We are a tour company that seeks to be different. As travellers ourselves, we founded Boutique Bike Tours to offer unique experiences that share Paris & Versailles with you, as friends, rather than guides. We believe the greatest travel memories are filled with connection, laughter and meaningful interaction. Versailles and Paris have been home for over 20 years, Stu practically grew up in the Versailles grounds! We are deeply passionate about France, travel, history, food & cycling.
Paris & Versailles have a way of capturing the hearts of all who visit & we hope you’ll love it too!
Our mission is to provide immersive and engaging experiences that become life long memories. With us, you are not only a traveller but our guest. Our aim is simple: to make your time with us the best of your vacation.
We offer fun, bespoke, off the beaten path experiences in small groups, led by local experts, ideal for foodies, inquisitive adventurers & story lovers. We escape the crowds, skip the long lines to showcase both the must-see sites & very best hidden gems.
Meet the Team.
We started with a simple goal – to work with not only the very best certified guides but great people. Today our team is comprised of fun PhD, MA-level scholars & specialists of their fields, all-natural teachers and storytellers excited to share the very best of France, their knowledge & local recommendations.
British Stu’s adventurous spirit and passion for travel has seen him travel around the world. Following years as a historian, teacher and guide he founded Boutique Bike Tours to offer something unique to those visiting Paris.
Known for his delivery style and local knowledge, Stu claims to not be a tour person despite being a licensed professional guide able to guide you inside all monuments, museums, as well as skip the lines. Having lost patience with lines and large crowds many years ago all our tours are designed to avoid them!
In the winter he continues to live the dream as a ski coach in Europe, America & Japan.
Top Tip: Do not spend your vacation standing in lines, following the crowds. There is always a better way!
Niki, the adventurous Kiwi is the engine that keeps Boutique Bike Tours running, if you are lucky you may see her leading a tour with us now and again, otherwise she is the voice on the other end of the phone.
Between seven years of back to back winter seasons as a snowboard instructor in Japan, the United States and New Zealand, Niki studied paramedicine. She has been working as a paramedic in London and now Boutique Tours has an experienced, Paris-based paramedic of its own.
Top Tip:‘Flâner’ – the word that encapsulates frenchness.
To truly discover Paris you must become a flàneur- to wander aimlessly through a city, to be at once part of a place and on the outside– is a concept so French that the word has no English equivalent.
Lola was born in the heart of Paris, on Ile de la Cité, in the same room as both her mother & grandmother. Growing up with a French mother & American dad cultivated her curiosity for the world & led her to pursue her undergraduate in California, studying literature, history of art, history, and cinema before returning to Paris.
You will often find Lola at one of the cafés along the Canal Saint Martin, sipping on a glass of white wine, either book in hand, or chatting away her partner in crime Pascal.
Top Tip : Whenever you see an open door, make sure to peek inside. Paris is filled with secret gardens and courtyards, and you never know what gem you might uncover with just a little bit of curiosity.
I have probably tasted every croissant in Paris (my favourite right now is from Boulangerie Utopie), so if you need any advice for your next food-driven adventure, I’d be happy to help!
Nicolas is originally from Lyon, the home of true French gastronomy as he proudly reminds us. Having travelled throughout the world, learnt English in Australia & led tours all over France he now calls Paris home. Combining his passion for guiding and cycling Nicolas is an expert in all things Versailles and the ultimate entertainer.
Top Tip: Visit Lyon ‘the home of French gastronomy’
French name, but not French, so perhaps it was destiny that brought him here! Born in Poland but raised in the US in a family of passionate winemaker’s. Pascal considers human connection, good food and wine to be the best things in life. We are delighted to have our very own Sommelier in the team. When not running tours Pascal is always out discovering more Parisian secrets to share on his tours.
Top Tips : If I had anything to say for those visiting France, it would be to not be shy and to whip out what French you know! You’ll find that a simple “bonjour” and “merci” go a long way.
Be hungry, always and ask your guide for places to eat!
If you wanted to hear the story of Versailles in nine different languages, Iryna could do that in her sleep. There’s always one person over qualified for the job and our Belarussian linguistic and licensed guide fits the bill. Born in Belarus, Iryna spent her first years in France in Arras, delving into and sharing the military history of France.
Now based in Paris, Iryna is passionate about music, travel, literature, dance and has an insatiable appetite for learning. Her endless knowledge coupled with humour and a smile are the perfect mix for discovering the rich history of France.