Canal du Midi

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10 Day(s)
385 Km
avg 48 Km
Self-guided

Description

The Canal du Midi is undoubtedly the most beautiful canal in Europe. It was built by Pierre Paul Riquet between 1667 and 1681 in order to link the Mediterranean to Atlantic Ocean. This idea had already been dreamt of by the Romans but was only carried out sixteen centuries later and even at that time was a considerable technological achievement. All along the 260 km of canal situated in the South of France with its 64 locks, you will come across authentic and varied landscapes where time seems to stand still silent. Cars and industry are missing, here the bicycle reigns, riding along the towpath under century old plane trees. France-Bike, has however, extended this bike tour for even more highlights in 2014, you’ll now also discover 2 other canals dating from the 18th Century, namely the Canal de la Robine to Narbonne, and the Rhone-Sète canal between Montpellier and Sète. This section alone has it all, as the canal leads through the heart of the lakes and marshland area, so typical of the Mediterranean. Flamingos, herons, gulls and countless other species of birds accompany you as soon as you set off.

Culture and architecture fans are in for a treat: Visit elegant Montpellier, the lively port and fishing town of Sète, the Greek town of Agde with its Romanesque fortified church, Béziers Cathedral and beautiful old town, Narbonne and Archbishop's Palace, Gothic cathedral and underground Roman storage facilities, Carcassonne with the most powerful medieval double fortification in Europe (UNESCO World Heritage) and finally Toulouse, the red city on the Garonne River. And this tour is of course also a culinary journey of discovery through the varied and excellent southern cuisine. Discover new places, new smells, get some fresh air, look around you and relax on your bicycle while at the same time undertaking an activity which is good for your mind and body. This promenade along the water’s edge away from traffic will allow you to meet local people and other tourists and to appreciate the wonderful local cuisine.

Information

Tour Location

Country:
France
Region:
Occitanie
From:
Montpellier
To:
Toulouse

Tour Information

Guiding:
Self-guided
Duration:
10 Days
Terrain:
Flat (mostly)|Quiet Roads
More Options:
Point to Point|Electric Bike
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
EUR 995

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
385 Km
Riding Days:
8
Month(s):
March|April|May|June|August|September|October
Departure:
Sundays

Additional Information

Accommodation:

Double Occupancy / Twin Share

Single Supplement: Available

Inclusions

9 nights in carefully chosen 3 *** and 4**** hotels
9x breakfast
tourist tax
welcome briefing
luggage transport (1 piece per person)
carefully chosen roads and paths
detailed documentation, brochures, plans, maps, etc.
France-Bike signs along the route
GPS on request
France-Bike security vest
service hotline

Options

Half board 280 €
Bike hire 110 €
Electric bike 210 €
Supplement for arrive any day

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