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From all our group we would like to say big THANK YOU!!! For such a
wonderfully organised trip! We had couple of problems with our luggage, but on
the whole happy scale it was unnoticeable !!
We were so happy with the hotels, especially '' Poete'' !! And the tours were
really special to see!!!
Yet again big thank you!!!
We will pass the name of your company to our friends and people who are also
interested in this kind of holiday!!
Hi Frans- This is our grateful Thanks to you:
A most spectacular cycle tour on Tandem in 12 stages –
covering 900k – Starting in Bedoin (foot of Mont Ventoux) and touring in Alpes
Maritimes. Cimbing to the highest points the scenery was awesome – the down
through the Gorges,the plantations forests and fruit just beautiful. Our
visits to Nyons –Oz –Gap – Venterol – Barcellonette- Colmars les Alpes
–Castellane were exceptional-. Then to Moustiers Saint Marie and the
magnificent Lakes – through Draguinan, Trigance (where we dined in a 9th
century fortress) – to villages Grasse –St Paul de Vence – and finally finishing
with a ride along coast and ending in Villefranche sur Mer (Nice)- where our
tour ended. The Tandem was perfect and all stopovers remarkable – thank you
Frans of La Ligne Verte – so grateful to you for this stunning cycle tour you
planned for us.
Bert and Carol Bard – Johannesburg – South Africa
2016-2 (see this recommendation at
Tours are difficult to
find and position within Tripadvisor. So we regret you will only find our tours
(in South of France) when searching world wide on Tripadvisor with La Ligne
Verte. We are based in Amsterdam, but we are not proposing any tours there.
have done three self-guided cycling tours in Southern France with La Ligne
Verte in 2011, 2014, and just recently in 2016. Every time we've decided to
do another tour we've thought "It will never be as good as the first one
when we rode through the Gorges du Tarn." Yet the last two have been just as
good as the first. The second was in the Provence-Mt. Ventoux area and the
most recent was in the Dordogne River valley area, and we enjoyed these as
much as we did the first.
After looking at various self-guided tour operators we chose La Ligne Verte
primarily because they offered the most flexibility. You can start and end
your tour whenever you want. You can go for a few days or several. You can
specify easy routes, moderate routes or challenging routes. You can select
economy lodging or luxury lodging with choices in between. And there are
five or six different areas of southern France you can choose from. And
finally, their prices were reasonable.
All of your hotel and the majority of your dinner reservations are taken
care of (in some locations where there are a multitude of dining options
they leave those open for your choice.) When you arrive at your first hotel
a packet is waiting for you with a annotated route map and detailed, written
route instructions, plus brochures and tourist information on interesting
sites to visit on your route.
Sometimes we question the route that owner-operator Frans has set for us,
such as side-trips or out-and-backs, but after we've done them we understand
that there was something special that he wanted us to see. And when we've
wanted to do something special like make arrangements to be ferried to the
top of Mt. Ventoux he has taken care of that for us and made it totally
hassle free. Plus, although Frans lives in southern France he is Dutch and
speaks perfect English and is always available on Skype or phone if you need
to talk to him.
If you're the independent type and like to set your own schedules, ride at
your own pace, stop and go when you want, then I know you will be very
satisfied with La Ligne Verte.
We are on the train to Paris having just left Souillac. It was another
great tour. Both my hybrid and Kay's electric bike worked great. The
electric bike really saved the tour for Kay after her injury in England.
No problems with any of the hotels, some better than others of course. The
people at the Vielle Auberge were incredibly helpful with everything
including the bikes, and helping out when Don Hanset fell, hurt his ribs and
could not continue riding after the third day. The Plaisance in Vitrac was
the best, fantastic piscine and air conditioning!
As I usually do, after I get home, I will send you some suggested
corrections/additions to your route directions. I think we did almost all
the longer options, which were worth it for the things we saw.
Thanks for another great tour,
Steve Van Slyke
(Steve and his friends biked
the B19 **plus tour
in Dordogne and Lot-Quercy in August 2017)
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2015-3 Cathars walk
Just a quick note to say that we had a fantastic time walking the
Sentier Cathare. Everything worked very smoothly and the whole
experience was just wonderful - we will definitely be returning.
With the route now the GR367 the marking was very good - which made
navigation simple with only a couple of points where we used the notes -
more for reassurance.
So glad we did Pic Bugarach. Spectacular views, even if a bit windy on
Thanks for your help in organising everything at such short notice.
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2015-2 Luberon walk
Thanks for all your arrangements for our trip. From our pick-up to drop-off at
Avignon TGV we had a terrific week in the Luberon. Although October is a bit
late in the year - some things were shutting down from the tourist season – we
had the roads and restaurants largely to ourselves, and had a peaceful week of
walking from village to village. We especially enjoyed the quietness of the
inns and restaurants where we stayed and had our meals, and of course the so
many things that could be accessed only by foot! We enjoyed walking the old
roads with the terraced fields on either side, and seeing the progression of
vegetation from the dry south facing slopes with olive groves and cherry
orchards from Gordes to Rustrel, crossing the valley to Saignon with apple and
cherry orchards, and then along the north facing slopes of the Grand Luberon
with its lavender fields and ferns along the Aiguebrun stream. (And of course,
vineyards along the entire route.)
Please feel free to use any of this in your adverts or blogs.
Thure Cerling and Mahala Kephart
Cycle tour Alpes Maritime – just spectacular- thank you again-for your excellent
planning and really amazing directions. A 12 stage cycle tour on tandem, which
took us to beautiful quaint villages- through magnificent gorges, Lakes and
waterfalls with really, majestic forests- awesome mountain views. (The beauty
of this area would be better viewed on google)- The wonderful places you found
for us to stay were remarkable- Villefranche –
away from crowds of Nice
and perectly situated to start and end our tour- Vence –
through Gorges du loop
- breathtaking rock formations –
again so tucked away – loved it!!- Cabris –
stunning ride- La Garde –
– Les Ferres – Vence- St Martin-Vesubie – Utelle- Sospel
the accommodation was incredible – the rooms were excellent – the hosts were
friendly – and homely!!- We so enjoyed each and every overnight stay in these
homes . The dinners we had in these homes were so very memorable – thank you
for finding these special places for us. We watched the sun setting behind the
mountains and down the valleys!!!
The rides were challenging but every day was a new
adventure surrounded by magnificent views- Just the 2 of us together with the
thrills of Maritime Alpes!! This part of France was so worth the visit-
you just manage to include such beauty to cycle into – thank you!!
I just know you always plan a wonderful tour for us - and
are always available if there are problems.
Thank you,- so pleased we found you all those years ago –
Bert and Carol Bard - Johannesburg, South Africa
Hi Frans – what an amazing cycle tour we had – Started at
the foot of the Mont Ventoux – first day we were there we went to summit – great
experience!! We then went to Le Poet Leval – beautiful ride through the
countryside- onto Barnave – again just so beautiful to ride through this area on
to Chorges and on to Barnave – just loved our stay with Barbara- She served us a
beautiful dinner in her intimate little garden- We had a really amazing stay in
Oze- this was a 12th Century priory in a breathtaking setting – again
host and hostess served an amazing meal in this majestic dining area we just
loved this too - from there to Eygliers – this is just absolutely charming on
to Barcellonette – just love this lovely village- - on to Colmars – a special
place to stay- charming host and hostess – beautiful views – then Castellane
also lovely stay – on to Moustiers Ste Marie – again just loved this place in
the village of ceramics – on to Forqualquier – such welcoming people – finished
I Bedoin where we just love to stay.
We went up the Col de Vars (tough but exhillerating) also
Col de Columbiere and the Col de Allos- the Scenery was breathtaking – the
Gorges du Verdon were Spectacular!!
Every day was just so special – thank you for your
excellent directions taking us through these beautiful stunning areas – We loved
every minute of every day!!!
We just had a problem with the brakes (disc brakes) of the
tandem – we had to get help along the way in quite a few places - - I did
mention this to the bike shop – when we collected the bike we told them that we
were unfamiliar with disc brakes but they assured us they were good for the
distance we were going to do- but we had to stop and have adjustments done at
quite a few places – fortunately we found people able to help us – next time we
will be happy to just go with bike brakes we are familiar with.
The places that you booked us into were exceptional – we
had stayed at some of them before and we were so pleased to see the people again
– so enjoyed every single day- thanks to you and your perfect planning.
Always feel a little sad to leave this magnificent area in
The taxi lady that you use – Evalina was so pleased to see
us again – such a special lady and she runs an excellent taxi service
Thanks again Frans – so pleased we found you all those
years ago – you understand exactly what we love to do and you choose such
perfect places to stay
Bert and Carol Bard (Johannesburg – South Africa)
Hello, Frans and Isabel
Today we returned to St Martin, Souillac, and are busy remembering all the interesting and truly
lovely sights along the way of the cycling and walking tours which you arranged.
Your attention to detail is appreciated.
Once we learned how to look critically at the map, and correlate the route notes,
we were confident of getting where we should be at the end of the day.
You were certainly correct that the first day of walking was the most confusing.
Once again, thanks for a wonderful itinerary.
I personally loved Relais St Anne - the gardens were just what was required after a long day.
And, of course, the terrace under chestnut trees at l'Ouysse.
There were also three evenings of terrific rainstorms to refresh the spirits.
Paddling did not work out as no one answered the phone - perhaps the season is over for them.
All in all, well done!
Carole and John Petrich (Sammamish USA)
we are back in Sao Paulo!
Thank You very much for the organization!!!Every thing was perfect !I think the route was perfect and
we could see lots of nice places! The maps worked very well!
The dinners were very nice, specialy the last night on The Clos the la Glycine!
I hope soon we can organize another trip with Valac
regards,Ana Elisa /Lamberto from Brasil.
Ana and Lamberto cycled our luxury bike tour Vaucluse in Provence.
Thought that I would write to
say thank you for the Gorges
du Tarn holiday that you organised
for us last week. Everything
worked very well and we really
enjoyed ourselves - helped by
some really nice sunny weather.
(Cycling tour B04 light version)
Hi Frans- Once
again – Thank you for planning and
orgainising this awesome cycle tour
for us. The Drome and Haute
Alpes area are just spectacular
for cycling. The scenery
is breathtaking – every day was
an adventure. BEDOIN
– is the perfect place to start
– the whole village is full, with
cyclists from all over the world
– our bike was excellent – Hotel
des Pins we can highly recommend.
>From there it was 12 stages of
beautiful countryside, and farmland-
our challenging stages included
Mont Ventoux –Col d Vars – Col de
Allos- and the magnificent Gorges
du Verdon- Our accommodation
was friendly and fun – often in
private homes and at times sharing
the dining room table with other
guests- We passed and cycled round
the magnificent lakes – Serre Poncon
and lac le Croix the colour of these
lakes is clear tourquoise !!-
a small hotel Maison du guil (near
Guillestre) is worth a mention –
run by Tom and Vim warm and friendly
hosts – they cooked a wonderful
dinner for us . To Barcellonette
- Colmars – (beautiful farm) Castalane
also tranquil and lovely
– and then Moustiers – just loved
this quaint and interesting village-
ceramiques are worth seeing.
On to Forquaquier- Sault (always
enjoy it here) – on to Gorges de
we are grateful to you for your
thoughtful planning and direction
– taking us on routes that are remote
and very beautiful.
was tough at times – but we were
always rewarded with the beauty
of this incredible country. -
We are always confident in your
arrangements and feel much thought
and planning goes into a cycle tour
of this nature.
Bert and Carol
Bard ( Johannesburg