From Carcassonne to the sea for families

From the medieval city to the sea with children in France

  Onward journey

   7 days / 6 nights or 8d/7n

  Families (children less than 12)

   Level : easy

   From April to October

From 450€

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This family cycling holiday along the famous Canal du Midi offers you an itinerary from Carcassonne to Sète, on the shores of the Mediterranean.

To start off, we suggest that you explore the city of Carcassonne, before heading through numerous wine-producing villages between Minervois and Corbières, with plenty of opportunities for wine-tasting.

Once past Béziers, the sea air will accompany you to Agde, where the Canal du Midi runs into the pond called “étang de Thau”.
If you have the time, you can go on your bike trip along the seashore to the beautiful city of Sète.

Day by day
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN CARCASSONNE

B&B / 2* Hôtel
Arrival in Carcassonne. It is possible to visit the city of Carcassonne but you may opt for a bike tour, starting from your hotel.
Dinner of your choice, night in Carcassonne.

Bike hire for the day is an option (15€ per person).

We recommend a pretty tour that starts in Carcassonne, allowing you to discover the city as well as vineyards and the La Cavayère lake, where you can swim.

 

Day 2: THE CANAL DU MIDI FROM CARCASSONNE TO MARSEILLETTE

B&B / 2* Hôtel

After this night in the land of medieval knights, an easy stage awaits you. You leave Carcassonne behind while making the most of the last views back to the city with its majestic towers and ramparts. The Canal du Midi now becomes wild, before joining the market gardens of the plain of Marseillette. Come the evening, dinner of your choice and night in Marseillette, small and quiet village.
Cycling : 22 km

 

Day 3 : THE CANAL DU MIDI FROM MARSEILLETTE TO HOMPS

B&B / 2* Hôtel
You follow more or less the course of the river Aude, to enter the regions of Corbieres and Minervois. At the heart of these landscapes of vineyards, smelling evocatively of the south, you cross charming hamlets, before arriving at the port of Homps. This small and lively port is the perfect place to taste the good wines of the region at the end of the day. Dinner of your choice and night in Homps or Olonzac (1km from Homps).
Cycling : 20 km

 

Day 4: THE CANAL DU MIDI FROM HOMPS TO LE SOMAIL

B&B / 2* Hôtel
Downstream from Homps, the rugged terrain surrounding the canal necessitated the construction of impressive feats of engineering. This is why, in just 4 km you encounter no less than 4 bridges and 4 aqueducts, one after the other. The stage ends in the charming little port of Le Somail, where the adorable couple who welcome you to their home, keep alive the tradition of hospitality of the village.
Cycling: 20 km

 

Day 5: THE CANAL DU MIDI FROM LE SOMAIL TO CAPESTANG

B&B / 2* Hôtel
Between Le Somail and Capestang, we suggest that you take a pause at the port of Argeliers, a medieval village which, as well as many charming tiny streets, has interesting remains of an ancient château and ramparts. Once you have arrived in Capestang, you have plenty to discover with its château, collegiate church of St Etienne (14thC) and lagoon or ‘étang’ from which the village gets its name: “Lou Cap de l’estang ». Dinner of your own choice and night in Capestang.
Cycling: 22 km

 

Day 6: THE CANAL DU MIDI FROM CAPESTANG TO BÉZIERS

B&B / 2* Hôtel
Today, you can discover two of the most impressive industrial works of the Canal du Midi. Firstly, the famous tunnel de Malpas, where the canal passes beneath the very beautiful roman Oppidum d’Ensérune. Upon arriving in Béziers, you will discover the colossal 9-rise lock which allows the canal to cross the river Orb. Dinner of your choice and night in Béziers.
Cycling : 20 km

 

Day 7 : THE CANAL DU MIDI FROM BÉZIERS TO AGDE

For this last day on the “Canal du Midi by bike for families”, you cross the plains which border the Mediterranean, enlivened by the bracing sea air. Your arrival in Agde, where the canal runs into the “étang de Thau”, will not be without emotion!
Cycling : 23 km

Your holiday ends in Agde if you have chosen the 7 days / 6 nights version from Carcassonne to Agde. A supplementary night in Agde is possible.

 

Day 8 : THE CANAL DU MIDI FROM AGDE TO SETE

This stage between Agde and Sete lends itself to dawdling ! A beautiful cycle path between the “étang de Thau” and the Mediterranean allows you to watch the flamingos. You have numerous spots for swimming. Once you arrive in Sète, you can make the most of the pretty fishing port of Sète nicknamed the « Venice of the Languedoc ».
Cycling: 35 km

Your holiday ends upon your arrival in Sète if you have chosen the 8 days/7 nights trip, from Carcassonne to Sète. A supplementary night in Sète is possible.

PROLONG YOUR STAY
From Agde and Sète all of the Mediterranean coast is accessible by train.
The Côte d’Azur, the Côte Vermeille around the gorgeous Collioure, or the Spanish coast are all only just a few hours away.

 

WARNING
The names and the photos of accommodation are given for information purposes. According to availability, the B&Bs or hotels could be modified and replaced without warning by another establishment of the same category.

Accommodation, equipment you may need to rent and practical information in your tour info

Must sees

 The 9 locks of Fonséranes before Beziers
 The medieval city of Carcassonne
 The historical heritage of Sète
 The Canal du Midi’s jewel : the small port of Somail
 The famous oysters of Bouzigues, to taste in front of Thau’s pond before Sète

They tried it, they loved it !

Exceptional preparation by emails over a couple of months.
The organisation of the trip which was totally tailored to our requirements was great. The accommodation was different at every location. The bikes were excellent and had all the equipment needed.
We will use them again and recommend them to everyone. Sandrine was our contact and always was available for any questions.

Dietmar

We did the four day trip from Toulouse to Carcassonne. Sandrine had everything organized – with hotels, maps, books, and clear instructions to guide us. She did a great job.
The equipment was very well maintained and was well suited for the terrain. We went in May so the weather was very nice to be cycling (not too hot but still sunny) and the trails were quiet.
My only recommendation if you’re stopping in Carcassonne – spend an extra night there. The B&B was AMAZING !

I would do this trip again any day.

Shannon

A great adventure, there’s nothing like it. Charming guesthouses, if not princely, with a friendly welcome.

Not to miss !

A-C

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Véloccitane - Maison du Vélo Toulouse

12 Boulevard Bonrepos, 31000 Toulouse

 

 

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