The Canal du Midi was built by Pierre Paul Riquet in the 17th century, overcoming great obstacles to connect the Mediterranean with the Atlantic through the Garonne Canal. The best way to experience all facets of the canal is by bike. Stretching 240kms from Toulouse to Sete, the canal travels through a landscape rich in architectural and cultural treasures. Discover the legends of the Cathars as you cycle to Carcassonne, one of Europe's most impressive medieval cities. Take in the pretty tree lined canal scenery with small villages to explore and a feast of culinary delights to sample each day. At days end your luggage awaits you in a range of specially chosen family run hotels and with the relaxed pace of the cycling there will be time for sightseeing or soaking up the atmosphere in a local café.
DAY 1 Arrive Toulouse DAY 2 Cross the 'Lauragais' countryside to Castelnaudary (66km) DAY 3 Cycle through Cathar country to Carcassonne (43km) DAY 4 Rest day Carcassonne DAY 5 Cycle between the Aude River and the canal to Homps (43km) DAY 6 Cycle along the 'Canal de la Robine' to Narbonne (42km) DAY 7 Trip concludes
Daily departures from 1 Mar to 31 Oct
Option to extend trip to conclude in Agde - supplement applies - see our trip notes for details. The first Monday of each month is our group self guided departure. Where possible we will match same gender singles on these departures.
*6 breakfasts, 1 dinner *6 nights in 2 star hotels with ensuite facilities on a twin share basis *luggage transfer *information pack including route notes & maps *bike rental - 21 or 24 speed bike with pump, repair kit, helmet, lock and panniers *emergency hotline