This self-guided bike tour is perfectly suited for families with children. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the Canal du Midi, explore its elaborate aqueducts, watergates and bridges, visit the historic cities of Carcassonne, Narbonne and Minerve, and taste the delicious local cuisine! Spend the nights at family-owned B&Bs and find out what life in Southern France is all about!
The following itinerary is an example. You may choose to start your tour in Toulouse, Sète, Narbonne or Carcassonne and feel free to shorten or extend your trip.
Day 1: Arrival near Narbonne.
Upon your arrival near Narbonne, your hostesses Anne and Cathy will welcome you at your first B&B. Should you arrive by train, you may request a pick-up service at the train station (payable on site). Before dinner, the wine growers Anne and Cathy will be happy to give you a tour of their vineyard and let you explore the world of viticulture.
Day 2: Narbonne – Island Sainte Marie or Port la Nouvelle at the Mediterranean Sea.
After breakfast you will receive your rental bikes and embark on your first tour towards the Mediterranean Sea and the nature reserve island Sainte Lucie via the Canal de Jonction and the Canal de la Robine. To shorten this stage, simply have your hostesses take you to Narbonne and start from there or have them pick you up in Port la Nouvelle.
Distance (full stage): approx. 42 km / 26 mi
Day 3: Narbonne – Minerve – Homps
Take a detour to visit the historical rock city of Minerve where the Catharers once sought shelter from the army of Simon de Montfort. Continue on to Homps where you will enjoy a local dinner at your next B&B.
Distance: approx. 42 km / 26 mi
Day 4: Homps – Carcassonne
After breakfast, head out towards Trèbes, cross the Canal du Midi and follow the street Riquet, named after the architect of the Canal du Midi. In Carcassonne, take advantage of the rest of the afternoon to visit the lower part of the town and its beautiful historic center. Cross the Porte de l'Aude and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Cité de Carcassonne. Spend the next couple of nights in a B&B in the heart of Carcassonne's historic city center.
Distance: approx. 30 km / 19 mi
Day 5: Carcassonne
Spend a day exploring the medieval city of Carcassonne. Discover its impressive walls, its majestic castel, its tournament squares and its narrow alleys with their diverse shops and arts studios.
Day 6: Carcassonne – Castelnaudary
Today's route to Castelnaudary will allow you to visit to of the most impressive structures of the Canal du Midi: the Epanchoir de Faucaud and at the Aqueduc de Rebenty. In Castelnaudary, discover the Pont neuf (the “new bridge” built in 1788), the Vieux pont (The “old”, 17th century bridge”), the Grand bassin and the bridge Saint Roch.
Distance: approx. 37 km / 23 mi
Day 7: Castelnaudary – Naurouze – Departure
A final bike tour (approx. 8 km) will take you to the Bassin de Naurouze, an octagonal holding tank built at the same time as the Canal du Midi and abandoned a few years later due to recurrent silting issues. Take in the beautiful canal landscape and architecture before heading home or towards the Mediterranean Sea to spend some relaxing vacation days at the beach. Have a look at our beach chalets at Gruissan's all-natural beach!
Indication of price for one adult in family suite (7 days/ 6 overnights) depending of the booking saison
This trip is offered over the fixed period depending on vacancies.
From €590 per child under 17 years of age in family suite
Free of charge for child under 4 years of age.
The duration of this self-guided bike tour may be adjusted according to your preferences.
Terms of payment:
20% of the total price within 7 days after receipt of the invoice
Full payment 21 days prior to departure without further request to pay
Please fill out our enquiry form indicating the number of your party and your preferred travel dates.
6 nights in a family suite with private bath and toilet, breakfast, 3 dinners, parking at the point of departure, luggage transfer service, detailed map, recommendations and alternative road-sheet, visitor's tax.
Train or airfares to/from destination, pick-up service (payable on site), remaining meals, travel cancellation insurance.
Rental bikes with child seat, tagalong, trailer possible (prices upon request).
No E-bike rental because of the roughy Canal path.
Minimum number of participants: 3
The tour operator reserves the right to cancel this trip up until 21 days prior to departure.
Every night you will be expected at small B&Bs owned by local families happy to provide you with first hand information on the region, the bike routes and the local cuisine. You will be staying in twin rooms with private bathrooms. In the morning, you will enjoy a copious breakfast with home-made jam and fresh products. In the evening, you will be served a 3 course dinner apéritif drinks.
This easy bike tour is suitable for all family members. The route follows the tow paths along the Canal du Midi. Flat stretches are interrupted by very few slight ascends. We recommend that you take your time to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Feel free to cut your daily stages short or extend them according to your family's preferences. We're happy to help you design your customised itinerary!
We recommend a low-carbon train ride to Narbonne or Toulouse.
Closest airport: Toulouse.
If you're travelling by plane, please consider offsetting your carbon emissions, for example through the atmosfair programme.
For detailed travel information, please request our info sheet by filling out the enquiry form.
“My motto is tolerance and conviviality. Meeting people and exchanging ideas and experiences means the world to me. That's why I love welcoming travellers from different countries and cultural backgrounds, showing them around my vineyard and sharing my passion for the Aude region and organic wines.” – Anne, tour host and organic winegrower and host closed to Narbonne