Canal du Midi by Bike: Toulouse to Sète Biking Tour
Canal du Midi by Bike: Toulouse to Sète Biking Tour

Canal du Midi by Bike: Toulouse to Sète Biking Tour

7 days

Amazing sunset over the bridgeBeautiful sunrise over the boat stationBoat on the Canal du MidiCanal du Midi nature landscapeCanal du Midi view

Cycle from the Toulouse to Sète on this 7-day self-guided tour

Follow the footsteps masterfully laid out by France's most famous canal architect, Paul Riquet, as you cycle the Canal du Midi from Toulouse to Sète on this 7-day self-guided bike tour.

The Canal du Midi by Bike: Toulouse to Sète cycling tour is the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty and elegance of the pastoral landscapes in the south of France. This tour will introduce you to the beautiful natural oasis and charming towns and villages of the Occitanie region.

From Toulouse, you'll ride east towards the Mediterranean Coast, enjoying visits and overnight stays in Castelnaudary, Homps, Béziers, and more. Then, arriving on the sandy shores of Sète, you'll have completed a week's worth of unforgettable cycling in the South of France.

Your two wheels are your ticket to exploring several highlights of the region, including the agricultural landscapes of Lauragais, the sprawling vineyards of Minervois, and charming small villages like Carcassonne and Capestang.

Experience an authentic France on this unique cycling holiday in Occitanie!

Highlights of the Canal du Midi by Bike: Toulouse to Sète Biking Tour

Cycle the Canal du Midi from Toulouse to Sète, taking in the famous work of canal architect Paul Riquet.
Explore age-old settlements along the route and hop off your bikes in charming villages like Carcassonne and Avignonet.
Ride at your own pace, cruising through scenic areas like Lauragais and the beautiful vineyards of Minervois.
Cruise to a seaside paradise in charming Sète, where you’ll end your tour on the azure blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

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From $575USD
7 days
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Canal du Midi by Bike: Toulouse to Sète Biking Tour

Canal du Midi by Bike: Toulouse to Sète Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive

Your tour begins in the lovely “Pink City” of Toulouse, known for its brick buildings. Toulouse boasts several fine restaurants and a lively town center.

Settle into your accommodations here, then set out to discover some gems of this riverside town, perhaps taking a walk to the Place du Capitole or the 13th-century Dominican monastery, Couvent des Jacobins.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Toulouse
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Cycle the Lauragais Area to Castelnaudary

Set out on the first leg of your cycling tour along the Canal du Midi this morning, ready to take in the beautiful French countryside as you ride to Castelnaudary! Setting out from Toulouse, you’ll pedal the Paul Riquet Bridge, cruising alongside the Canal du Midi and noting its classic barges along the way.

Entering the Lauragais area, you’ll encounter a true hidden gem in the south of France, a vibrant agricultural area full of colours and life. Pause in Avignonet to discover a site of medieval ruins before continuing to Castelnaudary.

Gastronomy is synonymous with Castelnaudary, and the town is particularly well-known for its Cassoulet dish. Bon appetit!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Castelnaudary
Distance: 64km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Cycle to the Bram River Port and Carcassonne

Another scenic ride awaits you this morning as you set out towards the Bram River port. With your path lorded over by the Montagne Noire to the east and the majestic Pyrenees to the south, you’ll find yourself completely enveloped in marvellous mountain scenery.

On the route, you’ll pass through several ancient villages as you ride to Carcassonne. On the way, you’ll take in the Cugarel mill, the Rebente aqueduct, and the Villepinte Dam.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Carcassonne
Distance: 43km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Cycle to Homps or Olonzac via Trèbes

Today’s route is quiet and peaceful, with plenty of time to reflect and enjoy the tranquillity afforded by the beautiful French countryside. Follow the canal as the route unfolds through forests of sycamores. Admire the impressive bridge at Orbiel and a 12th-century chapel in Trèbes.

Continue through sprawling vineyards, taking in the splendour and vitality of some of France’s most fertile lands. Arrive in Homps or Olonzac, where you’ll find tonight’s accommodations.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Homps or Olonzac
Distance: 42km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Cycle to Béziers via Argens

Begin your day on two wheels with a pleasant ride on a gently winding path past the lock of Argens and on to Le Somail. It’s recommended to enjoy some time on foot in Le Somail, perusing its old stately library before returning to your bike to complete the final leg of today.

Tracing the Canal de la Robine, you’ll pedal to Capestang, then on to Poilhes la Romaine and Foncérannes, finally arriving in Béziers.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Béziers
Distance: 62km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Cycle the Coast to Sète

With the salty scent of the Mediterranean in the air, you’ll ride towards the coast today, making your way to the seaside town of Sète. Dunes, swamps, and large lagoons will flank your path as you enjoy this gorgeous coastal route. Ride past the Pont bâche du Libron and Agde’s round lock, eventually reaching the lighthouse of Onglous where the Canal du Midi comes to an end. Continue the route to Marseillan, where you’ll trace the sandy shoreline to charming Sète.

Sète is the perfect place to end your cycling tour, home to several lively restaurants and bars and in a truly magical coastal setting. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening, celebrating the completion of your tour!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Sète
Distance: 50km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Departure

Your tour ends in pleasant Sète this morning. Check out and head to the airport to depart.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Canal du Midi by Bike: Toulouse to Sète Prices and Dates

This self-guided cycling tour of France is run as a private tour for your group and the price depends on the time of year in which you choose to travel, the class of accommodation, and the kind of room you prefer. Departures are available between April 15th and October 10th.

Prices below are per person.

Standard Accommodation

  • Price per person staying in a single room: $1,075 USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $695 USD per person
  • Price per person sharing a in twin room: $695 USD per person
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $625 USD per person
  • Price per person sharing a quadruple room: $575 USD per person

Deluxe Accommodation

  • Price per person staying in a single room: $1,195 USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $725 USD per person
  • Price per person sharing a in twin room: $725 USD per person
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $725 USD per person
  • Price per person sharing a quadruple room: $675 USD per person
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Accommodation on the Canal du Midi by Bike: Toulouse to Sète Tour

This tour is available with either standard or deluxe accommodations. Both variations are based in hotels and B&Bs. Hotels and B&Bs on the standard tour are 2-star and 3-star and Hotels and B&Bs on the deluxe tour are 3-star and 4-star. Accommodations are well-located and offer private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
If you are a solo traveller or you prefer a single room, the required supplements are included in the listed prices.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Hotel Royal Wilson in Toulouse ★★

Located in downtown Toulouse this hotel is full of character and local charm.

Hotel du Canal in Castelnaudary ★★

Perched on the lovely Canal du Midi, this centrally-located bright hotel is full of character and offers several amenities like BBQ facilities, a billiards area, and a breakfast buffet.

Hotel du Pont vieux in Carcassonne ★★

Enjoy this modern, centrally located hotel, bringing the best of Carcassonne right to your doorstep.

B&B Le Jardin d’Homps in Homps

Guests will enjoy this quiet and pleasant B&B, which has a gorgeous sun terrace and large outdoor pool.

Hotel des Poètes in Béziers ★★

Lovingly renovated, this modern hotel is stylish and elegant and faces the beautiful Plateau des Poetes garden.

Hotel l'Orque Bleue in Sète ★★★

Located in the heart of the city, this unforgettable hotel strikes the perfect balance of modern, charming, and comfortable and offers guests several amenities like a coffee shop and lounge.

Hotels on Deluxe Tour

Privilège Hôtel Mermoz in Toulouse ★★★★

Found in the heartbeat of Toulouse and surrounded by dazzling boutiques and fine restaurants, this hotel is the perfect base to explore Toulouse from. Guests will enjoy the outdoor swimming pool and bar and lounge on-site.

Hôtel le Clos Fleuri in Castelnaudary ★★★

Located just a stone’s throw away from the Midi Canal, this comfortable hotel offers amenities like an outdoor pool and an excellent in-house restaurant.

Hôtel Aragon in Carcassonne ★★★

Aragon is a modern, centrally located hotel, bringing the best of Carcassonne right to your doorstep.

Cdh les Palmiers in Homps

A lovely warm atmosphere welcomes guests into this small B&B with a nice outdoor seating area.

Hôtel Impérator in Béziers ★★★

Hotel Imperator is located in the city center near several attractions, bars, restaurants, and shops.

Hotel l'Orque Bleue in Sète ★★★

Located in the heart of the city, this unforgettable hotel strikes the perfect balance of modern, charming, and comfortable and offers guests several amenities like a coffee shop and lounge.

What’s Included in the Canal du Midi by Bike: Toulouse to Sète Tour?

Meals

6 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights are included. Accommodations before the tour in Toulouse and after the tour in Sète are not included but can be added as a supplement. You can also add nights at the hotels along the route.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for you and your luggage are included throughout the tour. Airport transfers are not included but can be booked in advance as a supplement.

Also Included

  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • Tourist information on all places of interest
  • GPS tracks (on request)
  • Tourist city tax
  • 24/7 emergency phone support

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Gratuities for tour guides or other staff if desired
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Visas if required
  • Any public transport used

Optional Extras

  • Bike rental:
    • Hybrid bike: $125 USD
    • E-bike: $175 USD
  • Additional nights before, during, or after the tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional activities or excursions

Frequently Asked Questions about Canal du Midi by Bike: Toulouse to Sète Biking Tour

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour a 2/5. You should be comfortable riding up to 65km in a day. The terrain is a combination of flat and hilly.

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