Canal du Midi is one of two canals linking the Mediterranean to the
Atlantic passing through France. The Midi part links the
Mediterranean to Toulouse and the Canal du Garonne then reaches
Bordeaux and the Atlantic. The area is relatively flat and basks in
strong sunshine all summer long with large sections covered by
the region has Roman, Carthaginian, Goth and Saracen influences. It
also suffered the under a crusade against the Cathar heresy and as a
result some small towns are still laid out in a defensive pattern
with the ancient walled city of Carcassonne acting as a final example
of that type of architecture.
Canal is lined by many miles of trees and is itself an attraction for
canal boaters from around the world. This means that small hotels,
B&Bs and restaurants lie along the canal for you to enjoy.
route focuses on the path from Toulouse to Béziers. This links up
well with the train system, the airport system and also, for those
from the UK, the European Bike Express .
This is a moderately expensive area with bike hire available in a number of towns. The area is well fed by the low coast airlines, the European Bike Express from the UK and a good international train service. We assume that this trip will take 6 days which offers the chance to do a little off-piste exploration. Based on the six day tour costs and two people sharing this work out at:
||Cost in Euro
| Bike hire
|| €10/day per bike for 6 days x2
|| €85/night for 5 nights
| Food and drink
|| €45/person per day, for 6 days x2
| Public transport
|| €30 x2
|| €20 per person x2
making €1185 for two or €593 per person.
This is an area where English is normally only spoken in the cities or areas of high tourist traffic. Many websites will have a partially operational English version however sometimes they will only be in French. This should be no barrier to you using them as Google offers a number of translation solutions. Our preferred option is the Google toolbar which can be downloaded, as the quality of translation is reasonable and in most cases the web page will appear in English as you read down it. Firefox is not compatible with this tool but you can use Translate This which is an add-on linking through to Google toolbar.