The Canal du Midi from Toulouse to Narbonne

The most beautiful landscapes of the South of France in four memorable stages

  Onward journey

  5 days / 4 nights

  12 year old & up

  Level : easy

  From April to October

From 350€

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This bike trip have you discover a delightful ride from Toulouse to Narbonne, in 4 unforgettable stops, with so much different landscapes.

You’ll begin by discovering our lovely “pink city”, with its incredible historical heritage, museums and mansions. Then, from Toulouse, you’re going through the Lauragais. This Land of Cockaigne will amaze you with its fortified houses and its typical southern villages.

When in Castelnaudary, you can finally enjoy a cassoulet, a well-known traditional receipe. By following the Canal, you’ll arrive in Carcassonne, a unique fortified city and Castle coming straight from a fairytale, and a Unesco’s World Heritage.

Then, you will enter the Minervois and Corbières, through the charming vineyard and Chateaux. Why not tasting the local wines, it worths the visit ! Then, you should discover the Cave du Château de Ventenac Minervois, a mighty house over the Canal, where you can learn everything about traditional life in the vineyard.

Riding to Narbonne, you’ll be surprise to see how fast the landscape is changing. For its heritage, this city is a must. If you still have time, why don’t you stay a couple nights in Narbonne to feel the atmosphere or maybe to reach the sea by Port-la-Nouvelle or Gruissan !

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 latin town, with its numerous lively squares. Whether on foot or by bike, explore the many narrow, historic streets of “la ville rose” (the pink town), with its exceptional architectural heritage. Le Capitole, la 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.
Additional nights available on request

Day 2 : LE CANAL DU MIDI FROM TOULOUSE TO 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 tarmacked green lane you arrive at the highly agreeable seuil de Naurouze, watershed between the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Night at Castelnaudary, the largest inland port between Toulouse and the Mediterranean. Dinner of your own choice.
Cycling : 65 km (40 miles)

Supplementary stage possible to allow you to divide this first stage into 2 stages of approximately 30 km/18 miles

Day 3 : THE CANAL DU MIDI 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. Dinner of your own choice, night in Carcassonne.
Cycling : 40 km (25 miles)

Day 4 : THE CANAL DU MIDI FROM CARCASSONNE TO HOMPS

B&B / 2* hotel
You leave Carcassonne by the canal which, from now on, closely follows the course of the River Aude, to enter the region of 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. Don’t miss the Aiguille’s lock in Puicheric, where you will discover the incredible sculptures by the artist Joël Barthès. The small and lively port of Homps is the perfect place to taste the good wines of the region at the end of the day. Dinner of your own choice and night in Homps or in Olonzac (delightful and lively village 1 km further).
Cycling : 40 km (25 miles)

Day 5 : FROM HOMPS TO NARBONNE BY THE CANAL DE LA ROBINE

B&B / 2* hotel
Below Homps, the hilly landscape around the Canal du Midi has required the construction of some nice pieces of work : lot of donkey bridges and aqueducts to see for the delights of visitors. Soon you’ll be able to visit the Cave du Château de Ventenac. Then, stopping by the tiny village of Somail, « Le Trouve-Tout du Livre », an amazing bookstall with a wide range of ancient books, is a must. You will then reach the crossing of two channels : the Canal de la Jonction, which is 4 miles long, on your right, allows you to get at the Canal de la Robine that brings you to Narbonne. This city of arts and history is full of heritage to explore. Archaeological museum, Palais des Archevêques, Roman horreum (the last roman monument you can still visit in Narbonne), Art museum, Sculpture museum : there is something for everyone !
Cycling : 38 km (23 miles) –

or 54 km (33 miles) if you’re willing to see wonderful Minerve village (picture aside)

 

DAY 6 : Short trip to PORT-LA-NOUVELLE by the CANAL DE LA ROBINE

B&B / 2* hotel
If you please, what about spending a 5th night in Narbonne, and riding along the Canal to the sea ? You will ride along the pond de Bages et de Sigean, and along the wildlife park of Sainte Lucie, before reaching Port-la-Nouvelle – to finally have a swim in the Mediterranean sea !
Please note that this is a round trip.
Cycling : 38 km (23 miles) – or 76 km (47 miles) if you choose to go to Saint-Pierre sur mer by Mandirac

EXTEND YOUR STAY
From Narbonne, you have access to the gorgeous historical Center of Béziers, which highly worths the visit, and you may continue your trip to Sète (58 km – 36 miles) or Montpellier.

This area has many train connections, so you may want to extend your trip on the côte d’Azur, the côte Vermeille or in Collioure’s region, unless you would prefer to enjoy a few days in Spain, which is just a few hours away.

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

Accommodation, equipment you may rent and practical information in your Tour info

Must sees

  Medieval city of Carcassonne
 Historical heritage of Toulouse
 The Old city of Narbonne
 Possible getaway to Gruissan
 Possible getaway to Port-La-Nouvelle

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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