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Canal Du Midi: From Montpellier to Carcassonne
Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in the Languedoc region Self-guided trip: Starts any Sunday from March 19th through October 29th, 2017
6 nights/7 days
Daily mileage: From 38 km (24 miles) to 59 km (37 miles)
Starts from Montpellier and ends in Carcassonne
A longer version of this tour is available from Montpellier to Toulouse (pricing on request)
Toulouse and Carcassonne are well serviced from all major European gateways by major carriers as well as low-cost airlines
Accommodation in 4-, 3-, and 2-star properties
From 940 euros per person sharing a double room
Level: 2 (Easy)

Canal du Midi: From Montpellier to Carcassonne — 6 nights/7 days

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Cycling along the Canal du Midi will take you from Sete to Carcassonne
 
This cycling trip along Canal du Midi is virtually traffic-free
  Linking the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, the Canal du Midi is one of mankind’s exceptional achievements… so exceptional that it’s been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ideal for navigating by barge, this 260 km-long canal is also perfect for cycling! The tow paths along the canal, along with quiet roads, make it easy for cyclists to discover some of the remarkable sites in the region: the harbor of Sète, the medieval walled city of Carcassonne (another UNESCO World Heritage Site), the town of Agde and its fortified Romanesque cathedral, and the 2,000-year-old Roman bridge in Béziers… to name a few.

Each day’s ride is intentionally short so you can tour at your own pace without feeling rushed or regimented. With manageable terrain, you’ll arrive at each destination feeling relaxed and eager to explore — although the journey itself is magical in its own right.
 
Itinerary
Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival in Montpellier

Whether you fly in from London, Paris, or even Brussels, or travel by train, Montpellier is very easy to access. Upon arrival, there is plenty to explore in France’s 8th largest city, a true Mediterranean gem. Check out the impressive Arc-de-Triomphe, stroll the car-free historic centre, or get lost in the famous Musée Fabre.
Day 2 (Monday): Montpellier — Sète (43 km/27 miles, 161 meters/528 ft of climbing)

This morning you will meet our local representative, receive your bikes, and ask any questions you may have before you take off. Riding along the Lez River you will head straight to the coast towards Palavas. Take a break in the fishermen’s village or keep moving along the Rhone-Sète-Canal towards the stunning village of Frontignan. With the Gardiole mountain range and the Étang de Thau as its surroundings, Frontignan is another worthy photo stop. Your day will come to an end in Sète, known as the “Venice of Languedoc”.
Day 3 (Tuesday): Sète — Bèziers (59 km/37 miles, 337 meters/1,106 ft of climbing)

Your itinerary will take you on a beachfront road all the way to Cap d’Agde. Agde is so singular and different from its neighbours — its site on a geological fault gave builders direct access to the black volcanic rock from which the town is built! While there, be sure not to miss the old quarter and its cathedral. You'll then cycle along the Canal du Midi until you reach Béziers, where you’ll overnight. With more than 6,500 years of history, Béziers is one of the oldest towns on the Mediterranean ring and offers many sites of interest, including its 15th century cathedral dedicated to Saint-Nazaire.
Day 4 (Wednesday): Bèziers Narbonne (44 km/27 miles, 259 meters/850 ft of climbing)

Your ride will take you over the River Orb. Further on, the Oppidum of Enserune is a testimony to the importance of this region as a crossroad — as shown by the number of pre-roman artefacts from all corners of the Mediterranean ring that have been found there. Further on, Capestang and its imposing Gothic church is worth a stop. Don’t think you have to ‘see it all’, though, — it’s up to you which attractions to explore or pass. Cycling through vineyards, you will soon reach Narbonne.
Day 5 (Thursday): Narbonne — Homps (38 km/24 miles, 193 meters/633 ft of climbing)

Save a little time to explore Narbonne before hopping on your bike, if you didn’t the previous day. This town was place of importance on the route to Spain since Roman times. You’ll encounter its medieval cathedral and Archbishops’ Palace (Palais des Archeveques) before riding out of town. The first part of your trip will include some cycling along the Canal de la Robine, then it’s on to the Canal du Midi. Follow the quiet roads all the way to the small village of Homps where you’ll overnight.
Day 6 (Friday): Homps — Carcassone (41 km/25 miles, 254 meters/833 ft of climbing)

Your destination is the enchanting medieval city of Carcassonne. Two walls encircle the city — Europe’s largest fortress, in fact — which, not surprisingly, has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list for years. Before arriving, you’ll ride along the canal through picturesque villages that offer many lunch options. You may choose to spend a three-hour lunch at an outdoor café or rush to arrive early to Carcassonne.
Day 7 (Saturday): Carcassonne

After breakfast, depart Carcassonne at the time of your choice. If your schedule allows, you may wish to add an extension to Toulouse.
Booking & Pricing
From 940 euros per person sharing a double room

  • 940 euros per person in March, April and October. Single supplement is 265 euros
  • 995 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 285 euros
  • 1,050 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 300 euros

These prices include:

  • 6 nights' accommodation in 2-, 3-, and 4-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily dinner (drinks are not included)
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 115 euros per bike. This price includes tthe 20-euro drop-off fee for the bike's return to Montpellier. E-bikes are available upon request.

NB 1: Starting on another day is possible for an additional charge of 60 euros per person for 3 riders or fewer and at no additional charge for groups of 4 or more

NB 2: A longer version of this tour is available from Montpellier to Toulouse (price is on request)
For further information or reservations:
Please book online or contact us at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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