The Canal des deux mers by bike - From Bordeaux to Agde, Sète or Montpellier

All inclusive cycling holiday on the Canal des 2 mers
This self guided cycling holiday on the Canal des deux mers (or the canal of the two seas) offers a great way to cross the south west of France, following the course of the canal in the shade of  plane trees.  This remarkable cycle route joins the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.  Along the  way, you will be able to make the most of the famous wines of Bordeaux, Corbieres and Minervois while savouring the gastronomy of the region.  Each evening you will be welcomed into our selected B&Bs, offering swimming pools and charm.

11 days / 10 nights from 860,00 € 
Self guided, itinerant cycling holiday - easy
Please contact us if you would like a tailor made holiday.

A few examples: an adapted family holiday; arrival in Narbonne; challenging or easy versions; travl in the opposite direction...
  • séjour à vélo sur le canal des deux mers
  • maison d'hôtes pour un voyage vélo réussi avec piscine et bons repas
  • voyager à vélo dans le sud de la France de bordeaux à Toulouse puis la mer Méditerranée

Itinerary

  • Day 1: VISIT BORDEAUX

    Arrival in Bordeaux

    Arrival at your charming B&B which is ideally located near to the train station, "St Jean de Bordeaux". Florence will know just how to advise you on the sites to visit, activities and the restauarants which are not to be missed! Your bikes will be available from 19h00 for an evening bike tour if you feel like it.
    Night in Bordeaux with dinner of your own choice.

  • Day 2: LE CANAL DE LA GARONNE BY BIKE FROM BORDEAUX TO MONTiGNAC

    Distance: 45km

    You begin by cycling alongside the Garonne river from where you can admire the attractive facades of the buildings here in the capital of the Gironde 'departement'. The landscape then becomes more varied, changing between wooded valleys, fortified hamlets and small chateaux and - of course - Bordeaux vineyards!
    Night in Montignac with dinner of your own choice.

  • Day 3: LE CANAL DE LA GARONNE BY BIKE FROM MONTIGNACNAC TO CAUMONT SUR GARONNE

    Distance : 52km

    Today's route begins on quiet lanes across bucolic landscapes of vines and forests. You then rejoin the Canal de Garonne with its locks and lively marinas intersperced with tranquil stretches lined with plane trees.
    Night in Caumont sur Garonne with dinner of your own choice.

  • Day 4: Le canal de la Garonne by bike from Caumont sur Garonne to Montesquieu

    Distance : 44km

    This morning you go through 'Mas d'Agenais, a peaceful, pretty village and ancient Roman settlement, with its 17th century corn halls and attractive five-sided communal laundry. The Canal de la Garonne then offers stunning river views, the vineyards gradually givingway to fields of cereal crops and orchards.
    Night in Montesquieu with dinner of your own choice.

  • Day 5: THE CANAL DE LA GARONNE BY BIKE FROM MONTESQUIEU TO MOISSAC

    Distance: 55km

    This stage allows you to discover two beautiful towns of south west France: Agen and Moissac. After orchards of fruit trees so characteristic of the Lot and Garonne, you arrive in Moissac. We invite you to take the time to visit this important town on the path to Santiago de Compostella, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    Night in Moissac with dinner of your own choice.

  • Day 6: THE CANAL DE LA GARONNE BY BIKE FROM MOISSAC TO TOULOUSE

    Distance: 64km

    Your route goes through yhe charming town of Montech, with its half timbered, red brick houses. As for the cycle path this is along a peaceful "voie verte" or green way, with a good surface and shaded by plane trees.
    Your holiday ends upon arrival in Toulouse if you choose the 5 night/6 day trip from Bordeaux to Toulouse.

    Suggestion 1 :
    If you wish to make the most of being in Toulouse, with time to explore, then we can recommend a B&B which we particularly like. Your host, Olivier, will welcome you into an authentic “Toulousaine” with garden, veranda and elegant salons. Living in Toulouse ourselves, we really want you to like the city as much as we do! Olivier will advise you on the unmissable places to visit as well as some lesser known spots!
    Night in Toulouse with dinner of your own choice.

    Tariff for this option: 50€ per person based on a shared double room. 80€ in a single room. Breakfast included.

    NB: If you wish to shorten this day's stage (or avoid the outskirts of Toulouse) then you could consider taking a train from Montauban or Castelnau-d'Estréfonds. We recommend visiting Montauban, a town of art and history.

    Please contact us for further details.

  • Day 7: The canal du midi from Toulouse to Castelnaudary

    Distance: 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 8: The Canal du Midi by bike from Castelnaudary to Carcasonne

    Distance : 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 9: The Canal du Midi by bike from Carcassonne to Homps

    Vélo : 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 (contact us)

  • Day 10: The Canal du Midi from Homps to Capestang

    Distance: 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 11: The Canal du Midi by bike from Capestang to Agde

    Distance: 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 11 day / 10 night version, from Bordeaux to Agde by bike. Supplementary night in Agde is an option.

  • Day 12: The Canal du Midi by bike from Agde to Sète

    Distance : 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 12 day / 11 night version, from Bordeaux to Sète by bike. Supplementary night in Sète is an option.

  • Day 13: The Canal du Rhone bu bike from Sète to Montpellier

    Distance: 45 km

    After Bordeaux and 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 13 day / 12 night version, from Bordeaux 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

Holidays are possible at the below prices between the dates of 4/06 and 23/09/2019. Outside this period, please contact us.









OUR PRICE INCLUDES :

  • 10/11/12 nights in pretty B&Bs with swimming pools
  • Breakfasts
  • Phone support 7/7
  • Luggage transfers (1 bag per person)
  • 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 (see below)
  • 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 holiday
  • Lunches 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 for the duration of your trip, delivery and collection included (see below)
  • Hire of an electric bike (ebike) : +18€ /per day to add to the standard bike hire tariff
  • Upgrade to charming B&Bs and 3 star hotels : 300€ per person
  • Single room supplement / person alone : 35€ per night
  • Reduction with no luggage transfer:  -90€  per person

















Comfort


Our selection of charming B&Bs on the Canal des 2 mers :

We have selected the best B&Bs and hotels along the canal. At the end of each day, the swimming pools will allow you to freshen up and relax. Breakfast included.

Our B&B in Moissac:






Our B&B in Caumont sur Garonne:





Our B&B in Sauveterre de Guyenne (upgrade with supplement)













Our B&B in Toulouse :

Ideally situated in the town centre.








Our B&B in Carcassonne 

Danielle will welcome you with her much appreciated generosity and kindness in her B&B situated just 200m from the medieval city.  Before heading out to explore, you can enjoy her garden with a view over the city as well as the swimming pool.



Our B&B in Homps

We have been working with Brigitte since she opened in 2017 and all of our guests have been very happy! Her pretty 'bourgeoise' house and swimming pool will delight you on arrival!








Our B&B in Capestang

In the heart of vineyards, and renowned for its food.





A few of our 'upgrade' B&Bs

Our B&B in Castelnaudary (upgrade with supplement) 





Delicious cassoulet (the local speciality), cooked on an open fire .




Our B&B in Homps (upgrade with supplement)



Practical info

A WORD FROM GUILHEM, LOCAL CYCLING GUIDE:

The pretty  towpath of the Canal de la Garonne has been totally resurfaced for cyclistes. The Canal du Midi  begins with a good cycling path. However, for the remaining 200km up to Agde, you will be cycling on an earth track (with tree roots and other terrain related surprises).

Our hybrid bikes have been selected for your comfort.  Front suspension, adjustable handlebars, comfortable seats and hand grips; hydraulic brakes (no jamming of the brake pads in wet conditions), ORLIEB paniers, front and back lights ...

The quality of your bike is key to the success of your trip  and we are committed to ensuring you set off in the best possible conditions. 


HYBRID BIKES  FROM THE GERMAN BRAND  BERGAMONT

  • A new (2019) bike fitted to your size
  • Sports frame making for easy getting on and off
  • Front suspension
  • Comfortable saddle and adjustable handle bars
  • Waterproof rear panier (Ortlieb)
  • Waterprrof front panier (Ortlieb) with smartphone / roadbook holder
  • Back prop stand (useful when the back paniers are filled)
  • Front and back lights (dynamo)
  • Bike lock
  • Repair kit
  • High visibility jacket

Our bikes are serviced and cleaned after each outing.

Our bikes for the Canal de la Garonne, Bergamont Horizon 4  Amsterdam 2019 :





All of your equipment is included:

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


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






  • Sports frame making for easy getting on and off
  • Large wheels 28" giving  good control and ease on the Canal des deux mers
  • 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.

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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 of 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 2018 season.