Day 1: Individual arrival to Toulouse
This evening in Toulouse, you’ll have a welcome briefing and distribution of your rental bike. Because of its buildings with reddish stones, the inhabitants call Toulouse “ville rose” or “the pink town." Take a walk to see the important sacred buildings of Toulouse. One building to make sure to see is the Basilica St-Sernin de Toulouse, which is one of the most beautiful Romanesque sacred buildings in South France. Toulouse is an attractive mixture of architectural styles with lordly Renaissance houses and former industrial buildings, which were masterfully rebuilt.
Overnight in Toulouse.
Day 2: Toulouse - Castelnaudary (37 miles/60 km)
Castelnaudary is you destination today. In former times it was the place of a lot of mills. Even today the Moulin de Cagurel from the 17th century still stands. Splendid manors, built in the 17th century, and beautiful half-timbered houses have turned this town into an architectural jewel. A popular culinary delicacy in Castelnaudary is the savory bean stew “Cassoulet,” which originated during the Hundred Years' War. Pork or duck, bacon, garlic sausage, and white beans are traditional ingredients.
Overnight in Castelnaudary.
Day 3: Castelnaudary - Carcarsonne (25 miles/40 km)
From Castelnaudary, after breakfast you’ll cycle toward Carcasonne. Carcassonne is still one of the best-preserved fortress towns in Europe and has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1997. The mightiest building of the town and one of the biggest fortresses in Europe is the fortress Cite Medievale of Carcassonne with its 52 towers. You can experience Carcassonne best in the downtown with its lively streets and the bastion Saint Louis.
Overnight in Carcarsonne.
Day 4: Carcarsonne - Olonzac (28 miles/45 km)
Today you’ll cycle through villages, wine-growing estates, and vineyards located pictorially around the waterways. In the afternoon, you’ll reach Olonzac where you will have the chance to taste some good wines.
Overnight in Olonzac.
Day 5: Olonzac - Narbonne (28 miles/45 km)
This is one of the most scenic parts of your journey alongside the Canal de la Ronie and the Canal du Midi. When you reach Narbonne, you’ll discover it 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.
Overnight in Narbonne.
Day 6: Narbonne - Beziers (28 miles/45 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.
Overnight in Beziers.
Day 7: Beziers - Sete (47 miles/75 km)
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 meters in diameter and 5.20 meters deep. Cap d Agde at the Mediterranean Sea is on your agenda today. The biggest European marina is part of the French town Agde and a paradise for water sportsmen like divers, surfers or sailors. From there, you’ll continue to to Sete, which is the port and fishing town 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.
Overnight in Sete.
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast individual departure.