Canal Du Midi - Source to Sea: 8 Days from Lac St
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 bicycle tours are organized in partnership with a local travel agency, as required by French law, giving you extra peace of mind. We offer many bike tours along the Canal Du Midi.
Day 1. St Ferréol - Canal Du Midi self guided bike tour Source to Sea
Arrival at excellent 2** hotel with pool on the lake's shore. This lake was the largest man-made lake at its time and supplies the Canal Du Midi with water year round. This is also the highest point on your trip; all downhill from here to Séte. Swim in the hotel pool or the lake. Visit the Canal Du Midi museum and park. 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).
fountain at paul riquet museum lac st ferreol lac st ferreol bassin for canal du midi water supply pool at the hotel in lac st ferreol
Day 2. St. Ferréol - Castelnaudary ~50Km / 31 Miles - Canal Du Midi self guided bike tour Source to Sea
Follow the Rigole de la Plaine towards Canal Du Midi. All water flowing through Canal Du Midi goes through this creek, the lake being the source of all the water. It was Paul Riquet's idea to use the water from the Black Mountains to finally allow the construction of the overland waterway from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. The Rigole joins the Canal 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. Today's trip leads you to Castelnaudary, famous for its local dish "cassoulet."
Spend night in excellent 2** hotel on the canal's bank.
canal du midi bicycle tour pyrenees mountains visible in the distance new zealand cyclists riding from revel to castlenaudary
Day 3. Castelnaudary - Carcassonne ~40Km / 24 Miles - Canal Du Midi self guided bike tour Source to Sea
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 self guided bike tour Source to Sea
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