Canal du Midi by bike from Toulouse to Carcassonne

from 410 € / pers.
(on the minimum basis of 2 pers.)
Reference : CM1
4 days / 3 days riding
Difficulty : Moderate
Linear trip
From March to November 2019
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your Canal du Midi bicycle tour :

Let the route of the canal guide you as it presents all its history punctuated by conquests, boat cruises, sunny walks. The ‘Canal du Midi’ offers you all its numerous architectural and cultural treasures : amazing civil engineering structures, Cathar vestiges…

This is also an opportunity to meet with numerous house-boats and its inhabitants in a country of ‘art de vivre’. Vineyard landscapes, countryside, pine and olive trees will punctuate your stay.

Day 1 : Arrival in Toulouse


City of great heritage, take time to visit all the numerous traces of its rich past : St Sernin church which is the biggest Roman church in the world, the ‘Capitole’ square etc… keep your eyes open to admire all the architectural details.

Day 2 : Toulouse – Castelnaudary | 60 km


‘The pink city’ famous for its numerous brick constructions, opens the doors of the ‘Canal du Midi’. Then, you will start your stage by crossing the ‘Lauragais’ country with its numerous farms where ducks and geese enjoy a peaceful life, swimming and disturbing cyclists along the canal.

Day 3 : Castelnaudary - Carcassonne | 43 km


In the heart of the Cathar country, discover the manifold traces of their crusades all along your stage, which will guide you towards Carcassonne and its impressive medieval city. Classified as world heritage by UNESCO, you can admire one of the most beautiful fortifications of Europe.

Day 4 : Excursion in the vineyards and the Cathar castles | 45 km


In direction of the Black Mountains, ride away from the canal, heading into the heart of Cathar country. The ride takes you into vineyeards where there are many opportunities to taste the local wines.
Departure at the end of the stage.

Possibility to book an extra night in Carcassonne.

The little extra with Biking France:


  • Private return transfer from Carcassonne to Toulouse – optional.

Select your category

standard category
Reference: CM1 STD
superior category
Reference: CM1 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)
* Single supplement
410 € / pers.
125 € / pers.*
480 € / pers.
195 € / pers.*
High season
  • from July 1st to August 31st 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
440 € / pers.
125 € / pers.*
510 € / pers.
195 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 3 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 3 days with helmet
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps, detailed route directions in French or English and tourist brochures
• City taxes
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (3 nights included)
• Transfer from Carcassonne to Toulouse and personal bike repatriation

Including :

• 3 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 3 days with helmet
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps, detailed route directions in French or English and tourist brochures
• City taxes
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (3 nights included)
• Transfer from Carcassonne to Toulouse and personal bike repatriation

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 )

'Bike extra' & various

• Bike discount
If you bring your own bike.
-50 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 40 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 50 € / pers.

According to the category(price per person)

standard category
Reference: CM1 STD
superior category
Reference: CM1 SUP
Half board supplement

(including 3 dinners – excluding drinks)

+ 100 € / pers.
+ 115 € / pers.
Extra night in Toulouse
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 75 € / pers.
+ 55 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 100 € / pers.
+ 80 € / pers.*
Extra night in Carcassonne
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 75 € / pers.
+ 30 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 85 € / pers.
+ 40 € / pers.*
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 )

Extras

• Private return transfer Carcassonne > Toulouse
(up to 5 persons)
+ 190 € (package)

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

ARCADE « Escape H » - 21 speed gears

Man or Lady frame

  • 2 saddlebags
  • 1 front bag
  • 1 kit repair (per booking)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 helmet
Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :

LEADER FOX « Urbain Inductora »

E-bike

Universal frame

  • 2 saddlebags
  • 1 front bag
  • 1 kit repair (per booking)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 helmet

Practical details

  • Bikes will be delivered at the 1st hotel.
  • At the end of the tour, leave the rental bikes at your hotel, we will pick them up.
> Your journey
> How to arrive in Toulouse
> 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.
The ride on the excursion loop towards Lastours chateaux is on small country roads.

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 Toulouse

By car:
From A62 andA61 hihways >> Exit n°15-La Roseraie direction « Lavaur – Jolimont ». Then follow D112.

By train:
Paris Montparnasse train station >> Toulouse Matabiau train station (by TGV train).
For more information, do not hesitate to visit : www.sncf.com/en

By plane:

  • From Roissy CDG airport :
    – Roissy Charles de Gaulle T.2 train station >> Bordeaux St Jean train station >> Toulouse Matabiau train station (by TGV train).
  • From Orly airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Montparnasse train station >> Toulouse Matabiau train station (by TGV train).

– Bus shuttle (Le Bus Direct) : from Orly Sud or Ouest >> Line 1 >> Montparnasse train station >> Toulouse Matabiau train station (by TGV train).
www.lebusdirect.com/en/lines-and-schedules/orly-airport-paris-etoile-champs-elysees-line.html

– Bus shuttle (Orly Bus) : from Orly Sud or Ouest >> Paris centre – stop ‘Denfert Rochereau’ >> Metro line 4 >> Montparnasse train station >> Toulouse Matabiau train station (by TGV train).
http://aeroportorly.paris/orlybus.php

– Orly Val (automatic metro) :  from Orly Sud or Orly Ouest  >> Paris – stop ‘Antony’ >> RER B – stop ‘Denfert Rochereau’  >> Metro line 4 >>  Montparnasse train station >> Toulouse Matabiau train station (by TGV train).
http://aeroportorly.paris/orlyval.php
www.transilien.com

www.ratp.fr/plans-lignes

  • From Beauvais airport:
    – Taxi transfer to Paris Montparnasse train station >> Toulouse Matabiau train station (by TGV train).

– Bus shuttle >> Paris – stop ‘Porte Maillot’ >> Metro line 1 + line 13 >> Montparnasse train station >> Toulouse Matabiau train station (by TGV train).
www.aeroportparisbeauvais.com/en/acces-et-transports/navettes/

– Tram line T2 direction ‘Palais de Justice’ to reach the town center.
www.toulouse.aeroport.fr/en/passengers/to-and-from/public-transport

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)
    – Carcassonne train station >> Toulouse Matabiau train station (by train).
    – Carcassonne >> Toulouse (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)
    – Carcassonne train station >> Narbonne train station (by train) >> Paris Gare de Lyon train station (by TGV train).
    – Carcassonne train station >>  Montpellier train station ou Lyon Part-Dieu train station (by TGV train) >> Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV Station (by TGV train).

Nearby Airports:
– Toulouse airport: www.toulouse.aeroport.fr/en
– Carcassonne airport: www.aeroport-carcassonne.com/en
– Bordeaux airport: www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr/en


Trip overall rating : / 2 testimonials

Warren
Australia
travel date: 13 September 2016.
" We enjoyed both or our tours with your company "

We originally booked a trip from Colmar to Strasbourg but enjoyed it so much that we immediately booked a second trip along the Canal du Midi. Our trips were well organised and the routes and hotel locations were very selected.

Nicolas
France
travel date: 14 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.