CANAL DU MIDI FROM TOULOUSE TO SETE

A journey on the canal du midi to the Mediterranean see

Highlights

Listed as UNESCO World Heritage
A journey across nature, culture and history
The Carcassonne Medieval Town
The Greek city of Agde
The discovery of the local gastronomy
The cultural heritage of the Pink City

Cycling from the pink city to the sea

A crossing along the "royal canal of Languedoc"

Your journey start in Toulouse where you discover the cultural richness of the Pink City. You then start cycling the canal du midi across cultural, natural and historical landscapes. Paul Pierre Riquet make you live to the rythm of the surrounding countryside among ports and locks.

At Castelnaudary, capital of the well-knwon French “Cassoulet” you enjoy the local gastronomy.

Biking on the canal du midi path to Carcassonne, you ride in the heart of the medieval city of Carcassone. It is then time to relax and enjoy some oenology discovery in one of the wine-making-village of the region.

You finish your bike journey along the canal du midi in Sète, where you appreciate the Mediterranean beach and the cultural heritage of the city.

Canal du Midi à vélo
Niveau LeisureLeisure
Day 1

TOULOUSE

You arrive in Toulouse where you discover the richness of the Pink City. You can walk across the “Place du Capitol”, the “Jacobins’ museum” or even the Cité de l’Espagne. Toulouse will offer you a total immersion into authenticity and modernity and you will be captured by this harmonious cohabitation between old and new.

Meeting with our local guide

Before your first ride, we invite you to meet one of our guides, at your place of departure. A time of exchange, a privileged moment to give you our last practical tips, must-see places and experiences, to answer all your questions, take care of your bike fitting to begin your trip.

Day 2

From TOULOUSE to CASTELNAUDARY 62km 177m Niveau Forme

You leave the pink city and enjoy a journey in the heart of the nature. You bike through the Lauragais countryside full of authentic small villages. You  continue to the Seuil de Naurouze, where watersheld are separated. You can make a stop at the Maison de la Haute Garonne located in the Lauragais’ port. There is an exposition about the Canal du Midi construct by Riquet. You then take the road again to Castelnaudary where you will have the opportunity to savour the culinary speciality: a Cassoulet.

Day 3

From CASTELNAUDARY to CARCASSONNE 45km 71m Niveau Loisir

Leaving Castelnaudary, you continue through the countryside to the charming abbey of Saint-Papoul, before rejoining the canal at Bram. Follow the canal towpath to Carcassonne. You pass through the new town and arrive on the banks of the Aude, where the impressive walls of the medieval city stand out. Take time to visit this fortress, admirably restored by Viollet-le-Duc. Evening in Carcassonne.

  • For a few more km 54km 575m Niveau Forme

    For this long and sporty version, you leave the Canal des 2 Mers. The relief is a bit steeper but you are rewarded by the discovery of the Abbey of Villelongue then of Montolieu, a charming village of Books and the Arts.

Day 4

From CARCASSONNE to LE SOMAIL 60km 124m Niveau Loisir

Between Carcassone and Le Somail you discover many small wine-villages.

Near Homps, you offer yourself a moment of relaxation at the lake of Jouarres, where you can enjoy several nautical activities. You will enjoy the dynamism of the city of Homps and especially its port, which was one of the most important in the Canal du Midi. You take the road again surrounded with authentical villages. The castles in the region give you the opportunity to make a stop and to discover architectural jewel.  Your journey finish in Le Somail where you stay overnight.

  • For a few more km 65km 307m Niveau Forme

    You leave Carcassonne, and the Canal du Midi for the vineyards and hills of the Corbières.

Day 5

From SOMAIL to BEZIERS 45km 143m Niveau Loisir

On the road to Béziers, you pass through the city of Capestang, where you have the chance to admire the wonderful Collegiate Church of the city.

You then pass under the Malpas tunnel and end with the 9 locks of Fonseranes at the entrance of Béziers.

  • For a few more km 39km 147m Niveau Facile

    In case of bad weather, trails could be very wet and mud, so you advise to avoid the Canal du Midi cycle route and take the roads through Salles d’Aude and Capestang

Day 6

From BEZIERS to SETE 54km 91m Niveau Loisir

Today’s route will take you as far as Adge.
After Adge, you follow the river Hérault. Then take a break at the Onglous lighthouse, which is a bit like the “end of the world” for you, as this is where the Canal du Midi ends in the salt water of the Etang de Thau. But the adventure isn’t quite over yet, as the very pleasant Lido greenway will take you all the way to Sète along the Mediterranean beaches. The perfect opportunity to take a well-deserved dip!

By taking this option you follow the canal between Béziers and Agde. You will appreciate the birdlife of the Estagnol marshes, the tranquility of the port of Cassafières, or the remarkable works of the Libron locks and the Saint-Joseph bridge.

Day 7

SETE

End of your stay after breakfast.

Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.

Accommodation example
Façade de l'Hôtel Royal Wilson TOULOUSE façade chambre d'hôtes porto II - Sete

Starting from 805€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.

Accommodation example
Hôtel de Brienne Comptoir de l'accueil de l'hôtel hotel le XIX béziers

Starting from 900€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.


Quote on request | Contact us

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 6 nights in a Double room
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Phone assistance 24/7
  • Access to our exclusive travel application to follow your route, inform you about places of interest, restaurants, facilitate your assistance in case of emergency, find all your travel documents and our practical advice.
  • Application fee
  • Taxes
  • The itinerary trackable on the following supports:
    • Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
    • Cycling practical guide including restaurant recommendations for lunch & dinner
  • Additional services included:
    • Day 1 : A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
  • Price does not include

    • bike rental (see option)
    • Breakfast on day 1
    • Lunches
    • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
    • Drinks, visits & other personal expenses

    “Homemade” tours created and tested for you: :
    • Routes chosen  by the Abicyclette Voyages team for their touristic and cycling interest, fully tested, safe from traffic
    • Accommodations have been visited beforehand and are proposed for the quality of their reception, atmosphere, services and gastronomy
    • Great flexibility for the organization of your tour which adapts to your needs and your desires: you leave on the date you wish! We check the availability of accommodations and to ensure your departure.

    An assistance close at hand :
    • 7/7 assistance from the Abicyclette Voyages team
    • Orientation by phone at the departure of your tour
    • The possibility of subscribing to a cancellation & multi-risk insurance covering you in case of  problems or mishaps

    Modern and efficient route tracking:

    • We provide a GPS to follow the route without ever having to look for directions (bike mount provided)
    • A logbook to find all useful addresses and tourist information

     

     


    High-end bike rental for true comfort and riding pleasure, with the reliability needed for a long bike trip

    We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


    Premium Trekking Bike

    • Frame: aluminum,
    • Speeds: 24 Shimano,
    • Fork: front suspension,
    • Saddle: with suspension,
    • Tires: puncture-proof,
    • Position: tilting handlebars, ergonomic handles,
    • Equipment: mudguard, luggage rack, dynamo lighting, crutch.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 Ortlieb rear bag (20 Liters)
    • 1 Ortlieb front bag (5 Liters)
    • 1 bottle holder
    • 1 Code lock
    • 1 repair kit : 1 pump, 2 air chambers, 1 tire sealant, 3 tire levers, 1 multi tools.
    • 1 helmet (only on request.)

    Electric Bike

    A high-end electrically assisted bicycle with its BOSCH crank motor :

    • Schwalbe Energizer tires,
    • Saddle very comfortable,
    • Bosch Active Line Plus motor,
    • Bosch 400 Wh integrated battery.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 Ortlieb rear bag (20 Liters)
    • 1 Ortlieb front bag (5 Liters)
    • 1 bottle holder
    • 1 Code lock
    • 1 repair kit : 1 pump, 2 air chambers, 1 tire sealant, 3 tire levers, 1 multi tools.
    • 1 helmet (only on request.)

    Children Bike

     

    • 20 “bike from 1.20m to 1.30m with 6 speeds,
    • 24 “bike: from 1.30m to 1.45m with 18 speeds.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 Ortlieb rear bag (20 Liters)
    • 1 Ortlieb front bag (5 Liters)
    • 1 bottle holder
    • 1 Code lock
    • 1 repair kit : 1 pump, 2 air chambers, 1 tire sealant, 3 tire levers, 1 multi tools.
    • 1 helmet (only on request.)

    Premium Trekking Bike

    “A hybrid of road bike, mountain bike and touring bike. Ideal for endurance”:

    28″ frame: ultra-light
    Speeds: 16 speeds for maximum comfort.
    Fork: Rigid.
    Saddle: Seatpost.
    Tyres: All-terrain Schwalbe.
    Position: Sport grips.
    Equipment: mudguards, mechanical disc brake, luggage rack, LED lights, kickstand.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 Ortlieb rear bag (20 Liters)
    • 1 Ortlieb front bag (5 Liters)
    • 1 bottle holder
    • 1 Code lock
    • 1 repair kit : 1 pump, 2 air chambers, 1 tire sealant, 3 tire levers, 1 multi tools.
    • 1 helmet (only on request.)

    Getting here

    Departure city : TOULOUSE

    Coming by car

    • at 6h from PARIS
    • at 2h30 from BORDEAUX
    • at 5h15 from LYON

    Parking*

    • Parking privé – Hôtel Royal Wilson
    • Parking Carnot – TOULOUSE
    • Parking Saint-Georges – TOULOUSE
    • Parking Capitole – TOULOUSE

    Coming by train

    • Toulouse train station - 6h from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Toulouse airport

    Arrival city : SETE

    Coming by car

    • at 7h from PARIS
    • at 4h30 from BORDEAUX
    • at 3h15 from LYON

    Coming by train

    • Sete train station - 3h45 from Paris
    • Montpellier train station - 3h30 from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Montpellier airport

    *Parking: Since many of our clients travel by train or plane, we do not include parking in our packages. In addition, many accommodations don’t have the capacity to park a vehicle for the duration of your cycling vacation. So if you’re planning to arrive by car, we suggest you check parking options when you make your reservation. If you reserve a parking space at the first or last accommodation of your stay, you must pay the accommodation provider on site.

    * Abicyclette Voyages accompanies you on demand, including transportation solutions.

    How to get back to the starting point

    • By train from Sete to Toulouse in 2h
    • Return by car in 2h15 to your starting point
    • Private shuttle: see detailed fares or contact us

    Recommended equipment

    Bike

    • All-Terrain Bike (ATB) or Touring Bike or Gravel Bike
    • 18 to 30-speed transmission
    • 26- to 29-inch wheels
    • Tires: 35 to 42 section, reinforced against punctures
    • Disc brakes recommended
    • 2 bottle cages
    • Bell
    • Front and rear lighting

    Clothing and equipment

    • Helmet (supplied with bike rental unless otherwise specified locally)
    • 1 bike mount for smartphone to use the mobile route planner application
    • Suitable cycling clothing:
      • bib, shorts or tights: elastic and breathable, to facilitate movement and wick away perspiration
      • Breathable T-shirts, synthetic or merino wool
      • Breathable windbreaker
    • Thermal or fleece jacket
    • Waterproof jacket
    • 1 pair of sunglasses
    • 1 pair of cycling shoes
    • 1 backpack or 1 or 2 carrier bags
    • 1 or 2 water bottles (supplied with bike rental in France)
    • 1 lock (supplied with bike rental)
    • Technical details, recommended by the team for optimum comfort:
      • 1 pair of gloves or mittens, depending on season and destination
      • Padded bib (chamois)
      • High-visibility vest or fluorescent belt
      • Neck warmer and cap

    Bike maintenance

    • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 inner tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
    • Maintenance kit: rag, oil, brake pads

    Other

    • A suitcase for your belongings carried in the vehicle (limited to one per person)
    • Street clothes
    • 1 pair of evening shoes
    • Fleece jacket for the evening
    • Toiletry bag
    • Telephone and charger

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