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Canal du Midi

Push your pedals this way…
Get a real taste for France’s best-loved Canal Country including Carcassonne, Cathar castles and of course, that delicous local dish - Cassoulet!  Warm and wonderful just like its close neighbour, Provence, this area of the Languedoc offers superbly shady cycling along the tow paths and some real local colour at any time of the year. 

Our self-guided cycling holidays in the Canal du Midi area feature linear routes on hotel to hotel cycling tours. 

Canal du Midi - 'Petit'

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It’s amazing what great things you can experience on a ‘little’ cycle tour along the Canal du Midi! Take the über-impressive castle at Carcassonne or the nine lock staircase and mighty Malpas Tunnel just outside historic Béziers for example. Or the expansive stretches of Languedoc vineyards and awesome vistas from ancient Cathar villages. The heat is on to enjoy everything this sunshine area of France has to offer, but the cycling couldn’t be cooler – straightforward routes down shady, easy-going towpaths. What are you waiting for?


In Carcassonne, Homps, Narbonne and Béziers.

Area Canal du Midi
Board Basis Bed & Breakfast
Start Day Any Day
Tour Duration 5 days and 4 nights
Tour Grade Grade 2
Price per person From £591 to £675

Canal du Midi - Castles & Cathar Villages

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Few castle cities can be more impressive than Carcassonne - and there can’t be many cycle routes as straight forward as the Canal du Midi which carves its way through captivating Cathar country. Down in the Languedoc, the climate is close to sun-baked Provence, but canal-side, the cycling is refreshingly shady and wonderfully easy-going. Nothing beats a hearty helping of Cassoulet ‘at home’ in Castelnaudry, washed down with a glass of rich, red Languedoc-Roussillion, but this tour lets you put a toe in the Med too. A great linear tour, full of locks and lovely villages, vineyards and vistas, all across easy terrain with an optional climb, but just because the view is truly worth it!


In Carcassonne (2 nights), Homps (2 nights), Narbonne and Béziers (2 nights).

Area Canal du Midi
Board Basis Bed & Breakfast
Start Day Any Day
Tour Duration 8 days and 7 nights
Tour Grade Grade 2-3
Price per person From £845 to £929

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