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France - Canal du Midi Bike Tour (2019)

FRANCE: Canal du Midi Bike Tour 7 day/6 night or 10 day/9 night self-guided  6 or 9 nights in classy 3*** and 4**** hotels (tourist tax included) / Chambre d’hôtes de Charme (Homps) with either the 6 or 9 breakfasts also included. Luggage transport (1 piece of luggage per person) from hotel to hotel. Welcome briefing including detailed documentation, brochures, plans, maps, etc. And security vest. GPS tracks (on request). There are tour signs along the route. Our tour operator partner also provides a service hotline if there are any difficulties. The guided tour accommodation is for 6 nights in classy 3*** and 4**** hotels with breakfasts and 6 dinners (3 course menu) at the best restaurants of the area. Luggage transport (1 piece of luggage per person). Visitor’s tax is included. There are tour signs along the route. English, French and German speaking guide, Prof. Dr. Dr.c.e. Josef Smets, specialist for French history and culture. Security vests are supplied. This is considered a relatively easy either 230 or 385 km ride on flat roads, part of the towpath is a road but most of it is a track, also quiet back roads. The Canal du Midi is undoubtedly the most beautiful canal in France and 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. This tour has been extended for even more highlights; 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, Bezier’s Cathedral and beautiful old town, Narbonne with the Archbishop's Palace, the Gothic cathedral and the underground Roman storage facilities, and lastly Carcassonne with the most powerful medieval double fortification in Europe (UNESCO World Heritage). 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.

To see more about this self-guided or guided tour, please download the PDF. We offer many more cycling, hiking and also boat-barge bike tours in France. If you don't see an area in France that you are interested in visiting, let us know.

 

 

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