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Canal du Midi
What you can expect
A gentle holiday along flat paths and lanes following the Canal du Midi through southern France. Let the slow pace of canalside life lure you into a relaxed state as you ride along this amazing waterway. 5 days cycling, 7 nights: 6 nights dinner bed and breakfast, one night dinner not included.
- Be beguiled by the tranquility and slower pace of life
- Toulouse, the 'pink city' due to the colour of stone used
- The Grand Bassin at Castelnaudary
- Carcassonne, a fairytale fortress
- The world's first canal tunnel
- Arrival at the Mediterranean
- Ideal for first time cycle tourers
- Enjoy the famous wines and gastronomy of the southwest of France such as cassoulet and confit de canard.
The Canal du Midi, constructed over 14 years in the 1670s and 1680s, was a groundbreaking work of engineering and pioneered many techniques still in use today. The canal was constructed to avoid the need to circumnavigate the Iberian peninsular and the need for reliance on Spanish goodwill; thereby shortening a journey from the Atlantic to the Med by 3,000 miles!
Although its use as a commercial waterway has disappeared, it is now possible to cycle from one end of the canal to the other using the towpaths and quiet lanes adjoining them, from Toulouse to the Mediterranean at Agde, through the vineyards and flat countryside of the region. The architects of the canal took great pride in making it as aesthetically pleasing as possible, blending it into the landscape. This aim was well and truly accomplished, and only serves to enhance this memorable ride.
Along the way there is plenty to see, from beautiful landscapes, to pleasure craft to wave at, cafes and restaurants, vineyards and unspoilt villages, all set in one of France's most beautiful regions famed for its food and wine.
Your Next Adventure Awaits
What you need to know...
Region of France
South West France
40 km / 25 Miles
60 km / 37 Miles
5 days cycling, 1 non cycling day spent in Carcassonne
240 km / 150 miles
Departure Dates & Prices
|Month||Dates||Tour Price||Single Supplement*||Bike Hire From||Enquire||Book|
|September 2018||15th to 22nd September 2018||15/9/18 to 22/9/18||£1,295||£495||£125||Check Availability||Book Now|
*A single supplement is only payable if you would like a guaranteed room to yourself. If you are happy to share with another traveller of the same gender, no supplement is payable.