Canal du Midi
Canal du Midi
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A 360-km network of canals linking the Mediterranean to the Atlantic.
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  • Janene H
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    Fabulous day cruise on the canal du midi
    Fabulous day trip on the canal du midi. My husband and I had planned a canal trip with friends from NZ as part of our European 40th wedding anniversary however when they could not join us we were pleased to find a day option with Kate and Ferdie - wonderful hosts who shared their knowledge of the canal, history and love of living locally there along with the ins and outs of navigating a boat. We did the 6 hour option from Capestang to the 9 Fonserannes Locks at Beziers - so interesting to see the locks being navigated. There was plenty of time to sit leisurely on deck chairs at the front of the boat, champagne in hand and watch the countryside idle by and a delicious home-made 3 course meal was served on the way back up the canal. We stayed in a B&B in Capestang and it was easy to meet up at the local Tourist office to catch our ride. Kate corresponded well throughout our planning. Highly recommend this if you want a personal and exclusive experience in this beautiful part of France.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 July 2023
  • PeterMVic
    Melbourne, Australia109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    UTracks Deliver A Wonderful Experience
    When researching options for a bicycle trip along the Canal du MIDI we were impressed by UTracks tour and options. Having completed the tour from Toulouse to Sete we know we made the right choice. The organisation of the ride was smooth and efficient. The bicycles arrived at our starting hotel promptly and were well maintained and equipped. Our cases were transported to our next destination, the hotels were wonderful and the ride was trouble free. The guidance app worked well. Overall a great experience. One tip though - if you can, have two phones available with the guidance app downloaded as the weather can get hot and a phone will need to cool down at some stage.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 August 2023
  • thildou
    Draguignan, France90 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Au fil de l’eau !
    It was an amazing experience to navigate along the Canal du Midi ! The boat was big enough for the seven of us ! Very clean, everything in there. We could cook and even buy some stuff at the locks. Les Éclusiers at the locks was very friendly. Very athletic to handle the locks however so beautiful to look at. Beautiful villages to visit all along. Spent lovely evenings along the bank, so peaceful. Our mistake was that we didn’t deal and book directly with the company « LE BOAT » but with Alpha-Croisière an intermediate and it was a rip-off.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Famtime123
    Johannesburg, South Africa13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Canal du midi Nicol’s boat
    Lovely few days on the canal. I think the Nicols boats are much newer and nicer then the le boat company. Be sure to check your route beforehand to make sure you select an area with not too many locks.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Sharon M
    Lymington, United Kingdom108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful short boat trip
    A lovely 45 minute boat trip along the Canal du Midi. The scenery was beautiful, going through the locks and listening to the commentary (English and French) . The history of the canal was explained with some facts and figures, which was very interesting. We went at the end of September and the boat was not very full, so plenty of room. Took some wonderful photos.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 October 2023
  • marriott946
    London, United Kingdom820 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Booring Journey
    Our ride lasted around 4 hours. The section we did was extremely boring. High banks either side gave no view at all and it was extremely busy getting through the seven locks. Many delays. No wildlife or birdlife to see or hear. There was that much boat traffic the canal was a total muddy brown colour. We had a meal on the boat which I'm sorry to say was tasteless. Pleasant company but nothing else.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 October 2023
  • hydrojoe
    Ottawa, Canada281 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short sail on Canal du Midi
    The Canal du Midi started construction stared in the 1600s and was part of a project to connect and provide navigation from Narbonne on eastern coast of France to Bordeau and the Atlantic sea on the western end. While in Carcassonne, one of the touristy thing to do is take a short ride on a river boat and sail a portion of the canal waterway. A guide on board will give you a quick history of the construction. You will also get a glimpse of the Medieval fortified city in Carcassonne.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 February 2024
  • AussieClogwog
    Perth, Australia107 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Canal du Midi - Highly Recommended Cycling tour Toulouse to Sete
    We embarked on a very pleasurable holiday adventure, organised by French Bike Tours, traversing picturesque landscapes with splendid hire bicycles from Le Petit Cyclo—one standard, the other electric. Each day began with a delightful buffet breakfast, setting the perfect tone for our explorations. Our journey commenced in the stunning 'La Ville Rose' of Toulouse, where a great cycle path guided us to our first destination, the charming town of Castelnaudary, with its ‘Grand Bassin’ and our accommodation the enchanting old judges' residency, "Les Ordalies". Despite encountering a shift to dirt roads and gravel on the second day, the scenic canal, majestic plane trees, and idyllic countryside vistas more than compensated for the rough terrain. A short detour led us to the circular village of Bram, where we meandered through its quaint streets to reach the historic church. Our day culminated in the UNESCO-listed city of Carcassonne, where we had time to tour the medieval castle and enjoyed dinner at 'La Place de Vieille Ville'. One of the highlights was enjoying breakfast outside on the terrace of Hotel du Chateau, looking up to the walled city. Despite grappling with challenging headwinds and the sad sight of plane trees stumps the following day, we anticipate returning in fifty years to cycle beneath the replanted oak trees. Our route led us to the small town of Olonzac for the night, where we were warmly welcomed. Post-Olonzac, the cycle path significantly improved, albeit with occasional detours due to ongoing path work. The ancient city of Breziers greeted us with a decent along its nine impressive locks with views to the picturesque River Orb below. Perched atop a small hill, Breziers has charming streets with numerous terraces, and the Saint-Nazaire Cathedral is certainly worth a visit. The final leg of our journey was a leisurely cycle ride into Sete, with a substantial portion of the route tracing the coastline, offering ample opportunities to pause for refreshments at seaside terraces. Despite a slight detour prompted by the arrival of the Olympic torch, we arrived promptly at our hotel, the charming and eccentric Le Grand Hotel, where we would be staying for the next two nights. With an extra day in Sete, amidst rain showers, we were able to relax, unwind and reflect, on our unforgettable cycling tour. Five stars to French Bike Tours for the flawless organisation.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 June 2024
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Maps527938
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The canal is one big tourist trap there are no mooring unless you pay 32 euro a night to park you can't moor on pins because the hire boats which have taken over the canal go at full revs for there whole week trip there are no water points unless again you pay 32 euro a night to park and get water any where else on the French net work is better than this tourist trap
Written 11 June 2024
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AussieClogwog
Perth, Australia107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We embarked on a very pleasurable holiday adventure, organised by French Bike Tours, traversing picturesque landscapes with splendid hire bicycles from Le Petit Cyclo—one standard, the other electric. Each day began with a delightful buffet breakfast, setting the perfect tone for our explorations. Our journey commenced in the stunning 'La Ville Rose' of Toulouse, where a great cycle path guided us to our first destination, the charming town of Castelnaudary, with its ‘Grand Bassin’ and our accommodation the enchanting old judges' residency, "Les Ordalies". Despite encountering a shift to dirt roads and gravel on the second day, the scenic canal, majestic plane trees, and idyllic countryside vistas more than compensated for the rough terrain. A short detour led us to the circular village of Bram, where we meandered through its quaint streets to reach the historic church. Our day culminated in the UNESCO-listed city of Carcassonne, where we had time to tour the medieval castle and enjoyed dinner at 'La Place de Vieille Ville'. One of the highlights was enjoying breakfast outside on the terrace of Hotel du Chateau, looking up to the walled city. Despite grappling with challenging headwinds and the sad sight of plane trees stumps the following day, we anticipate returning in fifty years to cycle beneath the replanted oak trees. Our route led us to the small town of Olonzac for the night, where we were warmly welcomed. Post-Olonzac, the cycle path significantly improved, albeit with occasional detours due to ongoing path work. The ancient city of Breziers greeted us with a decent along its nine impressive locks with views to the picturesque River Orb below. Perched atop a small hill, Breziers has charming streets with numerous terraces, and the Saint-Nazaire Cathedral is certainly worth a visit. The final leg of our journey was a leisurely cycle ride into Sete, with a substantial portion of the route tracing the coastline, offering ample opportunities to pause for refreshments at seaside terraces. Despite a slight detour prompted by the arrival of the Olympic torch, we arrived promptly at our hotel, the charming and eccentric Le Grand Hotel, where we would be staying for the next two nights. With an extra day in Sete, amidst rain showers, we were able to relax, unwind and reflect, on our unforgettable cycling tour. Five stars to French Bike Tours for the flawless organisation.
Written 2 June 2024
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hydrojoe
Ottawa, Canada281 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The Canal du Midi started construction stared in the 1600s and was part of a project to connect and provide navigation from Narbonne on eastern coast of France to Bordeau and the Atlantic sea on the western end. While in Carcassonne, one of the touristy thing to do is take a short ride on a river boat and sail a portion of the canal waterway. A guide on board will give you a quick history of the construction. You will also get a glimpse of the Medieval fortified city in Carcassonne.
Written 6 February 2024
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Bev
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Canal du MIDI barge holiday booked through France Afloat Sept 2023

Planned as a special birthday treat to the Canal du Midi, which has been on our bucket list for a number of years, with the expectation of a relaxed cruising holiday through the French countryside. The weather was good, temperatures pleasantly warm though most afternoons it was windy. The biggest disappointment and one which had we known, would have stopped us booking a holiday on the Canal du Midi, is that it is an open sewer, with fleets of leisure craft including unfortunately ours emptying waste directly into the canal.

The area we visited, Castelnaudary towards Carcassone, was lacking in canal side villages or amenities. Basically the canal is the only tourist attraction. The villages accessible from the canal were usually at least 1km away and had very little interest nor were particularly pretty when you compare them to many other villages in France. Carcassone obviously is the exception but from the canal the citadel would be either a pretty challenging cycle ride or a taxi.

We hired what was advertised as a luxury barge, the EuroClassic 129, just right we thought, for our special occasion. Despite a combined boating experience of over 50 years, we found this type of boat incredibly difficult to handle, particularly given the windy conditions which are prevalent in the region. Locks too, presented a challenge; we had to negotiate 17 in the first day’s cruising from Castelnaudary, hardly the relaxing cruise we’d planned! We became aware very quickly that we were not the only people who found this class of craft exceptionally difficult to manoeuvre. We were told some of these craft have bow thrusters, and we would say on reflection, that’s essential.

Our definition of “luxury” craft appears to be poles apart from that of France Afloat. The seating was uncomfortable, kitchen wares were very low end, appliances were very tired, the bed was covered in a plastic sheet but we were only provided with one base sheet so it was incredibly sweaty, and the air conditioning was noisy and could only be used with the engine on or attached to the mains at moorings, at an engine running cost of €10 per hour. And we resented that every single item or piece of equipment has a hugely inflated price against it if it is lost or damaged, which we feel questioned our integrity. Absolutely not what you’d expect on a luxury hire boat! In contrast, when the shower pump and toilet flush didn’t work, the maintenance staff came promptly and made every effort to resolve the issues to our satisfaction.

If you are planning a holiday on the Canal du Midi on a craft such as the one we hired we recommend you be sure you’re happy cruising on an open sewer in particular if you are planning to visit during the heat of summer. And don’t start from Castelnaudary if you aren’t happy to negotiate multiple locks on the first day. Check the small print doesn’t say they can change your starting point. Don’t underestimate how challenging this type of craft is to manoeuvre without bow thrusters. And finally, be aware that the canal itself is the main tourist attraction.

Written 24 October 2023
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marriott946
London, UK820 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Our ride lasted around 4 hours. The section we did was extremely boring.

High banks either side gave no view at all and it was extremely busy getting through the seven locks. Many delays.

No wildlife or birdlife to see or hear.

There was that much boat traffic the canal was a total muddy brown colour.

We had a meal on the boat which I'm sorry to say was tasteless.

Pleasant company but nothing else.
Written 19 October 2023
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Anne R
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The Renaissance Barge cruise on European Waterways - Briare Canal - was first class. Peaceful and relaxing. Interesting outings.
Written 14 October 2023
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Sharon M
Lymington, UK108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
A lovely 45 minute boat trip along the Canal du Midi. The scenery was beautiful, going through the locks and listening to the commentary (English and French) . The history of the canal was explained with some facts and figures, which was very interesting. We went at the end of September and the boat was not very full, so plenty of room. Took some wonderful photos.
Written 3 October 2023
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Famtime123
Johannesburg, South Africa13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Lovely few days on the canal. I think the Nicols boats are much newer and nicer then the le boat company. Be sure to check your route beforehand to make sure you select an area with not too many locks.
Written 28 August 2023
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thildou
Draguignan, France90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
It was an amazing experience to navigate along the Canal du Midi ! The boat was big enough for the seven of us ! Very clean, everything in there. We could cook and even buy some stuff at the locks. Les Éclusiers at the locks was very friendly. Very athletic to handle the locks however so beautiful to look at.
Beautiful villages to visit all along.
Spent lovely evenings along the bank, so peaceful.
Our mistake was that we didn’t deal and book directly with the company « LE BOAT » but with Alpha-Croisière an intermediate and it was a rip-off.
Written 25 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

PeterMVic
Melbourne, Australia109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Couples
When researching options for a bicycle trip along the Canal du MIDI we were impressed by UTracks tour and options.
Having completed the tour from Toulouse to Sete we know we made the right choice.
The organisation of the ride was smooth and efficient.
The bicycles arrived at our starting hotel promptly and were well maintained and equipped.
Our cases were transported to our next destination, the hotels were wonderful and the ride was trouble free.
The guidance app worked well.
Overall a great experience.
One tip though - if you can, have two phones available with the guidance app downloaded as the weather can get hot and a phone will need to cool down at some stage.
Written 23 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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