From Toulouse to Carcassonne with the family by bike, along the Canal du Midi (with pools)

Authentic and natural getaway with unusual overnight stay
Can you imagine to travel a section of the Canal du Midi with young children ? With these short stages, it allows children from 6 to 11 years old to be as independent as the others. For the youngest, other solutions may also be suitable. The accommodations where you will stop over will delight everyone, young and old...
  • A delicious breakfast
  • Family cycling along the canal du midi
Itinerary
  • Day 1:

    Visit of Toulouse by bike or on foot

    Welcome in Toulouse

    Come to your charming guest house, located near the historic centre of Toulouse. You will be welcomed by a real "toulousaine" house, with a garden and a veranda ! Your equipment will be delivered to you before 7pm, so that you can take a night tour by bike, if you wish. As Toulousans, we want to make it easier for you to visit the place and to help you enjoy the city. Also, Olivier, your host, will not fail to make suggestions for visits, so do not hesitate to ask him !

    Dinner at your own charge and night in Toulouse.

    Suggestion 1 : Toulouse
    Additional nights possible (see options in the price tab)

  • Day 2:

    Canal du Midi with the family - from Toulouse to the Lauragais land

    Bike : 30km / Accommodation : Guestshouse with charms : a garden and a pool are waiting for you!

    You can easily reach the Canal du Midi, located not far from your accommodation, and head towards the Lauragais plain... Keep your eyes peeled: a canal bridge here, a magnificent bridge there: the curious ones will find plenty to look at along the way ! Soon, your digital roadbook will invite you to join your guesthouse, which will certainly surprise you...

    Dinner at your own charge and night in Lauragais.

  • Day 3:

    Canal du Midi with the family - from Lauragais to Castelnaudary

    Bike : 30km / Accommodation : A cosy guestshouse with a garden and a pool... or a barge !

    You will find your bikes to continue through the bucolic landscapes of the Lauragais... The Port Lauragais area can be a cultural break ("Maison de la Haute Garonne" open to the public, with sale of local products). Soon, you will be at the gates of Naurouze, an ideal place for a short break, to taste the magic of the place.
    Don't hesitate to approach the Riquet obelisk, located a few hundred metres away. The gates of Naurouze were of strategic importance in Riquet's time... you can guess why !

    Dinner at your own charge and night in Castelnaudary.

  • Day 4:

    Canal du Midi with the family - from Castelnaudary to Bram

    Bike : 19km / Accommodation : Guestshouse with charms : a garden and a pool... or a Castel !

    You reach the large basin of Castelnaudary, which offers a certain quietness to the small town. You soon join the Chemin Saint Roch to continue the adventure. The stage will not be very long, leaving you free to explore the pretty snail-shaped village of Bram... Have you noticed this curious shape ?

    Dinner at your own charge and night in Bram.

    NB: end of the service after breakfast if you have opted for the Toulouse to Castelnaudary version, in 4 days/3 nights.

  • Day 5:

    Canal du Midi with the family - from Bram to Carcassonne

    Bike : 26km / Accommodation : Guestshouse with charms : a garden and a pool

    Here is the highlight of the show, after a short stage, you reach the majestic medieval city of Carcassonne. Don't hesitate to explore it by foot, its winding streets lend themselves better to discovery on foot... Equipment hire ends this evening.

    Dinner at your own charge and night in Carcassonne.

  • Day 6:

    Canal du Midi with the family - End of the trip

    End of the trip

    Relaxed breakfast before continuing your exploration of the area or leaving for other horizons.
    For your convenience, we will take care of the return of the bikes.

    Suggestion 2 : additional nights in Carcassonne to visit the Aude, by car, by foot or by bike ! The Cavayère lake, located 8 km away, can be a very pleasant day trip ! (water activities are possible on site depending on the season, so don't hesitate to ask)

Disclaimer

The stages and partner accommodations listed are those we prefer. Depending on your registration date, we may have to book another accommodation of the same category for you. If you book late, shortly before departure, we will do our best, but will be subject to remaining availability.

Dates & prices
Package Double room 2 pers. Twin room 2 pers. Triple room 3 pers. 4-person room 4 pers.
The Canal du Midi for the family, from Toulouse to Castelnaudary 4 days / 3 nights €340 €350 €320 €310
From Toulouse to Carcassonne 6 days / 5 nights €495 €495 €460 €445

NB: prices shown are per person.


Possible stay from 15/04 to 15/10/2022 at the above price.

Departure on the day of your choice (departure possible on weekends).

For a stay between 27/03 and 14/04/2022, or between 16/10 and 15/11/2022 :
Low season" luggage transfer supplement for a group of 2 people: +20€/person/stopover
Low season" luggage transfer supplement for a group of 3 people: +15€/person/stopover
Low season" luggage transfer supplement for a group of 4 people or more: +8€/person/stopover

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

Outside these periods, please contact us.

A 50€ PACKAGE for the whole stay for children still sleeping in a baby bed.


OUR PRICES INCLUDE :

  • 3/5 nights in beautiful guesthouses with swimming pools specially selected for families
  • The breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person)
  • Telephone assistance 7 days a week
  • Registration fees
  • Tourist taxes
  • A digital roadbook to download on your mobile

A file including : Maps with the itinerary and a detailed roadbook of the itinerary

OUR PRICES DOES NOT INCLUDE :

  • Bike and equipment rental (optional)
  • Transfers from your home to the meeting point and dispersal
  • Parking for your vehicle for the duration of the trip
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Personal expenses, drinks
  • Travel insurance covering cancellation, illness and repatriation
  • Our bicycle insurance. For more information, please click here

In general, everything that is not mentioned in "Our price includes"

Options, supplements and reductions:

Supplements
Additional charge for July / August (6 days trip) €50
Additional charge for July / August (4 days trip) €30
Equipment hire
Adult bike rental (delivery & repatrition included) - 4 days €115
Additional rental day for a bike (VTC) €10
Adult electric bike (VAE) (delivery & repatrition included) - 4 days €190
Additional rental day for an electric bike (VAE) €25
Rental of a 2nd waterproof rear bag (20l) for the whole trip €15
Rental of a 2-seater children's trailer Weehoo model (repatriation included) for a 4 days €115
Adult bike rental to Carcassonne (delivery & repatrition included) €135
Rental of a child's bike adapted to the size of your child (delivery & repatriation included) for 4 days €85
Additional rent day for a child's bike or equipment €5
Rental of a Follow Me towing system (delivery & repatriation included) €40
"Bike puller" towing system €10
Supplementary nights at the beginning or end of your trip
Additional night in Toulouse in a double room (breakfast included) €65
Additional night in Toulouse in a triple / family room (breakfast included) €50
Additional night in Carcassonne in a double room (breakfast included) €65
Additional night in Carcassonne in a triple / family room (breakfast included) €45

NB: prices are per person.

Comfort


FOR YOUR COMFORT :


We have selected for you and your family the best guest houses along your trip. After your stage, the swimming pool allows you to refresh yourself and reward the whole family for their efforts.
Breakfast is included.
"Table d'hôtes" or dinner are possible at certain stages (optional).

OUR SELECTION OF CHARMING GUEST HOUSES ON THE CANAL DU MIDI FOR FAMILIES :


OUR PARTNER GUEST HOUSE IN TOULOUSE :

Our partner guest house in Toulouse is ideally located in a nice quiet area of the city centre. A warm welcome by our friend Olivier and the possibility to dinne at his "table d'hôtes" are waiting for you (tasty local gastronomy). The garden is an ideal haven of peace to enjoy your dinner and breakfast.
Parking is available nearby, for your entire stay not far from the guest house. For more security, we can advise you to use a cheap secure car park, located very close to your accommodation.

Your host Olivier :

Olivier particularly likes to make you discover our South West gastronomy. His kindness combined with his tasty cuisine based on local products is a great way to start your stay on the Canal du Midi by bike!










OUR PARTNER GUEST HOUSE IN LAURAGAIS :

You will appreciate the tranquillity of the place, the swimming pool, the large garden and the free private parking on the spot.






















OUR PARTNER GUEST HOUSE IN CARCASSONNE :

Ideally placed to visit the medieval city, our partner guest house also has other charms that you might appreciate.












































OUR PARTNER GUEST HOUSE IN BRAM :

Have you ever dreamed of sleeping in a real castle ? Here you are !


Practical info


A WORD FROM GUILHEM, LOCAL CYCLING INSTRUCTOR :


We have created this trip especially for families. I'm a father, and cycling with my family on the Canal du Midi with young children requires good equipment. So we offer you the right equipment to make sure that your trip leaves everyone with the best memories. At the end of each stage, discovering our specially selected partner accommodation will be your reward !

VTC BIKES FROM THE AMERICAN BRAND TREK




Travel Bike Premium 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 de la Garonne
  • Powerful braking with two hydraulic disc brakes
  • Fully equipped: mudguards, side stand, powerful lighting and pannier holders
  • Bosch Active Line motor

TREK CHILD'S BIKE






  • The 8-speed single-plate transmission simplifies gear changes
  • Its lightness 
  • Brake levers for small hands
  • Lowered frame makes it easier for children to stop
  • Its devastating look ! :-)

NB: Follow Me towing system not usable with children's bikes of this size.

All your equipment is included :


For adult bikes only :
  • Ortlieb waterproof rear bag
  • Ortlieb waterproof handlebar bag with smartphone / roadbook holder
  • Front & rear lights
  • Anti-theft device
  • Repair kit

For adults and children bikes :
  • Helmet provided free of charge on request (please ask us when you register)

Equipment for your children :


Hire a Weehoo pedal trailer for children.


This Weehoo iGo bike trailer is designed for a child between 2 and 9 years old.
The child can sit and pedal to his or her heart's content! Thanks to the relaxed sitting position, your child can enjoy long hours of cycling. This system is attached to the seatpost of the adult bike, so it is not incompatible with the rear panniers.


NB: we can offer you two trailers of this type with two seats. The child in the front seat has access to the pedals (non-driving of course). The youngest child is usually placed in the back seat and does not have access to the pedals.
Note that the seats are adjustable on the frame, in order to adjust to the size of the passengers.

























Renting a "Follow me" towing system :

The big advantage of this system is that it allows the child to be autonomous when he wants to... and to be towed the rest of the time !
This system is compatible with children's bikes, from 12 to 20 inches. Be careful, it requires a little installation/handling beforehand, so you can only rent this equipment with the rental of the adult bike (which will be towed) and the child bike (which will be attached to it)... so we won't be able to provide you with this equipment to use it with your own bikes.





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 

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 
  • 1 hat and/or headband - Breathable T-shirts
NB: Avoid cotton, which takes a long time to dry; prefer short-sleeved t-shirts (breathable material)
  • 1 under-sweater (breathable material) or 1 long-sleeved shirt
  • 1 fleece
  • 1 Gore-tex jacket, waterproof and breathable
  • 1 pair of short and long shorts, preferably padded for comfort on the bike
  • 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
NB: This list should be adapted according to the season chosen.

Equipment :

  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pocket knife (to be put in the hold luggage)
  • 1 small pocket (preferably waterproof) for money 
  • Toiletries: preferably take biodegradable products 
  • 1 towel : there are some that dry quickly
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen + lip stick
  • Soothing cream