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  • All breakfasts included  We have not included any evening meals in the price of the trip to allow you to take advantage of the local restaurants and cafes along the route and give you more freedom over what you eat. Our guide will be able to recommend their favourite local restaurants and will have planned some stops at good coffee shops to break up the days rides. The Canal du Midi area is well known throughout France for having an abundance of great restaurants and an extremely high standard of food. You can also expect to sample some amazing wines on this tour as we pass through several wine growing areas and stop at a vineyard for lunch on day three.


  • Cycling
  • Road Cycling
  • 1

    Start Carcassonne.

    Start Carcassonne. After checking in to the hotel, we can visit the town's picturesque central square and the Cité de Carcassonne, a medieval fortress settlement with a history that exceeds two and a half thousand years, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the evening there will be a welcome meeting and trip briefing as well as time to check the bikes and make adjustments. * *

  • 2

    Loop ride around Carcassonne to the foot of the “Montagne Noire”.

    In the morning we cycle in the direction of the foot of the Montagnes Noires whose rivers and streams feed into the Canal du Midi. Here we discover the region of Les Corbieres, renowned for its wine, limestone landscape and Mediterranean influence. Stopping for a coffee in the village of Trebes, and the church which has the distinction of having within it painted 14th Century corbels that support the structure. Following this stop, we then reach the hamlet of Rustiques and a nice vineyard to stop for lunch. On the way back the last few km will be along the Canal du Midi to give a taste for the next two cycling days!

  • 3

    Cycle from Carcassonne over locks and bridges to Homps.

    After breakfast you will cycle almost exclusively along the Canal du Midi, following the canal paths and designated cycle paths. Today’s ride is very relaxing and mostly downhill, a succession of locks, bridges and lovely villages like Trèbes, Marseillette, la Redorte and Homps await. You will have time to visit all the towns, including the fruit trees, rice fields and almond plantations in Marseillette. You will leave the canal and continue to Homps where you will spend the night.

  • 4

    Follow the Canal du Midi from Homps to Nissan Les Enserune.

    Today is another nice cycling day along the Canal du Midi and entering the Minervois country. Minervois is a flat region surrounded by olive trees, with a strong Cathar influence. We will cross the beautiful Canal de la Robine coming up from Narbonne. Time permitting, it is possible (on option €6) to visit the Roman museum of pottery Amphoralis. The rest of the ride will lead us to the nice town of Capestang. Before getting to Nissan les Enserune it is possible to visit (on option €6) the Enserume Oppidum, the remains of an old Gallic village, a remarkable site.

  • 5

    Cycle through vineyards to Narbonne.

    After breakfast we head South-East from Nissan towards the village of Lespignan and its view-point over the surrounding countryside before heading across the river Aude and through picturesque vineyards to Fleury. We then cycle to Narbonne via Coursan along the beautiful Canal de la Robine, a lateral branch of the Canal du Midi.

  • 6

    Cycle from Narbonne to Gruissan via the Montagne de la Clap vineyard. 

    After a relaxed breakfast in Narbonne we get on the bikes and cycle out of the town alongside the picturesque Canal de la Robine. After a short time of cycling we will reach the Montagne de la Clap, a protected natural area and the home to the Languedoc-la Clap wines and vineyards. From here we have a short ride to our overnight accommodation in the pretty coastal town of Gruissan.

  • 7

    Free day in Gruissan; enjoy some down time in the charming old town, relax on the beach or visit Narbonne. 

    Today is a free day in Gruissan, there are plenty of options for things to do like taking a self-guided ride around the stunning Sigean sea lake or wandering around the picturesque old town centre. There is also an option to catch the public bus back into Narbonne, this takes roughly 30 minutes and will cost between 2 – 4 € (please inform the guide if you wish to do this and they will arrange bus tickets). 

  • 8

    End Gruissan.

    Spend the morning in Gruissan at your own pace before the tour ends.

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