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Canal du Midi

4-day family cycle trip along the Canal du Midi

Short daily distances for those who want to cycle the Canal du Midi with children or at a relax pace.

Reviews (9) :
4.78 / 5
Reference M0403
  • Itinerant trip
  • 4 days
  • Very easy
  • From Apr 29 to Oct 3
  • Minimum age 7 years old
379€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This family cycle trip takes you along the Canal du Midi from Toulouse to Carcassonne. You ride at your own pace from lock to lock and discover the ingenious construction structures built by Paul Riquet. The daily distances are short, allowing you to bike slowly and rest when you arrive at your daily stop. You leave Toulouse on a cycle path along the canal and keep on cycling through the Lauragais area via Montesquieu-Lauragais, Avignonet-Lauragais and the Narouze splitting line before reaching Castelnaudary. You then head to the village on Saint-Papoul on low-traffic country roads before finding again the canal, that you follow till Carcassonne. You will be rewarded with the stunning views of the medieval walls !

    Day 1

     
     

    Toulouse - Montesquieu-Laurageais area

    Bike
    ~30km
    You leave Toulouse on a cycling path along the Canal du Midi and enjoy riding out of the city away from cars, lulled by the soft sound of the water. You reach the first villages of the Lauragais, an area where the landscape is dotted with typical flat bell towers like in the village of Montesquieu-Lauragais.

    Day 2

     
     

    Montesqieu - Lauragais area - Castelnaudary

    Bike
    36km
    You ride smoothly along the canal and reach the Cathar village of Avignonet-Lauragais before passing by Port Lauragais and the watershed between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean sea. You then head towards Castelnaudary, where you will be warmly welcomed with a tasty cassoulet on the nice port.

    Day 3

     
     

    Castelnaudary - Bram

    Bike
    17km
    You ride at a slow pace under the plane trees on the dirt path used as a tow path in the past. You reach Bram and its charming marina.

    Day 4

     
     

    Bram - Carcassonne

    Bike
    27km
    You ride today on the canal hauling path to Carcassonne. You go through the new town and arrive on the banks of the Aude river, from where the impressing walls of the medieval city rise in the sky. Don’t miss out the visit of this fortress, which was very well restored.
       

    Cité of Carcassonne 3h

    8,50 € / adult
  • Accommodation
  • Category B

    You stay in hotels with *** standards or bed & breakfasts selected for their style and quality. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults (+1m55).



    Luggage


    For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.

    For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking:
    (see rate in "Prices")

    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.(included in your bike rental)

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.


    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents maps of the itinerary (A4 format) that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider.

    Example of a map



    GPS tracks


    For this trip, we also provide the GPS tracks on demand in the .gpx format at no extra cost.

  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: many airlines fly to Toulouse. A regular shuttle is going to the city center every 20 min (price € 8/pers). It takes 20 to 45 min to get to the city center depending on traffic.
    • By train: because of the geography, trains going to Toulouse are not high speed. As a conseguence, it is quite a long train ride to get there: 5h30 from Paris, 4h from Marseille, 4h30 from Lyon and 2h from Bordeaux. To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    Parking

    If you drive to Toulouse, you need to know that secured car parks in the city center of Toulouse are very expensive. The 4-day rate in all the secured car parks of the city center is € 83. Another option is to park your car at the airport in the car park of Radisson Blu hotel. The rate for 4 days is € 40. You can book a spot on the website or the application of Mobypark. You can then take the shuttle (see upper).

    All details will be given in your travel documents.


    To get back to starting point:

    Trains take you back to your starting point if you wish. Regional direct trains (duration about 1 hr) are riding regularly. These trains take bikes without surcharge. You can buy your ticket on spot (full rate € 16.50/adult).

    You will find the timetable of the day in your travel documents.


    Meeting time:

    We recommend you to arrive at around 10am to enjoy your day fully without rushing and be able to do the visits on the way. We advise to book an extra night before in Toulouse if your travel plans make you arrive later.

    If you chose luggage transport, you must arrive before 10am to drop off your luggage. Bikes pick up point and luggage drop off point are located next to the train station and will be given in your travel documents.

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  • Reviews
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    9 bike travelers reviews 4.78 / 5

    “ Hortense LFDQ ”

    On the 2018-09-05 by Hortense
    TRES SATISFAITS // Nous avons effectué le trip Toulouse -> Carcassonne avec notre fille de 1 an qui était dans une petite remorque. Le vélo voyageur nous a accompagné dans le choix du parcours et de l'équipement afin que nous puissions trouver un voyage adapté. Nous avions pris l'option transport de bagages qui était très fluide et les maisons d'hôtes étaient très agréables. Nous recommandons fortement ce voyage pour une famille avec des enfants en bas âge. Par contre il y a une partie de la piste cyclable qui est assez mauvaise, nous avons du pédaler doucement pour éviter que notre fille subisse trop les chocs (en cas de mauvais temps, il doit être difficile de pédaler sur cette partie de la piste).

    “ au fil du canal ”

    On the 2018-08-30 by ANITA
    Nous avons effectué un voyage itinérant de 4 jours de Toulouse à Carcaçonne le long du canal du midi. Deux personnes sur les 3 n'étaient pas des cyclistes réguliers. Le rythme était parfait et la tranquilité des chemins de halage très appréciables, avec peu de monde (mois d'août) et des étapes chez des hôtes très accueillants. L'organisation de notre parcours par Vélo Voyageur a été à la hauteur de nos attentes et nous envisageons d'autres voyages.

    “ super expérience ”

    On the 2018-08-25 by Muriel
    Des chambres d'hôtes super à découvrir

    “ Delightful First Time Family Bike Trip ”

    On the 2018-08-22 by Emily
    My husband, 10 year old daughter and I did the Canal du Midi trip in August 2018 and thoroughly enjoyed it. This was our first time to do a cycling trip and we really appreciated the organization of Le Velo Voyageur. The bikes were good with ample storage in the saddle bags, and a solid rack you could strap other things to (we strapped our picnic blanket on top). The baggage delivery service was perfect. The luggage always arrived in great condition and was waiting for us each day. Le Velo Voyageur planned a nice route with a good variety of hotels and bed & breakfasts and restaurant dinners. The owners of all the places were very nice, helpful, and a pleasure to meet. I don't think I would have come across those bed & breakfasts on my own. La Bastide Negra and Domaine Saint Jolie were delightful places to stay. Comfortable beds, beautiful houses, lovely scenery, delicious food, and interesting guests. The roadbook was excellent, very precise directions. The locks along the canal were fascinating to see in action, and the ride itself along the canal is almost entirely shaded. A bit of practical advice here. We stayed two nights in Toulouse before the start of the trip. This made getting over jet lag easier since we came from the US on an overseas / overnight flight. On the last day of the trip we decided to train to Paris after we arrived in Carcassonne so were a bit rushed although we managed to bike a little around Carcassonne. I would definitely recommend not leaving Carcassonne until later in the day or ideally the next morning. Dropping off the bikes, picking up luggage at a hotel, then finding a place to change for the train was less than ideal. Next time we will stay longer in Carcassonne and plan a place to change if we don't have a hotel. I should note that, for us, Carcassonne wasn't a very easy city to bike through (very narrow roads, lots of pedestrian traffic) but it was a very interesting city to walk around. I highly recommend this trip!

    “ une rando au top ! ”

    On the 2018-07-14 by NADINE
    1ère expérience à vélo -avec assistante électrique- pour nous, (59 ans) qui ne sommes pas des sportifs entrainés. Fin juin sur le canal du midi : très calme, ombragé, au frais : l'occasion de redécouvrir nos campagnes, en arrivant par les petits chemins. Excellent pour s'aérer les neurones, en sortant des accès bitumés. Une grande liberté de rythme, liberté de sortir du circuit. Ce type de tourisme moyennement sportif, avec ce confort d'organisation et d'hébergement, permet de décompresser la journée, au calme, en pleine nature, de rencontrer des hôtes chaleureux et d'autres touristes de passage. Attention à certains endroits, la piste ressemble à un parcours de VTT. Nous sommes prêts à récidiver !!

    “ Canal du midi, printemps 2018 ”

    On the 2018-05-20 by Xavier
    Magnifique séjour, très bien organisé, à recommander. La qualité des vélos et le parcours ont contribué au caractère agréable du parcours.

    “ excellent! ”

    On the 2017-07-26 by DAMASO
    This is our second trip with le Vélo voyageur, and again the location of the lodgings were perfect, and at every location we found many details to be remembered with pleasure: the people, the food, the swimming pools, gardens... It was very agreeable to cycle along the Canal du Midi without worrying about the luggage, having time to enjoy, and getting to know remarkable places.

    “ Super le canal du midi ”

    On the 2017-07-23 by Karin
    Une expérience à vivre avec le calme et la découverte et de belles rencontres tout au long du canal. Des vacances au calme et au rythme que l on souhaite accessible à tous.

    “ Canal du midi "cross" ”

    On the 2016-05-20 by CECILE
    4 jours vraiment sympas entre écluses, platanes centenaires, canards et héron, et.. chemins de hallage "sportifs". En effet, après la pluie, c'est l'aventure! boue, dérapage et flaques qui mouillent... on rigole! plus ou moins... Mais très bons souvenirs !
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