      (42 km)

    Route & Location

    Customise Your Holiday

    • Agde to Sète (extra day option)

      We strongly advise to take an extra day to reach the shores of the Mediterranean in Sète, known as the ‘Venice of the Languedoc’. You can make the most of a highly enjoyable cycle path between the saltwater lagoon of the Etang de Thau. You may well spot flamingos. You can even take a break from cycling for a swim in the sea! On arrival in Sète, you can enjoy the comings and goings of the fishing boats in the historic port, which is unusually situated right in the town centre.

    • Extra night in Toulouse

      Add an extra night in Toulouse and join a bike tour of the city.

    • Extra night in Carcassonne

      Add an extra night in Carcassonne to give yourself more time to explore the historic citadel.

    Customer Reviews Customer ratings via Feefo

    4.5 out of 5 rating based on 2 reviews

    • Service (5/5): This was a great trip, well organized and lots to see.

      5 out of 5

      Product (5/5): Good value for money, well organized
    • Service (4/5): vry helpful

      4 out of 5

      Product (4/5): Good

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    • From£1630per 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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