Cycling Tour Canal du Midi France
This cycling tour Canal du Midi in France is one of our favourites. The cycling on this tour is graded as easy, mainly flat roads and canal paths, with lots of coastal aspects, peppered with fascinating villages, including the UNESCO listed Carcassonne.
And of course, the food and wine. Unsurprisingly for France, this region has a strong wine growing culture. Wine varieties include a Rosé called Vin de Sable, or the crisp white of Picpoul de Pinet an ideal match to the local shellfish dishes. Near Pézénas there are prestigious vineyards producing full bodied reds, and further south are the sparkling wines of Limoux.
We visit some amazing French towns and villages on this cycling tour, and the variety is wonderful. A highlight is the UNESCO listed town of Carcassonne. The striking Citadelle of Carcassonne at the end of the tour was plundered for building materials until it was restored to glory in the early nineteenth century and is now one of the most visited sites in France.
As well as accommodation, bikes, helmets, transfers, support wagon, all breakfasts & evening meals are included. Restaurants are selectedfor cuisine and ambience, and favour those with a strong regional flavour, food and wine are an important part of all our cycling tours.
Scroll down to see a brief itinerary summary including cycling distances and the French towns and villages visited and where we stay. Or click ‘Request an Itinerary’ below for a more detailed itinerary for this tour. See all our France cycling tours here.
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Cycling Tour Canal du Midi 2019 & 2020 Dates
2019: 22nd – 28th September
2020: 17th – 23rd May
2020: 31st May – 6th June
2020: 20th – 26th September
- Viewing the Sète lagoon and its' famous pink flamingos
- The cobbled streets and canals of Sete and medieval town of Pezenas
- Fantastic sea views around the Etang de Thau
- The gorgeous Canal du Midi itself is a joy to ride
- The amazing town of Carcassonne with the historic fort
Itinerary at a glance
Arrive Sete, wonder this lovely town, meet your guides and fellow riders, enjoy restaurant dinner.
Cycling via Etang de Thau to medieval town of Pezenas, delightful day of cycling. 42kms/210m gain
A circular ride to Agde with a wine tasting on the return to Pezenas. 46kms/180m
A beautiful ride via Tourbes & Beziers to our Château hotel in Lignan-sur-Orb, stroll in the shady gardens or swim in the new pool. 48kms/300m
Following the Canal du Midi with a couple of diversions of wine tastings, a swim or both! Overnight in hamlet of Cabezac. 49kms/260m
A gorgeous day of Canal cycling heading to the stunning UNESCO village of Carcassonne. A final group dinner and exploration of this amazing town. 49kms/100m
Sad farewells and onward transfers as required.