Canal Du Midi - Sportive: 7 Days from Toulouse to
Come cycle the Canal Du Midi with Relax Bike Tours, the only bike touring company actually located on the Canal Du Midi. Using the highest quality products available along with the most detailed route maps, this will be a pleasure for both young and old alike. Our bike tours are organized in partnership with a local travel agency, as required by French law, giving you extra peace of mind. We offer many bicycle tours along the Canal Du Midi.
Day 1. Toulouse - Canal Du Midi Sportive self guided bike tour
Arrival by car, train, or airplane directly into Toulouse. You will have plenty of time to visit the bustling city of Toulouse. Bicycles will be delivered and fitted, roadbook explained, and general orientation. If you brought your own pedals or seat they will be put on at this time as well (please let us know before hand so we can bring the proper tools).
Spend night in superb 3*** hotel in downtown.
Day 2. Toulouse to Castelnaudary ~65Km / 40 Miles - Canal Du Midi Sportive self guided bike tour
After breakfast start of on paved towpath along the beautiful Canal Du Midi. You will reach the canal's highest point at le Seuil de Naurouze. This is the so-called continental divide; rain falling to the East of this point will end up in the Mediterranean, and rain falling on the west will end up in the Atlantic. The Rigoles supply the canal with water from the Black Mountains at this point. Today's trip eventually leads you to Castelnaudary, famous for its local dish "cassoulet."
Spend night in excellent 2** hotel on the Canal's bank.
bridge over canal du midi france pyrenees seen in the distance from beziers windmill in castelnaudary
Day 3. Castelnaudary - Carcassonne ~40Km / 24 Miles - Canal Du Midi Sportive self guided bike tour
Another great cycling day awaits you this day. Cycling on the flat towpath of the Canal Du Midi, you will pass vineyards, locks, poppy fields, and sunflower fields. You will have plenty of time to visit the medieval Cité of Carcassonne. The Cité is the largest medieval castle in the world, and its cobbled streets, drawbridges, and narrow streets are said to have inspired Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty.
Spend night in lovely 3*** hotel with pool at the feet of the Cité.
canal du midi bicycle path carcassonne castle with blue sky pool at hotel in carcassonne with view onto castle
Day 4. Carcassonne - Homps ~45Km / 27 Miles - Canal Du Midi Sportive self guided bike tour
After a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast you will leave Carcassonne behind you cycling along the Canal Du Midi. Enjoy the peace and silence watching the many small boats passing by on the Canal.
Spend night in excellent hotel on the bank of Canal Du midi in Homps.