Cycling along Canal du Midi!

May 29, 2022 @ 5:00 pm – June 3, 2022 @ 6:00 pm

This is the preceding trip to the Pentecost trip to Ax-les-Thermes, in a smaller group, so not a perfectly public event. The idea is to cycle from Toulouse to Sète along the Canal du Midi, which is one of the most beautiful canals in Europe.

Quick overview:

  1. May 29: Arrival in Toulouse
  2. May 30: Toulouse -> Castelnaudary (rent bikes in Toulouse)
  3. May 31: Castelnaudary -> Carcassonne
  4. June 1: Carcassonne -> Béziers
  5. June 2: Béziers -> Sète
  6. June 3: Sète -> Ax-les-Thermes (return bikes on the way in Toulouse)

Day I (May 29):

Arrival in Toulouse sometime during the day (Accommodation?). According to this page, train tickets will be available from 4 months before. I booked an apartment.

Day II (May 30):

We can rent a bicycle for example at Maison du Vélo, which offers the possibility of returning the bicycles in Sète afterwards (this costs 50€ more so maybe not). We will cycle from Toulouse to Castelnaudary according to the map below. I booked an apartment there.

Day III (May 31):

We cycle from Castelnaudary to Carcassonne. The track is relatively short, but since Carcassonne is an interesting city, I guess we can arrive there early and do sightseeing 😎. I booked an apartment. They say the bikes can be put in the garage.

Day IV (June 1):

We cycle from Carcassonne to Béziers. This one is going to be fairly long – we should start fairly early in the morning. I already booked an apartment, but this place might not have a washing machine (although in the review they say that the owner is so friendly that we can use their washing machine).

Day V (June 2):

On the last day, we cycle from Béziers to Sète and hope that we can return the bicycles when we arrive there. If not … well let’s see :). On the way there, we might be able to swim (do not forget to bring swimming stuff). There’s also the museum of George Brassens in Sète (whoever that is). I booked an apartment.

Day VI (June 3):

Travelling from Sète to Ax-les-Thermes. It looks like there are connections every 2 hours, last one departing from 3pm. It costs around 40€. All connections go over Toulouse, so if we happen to have to return the bicycles there, we can leave early in the morning.

Estimated cost:

  • Accommodations: 40€ (?) / night x 5 nights = 200€
  • Renting a bicycle: 100€ (?)
  • Train from Sète to Ax-les-Thermes: 40€ (?)
  • Total ~340€

Things to clarify:

  1. Check whether the accommodation in Castelnaudary has space for bikes
  2. Check whether the accommodation in Béziers has space for bikes
  3. Check whether the accommodation in Sète has space for bikes
  4. Whether we’re gonna leave hiking stuff (for the subsequent weekend trip) in Toulouse

List of participants:

  1. Jana
  2. Shrijal
  3. Kartik
  4. Sam

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