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Midi canal from Toulouse to the sea

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The Canal des 2 Mers by bike in 7 days and 6 nights in a standard or comfort hotel between Toulouse and Narbonne, passing through the medieval city of Carcassonne.

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Cycling route between Toulouse and Narbonne

 

 

 

 

The Canal du Midi by bike is a must for cycle tourists, listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, it is an exceptionally rich historical and cultural heritage route between Toulouse, the medieval city of Carcassonne and Castelnaudary until Narbonne.

Points of interest of the stay:

  • Toulouse
  • The medieval city of Carcassonne
  • The Canal du Midi
  • Castelnaudary
  • Narbonne

Day 1 - Arrival in Toulouse

 

Check into the hotel in the city center and explore the Pink City. Toulouse owes this nickname to the use of the brick described as “fairground” in the Midi of Toulouse. Brick dresses the facades in warm colors, from the softest pink to flamboyant orange.

 

The essentials to discover :

- Capitol

- the St Sernin basilica

- the Jacobins convent.

Overnight in Toulouse.

 

Day 2 - Toulouse - Castelnaudary - 55 km

 

Leave Toulouse by joining the edges of the canal to reach Castelnaudary on a cycle path lined with historic plane trees. You drive along the locks and cross the threshold of Naurouze, a place where the waters divide.

Night in Castelnaudary.

 

Day 3 - Castelnaudary - Carcassonne - 52 km

 

This route takes you to the medieval city of Carcassonne. The architecture of this fortress is impressive. In summer it is very lively. On this cycle stage, you are no longer on the beautiful cycle path, the path is sometimes in poor condition.
Night in Carcassonne.

 

Day 4 - Visit of Carcassonne and its medieval city

 

Free visit of the city of Carcassonne. A true medieval jewel, Carcassonne will transport you to the Middle Ages with its two 3 km long enclosures and 52 towers. The lower town is a medieval bastide which is also worth a detour. You can also do a loop tour on this day.
Night in Carcassonne.

 

Day 5 - From Carcassonne to La Redorte - 36 km

 

This stage along the Canal du Midi allows you to divide the long route between Carcassonne and Narbonne. Two aqueduct bridges were built to cross the Fresquel and the Orbiel before reaching Trèbes and its lively river port, its cafes-restaurants which border the canal and the St-Etienne church nestled in the heart of the old village. The Minervois and its famous vineyard are located near the Canal du Midi.

The banks of the Canal du Midi were impacted following the bad weather of 2018, some sections are closed but replaced by an undeveloped greenway for a rather rolling and easy stage.
Overnight in La Redorte.

 

Day 6 - La Redorte to Narbonne - 45 Km

 

The terrain is flat, but some parts of the trail are in poor condition, however, mountain biking easily overcomes these difficulties. This variant of the main route will take you to Narbonne in a short step through the junction canal to Sallèles-d'Aude. You then take the road shared by Cuxac-d'Aude to find the Canal de la Robine at the Raonel lock. Then join Narbonne by a beautiful greenway arranged and signposted.
Night in Narbonne.


Day 7 - Narbonne end of your cycling holiday

 

End of the tour after breakfast.

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General informations :

  • 7 days and 6 nights
  • Standard version accommodation comfort level: 3 * (local standards) and 1 night in B&B
  • Comfort level of the comfort version accommodation: 3 and 4 * (local standards) and 1 night in B&B
  • Child rates: contact us

The dates :

 

Achievable between April and October 2021 :


- Departure from Toulouse, every day.
- High season from 29/05 to 17/09


Included :

  • Self-guided online tour
  • Luggages transport
  • Roadbook : we provide you with information on the progress of your stay as well as the itinerary for confirming your reservation, subject to change.
  • Assistance in case of breakdown (except puncture)

Not included :

  • Transport to the place of departure
  • Personal expenses
  • Visits other than those included in the program
  • Tourist tax to be paid on site

The options :

  • VTC or VAE rental
  • Half-board except in Toulouse and Narbonne
  • Transfer back to the starting point
  • Additional night (s) at the start or end of the tour
  • BicyPack
  • Theft insurance for the rented bike
  • cancellation insurance


Levels:


1 2 3 4 5 6

 

Ground :


Flat, roads and rolling paths. Program with 90% of cycle paths. Some delicate passages, branches, grass, brambles, not recommended with a trailer or with a child under 12 years old. Following the bad weather of 2018, the towing of the canal was impacted between Carcassonne and Narbonne but accessible and pleasant variants have been put in place.

 

Weather :


Very shaded, mild sun, a little wind, pleasant temperatures.

 

Technicality:


35 to 52 km of hiking per day, or about 3 to 4 hours of cycling.
Easy to follow route, along the canals.

 

Bibliography:


- Bike guide on the Canal du Midi
- Bike guide on the Canal des 2 Mers 

 

Additional nights:


An additional night is offered to you at the start and end of your stay.
It is also possible to book an extra night in Toulouse as well as train tickets from Toulouse to Castelnaudary. This trip is possible between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m (price: around 15 € by ticket).

 

Food :


Breakfasts: generous (coffee, tea, chocolate, milk, butter, bread, jam, orange juice) or buffet.
Lunches: not included
Dinners: Half-board option, at the hotel or restaurant nearby. (Starter, main course, cheese or dessert).

 

The bike :


- Rental bicycle: If you rent a bicycle, it will be returned to you at the hotel. A security deposit will be requested.
At the end of the tour, you will have to leave this bike at the last hotel and notify reception. We will take care of his return.

 

- Personal bike: We do not recommend bikes with small tires. Hybrid bikes and mountain bikes are excellent. Remember to check your bicycle before setting off.
At the end of the tour, you will need to take care of your own bicycle.

 

Assistance:


Assistance in case of breakdown (except punctures for which we do not intervene).

 

Return transfer by train:


We can book your return on TER trains. In this case, your ticket is in the file given to you on arrival.

 

Return transfer by minibus:


We can bring you back to the starting point by minibus with bike and luggage see the "return transfer" price the price is per person based on 2 to 6 people.

 

Luggage:


They are transported by a courier or by our team and limited to one piece of luggage by person (max. 20 kg).

 

Roadbook :


Delivery of the travel book by post, in dematerialized version or at the first hotel. This notebook includes detailed maps and a description of the routes and vouchers for hotels and restaurants as well as labels for luggage.

 

Transport :


- By train: TGV to Toulouse.
- By road: A10 and A62 motorways: Paris - Bordeaux - Toulouse
(take direction city center when arriving in Toulouse)
- By plane: TOULOUSE BLAGNAC international airport
- Taxi: A trip between Blagnac and the city center costs around € 50.

 

Parking :


A parking space is possible at the first hotel, payable locally.

 

Cancellation insurance :


In order to guarantee the reimbursement of costs in the event of cancellation of your stay, you can take out cancellation insurance. To learn more about insurance, click here.

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