Canal du Midi: Carcassonne to Sete, the South of France and the Sea

4/5 (1)
6 nights
31 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 1790
Bike tour in France
Rider Level: Active

Canal du Midi: Carcassonne to Sete, the South of France and the Sea

4/5 (1)

Rider Level: Active

6 nights
31 miles/day

Self guided from EUR € 1790
Bike tour in France

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  • Cycle the Canal du Midi to the stunning Mediterranean coast

    Cruise the Canal du Midi by bike from incredible Carcassonne to spectacular Sete on the Mediterranean coast. Beginning in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Carcassonne, a medieval city restored by the famous architect Viollet-le-Duc and celebrated for its grand castle and quaint cobbled streets, you'll embark on an unforgettable cycling trip along the renowned Canal du Midi.

    Along the route to Sete, you'll make stops at several key locations like Narbonne and Beziers, historical sites which offer fascinating insights into the authentic southern French lifestyle. Park up your bicycles on the blissful beaches of Cap d'Agde, and soak up the splendid scenery that makes the South of France one of the country's most prized assets.

    • Delicious French wines. Raissalara Lutolf, Unsplash
    • Canal du Midi: Carcassonne to Sete, France Bike Tour
    • Béziers, France. CC:Chensiyuan
    • Canal Du Midi, France. Steve Douglas, Unsplash
    • Fine Provençal cuisine & wines. vinhosprovence, Flickr
    • Narbonne, France. Ian Kirkland, Unsplash
    • Aude River, Carcassonne, France. Hugo Margolles, Unsplash
    • Narbonne, France. James Kemp, Unsplash

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    • Medieval city of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Cycling along the Canal du Midi to the Mediterranean coast
    • Blissful sandy beaches of Cap d'Agde
    • Typical southern French locations like Narbonne and Beziers

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    Interested in adding to your itinerary? Take a look at our cycling day tours in Paris and Provence.

  • CC-BY-SA-4.0 - Carcassonne, France. CC:Chensiyuan' data-type='image'> Carcassonne, France. CC:Chensiyuan
    CC-BY-SA-3.0 - Carcassonne & Pont Vieux Bridge, France. CC:Ben LIEU SONG' data-type='image'> Carcassonne & Pont Vieux Bridge, France. CC:Ben LIEU SONG
    CC-BY-SA-3.0 - Place Gabriel Peri, Béziers, France. CC:Deemeester' data-type='image'> Place Gabriel Peri, Béziers, France. CC:Deemeester
    CC-BY-SA-4.0 - Béziers, France. CC:Chensiyuan' data-type='image'> Béziers, France. CC:Chensiyuan
    CC-BY-ND-2.0 - Fine Provençal cuisine & wines. vinhosprovence, Flickr' data-type='image'> Fine Provençal cuisine & wines. vinhosprovence, Flickr
    CC-BY-2.0 - French wines. Didriks, Flickr' data-type='image'> French wines. Didriks, Flickr
  • Daily program

    Day 1: Arrival in Carcassonne
    Arrive in captivating Carcassonne, a wonderful place to start your trip! Your hotel is located right at the base of the walls of this grand medieval city. Drop your luggage in the hotel and head out to explore. You'll be provided with orientation and bike set-up in the early evening, and there are plenty of options for excellent dining spots, including a number of restaurants within the city walls. As this UNESCO World Heritage Site is so intriguing, you may like to add an extra night to your trip - ask us for rates.

    Overnight in Carcassonne.

    Day 2: Ride along the Canal du Midi (32 miles/51 km, elevation gain 490 meters)
    Leaving Carcassonne, you'll come to the village of Trebes as you cycle along the quiet canalside bike path. As you ride, you can watch the amateur and professional boat operators gliding past and nagivating the canal locks. Continue south of the canal to reach the charming village of St. Pierre des Champs, following flat to rolling terrain. Dinner is included tonight.

    Overnight in Lagrasse.

    Day 3: Cycle to Narbonne (40 miles/64 km or 43 miles/69 km, elevation gain 545 meters or 405 meters)
    Today's route takes you to the commune of Narbonne where you can visit its impressive Gothic cathedral and old town. The cycling route briefly veers off the Canal du Midi in order to reach Narbonne via the Canal de la Robine. Today's ride features flat to rolling terrain with some trail sections.

    Overnight in Narbonne.

    Day 4: Ride to Beziers (24 miles/38 km, 203 meters)
    The cycling route today heads into the blissful countryside, following small country roads until you reach the beautiful town of Beziers, famous for hosting the Feria in August, a festival which draws thousands each year to watch events like bullfighting. Beziers is also known for the St. Nazaire Cathedral and the regrettable plight of the Cathars, all of whom were murdered in a purge by the Catholic crusaders in July 1209. You'll cycle some additional kilometers to reach your quiet, charming hotel, enjoying flat to rolling rural terrain following sections of the Canal du Midi trail.

    Overnight in Beziers.

    Day 5: Beziers to Cap d'Agde (19 miles/31 km, elevation gain 65 meters)
    Leaving Lignan and Beziers far behind, you'll cycle to the sublime seaside resort of Cap d'Agde on the blissful Mediterranean Sea. You'll first pedal past Agde, with its historically important trading port. Once called 'Good Fortune' (from the Greek 'Agathe Tyche'), Agde became an important trading point between Marseille and Spain during the 3rd century. Cap d'Agde is known for its stunning sandy beaches, so take some time out for a dip in the azure waters of the Mediterranean or to stretch out under the sun.

    Overnight in Cap d'Agde.

    Day 6: Cap d'Agde to Sete (17 miles/27 km, elevation gain 90 meters)
    Today's ride is a relatively short one along the coastal area between the Thau Lagoon and Mediterranean Sea. Arriving in Sete, you'll discover a beautiful city of typical southern French districts, crossed with canals lined with colorful houses overlooking the water. Soak up the blissful atmosphere here and perhaps learn a little about George Brassens, a popular French singer born in Sete in 1921. Dinner is not provided tonight, so take a stroll into the city and wander into one of the many enticing eateries. For a longer ride today, please enquire prior to your arrival.

    Overnight in Sete.

    Day 7: Departure
    Departure after breakfast.

    Don't want the adventure to end? Consider taking a cycling day tour in Paris or Provence.

    Surface and terrain

    You will enjoy rolling countryside and some short climbs on this tour. Most of the tour takes place on paved routes or packed routes, including trails along the Canal du Midi.


    These are sample hotels and may vary by availability.

    The accommodations on this tour are 3- and 4-star hotels.

    Carcassonne: Hotel Montmorency

    Lagrasse: Hostellerie les Corbières

    Narbonne: Hotel La Residence

    Bézier: Café Hôtel XIX

    Cap d'Agde: Hotel Les Grenadines

    Sete: Le Grand Hotel

    Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.

    How to get there

    Tour start
    Nearest airport: Carcassonne Airport
    Nearest train station: Carcassonne

    Tour end
    Nearest airport: Béziers Cap d'Agde Airport
    Nearest train station: Sete

    If you fly into Paris, you can catch a train to Carcassonne in 5 hours 20 minutes. At the end of the tour, the train from Sete to Paris takes about 4 hours. Flights to/from Beziers and Montpellier are also possible.

  • Dates

    Daily: year-round, 2024


    Tour package

    Per person, double occupancy €1790
    Single use room (1 person/1 room) €2235
    Solo traveler (1 person in party with single use room) €2460

    Bike Rentals

    Electrically-assisted bike €163

    Included services

    • 6 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm
    • Daily breakfast at each hotel, 1 dinner included
    • Luggage transfers
    • Detailed road book, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets; comprehensive trip literature
    • Technical and emergency support available at all times
    • Standard bike rental included
    • Orientation in person with our local guide

    Bike rentals

    Bikes available and included in the tour cost (must be reserved in advance at time of booking):

    • Standard touring bikes

    Bikes available to rent (must be reserved in advance at time of booking):

    • Electrically assisted bike*

    *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

    Equipment included with standard and electric bikes:

    • Helmet
    • Garmin GPS
    • Odometer
    • Water bottle
    • Lock
    • Pannier and handlebar bag
    • Repair kit (2 spare tube, tool kit, tire levers, patch kit, pump)
    • Saddle bag (road bike only)

    The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.

    A helmet is included with your bike rental; however, we recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons.

    Bike Protection:
    Bike protection can be purchased at the time of booking. You can read more about that HERE.

    Tour Company

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  • Route Map

    Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

    • Margaret 3 months ago

      Beautiful arrangements, somewhat difficult cycling

      Carcassone is stunning. All of the hotels were good to excellent. The terrain is quite varied. The cycling was more difficult than I expected -- there are some serious climbs on the first two days, and most of the route is on public roads so you have to deal with cars. The tour company did their best to avoid traffic but they can't create a bike path where there is none. Fortunately, French drivers are used to bicyclists. I would recommend this trip to experienced cyclists but not to newbies.
      The preparatory material was good. We were given printed maps and also an app for our phones. Both were good but the app was great because you could use it while you were on the bike, and it gave you an audible warning if you got twenty meters off the trail. The app also kept track of the percentage of the daily ride you had covered, and had a few more features. This was the first time I'd had an app and I really appreciated it.

      How many tours have you completed?
      4 counting this one
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 3/5 Local tour company services
      • 3/5 Route selection

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