Cycle the Canal du Midi

Cycle the Canal du Midi

Cycle the Canal du Midi and discover the stunning vineyards, chateaux and waterways around one of the most picturesque parts of France. Our route passes through quintessential French villages such as Laure-Minervois and Homps where you will feel the 'douceur de vivre' as you soak up the sun and sample local wine from Les Corbieres region. From bridge to bridge, from lock to lock, this trip offers a wonderfully relaxed cycling experience as you wind your way along the Canal du Midi towards the enticing Mediterranean Sea.

Day 1 : Start Carcassonne

You will be met by your Exodus leader at Toulouse airport and transferred to Carcassonne town Ville Basse (approx 30 minutes). After checking in to the hotel, you can visit the town’s picturesque central square and the Cité de Carcassonne, a medieval fortress settlement with a history that exceeds two and a half thousand years, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the evening there will be a welcome meeting and trip briefing as well as time to check the bikes and make adjustments. Dinner not included.


Day 2 : Loop ride around Carcassonne to the foot of the “Montagnes Noires”

In the morning you will cycle in the direction of the “Montagnes Noires” whose rivers & streams feed into the Canal du Midi. This will be a great opportunity to discover the region of Les Corbieres, renowned for its wine, limestone landscape and Mediterranean influence. The first long stop will be at the village of Caunes Minervois, a typical 11th century Cathar village which is home to the spectacular Benedictine abbey from the 8th century. On the way back to Carcassonne there will be a stop at the vineyard of Fontanille the haut, here you can explore the vineyard and sample the produce. The last few km will be along the Canal du Midi to give a taste for the next two cycling days!


Day 3 : Cycle from Carcassonne over locks and bridges to Lezignen Corbieres

After breakfast you will cycle almost exclusively along the Canal du Midi, following the relaxing canal paths and designated cycle paths. Today’s ride is very relaxing and mostly downhill, a succession of locks, bridges and lovely villages like Trèbes, Marseillette, la Redorte and Homps await. You will have time to visit all the towns, including the fruit trees, rice fields and almond plantations in Marseillette. You will leave the canal and continue towards Lezignan Corbieres where you will spend the night. Stay in Lezignan Corbieres. Breakfast and picnic lunch incl. Dinner not incl.


Day 4 : Follow the Canal du Midi from Lezignen Corbieres to Beziers

Today is another nice day of cycling along the Canal du Midi. You will enter the Minervois country. Minervois is a flat region surrounded by olive trees. There is a strong Cathar influence in this region! You will cross the stunning Canal de la Robine coming up from Narbonne, this is a perfect time to stop for lunch and some photos. The Canal du Midi then starts to head north as it winds its way up towards Beziers. In the afternoon you will cycle past the Enserume Oppidum, a fantastic site where the remains of an old Gallic village can be seen. You will finish the ride by cycling in to Beziers and finishing for the day at the hotel in the centre of town. Stay in Beziers. Breakfast and picnic lunch incl. Dinner not incl.


Day 5 : Cycle through Wineyards from Beziers to Narbonne

After breakfast you will follow the Canal du Midi back the same way as the day before for 8km before heading south to get to the sea! On the way you will discover some pretty villages like Fleury which is set in a magnificent location surrounded by vineyards. Once at Saint Pierre la Mer, you will get the first views of the Mediterranean Sea in the distance. The cycle from Saint Pierre de Mer to Narbonne is superb as you will follow the recently built cycling path “La littoral”. This cycle path follows the Robine Canal and crosses the sea resort of Guissan. Breakfast and picnic lunch incl. Dinner not incl. Stay in Narbonne for the night.


Day 6 : Free day in Narbonne; don't miss a visit to Patisserie Combot!

Narbonne is the perfect city to enjoy a free day as there is plenty to see and do. We recommend visiting the Archbishops’ Palace, this Gothic wonder is now home to the town hall and a couple of Narbonne’s museums. Also recommended is the Gothic Cathedral de St-Just and St-Pasteur. The one place that cannot be missed on any visit to Narbonne is the Patisserie Combot, this wonderful Patisserie is a Narbonne institution known for its delicious cakes and pastries! Stay in Narbonne for the night. Breakfast incl. Picnic lunch and Dinner not incl.


Day 7 : Circular ride from Narbonne around the stunning Sigean Lake

For the last day cycling, you will go on a loop ride around Narbonne on the Canal de la Robine, and around the Sigean Sea Lake, passing the nice villages of Peyriac de Mer and Portel des Corbieres. Breakfast and picnic lunch incl. Dinner not incl. Stay in Narbonne for the night.


Day 8 : End Toulouse

Spend the morning in Narbonne at your own pace before a transfer to Toulouse airport. Breakfast incl. Picnic lunch not incl.


  • All breakfasts & Lunch on cycling days
  • All accommodation
  • Local leader throughout
  • Local bike hire
Exclusions:
Any airfare, train fare, travel insurance, airport taxes & visa. Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary. All items of personal nature & tips. Optional arrival and departure transfers or transfer costs to the starting point of the vacation. Entrance fees to attractions not specified in the itinerary. Extra nights at the beginning or the end of the trip. Any natural calamity which is beyond the control of the tour operator. Anything not mentioned in "Package Includes". Rooms are subject to availability. GST 5%. Any Increase in the rate of exchange leading to an increase in land arrangements and high season surcharge if any, will have to be borne by the client. Standard terms & conditions apply.
Disclaimer:
Prices are per person on twin share basis. Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation expenses is mandatory for all travellers. Package valid till 30th September 2017. Any Increase in the rate of exchange leading to an increase in land arrangements and high season surcharge if any, will have to be borne by the client. Standard terms and conditions apply.