4days / 3nights or 5days/ 4nights
12 year old & up
Level : easy
From April to October
This first part of our cycling route along the Canal du Midi proposes an itinerary from Toulouse to Carcassonne.
To start off, we suggest a visit of Toulouse (on bike or on foot), which is a lovely city. Then, you will enjoy crossing the Lauragais. If you want to start your trip gently, we recommend an overnight in a pretty B&B with a swimming pool.
For your total enjoyment, the magical landscape of the Lauragais is full of fortified hamlets, abbeys and attractive villages and we encourage you to take the time to explore that typical countryside.
Soon, you arrive in Castelnaudary, home of Cassoulet, where we advise you on the best restaurants to delight your taste buds. Then, the Canal leads you to Carcassonne, you cannot miss visiting its medieval city!
Day by day
Day 1: VISIT TOULOUSE BY BIKE OR ON FOOT
B&B / 2* hotel Arrival in Toulouse. Time to soak up the atmosphere of this welcoming town, with its numerous lively squares. Whether on foot or by bike, explore the many narrow, medieval streets of “la ville rose” (the pink town), with its exceptional architectural heritage. The famous Capitole, the basilique Saint Sernin and the Jacobins are amongst the unmissable sights. Passionate ourselves about our city of Toulouse, we will know how to help you discover the very best and most authentic places. Night in Toulouse with dinner of your own choice. Toulouse bike tour and supplementary nights possible
Day 2 : FROM TOULOUSE TO [RENNEVILLE OR] CASTELNAUDARY
B&B / 2* hotel From 09h00, you can collect your bike, equipment and trip documents from our offices. These are situated near your hotel, where we will take care of your luggage. Our team will welcome you and give you plenty of good advice for your journey. After 50km of tarred path you arrive at the pleasant seuil de Naurouze, watershed between the Atlantic and Mediterranean. You spend the night in Lauragais or in Castelnaudary, the largest inland port between Toulouse and the Mediterranean. Dinner of your own choice. Cycling: 30 km or 65 km
Day 3 (option) : THE CANAL DU MIDI FROM RENNEVILLE TO CASTELNAUDARY
B&B / 2* hotel Supplementary stage possible in order to divide this first stage into 2 days of around 30 km, for a gentle start or to spend a bit more time in Toulouse before leaving the big city. You’ll enjoy sleeping in a pretty guesthouse with a pool near Renneville or Villenouvelle. Dinner of your own choice. Cycling: 30 km
Day 3 (or day 4) : FROM CASTELNAUDARY TO CARCASSONNE
B&B / 2* hotel You set off along the banks of the Grand Bassin de Castelnaudary, a small lake at the foot of the town. Suddenly, far away, you can see the unbelievable splendour of the medieval city of Carcassonne. This short stage leaves you free to explore Carcassonne during the afternoon. Cycling : 42 km
Day 4 (or Day 5) : CARCASSONNE
B&B / 2* hotel Your holiday ends after your breakfast. 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 Cavayère lake.
THE CANAL DU MIDI BY BIKE – (Part 2)
It is possible to prolong your trip to go as far as the sea, with the 2nd part of the Canal du Midi by bike, from Carcassonne to Agde, Sète or Montpellier. We also offer the integral version of the Canal du Midi by bike, from Toulouse to Agde, Sète or Montpellier. 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 rent and practical information in your Tour info
The medieval city of Carcassonne
The historical heritage of Toulouse
The pond of Castelnaudary
The lock of Naurouze
Castelnaudary’s famous cassoulet
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.
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.
A great adventure, there’s nothing like it. Charming guesthouses, if not princely, with a friendly welcome. Not to miss !
For any question :
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12 Boulevard Bonrepos, 31000 Toulouse
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