Canal du Midi Prestige

From the extraordinary fortified town of Carcassone to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, travel down tree lined towpaths, over beautiful stone bridges and through some of the prettiest scenery in southwest France, ending each day in excellent accommodation.

You can choose to begin this holiday on any day of the week.

6 days cycling | 7 nights (5 half-board) | Gourmet meals | Luggage transfers between hotels | Comprehensive route notes | Detailed marked maps | Local agent | Belle France support | Bike hire

Day 1 Arrive Carcassonne

Arrive in the ancient fortified city of Carcassonne. Soak up the view from your hotel, located just outside of the medieval walls, or explore the cobblestone streets of the old town. Stay at the 3-star Hôtel du Château and dine at the excellent restaurant Comte Roger. Half-board

Day 2 Day trip from Carcassonne (17 miles)

Today, loop southwards from Carcassonne on tiny roads through the vineyards, passing through small villages. Your destination is the town of St. Hilaire, with its 8th-century abbey, which you have time to visit before returning to Carcassonne along the Aude River. Stay at the Hôtel du Château and eat at a restaurant in the old town. B&B

Day 3 Carcassonne to Siran (26 miles)

Cycle alongside the canal through picturesque Trèbes and Marseillet to the tiny hamlet of Siran. Stay at the 3-star Château de Siran. Half-board

Day 4 Siran to Cabezac (16 miles)

Today your route is partially on the canal and partially amongst olive groves, vineyards and flowered fields. Leave the canal at Le Somail with its pretty bridges, and cycle towards Bastide de Cabezac. Half-board

Day 5 Cabezac to Villeneuve les Béziers (27 miles)

An easy cycle along the canal side through the villages of Colombiers and Capestang leads to Béziers. Spend some time wandering the old cobbled streets before heading towards your hotel, La Chamberte. Half-board

Day 6 Villeneuve les Béziers to Sète (31 miles)

You will reach the end of the Canal du Midi today, as it joins the sea at Agde. From there, enjoy the beautiful new bike path that follows the sandy beach before arriving in the port town of Sète. Stay two nights at the Grand Hôtel. First night Half-board

Day 7 Day at Sète

Take a day off from cycling and discover the bustling port town of Sète, also known as the ‘Venice of Languedoc’. You’re sure to be tempted by one of the sandy beaches so take your bathing suit! B&B

Established in 1986, Belle France specialises in creating hand crafted cycling holidays through France’s most stunning landscapes.

Tailor made, self-guided holidays

Our expert team has put together a wide range of authentically French holidays for all levels of fitness and ability. Each itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements. At the end of each day you’ll find a charming hotel with a comfy bed waiting for you, as well as excellent regional cuisine and a tempting wine list.

Belle France provide detailed cycling notes to help you on your way, and to make life even easier, we transfer your luggage between hotels leaving you free to take each day at your own leisurely pace.