Canal des 2 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.

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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" or the city center. Your host will know just how to advise you on the sites to visit, activities and the restaurants 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 BELLEFOND / FRONTENAC

    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 Bellefond or Frontenac.

  • Day 3:

    LE CANAL DE LA GARONNE BY BIKE FROM BELLEFOND TO CAUMONT SUR GARONNE/ LE MAS D'AGENAIS

    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 or Le Mas d'Agenais

  • Day 4:

    Le canal de la Garonne by bike from Caumont sur Garonne to Sérignac sur Garonne

    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 Sérignac sur Garonne.

  • Day 5:

    THE CANAL DE LA GARONNE BY BIKE FROM Sérignac sur Garonne 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.

  • 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. Night in 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!

  • 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. 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. Night in Carcassonne.

    Suggestion 3 – Day in Carcassonne
    We strongly recommend this supplementary night which will allow you to explore the medieval city.

  • 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.

  • 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
Package Double room 2 pers. Twin room 2 pers. Triple room 3 pers. Single room 1 pers.
From Bordeaux to Agde 11 days / 10 nights €1,090 €1,130 €1,040 €1,690
From Bordeaux to Sète 12 days / 11 nights €1,190 €1,230 €1,090 €1,790
From Bordeaux to Montpellier 13 days / 12 nights €1,290 €1,330 €1,190 €1,890

NB: prices shown are per person.

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

For a  trip between 27/03 and 14/04/2023, or between 16/10 and 15/11/2023 :
'Low season' luggage transfer supplement for a group of 1 people: +50€/person/step
'Low season' luggage transfer supplement for a group of 2 people: +20€/person/step
'Low season' luggage transfer supplement for a group of 3 people: +€15/person/stage
'Low season' luggage transfer supplement for a group of 4 people or more: +8€/person/step

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 digital roadbook to download on your mobile


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
  • Our bicycle insurance. For more information, please click here
  • Generally all that is not mentioned in ‘Our Price Includes’

Options, supplements and reductions:

Reductions
Discount: No luggage transfer -€95
Discount: groups of more than 4 people -€50
Supplements
July / August €80
Equipment hire
Bike hire throughout the trip (delivery & return included) - 11 days €260
Extra bike hire for one day €10
Hire of an electric bike (ebike) for the whole trip (delivery & return included) - 11 days €478
Extra E-bike hire for one day €25
Extra waterproof rear bag (20L) for the whole trip €30
Superior category of accommodation
"Comfort" option for 10 nights - Superior guest houses and hotels*** €295
Supplementary nights at the beginning or end of your trip
Extra night in Bordeaux in double room (breakfast included) - B&B or hotel** €65
Extra night in Bordeaux in single room (breakfast included) - B&B or hotel** €110
Extra night in Agde in single room (breakfast included) - B&B €100
Extra night in Agde in double room (breakfast included) - B&B or hotel ** €50
Extra night in Agde in double room (breakfast included) - Premium B&B or hotel*** €80
Extra night in Agde in single room (breakfast included) - Premium B&B or hotel*** €190
Extra night in Sète in single room (breakfast included) - Hotel ** €100
Extra night in Sète in double room (breakfast included) - Hotel ** €50
Extra night in Sète in double room (breakfast included) - Hotel *** €90
Extra night in Montpellier in double room (breakfast included) - B&B or hotel** €55
Extra night in Montpellier in single room (breakfast included) - B&B or hotel** €90
Extra night in Sète in single room (breakfast included) - Hotel *** €180
Our suggestions during your holiday
Suggestion 1 - Extra night in Toulouse in double room (breakfast included) €65
Suggestion 1 - Extra night in Toulouse in single room (breakfast included) €110
Suggestion 2 - Extra stopover in Lauragais in double room (breakfast included) €75
Suggestion 2 - Extra stopover in Lauragais in single room (breakfast included) €115
Suggestion 3 - Extra night in Carcassonne in double room (breakfast included) €60
Suggestion 3 - Extra night in Carcassonne in single room (breakfast included) €115
Suggestion 4 - Extra night in Homps in double room (breakfast included) €50
Suggestion 4 - Extra night in Homps in single room (breakfast included) €95
Suggestion 5 - Extra stopover in Le Somail (double room and luggage transfer included) €65
Suggestion 5 - Extra stopover in Le Somail (single room and luggage transfer included) €110

NB: prices are 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 Canal Latéral de la Garonne by bike from Bordeaux to Toulouse is entirely paved with a nice bike path just like the Canal du Midi at the beginning. For the remaining 200km to Agde, you will find only dirt roads (with roots and frequent unevenness).

Our VTC have been selected for your comfort. Front suspension, adjustable stem, comfortable saddle and grips, hydraulic disc brakes, Orlieb panniers, lighting...

The quality of your bike is essential for the success of your stay, we want you to leave in the best conditions.

VTC BIKES FROM THE AMERICAN BRAND TREK






  • High-stantard model chosen especially for the profile of our travelers
  • A bike to fi your height (available in M, L and XL. For smaller height, other Trek and KTM models are available)
  • Frame geometry and standover : easy to mount and dismount.
  • Front suspension 
  • Confort saddle
  • Travel comfort handles 
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • Adjustable stem (for the comfort of your back)
  • Rear stand 
  • Front and rear lighting by dynamo

NB : Our bikes are serviced and cleaned after each outing.


ELECTRIC BIKE (VAE) FROM THE AMERICAN BRAND TREK





  • High-end Trek model chosen especially for our travelers' profile
  • A bike that fits you (available in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL)
  • Sporty and dynamic frame geometry, making it easy to ride
  • Large 28″ inch wheels that ensure precise steering and good performance of your electric bike on the Canal des 2 Mers
  • Powerful braking with two hydraulic disc brakes
  • Fully equipped: mudguards, side stand, powerful lighting and pannier holders
  • Bosch Active Line motor

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
  • Helmet provided free of charge on request (please ask us when you register)

  • Nature Occitane provides an insurance for robbery and assitance for 1€50 per day and bike and/or equipment


  • At your charge if your bike or trailer are robbed :


Caution / Excess without the insurance :
Premium trip bike : 924€
Premium trip electric bike : 2275€
Child bike : 400€
Luggage trailer BOB Ibex : 570€
Repair rate in case of damage / breakage

Caution / Excess with the insurance : 
Premium trip bike : 92€
Premium trip electric bike : 228€
Child bike : 40€
Luggage trailer BOB Ibex : 57€
10% of the repair rate in case of damage /breakage

NB : The statement of robbery at the police station must be sent to Nature Occitane in both  cases in the time limit of 48h after the offence.

At your charge in case of theft or loss of equipment : 
Back pannier : 50€
Anti-theft device : 75€
Multi-tool or pump : 15€
Helmet : 50€

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 AGDE, SÈTE OR MONTPELLIER

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 

IN BORDEAUX

For more security, we can advise you to use a cheap secure parking, located very close to our partner guesthouse in Bordeaux.
Click here to calculate the rate for your stay or reserve your place.

MEETING POINT

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 THERE

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.


RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

Take a travel bag or suitcase for a change of clothes for the week. You will find it in your accommodation each evening.

Clothing :

  • 1 sun hat or cap (helmet provided on request when you register)
  • 1 scarf 
  • Breathable T-shirts
NB: Avoid cotton, which takes a long time to dry; prefer short-sleeved t-shirts (breathable material)
  • 1 fleece
  • 1 Gore-tex jacket, waterproof and breathable
  • 2 pair of shorts (short or long), preferably padded for comfort on the bike
NB: The shorts must be worn next to the skin.
  • 1 pair of comfortable trousers for the evening
  • Underwear
  • Socks    
NB: Avoid "tennis" type socks (cotton), which take a long time to dry. 
  • 1 swimming costume for the pool and your arrival at the sea

Shoes :

  • 1 pair of multi-activity shoes for cycling and walking
  • Tennis shoes or sandals for the evening

Equipment :

  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pocket knife (to be put in the hold luggage if you take the plane)
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen
  • Soothing cream anti-friction

This list should be adapted according to the season chosen.
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