Flambeaux Tours are the industry leaders in New Orleans bicycle & walking tourism. Being a locally owned business gives us the edge in offering the most vibrant tours in the city. Our source of zeal is derived from a deep since of heritage and belonging…this is because we share a narrative that pertains to our direct ancestors.
With Flambeaux Bicycle & Walking Tours you will experience authentic Creole hospitality at it's finest, you will hear the stories of our city told with true New Orleans flair, and you will encounter a local personality that embodies the Big Easy spirit.
Along with having one of New Orleans top tour guides, you will be set apart by cruising around New Orleans on a top quality European city bike. We realize that most people haven't used coaster brakes from the time they were children. For that reason we are one of the only bike tour businesses in the city that have invested in bicycles that have powerful dual pivot hand brakes.
Don't be dragged down by an incredibly heavy and hard to pedal cruiser with coaster breaks. Have a relaxed cycling experience on one of our light weight bicycles that have a free wheel which allows you to reposition your pedals after you stop. Our Public bikes are also easy to mount being that they have step through frames. They are time tested city bikes that have been used throughout Europe for generations. Our number one priority is your cycling comfort, safety, and experience.
We offer a VIP experience to our guest that you can't find anywhere else in New Orleans. Our small group bike tours (no more than 10) and small group walking tours (no more than 12) are crafted from years of experience. We have spent countless hours on the streets of New Orleans revealing to visitors what makes New Orleans so magical.
We not only show you the most significant sights, we help you unearth the hidden cultural gems that makes New Orleans one of the most unique cities in America.
We look forward to immersing you into the vibrancy, charm, and mystique that is New Orleans.
To help shape New Orleans into one of the best bicycling cities in the world we give 1% of all our profits to Bike Easy (The New Orleans Bicycle Coalition).
In and out of the port of New Orleans, Eric is a descendent of French pirates who sailed the high seas of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Even in recent generations, both his maternal and paternal grandfathers worked in the port of New Orleans importing fruit from the Caribbean and Latin America. Being the first land lover in his family, he traded in the helm for handle bars.
A native of New Orleans, Eric posses a knowledge of the city that exceeds research, he is a product of its culture. From rolling in Mardi Gras parades in his youth, getting his first high school job as a beignet chef at Cafe du Monde, and being steeped in our city's customs his whole life. He not only lives in New Orleans - New Orleans lives in him.
His love of bicycles led him to become a League Certified Instructor (LCI) with the League of American Bicyclists. In that capacity, he has taught traffic skill workshops in association with our local bicycle coalition (Bike Easy) at local businesses, community centers, and schools.
His love for New Orleans and it's culture emanates from every tour that he gives. Eric's tours are well rounded and offers both the better and lesser known narratives of New Orleans history.
Kenneth Chauvin is a native New Orleanian whose roots go deep into the French colonial period of our city. He is a descendant of Nicolas Chauvin de Lafreniere who was the Attorney General of Louisiana in the 1760's. Chauvin was one of the ringleaders of the Louisiana Rebellion of 1768 that attempted to block Spanish rule in Louisiana. Resultantly, Chauvin was later arrested and executed at the Spanish barracks on the intersection of Esplanade Avenue and Frenchmen Street.
While Frenchmen Street is known as a vibrant jazz corridor in the city, the street was given its name to commemorate Kenny's ancestor and the four French rebels that were executed with him.
Along with being a tour guide, Kenny is an educator at one of our local middle schools where he teaches Louisiana History. He's passionate about educating the next generation that will lead and mold the future of New Orleans. He is equally as passionate about preserving our culture and heritage. His passion for New Orleans and its history are as deep as his ancestry in our city.