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Canal du Midi: Sete to Carcassonne

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Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

The Canal du Midi runs from Toulouse down to the Mediterranean Sea. Years ago, 60,000 trees were planted along the Canal du Midi to secure the banks. Today, these trees still line the canal in many places. They shade the tow paths and little streets too, which lead you to countless cultural monuments: to cathedrals and palaces, to Roman and medieval buildings. The region grows good wine, and it gave birth to an excellent cuisine. Pleasure has a long tradition here.

A 9-night version of this tour is available. Please inquire for details.

Daily program

Day 1: Individual arrival to Sète
In the evening welcome briefing and distribution of rental bike (if booked) in Sète.

Day 2: Sète – Cap d ́Agde (22 miles/35 km)
You start your tour of today in the port and fishermen‐town Sète, where the Canal du Midi flows into the Mediterranean Sea. The town is surrounded by water and its surname is "Venice des Languedoc." The reasons for this surname are beneath the Canal du Midi countless additional waterways, which cross the town.

Your cycling alongside the Canal du Midi leads you past masterpieces of engineering like the lock of Agde. It is the only round lock of the Canal du Midi and was built with volcanic rock. The basic measurements of the lock are 29.90 metres diameter and 5.20 metres depth. Cap d 'Agde at the Mediterranean Sea is your destination today. The biggest European marina is part of the French town Agde and a paradise for water sportsmen like divers, surfers or sailors. But people, who just want to bath and to rest at the beach, get their money's worth too.

Day 3: Cap d ́Agde – Béziers (25 miles/40 km)
Pines shade your way to the mouth of the Hérault and further alongside the Canal du Midi to Béziers. The town can look back to a 2,700 years old history. And it is the birthplace of that man too, who was the father of the Canal du Midi: Pierre‐Paul Riquet. The alley Paul‐Riquet in the center of the town is dedicated to him. Béziers is located scenic in a winegrowing region, where the grapes for an excellent wine grow. Maybe you allow yourself a glass?

Day 4: Béziers – Narbonne (28 miles/45 km)
Your cycling leads you past mighty buildings like the canal bridge across the river Orb and the flight of locks of Fonserannes. They are both some of the biggest sights of Béziers. In former times ships got over a height of 21.5 metres with eight lock basins on the length of 300 metres. You cycle through charming villages like Capestang on your way to Narbonne, which is flanked by vineyards. The former capital of the Romanesque antiquity was the first Roman colony outside of Italy. Sights like the relics of the street "Via Domitia" or the houses‐bridge with Roman origin "Pont des Marchands" are evidences of this time. But later centuries too have left their marks in the town: for example the archbishop's palace or the Gothic cathedral.

Day 5: Narbonne – Olonzac (28 miles/45 km)
Enjoy on your way today from Narbonne to Homps one of the most scenic parts of your journey alongside the Canal de la Robine and the Canal du Midi. Villages, wine‐growing estates, and vineyards are located pictorially around the waterways. You reach Olonzac. You will have the chance to taste some good wines.

Day 6: Olonzac – Carcassonne (26 miles/42 km)
Carcassonne is today one of the best-preserved fortress towns in Europe and since 1997 part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The mightiest building of the town and one of the biggest fortresses in Europe is the fortress Cité Médiévale of Carcassonne with its 52 towers. You can experience the lively Carcassonne best in the downtown with its lively streets and the bastion Saint Louis. Here you have the chance to taste the Micheline, an herb liqueur of the region. Worth visiting is the house of memories, which tells you a lot of things about live and fate of the Cathari. Carcassonne was a center of the Christian Faith Movement of the Carthari, which were banished from town in 1209.

Day 7: Departure
After breakfast individual departure.

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Saturdays: Apr 7-Sep 22, 2018 (Additional departures upon request for groups of 4+)
Low season: Apr 07, 2018 - Jun 22, 2018, Sep 01, 2018 - Sep 22, 2018
High season: Jun 23, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018

Prices

Category A: 3- and 4-star accommodations
Per person, double occupancy
€890
High season surcharge
€60
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€280
Optional dinner package
€250
Bike Rentals
7-speed hybrid bike
€80
21-speed hybrid bike
€80
Electrically assisted bike
€170
Extra Nights, Sète
Per person, double occupancy
€72
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€37
Category B: 2- and 3-star accommodations
Per person, double occupancy
€730
High season surcharge
€40
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€210
Optional dinner package
€180
Bike Rentals
7-speed hybrid bike
€80
21-speed hybrid bike
€80
Electrically assisted bike
€170
Extra Nights, Sète
Per person, double occupancy
€72
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€37
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Ruckenwind Terms and Conditions

Cancellation by customer / substitute participant / changes in booking

1. The customer has the right to cancel his booking any time before start of the tour. The cancellation has to be declared in written form. Following cancellation fees are due in case of cancellation or non appearance:

a) Cancellation terms for bicycle tours

until 28 days before start 20%*
27 to 14 days before start 30 %
13 to 8 Tage before 50 %
7 to 4 days before start 70 %
3 days before start and "No-show" 90 %
of the travel price (* not less than € 50,-)

b) Cancellation terms for bike & barge**

until 84 days before start 20 %
83 to 42 days before start 30 %
41 to 28 days before start 60 %
27 to 4 days before start 80 %
3 days before start and "No-show" 90 %
of the travel price (** but not less than € 50,-)

We strongly recommend to take out a travel insurance, covering at least the cancellation fees.

2. Each registered tour participant is entitled to name a substitute. We need to be informed latest three days before start of tour. The tour operator has the right to decline the substitute for important reasons. In this case the a.m. cancellation fees apply. If a third party substitutes the registered participant, the original contract is not affected. We are authorized to charge € 50,- administration fee for each amendment.

3. Any changes regarding to the number of participants, number or type of rooms, hotel category or catering are basically acceptable up to 14 days before start of the tour - if this is possible in the hotels and the capacity is available. An administration fee of € 50 for each amendment (not for each person!) is due.

I. Conclusion of Travel Contract

1. With booking a journey the customer offers the tour operator the conclusion of a binding travel contract. The registration is made in writing and on the registration form. Any other mode of registration, whether by phone, oral, or written with us or one of our partner offices is also binding. The registration is made by the customer expressly on behalf of all the other named participants. The customer accepts the binding conditions of travel valid at the time - also in the name and on behalf of the named participants.

2. The agreement is reached when the tour operator or one of its partner offices accepts the booking and returns a booking confirmation.

3. Collateral agreements and changes of the signed travel contract need to be re-confirmed by us in written form.

II. Services

1. The scope of services for each tour is detailed and binding in the valid tour operator catalog. No mediating partner or travel agencies is authorized to pledge any changes of the scope of services. Hotel- or regional brochures are not relevant. Towns indicated at each daily stage in the tour description are usually and principally the destinations of the stage. If for some reason we have to switch into the near surroundings these changes apply automatically without any further consent of your side or any price reductions or compensations. Possible deviations from the catalog described course is possible because of organizational reasons, but do not affect the content or the description of the journey.

2. The basic tour price is calculated per person in double room. A single room can be booked - if available – against surcharge. In some hotels, however, the number of available single rooms is limited, so that you might have to put up with simpler accommodation or be accommodated in another hotel or private guest house. If exceptionally no single room is available, you will have to share a double room with one of the other participants. In such case the single room surcharge will be refunded proportionally.

3. Children up to an age of 14 are granted a 25% discount on the basic price, provided that they sleep in one room of two full price payers (with an additional bed).

III. Liability and restriction of liability

1. The tour operator is liable to exercise the diligence of an ordinary trader for the conscientious preparation of the tour, the careful choice and assessment of partners. Further the tour operator is liable for the correct scope of services indicated in the actual catalogue at the time of the tour, valid at the time of printing of the catalogue.

2. Participation in a bicycle tour is at the customer’s own risk. Minors can participate in a trip only in the company of a legal guardian.

3. Participants are responsible for their personal health to be up to the demands of the journeys.

4. Participants are also responsible for compliance with traffic regulations.

5. The terms of transport of the respective haulier (bus, boat, plane and the like) are valid for all transports.

6. The tour operator can not be held liable for cancellation of any sightseeing tour as per program for any reasons beyond their influence (rebuilding, renovation etc.).

7. Should any damage occur caused, neither wilfully nor gross negligently by one of our service carriers or ourselves, our liability - out of whichever legal argument – is limited to the triple amount of the tour price.

8. The tour operator is liable for any damage or loss of luggage if the damage or loss was caused by us and was reported to us immediately after occurrence; however, compensation is limited to € 200,-- per person. We recommend taking out a Luggage-Travel-Insurance or a Travel-Safety-Package to cover the risks. The restrictions of liability include all tours for which the tour operator is acting as travel agent.

Liability is excluded for:
* any objects usually not transported in luggage
* any means of payment
* optical damage of handles and rollers
* any damage for luggage exceeding a weight of 20 kg

Transportation of customer bicycles basically is possible during transfers as well as during the tour. The customer accepts full risk. The bicycle trailers are customised to fit the bicycles of the tour operator. Any other bicycles might be subject to small damages (e.g. lacquer). The tour operator can not be held liable for any damage during the tour. This limitation of liability also applies for partner tours and services of third parties.

9. Should a tour be cancelled for reasons beyond our influence (strike, natural disaster and the like) or should less than 8 persons participate in a tour (15 persons for boat tours) – unless a different minimum number of participants is indicated in the corresponding tour description - we reserve the right to cancel the tour up to 25 days in advance of the start of tour. In this case you will be informed immediately and any payment made to us will be refunded. No other claims or compensations can be accepted.

IV. Warranty

1. Legal redress
If services provided are not in compliance with the contract, legal redress can be sought. Contractual compliance is determined on one hand by the service description and on the other hand by the local standard of destination. The tour operator can refuse the redress, if an extraordinary effort is required. However redress can be provided in form of substitute services of equal or higher value. The customer can refuse acceptance of such substitute service only on the grounds of important, objective determinable reasons. The redress claim has to be directed to us or to the travel guide. The travel guide is not authorized to acknowledge any claims.

2. Reduction of the tour price
After his return the customer can claim a reduction of the tour price for the duration of noncompliance of services as determined under VI.1. No reduction applies if and to the extent that the customer determinedly refrains from claiming redress as per VI.1. in time to allow substitute services.

3. Any claims have to be asserted latest within one month after contractually determined termination of the tour.

V. Cooperation obligation

1. If travel documentation is not provided in time, the customer is obliged to inform the tour operator immediately.

2. In case of problems interfering with the regular execution of services the customer is obliged to contribute to a reasonable extent to terminate the problems and to avoid or to limit any possible damage. The customer is especially obliged to immediately inform the relevant persons as per VI.1. of any complaints. They are authorized to provide legal redress, as far as possible. If the customer refrains intentionally to indicate the shortcomings, a claim for reduction cannot be made.

VI. Miscellaneous

1. The customer is responsible to comply with all passport, visa, custom, and health regulations.

2. All rights reserved to change prices and services, as well as to correct mistakes and printing errors.

3. If a single regulation of the travel agreement is inoperative, this does not result in inoperativeness of the whole agreement.

VII. Legal domicile / applicable law

1. The Conditions of Travel are subject to German law.

2. The customer can sue the tour operator only at its headquarters.

3. The customer's place of residence is decisive for the tour operator's suits against the customer, unless the suit is directed against entrepreneurs or persons that do not have a general legal domicile in Germany. In this case the tour operator's place of headquarters is decisive.

Your money is safe with us – Money protection
All tour packages booked with the tour operator are covered by insurance. This insurance protects any payments of customers made for tour packages in case of insolvency to the extent of not consumed services and additional cost for returning home. Touristik-Versicherung-Service GmbH (Tourism-Insurance-Service), Elisenstr. 3, 80335 Munich.

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