2024
Radurlaub am Canal du Midi

Cycling holiday along the Canal du Midi

Along the magnificent canal to the Mediterranean

Toulouse – Carcassonne – Sète

  • Fortifications in Carcassonne
  • Fonserannes Locks
  • The Narbonne diocese town
  • Daily routes ●●●○○, altitude profile ●●●○○

days
10

Ø km per day
50

During your cycling holiday along the Canal du Midi, you will cycle along one of the most beautiful canals in Europe. Then as now, it winds its way through magnificent landscapes. Trees line the banks, shading the little roads and paths on which you cycle at a leisurely pace. In Toulouse, you set off on a journey full of culture and enjoyment. Discover places where time seems to stand still, as well as Roman cathedrals and medieval buildings. It is not only culture that has a long tradition here, but also excellent cuisine that has developed over the years. Do you know cassoulet, garbure or aligot? No? These dishes are still cooked today according to traditional recipes and taste excellent. As are the good wines from the region, which should not be missing from any meal. If you are now curious about the many different riches of the region, then set off on a cycling holiday along the Canal du Midi.

 

Itinerary

  • Booking code
    FR-TS9
  • Start / Destination
    Toulouse / Sète
  • Duration
    10 days / 9 nights
  • Length
    approx. 410 km
    Daily routes ●●●○○
    between 40 and 65 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○
Map for a cycling holiday along the Canal du Midi

Day 1: Individual arrival in Toulouse

Your cycling holiday along the Canal du Midi begins in Toulouse. If you arrive early enough, you will have the opportunity to get to know the lively la ville rose extensively. The city was given this name due to the numerous buildings made of red bricks. This includes the Saint-Sernin Basilica, which is one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in the south of France. In the afternoon, there will be an information meeting and bike handover.

Pont Saint-Pierre in Toulouse

Pont Saint-Pierre in Toulouse

Day 2: Toulouse - Castelnaudary, approx. 60 km

Hop on your bike and cycle out of the hustle and bustle of the city and into the beautiful countryside along the canal. Enjoy the peace and quiet and the view of the passing boats as you approach your destination for the day, Castelnaudary. The town has the largest port on the Canal du Midi. One of Castelnaudary's specialties is cassoulet. This stew with white beans and meat probably dates back to the Middle Ages. Enjoy!

Mill of Cugarel near Castelnaudary

Mill of Cugarel near Castelnaudary

Day 3: Castelnaudary - Mirepoix, approx. 50 km

Follow the canal to the village of Bram. Take a short break and explore the circular medieval center. Cycle along a converted old railroad line towards the Pyrenees. Follow this special bike path through railroad tunnels, over viaducts and bridges to reach Mirepoix. In this small bastide town dating back to the 13th century, take a stroll through the arcades of the old town, visit the late Gothic church and enjoy a coffee on the market square.

Mirepoix market

Mirepoix market

Day 4: Mirepoix - Carcassonne, approx. 60 km

Your cycling holiday along the Canal du midi takes you back to the Canal today. You cycle through peaceful countryside and over gentle hills to Carcassonne. The town takes you back in time with its Cité, an impressive fortress. In the Middle Ages, up to 4,000 people lived behind the three-kilometre ring wall. Stroll through the narrow streets and enjoy the hustle and bustle in one of the numerous cafés and restaurants after visiting the museum and walking over the castle wall.

Cité de Carcassonne

Cité de Carcassonne

Day 5: Excursion to Montolieu, approx. 40 km

The small village of Montolieu, situated on a rocky outcrop in the heart of the Cabardès wine-growing region, is the destination of today's excursion. It has more than earned its nickname as a book village - there are many second-hand bookshops here that will make the heart of any book lover beat faster. Not only bookworms, but also wine lovers will go into raptures. Full-bodied red wines are produced from the Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grape varieties. You spend the night in Carcassonne again.

Canal du Midi

Canal du Midi

Day 6: Carcassonne - Olonzac / Homps, approx. 45 km

Your cycling holiday along the Canal du Midi takes you through one of the oldest wine-growing regions in France. The cycle paths through the Minervois are very scenic, mostly at high altitudes with wonderful views of the vineyards. Wine was already being grown here in ancient times and in Roman times. Don't miss the opportunity to sample a glass of good wine along the way. You will spend the night in Olonzac or in Homps.

Canal near Homps

Canal near Homps

Day 7: Olonzac - Narbonne, approx. 45 km

Today's stage of your cycling holiday along the Canal du Midi takes you closer to the Mediterranean, kilometer by kilometer. The day's destination is Narbonne on the Canal de la Robine. Visit the cathedral, which can be seen from afar and is an architectural masterpiece. Remnants of the Romans are also still visible in many corners of the city. You can learn more about this period in the Narbo Via museum. Or how about a walk across the Pont des Marchands, a bridge of houses?

Canal in Narbonne

Canal in Narbonne

Day 8: Narbonne - Béziers, approx. 45 km

First you reach Capestang. Climb the 43-metre-high church tower of the collegiate church of Saint-Étienne and marvel at the unique view of the surrounding vineyards. Back down again, continue cycling along the canal until you discover a historic structure shortly before your destination for the day, Béziers. The Fonseranes lock staircase raises and lowers ships by almost 14 meters in six consecutive chambers. Certainly a special experience on your cycling holiday along the Canal du Midi.

Beziers canal bridge

Beziers canal bridge

Day 9: Béziers - Sète, approx. 65 km

You cycle leisurely along lonely roads and paths through shady pine forests. The further you cycle, the saltier the air becomes. A sign that the sea is not far away. Do you fancy a refreshing dip in the cool water? Or do you just want to relax? Both options are possible on the long beaches in Cap d'Agde. Continue on to the port city of Sète. Take a stroll through the town and you will see why Sète is also known as the Venice of the Languedoc. You can enjoy a beautiful view of the houses, the harbor and the sea from Mont Saint-Clair.

Canal du Midi

Canal du Midi

Day 10: Individual departure

After breakfast, your cycling holiday along the Canal du Midi comes to an end. We are happy to extend your stay in Sète or Toulouse with an extra night.

Boats in Séte

Boats in Séte

Dates / Prices / Services

Season times and prices 2024

Arrival on Saturdays from 13.04.2024 to 05.10.2024Early booking discount: -15 €

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Category B

Season A
13.04. - 20.04.
22.09. - 05.10.
from1269 €
Season B
21.04. - 08.06.
15.09. - 21.09.
from1369 €
Season C
09.06. - 14.09.

from1429 €

Category A

Season A
13.04. - 20.04.
22.09. - 05.10.
from1569 €
Season B
21.04. - 08.06.
15.09. - 21.09.
from1659 €
Season C
09.06. - 14.09.

from1739 €

All prices per person in a double room

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Services

  • 9 nights incl. breakfast, national 2* / 3* level,
    Category B (FR-TS9b)
  • 9 nights incl. breakfast, national 3* / 4* level,
    Category A (FR-TS9a)
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel to Sète, no limit on the number of pieces, max. 20 kg / piece
  • Travel documents with maps (1 x per room)
  • Service hotline (7 days, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
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Not included is the city or visitor's tax (if payable).

The beds in the double rooms are usually separated.

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For our younger cyclists

Due to the challenging stages, we do not recommend this trip for children.

 

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Additional services

Additional bookable services

Category B
Category A

Additional fee single room

339 €

399 €

Return transfer Sète - Toulouse incl. bike (Mon, Sat, from 2 persons)

165 €

Return transfer Sète - Toulouse excl. bike (Mon, Sat, from 2 persons)

125 €

All prices are per person

Additional nights

Room
Breakfast
Category B
Category A
Sète
 DBL

79 €

119 €

 SGL

145 €

225 €

Toulouse
 DBL

85 €

89 €

 SGL

145 €

165 €

All prices are per person

Rental bikes

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
119 €
30-Gear Rental Bike
30-Gear Rental Bike
189 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
299 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 7-gear unisex bike, hub gears with coaster brake (men's bike from 1,80 m)
  • 21-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with freewheel (men's bike from 1,80 m)
  • 30-gear trapezoid frame, derailleur gears with freewheel
  • E-bike / pedelec with freewheel
Fittings

Pannier, handlebar bag, mileometer, air pump, repair kit

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7- or 21-gear rental bike

119 €

30-gear trapezoidal bike

189 €

E-bike / pedelec

299 €

All prices are per person

Brief info

  • Booking code
    FR-TS9
  • Start / Destination
    Toulouse / Sète
  • Duration
    10 days / 9 nights
  • Length
    approx. 410 km
    Daily routes ●●●○○
    between 40 and 65 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○
  • Trail conditions
    You cycle on sand and gravel paths right next to the canal, as well as side roads with little traffic.
  • Parking information
    Parking is available in a parking garage near the start hotel, approx. 15 € / day.
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Return to Toulouse
    Optional by minibus (min. 2 persons, max. 6 people); Only on Mondays and Saturdays, must be specified when booking.
    You can also book the transfer from Sète to Toulouse before the cycle tour. Please write your booking request in the online booking form in the open text field.
    Alternatively by train on your own; direct connections several times per day
  • Note
    In France children under the age of 12 are required to wear a helmet. For safety reasons, however, we generally recommend wearing a helmet.
    The beds in the double rooms are usually separate.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    The trip is only conditionally suitable for people with limited mobility.
    Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding your individual needs.
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Map for a cycling holiday along the Canal du Midi

days
10

Ø km per day
50