Wonderful bike trail at the Canal du Midi
10 days at France’s historic canal from Montpellier to Toulouse.
The Canal du Midi is undoubtedly the most beautiful canal in Europe. It was built by Pierre Paul Riquet between 1667 and 1681 in order to link the Mediterranian to Atlantic ocean. This idea had already been dreamt of by the Romans but was only carried out sixteen centuries later and even at that time was a considerable technological achievement. Look forward to this bicycle tour because this promenade along the water edge away from traffic will allow you to meet local people and other tourists and will allow you to appreciate the wonderful local cuisine as well.
1. day Monpellier Arrival
Look forward to Montpellier, to many historic buildings, a beautiful botanical garden and the so famous french way of life that is felt everywhere.
2. day Montpellier-Sète 45 km
Around 9:30 clock will be a personal greeting, you will get more detailed documents and also your rental bike.
Now you can start. From the elegant city of Montpellier you will cycle along the small river Lez on a bike path through a bird sanctuary to Palavas to the Mediterranean Sea. Then you cycle along the Rhone-Sète canal and through the middle of a lake area to Frontignan-Plage and Sète. Here you will stay in one of the most important fishing port on the French Mediterranean coast. The former island, which is connected only by two narrow strips of sand with the mainland, offers a picturesque old town, where you can end your first cycling day in a beautiful atmosphere.
3. day Sète-Béziers 55 km
Today you cycle on country roads to Agde, the second oldest city of France. The small picturesque fishing town, whose town scape is characterized by lava stone church of St. Etienne from the 12th century, will inspire you. You will then cycle along the Canal du Midi to Beziers, the former wine trading center. Because of its bullfights, it is also known as "Seville France". Look forward to the town and the impressive 600 meter long gorgeous promenade. Pick out a nice cafe and watch in peace the colorful bustle of the town.
4. day Béziers-Narbonne 45 km
The channel bridge across the Orb river takes you to the sluice Fonséranes. On side roads and field tracks you roll through vineyards and reach Narbonne. On first glance, alone the mighty cathedral (one of the three largest in France) indicates the former importance of Narbonne in the world. Once it was an important harbour, the capital of the Provincia Romana Narbonensis, the most important town west of Rome; today it's a friendly city in the inland at the Canal de la Robine.
5. day Narbonne-Homps / La Redorte 40 / 45 km
You leave Narbonne along the Canal de la Robine, until you reach the Canal du Midi again. Further on you come through beautiful villages to Homps, which just had an important upswing after building the channel, because its harbour was one of the few in which it was possible to turn the barges. Tonight you have dinner in a restaurant with an exquisite cuisine.
6. day Homps / La Redorte - Carcassonne 40 / 35 km
At the Canal du Midi you cycle to Trébes, a picturesque village with a historic mill. Roll on through small villages to Carcassonne, the biggest medieval fortified town of Europe. The double ring of big, massive pinnacle embattled walls is 3 m in caliber and is a memorable sight with its 52 mighty towers.
7. day Carcassonne-Castelnaudary 40 km
Another great biking day along the Canal du Midi is waiting for you. Passing small villages, you will roll through Castelnaudary, known as the town of Cassoulet (canard stew with white beans). You really have to taste that!
8. day Trip to the storage lake of St. Férréol 50 km
Smaller streets with slight acclivity take you to the heart of the canal project dating from the 17th century, the stoarage lake St. Férréol. After a relaxing break, continue to Bastide Revel with one of the most impressive medieval market halls. Along small streets, joining the supply route of the Canal du Midi from time to time, you will return to Castelnaudary.
9. day Castelnaudary-Toulouse 65 km
Today you stay close by the beautiful edge of the Canal du Midi. Passing Avignonet-Lauragais and Villefranche-de-Lauragais you will arrive in Toulouse by the Garonne. Because of its numerous buildings constructed of red brick, Toulouse is also called “la ville rose” – “„Pink City“. You should absolutely plan to visit the Romanic basilica of Saint Sernin (11-12th century), it is one of the most eautiful Romanix churches in the south of France. Let the Patrician houses in their renaissance style (e.g. Hôtel d’Assézat or Hôtel de Bernuy) impress you!
10. day Toulouse Departure
You will reach Montpellier by bus or train. Departure or extension!
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
Prices are per person.
15.03. – 12.04.2020
29.09. – 01.11.2020
19.04. – 21.06.2020
06.09. – 22.09.2020
28.06. – 30.08.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- 9 overnights in stylish 2**/3*** and 4**** hotels incl. breakfast
- max. 1 piece of luggage per person
- reflective vest
- detailed travel documents
- visitor`s tax
- Service Hotline
- GPS tracks are available on request
Worth knowing about your Canal Du Midi Tour
Below you will find specific information about the Canal Du Midi tour and surroundings. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.
Arrival by train
Montpellier is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. (travelling time 10-14 hours, about 3-5 change trains. We recommend to take a taxi from the station to get to our partner hotels in Montpellier. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the hotel
At your first hotel on-site parking is available
Condition of cycle paths
You cycle on flat and slightly hilly bike paths (some paved), sand and gravel paths and on less traveled roads.
Available rental bikes
There are touring bikes (unisex) with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake, or 21-speed gear shift and freewheel bikes (unisex) available. The bikes are equipped with a saddle bag, an air pump, a repair kit and a safety vest.
Transfer back to the starting point of the journey
Tuesdays at 10am there is the possibility to transfer back to Montpellier with a small bus. (Arrival at 12.30am, costs 90.00EUR per person, payable on spot). The driver comes to pick you up at your hotel and has much room for you, your luggage and where required your own bicycle. Please note that there is a minimum number of 4 persons for the return transfer! Alternatively you can return back to Montpellier by train (journey time approximately 1-2 hours, without train change, costs about EUR 30,00 per person). The bike can be partially taken free of charge. Ticktes can be requested over our partner France Bike.
Special arrival dates/extra costs
With 4 and more booking persons you can start this bike trip on every day of the week without surcharge, 3 persons extra supplement 60.00 EUR per person, 2 persons extra supplement 90.00 EUR per person.
If you are the only person who will travel on your travel date there will be a surcharge of 180,- Euro
Cycling in France
For cyclists in France a striking dress code is prescribed. Since October 1, 2008, you have to wear a reflective warning vest at night outside of localities, as well as on days with poor visibility. Otherwise you will be fined up to 35 Euros. The measure is an initiative of the French Government.
7 day hotline service
Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
Canal Du Midi
In 1667 the construction of the Canal Royal began, which is today classified as a World Heritage Site by The UNESCO as Canal Du Midi. Along the canal, on a distance of 240km between Toulouse and Séte, more than 350 buildings, such as locks, bridges and aqueducts were built. Some of them are unchanged to this day. The six-level lock staircase near Béziers is a highlight with a difference in height of about 14m. Also noteworthy are the Channel Tunnel, which is located farther upstream and runs for over 160 meters through the Ensérune hill and the bridge that leads the canal in Béziers straight across the Orb River.
It is hardly surprising that the Canal Du Midi is one of the most popular itineraries in southern France.
Montpellier is a city of differences: its historical cultural heritage is characterized by a successful blend of old and new. Travel from the past into the modern world with a stroll through the medieval streets and the modern streets of the city. Enjoy culinary delicacies and wines, discover famous festivals and discover the city's greatest attractions: the Cathedral of Saint Peter or the Aqueduc de Saint-Clément
An insider tip for music lovers: Montpellier is one of the world's leading violin constructions! Learn more about the traditional crafts in one of the 10 workshops in the city.
Sète is practically surrounded by water on all sides and is therefore also referred to as "Little Venice of the Languedoc". The center of the city is the Canal Royal (Royal Canal). Stylistically, the city is a blend of Mediterranean styles with a distinct Italian accent.
During the summer season, the seaside resort with a total of 14km of beaches is a popular seaside resort and heavily influenced by tourism. In Cap d'Agde, which is a district of Agde, which consists of more than 10 districts, there is neither a promenade nor streets, but small footpaths and dunes and lots of green space, which run parallel to the fine sandy beaches. Each district has its own style, a personal atmosphere and an individual way of life.
Béziers is the birthplace of Pierre-Paul Riquet, the builder of the Canal du Midi. The city has a fantastic view over the Cathedral of Nazaire, the river Orb and the bridge Pont Vieux. The Béziers promenade is inviting and decorated with plantations, boutiques and cozy sidewalk cafes.
Cathedrale of Narbonne
The city was founded by the Romans in the 1st century BC and is now one of the best preserved fortress cities in Europe. The restored old town with well preserved double city wall was declared a World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO in 1997.
Castelnaurary, a town between Carcassonne and Toulouse, was built around a castle in the 12th century. Castelnaudary is also known as the city of cassoulet, a duck stew with white beans that you should try.
Toulouse is also called la ville rose - "rosarote city" due to its numerous red brick buildings. The Romanesque Basilica Saint-Sernin (11th-12th century) is one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in the south of France, and the gothic cathedral of Saint Etienne.