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Canal du Midi by bike
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7-day Canal du Midi Cycling Holiday
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price in double room from: € 721
7-day Canal du Midi Cycling Holiday

7-day Canal du Midi Cycling Holiday

Self-guided Toulouse to Sète bike tour

  • Follow the footsteps of the famous French "Canal architect" Paul Riquet
  • Antique boats and dozens of oval shaped locks
  • Age old villages
  • Gastronomic surprises 
  • Beautiful towns like Carcassonne
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Start: Toulouse             Finish: Sète

Day 1: Arrival in Toulouse
Day 2: From Toulouse to Castelnaudary (64 km / 40 mi)
Day 3: From Castelnaudary to Carcassonne (43 km / 26,5 mi)
Day 4: From Carcassonne to Homps or Olonzac (42 km / 26 mi)
Day 5: From Homps or Olonzac to Béziers (62 km / 38,5 mi)
Day 6: From Béziers to Sète (50 km / 31 mi)
Day 7: Departure from Sète

Day 1:    Arrival in Toulouse

You individually travel to the ‘pink’ Toulouse, cosmopolitan and cultural town where red bricks are a characteristic feature. Visit the lively centre with its many fine restaurants. Discover monumental treasures, like the Place du Capitol, St. Sernin’s Cathedral and the Couvent des Jacobins, a beautiful 13th century Dominican Monastery.

Day 2:    From Toulouse to Castelnaudary (64 km / 40 mi)

Leave town via the Paul Riquet bridge and cycle along the Canal du Midi with its characteristic barges. You enter the pastel coloured country of Lauragais. Take a break in Avignonet, the centre of the battles during the Albegenic crusades with lots of medieval remains, statues of crusaders and enormous churches. At the foot of the Montagne Noir you find the highest point in the canal. This is the Narouze watershed between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. You go down to Castelnaudary, maybe to have a real authentic cassoulet later on.

Challenge: 64km / 40 mi, 433m descent

Day 3:    From Castelnaudary to Carcassonne (43 km / 26,5 mi)

Surrounded by the Montagne Noir in the east and the Pyrenees in the south west you cycle , via an original, thousand- year-old tow path to the river harbour of Bram. Bricks make way for stones, cornfields turn into vineyards. You pass age old villages and waterworks like Béteil and the Lalande lock  that show Paul Riquet’s ingenuity. Also stop at the Cugarel mill, the Villepinte dam and the Rebenty aqueduct. Finally you reach Carcassonne, consisting of a medieval upper town and the Bastide St. Jean situated lower.

Challenge: 43km / 26,5 mi, 294m descent

Day 4:    From Carcassonne to Homps or Olonzac (42 km / 26 mi)

After fabulous Carcassonne go back to the peaceful quiet of the ‘Canal’ surrounded by imposing planes. Admire the bridge at Orbiel, the overflow of canal water at Argendouble and the 12th century church in the port of Trèbes. The very doors of this church, supported by 320 oak consoles, are worth a visit. If possible stop in the Gallic village near Marseillette and take a walk to Capendu with its Roman chapel. Through undulating vineyards you reach your destination.

Challenge: 42km / 26 mi, 336m descent

Day 5:    From Homps or Olonzac to Béziers (62 km / 38,5 mi)

After the lock of Argens you follow the winding path along the hillside to Le Somail. Take a break here in the old library. After that you cycle along the Canal de la Robine to Capestang with its collegiate church, already visible from afar. From the tower you see the sea and the 14th century castle nearby . ‘En route’ again you pass the Gallo-Roman remains: the village Poilhes la Romaine and the Oppidum d’Ensérune. Also admire the Malpas tunnel and the 9 locks of Foncérannes. They are evidence of the brilliance of the architect Paul Riquet, whose native village, the historic Béziers, is your destination today.

Challenge: 62km / 38,5mi, 494m descent

Day 6:    From Béziers to Sète (50 km / 31 mi)

Although the sea isn’t visible yet you can smell it. The landscape gets flatter and forms a mosaic of dunes, swamps and wide lagoons. It’s the habitat of the egrets that strut among horses and cattle. In this coastal region, looking like the Camargue, you pass the unique ‘Pont Bache du Libron’ and the round lock of Agde. In Agde with its ‘dark cathedral’ you cross the Hérault in the direction of the Thau lagoon. At the lighthouse in Onglous the Canal du Midi ends. In Marseillan you finally cycle along the beach to Sète and maybe you get a glimpse of the traditional water joust  ‘Les Joutes.’

Challenge: 50km / 31mi, 364m descent

Day 7:    Departure from Sète

Breakfast marks the end of your trip in the pleasant town of Sète, the biggest French fishing port, also well known for its beautiful beaches. This authentic town, full of pastel coloured houses with wrought iron balconies, is crossed by several connecting canals and the Thau Basin. In the harbour you find an abundance of fish restaurants. Everything as fresh as can be! A visit to the large covered market is really worth-wile. Here you can buy anything that has to do with food and drink and the products are displayed wonderfully. 


All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. 

We choose comfortable 3*/4* hotels or B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included. 

Hôtel Le Clos Fleuri (Castelnaudary)
Hôtel Le Clos Fleuri (Castelnaudary)

Our hotel in Castelnaudary has an outdoor pool, a solarium and a garden so you can enjoy your holidays in the South West in the best possible conditions. Whether you are on a business trip or a holiday, you will find all the necessary comforts at Le Clos Fleuri and a team who will take care of your every need. The hotel has 30 cosy and functional rooms with air conditioning, flat-screen TV, WiFi, desk…


Hôtel du Point Vieux *** (Carcassonne)
Hôtel du Point Vieux *** (Carcassonne)

Located in an 18th-century building in an exceptional setting at the foot of the fortified citadel of Carcassonne. The rooms offer views of the city towers or the garden. On sunny days, continental breakfast is served on the terrace. Picnic bags can be prepared upon prior request. The staff is very friendly.


La Maison dus Palmiers (Homps)
La Maison dus Palmiers (Homps)

Conveniently placed in the centre of Homps between a waterside bar and restaurant, it has an idyllic Mediterranean garden to get away from the hustle and bustle of the quay. La Maison has five rooms for bed and breakfast but can also, by arrangement, be rented in its entirety on a self catering basis.



Hôtel des poètes (Bréziers)
Hôtel des poètes (Bréziers)

In the heart of the old town of Béziers, overlooking the Parc des Poètes, a beautiful park with ponds, swans, and sculptures. It is located 1 km from the cathedral and only 200 m from the train station. The rooms are decorated in a contemporary style. Free WIFI is available. Continental breakfast in the mornings and complimentary bicycle storage.



Hôtel L´Orque Blueu (Sète)
Hôtel L´Orque Blueu (Sète)

Nestled in a 19th-century Haussmann-style building alongside the Royal Canal and just a stone's throw from the city center. A hotel with historical charm and a wide range of amenities. The rooms are comfortable and come with private bathrooms, some featuring large double beds. It boasts a bar.


Hôtel Albert 1 *** (Toulouse)
Hôtel Albert 1 *** (Toulouse)

Our charming hotel offers you privileged access to the historical, cultural and gastronomic jewels of Toulouse. In just a few steps, you can admire the grandeur of Capitol Square, stroll through the lively streets of the Saint-Georges district, or discover the architectural gems of the Saint-Sernin basilica. Also take advantage of our ideal location to explore the picturesque banks of the Garonne and its developed banks ideal for walks.



All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. 

We choose comfortable select hotels where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included. 

Hotel Brienne **** (Toulouse)

The Hotel de Brienne offers you designer rooms and a contemporary and colorful atmosphere throughout the establishment, from the courtyard to the reception, and from the bar to the meeting rooms. Whether for a tourist stay or for professional reasons, the Hotel de Brienne is the ideal place to stay in Toulouse, thanks to its blend of comfort and modernity.


Les Ordiales (Castelnaudary)

A small guest house with only three rooms, all full of character. You can enjoy a coffe in the room or oustide in the accommodation's garden.

Hotel du Chateau **** (Carcassonne)
Hotel du Chateau **** (Carcassonne)

The charm of the authentic allied with taste, the most modern technologies. A perfect harmony between the past and the present, the old and the contemporary.


Le Jardin d´Homps (Homps)

A luxury Bed&Breakfast (B&B) located on the Canal du Midi in Homps. A perfect location for a leisurely holiday. The region is famous for cycling along the Canal du Midi or through the vineyards of the Languedoc. Relax in our secluded garden enjoying a glass of regional wine or take a dip in our large pool.  


Hôtel Impérator *** (Béziers)

On the Allées Paul Riquet, in the heart of the historic center of Béziers, stands a pure Haussmannian marvel at number 28: the Imperator Hotel, an essential place in the life of Béziers. It has always welcomed enthusiasts and major stars from the world of bullfighting during the Feria.


 Le Grand Hôtel de Sète *** (Sète)
Le Grand Hôtel de Sète *** (Sète)

A charming hotel in the heart of Sète. Lydie Dubois and her team will give you a warm welcome in this 19th century hotel, where the southern French light and the charm of the canals meet the peace and quiet of a glass-roofed patio.



You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between May and October.

The closest airports to the Canal du Midi are Toulouse (TLS) and Béziers (BZR).

Arrival in Toulouse

  • Flying to Toulouse ariport (TLS): From Toulouse airport there is an Airport shuttlebus (every 20 min) to the city center. 
  • Flying to Béziers airport (BZR): If you're flying to Béziers, you can connect to Toulouse by train (several direct services a day).

Departure from Sète

At the end of your trip you can get the train from Sète, back to Toulouse or Béziers.

NOTE: If you're travelling with your own bicycle, you can take your bike on the train for free, but reservations are necessary on certain trains (SNCF or TER).

If you're travelling by car, it's advisable to park in Toulouse or Sète and take the train back. Ask us for parking facilities.

You will cycle some sections on dirt paths. For families with small children, we recommend to cycle the Canal du Garonne.

The hybrid bikes have at least 21-gears with hand brakes. The hybrid bikes are very good quality. Depending the trip, different model apply: Scott, Giant, Trek, Koga, ...




The rental includes: repair kit, lock, pump, front/back panniers and map carrier.


  • Frame:   TANDEM TOURING Alloy 7005 Hydroformed
  • Weight:   19 kg

             TANDEM TOURING Alloy 7005 Hydroformed

The e-bikes are very good quality. Depending on the trip, different model apply: Scott, Giant, Trek, Koga, ...



GPS tracks are available on request.



  • 6 nights' accommodation with breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Tourist city taxes
  • Digital detailed route notes and maps in English
  • Access to the trip in GUIBO, the digital guidebook and navigation
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation
  • Trains, busses or any transport wherever necessary
  • Other Lunches & Dinners
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, additional transfers, etc
  • Hybrid bike rental 


  • Single Room Supplement
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Upgrade Supplement hotels 3/4
  • Additional nights 
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel
  • Transfer back from your last accommodation
  • Hybrid bike rental 
  • E-bike supplement 
  • Shipment of printed documents to the first accommodation
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