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Canal Du Midi CCM

Visiting: France
Trip Duration 8 Days

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Canal Du MidiScores 8.7 out of 10 based on 35 reviews
(10 out of 10)


Very relaxed cycling. Very little amongst traffic . Choices of route depending on ability and desires of group members . Lots of coffee and cake stops. Beautiful autumn colours on show whilst cycling through vineyards , woods and along the canal. Very knowledgeable and supportive leader.
Confirmed traveller: 22 October 2016
Published on: 25 October 2016
(8 out of 10)


1) Cycling between Bezier, Narbonne, and Carcassonne. Lovely cities. Optional cycling out to nearby French villages , from these bases , a bonus.
2) Leader was very accommodating at enabling shorter rides, as 40/50 km was too much for me, even though ride classed as easy.
3) His maps were pretty fool proof and clear.
4) Appreciated being able to cycle self led, and not be bound to the pressure of keeping up with a group pace.
5) would have liked drink making facilities in hotel rooms
Confirmed traveller: 22 October 2016
Published on: 25 October 2016
(9 out of 10)


It took us to a part of France we had not visited before. The provision of maps and guides was first rate. My wife had a health problem, which limited her cycling range, Andrew, the guide was flexible, and able to drop her part way along each days course, enabling her to take part in the days trip, without pushing her too far.
Approaching the Old Town of Carcasonne from the canal tow path was very impressive, and well worth visiting. The day map sheets issued by Andrew were first rate, other tours would do well to follow this feature. One tip worth thinking about is getting people to keep a reasonable distance between each rider, not all cyclists are adept on a bike, space gives room for a sudden stop by the person in front!
The guide, Andrew, was first rate, he was able to sort out minor problems that crop up, and a mine of information about the the history and geography of the area.
Confirmed traveller: 22 October 2016
Published on: 24 October 2016
(9 out of 10)


This was a most enjoyable trip. Hats off to the tour leader Andrew Perryman who has obviously put a great deal of time into researching the area; finding interesting and attractive routes; seeking out good hotels in Beziers, Narbonne and Carcassonne near the centres and tourist attractions; well-maintained bicycles with the useful option of bringing one’s own saddle and pedals. I’ve been on a few cycling holidays and the provision of such detailed maps and route descriptions in handlebar map holders was fantastic. Andrew’s personal tour dossier and information booklet was also extremely useful. It was great to be able to cycle to the beach a couple of times to add a little relaxing variety to the tour and I was very grateful that the holiday didn’t simply involve cycling all the way along the canal path, which was generally pretty bone-shakingly rough because, beautiful though it was, could have become very repetitive after a while. The cycling pace was very comfortable to all on the holiday and nobody raced ahead or got left behind since none of us were very regular cyclists. All in all I would highly recommend this holiday and would certainly happilydo another trip with Andrew as the guide.
Confirmed traveller: 10 September 2016
Published on: 15 October 2016
(9 out of 10)


This was a great introduction to cycling holidays: well planned routes with good maps & instructions for those times when the group leader was transferring our luggage. There was a mix of canal path and minor roads through the vineyards: this not only gave opportunities for some great views of the surrounding countryside but also provided relief from bumping over tree roots and the frequent stony sections of the path. A week on the path alone would have been monotonous and uncomfortable. There was time to explore the towns and regular stops on the cycle rides gave us plenty of opportunities to sample lots of lovely patisserie.
Confirmed traveller: 10 September 2016
Published on: 20 September 2016
(10 out of 10)


This was a great introduction to cycling in France, and now I'm hooked so will be booking another cycling holiday in the near future.
The cycles included a variety of terrain, not just canal paths, but quiet country roads passing through vineyards and coastal paths.
The visits to small quiet non touristy villages for a coffee and patisserie was one of the highlights for me.
Cycling to the beach on a couple of days was another highlight where you had the opportunity to stay as long as you like, I enjoyed the flexibility that you could choose what you wanted to do on some days.
Confirmed traveller: 06 August 2016
Published on: 29 August 2016
(10 out of 10)

Jim and Annette

As a tour leader Andrew is second to none i. e. he's very
well organised with a full briefing for each day and extremely well informed about the area. His maps and instructions are easy to follow when riding without him.
Also he has a great sense of humour.
We thoroughly enjoyed the whole Canal du Midi experience and are now looking forward to our next Explore cycling holiday in France.
Confirmed traveller: 11 June 2016
Published on: 22 June 2016
(10 out of 10)


Fabulous tour, even though I am currently a none cyclist. Just glad that I bought a padded seat cover for any size of bike. You do need to do some exercise and be fairly fit, even though it is graded 'easy'. All the restaurants suggested had great food and were not too expensive. The group were all lovely people and we all helped each other. There were days when you didn't have to cycle if you needed a rest. There was more than enough to see and do. Fantastic scenery of canal, vineyards and medieval architecture, plus a couple of opportunities to go to the beach for a well earned swim. Andrew, our tour leader was very patient, knowledgeable and accommodating.
Confirmed traveller: 11 June 2016
Published on: 15 June 2016
(8 out of 10)


Colwyn bay
Enjoyable holiday - first day very tiring and you couldn't really cut down or you would be lost. Did alternative days riding and sight-seeing which worked well for us. Andrew was very accommodating - we had a lift on last riding day to cut short ride to reasonable length for us. Nice friendly group and good fun. Don't overdo it on first day - more flexibility later in week, very hot. Glad we managed it and we were pleased that we did.
Confirmed traveller: 11 June 2016
Published on: 15 June 2016