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Our story: bike trips and cycling holidays for over 30 years!


1986: Creation of La Bicyclette Verte, bicycle rental and family story.

At the beggining, La Bicyclette Verte is a cycle rental with the ambition of discovering, by bike, the magnificent Regional Natural Park of the Marais Poitevin. The largest wetland in the West of France is full of treasures and the founders of La Bicyclette Verte, Danielle and Pierre Alain, believe very much in the tourist potential of this region.

These hopes are quickly justified. The quality of the cycling infrastructures and the beauty of the landscapes are attracting ever-increasing numbers of customers and making La Bicyclette Verte the essential rental company in the Marais Poitevin.



1990: start of the bike trip.

Pierre Alain and Danielle fall in love with cycling holidays. By taking the tracks of the Marais Poitevin, they find themselves on the Atlantic Coast to enjoy, at their own pace and that of their 3 children, the treasures offered by La Rochelle, Marans, Rochefort ... It is from this very moment that is born the idea of ​​organizing cycling holidays for everyone!


In 1992: receptive travel agency, specialist in bike travel.

After having designed its own circuits to discover its region, La Bicyclette Verte offers them to customers from several European countries. It's immediate success! French, Dutch, English and German travel the paths of the Marais Poitevin and the Atlantic coast with La Bicyclette Verte.


1996: the 1st catalog of cycling holidays.

Taking a taste for adventure, La Bicyclette Verte is moving further and further, but still by bike, from its native Marais Poitevin. Finding routes, finding charming accommodation, crossing tracks and paths, more and more destinations are offered: Canal du Midi, Gironde, Burgundy, Netherlands ... in 1996, La Bicyclette Verte published its 1st catalog, bringing together all the destinations.


2000: La Bicyclette Verte launches on the internet!

An online booking system is launched to make life easier for its customers and partners.


2006: creation of the bookshop for bikepacking, Cartovelo.

The online bookstore specializing in hiking and cycling is the perfect alternative to La Bicyclette Verte. It allows you to prepare your own bicycle trips with more than 800 references to date. A perfect website for bikepackers and backpackers


>> Discover cartovelo.fr


2009: new horizons by bike.

With the same passion as in its beginnings, La Bicyclette Verte tries to discover the ideal bicycle routes, to find remarkable accommodation and to offer cycling holidays for all. Brittany, Lot et Garonne or even Spain and Portugal appear in the catalog.



Today: a team specialized in cycling holidays for all at your service!

We want to meet your expectations and your questions. Virginie and Delphine are available to provide information, guidance and advice. They are also responsible for finalizing your reservations. Our agency is located in Parthenay (France - 79200, Deux-Sèvres).
The company's headquarters are located in the heart of the Marais Poitevin, in Arçais, on the site of the former dairy in the village. To welcome you: Marion, Romain, Sébastien and Pierre-Alain