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Cycling holiday in the south of France

Overview
Location
Accommodation
Getting There

This is a superb break for those looking for a moderately challenging cycling holiday, covering just over 200km in 5 days. Cycle from Toulouse to the Mediterranean via the lovely town of Carcasonne and explore this beautiful area of southern France. Enjoy French food and wine and soak up the history and atmosphere of the area. Your luggage will be taken care of so when you arrive at your destination each day it will be waiting for you. Single and double rooms available, contact us for availability. Prices from € 900 pp

Highlights

  • Discover the 'pink city' of Toulouse, so called for the colour of its buildings
  • Spend a night in the walled city of Carcassone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Indulge in French food and wine then pedal it off!

Included

  • 7 nights accommodation at 3* hotels or Maison d'hôtes along the route
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner on 3 nights (2nd, 4th, & 6th)
  • Luggage transfer each day
  • Bike hire
  • Detailed itinerary and maps
  • 24/7 customer service number

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals and beverages unless specified above
  • Local taxes where applicable
  • Anything else not mentioned above

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival
Make your own way to the hotel where your bike(s) will be waiting for you.
Accommodation: Hôtel Grand Orléans; Meals: Breakfast

Day 2: Toulouse - Castelnaudary
Cycle alongside the Canal du Midi, stop off in Avignonet, continue on to Castelnaudary
Accommodation: Hôtel Clos Fleuri; Meals: Breakfast & Dinner; Distance: 65km

Day 3: Castelnaudary - Carcassonne
A more leisurely distance today, passing though many old villages like Bram
Accommodation: Hôtel Aragon; Meals: Breakfast; Distance: 40km

Day 4: Carcassonne - Olonzac
Continue cycling alongside the canal, stopping off wherever takes your fancy, you will see an abundance of vineyards the closer you get to Olonzac
Accommodation: Maison d'hôtes Eloi Merle; Meals: Breakfast & Dinner; Distance: 42km

Day 5: Olonzac - Béziers
Follow the Canal de la Robine, stop off at Capestang Cathedral which is worth a visit
Accommodation: Hôtel Imperator; Meals: Breakfast; Distance: 64km

Day 6: Béziers - Sète
Cycle past sand dunes, wetlands and salt lagoons on your way to the Mediterranean sea.
Accommodation: Hôtel Grand; Meals: Breakfast & Dinner; Distance: 50km

Day 7: Check out and departure
Ask us if you would like to prolong your stay by a night or two

Please Note

IMPORTANT: Due to the nature of this tour the dates and prices may on occasion vary from what you had originally booked, in which case you can either accept the change or will be offered a full refund. You will be informed of any changes within a few days of your booking. Please do not book flights or any other non refundable services related to your holiday until you have received written confirmation from us regarding your booking.

Extras/Upgrades

• Electric bikes available with a supplement of € 105, but not really necessary, the itinerary is fairly flat the whole way. • Airport transfers available with a supplement, but if you fly in to Toulouse and out from Montpellier it is quite easy to make your own way between the airport and your accommodation.

The "Canal du Midi" was constructed in the 17th Century and links Toulouse with the Mediterranean. It has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1996 and is one of the oldest surviving canals in Europe, at the time of its construction, it was one of the greatest feats of engineering of the 17th Century.

It has now been linked to the "Canal de Garonne", which runs parallel to the River Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse. This effectively allows vessels to navigate between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea without having to go via Gibraltar.

Nowadays, the canal is still used for commerce but its main use is for tourism. It has gained an international reputation and 80% of tourists are non-French. There are beautiful ports all along the canal, and no shortage of scenic views.

For many holiday-makers, the canal is represents France perfectly; well-preserved and beautiful but also industrious and inventive. "Midi" means "midday" in French and it is, in fact, the entire south of France that is given this name, in allusion to the sun being in the south at midday.

Toulouse:
Hôtel Grand Orléans***, superb location off the Capitole with well equipped, quiet rooms (bed & breakfast)

Castelnaudary:
Hôtel Clos Fleuri***, pleasant outdoor terrace, swimming pool, smart restaurant, and just a stroll from the town itself (half board)

Carcassonne:
Hôtel Aragon*** is a very comfortable, well appointed hotel with swimming pool, and, just as importantly, is 50 yards from the main gate into the city - the best of both worlds. (bed & breakfast)

Olonzac:
Maison d'hôtes Eloi Merle - a real taste of France, with a heated swimming pool, jacuzzi and plenty of space to lounge peacefully. (half board)

Béziers:
Hôtel Imperator*** occupies a magnificent building right in the heart of historic Beziers with atmospheric public areas and bedrooms as well as a lovely private terrace. (bed & breakfast)

Sète:
Hôtel Grand***, excellent location in the town centre overlooking the harbour, it retains all its original 19th century elegance, while delivering all the contemporary comforts of the 21st century. (half board)

Arrival Airport: Toulouse airport (approx 15 mins from accommodation)

Other airports: Montpellier airport (approx 40 mins from Sète)

By Car

As you will be starting and ending this tour in two different locations hiring a car is not advised.

By Public Transport

From Toulouse airport to Hôtel Grand Orléans, just a 15 minute taxi ride from the airport.

From Sète to Montpellier airport: Train to Montpellier Gare Saint-Roch, tram line 1 to Place de l’Europe, airport shuttle.

By Private Transfer

Taxi available outside airport. Private transfer available on request after main booking.

Overview

This is a superb break for those looking for a moderately challenging cycling holiday, covering just over 200km in 5 days. Cycle from Toulouse to the Mediterranean via the lovely town of Carcasonne and explore this beautiful area of southern France. Enjoy French food and wine and soak up the history and atmosphere of the area. Your luggage will be taken care of so when you arrive at your destination each day it will be waiting for you. Single and double rooms available, contact us for availability. Prices from € 900 pp

Highlights

  • Discover the 'pink city' of Toulouse, so called for the colour of its buildings
  • Spend a night in the walled city of Carcassone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Indulge in French food and wine then pedal it off!

Included

  • 7 nights accommodation at 3* hotels or Maison d'hôtes along the route
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner on 3 nights (2nd, 4th, & 6th)
  • Luggage transfer each day
  • Bike hire
  • Detailed itinerary and maps
  • 24/7 customer service number

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals and beverages unless specified above
  • Local taxes where applicable
  • Anything else not mentioned above

Please Note

IMPORTANT: Due to the nature of this tour the dates and prices may on occasion vary from what you had originally booked, in which case you can either accept the change or will be offered a full refund. You will be informed of any changes within a few days of your booking. Please do not book flights or any other non refundable services related to your holiday until you have received written confirmation from us regarding your booking.

Extras/Upgrades

• Electric bikes available with a supplement of € 105, but not really necessary, the itinerary is fairly flat the whole way. • Airport transfers available with a supplement, but if you fly in to Toulouse and out from Montpellier it is quite easy to make your own way between the airport and your accommodation.

Location

Location

The "Canal du Midi" was constructed in the 17th Century and links Toulouse with the Mediterranean. It has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1996 and is one of the oldest surviving canals in Europe, at the time of its construction, it was one of the greatest feats of engineering of the 17th Century.

It has now been linked to the "Canal de Garonne", which runs parallel to the River Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse. This effectively allows vessels to navigate between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea without having to go via Gibraltar.

Nowadays, the canal is still used for commerce but its main use is for tourism. It has gained an international reputation and 80% of tourists are non-French. There are beautiful ports all along the canal, and no shortage of scenic views.

For many holiday-makers, the canal is represents France perfectly; well-preserved and beautiful but also industrious and inventive. "Midi" means "midday" in French and it is, in fact, the entire south of France that is given this name, in allusion to the sun being in the south at midday.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Toulouse:
Hôtel Grand Orléans***, superb location off the Capitole with well equipped, quiet rooms (bed & breakfast)

Castelnaudary:
Hôtel Clos Fleuri***, pleasant outdoor terrace, swimming pool, smart restaurant, and just a stroll from the town itself (half board)

Carcassonne:
Hôtel Aragon*** is a very comfortable, well appointed hotel with swimming pool, and, just as importantly, is 50 yards from the main gate into the city - the best of both worlds. (bed & breakfast)

Olonzac:
Maison d'hôtes Eloi Merle - a real taste of France, with a heated swimming pool, jacuzzi and plenty of space to lounge peacefully. (half board)

Béziers:
Hôtel Imperator*** occupies a magnificent building right in the heart of historic Beziers with atmospheric public areas and bedrooms as well as a lovely private terrace. (bed & breakfast)

Sète:
Hôtel Grand***, excellent location in the town centre overlooking the harbour, it retains all its original 19th century elegance, while delivering all the contemporary comforts of the 21st century. (half board)

Getting There

Getting There

Arrival Airport: Toulouse airport (approx 15 mins from accommodation)

Other airports: Montpellier airport (approx 40 mins from Sète)

By Car

As you will be starting and ending this tour in two different locations hiring a car is not advised.

By Public Transport

From Toulouse airport to Hôtel Grand Orléans, just a 15 minute taxi ride from the airport.

From Sète to Montpellier airport: Train to Montpellier Gare Saint-Roch, tram line 1 to Place de l’Europe, airport shuttle.

By Private Transfer

Taxi available outside airport. Private transfer available on request after main booking.

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