LE CANAL DU MIDI BY BIKE - FROM TOULOUSE TO AGDE, SETE OR MONTPELLIER

All inclusive cycling holiday on the Canal du Midi
This cycling holiday along the Canal du Midi offers a fascinating journey across South West France, from Toulouse to the Mediterranean Sea.  The canal has been listed as a Unesco World Heritage site since 1996 and this jewel of southern French history offers an opportunity to go back in time and relive the history of the region. Your journey along the canal allows visits to historic monuments and cities as well as ample opportunity to discover the gastronomic delights  of the area..

6 days / 5 nights from 445,00 € 
Self guided tinerant cycling holiday- easy

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A few examples: specially adapted family holidays, arrival in Narbonne, easy or more challenging verions,, route variations...

  • séjour organisé pour les familles à vélo sur le canal du midi avec hébergements et transfer de bagages. Agence Nature Occitane.
  • séjoru tout compris sur le canal du midi à vélo
  • voyager à vélo sur le canal du midi avec nature occitane pour un séjour tout inclus et organisé par une agence de voyages
  • séjour sur le canal du midi à vélo de Toulouse à Agde, Sète ou jusqu'à montpellier tout inclus.
  • séjour sur le canal du midi à vélo organisé
  • séjour tout organisé avec une agence locale pour le canal du midi

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Visit Toulouse by bike or on foot

    Arrival in Toulouse

    Arrival at your charming B&B, ideally situated in Toulouse. Your hosts will welcome you into an authentic “Toulousaine” with garden, veranda and elegant salons. Your bike will be available from 19h00, should you fancy an evening ride. Living in Toulouse ourselves, we really want you to like the city as much as we do! You will find in your ‘roadbook’ suggestions of unmissable places to visit as well as a few spots off the beaten track. Night in Toulouse with dinner of your own choice.

    Suggestion 1 – Toulouse
    Tour of Toulouse by bike and supplementary nights possible (options)

  • Day 2: The canal du midi from Toulouse to Castelnaudary

    Distance cycled: 60 km

    After a good breakfast in the peaceful gardens, you set off for your first stretch of the canal: 50 km of tarmacked green lane, offering excellent cycling conditions. You can pause at seuil de Naurouze, watershed between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, and an ideal spot for a break. Night in Castelnaudary, with dinner of your own choice. We will provide you with recommendations of the best places to discover the gastronomy of the city.

    Suggestion 2 – Lauragais
    Supplementary stage possible to allow this first leg to be divided into to 2 days of 30 km (options)

  • Day 3: The Canal du Midi by bike from Castelnaudary to Carcasonne

    Distance cycled: 41 km

    After Castelnaudary, the canal du midi becomes a little wilder… You can enjoy the peace of the surrounding landscape before arriving in the middle of the day in Carcassonne, with plenty of time to visit this splendid medieval city. Dinner of your own choice and night in a B&B with swimming pool, just outside the city.

    Suggestion 3 – Day in Carcassonne
    We strongly recommend this supplementary night which will allow you to explore the medieval city. You will also be able to relax in your B&B just 200m from the city (see options).
    Option: 45€ per person based on a shared double room

  • Day 4: The Canal du Midi from Carcassonne to Homps

    Distance cycled: 41 km

    From now on you are pedalling between vineyards and villages typical of the south of France. In the small, historic port of Homps, you will be able to taste some of the best wines of the region. Homps is ideally situated between the terroirs of Minervois, to the north, and Corbieres to the south. Dinner of your own choice and night in a B&B with swimming pool in Homps or Olonzac.

    Suggestion 4 – Minerve
    Stage to Minerve with overnight in Le Somail – 36 km (options)

  • Day 5: The Canal du Midi from Homps to Capestang

    Distance cycled: 43 km

    After Homps, you will discover a series of engineering feats on the canal du midi. Man has had to show great ingenuity constructing the canal through this rugged stretch of terrain. Overnight in Caspestang, a pretty 14th century village. B&B with swimming pool, dinner of your own choice.

  • Day 6: The Canal du Midi from Capestang to Agde

    Distance cycled: 42 km

    Bit by bit, the scent of the sea gets closer on this last day … La pointe des Onglous, where the canal du midi joins the lagoon of the étang de Thau, is a magical place. Taking a moment to savour your arrival, you may well spot flamingos. This is also the moment to enjoy some oysters or mussels from nearby Bouzigues. Your trip finishes in the centre of Agde, where you drop off your bike with our partners, situated near the main train station.

    Your trip finishes on arrival in Agde if you have chosen the 6 day / 5 night version, from Toulouse to Agde. Supplementary night in Agde is an option.

  • Day 7: The Canal du Midi from Agde to Sète

    Distance cycled: 35 km

    We strongly recommend that you continue your journey until arriving on the shores of the Mediterranean at Sète. You can then make the most of a highly enjoyable cycle path between the lagoon of the étang de Thau and the Mediterranean Sea. You could 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.

    Your trip ends in Sète if you have chosen the 7 day / 6 night version, from Toulouse to Sète. Supplementary night in Sète is an option.

  • Day 8: The Canal du Rhone bu bike from Sète to Montpellier

    Distance cycled : 45 km

    After Toulouse, we propose that you discover another large and beautiful city of the South of France : Montpellier ! From Sète, you continue along the canal du Rhône, through the heart of a nature reserve, before following a cycle path into the centre of Montpellier.
    Distance cycled : 45 km

    Your trip ends on arrival in Montpellier if you have chosen the 8 day / 7 night version, from Toulouse to Montpellier. Supplementary night in Montpellier is an option.

Disclaimer

The names and photos of the accommodation are given for information purposes. According to availability, the B&Bs or hotels could be changed without warning and replaced by another establishment of the same category.

Dates & prices

Package Double/twin room 2 pers. Triple room 3 pers. Single room 1 pers.
Cycling holidays 6 days /5 nights - From Toulouse to Agde 6 days / 5 nights €440 €415 €615
Cycling holidays 7 days / 6 nights - From Toulouse to Sète 7 days / 6 nights €520 €490 €730
Cycling holidays 8 days / 7 nights - From Toulouse to Montpellier 8 days / 7 nights €640 €600 €885

NB: prices shown are per person.

Holiday possible from 28 April to 2 October 2019, at this price. Outside this period, please contact us.
Departure possible on the day of your choice, including weekends.














Prices shown are per person based on sharing a double room. The price for the 3rd person is only in the case of sharing a  triple room. Please tell us your preferences when booking.

OUR PRICE INCLUDES :

  • 5/6/7 nights in pretty B&Bs or hotels (2*) (3 nights with a swimming pool)
  • Breakfasts
  • Phone support 7/7
  • Luggage transfers (1 bag per person)
  • Free booking of the restaurants (if ask us)
  • Taxes de séjour (local accommodation tax)

A booking for 2-3 people includes:
  • Maps marked with the itinerary
  • A detailed description of the itinerary


OUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Bike hire throughout the trip, including  delivery to the start and its collection at the end (130€)
  • The registration fee (15 € per person) - FREE if you pay by check or by bank transfer
  • Travel between your home and the start and end of the holidayLunches and dinners
  • Spending on personal items such as souvenirs and drinks
  • Travel insurance covering cancellation, illness and repatriation
  • Generally all that is not mentioned in ‘Our Price Includes’

OPTIONS, SUPPLEMENTS AND  REDUCTIONS:

Bike hire : 130€ / person (6 days) 140€ (7 days) 150€ (8 days)
Hire of an electric bike (ebike) : +18€ /per day to add to the above tariff
Upgrade to charming B&Bs and 3 stars hotels : 130€ per person
Single room supplement / person alone : 35€ per night
Supplement picnics provided: 11€  per person per day
Reduction with no luggage transfer:  -40€  per person

Options, supplements and reductions:

Reductions
Réduction "sans transfert de bagages" -€40
Réduction "groupe de plus de 4 personnes" -€20
Réduction "groupe de plus de 4 personnes" (Séjour Toulouse à Agde) -€25
Réduction "groupe de plus de 4 personnes" (Séjour Toulouse à Montpellier) -€70
Supplements
July / August €30
Equipment hire
Bike hire throughout the trip, including delivery to the start and its collection at the end - 6 days €130
Extra bike hire for one day €10
Hire of an electric bike (ebike), including delivery to the start and its collection at the end - 6 days €238
Extra E-bike hire for one day €28
Sacoche arrière étanche (20l) supplémentaire pour tout le séjour €15
Meals
Supplément piques niques inclus €95
Supplément diners inclus €225
Superior category of accommodation
Upgrate to charming B&Bs and 3 stars hotels €140
Supplementary nights at the beginning or end of your trip
Nuit supplémentaire à Agde en chambre double avec petit déjeuner €50
Nuit supplémentaire à Agde en chambre simple avec petit déjeuner €90
Nuit supplémentaire à Agde en chambre double avec petit déjeuner - Hôtel ** €65
Nuit supplémentaire à Agde en chambre simple avec petit déjeuner - Hôtel ** €120
Nuit supplémentaire à Sète en chambre double avec petit déjeuner - Hôtel ** €50
Nuit supplémentaire à Sète en chambre simple avec petit déjeuner - Hôtel ** €90
Nuit supplémentaire à Sète en chambre double avec petit déjeuner - Hôtel *** €90
Our suggestions during your holiday
Nuit supplémentaire à Toulouse en chambre d'hôtes en B&B en chambre double €50
Nuit supplémentaire à Toulouse en chambre d'hôtes en B&B en chambre simple €80
Suggestion 2: Etape supplémentaire en Lauragais en chambre double €55
Suggestion 2: Etape supplémentaire en Lauragais en chambre simple €80
Suggestion 3: Nuit supplémentaire à Carcassonne en chambre double €50
Suggestion 3: Nuit supplémentaire en b&b en chambre simple €90
Transfers
Transfert retour privatif Agde - Toulouse (prix pour le groupe) €350
Transfert retour privatif Sète - Toulouse (prix pour le groupe) €370
Transfert retour privatif Montpellier - Toulouse (prix pour le groupe) €420

Comfort

OUR ACCOMODATION

You sleep in pretty Bed and Breakfasts, ideally situated for your overnight stays along the length of the canal.
On arrival each day, the swimming pools will allow you to have a refreshing dip.
Breakfast is included
.On request, we can reserve dinner for you each night at our recommended restaurants 


OUR B&B IN TOULOUSE

Our B&B in Toulouse, ideally situated in the town centre. Free parking for the duration of your holiday.

























































OUR B&B IN CARCASSONNE

Our B&B at Carcassonne, situated 200m from the medieval city. 






OUR B&B IN HOMPS

Our B&B at Homps, situated right next to the port. 




OUR B&B IN CAPESTANG

Our B&B at Capestang, in the heart of vineyards and renowned for its cooking.










OUR B1B IN CASTELNAUDARY

(Upgrade with supplement)





Practical info

A WORD FROM GUILHEM, LOCAL CYCLING GUIDE:

The Canal du Midi presents first and foremost a highly enjoyable cycle route. Between Toulouse and Agde,you have 200km of earth and gravel paths (with tree roots and frequent surface irregularities). Our hybrid bikes are perfectly suited to the demands of this terrain. As long as I am available, I will be delighted to come to your B&B in Toulouse to meet you the evening before you set off. I will give you plenty of tips and advice to help you on your way!

BIKES BY THE GERMAN BRAND BERGAMONT

2019  model perfectly adapted to the Canal du Midi
A bike fitted to your size
Front suspension
Comfortable saddle
Hydraulic brakes (no jamming of the brake pads in wet conditions)
Adjustable handlebars (for maximum back comfort)
Rear prop stand (useful with the back paniers loaded)
Front and back lights
We are committed to ensuring you set off in the best possible conditions.  Our bikes are serviced and cleaned after each outing.





















All equipment included:

Waterproof rear panier Ortlieb
Waterprrof front panier with Ortlieb smartphone / roadbook holder
Front and back lights
Bike lock
Repair kit
High visibility jacket


Electric bike on option (ebike)HAIBIKE SDURO Trekking 3.0 2019



FRAME: aluminium 6061, Interface HD, blocage-rapide 5 x 135mm, frein à disque Post-Mount DRIVE UNIT: Bosch Performance CX, 250W, 75Nm, 25km/h
Sports frame making for easy getting on and off
Large wheels 28" giving  good control and ease on the Canal du Midi
Powerful and responsive hydraulic brakes

Fully equipped:
mud guards
prop stand
powerful lights
support for paniers
Bosch motor

Parking of your vehicle during your holiday

In thinking of the environment, we encourage you to come by public or shared transport. We will take care of the delivery and collection of your bike.

IN TOULOUSE

Solution 1 : Free parking in Toulouse:
Free parking in the quiet streets around your B&B. Your hosts will help you find a place quickly if necessary.
Solution 2 : Paid for secure parking in Toulouse.
For peace of mind, we can give you the details of an inexpensive, secure car park, not far from your B&B.

IN AGDE OR SÈTE

Solution 1 : Free parking in Agde ou Sète
Free parking in the quiet streets around your B&Bs.
Solution 2 : Paid for secure parking in Agde or Sète
Links to our recommended car parks in Agde, Sète and Montpellier :
→ Secure parking in Agde:  Click here to calculate the parking charge for your trip 
→ Secure parking in Sète : Click here to calculate the parking charge for your trip 
→ Secure parking in Montpellier : Click here to calculate the parking charge for your trip 

Arrival and welcome

Day 1 in  your B&B


The end of your trip
Your holiday will finish upon arrival in Agde, Sète or Montpellier depending on the trip that you have booked. .

How to Get Here

In order to limit your carbon emissions, we encourage you to come by public transport or car sharing. We will take care of collecting our bikes at the end of the trip. 

 → If you come by train:

SNCF Train stations in Bordeaux, Agde, Sète or Montpellier

.→ If you come by plane:

Either Bordeaux or Montpellier airport.

Reviews

The following French tour operators have chosen to work with us; we create trips to match their clients expectations and then welcome their clients to our region.






We have a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence and a 5* rating following the 2019 season.






Some feedback from previous guests


Helpful
Trip organised from Toulouse to Agde. Everything worked well -bikes delivered on time-no issues with accommodation -trip notes were fine. Happy to recommend them and will use them again.
Andy, London  June 2018

Perfect Organisation
Perfect organisation, good road-maps for every day, the transportation for the luggage all the time at the right place.The accommodation fine and lovely, with friendly people. The way mostly easly for riding, making picnics and all the time a perfect view into the landscape.
Sabine, October 2017

On your bike!
We cycled the Canal du Midi with Nature Occitane. Guilhem was friendly and helpful, the route directions good, and the choice of accommodation was superb - we went for the slightly more luxurious option : 3 star B&Bs, several with pool and they were all lovely, with hosts who went out of their way to be friendly, welcoming and helpful.
Silverfox, July 2017

Cycling holiday along the canal du midi
Nature Occitane organised a wonderful tailor-made cycling holiday for us. This was first for us (couple in late fifties) and all went so well that we will certainly do it again.The bikes were perfect, the B&B's welcomed us with excellent accomodation, food and great conversation. The luggage transfers were well organised and timely. Cycling through beautiful countryside and historic towns was wonderful. Well done!
Maryam, June 2017