METAIRIE -- Michael Hamner, the new director of French Louisiana
Bike Tours, said that working with agents is among the objectives
he has set for his firm.
"I want to become more familiar with travel agents and what they
can do. I am willing to negotiate commissions for them," said
Hamner, who has been with the firm since 1996 but took over as
owner just this past April.
The company offers three itineraries that promise participants a
view of Louisiana's Cajun country, New Orleans and the Mississippi
River Road. "Our routes lead to special places, through quaint
Parisian-like alleys, to grand mansions and plantation homes, to
small French Louisiana towns, through lush wetlands, rolling
prairies and all points in between," Hamner said.
French Louisiana's five-day Cajun Food and Music itinerary
begins in Lafayette and is priced at $995 per person.
Participants are shuttled to Breaux Bridge, where wine is served
during a tour orientation session followed by dinner at Mulate's
restaurant and dance hall. Other highlights include pedaling on
Bayou Teche and passing through Leonville and Arnaudville before
reaching overnight lodgings in Washington, where 80% of the
buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Cajun music fills day three with a trip to Mamou for the weekly
radio broadcast from Fred's Lounge and a visit to Liberty Theater,
a renovated vaudeville hall. The tour moves on to Sunset for a
visit and tour of Chretien Point Plantation and ends with a trip to
Grand Coteau and a visit to the Academy of the Sacred Heart.
Departures are set for Oct. 28 and April 13 and 27.
The four-day New Orleans and River Road tour is priced at
$1,095. Highlights include stops at Home Place Plantation,
Evergreen Plantation, Laura Plantation and Oak Alley, where there
will be overnight lodging.
Next is Convent and viewing of Manresa Retreat House, St.
Michael's Church, before pedaling toward lodging in Tezcuco
Plantation, where the River Road African American Museum Gallery is
located. The trip then visits Donaldsonville (the state's former
capital) and Nottoway Plantation before heading to New Orleans for
the night. Departures are set for Nov. 5 and 12 as well as April
An April 4 departure remains for the six-day Cajun Experience,
which begins in Broussard (15 minutes from Lafayette airport) and
is priced at $1,285.
Tour highlights include Fausse Point State Park in the
Atchafalaya Basin, a swamp tour, Breaux Bridge (the self-proclaimed
crawfish capital), Bayou Teche, Porte Barre, Washington, Chretien
Point Plantation and Grand Coteau. It is priced at $1,295.
Tour group sizes on all tours range from eight to 16 people.
Overnight lodgings are in bed-and-breakfasts, inns, mansions and
plantation homes. French Louisiana's rental equipment includes Trek
and Cannondale hybrid bikes, Avocet computers, backpacks and
handlebar packs. Rental rates are $109.
French Louisiana Bike Tours
Phone: (800) 346-7989 or (504) 488-9844
Fax: (504) 488-9818
E-mail: [email protected]