Canal du Midi by bike from Carcassonne to Sète

from 500 € / pers.
(on the minimum basis of 2 pers.)
Reference : CM2
5 days / 3 days riding
Difficulty : Easy
Linear trip
From March to November 2019
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

Some questions about this trip ?
Contact us +33(0)2 54 78 62 52 or by email

Your Canal du Midi bicycle tour :

The ‘canal du Midi’, architect Pierre-Paul Riquet’s masterpiece, is the most famous water canal in Europe for its amazing measurements and for its peaceful surroundings. The idea of digging this channel linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean sea dates back to Antiquity but it was under Louis the 14th’s reign that it has been built.

Along the channel, discover the countryside landscapes and farms of the ‘Laugarais’ area, the gentle slopes sprinkled with vineyards, the chateaux of the Aude area and the city of Carcassonne up to the Mediterranean beaches.

Day 1 : Arrival in Carcassonne


Take the time to visit Carcassonne and its impressive medieval city. Classified as world heritage by UNESCO, you can admire one of the most beautiful fortifications of Europe.

Day 2 : Carcassonne – Homps (or nearby) | 45 km


Between Aude river and the canal, follow the rhythm of the stream, punctuated with pine and plane trees always offering a fresh environment. Each village hides a treasure to discover ; by the way do not forget to visit the canal bridge of Orbiel and the Argent-Double aqueduct.

Day 3 : Homps (or nearby) – Béziers | 60 km


Cross charming and typical small villages such as Paraza and Le Somail. Then, you find a winding canal, bordered of olive-trees and vines, before reaching the animated port of Capestang. After the Malpas’s tunnel, you can admire the cascade of the 9 locks of Fonsérannes before aching Béziers.

Day 4 : Béziers – Sète | 45 km


Cap towards the Mediterranean sea ! Through a pleasant cycle path, the canal guides you towards Sète and its mediterranean atmosphere. While riding along the Herault river, you will reach Onglous’s beacon, where the Canal du Midi thrown in the pond of Thau. Then, it is while skirting the Mediterranean’s beaches that you will reach Sète.

Day 5 : Departure during the day


The little extra with Biking France:


  • Private return transfer from Sète to Carcassonne – optional.

Select your category

standard category
Reference: CM2 STD
superior category
Reference: CM2 SUP
Low season
  • from March 1st to June 30th 2019
    from September 1st to November 30th 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
500 € / pers.
650 € / pers.
Single supplement
210 € / pers.
270 € / pers.
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
530 € / pers.
680 € / pers.
Single supplement
210 € / pers.
270 € / pers.
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Children discount :from 0 to 2 years old : free / from 3 to 11 years old : - 50% / from 12 to 17 years old : - 20%
(Only if the triple or quadruple rooms are occupied by 2 adults minimum )

Your accommodation


standard category


These hotels offer all the comfort and well-earned rest after a cycling day (private bathroom). A perfect place to enjoy all the centres of interest around.
superior category


These hotels provide charming services on high quality as well as a great location.
Pictures for indicative purposes. Depending on the availability.

Your cycle hire

BERGAMONT hybrid bike - 21 speed gears

Universal frame

  • 2 rear saddlebags
  • 1 front bag
  • 1 life jacket
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 map holder
  • 1 lock
  • 1 helmet
  • 1 counter
Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :

WINORA e-bike

E-bike

Universal frame

  • 2 rear saddlebags
  • 1 front bag
  • 1 life jacket
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 map holder
  • 1 lock
  • 1 helmet
  • 1 counter

Practical details

  • Bikes will be delivered at the 1st hotel.
  • At the end of the tour, leave the rental bikes at our partner hotel, we will pick them up.
> Your journey
> How to arrive in Carcassonne
> Return

Your journey

> Tour description

The Canal du Midi bike path are using mainly the tow paths along the canal and dirt paths (sometimes narrow). Therefore, this bike tour is not suitable for road bikes and bikes equipped with trailer.

> GPX files

Besides the maps and detailed itinerary, we can provide on request the GPX files of your bike stages, as well as a suggestion of free mobile application.

How to arrive in Carcassonne

> By car:
From A61 highway >> exit n°23 direction « Carcassonne ». Then follow D6161 and D118.

> By train:
Paris Gare Montparnasse train station or Gare de Lyon train station >> Carcassonne train station (by train or TGV train).
For more information, do not hesitate to visit : www.sncf.com/en

> By plane:

  • From Orly airport:
    – Taxi transer to Paris Gare de Lyon train station >> Montpellier St Roch train station or Lyon Part-Dieu train station >>  Carcassonne train station (byTGV train or train + TGV train).

– Bus shuttle (Orly Bus):  from Orly Sud  >> Paris centre – stop ‘Denfert Rochereau’ >> Metro line 6 + line 14 >> Gare de Lyon train station >> Montpellier St Roch train station or Lyon Part-Dieu train station >>  Carcassonne train station (byTGV train or train + TGV train).
http://aeroportorly.paris/orlybus.php

– Orly Val (automatic metro) : from Orly Sud or Orly Ouest >> Paris – stop ‘Chatelet les Halles’ >> RER D – stop ‘Paris Gare de Lyon’ >> Montpellier St Roch train station or Lyon Part-Dieu train station >>  Carcassonne train station (byTGV train or train + TGV train).
http://aeroportorly.paris/orlyval.php
www.transilien.com

www.ratp.fr/plans-lignes

  • From Beauvais airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Gare de Lyon train station >> Montpellier St Roch train station or Lyon Part-Dieu train station >>  Carcassonne train station (byTGV train or train + TGV train).
    – Bus shuttle >> Paris – stop ‘Porte Maillot’ >> Metro line 1 >> Gare de Lyon train station >> Montpellier St Roch train station or Lyon Part-Dieu train station >>  Carcassonne train station (byTGV train or train + TGV train).
    www.aeroportparisbeauvais.com/en/acces-et-transports/navettes/

Return

If you have to come back to the start point:

  • This return can be carry out by RandoVelo/Biking France: please contact us!
  • A return transfer by train is possible and organised on your own. Please visit: www.sncf.com/en
    Plan to go to the train station with your luggage (and your potential own bike)
    (Personal bike return costs are on your responsibility)
    – Sète train station >> Carcassonne train station (by train or TGV train)
    – Sète >> Carcassonne (by taxi)

If you have to return to Paris (city centre) / Paris Airports :

  • This return can be carry out by RandoVelo/Biking France: please contact us!
  • A return transfer by train is possible and organised on your own. Please visit: www.sncf.com/en
    Plan to go to the train station with your luggage (and your potential own bike)
    (Personal bike return costs are on your responsibility)
    – Sète train station >> Paris Gare de Lyon train station (TGV train).
    – Sète train station >> Nîmes train station or Montpellier St Roch train station (by train) >> Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV Station (by TGV train).

> Nearby Airports:
– Montpellier airport: https://montpellier-airport.com
– Béziers – Cap d’Agde airport: www.beziers.aeroport.fr/en


Trip overall rating : / 5 testimonials

Karine
France
travel date: 23 July 2018.
" Très bonne organisation "

Je remercie une fois encore RandoVélo pour nous avoir permis de passer quelques jours très agréables. Tout est parfaitement organisé et nous n’avons eu qu’à faire travailler nos mollets sans se prendre la tête

Emma P.
France
travel date: 03 September 2017.
" Great trip "

Great trip – really enjoyable. Clear directions, great hotels and great route to take in South France. Thanks!

David B.
England
travel date: 23 July 2016.
" Great holiday "

A great service made a great holiday – thank you!

Isabelle
France
travel date: 04 July 2014.
" Très belle expérience "

Très belle expérience

Nicolas
France
travel date: 04 August 2012.
" Je recommande "

Je viens de terminer mon circuit à vélo le long du Canal du Midi et j’en ai été ravi. Randovélo conserve ma confiance et je renouvellerai l’expérience avec l’association et en ferai la promotion autour de moi.