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Canal du Midi - from Toulouse to Carcassonne
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Canal du Midi - from Toulouse to Carcassonne
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A short break to discover treasures of architecture


Bike Tour: Canal du Midi - from Toulouse to Carcassonne - 4 days

What better way to take a break and get a breath of fresh air than on a short cycling holiday? We propose a 4-day trip, starting from Toulouse, on a cycling route along the Canal du Midi. There is a lot to be enjoyed along this large-scale “water work”: antique boats, dozens of oval shaped locks of various sizes and age old villages... You will also pass through the agricultural area of Lauragais and the vineyards of Minervois. This greenpath will guide you towards the famous city of Carcassonne.
More than 75% of all the stages along the canals are on nice cycle paths. However, since several years, the quality of some of the paths in the more southern area are sub-optimal.

Day 1: Arrival in Toulouse
Day 2: Toulouse - Castelnaudary
Day 3: Castelnaudary - Carcassonne
Day 4: Departure from Carcassonne

Day 1:    Arrival in Toulouse

You individually travel to the ‘pink’ Toulouse, cosmopolitan and cultural town where red bricks are a characteristic feature. Visit the lively centre with its many fine restaurants. Discover monumental treasures, like the Place du Capitol, St. Sernin’s Cathedral and the Couvent des Jacobins, a beautiful 13th century Dominican Monastery.


Day 2:    Toulouse - Castelnaudary
64 km

Leave town via the Paul Riquet bridge and cycle along the Canal du Midi with its characteristic barges. You enter the pastel coloured country of Lauragais. Take a break in Avignonet, the centre of the battles during the Albegenic crusades with lots of medieval remains, statues of crusaders and enormous churches. At the foot of the Montagne Noir you find the highest point in the canal. This is the Narouze watershed between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. You go down to Castelnaudary, maybe to have a real authentic "cassoulet" for dinner?

Challenge: 64.3km, 467m ascent, 433m descent


Day 3:    Castelnaudary - Carcassonne
43 km

Surrounded by the Montagne Noire in the east and the Pyrenees in the south-west, you cycle via an original, thousand- year-old tow-path to the river harbour of Bram. Bricks make way for stones, cornfields turn into vineyards. You pass age old villages and waterworks like Béteil and the Lalande lock that show Paul Riquet’s ingenuity. Also stop at the Cugarel mill, the Villepinte dam and the Rebenty aqueduct. Finally you reach Carcassonne, consisting of a medieval upper town and the Bastide St. Jean situated lower.

Challenge: 43km, 258m ascent, 294m descent


Day 4:     Departure from Carcassonne

After breakfast, your trip ends in Carcassonne. We advise you to extend your stay in order to take the time to visit this impressive medieval city, classified as a Unesco Heritage site.


All accommodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. 

We choose comfortable 2*/3* hotels or B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom and every morning breakfast are included. 

For this trip you can choose between Comfort and Comfort +. The accommodations for a Comfort+ trip, will be in 3*/4 * hotels wherever possible (supplement applied).

Hotel Royal Wilson Toulouse
Hotel Royal Wilson** (Toulouse)
Hotel du Canal Castelnaudary
Hotel du Canal*** (Castelnaudary)
Hotel du Pont Vieux Carcassonne
Hotel du Pont Vieux*** (Carcassonne)
Bike rental

The bike rental includes the drop-off fee for the bike’s return


The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock

Bergamont Horizon 4

BERGAMONT E-Horizon Tour 400 Wave

The bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock

Bergamont E-bike

Our rental bikes come with pannier, handlebar bag, spare tube, tools, pump, helmet and lock

Practical info

3 Nights included

2/3 Star Hotels or 3/4 Star Hotels (supplement applied)

Tourist tax included

Breakfast included, Halfboard optional on request

Maps and tourist information on all the places of interest

24/7 Bilingual Emergency hotline

Luggage transport to your next accommodations. Luggage accepted per person: 1 suitcase or travel bag (20 kg maximum)

For time tables and further information check the website of SNCF or rome2rio for all French National trains (SNCF).

We strongly advise you to download the sncf mobile app prior to departure. If you want to travel on a train with your bike, you can find more information via this link.

Parking informations on request

We will supply the directions of this trip with a personalized code which gives you access to our travel App.


Arrival info

The closest airports for this trip are Toulouse (TLS) and Montpellier (MPL)

From Paris, you can take the TGV (high speed train) to Bordeaux (approx. 2h15). From Bordeaux, you can take a TER Train to Toulouse (approx. 2h05). On the end of your trip you can take a train from Carcassonne (direct trains back to Toulouse, the journey takes approximately 1h). 

For timetables and further information check the website of SNCF or rome2rio for all French National trains (SNCF).


From Paris to Toulouse (approx. 6h - 680 km/423 mi). Acces to driving routes see the website ViaMichelin.

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