CANAL DU MIDI FROM TOULOUSE TO SETE
A journey on the canal du midi to the Mediterranean see
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 magnificent 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.
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.
From TOULOUSE to CASTELNAUDARY 62km 61m
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.
From CASTELNAUDARY to CARCASSONNE 45km 7m
From Castelnaudary you travel to Carcassonne. From port to port you discover architectural gems such as the Treboul’s Aqueduct. You take a break at Pennautier to discover its amazing castle as well as the local gastronomy. You finish your bike tour at Carcassonne where you walk across the amazing medieval town.
- For a few more km 54km 620m
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.
From CARCASSONNE to LE SOMAIL 60km 106m
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.
From LE SOMAIL to BEZIERS 48km 34m
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.
From BEZIERS to SETE 48km 106m
End of your stay after breakfast.
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.
Starting from 545€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices
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.
Starting from 690€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices
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.
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- Accommodation: 6 nights in a double room
- 6 breakfasts
- Luggage transfer
- Phone assistance
- Application fee
- Day 1 : Orientation by phone
- 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
Price does not include
- bike rental (see option)
- Breakfast on day 1
- Dinners not included in "Price includes"
- Drinks, visits & other personal expenses
- Repairs, spareparts and mileage allowance
“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
Supplied equipment per bike
A high-end electrically assisted bicycle with its BOSCH crank motor :
Supplied equipment per bike
Toulouse, Haute-Garonne (31)
Toulouse by car
From Paris via A62
From Bordeaux via “Autoroute des Deux Mers”
Toulouse by train
Toulouse-Matabiau train station
Toulouse by plane
- Trekking or hybrid bike
- 21 to 30 speeds
- 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels
Clothing and equipment
- Helmet (included with the rental)
- Clothing suitable for cycling
- Warm jacket (eg fleece)
- Rain proof jacket
- 1 pair of sunglasses
- 1 pair of cycling shoes
- 1 small backpack or panniers
- 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
- 1 lock (included with the rental)
- Our reccomendation for optimal comfort:
- 1 pair of gloves
- 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
- 1 night see fluorescent vest
- Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
- Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil
- Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
- Change of clothes for the evening
- Warm jacket for the evenings
- Set of toiletries
- Mobile phone and charger