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Canal Du Midi CCM

Visiting: France
Trip Duration 8 Days

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Canal Du MidiScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 39 reviews
(9 out of 10)


The holiday was great - lovely group, knowledgeable and highly organised tour guide, pleasant itinerary
I had a really wonderful time

Main points I'd highlight, in an otherwise v positive experience:
1. slightly strange windy weather made the cycling dangerous at times
and am not sure if it wld class this as an easy cycle ride, mainly because of the track conditions eg tree roots/gravel; I am a fairly experienced cyclist, but others were not and they struggled

2. this was described as a guided trip, but on at least 2 days the guide did not travel with us but issued us with maps and left us to it - so it was self-guided and not that obvious a route; luckily we had one efficient map reader in the group and I am a v proficient French speaker, but it cld have been far from easy without these skills
Confirmed traveller: 29 July 2017
Published on: 18 August 2017
(10 out of 10)


1. Whilst graded easy, be prepared for bumps; tree roots and rocks on the path. It's a bumpy ride.

2. Andrew is a great leader.

3. Bring your own saddle if you can.
Confirmed traveller: 29 July 2017
Published on: 03 August 2017
(10 out of 10)


Lovely scenic tour. Good balance of canal side and road cycling, though beware the tree roots on canal paths. Good entertainment watching the barges on the canal navigate the locks and other badly moored barges. Scenic stops. Some small inclines although no major hills. Always good idea to carry a packed lunch and lots of water as not always near an eatery when you need the energy boost. Good idea to stick together as a group or carry a map, especially when left on your own when Andrew, group leader, carrying out his other duties.
Confirmed traveller: 29 July 2017
Published on: 02 August 2017
(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