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Cycling France Tour of the Canal du Midi
Join this southern France sojourn for a memorable escape. The cycling on this tour is graded as easy, mainly flat roads and canal paths, with lots of coastal aspects, peppered with fascinating villages, and of course the food and wine. Unsurprisingly for France, this region has a strong winegrowing culture. You will visit some amazing French towns and villages on this cycling tour, and the variety is wonderful. A highlight is the UNESCO listed town of Carcassonne. The striking Citadelle of Carcassonne at the end of the tour was plundered for building materials until it was restored to glory in the early nineteenth century and is now one of the most visited sites in France.
- CategoryFor Food Lovers
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration7 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level1 - Beginner
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation1 - Easy
- Distance145.4 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance29.1 miles
Where does the tour start and end?
The tour starts in Sète, France. The closest international airports are Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport (MPL) and Béziers-Vias Airport (BZR) which are both approximately 29 km (18 mi) away. Transfers are avaiilable from Sète railway station and from Montpellier airport.
The tour ends in Carcassonne and the closest international airport is the Carcassonne Salvaza Airport (CCF). Departure transfers are to Carcassonne train station and Carcassonne airport.
How long is the tour? How many days cycling?
The tour is 7 days long with 5 full days of riding. However, day 1 does include a warm-up circuit around the locality.
What's the tour like?
The cycling on this tour is graded as easy, mainly flat roads and canal paths, with lots of coastal aspects, peppered with fascinating villages, including the UNESCO listed Carcassonne.
The cycling on this tour is easy; you will keep mainly to flat coastal roads and canalside cycleways and much of the route is free of motorised traffic (if you don’t count the cruisers and barges chugging along the Canal du Midi!) This bike tour will show you all of the diverse aspects of the coast, and of course its varied and delicious food and drink!
Is there any car parking available?
If you have a vehicle the tour operator can arrange secure parking for your car and return you to it after the tour.
Is a bike included?
Yes, the tour operator provides lightweight alloy framed Trek ‘hybrid’ touring bicycles with 24 indexed gears, fully equipped with lock, pump and toolkit (although the guides will generally be on hand to fix punctures and minor mechanical problems). For carrying the items you might need during the day (camera, wallet, windbreaker etc.) a capacious handlebar bag is fitted, which also features a large map pocket. These clip on and off the bike in a flash so that you can always take your valuables with you when off the bike. The bikes are meticulously maintained and the tour operator keeps a wide range of sizes; female specific saddles are also available.
The tour operator also carries rain capes should they be required (but hopefully not!). For certain tours, they also have available 27-speed drop-handlebar race-style bikes, and tandems may also be available on certain tours by special request.
Is a helmet included?
The tour operator does not provide helmets automatically, as they find people prefer their own if they want to wear one, and sizing and fit is quite personal; however, they always have helmets available for use.
What are the food arrangements?
All evening meals are included. The tour operator carefully selects the restaurants for cuisine and ambience, favouring those with a strong regional flavor. All meals include a starter, main course and dessert; some will have an additional cheese course. The tour operator is happy to arrange for the restaurants to cater for specific dietary requirements and allergies etc.
Wine is included with the meals, again favouring the local appellations of which there are so many! Breakfasts are included, usually continental although many hotels will provide a buffet-style breakfast. Lunch is not provided as different people have different requirements, but the tour operator does suggest restaurants for lunch. Your guides will often organize picnics on days where the itinerary and weather are suitable.
Is there a minimum age?
Yes, 18 is the minimum age for the tour.
What's the maximum group size?
The tours are kept to a small size of just 16 participants.
If I'm traveling on my own, do I have to pay more?
If you wish to have your own room then a single supplement is payable.
Please read here for a message from the tour operator regarding COVID-19
Tour de Vines is open and operating tours in regions and states where travel restrictions allow.
We are able to host you on a tour depending on the tour region and where you live. See the guidelines below for intra and interstate travel restrictions.
Tour de Vines is an accredited COVID Safe Tour operator.
Tour de Vines has taken the following steps to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff and staff at the places and venues we visit
- Practice social distancing at all times
- Comply with all venue (eg restaurants) guidelines at all times
- Provide compliant and new face masks for each and every guest and all staff
- Provide a personal hand sanitiser to each and every guest
- Clean and sanitise all equipment before and after each use
Revised Terms & Conditions
COVID Update: For any new bookings from the 1st June 2020, if government imposed travel restrictions are still in place at the time of your scheduled tour with Tour de Vines:
1. The choice of a full refund will be made available or a tour credit without any fees or costs will be applied to reschedule for a later date, or rebook onto any other tour where restrictions may not apply. There is no expiry on your credit and the credit can be used on any tour in any destination.
2. A deposit of $100 (normally $200 for Aus and $400 for international) is required to secure a booking for all tours (except day tours which will still require payment in full noting the above term still applies).
3. Balance of payment is not due until 30 days (normally 60 days) before the tour starts, or your confirmed itinerary has been issued, whichever is the later.
Travel Restrictions Information
See the links below to each relevant State or Territory website outlining updated rules and processes depending on where you are traveling from and to. Please note these are guidelines online, and whilst updated regularly please check your local authority before booking a cycling tour with us.
- Inbound non essential international visitors are not permitted.
- There is a ban on all overseas travel, with few exceptions.
- Discussions are currently being held for travel to and from New Zealand but no offical announcement has been made.
- Any changes to the rules below assume adherence to safe distancing and hygiene practices throughout.
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The Northern Territory
You will have to quarantine if you have been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the 14 days before you arrive in the Territory.
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