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“Solid and well equipped bikes.”

Lasse

Norway. (p. 2)

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"750 Km - what a great experience - on a Relax Rentals bike. Bordeaux to Agde, no trouble with bikes, very reliable - Merci"

Roz & Dave, Sue & Paul

Australia (p. 63)

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"We would have loved to stay on the bikes for another week or two. We recommend Relax Rentals."

Pasquale

Norway (p. 65)

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"Our third bike tour in Europe and by far the best equipped, best organized, and friendliest hosts."

Robert & Barbara

Australia (p. 67)

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Author of Dutch cycle guide for Canal Du Midi rented bikes from us to cycle to Bordeaux:

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"Prima service van Relax Rentals! Van harte aanbevolen voor een fietstrip langs het Canal Du Midi."

 

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Tony

San Francisco (p. 44)

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Brigette

Australia (p. 46)

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“Excellent bikes – Rolls Royce! And brilliant friendly service.”

Vanessa and Mike

UK. (p. 51)

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“Best rental ever! Thanks.”

Bastian

France (p. 60)

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Thomas & Ruth

Germany. (p. 14)

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"Kiitos kovasti! Pyörät ja maisemat aivan loistavia."

Riikka & Alex

Finland. (p. 24)

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“Vélo de très bonne qualité, accueil très sympa. Il ne fallait pas manquer ça!”

Vincent et Cathy

France. (p. 26)

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Cycling tours in France - Dinosaurs, Cavemen, Cathars

 

 

An amazing bike tour in the south of France, cycling through the Minervois region, fascinating landscapes, National Parks, charming villages & vineyards. Visit Cathar castles and villages, nicest antique towns like Minerve, voted one of the most beautiful villages in France, and interesting hidden museums of South France. Stay in wonderful hotels & bed & breakfasts, and taste superb wines in historic wine regions & gourmet local food in excellent restaurants.

 

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assistance during trip bike hire included breakfast daily bike delivery and pickup included hotels included detailed maps technical assistance luggage transfered from hotel to hotel daily

DURATION: 5-7 NIGHTS / 6-8 DAYS  |  LEVEL: MODERATE  |  CUSTOMIZABLE: YES  |  TYPE: SELF-GUIDED

 

POPULAR CUSTOM OPTIONS

Extra day in Beziers to cycle to the beach.
Extra day in Carcassonne before start of tour.

 

DEPARTURES

All year.  Every day of the week.

 

DISTANCE

150 Km / 93 Mi via Narbonne

130 Km / 81 Mi direct to Beziers

 

PRICE (BIKE INCLUDED)

April and October € PP (TBD, new for 2019)

May to September € PP (TBD, new for 2019)

Price for double occupancy

Bike Tour by Day

 

Day 1:  Arrival in Carcassonne

Your lovely hotel is located right next to the famous walled castle of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Enjoy a evening stroll through its medieval cobblestones streets and dinner in one of its excellent restaurants.

 

Day 2:  Carcassonne to Caunes-Minervois ~33 Km

Discover part of the Canal Du Midi before heading north.  Visit the Cathar stronghold of Lastours.  Climb to the towers or enjoy lunch overlooking the river and the towers instead.  You will cycle past a cave where cavemen used to live.  Later in the day you will be able to visit a truffle museum as well as a dinosaur fossil museum.

 

Day 3:  Caunes-Minervois (optional) ~ 7 Km

Spend the day in Caunes Minervois to visit its old abbey.  A lovely circular nature walk is possible as well this day, allowing you to visit the Carriere du Roy, an old marble quarry that has been in use since the Roman times.  This red marble can be seen all over the region, and in its time it was even exported to Italy.  There is also a hidden church close to this quarry whose interior is extraordinary and its surroundings are very peaceful.

 

Day 4:  Caunes-Minervois to Homps ~ 24 Km

Easy cycling today on flat and downhill roads.  Rejoin the Canal Du Midi to arrive at a beautiful B&B with pool in Homps.

 

Day 5:  Homps to Bize-Minervois ~ 31 Km

Set of to visit Minerve in the morning.  Minerve is officially one of the most beautiful villages of France.  It was a Cathar stronghold and the ancient capital of the region.  In the afternoon cycle past natural springs where you can take a refreshing swim in crystal clear waters.  A few kilometers farther you will cycle by an old cave where caveman used to live.  The bones found in this cave were the oldest human bones ever found at the time.  However, there is no sign here pointing to this cave.  Only our map shows this location!

 

Day 6:  Bize-Minervois to Beziers ~ 42 Km

Visit an old Roman fountain that has been flowing continuesly for hundreds of years.  This area of France is known for its abundant dinosaur fossil beds.  We will take you right through the hearth of this region.  Right after lunch you can visit a museum showcasing some of the fossils found in the area.  Cycle on a converted railroad path back to the Canal Du Midi.  Visit the famous Nine Locks in Beziers and the Malpas Tunnel, both on the Canal Du Midi, a Unesco World Heritage site.

 

Day 7:  Beziers

The oldest city in France has undergone a facelift recently and is now more welcoming to visitors as ever before.  You can visit the old Roman arena here or climb the cathedral tower.  Beziers has a train station and airport with connections all over France and Europe.

 

Optional Days

 

Day 6:  Bize-Minervois to Narbonne ~ 27 Km

Cycle south to the Canal Du Midi and visit Le Somail, one of the original overnight stops for the passenger boats on the Canal Du Midi in the 1600's.  Head to Narbonne following the Canal de La Robine.  In Narbonne visit the Cathedral and its museum with cavemen.  The old Roman road is still visible in front of the Cathedral.

 

Day 7:  Narbonne to Beziers ~ 35 Km

Head north again joining the Canal Du Midi again at the Malpas Tunnel.  Here the Canal Du Midi flows through a mountain.  Shortly after you will arrive at the famous Nine Locks of Beziers, the masterpiece of the entire Canal Du Midi.  Here ships descent 21 meters before joining the aqueduct crossing the Orb River into Beziers.

 

Whatʼs Included

 

What’s Included:

 

  • 5 to 7 nights accommodation in 3* hotels and B&B's, some with pools
  • breakfasts everyday
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel each day
  • Comfortable premium quality hybrid bike with panniers
  • Technical support (not including flat tire)

 

Optional: (not included)

 

  • Your extra nights in arrival or departure city.
  • Extra days of bike touring

 

Not Included:

 

  • Your trip between here and your home, before & after the tour
  • Your travel and health insurance
  • Your private costs, souvenirs, gifts, telephone, minibar, etc

 

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We own and operate our own fleet of bikes

WHY TRAVEL WITH US?

We are an accredited travel agency

Located 800 meters from the Canal Du Midi

All tours are private and can be customized

Relax Bike Tours & Rentals

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Tel (France): 06 38 12 32 82

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cathar bike route france

assistance during tripbike hire includedbreakfast dailybike delivery and pickup includedhotels includeddetailed mapstechnical assistanceluggage transfered from hotel to hotel daily

We own and operate our own fleet of bikes

We are an accredited travel agency

Located 800 meters from the Canal Du Midi

All tours are private and can be customized

lonely planet
national geographic
accueil velo

cathar bike route france

lonely planet
national geographic
accueil velo

english version
version francaise

cathar bike route france

lonely planet
national geographic
accueil velo

WHY TRAVEL WITH US?

  • We own and operate our own fleet of bikes
  • We are an accredited travel agency
  • Located 400 meters from the Canal Du Midi
  • All tours are private and can be customized
national geographic
lonely planet
accueil velo