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Although based in Amsterdam our tours are only
in South of France
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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
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
(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.
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
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 2019)
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From: Frans Bevort - la ligne verte - valac
Date: 08/17/2019 12:51 (GMT-07:00)
To: steve <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: 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 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 the day.
Thanks for your help in organising everything
at such short notice.
Sent from my Windows Phone
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 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 – wonderful
stay- Thorenc- through Gorges du loop-
breathtaking rock formations – again so tucked
away – loved it!!- Cabris – stunning
ride- La Garde – La Mas – 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
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
(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 la Nesque.
Once again we are
grateful to you for your thoughtful
planning and direction – taking us on
routes that are remote and very beautiful.
The riding was
tough at times – but we were always
rewarded with the beauty of this incredible
country. - THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 South