Canal du Midi by bike - From Toulouse to Agde, Sète 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 470,00 € 
Self guided itinerant cycling holiday- easy

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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! Night in Toulouse.

    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. You host 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. Night in Carcassonne.

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

  • 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. 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.

  • 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.

    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 room 2 pers. 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 €570 €590 €540 €850
Cycling holidays 7 days / 6 nights - From Toulouse to Sète 7 days / 6 nights €670 €690 €620 €990
Cycling holidays 8 days / 7 nights - From Toulouse to Montpellier 8 days / 7 nights €780 €800 €740 €1,190

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

NB: These supplements are justified by the fact that we organize private transfers for your group in low season.



OUR PRICE INCLUDES :

  • 5/6/7 nights in pretty B&Bs or hotels**
  • 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 (130€)
  • The registration fee (15 € per person) - FREE if you pay by credit card 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
  • 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 -€70
Discount: groups of more than 4 people (From Toulouse to Agde) -€20
Discount: groups of more than 4 people (From Toulouse to Sète) -€25
Discount: groups of more than 4 people (From Toulouse to Montpellier) -€30
Supplements
July / August €40
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 €235
Extra E-bike hire for one day €25
Extra waterproof rear bag (20L) for the whole trip €15
Superior category of accommodation
"Comfort" option for 5 nights - charming B&B and hotels*** €145
"Comfort" option per additional night - Superior guest houses and hotels*** €30
"Privilege" option for 5 nights - Luxury guesthouses and hotels **** €400
Supplementary nights at the beginning or end of your trip
Extra night in Agde in double room (breakfast included) - B&B or hotel** €50
Extra night in Agde in single room (breakfast included) - B&B or hotel** €100
Extra night in Agde in double room (breakfast included) - Hotel *** €80
Extra night in Agde in single room (breakfast included) - Hotel *** €190
Extra night in Sète in double room (breakfast included) - Hotel ** €50
Extra night in Sète in single room (breakfast included) - Hotel ** €100
Extra night in Sète in double room (breakfast included) - Hotel *** €180
Extra night in Sète in single room (breakfast included) - Hotel *** €90
Extra night in Montpellier in single room (breakfast included) - guesthouse or hotel** €90
Extra night in Montpellier in double room (breakfast included) - guesthouse or hotel** €55
Our suggestions during your holiday
Suggestion 1 - Extra night in Toulouse in B&B in double room (breakfast included) €65
Suggestion 1 - Extra night in Toulouse in B&B in single room (breakfast included) €110
Suggestion 2 - Additional stopover in Lauragais in double room (breakfast and luggage transfer included) €75
Suggestion 2 - Additional stopover in Lauragais in single room (breakfast and luggage transfer included) €115
Suggestion 3 - Extra night in Carcassonne in double room (breakfast included) €60
Suggestion 3 - Extra night in B&B 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 - Additional stopover in Le Somail in double room (breakfast and luggage transfer included) €65
Suggestion 5 - Additional stopover in Le Somail single room (breakfast and luggage transfer included) €110
Transfers
Private return transfer Sète - Toulouse (group price) €600

NB: prices are per person.

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!

VTC FROM THE AMERICAN BRAND TREK


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  • 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 BRAND TREK



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  • High-stantard model chosen especially for the profile of our travelers.
  • A bike to fi your height (available in XS, S, M, L and XL.
  • Frame geometry and standover : easy to mount and dismount.
  • Large 28 inch wheels that ensure precise steering and good performance.
  • Powerfull hydraulic disc brakesBosch motor 

All equipment included


  • Waterproof rear panier Ortileb 20l
  • Waterproof front panier with Ortlieb smartphone / roadbook holder
  • Front and back lights
  • Bike lock
  • Repair kit
  • Helmet provided free of charge on demand (please ask for one 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 TOULOUSE

Solution : 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.
Click here to see an approximate price or to book.

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 

MEETING POINT

Day 1 in  your B&B


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 in 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 must be adapted according to the chosen season.
Reviews
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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