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Although based in Amsterdam
our tours are only in South of France
I'm sorry not to have written sooner to
say how grateful Nick and I were for all
of your help while we were in Corsica.
We certainly hadn't anticipated being so
feeble in the heat and it was enormously
helpful to have you at the end of the
phone. Sorry for the trouble, we'll
stick to cooler months from now on.
Nonetheless we had a wonderful time,
great memories and much of that is down
to you. I assume we don't owe you
anything, but please let me know if I'm
Harris walked the H13b Scandola walk on
If you want to check with our clients, we'll send
you their email address and phone-number.
Want to thank you again for a great
Greatly appreciate all you help and
Sherri and I planning a trip to Italy
Do you handle any tours to Italy?
Interested in Sardinia
Thanks again for a Great trip
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
Bert and Carol Bard –
Johannesburg – South Africa
(see this recommendation at
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
We 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.
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.
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.
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
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
B19 **plus tour in Dordogne and Lot-Quercy
in August 2020)
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Date: 08/17/2020 12:51 (GMT-07:00)
Re: Bike Shop in Souillac shift levere
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
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 the day.
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
Please feel free to use any of this
in your adverts or blogs.
Thure Cerling and Mahala
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 –
wonderful stay- Thorenc-
- breathtaking rock formations –
again so tucked away – loved it!!-
stunning ride- La Garde –
– Les Ferres – Vence-
St Martin-Vesubie – Utelle- Sospel
All 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 France –
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 –
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.